Friday, July 21, 2017

Random Memories

Houston
Elaine came home with this platter of food from a crab boil down the street.
She didn't want to eat a single piece of it, but was proud of her gathering skills.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Important Work

We paused after for a family photo.
 

But that day, the kids all helped pin rank on their dad.
 

It was serious business.
 

And complicated, all those bells and whistles.
 

And we reaffirm again that we all will serve, but the children were already eyeing the cakes by this point.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Ladies!

I look like I have it all under control that day, right?!
I recall laughing a lot when the nurse said they needed to test whether my water had actually broken.  Then, I think I wrenched that handle right off the side of the bed and attempted to beat someone with it.
 

We were prepared!
 

Really prepared.
 



And then we had the help of the nurses, and we stayed there in the hospital as long as allowed because we knew we could never really be prepared.
 


And soon, we did not have the help of the nurses any longer...
 

And we were so unprepared for your brightness and humor and magic.
You've added it every day for 10 years now (some days more than others),
and I cannot wait for the next 10 ladies.
 
Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vegetable Garden

At the school, definitely not our house.
At the school just across the park that the ladies will go to this fall.
We just need to get them registered.
One thing at a time.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Found While Unpacking

Nicholas's lotion with a threat:
"I'm coming for you."
 
Life at 10 and 11, fascinating. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Congratulations Patric!

And during our first weekend here, we had our first houseguests!
 

For a very important ceremony.
 

Congratulations Lieutenant-Colonel Stuber.
We are so very proud of you.

You can tell because we even got all dressed up for the event!
 

To me, you are still the man who gives me the real chair when we have the choice of the chair or the bean bag, which make me smile 20 years into this journey.  That you will give me the chair and also that you can actually get out of a bean bag without falling over...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Dog

Is settling in.
A little more inside time.
A lot less freedom to run.
Getting used to walks on a leash.
But he will always want more popcorn.