Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Road Trip Day 6 - Tuscaloosa, AL to McDonough, GA

YAY! We made it!!! We left Tuscaloosa VERY early, at least by our standards and arrived at Grandma & Papa's house before noon! It was a funfilled day of play with grandparents & new friends Little Logan & Jayden! Unfortuantely I did not get any pictures as I was exhausted from the week long trip!

I would have to say after 6 days in the car, that although the kids were tired, they did AWESOME! All in all very few meltdowns on the road, they were great when we stopped & when it was time to load up again. I know you all know this, but my kids are the best in the whole world!!! :)))

Now we are gonna enjoy our time with all of our family. Passing the time until daddy gets home - 1 month down; 6 to go!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Road Trip Day 5 - Kilgore, TX to Tuscaloosa, AL

<---BIG ASS TEXAS FLAG we saw!
Well one thing is right, everything is BIGGER in Texas! Like the interstates, 750 miles of them from El Paso on the west to the Louisiana state line. I have to say that has to be the BEST thing first thing this morning, Welcome to Louisiana!


A long long day, 4 states & well over 450 miles. Kids were troopers. No meltdowns just very antsy to get out, but can anyone blame them?





Once we arrived in Tuscaloosa, we went swimming to wear off some energy & then to Ryan's for dinner where we celebrated 1 more day with ice cream cones!!

Road Trip Day 4 - Abilene, TX to Kilgore, TX

We decided to make day 4 a short day because hotel prices jumped in Shreveport, LA and so we could get to a hotel and do some laundry as we were all running out. But our short day somehow was just as long as all the others! We stopped at Cracker Barrel for lunch. Nothing says "welcome to the south" like Cracker Barrel! Oh, how I missed it!! Here's some shots of our lunch!

My Diva & My Goofball!

How can I get those home to San Diego??

Friday, October 23, 2009

Road Trip Day 3 - El Paso, TX to Abilene TX




Holy COWS! Literally! Everywhere, cows & oil dereks! Nothing says Texas like cows & oil dereks!


We left out of El Paso 2 hours earlier than we had because we knew this day was gonna be a long one. Not only were we trying to go over 450 miles but through part of the most BORING parts of the country! Nothing to look at, no where to stop (or pee for that matter!). Although, Graham & I being the dorks that we are, were very excited about seeing Odessa & Midland & all those other places they mention in the Texas highschool football movies! I was looking for James Van Der Beek (Dawson from Dawson's Creek - he played one of the heroes in one of those movies...)!! But to no avail, only cows, oil dereks, & a lot of wind turbines - which Logan called windmeals!!




All in all an AWESOME day! A lot of road covered, only minor meltdowns occured, and the kids are adjusting to the time changes very well. Hoping that tomorrow we have the same luck!!



Road Trip Day 2 - Tucson, AZ to El Paso, TX

Today was a short day. Only a little over 300 miles but you either stop in El Paso or you drive another 250 miles to find a town big enough to stay in! We lucked out at the last minute and were able to get a room at the Fort Bliss Lodging (military hotel). Not top end or anything but cheap and safe & that's all I really care about. They had a little playground for the kiddos & they loved it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Road Trip Day 1 - San Diego to Tucson, AZ

Kids did really well considering they were confined for about 6 hours today. Traveling with a potty trained kid is a little harder, we had to make a couple extra stops. All in all a good day, hoping the rest go as well! Here are a few photos of the cutie-pies!

Peyton takes her art VERY seriously, had to pick the exact right picture to color

And to think mommy thought she was smart getting the twistable crayons so they wouldn't break them...

At the Holiday Inn Express in Tucson, AZ - Always love a ride on the luggage cart!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dreaming of a White Christmas...

Or at least a cold one! I was packing this morning & realized I had yet to pull out the kids winter hats & gloves. As soon as they saw them they needed to wear them! Here are my So Cal babies in their winter gear (FYI, it was like 85 here today...)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dora, table for two!

The kids and I were out shopping for things for our upcoming road trip. I was desperately looking for juicebox holders for the car. So I decided to check out Babies R Us. Unfortunately I was unable to find juicebox holders but we did find an awesome deal! We have been looking to get the kids a table to play/eat at but everything was just too expensive in my eyes. As we were walking through Babies R Us, we walked past a clearance section of playroom type furniture with a few tables & chairs. Peyton RAN to the Dora one and sat down & refused to get up! Once I saw the price I was sold! $24.99 for a Dora table & 2 chairs! It sells for $49.99! And since Peyton's birthday is going to be Dora themed, I justifed it as an early birthday present. Too bad she won't be able to sit at it for her birthday! This morning the kids both ran to the table, sat down, and Logan said "mom, I want dinner." So here they are eating their breakfast this morning, LOVING the Dora table!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We LOVE United Through Reading!!

United Through Reading is a program to help deployed service members stay united with their children by recording the service member reading a book to their children. Today we received our first DVD of Sean reading 2 books to the kids. I wish I had had the camera ready when I pushed play because from the beginning Peyton kept saying "my daddy, my daddy". They were both talking to him, showing him toys, and very excited to see daddy for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks. Here are the 2 video clips I caught. Mostly Peyton because in true Logan style he was "taking it in" before he showed a lot of emotion. We have now watched the video 4 times in less than 4 hours! Truly a treasure in our eyes!!
video video

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall is in the air

At the last minute today I decided to take the kids to a Fall Festival that was hosted by our housing company. The kids did GREAT while we waiting 45 minutes for it to open & then many other times to get food, play games, etc. And Logan was such a good helper. He carried out bag out & held his sister's hand all the way to van. He truely is stepping up to be the man of the house!

Bouncey House!


And what fall festival is complete without yummy food!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

A night full of friends!



Tonight we had our friends Kayron & Elizabeth over for dinner. David, Elizabeth's daddy is also deployed aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. I was also babysitting for a friend of ours, so Logan's best friend Kaelyn was also over. Overall, they played very well today. The favorite place to play was Logan's "big boy bed" as he calls it. Here's a few pics of the kids being silly!

The girls pretending to sleep

Playing on the top bunk

Party Time

One of Logan's bestest buddy's is turning 3!! Yesterday we went to his party & much to Logan's delight, the theme was Cars! Logan LOVED the Lighting McQueen shaped cake & cupcakes with Mater & Lighting on them. He's already talking about his birthday party & how he wants a Lighting cake too!




Pre-Cake



Post-Cake


Much to mommy's surprise & delight the blue icing came right out of the clothes! Thank goodness because it would have been a shame to lose that OSU outfit!


O-H-I-O

Sean is a proud alumni of THE Ohio State University and our family is a proud Buckeye Family!

And every Saturday during football season, we don our best (well at least the munckins) to show our Buckeye Pride!


GO BUCKS!













Friday, October 9, 2009

Introducing the Stamps Family!


As a military family we struggle to stay connected to our loved ones far away. I am hoping this will be a good tool to keep everyone updated on the Stamps Family!


We are a proud Marine Corps Family! Since 2005 we have moved 4 times and are currently calling beautiful San Diego, California home. MCAS Miramar is an awesome place to be stationed! Sean is a CH-46 pilot and currently deployed with the 11th MEU aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. Cyndi, a "retired" teacher & proud stay-at-home mom, spends her days trying to entertain our very energetic 3 1/2 year old son Logan and 22 month old daughter Peyton.