Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Father Knows Best

On the highway going toward base, there is a motorcycle training course with jumps, ramps, even a bin full of foam and sponges to learn how jump without hurting the rider. (Evidently, the guy that grew up there is on on the pro circuit now.)

ANYWAY, the point is, that every time we drive by there, my youngest son must curtail his coveting and wipe the drool from his face. He talks about how cool it would be to try to jump his bike off these ramps and how it would be really cool if the famlily would open it to "boys with bikes that want to fly."

Jaden's nickname is not "Danger Boy" without reason.

We were coming back from Mass the other day, and of course, the boy starts dreaming. Again. "That would be SO cool!" he exclaims. "I just wish they would let me try it," he sighs.

Then a hopeful, "Dad, will you build me a ramp like that? But for bikes?"

Without missing a beat Chuck responds, "We don't live close enough to a hospital, son."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Overheard from the back seat, after Craig's TB shot, as the boys are examining the "bump" on his arm:

"Cool! Can I flick it?"

Monday, August 10, 2009

Missoula Children's Theater '09

The boys had a great time participating in the Missoula Children's Theater production of Cinderella last week. If you are not familiar with this program, it only takes ONE week to turn out a pretty good little program. Craig was a Town Crier and Jaden was Fido the dog. Both did a good job, and look forward to another play in a year.

Here are some pics:

Conversation With a Boy

I was walking through the garage this morning, and noticed the garbage sitting by the door that needed to be taken to the street can. I said to Jaden, "Oh yeah, Daddy wanted you to take that out!"

Jaden, in an exasperated tone, "I thought I just DID take that out!"

Without a pause (because this is my life) I retorted, "Well obviously's still there."

Did he think, that by saying he thought he already had, that by some genius stroke of luck, it would be ME that was crazy and there really never was a bag of garbage sitting there?!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Take Five Friday

1. I have had three people in the past two days ask me what is up with my blog, why I haven't been updating. I apologize. And trust me when I say I am doing you a favor: Do you REALLY want to hear me say, "It's really hot and dry here and we don't really like it so far..." every single day? I didn't think so!

2. It HAS been really hot and dry here. Like 100 and up for a month. We have cabin fever, only in the summer instead of the winter. We have only had one vehicle since we have been here, which has presented some logistical issues.

3. We live five miles off base, but then Chuck has another 10 miles across base to his actual work place. Not all that easy to zip home if we need the car, and the prospect of getting up at 0500 to take him wasn't all that appealing, either. If, you look up the definition of "morning person" in the dictionary, MY picture will NOT be there!

So, this week, we finally got a second vehicle. It's a pretty nice little pick-up, a 2000 Ford Ranger, super cab, that will do well on gas AND haul our camping stuff. We're all pretty exicted. Me especially since, "I got my car back! I. got. my. car. back!" I sing as I do my happy dance.

4. Chuck and I FINALLY went on a date last Saturday. We went to lunch and movie and had uninterrupted adult conversation! It was REALLY nice. Between trying to get settled and his work schedule, this was a much needed respite. AND we found a sitter that actually interacted with the boys, played games, the house wasn't trashed when we got home and the boys loved her. THAT is a big bonus!

5. We went to a membership appreciation dinner at the club on base and they were giving away FREE (nice) backpacks loaded with school supplies to the kids. I was SO excited...that stuff adds up! I jokingly say that we spend their college tuition on school supplies, events, fund raisers and projects, so I am NOT too proud to take anything free!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Small Successes


1- I planned the week's menu and went grocery shopping WITH A LIST for the first time since we've moved.

2- I found spots for the boys at the youth center so that I can go to a spouse briefing on base tomorrow.

3- I am making a concerted effort to "find the beauty" in a rather ugly, dry, and dead looking geographical area. It's amazing what really is there when once chooses to change their focus.(Kind of like life, sometimes, right?!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco