Saturday, July 21, 2012

Our Weekend

Hello All!  Another weekend is here!  Going through a deployment, I've been counting how many Sundays we have left.....and while I can't say the exact number, we got some exciting news this weekend that changed how many we have left :) :)  I love weekends, and in about 4 weeks, we will be moving back to Gulfport.  While we are here, we are trying to soak in being this close to family while we can.  My parents have been gone the past couple weekends with my brother.  They travel with a Big Shots basketball team to national tournaments to play for scouts.  My hope is that one day, Easton will have the same love of sports that Scott does, and Josh and I will be doing the same thing :)  So, while they have been gone, we have enjoyed weekends spent with my grandparents.
Friday night, we went to my "guilty pleasure" spot....CHILI'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I love me some Chili's and I could eat it everyday if possible!  After we got home, Kait helped me start working on another homecoming sign.  I have made several signs, trying to find that perfect one that I want to take with us in a couple weeks :)  My goal was to incorporate something with me and Easton both.

Here is the sign that we have started.  I am still going to am some text, more or less thinking something simple like "Welcome Home, Daddy!" Don't want too much as not to take away from the handprints


This is a sign that I made the other day while just playing around.  Like I said, I am really playing to get that "perfect" sign.  While I know to J, what sign we have won't matter, I still want it to be perfect.
Besides being in shock over the news we received about Josh and coming home and being all excited, Easton and I went shopping to get him some "big boy" tennis shoes.  Most of the shoes he has right now were all sandals and Toms.  He has extremely fat feet, so they are really hard to fit, but with him becoming more active, I wanted him to have a pair of tennis shoes.  And what shoes are better for a little boy than an adorable pair of Nike Air Max shoes?!

Ahhhh...I am in love... and I know a Daddy that will be, too, along with an Uncle that already is :)  Uncle Scott is really trying to mold Easton into his little athlete :)
The rest of our weekend is expected to be low key.  I have exams for my summer classes due on Wednesday, and will spend the majority of tomorrow focusing on that.  Tomorrow is also "All American Sunday" at our church.  We already had something scheduled for the Sunday of the week of July 4th, so they scheduled it for this weekend.  While we don't make it to church every Sunday due to Easton's nap schedule, I am really striving to make it tomorrow.  I've always been proud to be an American, but having a husband serving overseas, makes your heart swell with pride that much more.  I love my husband more than words could ever express and I am so proud of the work that he, and everyone over there, is doing!!!!!  Have a wonderful Sunday, Y'all!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Life hasn't been very blog worthy here lately.  We've been doing pretty much the same thing, just a different day.
However, we have had some fun days.  Last Thursday, Easton went to the "big pool" for the first time.  We are members at our local country club, and hadn't taken advantage of the membership thus far this summer.  Easton LOVED the pool!  There were several kids in the baby pool when we first got there, so I took him to the big pool first.  He splashed, kicked, and had a ball!

Saturday, we had our annual Crowder Family Reunion.  It was a great time, however, we were sad that we were missing several family members this year.  Since it was so close to the 4th of July, they used patriotic decorations, and Easton had a blast while they were cleaning up.

Other than that, we have hung low.  I have worked on school work, worked on homecoming signs, and finally broke down and ordered Easton and I homecoming shirts for Josh's homecoming!  I am so anxious to get them in!!!  It makes me so excited to finally be to this point.  We are constantly looking at houses, condos, townhomes, and apartments trying to find the perfect place to call home.  We have yet to find it.  Once we finally get that finalized, I will finally be fully excited!!!!!!!!!!!  (I'm slightly stressed that nothing has came up yet....)
Happy Wednesday, Y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July

Happy FOURTH Everyone and Happy Birthday, America!
I always love the 4th of July!  Growing up, we would always go to the local Minor League Baseball game, watch Fireworks, eat way too much ice cream, and shop during the day.  Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to be up in Washington, D.C. for the 4th.  It was amazing!  Josh was stationed on Bolling Air Force Base, and we got to watch the fireworks on base, right over the capital.  Needless to say, it was AMAZING!!

Leaving the firework show.  For some reason, this is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us :)

This year, the fourth of July has taken on a new meaning.  I have always been proud to be an American, but this year, that pride has swelled.  Today, I'm not only proud to be an American, but I am also proud of my Husband.  My husband is currently stationed overseas, fighting to keep this great land free.  Without the bravery of our soldier, this land wouldn't be free, it wouldn't be the place we are so proud to call home. I cannot put into words how proud I am of my husband and the work, he and all the soldiers over there are doing!  

Some pictures from today.  We didn't do too much, but we did had to get some quick pictures  :)

This weeks been a hard week for me.  Monday was Josh's birthday.  I wanted so badly just to wake up to him.  Tell him Happy Birthday, make him breakfast, make him feel special all day.  And while I did everything I could do, it's hard to celebrate a birthday in two different places, that just happen to be around 7,000 miles apart.  Today, my family had a cookout with some other families.  Couples and kids came over, and while I loved having everyone here, it was hard because at the same time, I wanted my husband here!  I wanted us to be one of the couple here!  I can't tell you how much I miss just being able to pick up the phone and call or text Josh.  Little things you take for granted while someone is here, would mean everything when you can't do it.   
I hope all of you guys had a wonderful day, enjoyed celebrating!  For now, for me, Easton's asleep and I'm off to do some homework and watch the fireworks on TV  :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Josh!!!!!

Today is Josh's Birthday.  So first and foremost, I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my husband, my best friend, my everything!  Josh is my rock, and is an amazing Daddy to our sweet baby boy!!!!

These are pictures from Josh's birthday two years ago!  He was stationed in DC and I flew up to send the week with him!  Us and some friends rented a cabin outside of DC and had a great time together!  Last year,  we spent his birthday traveling to see his family in Kentucky.
This year, we are 7,000 miles apart.  I really struggled on how to make his birthday "special" even though I couldn't be with him.  I decided to order a cookie cake (his favorite) from the grocery store here and ship it to him, along with some cupcakes and cookies to match to share (since I knew he wouldn't share the cookie cake).  I also sent balloons, candles, and a bunch of other "birthday" surprises to help me properly celebrate his day over there!  We were fortunate to get to skype today and he got to see both Easton and I.  While not how you would ideally want to celebrate, after being gone 5 months and dealing with minimal internet coverage, it was nice to just get to see him and talk for a while today!  Fingers crossed next year we are together to celebrate!