Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Note: Don't forget - tomorrow is confession Wednesday so be prepared! :)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
1. I miss California terribly. Don't get me wrong - Florida is nice as far as being in civilization again but I miss my family and the climate and the desert. I am not meant to be in humidity - it makes me cranky! That takes me to #2.
5. I realize that I have posted a lot of short video clips lately but sometimes action is so much better than still photos when you are trying to capture the moment and I also realized we don't have any video of AJ as a baby and I don't want it to stay that way as they get older. Moving makes you realize all of the items that you have forgotten about or just got lazy about - the video camera being one.
6. Goodwill is going to get a truckload of stuff that we have decided we don't need to cart around with us across the country again. I am just to lazy to list everything on ebay right now.
7. Lazy - okay, that describes me these days. I just don't feel the motivation to finish off this house. There are those random boxes left that have stuff in them that I don't currently need therefore I can find all of the excuses in the world not to deal with them. However my dilemma is that they are currently residing in what is to become my photography studio/office.
8. Yup, I get my own space in this house for just me. Well, I am sure I will have to share but I am turning the dining room area into a proofing, studio area. I have big plans for this area in the near future (just have to get motivated).
9. New business card design. (Recognize that face?)
10. I miss my friends! I am in total TPS withdrawal and for nothing better to do I am finding myself doing nothing.... uughhh! Help me!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Edwards to San Diego, CA (2 days) to Henderson, NV, to Grand Junction, CO to Longmont, CO (8 days) to Wichita, KS to Dallas, TX to Moss Point, MS and finally to Niceville, FL!
And, yes - you did read that right - it does say Niceville! And before you ask, yes, it IS nice in Niceville.
OK - bask to the story. As you know from a previous post, we first headed down to San Diego for my brothers graduation. This is the most perfect child known to man, my brother, David and his girlfriend, Tiffany. Ahhh, aren't they cute?
We were then off to Las Vegas to visit some of our TPS friends and were able to spend some time swimming at the Capsers house. We miss you guys terribly but are so glad that we got to see your new place. Hopefully we can find some cheap fares to Vegas soon - I think I am in withdrawal already!
After Vegas we headed on our way to Colorado to visit the Marlin side of the family. The picture below is the view I saw while driving. It really makes me wonder why anyone would want to live in the east. I am so partial to the mountains and the weather out west - we will be back some day - just don't know when yet.
While in Colorado we were able to attend the graduation of my brother and sister-in-laws graduation from their medical residency. Mike and I were also able to get away from the kids that night as my other sister-in-law had the most wonderful woman come over and watch the kids. It was so nice to have a night out. Congrats Ryan & Heidi!
All of the cousins spent a lot of time together at Nana and Papa's house and we were able to get a picture of all of the kiddo's together. And, no, I don't think AJ was picking his nose....
After 8 days of R & R in CO it was time for the rubber to hit the asphalt again. We planned it so that we would have 1 long day followed by a short day and then repeat again... The kids did pretty good given the hours that we were in the car. They entertained themselves pretty well and it helped having the two cars to be able to switch things up a bit not only for the kids but Mike and I as well.
We spent the 4th in Dallas at the Omni Hotel which was a 5-Star hotel. We spoiled ourselves that day with a whole afternoon of swimming followed by pj's and a dinner of room service. Our room's windows faced all of downtown Dallas and Ft. Worth so we were able to see about 5 firework shows from the comfort of our room - it was great!
The next day we headed out for another long day and this started to wear on Jacob quite a bit. He took to screaming for about 6 out of the 9 hours of driving but looking at this picture it doesn't seem so bad now.Our last day was a short one with only a three hour drive into Niceville. We were able to come straight to our house and check it out (remember we rented it sight unseen). To our surprise and excitement, the Quick's were out here visiting when we got here so we were able to see them again. We stayed in the TLF, which I think is worse than a Motel 6 (at least at this base) for two nights and then moved over to the house.
I will post pictures of the house once I take them. I am having a hard time getting those last boxes unpacked and put away. My motivation just isn't there anymore....
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
More on the move later.....
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Well, where do I begin? We have been so crazy busy for the past couple of weeks that I feel like time is either standing still or blowing right by me (not sure which one at this point). But anyway, for the sake of simplicity I will give you the update/lowdown on what us crazy Marlin's have been up to over the past few weeks, in list format.
1. He did it! He did it! ( Or should I say we did it!?) On June 7th Mike graduated for the US Air Force Test Pilot School. What a crazy year it has been! With all of the ups and downs we have faced as individuals, a couple and a family, I do feel like this has been one of the best years of my life. Graduation was definitely a bitter sweet event as we got to celebrate the accomplishments of our husbands, fathers and loved ones but this also was the marking of the time to say good-bye as we move on to our next base and/or job. The friendships that I have made and gained out of this experience are absolutely priceless. I love each and everyone of the girls that helped me to realize how selfless and caring others could be as they took in our families and created one big TPS family. I miss my girlfriends deeply but I know deep down I will get to see each and every one of them again!
2. Disneyland and San Diego! The day after graduation, we headed down to Disneyland with Mike's parents along with his sister and her kids. We spent two days at Disneyland seeing all of the sights and riding all of the age appropriate rides. We ran the kiddos and ourselves raged each day with early starts and late nights with little to no naps. After Disney, we headed down to Carlsbad, CA (just north of San Diego). We spent two days with some beach time and pool time mixed with a little relaxation. We then said our goodbyes to the other Marlin's and headed back up to Edwards to start the pre-movers are coming chaos. We did make a pit stop at my parents house for one last quick visit with my grandmother before we headed on our way.
3. Grandma Anne! Our transition from Disney to San Diego was blessed with a LONG over due visit with my grandmother. All of the Marlin's met my mom, sister and grandmother at a park in Irvine for a chance to let the kids run around and get some energy out before sitting in the car for a while as well as get a chance for my grandmother to meet AJ and Jacob and see Elizabeth all grown up. She was a baby last time she saw her. What an opportunity it was to be able to have four generations in one place at one time!
4. Movers, again! Our packers arrived on the 17th of June and were off to work getting our decorating style to look like it only consisted of corrugated cardboard. They took 2 days to pack us up and thankfully I was able to get the kids in some sort of day care for most of the time. Well the first day wasn't pretty but that is a whole other post! Anyway, they loaded us up on the third day and filled the back end of a truck. I knew we had downsized a bit but didn't think it was quite that much but maybe they were just that efficient! Once everything was out of the house, Mike and I were on crazy house cleaning details that we liked to call the "monster" house inspectors. (The kids like to make up bedtime stories at night....) With spotless light fixtures and mini blinds that you could run a white glove over, we were pretty sure we would pass inspection but were still a little nervous. Anyway, we passed and all was good. Goodbye Edwards - you will be missed, well sort of!
5. Another graduation! The day after we checked out of the base we headed back down to San Diego where my brother was graduating from University of California San Diego with a double major in cognitive science and Italian. Yeah - you guessed it - he is the brilliant one in the family! Love ya, Dave! The graduation itself was quite hot and boring in and amongst the interesting speeches given but we made due with our umbrellas and water. The best part of the whole thing was to be able to spend some time with my whole family before we headed off to the east coast. Congratulations David! You make us all so proud!
6. Hitting the road! After graduation, we hit the road for good. We planned a short day only traveling to Las Vegas but surprisingly enough it took us a full eight hours between pit stops for lunch, bathroom breaks and other random things. We headed to Henderson, NV (southeast side of Vegas) to visit our good friends the Caspers, part of our TPS family. With some good fajitas, flowing margaritas, kids worn out by swimming and a little time on the Wii, we had a wonderful time and it was so nice to see where our friends are moving onto - what a beautiful house! From Vegas we headed to Grand Junction, CO and then onto Longmont, CO. The drives were long and filled with many "are we there yet?"'s but in the end we all made in unscathed.
7. Some time in Colorado! We made it to Longmont, CO on Wednesday and have been having a wonderful time with family. On top of just getting to see everyone we have been privileged to time it with the graduation (yes, I said it - another graduation) of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law from their medical residency at University of Northern Colorado. As family medicine doctors they themselves are now in the mode of moving as they will be moving to western Colorado to be rural doctors. We were also privileged to be here during the in-laws 40th wedding anniversary. How special it is that the whole family was in the same area at the same time for such a wonderful event. It is hard to imagine Mike and I married for 40 years with only a measly 8 under our belt. I only hope we can emulate their love and affection for each other that many years down the road.
8. Family! Every time we come through here I am infinitely jealous of those families that get to live within the same areas of each other. How wonderful it is to see cousins playing in the yard together and know that these people you have around you will love you in all instances.
9. The final leg! We are getting back on the road to finish this trek on the 3rd. We plan on making it to Wichita the first day and spending the 4th in Dallas. We will then head to Moss Point, MS with our final destination being Niceville on the 4th day. We have planned out the trip so that two of the days we are going to have time to do something with the kids to try and alleviate and car cabin fever. (Is that a syndrome?) Anyway, wish us luck on this next adventure on our way to our new home!
So there you have it - a brief synopsis of our lives over the past few weeks. I hope that I will be able to update the blog in the near future as we get settled into our new house and our new lives on the East Coast.