Wondering where I’ve been?

Well, after my surgery, I went out to South Carolina to visit my husband, attend a spouse seminar, his graduation, and the graduation banquet/ball, and traveled home with my hubby. So now we’re home, and it’s back to blessing my family with good cooking and my blog readers with drool-worthy pictures, hehe. Before we get back into the food pictures, though, I often receive complaints that there aren’t that many pictures of me on my blog…well, there’s a reason for that-I’m the one taking all those pictures! But this week I had an opportunity to really dress up and I thought I’d share a photo of me and hubby after the graduation ball:
Banquet Dress Detail
 

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We got to see our soldier!

Okay, so I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but I’ve been busy (and sick), and I just haven’t taken the time to post. Sorry about that! Anyway, I just wanted to share that I got to go visit my hubby a couple weeks ago and it was sooooo nice to spend some time with him and see where he’s living and working, meet his friends, and generally just lock ourselves in the room, lol. I can’t say for sure, but I think his favorite part was that he finally got to eat some of his wife’s cooking! While I was there I made him steak, stroganoff noodles, hm breaded veal patties, hm cheeseburger macaroni and veggies. I even was able to leave him some leftovers, which made him VERY happy. Another cool thing we were able to do was invite another Chaplain who hadn’t had family visit yet to have lunch with us so he got some home cooking, too, one day. That was kind of neat.

Then, while there, I was able to talk one of his superiors into giving him a weekend pass for the weekend of President’s Day, and the Lord blessed us with being able to find a cheap flight to get him home to see his daughter that weekend. The unfortunate part of this all was that Bryan and I ended up sick from the climate changes (from 70 degrees in SC to 20 degrees here), but it was still just so nice to be together.

That weekend I was like supercook, trying to fit in as many homemade meals as possible. I have a few pics of some of it that I thought I would share:

pancakes
These were sooooo much better than the picture shows. As a matter of fact, K said these were the BEST she’s ever eaten! Of course they were from scratch from a recipe I got off of http://www.allrecipes.com

Lasagna
Yummy Jessica-style lasagna (my lasagna has some strange ingredients and does not include ricotta cheese-of which neither Bryan nor I are fans.

Chocolate Chip Brownies
And the incredible Chocolate Chip Nutso Brownies made by Kaylea and I.

I didn’t get a picture of my prize-winning chili, sorry about that! Sunday night at church was our Chili Cook-off, in which I won Judge’s Choice (there were 3 judges and it was unanimous) and Hottest Chili (but one of the judges later told me that there was one chili there that she thought was MUCH hotter than mine). It was nice that my family was there to see me win this, too.

Then after church Bryan got to have roast that I think was my best ever…it was just sooooo good. I also missed getting pictures of the steaks we had that Saturday, but K complimented me on them profusely!

So there’s a little update for y’all, sorry it took so long! I really thought I would blog more while dh was gone, but I guess not. I’ll try to get some pics of us together next time I go visit him at Ft. Jackson!

Published in: on February 25, 2008 at 7:01 pm  Comments (5)  

It’s almost time…

In a few days, Bryan will leave for an officer’s training thing and it’s going to get a little strange around here. It will be difficult being without my best friend for a few months, but through the support of family, friends, and church, I’ll get through, and so will he and K.

Speaking of K, we were trying to come up with something to help her stay connected with Dad while he’s gone, besides the typical phone calls and letters and flowers and cards, and I think we came up with a great idea which I thought we should share with y’all.

We went to the mall the other day and let K pick out some of her favorite flavored Jelly Belly Jellybeans (which mostly consisted of buttered popcorn and chocolate pudding with the occasional tutti fruity thrown in). Then we counted up the days that Daddy will be gone, and together we placed that many jelly beans in the jar. (I lent her one of my canning jars.) Next, I picked a picture out that showed Daddy and K having fun together (making marshmallows if I remember correctly), and Bryan cut it to fit the side of the jar, and we taped it on. I also came up with a cute little poem to put on the other side of the jar and taped it on, too. Then Bryan began to write a comment for each day he is gone, and signed them, and those went in the jar with the jellybeans. The comments said cute things, like:

I miss you more than sand misses the desert! and

How many more days? and

I want a K hug! and

Are you ready to beat me at *insert game here*? and

You are becoming a lovely young lady! and

Daddy’s Little Princess and

Where are my cookies?

I thought this was such a cute idea and the comments are full of little reminders of the fun we have together. The bonus of the jellybean jar idea is that several months of jellybeans seem like just a drop in the bucket when put in a sizeable jar. We all were able to breathe a sigh of relief when we saw how few jellybeans it looked like. Somehow looking at those few jellybeans made the time apart seem manageable to us all.

So in case anyone else is facing deployment or a long business trip that will take Daddy away, I thought I’d share the poem I wrote for the jar. It really is an awesome idea!

The poem goes as follows:

I’ll take one a day

While Daddy’s away,

It’s a way to keep track

Until Daddy is back,

Once I empty this jar

Dad returns from afar!

Published in: on January 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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