Monday, March 23, 2009

Summer Clothes

On Friday we had a playdate with some other children and their moms at JumpZone in town. It's a play center full of huge inflatables. Marlie played on them a little bit, but she was just as interested in playing with the small toys they had. I didn't get any pictures this time, but I will on our next visit.
Bryan continues to work around the clock, so M and I have been getting lots of extra quality time together.
On Saturday night, Bryan did not have to work so we squeezed in a date. M stayed with Chelsea who is a student at the college here in town. This was the 2nd time Chelsea has kept her and M wasn't even phased when we walked out the door this time. Bryan & I went to a popular restaurant and bar downtown that we hadn't been to before. We can definitely see it becoming one of our favorite date spots. After dinner we went to another local favorite. It is just a small burger place, but it's famous for it's "Bun & Cream". This is a grilled Honey Bun served with a scoop of ice cream on top. It was good and didn't seem strange to me.
Yesterday was our typical Sunday until Bryan had to go to work last night.
This morning M got the first of a few summer outfits I ordered for her. These are both custom/handmade items, which is my favorite thing to buy for her. Here she is trying them on earlier.
Pinnafore set

Peasant top

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Learning to Knit

Late Friday night I FINALLY finished my first knitting project. I definitely made some mistakes but I'm pretty satisfied since I taught myself. Next month I'm taking an actual class and I'm very excited about it.

On Saturday morning we went to the yarn store where I'm going to take my knitting lessons. I got the yarn I need for my class and a few other skeins.
After the yarn store, we stopped by a small cloth diaper event downtown. I bought one diaper from a lady who makes them. I also met another Army wife who makes the cutest childrens' clothes. She didn't have anything in Marlie's size with her but said I could come over and go through her patterns and fabrics. I look forward to having her make an outfit (or more!) for M.
When we finally arrived home from our morning out, I had more yarn waiting for me in the mail! They are the 2 matching skeins in the middle. I don't know what I'm going to do with all this yarn, but I'm sure I can figure it out!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Snow Bunny

The end of last week we had a little more snow. The last time we got snow, we didn't let Marlie go out in it because she was sick. She was in good health this time, so after dinner we got her all bundled up to go play in it. Marlie acted like she didn't even notice it but once we showed her how fun snow could be, she was all about it.

A big smile!

"Pat, pat" the mini snowman

Holding part of the snowman

Tasting snow!

Sweet pink cheeks

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Made By Military Wives

A few months ago, I joined with some other military wives to create an online store through Hyenacart. I'm not near as crafty as the other ladies, so to make up for that I'm kind of the "manager" of the store. We are getting ready to restock the store again and I'll try to post when we do. I was recently able to convince my talented friend, Tara, to join us too! Please check out our store at the following link.

Monday, March 09, 2009


This was a fairly uneventful and relaxed weekend for us. We took Marlie to a playground on post on Saturday morning and that evening we grilled out with our friends. Sunday morning we went to church and last night we played outside here. So far Marlie has adjusted to the time change really well. I hope it continues.
These videos are from a couple of weeks ago, and I had promised to post them. I didn't realize how poor the quality was, but here they are anyway. Marlie has one tv show that she loves - Yo Gabba Gabba. This is what she does when it comes on. She's so excited that she'll jump on her zebra and bounce up and down. She also loves dancing to the music.

Thursday, March 05, 2009


Before I talk about gymnastics, I'll have to mention the night before it. Around 5pm on Tuesday, over 300 soldiers from Bryan's unit arrived home. This is what happened right after the ceremony:
310 returning soldiers put on 17-hour lockdown

Not only were those soldiers on lockdown, but that meant Bryan was working that whole time. As soon as those soldiers were released, Bryan still had a meeting to go to. He finally got home around lunchtime after being at work for close to 30 hours. I have gotten used to having Bryan's help so I was beat after being a single parent for that short period.
Enter gymnastics.
Marlie's first gymnastics class was Wednesday morning. She was 100 miles an hour the whole time we were there. Some of the skills they learned are still a little advanced for her but she'll catch on. Class started with everyone running 3 laps around the floor. Those 3 laps are a lot for Marlie. She kept falling towards the end of the laps but soon after she was running all across the floor. I was constantly chasing her to try to get her to watch the teacher and the other children. By the end of the class, we were both exhausted. She definitely has a way to go, but there is no doubt that she LOVES going to the class.
Today was Marlie's 2nd day of "school" and she seemed much more comfortable when I picked her up today. She actually ran away from me when I tried to put her coat on her.
Here is Marlie wearning a shirt I appliqued for her the other day. That was another first for me and I'm pleased with how it turned out. She already had the pants so I wanted to make her another shirt to go with them. She did have a matching shirt but it no longer fits her.
And here she is hiding behind what she made at "school" today.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

My first pillow!

A few nights ago I made my first pillow. I looked for a while for some pillows for our living room furniture and never could find anything that was just right. After consulting with my aunt (aka my sewing teacher), she assured me that I could make my own. It is as basic as a pillow can get, but was SO easy! Now I've got to make a few more!

Yesterday was Marlie's first day of "school". It's really not school, but hourly care at the child development center. She was only there for an hour and a half but I think that was plenty for her first day. When I dropped her off she started playing right away and wasn't worried about me at all. They said she was content the whole time, but when I picked her up, she just looked overwhelmed to me. She's always so wide open and happy so I think being around a few fussy kids may have stressed her out a little. She goes back tomorrow so I'm interested in seeing how she reacts.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Welcome Home 4th Brigade!

Bryan's job since we moved here has been the Rear Detachment S-3 (or Operations Officer). This means he's pretty much been coordinating the movement of his brigade from Afghanistan back to here. The first flight of guys arrived on Saturday. Bryan had to be there to work anyway, so Marlie & I went to help welcome the soldiers home.
Marlie is checking out her spade that one of the soldiers gave her.

Opening the hangar doors - what an exciting moment!

The soldiers are officially welcomed home

That ceremony was just the first of many to come. They actually have the 2nd and 3rd flights coming in today. Marlie & I will be going again to the welcome home ceremony this afternoon. It's so fun to be able to experience the ceremonies without the stress and anxiety of having your soldier coming home.

Just a few more fun pictures..
I love taking pictures of M when she's dressed up for church. She never wants to stay still for a picture though!

You've got to love how classy this is!