Friday, December 25, 2009

Winter Wonderland

It is seriously a Winter Wonderland here!!! What a fun Merry Christmas present. Our Christmas Eve Services were almost cancelled yesterday, but we decided we live in Minnesota and we are going to go ahead. We had at least 4 inches fall yesterday as you can see below, but the best was yet to come, and actually, is still coming. Evergreens right outside our sunroom on Christmas Eve Day.
The deck, lots of snow...but just wait...

Christmas Day!!! Same trees as the ones that were outside with sunroom above. We had around 10 inches fall last night.

And at least 3 inches more today when I took this picture.


Our snow blower died!!!!

But, thankfully my Grandparents live 7 houses down and theirs works.

Kahla and I helping.

Trying to uncover the cars.

Ok, so there was a lot of playing, snowballs, and getting shoved in the snow.


Dad, your awesome!!!

Sadly, this picture was taken about and hour and a half after we had started shoveling. We started at 1100 and this pic was taken at 1230. I just went outside again, it is 1400 and there is another inch on the ground. Funny part, it is still snowing and there is still a lot of snow to come. Thankfully where we are the weather is mild and the wind is not really blowing.
If it is going to snow, this is the perfect Christmas Storm.
Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Live Nativity - 5 degrees F







Sorry the pictures are little blurry! They were taken from the car and it was cold. Thankfully we were in the nice "warm" (at least compared to outside) car and if you look close Josh is Joseph so we have to rub in the fact that we were "warmer" then him. (I know, I am such a mean big sister!) Yes, that is a real camel in Minnesota in the middle of winter and he is very cool! The live nativity is an outreach to our community. Maybe they won't come in the doors of the church, but it doesn't hurt anyone to drive through a church parking lot!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Cookie!

The cookie picture that I posted below is actually one that many of you have already tried. It is the cookie that Uncle Duane loves and the recipe that Josh wouldn't let me give away. All we did was add some food coloring a little cocoa and made them a different shape!!! They are sooooo yummy! But, they really do look gross. We actually made my mom, dad, and Kahla try them with their eyes shut first so the look wouldn't effect their taste.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cookie Time

I know it has been a long time since I posted anything, but I could not pass this up. Don't you just love our most creative cookies ever. They taste amazing but look horrible. Drum roll please...Santa Sludge.



Sunday, November 8, 2009

Control freak...yup that's me!

I have noticed throughout my life that I like a certain amount of control, especially in a stressful situation. It is only natural; when you feel like you are drowning you want to hold on to something. I have seen this stressful control come out numerous times, whether it is in the amount of time that I put into something, such as studying (I probably studied way too much in college) or making a project that I am working on as close to perfect as possible, I like to control the situation. Now, most of you know that I do not always put on this face of control as I seem to have a horrible time with making any decision that involves the well being of myself and I almost break into a sweat if the decision involves anyone else, even if the decision is just where we are going to eat for lunch. Don’t like that kind of control. I am speaking more of I am going to hit the ball so hard in your face that you will not know what hit you volleyball control, something that gives me an outlet for my stress in a healthy way (don’t worry I haven’t hit anyone in the face since high school). Yes, it has come out. The stress has built up and I am taking it out on the volleyball.

At this point you are probably wondering what in the world I am taking about…good question…it is another insight that I have seen in my life from being a Navy wife. When I married David I envisioned a life that in many ways turned out to be different than reality, or in other words, the Navy had something else in mind for us (actually, pretty sure God just wanted to teach me another life lesson). Now, this was not necessarily a bad thing, it just meant that many areas of my life, almost all of them were out of my control resulting in some stressful situations. When David and I were living in Mukilteo and he had to leave from whatever period of time I depended on my cleaning and exercise. They became my control and whenever David was gone you could eat off of my floors. Moving back to Minnesota I still clean and clean frequently, but not as obsessed as I was when I was in Mukilteo. I think it has something to do with the fact that my mother is here to keep me in check and I have volleyball. (Side note: For those of you who have not had the opportunity to smack a volleyball as hard as you can against the wall…it feels so good.)

I have learned that no matter what stage of life you may be in, right now mine is obviously separation, God is always good, ALWAYS, and He gives us outlets. Outlets that let us be who we are, relieve stress, and refocus. Depending on where we are in life the outlet will change. It used to be cleaning like a crazy lady and now it is volleyball. Next month it might be…well I will let you know if it changes.

I am just amazing at how good God is! (Just for the record...I don't like that David is gone and would rather be with him, but if he were there are so many lessons I would not have learned yet, many to go still. And, I am actually ok with him being gone.) Hopefully I don’t bore you with these stories, insights...whatever you want to call them,. But, I feel like for some reason I need to write them down. Whether it is to actually see what God is teaching me, or to touch someone else’s life…I don’t know. But, until I figure that out, I guess I will keep writing.

1 John 3: 20 For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I can say 159% that I am PROUD to be a NAVY WIFE!

Yes, I know that it has already been almost a month since the last time I put anything on the blog. To be honest, I don’t have any fantastic pictures to put up. So (my favorite word) you get to hear from my heart. I have been thinking a lot lately about what I have learned from David’s deployment. The number one thing is that I really don’t like deployments. J But apart from that there have been some pretty amazing lessons that I have already learned. Now there is no way that I am going to say that these experiences are unique to a Navy wife because honestly, there are a lot of career paths out there that take our husbands, or in some cases, the wife away from the home. But, here is part of what has been going on in my head the last almost 2 months (2 down, 5 to go!!!!)

I have to admit that when David first stepped on that ship and waved good bye it was a little exciting. Exciting to know that he was off to see parts of the world that we have never been to, get some amazing experiences, and frankly it was really fun to see the ship prepare to leave the Warf (never seen that before). I also knew that I had a road trip with my Dad ahead of me and was excited to get back to Minnesota.

Then night time came. I declare that there are three phases of going to bed that occur during separation from our spouses. First phase: Denial. I remember lying in bed and almost telling myself lies by having a conversation in my head that David would be back tomorrow. I closed my eyes as fast as I could once I got into bed and prayed that I would fall asleep quickly (thankfully God listened to my prayers). The first phase lasted a night or two and then came phase two: Hogging the bed! The bed that I sleep in here at my parent’s house is smaller than the one that David and I have, but we had just been here to visit my family a week before he left. We had shared this bed and experienced the tightness so when I came back and didn’t have to share I took advantage and slept on the whole bed. It was wonderful. (I tried as hard as I could to find one of the comic strips of a crazy lady taking up all the room on the bed, but I think someone is going to have to draw it as I couldn’t find one. ) That is, until phase three set in: Lonely again. This all happened within a week and a half and I laughed to myself as all of the sudden I was curled up on my side of the bed wishing David was behind me when just the night before I had claimed the whole bed as mine (!!!!!!!!!!!).

Now that I think about it and have actually written it all out I am going to have to add a fourth phase and that is where God has stepped in and been teaching me lessons beyond what I could have learned before. Phase four (prepare yourself it is a long one): Never go to bed without telling your spouse you love them, let them know they mean the world to you, kisses them, hug them, be selfless, and more than that, pray for them every day!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I can say 159% that I am PROUD to be a Navy Wife!

Yes, I know that it has already been almost a month since the last time I put anything on the blog. To be honest, I don’t have any fantastic pictures to put up. So (my favorite word) you get to hear from my heart. I have been thinking a lot lately about what I have learned from David’s deployment. The number one thing is that I really don’t like deployments. J But apart from that there have been some pretty amazing lessons that I have already learned. Now there is no way that I am going to say that these experiences are unique to a Navy wife because honestly, there are a lot of career paths out there that take our husbands, or in some cases, the wife away from the home. But, here is part of what has been going on in my head the last almost 2 months (2 down, 5 to go!!!!)

I have to admit that when David first stepped on that ship and waved good bye it was a little exciting. Exciting to know that he was off to see parts of the world that we have never been to, get some amazing experiences, and frankly it was really fun to see the ship prepare to leave the Warf (never seen that before). I also knew that I had a road trip with my Dad ahead of me and was excited to get back to Minnesota.

Then night time came. I declare that there are three phases of going to bed that occur during separation from our spouses. First phase: Denial. I remember lying in bed and almost telling myself lies by having a conversation in my head that David would be back tomorrow. I closed my eyes as fast as I could once I got into bed and prayed that I would fall asleep quickly (thankfully God listened to my prayers). The first phase lasted a night or two and then came phase two: Hogging the bed! The bed that I sleep in here at my parent’s house is smaller than the one that David and I have, but we had just been here to visit my family a week before he left. We had shared this bed and experienced the tightness so when I came back and didn’t have to share I took advantage and slept on the whole bed. It was wonderful. (I tried as hard as I could to find one of the comic strips of a crazy lady taking up all the room on the bed, but I think someone is going to have to draw it as I couldn’t find one. ) That is, until phase three set in: Lonely again. This all happened within a week and a half and I laughed to myself as all of the sudden I was curled up on my side of the bed wishing David was behind me when just the night before I had claimed the whole bed as mine (!!!!!!!!!!!).

Now that I think about it and have actually written it all out I am going to have to add a fourth phase and that is where God has stepped in and been teaching me lessons beyond what I could have learned before. Phase four (prepare yourself it is a long one): Never go to bed without telling your spouse you love them, let them know they mean the world to you, kisses them, hug them, be selfless, and more than that, pray for them every day!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Our Nature Outing

This past weekend was an outing with my Grandma and Grandpa Garland. We went for a nature drive up to around Green Lake (for those of you that were at our wedding and stayed at the camp, which is the lake, you were on) and walked around in Sibley Park. We had a blast as you will probably be able to tell (I am sure that you will also be able to tell that all of us are crazy and we come by it honestly…love you Grandma!!!). My little sister is getting so big! I am starting to feel old. HAHAHA!
Pretending he is sleeping, or just not wanting to be in the picture...I can't tell!

Take a close look, the natural faces are coming out. Those you see when they aren't flexing the face muscles.






Monkey #1


#2

3 and 4

and the 5th. If you didn't notice, my dad and grandpa convinently took off walking at a brisk pace when the pictures were being taken.

Can we say "It's really cold out here"?


REALLY COLD!



Love you guys!

This is why we went on the nature outing. It is so beautiful. And, will be even more so when the leaves turn colors. Only a couple had turned when we went.





Hi!

Yes, we are having way to much fun.


Don't do it! Don't do it!


The Lake


Nap time


They are all pointing at a "dead" fish that miraculously came back to life after several minutes.


Wait for it...

someone is going to get wet!


And, I think she is going to do it to herself. Don't ask me what she is doing, but I still love her.


So that was our little outing. Until next time...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A day at the farm in Min-a-sooooo-ta (to be said with your best Scandinavian accent)

Here are pictures of our time out at Nelson’s Farm (they are a family from church that have a hobby farm. They invite the church family to come out today and enjoy the farm). We had a wonderful time. And, this year, it was nice and warm out, unlike the freezing cold some years.


Squeeze in everyone!!! Literally!

So cute...yes, both of them.

We love mini donuts!




Follow the yellow brick road...


Josh going into the Big Black Super Scary Hole


Kahla’s natural look...and smell (j/k)




Into the Corn Maze we go...thankfully we didn't get too lost.







"I'M HUNGRY!!!"

"No…really…I am!"


"Faster, Daddy, Faster"

Yes, we are crazy, and that is a sod house.

Love it!

Finally…pumpkins to take home as souvenirs.