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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Grains of Gratitude

1. Back in June I mentioned Joe found out he was selected for promotion ... on Mon, after an almost 6-month wait, he was finally promoted and able to put on that new stripe! Definitely grateful for that, but also grateful that both kids did so well sitting (mostly) quietly for the hour-long ceremony.

A not-so-great picture of us ...


So we staged a better one later of us "tacking on" (or punching his arm)






2. I'm grateful for the falling gas prices!

3. I'm grateful for the nice time we had at the base Christmas tree lightning. And that Lucas didn't freak out when I stuck him on Santa's lap. Kayla didn't seem to thrilled to sit on his lap either, which was strange because she was excited to see him, and shook his hand, when he walked by.


4. I'm grateful we survived yesterday's full day - cookie exchange party, Home Depot kid's clinic, birthday party, and a holiday bazaar (where I had a Discovery Toys table). Whew! It helps to be able to split up!

Now time to get back to cleaning and organizing and all of that fun stuff!

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21 comments:

Me said...

Congrats to Joe! That's wonderful news! :)

Trace

chelle said...

Wow crazy awesome week!!
Congrats to Joe!

My name is Sarah said...

Congratulations to dad!!! Kayla always has the cutest dresses on. And good job with Santa. I would not sit on his lap until I was much older.

PEA said...

Congratulations to Joe, well done!! I loved seeing the pictures, even Lucas got in on the act of punching the stripes! lol Love the Santa picture as well, Lucas looks like he's looking him over, wondering what's with all that hair! hehe Kayla is getting so big as well, but still adorable:-) xoxo

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA! In the last picture of you joe kayla and lucas. lucas looks like: mommy! feed me!!!
congrats to joe!!! see ya'll soon.

<3 aunt kelly

Nancy said...

Congratulations to your husband. I just wanted to say that I saw your Holland link on the side of your blog and that is one of my most favorites. Never fails to make me cry.

your children are beautiful.

Nancy said...

Oh and I don't know if this is bad blog etiquette.. i don't mean to make any uh ohs... but I found you through Jen's site and you'd entered and said you needed shoes for your son. I wanted to let you know that those shoes came from my store and that I'm having a drawing on my site for a free pair of boy shoes also. Deadline is Dec 9th if you'd like to try to win some there also.

Mama Mia said...

Congrats to Joe! I think it's a great family picture! The kids are so cute!

Laura said...

Congratulations JOE!!!

My son Madison is all about the Army, his grandaddy was a Major & in WWII. He is now 11 and still has his sights on going into the Army... this is all he's talked about since he was 3! I showed him your post. Joe and your family are great roll models for kids like Madison! THANKS!

Love the Santa picture, to cute!

hjoy said...

Congrats to your hubby, that is very exciting. Really nice family photo and also love the santa picture.

Stephanie said...

That's freaking adorable.. glad you had a wonderful week!

Becca said...

All wonderful things to be grateful for! Don't know how you survived that crazy day, though.

mommaof4wife2r said...

so stinking fun! i am so happy that you guys punched it on!!! congrats to you all! and those pics are precious! i can't believe how cute you all are together!

Jeanette said...

Yeah, new stripe! Gotta love that and all the things that come with it. Congrats. I nominated you for a Mommy award. Stop by the site and pick it up when you get a chance.

Tanya said...

Congrats on the promotion!! And I am very thankful for the dropping gas prices too :)

Karen said...

Congrats on the stripe! Michelle, you look a little too versed in punching husbands. ;)

A Life Full of Love said...

Aw, great pictures. Glad he was promoted. The punching pictures are so funny.

And of course, gotta love the Santa picture!!! Too, too cute.

Mary said...

Congrats Joe!
I love the Santa picture!

Sue said...

Congrats to Joe for his promotion. You all look great! Love the Santa photo - no tears is always good. :)

Anonymous said...

congrats to joe!They look cute sitting on santa's lap!
love ya,
mimi

mum2brady said...

Congratulations Joe!!! So sad you're having to start over and be a single mom and deal with all of this at the Christmas season!!! Praying your journey went well and looking forward to catching up with you in MD! Of course now you really ARE too far away to meet up with - wahhhhh!