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Happy Birthday to John!

Favorite Girl and I had a nice birthday dinner waiting for John when he got home from work.  I even cooked chicken for him which is a big deal for this vegetarian girl 🙂  It was a recipe which required the least amount of “handling”.  We ate in the new breakfast nook because, after the removal of the wood paneling, we can’t seem to get tired of looking at it.

We made a double layer cake ~ chocolate cake with a layer of chocolate frosting in the middle and covered with vanilla frosting. Yummy!  And as you can see, Favorite Girl insisted on the exact number of candles on the cake:

Happy Birthday John ~ we love you!!

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House Updates

If you’re interested in seeing recent renovations to our house ~ head over to The House that Could.

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Here are a few photos from the Deployment Ceremony:

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Just like everyone else, life has been zooming along at a crazy pace. Work keeps me exceptionally busy but I’m enjoying the challenge. When I’m not at work, it feels a little like I’m just trying to maintain the housework ~ how can three people produce so much laundry. Oh, yeah ~ I have an 11 year old who likes to “try” on clothes and somehow those items end up in the laundry. Unfortunately, I wash a lot of clean clothes.

It’s still chilly here. Even today, the last day of May, the highs will be in the 50s. The cold weather doesn’t keep us in. Here are a couple photos of our sweater weather outdoor activities:

 Double Dutch Jumping with Favorite Girl and her friends. Talk about a trip down memory lane. In middle school, I spent all my recess and after-school time jump roping. I was in FANTASTIC shape then.  Hmm, maybe I should do this everyday.

Hiking with the Favorite Girl, Man, and the dogs.

More photos and updates to follow…

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One Year Anniversary

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Favorite Man being “in command” ~ it’s been a fun, busy and expensive year. We’ve been lucky since the unit hasn’t deployed this past year and the team has had a chance to train, get to know each other, and become a very cohesive entity.  Last year, we went to the annual Holiday reception and I remember thinking it went on for so long ~ I only knew a handful of people & was “chatted” out within 30 minutes. Yesterday, we went to the same annual reception and the time FLEW by ~ I didn’t have time to even say hi to everyone I knew.  Ah, but this is the problem with Army life. Just when you’re feeling so comfortable with a place and the people ~ either you move or they move! Never a dull moment…

There’s a lot of entertaining involved with FM’s job which I love and, to toot my own horn, have become quite proficient at it. Martha Stewart has nothing to fear but I can throw together a dinner buffet for 25 with 2 days notice, or have a sit down dinner for 15.  At the dinner for 15 this past Saturday, two of the women came over and asked “How do you make it look so easy?”  Wow ~ I’ve come a long way from “the curlers still in my hair when the door bell rings” as I did last January for our first big event. 

Oh, and it helps to have a generous neighbor (Thanks Angie) who lets me borrow steak knives, chairs, etc.

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Some Scary Fun

Last night was the start of “Halloween Week” with plenty of upcoming events over the next 6 nights. Favorite Man (FM) usually takes Favorite Girl (FG) to Halloween events. Mostly because he has as much fun as the kids do. We go together whenever we can but, last year, they went to the Andersen Air Force Base “Haunted House” ~ I skipped it. Not to be a snob, but how scary can it be with gorgeous warm weather and palm trees all around 😉 

Since FM is gone for the month of October, I took FG on the Haunted Hay Ride on post last night. As with most events I’ve been to at this post, it was very well-organized. Much like a ride at Disney. Long lines, but everything moved along smoothly. We were even transported to the location in a van decorated for the event, complete with skeletons on the front bumper.

The ride itself took us through the wooded area of Remington Park. Just being in the chilly, dark woods at night is scary but, with frightening creatures jumping out at every turn, the kids (OK, me too) were screaming and trying to hide. There was even a ghoul on a zip-line flying between the trees. My favorite was the “Jason” look-a-like who just followed the ride, but he looked and walked just like Jason Michael Myers from the movie “Halloween.”

The Hay Ride dropped us off at the “Haunted Pavilion” which seemed more like a fun house to me, but terrified the kids. The clowns were creepy as they always are to me. Once we traversed the Pavilion, it led us to a graveyard with ghouls at every turn. The only way back was walking through a wooded area and across a bridge. I thought one of the statues was a fake until it leaped out at us. Too much fun.

I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, it was plenty scary but it was so much fun watching the kids get such a “scare” out of it all. Or, maybe, it was a nervous laughter.

We’re going to miss spending Halloween with FM’s family this year since we had so much fun at their costume party last year. We’re just hoping FM makes it back home in time to Trick or Treat with FG. She doesn’t have many years left of going door to door.

 When do kids age out of trick or treating?

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Beachbums Update

First off, I have no idea where the last two weeks went ~ it seems to be going by at warp speed. There’s so many volunteer opportunities available on a military base and it’s hard not to get overly involved. I’m thinking I need to get a job so I won’t be quite so busy.    😉

FG is part of the Cheerleading team this fall and is enjoying every minute of it. The schedule is pretty intense: it was two hours every week night in August and now it’s three nights a week. Thankfully, there are three other girls on the street who also cheer so we’re able to car pool and only have to drive once a week.

FM is traveling a little more these days. Last week, he went to Walter Reed Army Hospital to visit wounded soldiers from his unit. It’s so sad they’re still there a year later but thankfully they are all outpatients at this point and are doing better. I coordinated the goodie bags for this trip (we try to send something at least every other month) and was thrilled everyone is so willing to bake goodies for the soldiers. The bags were packed full of home made yummies. 

FM missed seeing Gene Simmons from KISS, Celebrity Apprentice and the current A&E show “Family Jewels“, by a couple days. Gene Simmons was at Walter Reed on Friday and FM got there on Sunday. Gene is a huge supporter of the military and has visited Walter Reed patients in the past. I’m sure the soldiers are glad they’re not forgotten while they mend.

FM’s birthday came and went last week without a whole lot of fanfare. He didn’t get home from DC until early evening on his b’day so FG & I decided to take him to the Lonestar Steakhouse restaurant. May not seem like a lot but, for two vegetarians, it was quite a sacrifice. We were both apalled by the butcher-like meat display at the entrance of the restaurant, but the bread and salad were tasty enough. I’m secretly glad FM’s ribs were so-so and he has no big desire to go back anytime soon. It’s back to Panera Bread for FG & I.  Yummy!

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Family Picnic

Actually, it’s traditionally called a “Pig Roast” but to make it more palatable to non-meat eaters such as FG & I, we started calling it the Family Picnic. It was a day of sunshine, good food and good company. There were lots of people to talk with ~ a lot whom we hadn’t seen in a long time as well as some I had never met. One thing about FM’s family, they do a really good job about gathering together whenever possible. There were aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, etc. In fact, all three of FM’s siblings attended so the four were together again.

I don’t think my siblings have been all together in one place in decades!!

My MIL & FIL (in-laws) have done the Pig Roast a few times before and do a really organized event especially considering the number of people who attend. The food was delicious. My sister-in-law, JR & her husband, WR always make sure when we visit that there’s some type of yummy veggie dish for FG & I to enjoy. This time it was a summer pasta salad which tasted like it was direct from Italy ~ W. is not shy with the garlic which I love. I should have gotten the recipe but I was too busy eating it to ask.

A lot of FM’s relatives read my blog so it keeps them posted on what we’ve been up to ~ it’s so much easier  than having to remember what I’ve been up to since we last saw one another. In fact, I noticed my readership was way down on Saturday ~ I think half of them were at the Picnic.

In the 14 years, FM and I have been together, this was my first trip to Ohio in the summer and, I have to admit, it’s very pretty with all the flowers blooming and all the outdoor activities. We may have to visit more often in the summer…

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5K Fun Run….



…or more like a fun stroll. FM’s unit put together a 5K Fun Run. They had several categories including: fastest male, fastest female, fastest couple and fastest family. It was both FG and my first 5K. We started out just fine but she went a bit too fast and ended on a whimper. I’m happy she finished though and we’ll practice before attempting another.

I really enjoyed it and will try another 5K where I’ll run on my own and not as a family unit. FM’s too fast for me and FG’s too slow. It’s the opposite of our skiing style ~ FG is too fast and FM is too slow. 😉

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When FM said we were going to Ottawa for his spring marathon, I was surprised. After all the other fun cities he’s run marathons(Rome, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, New York), it just didn’t sound very exciting.

I was pleasantly surprised. Ottawa is a really fun town to tour around ~ easy to navigate, clean, all types of ethnic restaurants, etc. We walked around the town a lot and especially enjoyed the area called Byward Market. It has a fresh market as well as MANY fun shops & cafes. The berries at the market were mouthwatering delicious especially the blueberries. We bought plenty of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and bananas and had them for breakfast every morning. There were also two cheese shops which seemed to have every conceivable type of cheese so we asked about FG’s favorite: a smoked Gouda cheese from Belgium. The first shop didn’t have it but the second did. Today, while I was making her lunch for school, I asked if she wanted some of the cheese and she said “No I want to eat it when I’m home so I can enjoy it better and not rush.” I’m glad she thinks about what she’s eating and savors the good flavors.

As we walked through the market, we came across something called “fiddleheads” ~ which are the tops of ferns before they uncoil. Turns out they’re a delicacy in Maine and have a very short season (maybe three weeks). I had never heard of eating them but when I mentioned it to my mom, she said my grandmother in Hawaii use to eat them back in the day. The saleswoman explained how to cook them, steam for 20 minutes then drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, so I decided to give them a try once we got home. Much to my surprise, FG LOVED them! To me they tasted like thick, earthy asparagus. They were OK but nothing I’ll rush out to get next spring. Anyone else ever try these?

The drive to Ottawa is only 2.5 hours which includes the border crossing so I’m sure we’ll be heading back there soon. If nothing else but for the yummy fresh fruits, vegetables & cheese at market.

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