Yep, I went there. Today I ventured into the world of the base chapel and found that I loved it. Why? Because when I walked in there were more "temporarily" single moms than couples. There was a girl who sat down next to Kaelyn and her dad had left on very short notice just a day or so ago and she looked at Kaelyn and calmly said, "My daddy went away on an airplane to a different country.". Kaelyn looked at her and said, "My daddy is gone too." We, the girls and I, don't stick out here...we don't get the curious glances as to, "Is she married? Is she single? Why isn't her husband here?" and I don't feel the need to find a way to justify myself, my situation or clear the air in a conversation. (I once was walking in an airport pregnant with both the girls and I got/overheard some comments regarding "what kind of man would let his wife do this" and I quickly replied "one who has orders to go fight in a war". That not only shut them up but got me some really great help getting through security). I don't get the well intended comments that can be just a tad painful on those hard to adjust days...we just get a smile from someone who has been there...someone who understands without asking and prays for me, for their loved ones, and for my kids. I won't say this is our home church now, but I will say it was very nice and refreshing to walk into a place where everyone already knew my story.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
I don't know what drove me to the brink of insanity...but whatever it was...Thank you! I had a wonderful Friday evening with my "military family" and they were always there to lend a hand with carrying things to the beach or taking my fearless two year old out into the ocean.
She was way too comfortable with the waves. She would go out as far as she could, get knocked down, tumble in the undertow and start to get carried back out....come up coughing and smiling and do it again....and again...and again. Thank you peanut shell for the awesome sling which lets me snag my child!
With a shovel...
Saturday, August 21, 2010
2 years! I can’t look at you now and imagine you, my chubby little toddler on the cusp of becoming a preschooler as the sweet baby full of spunk despite being born 5 weeks early. You have grown from a tiny little curly haired quiet baby in your first few days of life to a child who has ALWAYS had a voice that was meant to be heard. I admire you ability to stand up for yourself, perhaps it has something to do with being the second child, but I have never had to worry that you were being left out or mistreated…you would have let me know.
You have a smile and a personality that can charm even the coldest heart or soothe even the most frustrated Mom. You are definitely your own person, and very different from your sister. I love that! I love how you can smile and just brighten my day, how you are so quick to give a hug or a kiss, how you love your little brother just a little too much and how you can annoy your sister with just a look.
Unlike your sister, you are not interested in coloring (although you no longer eat the crayons or markers which is a HUGE step in the right direction).
But you talk so much better than she did a this age! Matter of fact, you amaze me with your understanding of language and the way the world works!
You are counting, jumping, climbing, running and riding your bike like you wouldn’t believe.
You are such an inquisitive creature, now I just have to harness that tendency in the right direction!
Anna, I am so blessed to be your mother and I can’t wait to see what person you become.
I love you baby (sorry this is so late in being posted)
Posted by Brandie at 7:00 AM
Sunday, August 15, 2010
We kind of have a traditional way of “saying goodbye” to our Main Man (here is the post on that), and this last time hasn’t been any different other than we got to have a really AWESOME date night, compliments of one of my best friends out here.
Ryan enjoying his Adult beverage!
Daddy helping Nolen sit up!
Followed by some Comic book Story time.
All and All, it’s been a good send off! Now it’s sink or swim time! I’m a pretty good swimmer!
Posted by Brandie at 11:01 AM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Posted by Brandie at 7:59 PM
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
But, then reality happened...and I have piles of laundry in the corner of my room (but it's clean and that's half the battle) that I just knocked off the bed after INTENDING to put it away so that I can sleep.
Anna bit Kaelyn, Kaelyn cried, Anna pushed Kaelyn, Kaelyn cried...Nolen kicked his foot THROUGH his zippered sleeper (and yes I mean he BROKE his zipper!), He spit up, he peed...and suddenly it dawned on me...
Drum roll please, 3 kids is a lot!
But give me a few more weeks and I'll find my balance! There is a lot of things going on around here and I am just choosing to focus on the positive
Ryan leaves in a few days, but he IS here
Nolen isn't sleeping, but he IS gaining weight
Anna isn't playing nice with Kaelyn, but she IS potty trained
Kaelyn isn't doing school right now, but she IS learning to read
The laundry isn't put away, but it IS clean!
There isn't any sugar or other basics, but there IS meals (thank you squadron AND MOPS)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Yes...you read that right! On July 21 (the day Ryan was supposed to be flying out) at 9:45 am we delivered a healthy baby BOY! Nolen Ryan McAdams (no, it's not after the baseball player, Nolen is a name we like and Ryan is my husband's name. His family has a tradition of using the father's first name as a middle name. Just a happy coincidence!) weighed 6 lbs 10.5 ozs and was 19.5 inches long. He is perfectly healthy although super skinny and long. He has the biggest little hands with crazy long fingers and arms! Sweet little monkey toes and a head full of hair!
Posted by Brandie at 11:37 AM