Monday, June 23, 2008
Today marks 300 DAYS left in this deployment! We have made it 1/4 of the way! I am amazed that it has already been 100 days (actually longer if you count training). Looking back it seems to have gone fast, but in the thick of it, it does not seem fast at all. It is still overwhelming to think that we have 300 more days of this...we will get through! God has been so good to us to this point and I know He will continue to strengthen us and gives us the grace that we need for each day.
To mark the "occasion" Kim and I had lunch (with no children! I actually ate a complete meal for the first time in 100 days) After lunch we had retail therapy then pedicures! (hence the picture of our toes)
Last week the kids, my mom, and I took a quick trip to Tennessee to visit with my grandparents. We had such a fantastic visit! I loved spending time with my grandparents. One of the days we visited with my Mama Carmela. Lets just say that she spoiled my kids and ruined them with sugar :) But she spoiled me as well :) that is what grandparents are for though right??? This picture is while the kids played in her yard in the sprinkler and ate Popsicle's. They had an amazing time!
While in Tennessee we also got to visit with my Papa. While we were there he got his report back that says his cancer has not spread. We are so thankful for the wonderful news. Praises to the Lord for this!!! Thank you all for your prayers...keep them coming. We had a blast at Papa's house. While we were there Papa and Mama Beth sent mom and me to have a massage. Talk about total pampering! It was the best massage I have ever had! It relaxed me too much probably which is not good when you have 2 toddlers to chase :) The kids had a great time playing at Papa and Mama Beth's house. Madeline helped Papa cook steaks and Jackson got to eat a bowl of ice cream at 9 pm (where else can you get away with this except at a grandparents house??)
The kids got to play with my cousin Micheal. They had a blast with him. Rode bikes. Ran in the yard. Played football. This picture was taken while Madeline was trying to attack Jackson with kisses.
Paula's Party update: Still no word on when the shows that Aimee and I will be on are going to air. I check the food network website weekly, but it has not been put on the schedule yet. I will let you know as soon as I see it though. If you are interested in seeing a picture from it though, check out the latest edition of Cooking With Paula Deen magazine. Turn to page 16 and there is picture of Paula and Jason Priestly and I am in the picture. I laughed at loud when I saw it! Unfortunately, Aimee can not be seen, but she is there :)