Monday, August 31, 2009

It's almost September...

Man, 2009 has gone by really quickly. Seems that just yesterday my sister told me she was expecting, and now little Brady is over 1 week old! Jay and Lucie have been back in Canada for 3 months now. We've been in this house for almost a year! Alissa will be 15(!!) in just a few short weeks, and it's almost the end of the first grading period already.

I am amazed at the speed that 2009 picked up. I guess it's all that wishing on my part for 2010 to get here so we can PCS already.

Don't get me wrong. Hawaii is fine. Great, even. I enjoy the beach and the warm sunshine, and the green grass and beautiful flowers, and I LOVE wearing a tank top and shorts everyday. (I hate wearing jeans!) I've actually turned into an outdoor-person - I look for reasons to be outside. I even like mowing the lawn and pulling weeds, because it means I can be outside.

And, I am so grateful for all the really wonderful friends we've made, who've become our Hawaii 'Ohana and who mean so much to us. It's been a great 20 months. (20 months! Already?)

But, it's crazy expensive here and so far from home.

2009 has been a year full of things happening on the mainland without me - namely, Brady's birth. Oh, how I wanted to be there. I see his adorable pictures and I think to myself - "It will be just like with my other 2 sisters' kids - he won't know us. We'll be strangers." My other sister has an almost-9-year-old, who loves Alex but doesn't really talk to me at all. I think I scare him a little, because he knows my name but he doesn't really know me.

That stinks. As hard as we try, sometimes the distance just gets in the way.

So, I am ready for this move to happen. Whenever it happens.

On other notes, Brady is doing great. He's such a doll. I'll see if I can get permission to post a pic so everyone can see him.

The girls are doing awesome. The school year is going well, and we're all settled into a routine. Abby's ballet starts up again this week, and I am once again trying to get the younger 2 into Girl Scouts. (Getting into Girl Scouts is an ordeal here.)

Jon's got a stress fracture in his leg. He's doing fine, and expects a full recovery, but he's been sidelined by the Army from running for a few weeks.

Otherwise, things are fine. Same old same old. No news on the job front, but I'm maintaining my positive attitude. It'll all be OK one way or another. And surprisingly, I am learning to let it go. It's just a job, right?

I'm working on another quilt - actually 2. I'll post pictures when they're complete. I think I've been hit by the quilting bug. It's actually fun to do, and the finished results are really great. I'm working my way up so that I can make one for my bed. (in shades of green, of course - I've already bought the fabric for it...)

Leave me a message, blog readers! Happy Monday!


Krysti said...

Hey Girl! I'm so glad all is going well for Brady & family! :)

I sent you a big email to your hotmail glad the kids are doing great!

I think of you often! Since our summer has been nearly the coolest temperature summer on record....I personally would like a little more heat for a little longer than usual....I won't hold my breath.

The great outdoors is a good thing and sometimes I do the exact same thing for the same reasons.

How in the world did he get a stress fracture?? Glad it is mending and at least the Army gave him a PT break for the healing process. Are you allowed to swim?

Hope the yogurt place is still a favorite spot for a snack.

Miss you guys and know that you will be home sooner than you think...I now understand the concept and perception of "time" seeming to move all too quickly. Oh my goodness!

What does a 15 year old in Hawaii want for her birthday...besides a hot surfer dude...I'm a little short on those in Ohio... :) If you've got any ideas, email me a couple, please. :)

Jon's Sister

LaurieG said...

Of course you can post Brady's picture! He needs a doting aunt who loves him! I sent you an email this morning too!


RangersGirl said...

I second that about 2009. Where has time gone???

I'll be praying for you on the job front. The right door will open.

Linda said...

Yes, how did Jon get a stress fracture, running?

What is PCS....something like post change something?? Do you know where your next post will be?

It has been so long, can't wait to see you all again.

We love you all and miss you all. Tell Jon to listen to the dr.'s, they DO know what they are talking about. Hugs and kisses all around.....PS Brady looks scrumptious.

Linda said...

Finally figured out how to post. Did it once with no problem and haven't been able to do it since.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your posts. Maybe you should try your hand at writing.

Love ya