Saturday, November 23, 2013


Remember when I said I would fill you in on all our gossip and I needed to make our blog private because, well, here it is...

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This is what one year of your life would look like all packed up.

It's a long story... the ending result being JC is currently in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Force Base working for possibly the next year.  (We are currently working and hoping to cut that down to six months.)  

JC left November 1st and spent two weeks in Indianapolis for training.  He actually really enjoyed the training which included "playing" paintball of sorts in an abandoned mental hospital.  Simulations of all sorts of drills, bombs going off, one that resulted in him being drug down the hall by a "terrorist" (an Afghani man hired by the contracting company to pretend to be a terrorist... Ironic right?)  He spent lots of time on the shooting range and learning about Afghanistan culture.  

Today will mark his first week in Afghanistan.

SO... I am sure you are wondering "Why?"  "What the heck?"  and "Are you crazy?"  

I get that a lot.

It has been a very long thought process.  A lot of praying and knowing what to do.  It was our choice.  Nobody forced us to do this.  We made the decision.  There are tons of reasons why we did this and when we thought about it and put it on paper they seemed to outweigh the bad.  So many good reasons to do it - a years time seemed like a small price to pay.

AND, yes JC is in a safe place. (or so he tells me.)

It was a long road just getting accepted for the position.  We felt really good about the decision and were confident in being able to do it.  JC was supposed to leave last July.  Unfortunately, things happened and we didn't think he was going to go at all and then... things came together and we realized we had a month before he was going to leave.

October flew by and we spent every minute we could together as a family enjoying our every day moments.

 At first the plan was for me to go stay with my family for a year, but it just didn't feel right.  My friends are here, the boys friends are here, and sadly, Utah isn't my home anymore. (Or at least at the moment).  We love our Ward family and have so many good friends that take care of us and I know I can count on if I need them. I have already been overwhelmed by so many offers. :)  Thank You.  I promise to call if I need anything.

We get to talk to JC daily via facetime and texting.  He is doing the same job there as he has been doing here.  It just gives him some different experience and opens up a few doors.  When he is done his job here will be waiting for him... no matter when he decides to come home. 

When he does come home we promised our boys a trip to Disney World. :)

I am beyond thankful for the man I married.  The sacrifice he is willing to make for a better future for our family and our boys is pretty much the most humbling thing I've ever watched anyone do.  He loves his boys beyond measure and would do anything for them.  He is a great catch, the most amazing perfect man ever, and I am the luckiest girl to call him mine.  We sure love him and look forward to every moment we get to talk to him.

AS for me... over the next year or so I hope you don't mind me using this blog as a vent :) or a way to share our life at home with JC while he is gone.  I'd still love your comments, questions, etc.  Like I said support is great... knowing people are there and care about you is what helps me get through this. 



Friday, November 22, 2013


For some reason clear back in August we decided the boys were going to be Star Wars characters for Halloween.  I honestly have no idea why... I am not a Star Wars fan.  Is it wrong to say I hate the movies??  I pretty much hate all science fiction.  I'm a realist. :)  If it's never going to happen in my life time, I really don't want to watch it.  My husband hates that I have no desire to watch Lord of the Rings with him and my friends are in awe that I have never seen a Harry Potter movie let alone read one of the books.  I can't fake it.  It just isn't me.  Awful I know, but I'm not sorry about it.  I enjoy a good romance or historical book any day... put the two together and you can count on not seeing me for about four hours. 

Back to Star Wars... The only thing I like about Star Wars are the little Ewoks.  Just because I remember when I was little and "forced" to watch the movies they reminded me of cute little teddy bears and I really wanted one.  Now I have my very own.  My little Kamden was the cutest Ewok.  Nolan- Yoda.  Zenock - Darth Vader and JC... not sure what he is.  Just something he picked up when he was in Saudi Arabia for work a couple years ago.

We showed up to our Ward (church) party like this and won a gift card to 32 degrees.  My favorite ice cream heaven.

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Our actual Halloween wasn't the happiest this year.  It was down pouring rain and we thought we would go downtown Madison to the festival (they were moving it indoors).  When we got there, we realized everyone else had the same idea.  So we hurried home and trick or treated in the rain for about five houses.  We unfortunately have some grumpy old scrooges in our Neighborhood who don't believe in passing on the traditions they had when they were little.  Luckily, those five houses basically dumped their candy bowls in my boys bags so they were plenty happy. :)

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Pumpkin Night

I wanted to do something fun for our FHE (family night) before JC left.  So I made a fun dinner in a pumpkin with some Halloween sides and then we carved our pumpkins.  Nothing all that exciting, just a fun evening with each other.

Nolan hated the pumpkin guts (sad face again :), Zenock dug right in, and it took a bit of coaxing to get Kamden to put his hands inside, but he eventually did it.  Nolan decided later to eat the seeds and throw them across the floor.

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And a few extras...  My boys think my living room is a baseball field.  I don't know how many times I can say, "No throwing balls in the house."  BUT, when Dad is the one pitching, anything I say is void.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lyons Farms

Some friends invited us to spend the day at Lyons Farms for their little boys Birthday.  We were already planning on going and excited we could go with them.

I love pumpkin farms.  You can't have Fall with out a visit to the pumpkin farm... it kind of completes the deal.  Next year, I think we are going to have to make more than one trip.  Fall this year was/has been so beautiful and the perfect weather.  Just this week it has started to get a bit cold outside.  I finally noticed today the leaves falling off of my tree. 

Back to the pumpkin farm... I have to mention our great parenting moment.  My Zenock and Kamden were standing in line for the slide and I was over talking with some other parents next to JC... watching them stand in line.  I looked away for two seconds and when I looked back Kamden wasn't holding Zenock's hand.  I walked over to Zenock and asked him where he was wondering if maybe he had gone up the slide already.  He said he ran over to the pumpkin bounce house.  I walked over there and Kamden wasn't anywhere in sight.  SO... this is a pretty big pumpkin farm and it was a Saturday afternoon which meant it was JAM PACKED.  I kind of started to freak out.  My kids have walked off before and I've always been really calm about it, but not quite this time.  I ran to ask JC to help me look for him and we started running all over the place.  What felt like 15 minutes later (probably more like 5), I hear this Mom behind me say something like, "You think they were over here..."  I turn around and she is holding my Kamden who is sobbing.  Apparently, he had run clear to the front entrance yelling for us, saying he couldn't find his Mom and Dad.  I have no idea why or why he let go of Zenock's hand.  I am just so glad it was a sweet/kind lady who found him.  She said as soon as she saw him she grabbed him just because she didn't want him to be grabbed by the wrong person.  I could have - should have hugged the women!

The rest of our day was pretty uneventful, but lots of fun.  Moral of the day... Don't trust six year olds. :)  Love them, just don't trust them.

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Kamden's face makes me laugh every time.  Also, I think I love having a baby just so I can have an excuse to go down this huge slide... it is really fun. :)  Unfortunately, my Nolan hated it... every time we made him go down.  I've come to the conclusion I must really like his sad face... I am always taking pictures of him mad or sad. He really is a very happy sweet boy.

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The pig races are our favorite way to end the day.  Zenock with Uncle "Hambone" and a baby piggy after the races.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fall Soccer

Zenock had a great season with Fall soccer.  We loved his coaches.  They did so much with the boys and taught them a lot of great skills.  I've never seen kids so organized in my life.  Zenock learned a lot.  We were kind of in shock his first game... he hasn't been too aggressive on the field and has more or less daydreamed while on the field in the past.  This year it was like a fire hit him as soon as each game began.  He ran his little heart out and gave it all he got.  He played so well and scored at least one goal every game.  We were super proud of him.  We were thinking this would be our last season of Soccer, but it was so good for Zenock I think we will keep him playing. 

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Of course I can't leave out this sweet baby boy sitting by my side playing with his slinky.  We went through a slinky phase at our house... everyone's favorite toy.

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