So I have been completely absent from my blog since February! I considered dropping it and not even doing it anymore but then I realized throughout my daily life I think in terms of blogging... for example, while cooking I will be thinking about how I would explain this recipe step by step and explain the story behind it, like why I'm making it. So I figured if I think like that I should probably continue blogging. Maybe not every week, but a few times a month. Let me give a quick explanation as to why I have been completely absent for so long. My last post was posted a few weeks before Peter left on a 6 month deployment to Afghanistan. During the first 3 months the kids and I were sick on and off (more on than off. One week healthy, two weeks sick type of stuff.) During the entire 6 months we were also traveling back and forth to Illinois to be with my parents. We were in Illinois for 2 months and then back in Virginia for 6 weeks and then back to Illinois for 6 weeks... so lots of traveling. Lots of adjustments for the kids. Lots of sleeplessness! Busy, to say the least! Blogging never crossed my mind! Plus, for the safety of me and my kids, I didn't want to be telling everyone that my house was empty (while we were in Illinois) and I didn't want to be telling everyone that I was home by myself with the kids (when we were back in Virginia). You know, OPSEC (for civilians: Operational Security). Thankfully, Peter returned back home from his deployment at the beginning of September! Praise the Lord for answered prayers! After his return we spent a few weeks adjusting back to life. At the end of September we drove to Illinois to drop off the kids at my parent's house so that Peter and I could go on a Caribbean cruise for a week! It was so great to be able to spend some time reconnecting, just the two of us! But now we are working on getting back into the swing of things around here and as you all know with the holiday season approaching our life still will not be "normal" for a while. That pretty much sums it up! That's what I have been doing for the past 8 months. Deployments stink and are never enjoyable. But God took care of us through it all and we are all enjoying being back together again! Hopefully I will be sharing some of our experiences as a family with you in the future... and some recipes as well!
|Easter... When the first sickness came on.|
|We had to celebrate Easter a day late because Matias and I were throwing up for the 2 days previous.|
|Making homemade ice cream!|
|Vacation Bible Schoo|
Back together again!
Formal night on our Caribbean cruise!
|Gorgeous St. Kitts!|
|Back with the kiddos!|
|Fishing with Daddy at Grandpa & Grandma's house!|