Sunday, March 31, 2013

Weekend Update: Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

So our weekend didn’t turn out exactly as we had planned.

Charlotte started complaining Friday evening that her tummy hurt.  I really didn’t think anything of it since she complains pretty often about her tummy.  She didn’t eat any dinner and wanted to go up to the bathtub because she said the water would make it feel better.  So we had bathtime, and then I went to put her in bed.  As I was laying her down, I saw her face change.  I knew what was coming.  I quickly picked her up and dashed off to the bathroom.  Charlotte leaving a trail of vomit along the way.

And she vomited four more times during the night.

Saturday morning when Charlotte woke up, she didn’t throw up any more, but she started running a fever.  I immediately called the pediatrician to see if I could get her urine checked.  They got us right in.  And it took FOREVER for little miss dehydrated to pee.  But once she did, they checked her urine, and it looked clear.  So, the doctor said that it must be something viral.

Charlotte was starting to feel better, and I was happy that whatever the bug was seemed to be short lived.

Charlotte and I got home, and Daddy had the eggs boiling.

Last year we did all kinds of different decorating styles, but this year we took it easy and stuck with last years favorite – melted crayon eggs.


The rest of the day was fairly laid back.  Jarrod took Trenton to the playground while Charlotte napped and I cooked for our neighborhood Easter dinner and did laundry for our upcoming trip to Texas.

This morning, Charlotte was the first kid up.  She came into our room crying, “Mommy, I throwed up everywhere!”  Poor kiddo was sick again.

I got her cleaned up, and by then Trenton had woke up and was excited about Easter.

Charlotte was apparently feeling a lot better after throwing up and we all headed downstairs to see what the bunny had left!


We had some excited kiddos on our hands!

I may have just thrown up, but a mouthful of Peeps sure taste good!


Charlotte, who had just been throwing up 30 minutes before, even exclaimed, “This is the best Easter day EVER!”.

We knew that we couldn’t expose anyone to whatever it is that Charlotte has, so we split up for church.  I stayed home with the kids and played Trouble while Jarrod went to the early Mass, and when Jarrod got home, Trenton and I went to the later service.


This afternoon we got together with friends for Easter dinner.  Yesterday we were all kind of iffy on what the weather would do, but it turned out to be a beautiful day! 

Hey, what are you lookin’ at?  This is an ice eating party for one!

Ugh, why is everyone wasting time eating dinner?  I just want to hunt Easter eggs so that I can eat candy!

Jarrod and I took turns at home with Charlotte during the dinner.  I got the first half of the party, and Jarrod went for the second half.


When Jarrod got home from the party, he told me that Trenton was doing something special for Charlotte.  Since Charlotte couldn’t hunt Easter eggs with all of their friends, Trenton had decided to hide his Easter eggs in the back yard so that Charlotte could find them.  Such a thoughtful brother!


Even though we didn’t have the Easter we had envisioned, we still made the most of it and are rejoicing for all that the Lord has given us.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Goodbyes Don’t Get Easier

We have made some really wonderful friends in our time as a military family.

One would think that after seven years of goodbyes, bidding farewell would become fairly easy.

But it doesn’t.

In fact, I think that the goodbyes are harder now that the kids and their friends are involved.

Today was a particularly difficult goodbye.


The Zaker family was one of the first families that we met when we moved to Monterey.  They welcomed us into their home without really knowing much about us other than the fact that we were friends of Josh’s brother Adam

But there was an instant connection made.


Our kids all became the closest of friends and had many fun adventures together.

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And this girl.

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Staci knows me.  She gets me.  She is there for me.  Even when I try to put my brave face on, she can tell if something is off.

I didn’t cry when we met up this morning to bid our farewells, but I’ve got my kleenex next to me right now.

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Goodbyes don’t get easier.  You don’t get used to them.  You just keep that hope alive that you will all be stationed together again.  And with the military, you just never know!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

Well, I guess vacation had to come to an end at some point.  But why did it have to be so early?

Here’s a look back at our last two days in San Diego.

On Tuesday we went to SeaWorld with the Larrabees


I was so excited because I’ve always loved SeaWorld (as a kid, my dream job was to be a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld).  And Cullen had really been talking it up to Trenton and Charlotte (the Larrabees went to SeaWorld back in September on their previous trip to San Diego).


But I’m not gonna lie; my kids did not have the love and enthusiasm for SeaWorld that I thought they would.  In hindsight we should have probably done SeaWorld first and Legoland second.

But they did get excited about a couple of things – crawling though the polar bear caves and riding the skyride.


SeaWorld (along with the other Anheuser-Busch theme parks) has a great military ticket program, so I’m sure we’ll be back in the future.  And hopefully my kids will be a bit more excited about the actual sealife next time.


Yesterday I just wanted a laid back, take it easy type of day.

I had heard that Balboa Park was really neat (and free), so we decided to spend the morning there.


We drove past a huge playground on the way.  The kids were bummed that we didn’t stop, but they definitely found fun things to do at Balboa Park.

No crowds meant lots of room to run around!


Trenton and Charlotte named this the “dragon playground” and loved playing chase around it.


And we found some souvenirs on the nature trail to take home.  Yay!


The architecture in Balboa Park was amazing.


The park had some pretty amazing kids too.


And one happy momma.


After leaving the park, we met one of my friends from Guam at a nearby restaurant for lunch.  Good food + good company = a really good time!  The kids loved meeting Ms. Nicole, and we all can’t wait to see her again!

After lunch we headed back to the hotel, did a quick clothing change and went out to the beach.

It may have only been in the 60s outside, but gosh that sun felt warm.  And the water wasn’t near as cold as the water in Monterey.


I’m pretty sure my kids could live at the beach!


And it’s not just the water that they love.  I think their goal is to get as dirty as they possibly can.  The white parts of their swimsuits may never be white again, but by golly these two have fun!


So much fun that there is just no time for proper potty breaks…


Oh San Diego, we will miss you!  But don’t worry - I have a feeling we’ll be back again.