Monday, April 13, 2009

What a suprise!

I had taken Noah to band and as we were driving down our road I noticed our Church's van in our driveway.. I thought that was very odd, but figured there was some logical explanation, but certainly never thought it would be Jerry! lol
We got out of our van and the Children's Pastor got out with a video camera.. really wierd! lol Then I saw Jerry walking around the side of the van and just about passed out! I couldn't believe he was here! He kept telling me most likely he would be home in May or possible April.. It was the end of March and there he was! The kids were so exicted, as was I! The Church had known for a bit about it and had tried to set it up to suprise us actually in front of the whole Church but (thankfully for me!) his flight was delayed until Monday! So I got to skip being in front of the whole church (well, they did show the video, and I still looked silly!lol)
The time has gone really fast. Jerry leaves this Wed. We have had a wonderful time though. We went down to Vicksburg, MS to visit Jerry's family. Let me tell you what his sisters know how to cook and put on a meal. They are the most organized women I know.. I wish I had some of their cooking talent. They love to spoil their brother when he comes down too! They made some scrumptios meals! HUGE, yummy steaks, fried fish (that their daddy caught), and a really good chicken spaghetti. Oh and then there was desert.. So much for the diet while there, but oh so worth the calories!! ;-) They made a few different cheesecakes and they were tdf!!
The kids had a blast playing with their cousins and I so enjoyed the visit. I just wish the drive weren't so long. This time we did get a dvd player for the car and that helped quite a bit, except that Luke wanted nothing but Donkey Ollie!!
We took the kids to Branson for a few nights after our stay in MS. We got 2 day passes to Silver Dollar City. The first day was FREEZING! The only good thing was that the kids got to pretty much ride the rides nonstop if they wanted! We only stayed a few hours though before we were frozen like popsicles and HAD to leave. We stayed at a Condo that is operated by our Sunday school teacher. IT was wonderful and homey and anything you could possible need. So if you are ever going to stay in Branson make sure you make arrangements ahead of time to stay at one of Larry and Joan's condos or cabins.. great price and great place!! Here is the link to their site:
Our second day at Silver Dollar City was much better then the first with beautiful weather! We spent a few hours there that day also and then made our way back home.. It is always so much fun to take trips, but oh so wonderful to get home!
We had a great service at Church yesterday and then just spent the rest of the day relaxing. Jerry took the boys to a movie and I spent the day enjoying a quieter house and reading a few books on homesteading... I am making plans for our more "self-sufficient" lifestyle. I have to plan where we will move the garden to this year, the past two years we haven't had the best of luck with anything except cucumbers.. lol We are going to get some chickens for fresh eggs, and some rabbits for meat and a goat or two to help with grass control and possibly later some milk.. we shall see... alot of research and planning still needs to go into it.
Well, my dh is up finally so this is all for today!

Picture was taken during our tour of "Marvel Cave" in Silver Dollar City.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Worked on the house today!

It has been a very long day today! My mom and sister came over to help work on the house. My sister's job was the bathroom, mom had the laundry room. When Jerry gets home from Afghanistan then if we are still in this house we will totally redo the bathroom, but we needed something going now! Michelle did good. It is already looking much warmer and definately more relaxing looking. I can already "see" how it will look done, not perfect, but oh so much more livable! All I will need to really finish it off will be a nice scentsy plug in! ;-)

My mom worked in the laundry room and filled in the cracks and did some other work in there, tomorrow she will paint that. It will be nice to have it done too... not sure what color we will use in there yet, but we have enough cans of paint I am sure we have something that will do! lol

I am going to start work on the boys homemade bunk beds tomorrow. I still am unsure of what color I am going to paint them, but I will figure it out tomorrow.. Something, anything will be better then what we have now, nothing! lol

The boys are so excited about everything, they even wanted to "start packing" already! Talk about anxious! I will try and post some new pictures tomorrow of the progress! I am wiped out now and going to sleep finally!! ;-)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This is looking at our home from the very back of the yard.

Okay, I am totally lost on this putting the pictures in the post.. this second picture is part of the ditch they dug to prevent flooding.

Going to try one more of the cracks forming...