Saturday, July 29, 2006

Cheerleading Camp

The girls were busy with cheerleading camp this week. Here is a clip of McKenzie's dance. Hopefully I'll be able to get Miranda's Linked too. McKenzie is the middle top on the coach's shoulders and Miranda is right under her as a "builder."

Monday, July 24, 2006

Baby Fever!

It's no surprise that I want another's not happening with Dave and I. So, if you know of an extra around, let me know! I have tried to take these two and the parents are rather attached! As you see, I already have good big sisters in place!

The girls and I were blessed to go spend two nights with the Ehabes just outside of Atlanta. They have just had a new addition to their family, Theresa Gabrielle Kiesheri Ehabe (sorry not for sure about the spelling). Isn't she gorgeous? I loved playing nanny and being around a new little one.

I took Nathan, her older brother out to the zoo for the morning. We had quite the bond going. He cried for quite a while when we left today.....sorry for his parents, but boy did it make me feel good when I heard that :) I was his second mommy. He doesn't say too many words and wouldn't say Val, so I answered to Mommy.

Now, I can look forward to being a new auntie toward the first of the year. After this trip, I am really thinking that I am going to need to fly home before next summer.

Zoo Atlanta

All babies seem to intrigue me right now, even animals. I showed you the chimp a few months ago, and now there are twin gorillas at the Atlanta zoo.

We are hoping for a baby panda around my birthday. The female had AI in March. (Pandas have false pregnancies, and there isn't a way to test them to know if they are pregnant or not until they actually deliver) I'm going to have to keep the Zoo Atlanta membership current so that we can get tickets to see the new panda, if there is one. Miranda is really hoping for a baby panda, almost as much as I am! I missed out on seeing the new one last year in D.C. If you click on Zoo Atlanta at the entry heading, it will link you to Zoo Atlanta's breeding season blog and you can track the panda's "pregnancy."

The girls were in a hula-hoop contest at the zoo and won tiaras. McKenzie kept hers going the longest and also received a medal! We had a great morning....we went early to try to beat the heat and it seemed to work.

Friday, July 21, 2006


Dave's friend Gerd Scheller was in town for a couple of weeks for a class at Maxwell. He has known Dave longer than I have. We had a good time hanging out. The girls loved having another adult to show off to.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Dave's Address

This is a shameless plug to send Dave a card or letter. He is doing well, but mentioned that he doesn't enjoy mail call. It sure is nice for him to receive good old fashioned mail. Thanks so much for all of the packages, letters and e-mails that have already been sent. I know he loves staying in contact with his friends and family. Thanks to the convenience of a state-side APO address, simply address the card or letter as it is shown below and afix a stamp :)

I have removed all addresses for security. If you need his address or e-mail please e-mail me directly at

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Surprise Visitor!

Dave's good friend Ben Laro was in Montgomery for work for an evening and gave us a call....I'm so glad he did. We enjoyed a taste of the south and Ben had a little bonding moment with "Dave"

Thanks for stopping in Ben, what a blessing to see good friends!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Master Highlighter

How exciting is this?

My husband happens to be a wonderful man who purchased a Thomas Kinkade painting for me for my 30th birthday, right after he was accessioned active duty. How appropriate is it? I LOVE it. Anyway, we found out that because he purchased this through the gallery in Birmingham that they host a master highlighter a couple of times a year and we could have it highlighted for free. The girls and I made a trek up to Birmingham to have it highlighted today. It was so much fun! We were even able to see an original Kinkade painting in the gallery. I didn't realize it, but he doesn't sell them. Trump offered him a million for one and he declined. I guess he is waiting for them to appreciate????? Obviously mine is not an original :)

Friday, July 14, 2006

Look Who's Diving

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

More Swimming Lessons

Today we had the first initial day of swimming lessons, round two! I am excited for the routine of it, but then realized that I could have two kids in two different class times.....that could prove to be an interesting two weeks. We are winding down to the end of summer. We will have two weeks of swimming lessons, a week of VBS at the chapel. The next Friday is the first day of school! (August 4) I can't believe it!

I am looking forward to the school year for the girls. I think it will be a great year. I am praying for their teachers now. I want it to be a great growing time for them. McKenzie has done REALLY well this summer. I am very proud of the progress that she has made.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

12th Anniversary

Look what I got! My husband is very thoughtful! Thanks Dave :)

With a little imagination you can see Happy Ann! Thanks to McKenzie and her broadening cooking skills, she made a no-bake cheesecake for us for our anniversary. She was very thoughtful. She has really enjoyed doing little things to make the time go easier for us. It has been fun to watch her try to do these things in secret.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

New Hair Style

Kenzie got a new hairstyle today. She wanted to show somebody, but everybody is out of town. I really like it!

Sunday, July 02, 2006


The Missoula Children's Theater came through Maxwell last week. The kids audition on Monday and practice every day of the week and have a performance on Friday night. It was a lot of work, but she did great! McKenzie was cast as a Lord or Lady. We didn't think about the fact that there weren't any boys in her group, so the next day when I picked her up she was in tears because she had to be a boy. She worked through it. By the end of the week she was OK with having to act as a boy. It will only strengthen her acting skills, right? The performance was great. The highlight was when Cinderella couldn't find the coverup to her costume and came back out on stage in the wrong costume. They recovered well and all had a lot of fun. McKenzie was able to socialize with other chaplains daughters her age. It was a great week for us.

Miranda was cast as a pumpkin. They were all very cute, but Miranda had to bow out. The only two practices for the little pumpkins were during her make-up swimming lessons from a sick swim teacher and the day we went to Six Flags for the free Air Force day. Next year when the theater comes through, we'll try out again!

Six Flags Over Georgia

Leslie, Will, Grace, McKenzie, Miranda and I all went to Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta on Thursday. We had a nice time. Not too stressful and not too rushed.

The chapel sponsored a bus so we rode for $5 each round trip; you can't beat that! I didn't have to drive, and didn't have to rent a motel. If I drove, I wouldn't have been able to do all of the driving, playing and still make it home in one day.

I rode my first wooden roller coaster. I'm cured. Never again. I love coasters, I have learned that I love only steel coasters! The wooden ones are way too rough. What was I thinking? We then rode some smaller rides for the kids and played in their water park. Ok, I confess, I watched the kids play and ate a slushy. We all had a great time.