Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Can I take it?
Josiah received the cast iron from my parents and he loves it. I should go and take a picture of his motorcycle and show everyone his new pipes. We are enjoying them, Abby and I know when daddy is home now.
Josiah was the very kind to me this year and I got the rocking chair from him in this picture. I received the book from my mother. I love it, thanks for all the great gifts.
I think that I am all done for now. Good Night!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
See my pretty new dress everyone.
Thank you Megan for the bling. She wore it last sunday to church and She received a lot of nice comments about it.
Friday, December 14, 2007
She must be having a wounderful dream!
Welcome Abigail to our family!
Daddy - Daughter I will cherish this one.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
For the first time in our life we have Directv. Yeah, 200 channels and still nothing is on, although I do search out comedy central and other comedy sitcoms. One of my favorites to watch is Jeff Dunham and his puppets. What a riot!! He really brings them to life. He makes fun of himself, people in the audience, society... he is really good.
Everybody Loves Raymond. Who can not associate their family (or their spouse's family) to Raymond's? With a meddling mother, cranky father, gloomy and full of selfpity brother, and yourself not too smooth with words and getting yourself in trouble, how can it not be funny to watch? The things that get brought up are so close to truth. Sarah and I keep pointing out things during the show. "Hey, that's you." "Do I do that?"
It's fun to laugh. It's a stress release. Maybe if people laughed more we wouldn't have so many problems in the world.
Laugh Much. Enjoy Life.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Monday, Dec 3rd, I got promoted to Specialist (E-4). It's not a huge step in life but it is an important one. I have to have six months in grade before I can get my Sergeants stripes which is the big promotion. I have a lot of work ahead of me before I can get them.
It's nice to start moving up the food chain. As an civilian you can ask for a raise whenever you feel like you are worth more than you are getting paid. Here in the military it's almost socialistic. Everyone in the same rank/grade gets paid the same regardless of job. You're paid salary so sometimes you may work a 40 hour week or maybe a 80 hour week. You still get paid the same. You have to work at getting promoted.
Sarah got to pin me (velcro me?) which was really nice.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
The Saturday before we left for Maine, to pick up Abigail, we went to Sea World San Antonio with another couple. It was fun to relax and to see all of the animals.
These sea lions were part of a skit. It was pretty funny and quite entertaining.
What a beautiful day! The temp. was very nice and we thought it was even a bit hot but I guess the Texans didn't agree because the waterpark was closed. What a bummer.
Sarah and Lauren thinking that they needed to toss a couple of kids out of the way to take their pirate pictures. (JUST KIDDING) And they say that us husbands are childish and embarrassing.
And of course we had to see Shamu, the killer whale. The trainers must spend a good amount of time working with the animals to get them to respond so well. It was impressive to see them jumping out of the water, doing flips, splashing the audience,... I thought that going without children was a little silly but we all enjoyed it. The Army gave us free tickets to go. We plan on taking Abigail in a couple of years if we're still here in Texas.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Well, here we are folks. After putting on more than a million miles on our mini-van and what seemed like weeks of being on the road, we made our voyage to Maine and back and we have a child to prove it. Here is our new pride and joy, Miss Abigail Anne;
She weighed in at 8 lbs 7 oz and was 21" long. She has been a real trooper and has put up with two brand new parents who had to learn how to put diapers on and how to dress a wiggling, fussing baby. Mid-night feedings were a joy and after being poked in the ear by a half asleep dad, she learned to turn towards the bottle being jabbed at her. She would play the occasional trick of waiting until her diaper was off to go pee but her parents are quick learners and catch on fast. We now prepare things ahead of time.
She sleeps for about 3-4 1/2 hrs at a time we gives her weary parents enough time crash and burn for a bit to gather enough strength to do it again. The advantage of being bottle fed is that Sarah and I can take turns feeding Abigail at night. The hard part is that instead of having one parent who is well rested and can make rational decisions and one burnt out parent, Abigail had to put up with two semi rested and slightly toasted parents. I'm not sure which way is better. I do know that I can sleep in the mini-van, anyone's couch, and at the check line at Wal-Mart because there are always 50 people in line and only 3 registers open at a time.
Since being born she as experienced Wal-Mart, McDonalds, snow, her crazy cousins, Panera Bread, AC/DC, art school, Daryl and Toby, ten different states, and all in 3 weeks!
It's been crazy! We came how Monday night, carried in some essentials and crashed. Our house looks like a disaster. We suddenly have so much baby gear, thanks to our generous friends and family, and a little two bedroom ranch that doesn't have much closet space.
But do you know what is awesome,... snuggle time. When they snuggle themselves into a ball in your arms and you both pass out. It's been a long time coming for Sarah and I to have our own child and we feel very blessed and honored that Abigail's birth mother chose us to adopt her.
Thanks to all of our family and friends who have been putting up with us, helping us out, and being there for us. You guys are awesome!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I was one of the lucky guys from our company that got to go out to the range and clear a spot for some targets that were being brought in by helicopter. The range was difficult to get to so we flew in. The first day we flew in a Blackhawk, the second a Chinook. What a difference! It could be compared to driving our Neon (the Blackhawk) or driving a tour bus (the Chinook).
I perferred riding in the Blackhawk.
The Chinook is the workhorse of the helicopters. It can pick up a tremendous amount of weight. The pilots are amazing. They really showed off their skills placing the targets were they wanted them and flying us around.
Here is some of the ordnance that we blew up. There was stuff everywhere. It was one of my first range clearances and it was a lot of fun. We're hoping to do this again when they have more targets to bring out here. It sure beats working in the office.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
It's been really exciting for us. We have two weeks before we head out. We're making packing lists, lists of people to visit (schedule now with us!), things to bring, things to leave behind,... it's a whirlwind of paper, sticky notes, and pencils. We're excited about the new challenge of parenthood. Is an 8" cresent wrench good enough for a rattle? I did get her a Harley Davidson receiving blanket, in HD orange color. (Take that Barbie!) I did find some camoflauge infant clothes in the Cabela's catalog. And of course we'll have to get her a Boston Red Sox shirt. (Sarah isn't so thrilled with my fashion sense. hehehe)
We've been reorganizing the house a little, making room for Abigail and her new things that we have to get. (Military housing isn't the most spacious housing.) Now we have to think about child proofing things and keeping the dogs from slobbering all over her. (Does that count as bath time?)
Like I said, it's been fun and exciting as well as a little stressful. I hope that you guys bear with us. We'll keep everyone posted as we get closer to the adoption.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I thought that I would post some pictures of some stuff that we found at work and disposed of.
This is a 250lb practice bomb that the Naval Station dredged out of their lake. It's filled with concrete. It's funny to see the look on the guards faces when we roll through the gates at Ft Hood. We tell them not to mind the bomb in the back of the truck.
The guys strapped 20lbs of C-4 to the bomb and blew it up. All they found was concrete dust.
Here's a 60mm mortar that failed to fire so we blew it up with an old hand grenade that was found way in the back of a range. The grenade was rusted solid.
Here is a video of us at the range. We had a couple of blocks of C-4 left over so we decided to try to "punt" a 155mm practice projectile over the tree. The 155mm is filled with concrete. I would say that we made it.
I thought about trying out for the New England Patriots' new punter next season.