Here we are watching Jason get his bags laid out in line.Daddy and his monkeys together for another shot.The hardest part was just the waiting. We were able to back the truck right up to where we were waiting, so at least we had a place to sit and snack. I am going to miss my love! (I DO MISS HIM!) Baby-girl Megan had a rough time letting daddy go. Our last family picture before he left.The last formation...And the walk to the bus... I really HATE those buses now.
Here's a few pics from our last famliy outting before Jason left.Here' Megan was just pooped out. I just couldn't resist catching this shot of her curled up on the wall while we were looking-out over Blow Hole. Me and my man. We found a coconut that someone left. The kids enjoyed watching Jason bang it open. All my blessings... A beautiful shot as we were heading home from our day.
Sorry for the lag in posting this week. It has been quite a difficult week since Jason left. Here's some of our updates: Jason is now in Kuwait. Not sure exactly when he will go into Iraq. He is extremely bored. Says that they are not doing much of anything except a few classes.
The kids have had a rough time adjusting this time. Jonathan and Megan especially. We have cried together, had hugging sessions, and of course pray for daddy and our family every night. Jonathan finally slept all night in his bed last night. This wass a first since jason left. Megan just told me last night "Mommy, it is getting easier not to cry now". Austin has had rough nights. He hasn't really cried for Jason, but he is just not sleeping well at all. He tosses and turns, wakes up more than normal, and is having a very hard timne seperating from me to go to school. Kailyn and Allison seem to be doing pretty good. They stay up later than the youngr ones, so we talk at night about what Jason is doing and where he is. They seem to be dealing ok. And of course, they are such a big help to me. I do feel bad and wish that they didn;'t have to grow up any faster than they already are.
My truck is broken. It left us stranded at the library on monday. I had it towed yesteday and the service center checked it, said that it needed a battery. So, $200 later, I picked it up only to have it shut off on me in the parking lot again. I went back in the service center and said that it is NOT fixed. They looked at it again and said that they don't know what is wrong. The guy that doesn the diagnostic testing machine would not be in until monday. So my truck is sitting in their parking lot waiting to be seen on monday. I borrowed a friends car to use until it gets fixed, but my stress level is so high right now.
I can't beleive that Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I usually look forwqard to holidays, but right now I just wish I could crawl in bed and sleep for a few days. We are going to house=hop around to a few friends houses tomorrow. That way we can keep busy, and not have to think about being alone.
Got a call from Jason last night. He was in Alaska. He has always wanted to go to Alaska. Even though he only saw the Airport and a little snow out the window, at least he can say that he has now been to Alaska. *Hey, you gotta find the good in this thing somewherwe!* They were going from Alaska to Germany, to Kuwait, then into Iraq in a couple of days/weeks. I will update more as I hear from him again. Thanks for all the encouraging words and prayers!
My best friend, my partner, my love, my husband...is gone. We saw him get on the bus just a few minutes ago. He is officially on his way to Iraq again. I have a few pics, but can't bear the thought of looking at them right now. I will post them later when the emotions filling the house are settled a bit.
To all those who serve our country, may you have a very happy Veterans Day. To those deployed, may you have a safe and quick return home. You are in our prayers daily! To the families, spouses, children, etc thank you for your sacrifices and willingness to do what it takes for your soldier so that he/she can serve our country.
Since Jason will not be here for Christmas, we decided to have our family Christmas early. We opened presents on friday. All went well, and everyone seemed to be happy. Here is the "Red Man" himself, along with his "Trusty Sidekick"...LOL (Poor Scooby gets so mistreated!!! LOL)
Tonight while I was cooking supper, Austin came into the kitchen and asked "What are you cooking, Mommy?" I told him "Taco roll, rice, and refried beans." He ran into the living room and proudly told Jason, "We are having Taco Bell, rice, and dried up beans!" LOL Gotta love those moments!
So, my "stud" is officially branded! Jason got his 1st tattoo this week. He has been wanting one for a while, but could not get happy with what to do. He came across a guy, that is also military, that was doing tattoo's out of his home studio. Jason met with him and this is what he decided on. The ribbon with the kids' names is in sort of a heart shape. And he added the monkey because of the kids being his little "monkeys". It is a little discolored still (with the scabbing a little), but is turning out to be nice! He is excited about it. He claims that his next one will be for me. We shall see about that at a later date!
So there really isn't much difference in the Fall season here in Hawaii than any other season, except we get a little more rain. So, here are some pics of the kids playing outside and when we went to the pumpkin patch. There is just something just NOT right about walking through a pumpkin patch with flip-flops on, in the red hot dirt, in shorts and tank tops, wearing sun-block! LOL But, none-the-less, we did it and got 5 pumpkins to bring home. We all made a mess carving them, but had a great time with it!
Which ones do we pick? Big ones, small ones, assorted shapes, colors, and sizes...it was just too hard to decide! Kindda reminiscent of Christmas tree hunting with my mom!!!! LOL Posing for the camera... The finished product!
Our Halloween was pretty much rained out. We got the kids ready and hit about 3 houses in our circle, and the bottom dropped. It had already been raining all day, so we didn't think we would be able to do much. Anyway, we loaded everyone up inthe truck to head down to the mall. By the time we got there, the "line" was wrapped all around the mall. The "line" was literally a single file line all the way around the mall waiting to get 1 piece of candy from each store that was participating. It was crazy. So, I gave the girls an option (the boys had fallen asleep in the truck). We could stand in line all night or we could go to Wal-Mart and buy some candy....SO, off to Wally World we went! LOL Not the best of Halloween's, but here are a couple of pics right before the rain fell on us. Allison was a Goth Rag Doll, Kailyn was a Genie, Megan was a Cheerleader, Jonathan was a Wrestler, and Austin was Elmo.