Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The beginning of our hike started by the most beautiful lake I have seen. It was SO calm he could see the reflection of the sky and moutains in it!
On saturday Dad, Nathaniel, Camden, and I packed our hiking bags, strapped on our hiking boots and set out for some hiking in Mount Rainier! I was just a little bit nervous about how Camden would do on the hike since we didn't have a backpack carrier for him...but I had no need to worry...Camden ran/walked/and thoroughly enjoyed our FOUR hour hike! The hike was beautiful.... I sometimes forget since living in Texas that some places are SO GREEN! We enjoyed a spectacular view of Mount Rainer and a HUGE waterfall! Besides about 20 minutes of being carried Camden walked most of the time...and insisted (quite loudly) that he would walk the last mile all by himself!
If we are ever stationed here at Fort Lewis we know that we will definently be taking advamtage of all of the hiking this state has to offer!
The Fountain in Olympia - it was Freezing that day but daddy and Grandpa thought it would be fun, l.o.l :)
Sunday, October 9, 2011
The other day Nathaniel, Camden, and I headed into the city for some fun! We enjoyed a walk through down town, passing the space needle and several water fountains that Camden of course wanted to jump into! We had a ton of fun at the children's museum where Camden got to pretend to be fire fighter, a bus driver, and a chef, he also enjoyed "grocery shopping" and exploring little cities! We had so much fun! We then went to pikes place and had a delicious lunch of the best clam chowder I have ever had and we also had a great time exploring the market! One thing I loved in the market was the fresh flowers, they were amazing and SO affordable - 5 dollars for an amazing bouquet!
Yesterday Grandpa took us to the local pumpkin farm! We had a great time petting goats, pigs, and a baby cow! Camden loved the play ground there and we all had a great time on the hay ride and choosing out the perfect pumpkin! The best part though was watching Camden try and pick up every pumpkin, even the ones that were bigger then him!
After the pumpkin farm Grandpa treated us all to a delicious dinner at Panera Bread, YUM YUM!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
When the unit returned, they flew into the airport on post and turned in their guns, etc. while all the family member waited at the parade field. The estimated time for their arival at the parade field was 11:45 p.m.! It was very late at night, but you would never of guessed because everyone had SO much energy! So 11:45 comes and GOES, then midnight comes and GOES, and I am getting even more anxious and excited! Finally around 12:15 a.m. we spot the white buses pulling up to the field and everyone starts screaming and cheering! Camden also pointed at the buses and SCREAMED, "DABA DUBA DA" and was Super excited :) The soldiers then march off the bus in formation and are behind the buses and everyone SHOUTS, "MOVE THAT BUS", the buses then move and the soldiers start marching onto the field, at this point I couldn't contain my excitedment and I burst into tears and thought to myself: He made it home SAFE, all the emotions and fear I bottled up inside of me came out and I just felt such happiness it is indescribable. The soldiers are now standing in formation in front of us and their is a prayer said and a little speech and then the soldiers are released and EVERYONE runs onto the field. Camden and I are looking for Nathaniel and then I turn around and there he is coming up to us with the biggest smile on his face, I just run up to him and hugged him and cried and then hugged him and cried again, haha! Camden went straight to his daddy and has been his little side kick ever since!
I am so thankful for the wonderful friends I have here in Texas, they made this deployment a positive experience, and for those days that weren't so positive they gave me the sanity I needed to keep moving forward! I have no doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father guided Nathaniel and I to this neighborhood! I am also so thankful for my family, for the encouragement they gave me and for the many times they let me come home and visit for an extended amount of time :) I'm very thankful for a wonderful little boy, he is now 18 months old and I still look at him and can't believe how blessed I am and how in love I am with him! But most of all I couldn't of done this deployment without a wonderful and loving husband! Nathaniel might of been halfway around the world but I never stopped feeling his love for me, he was so supportive of me.
This first deployment was a success....BUT I am still going to cross my fingers that we dont have to go through another deployment anytime soon, l.o.l :)