Saturday, June 28, 2008

"Dancer's R Us"

I did not get any pictures of the Inside or Outside of Chrysler Hall. This is where she performed her End of Year Recital. It was a Very Beautiful place to Dance, IMO. :) Enjoy!
2nd Floor Inside Lobby...

FYI: The camera got left at the house by accident. :(:(:( I was sooooo bummed, you have NO IDEA. :(:(:(.... So i bought a Instant Camera. I have to be glad i got a Few pic's. It could have been worst, and had No Pic's... Enjoy the pictures!

Olivia, before the show.

Olivia with one of her friends.
Getting ready to Dance... how exciting! All the chickens. 10 in all... :) Most of the girls are 7... some are 8. Olivia is the only 6 yr old. She did so wonderful... especially if you think she was the youngest in the group. Not a Step missed! :)
Olivia & Evan after the show. She wanted to go to Cold Stone for Ice cream. She is so proud of her trophy. :) Grandma-ma got her a beautiful crown for her "princess". :)

I don't have pictures of the Actual Dance, as we are not allowed to photograph the performance. But, here are a few pictures back stage, before they went on.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's been a While!

It has been a Long 10 days (or so). I have a ton of things to share, I will just be adding Slowly!
During the 10 days... I had Meemaw come and Visit (My Grandmother) & Grandma-ma (My Mother). We also had a 2 day Dance Rehearsal & Recital. On top of that, We had a Little Mini-Vacation (with the Family... dinners/going new places).
Also Olivia Started Summer Enrichment! So, it's been busy!
Olivia did Tap this year (last year was Gymnastics's and the year before... Ballet). She was in a production called "Dancer's R Us" and she was in Animal Alley. (Like the Stuffed Animal Toy isle) She was a Chicken... and was Adorable! (I personally loved GI Joe's... Pirates... and Star Wars!! How Creative!)
So....... ! I will be back later to add more! Enjoy!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Evan, Bike Riding, {Love this Picture...}

I love this photo of Evan riding his bike. His face is So Clear, and Everything else is blurry... Perfect for me. ;) He just loves that little bike. {Thanks Jess!!}

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ok, ... It's Real... We Are Going to Japan! OMG!

I know you all will think i am CRAZY... but i Miss This Stuff! Corn Soup in a Can? This will be one of the 1st things i Eat/Drink out of a Vending Machine! :) haha!!!

Today, about 9:30 am i got a call from the Clinic. We all passed our Overseas Screening. We are Cleared and Ready to go! OMG!

It never really sunk in... Now, i feel like it's REAL!

Holy Crap~!

School's Out!

Olivia with her teacher (and teachers daughter). This is Directly after school, on the last day.
Olivia w/ her friends (Arizona and Domonik) and brother. Walking home... Evan riding his bike.

Creating the Navy Wife

I was sent this e-mail from my Hubby... Who ever wrote this was right on!! What a Great (fw)E-mail!

When the good Lord was creating Navy wives, he was into his sixth day of overtime.
An angel appeared and said, are you having a lot of trouble with this one? Whats wrong with the standard model?
The Lord replied, have you seen the specifications on, this order? She has to be completely independent, must be sponsored to get on the base and have the quality of both mother and father during cruises; be a perfect hostess to 4 or 40; run on black coffee; handle emergencies without a BUPERS manual; be able to handle the flu, birthdays and move around the world if need be on a moments notice; have a kiss that can heal anything from a child's torn valentine to her husbands weary day; have the patience of a saint when waiting for the ship to come in; and have six pairs of hands.
The angel shook her head slowly and said six pairs of hands! No way! And the Lord answering, don't worry, we'll create other navy wives to help. Besides, it's not the hands that are causing the problem; it's the heart. The heart must swell with pride in her husband, sustain the ache of separations, beat on soundly and strongly when it's too tired to do so, and be large enough to say, I understand when she really doesn't and say I love you regardless.
Lord, said the angel touching his sleeve gently, come to bed, you can finish this tomorrow.
I can't, said the Lord. I'm so close to creating some- thing unique. Already I have one that heals herself when she is sick, can feed three unexpected guests who were stuck in the area due to bad weather, and can wave goodbye to her husband from a pier or runway and fully understand that it is important to our country that he leaves.
The angel circled the model of the navy wife very slowly. It's too soft, she sighed.
But tough. Said the Lord excitedly. You cannot image what this woman can do or endure.
Can she think? Asked the angel.
Can she think! Why she can covert 1400 to 2:00 p.m.
Finally the angel bent over and gently ran her fingers across the model's cheek. There's a leak, she pronounced. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.
It's not a leak, said the Lord. It's a tear.
What for? Asked the angel. It's for joy sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, and pride! You're a genius, exclaimed the angel...the Lord looked somberly at the angel and replied I didn't put it there.

Monday, June 9, 2008

~Heat Wave!!~

We spread the pool out & get all the wrinkles out... then start filling. It took the better part of 3+ hours to fill it up. Maybe even 4 hours.

Daddy having fun w/ the kiddo's.
Olivia, being Cute as ever!
Olivia, Again... she is NOT Camera Shy! Evan on the other hand... he could, as always... care less!
I just LOVE this picture! Love it!
This picture was taken in the evening, right before bed. The pool was full... and they wanted to try the new (and fun of course) Ladder.

Olivia, getting her feet wet.
Evan, ...'Its tooooo deep!' He is a sweeeetie pie!
Here in Virginia, we have been dealing with a MAJOR Heat Wave! For at least 3~4 days it's been 95+ degrees, in the shade! (My car-port temp reader... also the weather channel... haha)
It's going to be something like 99 tomorrow... in the shade, sooooooooo we went out today, and got our new Pool. :)
We had a "fast set" pool last year. I think it cost 60$ at the NEX... and it was GREAT!
Except... the pump burnt out, because of Human error... :(... and it cost 60$ to replace the pump haha... so i thought, NOPE.... i will just Donate the pool, and buy another one this year.
So, thats what we did...

Last years pool was 8 feet across by 30 inches deep.
(Great for a 5 yr old and a few friends. Evan had a blast too... although a little big for him with out Mommy.)
This years pool is 12 feet across by 36 inches deep... a Big Momma compared to last years.
Honestly, i did not realize how big until we got it all set up. It was a shocker! haha!
(I should have known... because it did come with a Ladder, LMAO!!!)

Ok,.... here are the pic's!
Olivia, in her *new* GAP Suit w/ optional skirt! Love her suit!!! (I love online shopping)
Evan, as always Thomas the Train... from last year. He also got a *new* suit... but it was washing.
The kids are "All American" this year. Evan is Red, White & Blue w/ Star Prints & Olivia is White & Blue w/ Star Print! ;)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

OSS Submitted

Friday: We All went and got our TB test's read. Everything is Good.
Then we dropped Olivia back off @ School.
Then, we drove across town and submitted all our Over Seas Screening Packets (including Dental).

We sat around at the office for a while. They looked through ALL our records and asked LOTS of questions.

After that was done... they accepted everything (btw: you have to have everything done for them to look at your records and 'get screened'. Depending on what your Medical / Dental records look like, it may take longer.)

If your headed to Yokosuka... here is a Great link for OSS


Friday, June 6, 2008

Olivia's Kindergarten ~End of Year Ice Cream Party~

Look at Evan's Face! haha [Click on the Pictures to make them Bigger! :)]

Evan, Being such a Good Boy!

On Thursday Olivia's Class had a End of Year Party. It was Really fun... and Memorable. Enjoy! :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

This week, Overseas Screening...

Monday: Evan & Mommy got Immunizations. Took all day w/ getting OSS Paper work filled out, and Records Checked out... Just plan to be there for a few hours!
Tuesday: Olivia got her Immunizations up to date. We also tried to get our clinic Switched to a Closer one, did not happen.
Wednesday: Run and get all copy's of records from all our Dentists, all over town~! Fun Fun
Thursday: Dental Exams for all

They said 30 days Max... i am hoping for a Quicker Response!
&fingers crossed&

Olivia's Kindergarten ~Moving Up Ceramony~

On Tuesday Olivia's School had a Kindergarten "Graduation"... of sorts. It was 'cute' and 'fun'... I got only a Few pic's... Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Busch Gardens [family photos]

Here are some pictures i took of our 'Family Trip'... (you know Kitty,... your Family is part of our Family!... ;) )
I did *not* get any pictures of the Big coasters we rode... or any of the *cool* rides Olivia got to ride. This is because we had to leave all Camera's behind. So, i only got pictures when i sat behind w/ Evan, and found a good photo spot :(.
A lot of these pictures are of Evan and the Girls having fun on the Children (toddler) sized rides. They did enjoy those type too... mostly because there was No Wait... and they just could ride and ride... ;)

~Jeffery & Evan~

~Olivia & Evan~

~Ethan, Amelia 5, Evan 3, Mikaela 7, Olivia 6 & Jeffery 11~

~Evan, having some fun in a arcade, while the big kids rode a 4~D ride~



~The kids standing in front of the Griffin Roller Coaster. The guys rode it 1st,... and then I rode w/ Ethan and Jeff. It's the Worlds Tallest Dive Coaster, (205 feet up... 90 degrees straight down). Amazing! Fun~

You have to watch this Video of The Griffin Coaster, AWESOME Video! Awesome ride!!!

~Olivia & Mak~

~Baby Bumpers~

~All the Kiddos~
~What a cute water ride... especially for Evan. I think Olivia thought it was a little baby, but she had a blast doing it with Evan!!~

~Olivia, after one of the water rides... i think the Rapids~

~The guys & the kids (minus Evan, Kitty & I) were all on this boat! What Fun!~

~Again, everyone but Evan, Kitty & I (Kitty got Sun Sickness, and had to rest for a bit mid-day)... I love that ride!~

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! I wish i would have had more pictures... but i was not Camera Happy this year.