Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial day getaway

For Memorial Day we planned a 24 hour getaway with some friends.  Between work, life and school Jon is in we decided a short trip away from regular life would be a great break from life and a time to reconnect as a family.  We found an island while geocaching one day and so I looked it up on priceline and found a hotel and thought - why not!  The hotel had a petting zoo, dog park, park, pool, beach, indoor play area and ping pong table.  We had some friends join us and headed out after church on a rainy day but there were enough things to do inside to keep us all entertained.  After a long night of gaming and snacking we started out the next day with beautiful weather and the pool.  Once we checked out we started our geocaching adventure with lots of stops at parks, beaches and random one lane roads.  So glad we were able to get away as a family with just hang out!
Practicing for BUNCO!

A hotel play room - perfect for a rainy afternoon

Ping Pong room next door - bring it on!

Japanese hotels are the best

 A raised seated area that turns into a bed for the kids later

A sunflower park!

Rainy day walk

Checking out the petting zoo!

Car driving track for the kids

6 kids can fit in one tiny car

Exploring the beach near the hotel

Posed bed picture - pre game night at our friends

Gaming - Pandemic, Settlers of Catan and 5 Crowns.

Kids watched movies and ate while the adults played

Breakfast! Salad, seaweed and SUGAR. - ok mainly the sugar for these ones

Jumping into the pool with friends!

So glad the weather cleared up

Group picture before our geocaching adventures begin

One kid is still hiding but this is the gang

Felt like I was back in TN seeing this while driving around. 

No one was injured during the finding of this geocache

Kids played while we hunted for the geocache.  They were successful we were not

Plays, Pals and Pools

Pictures from the past few weeks - we have said goodbye to some awesome UMT members, played in the pools and braved the mall with the girls!
Everyone having a birthday means its time for that yearly check up.  Only 1 had to get shots

The biggest singing in a mother's day presentation

Saying goodbye to an awesome member of the UMT

Jon and the 1-1 UMT

Mother's Day getaway with a friend

Came home to a clean house and happy family so we had smores!

Girls modeling their new sun hats

First Japanese pool of the season


Last year she was too little but not this year!

She didn't need a parent to help her this year!

Saying goodbye to 1/2 our AWANA leaders do to PCS had a blast with them this year

Littlest is convinced she doesn't need a nap - too bad she fell asleep when I made her sit for 2 minutes.

Scooter riding as a family

No face b/c she didn't want her picture

Look at me!!

Last of 18 quilts - this one is for the principal

Celebrating 12 years of marriage!!!
Jon - coin jar with the world - shows that we have learned money management over the many years and that we have had the privilege of traveling the world together.
Ashley - adjustable tool set  - shows that we have been able to get the tools to make the adjustments in our marriage to make it last

Braving the mall with the girls for the first time. 

Photo booth  they loved it!

Last Brithday of the year!

Her sisters came out -ran back in to wake her up to open her gifts at 6:00am

Look at my gifts!

Playing with sisters before friends

Bounce House and Pool - toddler fun!

A friend made her a cake - and she loves mini mouse

Feeling special on her special day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Last few weeks

These past few weeks we have been having fun finding local parks.  When we were not doing that we were on quarantine between pink eyes for all 3 girls and me messing up my back and not being able to do much. 

I love roller slides

one little girl couldn't make it over the steps

Geocaching with awesome parks

that is one serious plaque

Can't get enough time with our "army cousins"

Got to be in a local magazine representing Army families here

Slumber Parties!!

Pool time with buddies

Lockdown day 3 - water color in the bathroom

They had fun and it was only a little crazy to clean up

One of the last story times for AWANA this year

So of course we let kids climb out the window

Friend broke the couch - so she made me this!!


Beach night picnic

Molly's kindergarten class quilts started

Zoo with friends

Having fun on the carousel

Watching the Hippos