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

Countdown

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 http://www.anysoldier.com/. 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.