Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
First Day Mugshot!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Ben's daycare room ROCKS! Check out the Kawasaki. Just like dad......actually, just like Uncle Joe Joe!Except I think that Joe's training wheels are off by now!! hehe
Ben is being his wonderful, loving and social self. He let our "tour guide" carry him and walk with him the whole time! Everyone was "oooo-ing" and "aaahh-ing". Which I loved! =0)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
After breakfast, we went out by the water with Dawn and her boyfriend Chris.
It was still early, so it wasn't 100 degrees, yet. Ben was not wearing a bathing suit but ended up covered in sand and water from head to toe. It was great!
"If you thought the beach was fun in JAX, think again! The showers are EVEN better" ~ Ben
Don't let this picture fool you. He was up after 1 hour! At least the naps are getting longer, right?
On a side note, we were fortunate enough to stay at my friend Dawn's place in Jacksonville. This helped to cut down on the total drive time in one sitting! More pictures to come of our trip with her!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
We leave for Orlando tomorrow!!! (If you are thinking about robbing our house- I hate putting details like this up on my blog- think again! We have people staying in it while we're gone!)
Ben has his first Water Play Day of the summer at his daycare in the morning, then we are off!
I'm SO excited because we will be staying Friday night in Jacksonville, FL. Ben gets to visit his favorite Auntie Dawn again. (Dawn and I have been friends since middle school!)
Then, we "check in" on Saturday around 3pm for "Training". This is one of three mandatory training experiences prior to leaving for PNG. We'll be staying in either a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment while we're there. Meals will be provided which means NO COOKING!
During the middle week-end, Caleb and I are going to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. Better late then never, right? We are going to visit SeaWorld's Aquatica, which is one giant water park, with Dawn and her boyfriend Chris. Then, one Sunday night, Caleb, Ben and I have reservations for Boma- an African-inspired buffet style dinner at Disney's Animal Kingdom's Lodge. This was by-far our favorite dinner when we went to Disney last September! After our early dinner, we plan to walk around the lodge which is practically a really cool zoo!
Not sure how Internet usage will work when we are there. I'm sure we will be very busy training and working and clarifying and articulating our reasons for going overseas. I promise to take lots of pictures and will try to post while we are there!
I'M SO EXCITED!! Two weeks!! Ben's excited, too....he just doesn't know it yet! Caleb says he's not excited...he thinks this is going to be all work and no play. Except, I don't believe him! His fishing gear is all packed and ready to be put in the Trooper!
Monday, June 15, 2009
It feels like time is flying by and I'm not able to keep up with it! As you all probably know, we are planning to leave for Papua New Guinea THIS January. There are still so many things that need to fall into place before we step foot on that plane, but God continues to utterly amaze me with the generosity of people and churches. I am truly humbled by it all and feel (at times) so "unworthy" of it all (...until I am reminded that it is not about me)!
That being said, we are living life like we are leaving this winter!
Telling Ben's daycare that he would only be there through July was probably one of the hardest things for me to do. Caleb tried to "make me feel better" by saying that the daycare is probably used to this....that moms choose to stay home with their kids all the time. It didn't help. It was SO hard to tell his wonderful teachers this news. Ben is truly going to miss all his "other" mama's. I'm almost on the verge of tears just typing this. Seriously people! His daycare rocks! When he is out, I will shout their name from the rooftops....just not comfortable putting that on my blog yet!
Then, on Friday, I decided to tell my boss that I was quitting. I had this growing anxiety about having to "let work know" and a friend helped me decide that it was better to tell them now then to wait. Caleb and I were fully prepared for them to tell me not to return the next day or to work through my notice. But, they handled it well. Everyone said that they understood...not sure if they meant it. But, it was still nice to not be fired!
So now it is even more official. July 23rd will be my last day of work and Ben's last day of daycare....
The summer is going to FLY by...
This fall, we have also been blessed by our church. They are going to let Ben attend their Parent's Morning Out program even though it will only be for 1/2 the year. Again, utterly blown away by the generosity....
I have to admit that sometimes I have a hard time posting about what's really going on in my life. My hope is that this blog will be honest and authentic, but I can't help but feel guilty that sometimes my "problems" may pale in comparision to what others are facing. But....it is my blog afterall....and as wonderful as being married, having a son and going to the South Pacific may seem at face value, this is still REALLY hard for me. If you know me, you know how ambitious I can be. If you know me, you know that I thrive in the tragic moments of life and doubt in the times of blessings. If you know me, you know how each month between now and January, I will get a little more "weepy" over things like Lucky Charms, So You Think You Can Dance and Target!
If you know me...
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
While we were there, a fire truck was very entertaining:
We also took advantage of Beach Grammy and Beach Grandpa's community pool. It was so nice. We were there early, but by mid morning, Ben had at least 4 other "friends" to play with!
This past weekend I sold my motorcycle. Sad, but necessary. The good news is, that it was purchased by my good friend Joe Garner from Maryland. So, in order to properly honor the sale, we decided that a road trip was in order! The destination was Kill Devil Hills on the North Carolina Outer Banks. I borrowed the red bike from a friend at church. I rode that, and Joe rode his new moto! We spent an hour the night before, washing and polishing the bikes.
First things first, the bikes:
Red- Honda Shadow 1100cc with all the trimmings. Highway bars, hard bags, driver's backrest attached to a Corbin seat, floorboards, heel/toe shifter, full windshield. This bike was MADE to eat up the miles!
Black- Kawasaki Vulcan 800cc. Looks great if I do say so myself! However, it was not built for the looooooong ride we had ahead of us! Loud pipes, smallish windscreen, stock seat!
Adrienne took the time to say goodbye to my bike and had a quick photo shoot with it!
Side Story: This was Joe's first distance ride, and boy was he in for it!
The rest of the ride to Kill Devil Hills was awsome! The sun started fighting it's way through and we powered on across the bridges to Manteo and Nags Head. By this point, we'd been on the road for about 4 hours and Joe's rump was beginning to complain (see below)!
The view from below the monument.
The road from Englehard to Washington NC was breathtaking! In spite of our soreness, this was by far the highlight of the trip! As we pulled away from that sleepy little town, we hit a slice of North Carolina farm country that had me mezmorized for an hour straight. Fields of corn, wheat, tobbacco, and soy, punctuated by modern silos and barns, coupled with turn-of-the-century farm houses. The sun was popping out occasionally, hitting the fields and trees, glinting off roofs and tractors, it really was quite a sight! I had forgotton all about my shoulders and back, and Joe's butt was numb enough that he got to enjoy the sights and the twisty country road we were on! I just wish I would have taken some pictures.