December 30, 2009

A Corpus Christmas

We celebrated our family Christmas in Corpus Christi on December 16th since we were flying out later that week and I didn't want to haul a bunch of presents around. Eli was a little confused that Santa was coming 3 different times (early at our house, later at Grandma and Grandpa's and later still at Oma and Opa's) but turns out he really liked it..
One of our Christmas traditions, stocking with little gifts and treats (my Mom got chocolate coins as a kid, we got chocolate coins as kids and now my kids get them too!)
Gag gift: an ornament of the hospital Jake works at. We ordered ornaments like these for some friends and family with a picture of the plane they fly and squadron name. Jake is an unusual Flight Surgeon in that he's attached to a hospital, not a squadron, so he doesn't have a specific plane. I thought it would be funny to get one for Jake because the hospital he works at is ugly and institutional looking.
The kids and their big gifts: Jesse and Buzz
Taking Woody and Jesse for a ride. We have a bunch of strollers in our nursery and all the kids love them, so I ordered two for our house. Eli's was supposed to be green plaid to make it a little more masculine...but obviously it's hot pink. When Eli unwrapped it he said, "My stroller, my own pink stroller!"
And Jake and I kept it light, mostly exchanging books, since Jake found the Beatles Rockband I was going to give him a few months ago. It's really fun, by the way!

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Camp Family!

December 18, 2009

Good luck with that, Santa.

December 16, 2009

Countdown Complete

And we couldn't be more thrilled! It's the spot we were hoping for. Jake was one of 9 residents chosen for the Emergency Medince Residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa). There were only 18 spots for both San Diego and Portsmouth hospitals with 30 applicants. I'm very proud of Jake and looking forward to the next chapter, but for now, I'm going to enjoy my carefree time in Texas while I have it!

December 14, 2009


What are we counting down?
On Wednesday we find out IF and WHERE we are moving in June of 2010 or staying in Corpus Christi until June of 2011. We're really excited. And hoping for a certain somewhere. One more thing:
Just thought I would share.

Breakfast with Santa

We had breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus last weekend
The kids both loved the pancakes
Brynn was skeptical about Santa

but Eli just plain didn't like him
Our friends Maeve and Leo didn't have such problems.
But the candy canes are the best part anyway, right?

Aren't these little Jamba cups the cutest? Perfect Brynn-sized smoothie.
And this is the perfect Eli-sized smoothie.

December 2, 2009

The Spirit of Thanksgiving

I love this season. I love the cooking, the parties, the smells, the cooler weather, the happy people, the giving, the music. If that looks like a lot of food for 2 adults and 2 toddlers, it is. But what is Thanksgiving without lots of leftovers?
Thanksgiving this year was emotional and healing for our family. I had a miscarriage a week before Thanksgiving and was still feeling blue when Thanksgiving came around. We decided to keep it small with just our little family but I decided that I needed to put on the typical feast, I felt like it would make me feel like myself again, and it did. I also knew that I would regret not putting on Thanksgiving this year, especially since Jake was home to share it with us this time. Kisses for Mommy, he knows how to make me happy! This miscarriage was hard on me as I was already getting further along and it was my second in a few months. Next to Jake deploying, it was the saddest thing I have experienced but as with all trials, I have gained much in return. I have to tell you, I have the best husband and friends in the world! Nothing is better than a sweet husband who will let you cry on his shoulder, share in your pain and take over all the responsibilities until you feel like coming back to life. Next to that, nothing is better than understanding friends who will cook you dinner, watch your children, let you cry on their shoulder, share their experiences and gift you chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate. I think I felt true 'thanksgiving' this year.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and after all I have received the past few weeks, I felt like it was time to get started on Christmas packages for the troops overseas. Brynn helped me roll gingersnaps in sugar tonight. She's not the best helper because half of everything goes in her mouth.
Can I encourage you to send a package to a deployed someone? Jake and I only have one deployed friend right now, so I asked friends' to share the addresses of their deployed friends. I got a pretty good list. Or you could adopt a soldier at The boxes are free and have a flat rate just over $10 to ship. Such a small price for something that would be so appreciated.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Look at that scrunchy face! This is her new "cheese" smile. You know, I typically wouldn't share something so personal on a public blog but I have felt very blessed with all the love and support we've been shown. Thank you all! I hope your Thanksgiving was as meaningful and wonderful as ours was.

November 16, 2009

Eli's 3rd Birthday

Our little (big) boy turned 3 yesterday!! I can't believe 3 years have come and gone so quickly but then I look at him and I think, "You're HUGE! How did that happen?" We had chocolate pudding cupcakes (with chocolate chips) and peanut butter frosting (so maybe I picked something I liked a little more than had enough sugar that he inhaled it too) for dessert. Since Jake couldn't be home from work till later in the evening we decided to just have a small celebration tonight with our family. Eli's having his best friends over on Saturday for another party.
We got a package from Grandma and Grandpa that morning with a few presents that I put on the table with a couple from us. Eli asked me many, many times yesterday, "Can I open my presents yet?" and I would say, "No, not yet" and he would quickly add, "Not till Daddy gets home!" So as soon as Jake got home with the pizza (Eli's choice for a birthday dinner..) Eli yelled, "You're home Daddy! Can I open my presents now?" Of course we made him wait in agony a little longer while we ate.
He had been eyeing this particular present all day and it turned out to be shirts :) As he was pulling them out he said, "ooooh! It's shirts! Cute shirts!"
And then he (honestly) said, "So what else we got here?"
He got some pretty cool presents from Grandpa and Grandma but this was his favorite
Eli's favorite movie is The Polar Express so he was so excited to get the book. I love that book!
Brynn was so excited to see a little pink package among the pile, I think she knew it was hers.
I've never seen anyone open a present with their teeth before!
This is what Jake and I got Eli (and Brynn), a bounce house! It's perfect, big enough for 5 or 6 little kids but small enough to not take over our backyard, or in this case, our living room. And it honestly only took 2 minutes to set up and about 3 to take down and put away.
Brynn prefers to go down on her belly
Sweaty boy=serious fun (and also bath later that night)
And the weight limit is high enough that I can hang out inside too
Time to sing! Lucky Brynn got her own candle too.
Cupcakes was a good idea...these two like to blow out the candles with spit.
Happy Birthday Eli! You bring me happiness like no other.

November 2, 2009


I can't believe Halloween has already come and gone! If you're anything like us you've eaten your weight in candy the past two days and are ready to throw it all out. I ate raw broccoli for lunch...I think my body is trying to tell me something...
Eli really wanted to be Buzz Lightyear and it turned out to be a pretty popular costume this year! His friend Cooper was also Buzz. There were at least 4 other Buzz's at our church's Halloween party too. It was really cute to see all these Buzz's flying around.
Brynn was a ladybug and she surprised me by loving her tutu. She's not a girl of frills and bows so I was expecting a fight. She did ditch her shoes pretty fast though. he back of the costume. I bought it from my friend Becca's etsy shop, she makes the cutest stuff. You can check her site out here. Brynn modified her costume a little by pulling off all the black dots on her tutu.

Going to get some candy
We know you're in there!!
Brynn didn't give up the fight, she kept waiting at that door, hoping it would open with the offering of some more candy. Luckily we forgot her bag, so the only candy she collected was what she could hold! Eli got enough candy for everyone.
Love my little ladybug
I'm a fan of a good fluffy tutu
Brynn and Liam sharing a meaningful look..
Liam, you are a brave man! She has bitten fingers on occasion.
Buzz and Woody aka Eli and Jack
Jake and I at our church party. Jake won most hilarious costume, I think he deserved it! He's the Stay Puft marshmallow man and I'm a very cheap ghostbuster. My costume was a flight suit and let me tell you, I'm a little jealous Jake gets to wear that every day to work. Pretty comfy. A little toasty but who am I to complain next to Jake who was wearing all that batting?
I'm part of a preschool co-op with a few friends and I was lucky to get to teach the week of Halloween! There are so many fun Halloween activities. One day we did ghosts and made these fun ghost windsocks.I think the kids' favorite was the bat day though. We made these bat hats and they chased each other around speaking 'bat' (high pitched squeaking..they are pros, I can guarantee it).