Saturday, May 22, 2010


Jon jumped yesterday so I went up on a near by mountain to take some pictures of him jumping. It was an awesome view from Skyline drive - you could see Sleeping Lady mountain behind the plane as they jumped. Can't wait to go to NC because at that base the families can sit at the bottom of the jump zone and see then right after they jump.

Jon is the second to last person to jump out of the plane in this picture. It was a great jump so Jon told me - no major injuries unlike the jump earlier this week when his chaplain assistant hurt his back.
Jon and a bunch of other soldiers falling to the ground.
The drop zone - this is where the soldiers landed.
Then I got the girls I have hung out with the past year. We got together and made some water bottles to remember our time together and to explain to them that I am moving and we only have a few more times.
Then we became airborne - one of the families made a zip line so we all did a run or two.
Running the line back up - the guy in red was cutting down trees in their backyard but was pretty excited about the zip line also!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

3 weeks - AHHH

As Molly and I were playing around this morning I looked at the calendar and realized in 3 weeks all of our household goods will be packed and we will only have a few more days until we hit the road. So until they come we are going to play with her toys a little more each day because once we hit the road she won't have that many to choose from.
We are preparing for the road trip of all road trips this June and July. We will be traveling over 5,000 miles in our CR-V and camping along the way. We will be loading all of our supplies in the car to include: clothes (for 3 seasons), tents, sleeping bags, air mattress, food, toys, Jon's work uniforms for when we arrive in NC, etc. This should be interesting to say the least.
You may be wondering what we are looking forward to the most - well let me tell you!
*Edmonton Mall - largest mall in North America with over 800 stores, water park, amusement park and 2 putt putt golfs courses
*Glacier National Park - there is a hike that is supposed to have an amazing waterfall at the end
*Mount Rushmore - because it is a national ICON
*camp food - I have been researching some fun recipes and can't wait to try them out
*The exciting adventure of camping out in God's creation (quoted from Jon)
*Seeing family along the way - we will visit all of Molly's great-grandparents on this one trip
*Making it by July 10 so I (Ashley) can hop on a plane and go serve as a camp counselor at Camp ICON the bi-annual conference held by our church back in Waco!!

Molly enjoying the moose her Grandaddy McPherson made her!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Dog sitting

Our friends are letting us watch their dogs as they visit family on the east coast and Molly is loving it! Titan (the white dog) loves to follow her around as Molly sticks out her hand to be licked/cleaned. Annie on the other hand just sits and waits for the rare moments Molly decides she needs to bug her.
I let the dogs out and left the door open so they could come in and out as they please and forgot about Molly who can walk now. Jon called me from the computer to see what was going on. Molly had gone outside and down the stairs to play with the dogs - luckily they go to the bathroom on the other side of the lawn!
Later that afternoon she was back out again. I can only take it so long when she cries at the door to be outside so I let her out to play with them again - this time supervised.
The dogs are wearing her out along with the SUN!! Molly and I goth got a little sun Saturday as you can see with her rosy red cheeks. This is Jon and Molly's planning session for Mother's Day. They cooked me breakfast and took me to Bear's tooth for lunch and a movie and then McDonald's for an ice cream cone and a relaxing afternoon sitting on our neighbors swing out in the sun! My present didn't make it but neither did the ones we sent our own mother's - that way everyone can celebrate a second mother's day in our families!!

Moving Update:
In one month the movers will have come and cleared our house and we will be cleaning for our final inspection, then June 15 we hit the road for a 5,348 mile cross country ROADTRIP! We are camping out and seeing some amazing sites like the Edmonton Mall, Glacier National Park, Mount Rushmore and FAMILY!! I will miss seeing the snow capped mountains out my windows but it will be nice to be a little closer to family and friends.