Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Papa Wears Combat Boots

Papa has put in his retirement papers, and if they are approved, he will be out of the Army on September 1st. This past Friday was his last scheduled jump before then (most likely), so we headed down to watch Papa jump out of an airplane. How many kids can actually say they have seen their Papa parachute out of an airplane, right? It was awesome! Believe it or not, somehow it was my FIRST time seeing my dad jump, too. I guess all of his other jumps he did when I lived at home were during school hours or in the middle of the night. I think I was more excited than the kids, and they were really excited.

They started out by doing these practice drills on the ground, which, to me, look a little like some sort of religious ritual.

Then they practice jumping off of this platform and rolling to the ground in the dirt. Andrew thought this was awesome, and when the soldiers were done, he wanted to do this with Papa over and over again.

The soldiers also practice jumping out of the back of a plane shell on the ground, which the boys had fun trying out.

Ryan had fun playing pretend inside the plane, too. But it took him awhile to warm up, because there were so many other kids playing inside the plane, too.

Papa was in the 10th group of paratroopers to jump. We waited a long time, but it was worth it.
Here is the plane.

And here is Papa, the parachute that is highest in the air.

The kids were real troopers. We arrived at 12:30pm and left at 5:00pm. It was 94 degrees outside. I lost count how many times I filled their water bottles. They were covered with red sand from head to toe, sweaty, and HAPPY.

(If you are wondering where Molly was at, she was on my back most of the time or in the shade hanging out with her Aunt Rachel. So no pics of Miss Molly, but she was there and covered with sand and sweaty and happy, even though she boycotted her afternoon nap).

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Boys' First Real Camping Trip

(Chad posting)
Prior to this past weekend the only camping experiences the boy have had consisted of 2 overnights in the backyard. They have survived the two experiences without incident, so I guess it was time for the real thing. This past Friday night was the Father Son camp out for our stake. It was up at the Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkesboro, NC, which is located about an hour from our home. We arrived at 6:30pm, set up camp, and we all had a great time. The boys took the entire trip in stride. Not once did they ask to go home, which is really saying something.

We shared a campsite with friends, and the boys had NO problem with that.

Just because we were camping didn't stop Andrew from practicing his Jedi training.

French toast and sausage for breakfast was delicious.

Ryan was very excited about helping pack up the car. Andrew... not so much.

Down by the lake.

The boys wanted to put their feet in the water, but didn't want to get their shorts wet, so...

He may not have wanted to get his shorts wet, but he had no problem swimming in his Star Wars shirt.

After drying off, playing at the park, and a little snack, we were ready to head home Saturday around noon. The boys told mommy they had a great time, so I guess you could say it was a success.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Kiddos' Photo Shoot

I took Molly for her traditional birthday pics and had the boys hop in for a couple, too. The boys were super cooperative, but not Molly. She cried and cried and cried. We actually had to take a 15 minute break and start over again and she still was pretty cranky. Until Mommy introduced a prop...then the tears dissolved like sugar. These are pretty low res pics. We did not buy all of these, they are just from the cd. And we are too lazy tonight to go downstairs and scan in the ones we did buy.

Molly dropped the lollipop and that is why you can see tape on it. We did not actually purchase the trashy looking taped up lollipop pics, but I thought they were cute. (and funny)

So, I am not sure what these looks on the boys' faces mean on this pic below. You can insert your own thought bubble above their heads.

Prom with Rachel

So we didn't actually GO to prom with Rachel. But we did go down and see her off to prom. She was beautiful. (Although she always is). I won't embarrass her by posting all 122 pictures we made her stand for, but here are 2. Gorgeous!

We were also there for the big announcement! Rachel has turned down all the other schools that wanted her and decided to go to Southern Virginia University! So glad she is staying close to me!