I can't believe that it is already Halloween weekend!!! I am looking forward to seeing all the kids trick or treating on post in their costumes.
I have been keeping very busy lately and yesterday it all paid off. We had our Battalion Fall Festival and it was awesome!!! We had food, games, prizes, cotton candy (which was a huge hit) and special "care packages" for the kids. Everyone involved put so much work into it and the kids had a great time. Almost everyone came in costume and we had a great time. I didn't take a lot of pictures but our Rear D Commander was walking around taking pictures so hopefully we will get them soon.
I am finally feeling like it is fall here in NC. It has been abnormally hot for this time of year and today it is finally hoodie weather!! Yay! I am enjoying a quiet day at home snuggled up on the couch with candles lit and watching movies on Netflix. Tomorrow, I am going to a pumpkin patch and corn maze with a friend, I went last year and loved it! After that we will be going back to Vander Haunted Trail, this time without our hubbies (we all 4 went last year) but with Kyle deployed and her husband a chicken it will be us girls lol.
Sunday, I have a Super Coffee brunch to attend with our Brigade at the Fort Bragg Club. It will be all of the coffee groups in attendance and it should be a great time for all of us to get together. We are all just anxiously awaiting our spouses to return so it is a nice distraction.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and a wonderful Halloween on Monday. I hope I can get rid of my 35lbs of candy but I shouldn't have a problem, I will easily get hundreds of trick or treaters. Here is a pic of my candy:
I am sure most of you have heard the news regarding the war in Iraq (if not go here: CNN). All I can say is THANK GOODNESS!!!! This means I get my hubby back sooner rather than later! We obviously don't know when yet but it's coming and I couldn't be more excited!
I can't wait to see this face again:
So proud of him and his entire Brigade!!
(He is the 2nd from the left behind the battalion commander)
So I am just going to have an internal party until he is finally back in my arms haha!
This past weekend I drove up to Virginia to see my brother. My sister, Lisa and sister-in-law Rachel were in on a surprise. We knew that my Dad was flying in Thursday night to surprise my brother. Lisa and I were on the phone when my Dad knocked on the door and what an awesome reaction we heard from our brother.
I got there Friday afternoon and we had a fun weekend of hanging out and racing. My Dad and brother got to race together for the first time and it was great!! We also got to go to the Homecoming Football game at my niece's HS, she does color guard and it was really cool.
Probably one of the greatest moments of the weekend was when my Dad was reunited with one of his brothers after 15 years. Tears were flowing and it was just so wonderful to see them together again. It was a great weekend. Here are a few pictures:
My niece, Taylor
Dad and my Uncle Paul reunited!
My Dad and brother, Mike
My nephew, Micheal
My brother and sister-in-law cooking dinner
I also have to share these two wonderful pictures of my sister and her family. Lisa, Kylie, and Grayson were able to go to Phoenix to see Chris while he was working at the race:
Proud parents and their babies!!!
These next few weeks are going to be super busy for me. I have so many obligations with the FRG going on that everyday I have either a meeting, planning event or actual event. I am loving every second of it!!!
I hope you all are having an awesome week so far!!!
Since Kyle left almost 5 months ago we set a few goals for ourselves while he was gone. I am sooo happy that we are making our way down the list and checking things off. Here is our list and what we have accomplished:
pay off credit card ✔
build up savings (this is a constant work in progress)
donating or throwing out stuff we don't need ✔
pay more of the principal balance on my car loan ✔
invest money ✔
It has been so nice following through and getting these goals complete. The biggest goal was getting our credit card paid and a huge weight has been lifted.
It seems like I haven't really sat down and written a real blog post in quite some time. I have been keeping very busy with FRG stuff. I am our treasurer, a key caller and part of the care team. We are in the process of planning our Fall Festival and we think it is going to be a wonderful event for all the families. We will have games, cookie decorating, decorating pumpkins (we opted against carving haha), and lots of prizes to give out. My friends Melanie, Karrie and I decided to dress up as the 3 Blind Mice, something simple but hilarious.
This weekend was pretty low-key for me. I spent pretty much all afternoon yesterday washing both vehicles. Let me tell you Kyle's car could have easily been an all day adventure lol. I really hadn't touched his car except to occasionally drive it, so it was a mess. It is spotless now and hopefully will stay that way even after he is home.
Today, I hung out with a good friend of mine. We shopped, had lunch and just enjoyed a girls day. It was nice to be out and about. Now it is time to just relax and enjoy a quiet evening.
I am sitting here thinking about how fast time has been going lately. I then realized that it has been 6 months since my beautiful Mom lost her battle with cancer. Everyday I remember things about her, how she talked, how she laughed and how she smiled. There will never be anyone like her she was truly one of a kind. On top of it being 6 months since she passed on Tuesday the 4th would have been my parents 31st wedding anniversary. These next few days will have some emotion but we will all celebrate her in our own way. I know without a doubt she is watching over all of us.
I love you, Mom!!! I am thankful that God chose me to be your daughter. I hope I can be as amazing to my children as you were to us.