My dad is in Kabul on a deployment and doing some AMAZING human rights work for the Afghan military that the US works with. He and my mom were lucky enough to take R&R in New Zealand for most of January. I was soooo happy for them because I know how a deployment feels on the spouse end and I know how my pop had been describing Kabul in its desolation. I mean, this is just HEAVEN!
This was one of the snowmen awaiting him when he got back
I've been watching Jamesy now and again and man oh man that boy has me thinking back on baby days :))))) He wants to play with everything and anything!!! Whoops....
Jamesy is just the sweeeeeetest. Ugh I will miss that smoochy so much! He runs up to me and snuggles me and..... uhhhhh!! SMOOCHY!
Maxxy sure doesn't feel like a baby anymore with all of his big-boyness. He popped out and surprised me from our pillows one day :)
If you every questioned whether this was a desert... let the tumbleweeds be the proof!
I got a daaaate in with this guy :) Those are always so so nice to get in.
We went to a DECKED OUT restaurant for our Valentines date. The mariachi sounded great and it was soooo cute!
Valentines was so darn sweet. The boys really enjoyed making their cards, although I got plenty of grief from Tucker about how his school doesn't let them do cards. Lots of the kids ended up bringing them anyway, but man alive does that kid find everything wrong in any situation he can....... haha!
JUST missed his heart hands
red waffles! (made by a toaster, not me haha)
We had our Valentines mailbox out and Tucker sent a note "to DAD, Love Solo" and drew him a "sharck boy". I'd say that's the best Valentine he'll ever get! Wesley sent a note to his friend Kevin from school but none of us.... haha
In the biggest life-changing news, Dewy made the decision last fall that we should get out of the military. It was the year we had to decide and he was ready to end this adventure. I've always sensed that Dewy hasn't enjoyed being in the military, and especially didn't enjoy the times that other soldiers considered the "most fun". He has been wonderful at being a leader in the military so I know they are losing an awesome officer, but I am looking forward to Dewy seeing the civilian world of work and hopefully enjoying it. I have been excited to settle down and have to stop saying goodbye to friends. I just despise that and it gets so painful! Dewy got a job in Seattle, Washington and we are off there in April. We plan on buying a house so this is a whole bunch of big moves in a couple of crazy months. I wasn't sure what I would feel getting out of the military, but now that we have a quick countdown left I feel like I am leaving a club that I have been so proud to be apart of. There has always been an air of honor in the military that has been so beautiful. Dewy plans on doing Army Reserve so maybe we'll still feel it :) I just know things will feel a lot different, but we are excited and nervous. Mostly excited! Lots of changes to come :)
and THIS! This was Dewy's LAST haircut in the military. I am going to take progression pictures of his locks. I just can't wait to see them groooooow.
We also had a Demolition Day and destroyed our treehouse. The wood was old and getting very creaky and cracky so we decided it would be better to tear it down than give it to someone else with our impending move.