Sunday, April 22, 2007

Camping with the Boy Scouts

It's the weekend before we move. Are we home packing? No we are out camping!!
Noah's Wolf Den had a joint camp out with a Bear Den on Friday April 20th - Saturday April 21st. Daddy and Noah actually camped over night in a tent (we had to borrow, because we don't own one!). It got pretty chilly, but they braved the elements thanks to the always be prepared motto (in this case mink blankets courtesy of Korea).
The boys had so much fun and earned so many belt loops, arrow points, and achievements. A few of things they learned about were hiking safety, world conservation, maps & compasses, planting, astronomy, knots, and cooking.

The morning flag ceremony.Hiking (Noah is pretending his walking stick is a "blaster", ever the star wars boy)

Learning maps and compasses; learning to tie knots (that's Rob teaching)

Being the little brother of a cub scout has its advantages. Micah ate S'mores until he burst while the boys were away from the fire.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sarah's 12th Birthday

Dinner at Chili's.
This year Sarah's birthday began to be overshadowed by Noah's cub scout camp out this weekend and our move looming in the very near future (5 days! YIKES). So, to make her day special I quickly threw together a birthday celebration dinner at the CHili's restaurant on base. Even though it was a little last minute she had 5 of her friends join her. They are all 11 or 12 years old and all home-schooled.

Here are the 6 beautiful girls that were able to come. And then here they are showing off their "puuurrrrty" picture faces!

The girls had a great time visiting and eating. One of the young ladies had one of those mini video cameras and they had so many laughs making silly videos and watching them.

We knew that the evening was coming to a close when they started adding condiments and things to a glass to concoct some sort of new beverage called "WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!?!"
Of course we couldn't leave until there was BIRTHDAY dessert and everyone had sung to her!! One of the girls is missing from my shot because she was also filming the singing with her camera!

Noah enjoyed sitting with Mommy and one of the other girl's Moms. He had his own dessert party and it nearly did him in!

The get away car was so crowded the balloons had to ride on the roof courtesy of Daddy's sun roof.
At home we checked in on Daddy and Micah who were home because Micah had an upset tummy.

Once Sarah showed her Dad all of her loot she called all her Grandmas and Grandpas.

Happy Birthday Sarah! We love you so much!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Easter 2007

Easter this year was lovely. It was very low-key. Now, let me explain what I mean by that...... IT doesn't go to say that we celebrated our risen saviour with any less praise than we were capable of. It's just that a lot of holidays in the past 5 years were spent rushing off to one deployed-spouses event to another. Don't get me wrong, I was always grateful for the support (especially from friends who had me over on so many a holiday I can barely name them). But, the only Easter Rob has spent with us over the last 5 years, save for this past Sunday, we were living in TLF after having just hopped the pond with no car, no sense of direction and no real friends in our immediate area. People still were kind to us and we were carted off to and fro.... It was still just nice this year to be relaxed, to not be one of the "deployed families" needing attention.
We started on Good Friday when we went to our friend's house to color Easter eggs. The kids had a great time blowing bubbles while we set up the egg dying materials. They each got to color about 6 eggs. After a colorful rainbow of eggs was on the table they helped clean up. In order to get all the containers off the table, all the left over dye needed to be condensed, so the kids had a great time mixing colors and making fun concoctions. insert mad scientist laugh here.

Easter Sunday we heard another GREAT sermon at our wonderful reformed PCA church. The boys sang with their Sunday school class for something extra special. After church we lingered visiting and chatting with all our friends. Every time I turned around Sarah was holding some body's baby!

Then we headed off to our friend Julie's house for Easter dinner. Julie and her 2 girls were very, very gracious to have us over, even though it is HER husband, Andrew, who is deployed!! Our house is a cardboard-box sea and the mass chaos of closets torn apart so everything can be gone through and packed for our move in 2 weeks! Still, it worked out all right for her since she had Rob solve all her computer woe's. It was a working holiday lunch for Rob. But he did not mind, he brought a cooler of mountain dew and sucked about 4 of them down that afternoon alone. He gave up mountain dew for lent and 40 days in a dry Dewless desert made him mighty thirsty. He was content to work on the computer as long as he had a Dew within reach, while Julie and I chatted and our kids played outside .
We were very grateful that Grandma Ann sent us some confetti eggs that we took with us to share with our friends. Sara and Libby lived in Texas, so they knew just what to do. Their neighbors granddaughter, Josephine, was on holiday from London and had never heard of such a thing. We quickly "schooled" her in all things SMASHING and she joined right in.