June-Schools out, and summer begins! We also spent two weeks in Utah, visiting my sister. However, on the first morning of our trip, my mother tripped down the stairs and broke her ankle in three places, spent four days in the hospital, and the next eight weeks in a wheelchair. Imagine how awesome that was!! For the record, I did make it home from Utah with four kids and a completely immobile mother in 10 1/2 hours with 5 stops. Someone was watching over us that day!
July-Jr. Giants, and becoming a chaffeur to my gimp mother, although my arms did get buff carting her up and down my front steps twice a day for eight weeks, and I am now a master of wheelchair maneuvers, add that to my resume!
August-Ryans graduation from bootcamp, and my trip to South Carolina (see above posting), and then three weeks of total depression. I seriously cried the whole way home, I think the poor flight attendants thought I was either coming from or going to a funeral, it kind of felt that way, and still does. Oh, and Adelines 3rd birthday, which I threw together at the last minute, as an attempt to pull me out of the trenches, parties are a great distraction, so I throw alot of them. A reason to be creative and clean the house!
Have you ever seen anything cuter? I think not!!
September-Back to School, a quick visit home from the hubby, a new job, and a Pirate Party! I was super excited to have the boys in 1st grade, they are doing quite well, and I love their teacher. I also am doing Joy School again with Ashden, and I love it. Daddys visit was super short, but totally worth it! I started back at work for a good friend of mine that is an Insurance Agent, super low key, and the few hours a week is just enough to pay for those outrageous airplane tickets to bring Ryan home for holiday visits! Last but not least, our little man turned five in style with a Pirate Party, aaaargh!
October-The start of my favorite time of year, fall! We had soccer times two, and Halloween parties galore. Family pictures minus Ryan, and some news. This is the first season of soccer that Ryan hasn't coached any of the kids. The twins ended up on a fabulous team, and although we don't keep score, they won 7 out of 8 games, and had 3 shut-outs. The teamed scored 76 goals, and only allowed 17. It was so much fun to see them learn positions, and to play as a team! Ashden played kindersoccer, which was a slow go at the beginning, but he really excelled at the end. The first few games were more running than actually playing, but once he kicked the ball and scored his first goal, he was hooked! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so we had to throw a Joy School party, and an after-school party, plus the school class party and carnival, the trunk or treat, and then the actual Halloween. Despite all of that fun, we found out that Ryan has an additional three months of training, and instead of coming home at the end of January, he won't be home until the end of April.
Little Kid Party, Mummy Wrap!
Big Kid Party
Trick or Treating at the Neighbors
There you go, my life in a nutshell, someday I will blog each event in detail, so my kids have proof that life still goes on, even when daddy is gone. So what will the next six months have instore for us? Only time can tell. Things I have learned: I am stronger than most, I have the most amazing kids, I can get through anything with my husband by my side, and a true friend sees the sadness behind the smile. The Lord will bless me in His time, and I have faith that He will, until then I will continue on, or as I like to tell my children, 'suck it up soldier'!