Monday, October 25, 2010

Justin off to AMS (Officer Training)

 For 6 weeks Justin headed to Maxwell AFB in Montgomery Alabama to attend AMS or officer training. It was a long 6 weeks for both of us but luckily for me, my mom and sister Chelsea came up to visit for a week of it. Thanks to my wonderful friend Sassy I got to fly down to attend his graduation and I am so glad I went. His mom was there too and we got to stay at the on base hotel.  It was so nice to get to see where Justin had been the last 6 weeks and to see the funny habits he had picked up, everything from how he walked to calling everyone sir and ma'am and even leaving the toilet seat up because that is what they were told to do.  Thursday night they had the awards banquet which was a lot of fun. Justin was recognized as receiving an excellent score on his fitness test which was a 99.3. 



 Friday morning they first had their state oath ceremony.  With the Air National Guard they take both a State and Federal oath as they work under a dual mission to serve their country and their individual state.  The Commandant of AMS happened to be a Colonel from Alaska so he came by to administer Justin's oath which we thought was pretty cool. After that they had a Federal Oath and Graduation ceremony.  This pic didn't turn out so great so I am glad Brenda got some better ones.

 I am so proud of Justin for making it through this crazy training.  He worked really hard and everyone spoke very highly of him. He is now a Second Lieutenant and in a week he heads of to SERE training which is a survival school. In January he will leave for Initial Flight Screening for 2-5 weeks in Colorado and then we move to Del Rio Texas in February!  It has been a crazy few months and it will continue to be crazy until we make it to February and get to actually be together for more than 4 days at a time.   I am very proud of my husband and I am happy that I finally feel like we are officially "military" now!  Plus, he looks awesome in his uniforms ;)




Kylie turned 3!

Kylie had a birthday as well.  I can't believe how big my chicas are getting.



School and Dance and Swimming

This fall both girls are going to preschool on base three afternoons a week.  It is heavenly for sure and has allowed me to work out a lot which is really nice as I am able to do things now physically that I couldn't ever before.  Here are the cuties:





Summer Fun




This summer the girls got a new tricycle and trailer, their first taste of ice cream from the ice cream man and Justin finally got to go dip netting.  While I still don't like fish, I am proud of myself for learning how to cook halibut and salmon for the other three in my family.

Macy's Birthday

Yes, I know I am really really behind...  We celebrated Macy's birthday with a pool party!





Camping Pictures

Last May we went camping for the only time this summer.  I am really sad that this is the only time we went but it was a lot of fun!



Its been a while...

Ok, so I haven't posted for a long time for a lot of reasons (mostly excuses).  Mostly because I didn't want to have to write this post.  Well, here it is.  When I got back from Boise in June I went to the doctor. Between seeing my dad and making it home I had lost both babies.  I went in for the D and C the next day and then spent the next week or two recovering.  It was obviously  a terrible experience overall but I am over it and past it.  I had been putting this off just because I didn't want to have to think about it again especially since I have dealt with it as best I can and I have moved on.  A friend emailed me a few weeks ago asking about my pregnancy and I sheepishly realized that I needed to let you all know.    Anyway, thanks for being such great friends! 

P.S.- I am disabling comments on this post because it will honestly just make me have to go back to "that place" to read all of the condolences so I just don't want to have to hear them.  I hope that makes sense and doesn't come off rude.  I have moved on so there we go.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Clarification

So I posted on Facebook yesterday that I was having a bad day and this resulted in a lot of people worrying and wondering about me so I figured I ought to clarify things some.  I wouldn't typically go too much into all this but since I already announced the twin thing on the blog and Facebook world I figured I better follow up with the details.

Yesterday I went and saw my dad at his office to get an ultrasound of the babies and after a few minutes he told me that something was wrong with one of the babies.  It was smaller than the other one and the brain wasn't developing like it should.  Although it still has a heartbeat this one will likely stop developing soon and then just be absorbed.  I am sad that I won't be having twins now (he said there is a tiny chance it could correct itself some and then the child would be born with a severe birth defect but that is pretty rare and will most likely just be fatal before birth). 
The other baby looks to be healthy and strong so we are trying to be grateful for that but I am very disappointed and sad about my other baby.  Its especially hard since I am still carrying both of them so while I am still pregnant with live twins, I am only going to have one baby.  Anyway, I hadn't realize so many people would read so much into my little Facedbook post yesterday so I thought I better answer the questions...
Pray for my other baby to be alrgiht as I am very excited to be pregnant and I count this pregnancy to be a complete miracle.  I am very blessed and thank you guys for your support!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

And that is that

Yes, can you believe it?  After my 5 month hiatus, a second post in two days.  This one is one you won't want to miss!  Justin and I had been planning on doing in vitro for kiddo number three when we got to Boise this June but the night before our phone consultation with the Dr. I took a pregnancy test on a whim- just to be sure I wasn't somehow preggers.  And guess what? I was.

To add to the excitement, when I went to the doctor 3 weeks later I was surprised to find out that not only was I not nearly as far along as I thought I was but that there are two little babies growing inside my belly.  Yuppers, identical twins for me, and all on our own too (I think Justin likes to credit his super sperm for this miraculous event).  I honestly don't know why we are so blessed, but I am grateful that we are!

So I am due December 28th and praying I don't get put on bed rest while Justin is off at officer school for 6 weeks in October. Wish me luck that all will go well and cross your fingers for Justin that he will get two boys instead of us getting two more girls (I'll take whatever as long as they are healthy but I know my husband would prefer not to be so outnumbered for the rest of his life!).  And it is great to not have to worry about the future decisions of whether we should have 3 kids or four.  Apparently Heavenly Father wanted to make his mind up for us (ie. Justin) and just give us the fourth at the same time.  I am 10 weeks and I already have a baby bump (I'm not just getting fat) and crazy sciatica.  But I am thrilled that both babies are doing so well and I can't wait to find out what we are having so I can start sewing!

Monday, May 31, 2010

I know, I know

So I know I am going to catch a ton of slack for not having posted in almost 5 months but I figure its time to make a come back.  Its kind of like not going to the dentist for a while and then not wanting to start again so you don't get the lecture (which I just got from my husband).  That being said, here is what we have been up to the last month:

I have been working on my blog like crazy and it has been going well although I recently resolved to focus a specific hour or two a day on it so it would stop consuming my life.  It was getting tiring and it was all I had time for.  I decided to stop obsessing and to just devote that certain amount of time so I could enjoy more in my day.  So far it has been going well and we have been having a lot of fun with friends and taking the girls outside.  The weather has been wonderful the last few weeks so the girls have been living in our fully fenced back yard (the best thing about this house).

In April Justin's mom came up and stayed with our girls with Justin and I went to Front Site in Nevada (thanks again Brenda!!!).  We went to the four day defensive handgun course and had a total blast.  It wasn't the leisurely/ romantic vacation I had envisioned (we were there for almost 18 hours one day including driving time) as I passed out exhausted the moment we returned to our hotel every night but I had a great time.  I also got second place out of almost 40 people in the hostage shoot off that they had on the last day (so yes, I beat Justin as well as a cop and people who had been there several times) and Justin achieved the graduate level (there is a big test at the end).  Plus, now I feel incredibly competent and confident in my ability to use a handgun, which is a great thing. And as a bonus, I got to feel like a total Bad A** for four days ;)

A little over a month ago I got roped into doing the Mrs. Alaska America pageant.  I friend of mine did it the year before and she convinced me to go ahead and enter.  I had no ambitions of winning, more just to meet other ladies and have fun plus I think it is good to do something that scares you once in a while and this definitely counted. I ended up having a great time, making a lot of new friends, growing in a lot of ways and I got to try something totally new.  A lady who I had become friends with ended up winning and I won most photogenic wedding photo so I couldn't have left happier.  It wasn't so much that I cared about the specific award, it was just nice to hear my name called for something ;). While the pageant was a lot of fun it was very difficult to find a pretty cocktail dress and evening gown that allowed me to keep my LDS dress standards.  Through much the of the pageant I felt very out of place (although 2 other ladies were LDS too) and I felt like I was back in high school wishing I could wear the prettier prom dress.  Anyway, after the pageant ended I had over 4 different people come up to me and tell me that they appreciated my modest dress choices.  I was very touched by this and I felt a little bit redeemed.  While I had been feeling self conscious about looking different from the other ladies I had forgotten about the example of modesty that I was setting for other girls who were there.  That was a great feeling and something that I really just wanted to write down so I would remember if I do the pageant again in a couple of years (which I likely will).

This last weekend we took the girls on a 4 day camping trip up North off the Denali Highway with a couple other familes(no, it never got dark at night) and we had a great time.  Justin was like a little boy at Disneyland going off with our friend Eric in his four wheeler, spotting a bear, moose and wolf all in one glance in the binoculars, learning how to gut and skin a Grizzly after Eric shot one (yay, one less in our area), fishing in the creek and catching Greyling and staying up until the wee hours of the morning each night because he couldn't bare to wast a minute of daylight.  We all had a great time and the girls loved being outdoors and sleeping in a tent.  I definitely hope there will be many more camping trips to come this summer!

So that is us since April.  And since I have totally slacked on posting the last several months, here are some pictures of the girls to keep you all happy (yes, that means you Chels and Ash).

Monday, January 4, 2010

Funny Girl

Macy has been hilarious lately so I thought I should take five minutes to jot down some of her latest statements:

Macy listtening to her "ipod" (cheap MP3 player from Walgreens):  I like Cowboy Cassanova.  Carrie Underwear sings a silly song.

Yesterday at church Macy heard someone mention the Holy Ghost and said: "Holy Ghost? What's that?"
Me: The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God and that is how He talks-
Macy: Ooooo, Scary!

Later Macy was complaining that she missed Daddy and Alaska.  I told her we would go home to see them in 5 days.  In response she said, "How about in two minutes instead?"

According to Macy, Unicorns have "Corns" coming out of their heads.  Makes sense, right?

She was laying on the couch the other day cuddling with Harley, my sister's 4 pound Shitzu and she started telling me all about how when Harley gets bigger she is going to ride on her all over but now she is small so she will just cuddle with her.