Mom, Dad, & Ryan went to town this morning for a few errands and some sale shopping. Mom/Ryan got me some yarn for another baby blanket I’ll be making as well. I stayed home with Robbie and Rick. We played with legos and all his Bob the Builder toys. A while after the town-goers got home, we all bundled up except Mom and headed to our church for some sledding on the hill. We all had a lot of fun, and even Dad took a turn going down on one of the flying saucers. Here are a few pics from the fun: Image Hosting by Image Hosting by Image Hosting by Image Hosting by

And here’s a short video of Robbie sledding (make sure your volume is up).

I want to wish all my friends and family a happy and prosperous new year!!

An anniversary date and more

Ok, so maybe I’ve been relaxing too much seeing as how I haven’t written since Thursday again. Friday was me and Ryan’s 5th Anniversary. The day was just a normal day – playing with Robbie, playing on our computers, etc. Then we went out to dinner with just the 2 of us. We went to UP North Lodge, the place we got the gift card from G’ma & G’pa for Christmas. Ryan had a full rack of ribs and I had a steak. Everything was really good. Our waitress was a girl I knew back from high school, so that was kind of neat. After we were done with our dinners, some of the waitresses came out and sang their little Happy Anniversary song to us and brought us a chocolate ice cream dessert thing. It was really good, even on top of all the food we had already eaten. Then we headed to the Section House Bed & Breakfast in Little Lake. Mom & Dad had paid for a night there for us – thank you!! The lady that runs the place is really nice, and she showed us around on our way to our room. We stayed in the “green room” – the walls were painted shades of green and it was a very calming room. We got settled in and Ryan got our DVDs from the van. We watched Dodgeball and SWAT while we stitched and just relaxed.

Saturday morning was breakfast made by the owner, and she cooked whatever we wanted. We had eggs, waffles, sausage (Ryan), bacon (me), hashbrowns (Ryan), oj (Ryan), fresh homemade apple cider (me), and coffee. She made way lots of food, and we sure got our fill. We enjoyed visiting with her and her boyfriend while we ate, and we learned why it was called the Section House. It’s right by the train tracks, and back before there were lots of roads, the tracks were broken down into about 20 mile sections. Each section had a crew and a supervisor that was in charge of keeping up their section of track. The Section House was the section supervisor’s house. So that was a neat bit of history we learned by staying there.

We got home a little after 10 and Robbie sure was glad to see us. He did have a fun evening with Gramma & Grampa and Uncle Rick though. We spent the rest of the day doing the usual relaxing/playing. Saturday evening was Sauna again.

Sunday was church and Robbie got to show off his new dress shoes that he couldn’t wear Christmas Eve. We found them on Christmas Day when we took all the presents out of the box to put under the tree. Silly me! After church we came home and after Mom got home from Choir practice, she and Robbie and I made cookies. Robbie helped with the thumbprint cookies. Then Mom & I made peanut blossoms and strawberry jello “pastel cookies”. Robbie took a nap. After the cookies were all done, I got caught up on my newspapers. We went to Our Place for supper – the plan was for Jerry’s Wilderness Room, but they were closed. I guess they didn’t want our business. Our Place is a sub shop, but the have lots of other things as well. I had a mushroom/swiss burger and breaded mushrooms, Robbie had grilled cheese & fries, and Ryan had nachos supreme and mozzarella sticks. Then it was home for more playing – Mom brought a big box home from work and Robbie’s been having fun playing in/with that. After he was in bed, we all watched TV and Mom and I stitched. I’ll have to post some pics later of what I’ve been working on.

Relaxing finally

Hmm. . . Yesterday. . . What did I do? We slept in. We played with Robbie’s new toys. I stitched some during naptime. Then we went to town for some shopping. We picked Mom up from work and then Rick took us all to dinner at Tommy’s. The service was kind of poor, but once we finally all got the right food it was really good and I ate too much. Then we drove around and looked at Christmas lights. After all the ones in town, we went back to Mom’s work and she and I went in her truck and went grocery shopping while the guys went and looked at a few more lights on their way home.

This morning I was up shortly after 9. I did some stuff on my computer and then went and got Robbie up. My cousin (and Robbie’s Godmother) Amanda and her fiance stopped by to visit for a while. They’ll be going out of town this weekend, so she wanted to see us once more before we left We visited for a while, and after they left Robbie and I had breakfast. Then we played for a while and after the mail came, we got bundled up and I pulled him on his sled to get the mail. After I brought it in, we played outside in the snow for probably over an hour. Rick and Ryan joined us, and we were all over the yard and even walked a ways on the lake. When we came in, I made some Easy Mac for Robbie for lunch and then he went and took a nap. I *should* of sat and crocheted and/or stitched, but I played computer games instead for a little while. Then I took pictures of all of Robbie’s Christmas presents

and a picture of all my presents

Rick and I made supper and it was getting ready just as Mom got home from work. We made scalloped potatoes and ham. It was pretty good, considering I didn’t use to like that food. After we ate, we went to visit Carl & Amanda and baby Hope, and see their new house. Amanada has done a great job decorating. We stayed for probably an hour or so visiting, and I got to hold Hope for a while. After we got home we had sauna and then dessert left over from Christmas dinner. Now I’m heading to bed.

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Merry Christmas!!

The past 2 days have been a whirlwind, as they always seem to be around here for Christmas. Yesterday morning Dad and I went to Marquette for a little bit of last minute shopping and some errands. My big one was to the jeweler. I’ve somehow managed to break a prong and lose a diamond off my wedding ring. It was one of the medium sized ones, and the jeweler we use up here is really nice. It was only $38 for the diamond, and then add in the prong and shipping since it won’t be done before we have to go back to NY, and it was still well under what I had figured. At least I can still wear the engagement part of my ring so I have something to wear on my finger. After Dad and I finished our errands and had gotten home, the rush began. I had to frame a cross stitch piece for Mom, and I had Rick do most of my wrapping while I was framing. I managed to get everything done – except writing out some music. I had forgotten my trombone Christmas book in NY, and was to play O Holy Night at 2 churches. Mom had a piano version, and on my way to gig number 1 (a Lutheran church in a neighboring town that Mom played the piano for as well), I wrote out my music. Nothing like writing music on the way to the gig. That church service and my playing during the offering went well, and they sure enjoyed having some special music.

Then it was off to my grandparents’ house for pizza, veggies, and candy/cookies (all homemade – well, not the veggies). We enjoyed visiting with G’ma & G’pa and Aunt Carol and of course Robbie’s antics made us all laugh. Mom and I headed out to church (our church this time) a little earlier than the guys did as she accompanies the choir and I was playing the Call to Worship (O Holy Night again) so we had to be there early. Ryan and Robbie and Rick and Dad got there about quarter to 8. It was a very nice service with lots of carols and lessons and Communion and candles at the end. It did get a little long – maybe they don’t need to sing ALL the verses of ALL the hymns/carols. After church it was back to G’ma & G’pa’s to open presents, and boy were there a lot of them for only 9 people. It was around midnight when we finally got home, and Robbie went right to bed, and the rest of us followed soon after.

This morning I got up a little earlier than my guys to help Mom in the kitchen. I got all the potatoes for today’s dinner peeled, and Rick made his jello salad stuff, and Mom got donut puffs going for breakfast. I got my guys up and Robbie got to come downstairs to see what Santa brought him. His biggest present from Santa was a big boy bike! He sure was excited about that. Then we ate the donut puffs for breakfast before opening the rest of our stuff from Santa. Some of the stuff I got were Christmas socks, a cube of note paper with music notes on the side, a music note hotpad, some handmade soap from a local soapmaker, and a crochet book. Then it was church again – you think 5 times in the last 4 days all with Communion is enough to last me until next Sunday? LOL Ryan stayed home and napped since he wasn’t feeling very good.

Once we got home, we finished up getting the food ready and I got another cross stitch piece framed – a baby piece for our newest cousin Hope. I finished it about 10 minutes before the family started arriving. Once everyone was here, there were 18 of us. We took a picture of all the cousins – all 12 of us! We did our gift exchange – Carl had my name this year and he got me a Canadian Brass CD, a cute pair of socks, and some foot lotions. Robbie got some neat toys and everyone had lots of great things. Dinner was good – ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, pickles, 2 kinds of jello-type salads, rolls, and probably more that I can’t remember. After we ate, several of the cousins had to leave to go to their other families (one married and one newly engaged). We visited for a while and had fun watching Robbie play with his new toys. Then we had dessert – choice of pumpkin pie, berry pie (that’s what I had), or birthday cake (my youngest cousin’s b-day is Christmas Eve). Once we were done eating, everyone pretty much left and boy was it quite here!

Robbie got a nap, and I finished making and wrapping presents for our family. It was nice just relaxing for a while after the rush of the past 2 days. About 7, G’ma Ele and Aunt Carol came over because they like watching us open presents. Then it was time for all the gifts within our family – 6 of us, and there sure were a lot of presents under the tree.
Everyone got lots of great things. I got Christmas socks from Robbie, part of a gift certificate for a full day at a spa (the rest of the gc will be coming), a page-a-day cross stitch calendar from Ryan, cross stitch charts from Mom & Dad, Canadian Brass DVD, gift card to Michaels from my brother and tons of other stuff that I can’t remember right now. In the next few days I’ll get a pic of all my presents and share that.

The last gift of the evening was an early anniversary present to me and Ryan from Mom & Dad. We are getting a free night of babysitting, and a night at a local bed and breakfast on the night of our 5th anniversary (Friday night). That will be nice getting away for just the 2 of us – and we’ll get to go out for dinner as well as we got a gift card to a local restaruant from G’ma & G’pa last night. Thank you everyone!!!

We ended the evening with sauna, and now that I’m all relaxed and very sleepy, I’m going to head up to bed.

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Sleeping, shopping, church, and family

I’ve been enjoying getting to sleep in. Yesterday I got up about 9 and Robbie was just waking up too. We came down and played for a while until Rick and Ryan got up. I made a quick trip into Gwinn to the post office to mail some Christmas cards and then a stop at Mom’s doctor on my way home to pick up something for her. Around 1:15 or so Ryan and I left for Marquette and he brought me to where Mom works. Then he went off and did some shopping, and I crocheted while Mom finished up work for the day. Then Mom & I went and did our last bit of Christmas shopping and some grocery shopping as well. She had to play piano for our Saturday evening church service, so I went to church with her since we didn’t have time to go home in between. Once home, we had chili for supper that Dad had made and then sauna later in the evening. Robbie really enjoyed it, and Ryan had a hard time getting him to leave. I stayed in way too long and almost passed out. I’m just not used to it since it’s been since March for sauna for me. But Mom and I were having such a good time talking about girl stuff and everything, that I wasn’t paying attention to how I was feeling until too late. Plus, I haven’t been drinking water like I should, so that didn’t help matters any.

This morning I was the first one up, and that was about 8:30. Mom came down shortly after I did, and then I went and woke my guys up around 9:15. Church is at 10:30, and it was nice seeing everyone again. It’s always nice to come home to our home church. After Mom got home from choir practice, we made brunch – pancakes, eggs, and sausage. We finished eating about 2 and then there wasn’t enough time for a nap for Robbie. We left about 3:15 for Rock, Mom & Dad’s hometown, and went to their old church and the church that Mom’s sister’s families are still members of. They had their Christmas cantata, directed by my Aunt Pris, and my Aunt Pattie and cousins Amanda, Renee, and Holly all sang in. Renee even had a solo in it. It was really good and lasted about 45 minutes. They had snacks and coffee/juice afterwards, so it was nice to sit and visit with people, especially my cousins and aunts whom I haven’t seen since March.

We got home and watched some tv before having a late supper of homemade subs and chips.
Then we just spent the rest of the evening relaxing. Mom and I crocheted, and when I finished my project I stitched for a while. We all watched tv. Well, not Robbie since he was in bed.

We started out the morning with a cold, miserable drizzle, and by the time we left for the cantata, it was snowing. We didn’t get nearly as much here as they did in Rock, but it’s enough that everything is white again after the rain the past day and a half.

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Greetings from Michigan!!!!

Yesterday was a travel day. We left home shortly before 0730 and drove all day. We had 2 meal stops, 3 gas stops, and several potty stops. Overall it took a little over 15 1/2 hours, but only 13 hours of driving time. Mom & Dad were surprised to see us – they thought we were going to my brother’s to spend the night and then drive home today. But we decided to surprise them and come all the way. Rick was in on it, and we’ve been planning it since Thanksgiving. We were all really tired when we got here, and even though I did play games for a little while, I didn’t feel like writing.

Today I slept in until 10. Robbie was up about 9:30, according to my brother and dad. Ryan got up about 10:30. We spent the morning playing with blocks, trucks, and his new football (a little plastic one from Northern Michigan University’s homecoming parade). I played on my computer some, too. Then around 12:30 or so, Ryan and Dad went to Marquette for some shopping and clock stuff. Rick and Robbie and I went over to G’ma & G’pa’s to visit. G’ma asked me what I was doing there, and I said visiting (like DUH! LOL). Afterall, I was supposed to be driving today, not here already. So we visited there for about an hour or so, and Aunt Carol was there as well. Then we came home and Robbie went down for a nap and I played on my computer for a little bit before taking out my crocheting. I have one Christmas present left to finish. It needs to be mailed, but the recipient’s mom has already been notified that it will be a little bit late.

Mom got home from work around 5:30 and after a little while, we headed out and went to the Catholic church in town for their living Nativity. They have various youth dressed as Mary, Joseph, shepherd, kings (wise men), and angels, and they have live animals – a donkey and some sheep. Robbie got to pet the animals. We (the 4 adults) were ready to leave, but Robbie wanted to see Baby Jesus some more. So we stayed until he was ready to go, and then we went for pizza at the local Italian place. Ryan had nachos and Robbie had popcorn chicken and the other 4 of us shared 2 medium pizzas. Then it was home and Robbie played for a little while before bed. I crocheted some and am half done with my last present. I’ll be heading off to bed soon seeing as how it’s almost midnight.

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The last day!!

We started this morning off with a full Battalion formation in the motorpool. The Division Command Sergeant Major handed out some coins for excellence to several members of the Band (woodwind trio and rock band) and the Battalion Color Guard. We also received our holiday safety briefing from the Battalion Command Sergeant Major. Then it was back to the band hall. I had my Soldiers do their risk assessments for leave travel and I inspected all their vehicles. Then SGT G and I went to the chow hall for breakfast. After a little bit of time back at the supply office, I went up to pick up my stuff from the dry cleaners – I figured Ryan would want his jacket to take to Michigan. Then it was back to supply to do nothing until 1130 when Brass Quintet had formation for our lunchtime gig.

We played at Hayes Hall, which is the Division Headquarters building. We played Christmas carols for a little over an hour there – at various places in the building and in some offices. Each office had a theme, and one of the offices had a “Casino”. They had an Elvis impersonator and we got to accompany Elvis on some Christmas carols. It was a lot of fun, and one of the offices offered us some of their food. Of course, we partook (is that a word?). We got a lot of applause and “thanks for playing” and it’s nice to get recognition for what we do. We had a lot of fun playing there. Then it was off to our Battalion headquarters for a few carols and then one other place. Once we got back to the band hall, I released my Soldiers for the day and wished them all a Merry Christmas and safe leave. I took care of a few things in supply and then headed home after picking Robbie up from daycare.

I got 2 loads of laundry folded and started packing before Ryan got home from work and we headed off to the chiropractor for our last adjustments for the year. Then it was a stop at Taco Bell for supper and then home to get Robbie to bed, finish packing, scoop the litterbox, take the trash out, and run the dishwasher. Heading off to bed now as we leave early in the morning – heading to Michigan!!

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