Sunday, September 14, 2008

the party has begun

I'm at the beach with all the Hansen & Holland party animals.
There's nothing better than waking up and eating your breakfast watching the sun rise over the waves.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

I'll tell you what happened...

Honestly it was so not worth the worry- or preparation for that matter. All it did was rain. It started in the afternoon, going on through the night and into the morning the next day. Maybe once I heard the wind blow but other than that not a whole lot of action. We've had thunderstorms with tornado warnings that were worse. I guess some (5) low lying homes were flooded and I saw a tree blown over at the elementary school up the hill from us but other than that - nada, zip, zero (as they say)
If a hurricane were the ocean.
tropical storm Hanna was a wading pool

Friday, September 5, 2008

things i'm loving right now

Bare minerals: I'm loving this stuff! It feels like I have nothing on and I'm so glad Nic picked it up for me

urban outfitters: found these super cute sandals there and on sale! Who doesn't love a cute pair of shoes for $14.99

Jcrew: my new everyday skirt on sale also. Go there now and get something -they are having an extra 20% off all sale items

tropical storm Hanna: We are getting prepared and I get to tell my inner environmentalist to shut it because we need bottled water just in case.

dasani water: I know it's just filtered tap water but it still tastes oh so refreshing (& don't worry they will be recycled)

what Gary is loving right now:

tropical storm Hanna: a good excuse to buy this

the Coleman lantern: super small, super strong

Our friend & neighbor John: Who was in Gary's class but was recycled & now is doing his rotation, gave Gary the key to his apartment so Gary can sneak off & have some alone time with Johns x-box & no this is not a picture of our John-but another John we are loving right now

Monday, September 1, 2008

the countdown

Okay people I only have about 3 1/2 weeks left in ghettoville! Can you believe it? As I was thinking about it (tyring to hide my glee from Gary- poor kid hates it here almost as much as I do) there are some things that will be missed:
  • Gary for one, although when he's around I tend to lean on him too much, I like being independent- of course being scared of this town and being independent are two different things but I'll move on.
  • I hate to admit it but I'll miss the humidity, it always reminds me of our trips to Myrtle beach growing up, especially in the morning right after it has rained.
  • I'll miss the trees! People the trees!! I'm going to start a tree planting club when I get home- Utah you need more trees!
  • I'll miss the swimming pool- it's saline and so nice to take the kids first thing in the morning.
  • I'll miss the fact that everyone (almost everyone- 99.9% of everyone) knows what we're going through- knows what it's like to be in the military, the friends I've met here and when they talk about their husbands they sound just like mine.
  • And the rain storms, the people here think they are in a drought- I've got news for them- they don't know what drought is! It rains at least once a week here and not a little sprinkle for 15 min. It's a full on down pour all afternoon & sometimes into the wee hours of the morning. When it's not lightening & thundering the kids throw on their bathing suits and run outside to play in the rain, we just got caught in such a storm last night when we were on a family walk after dinner. Luckily we were by the mail boxes and sought cover there but of course the kids ran out and had a great time. Here are some pictures of a storm blowing through:

the first two are facing east
look at those tree lines!
And these are facing west-gorgeous! we have sunsets like this at least once a week I'll miss those too

But as much as I'll miss those things I miss Utah & everyone there a whole lot more!
Utah - I'm commin' home!