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The Boy's 7th Birthday

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Wanted to put up the pictures of The Boy's birthday while it's still January! I haven't used up all of my picture space for this month!

So, without further delay.... The Boy Turns 7!

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Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Look! A spiderman card!
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Look! A lot of money just fell out of it!
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This is N giggling while Grammy & Grampy sing him happy birthday over the telephone!
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He didn't waste much time before breaking into his new lego sets. I just love to watch him build with them. He pays close attention to the instruction booklets and just builds away!
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I let him open all of his presents on his actual birthday, which was a Tuesday. His actual party was the following Saturday, and The Boy wanted to go bowling! So we ended up with 8 kids and 3 Mommas at the bowling alley on base! 46 lanes, so it was plenty roomy.

I'll just tell you now... the funny picture of me was the result of a really bad turn. LOL!!!! I broke 100 both games tho! 101 and 104 were my scores.

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Posted by Brazen 10:30 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Pictures From Iraq...

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Hi everyone,

I got permission from C to post these pictures, so you can get an idea of the place he's living and working.

The first set of pics are of the aide station he runs there... he's the Medic for his company.

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There he is... =o)
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The beds don't look very comfy!
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The next 3 are of the outside of the aide station:

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One look at C's room:
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I love this shot. I had it enlarged and it's now sitting here on my computer desk.
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That's everything that I've gotten so far!! It's more than I expected this early on, and I'm really happy for it. =o)

Posted by Brazen 09:47 Archived in USA Comments (2)

Karate and Basketball - Kids New Sports

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There really hasn't been anything to show off in pictures around here lately. January really did start off the Hawaii winter rainy season... I actually had plans to go to the Lagoons today during the school day with my neighbor, but it's pouring out. She went yesterday and it was a gorgeous day! Not fair.

The kids began their second week of basketball and karate last night. It was actually only their second practice because they couldn't go last Thursday night. The Boy received his Gi (is that how you spell that?? The white karate uniform) and he was SO HAPPY. So he's got that beginning white belt... I get the idea that earning the yellow belt is pretty easy, so that could happen next month maybe.

Here he is last Tuesday on his first night in class.

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The class is about 60% girls, 40% boys.... there are 3 blue belts who are all girls, there is one purple belt (a girl), an orange belt (a girl LOL!), a few yellow belts (boys and girls) and a couple of total newbies like N with the white belts.

Thursdays are FIGHT NIGHTS! Did THAT ever make N's night. So not only did he get his Gi, but he got to fight too! This totally changed his outlook on karate.

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How cute and funny is THAT??

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I don't know why he's got red, devil eyes... every single picture from last night came out that way.

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Wonderfully enough.... E's basketball practice is on both of same nights as karate and at the same time!!

Here are a few shots of her. I need a lot of practice at taking action shots of bball... they all stunk!! Her team is made up of 7 boys and 2 girls. She is the only one who has never played... and it shows. hehehehe When she stands on the free throw line, she can't hit the rim or anything... the ball just goes sailing under. Those boys, however, can stand back on the yellow line at the half court and make the shots!!! It's unreal. They do fancy moves on layups and everything. E laughs at herself the whole time. She sure does love it tho. Her basketball lives in the house now... and she dribbles around the first floor!!!

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She's doing so great, attitude-wise... as we walked home she was saying how she's definitely the weakest player on the team, they all have been playing for a lot longer, but she got better at defensive playing last night and actually blocked a shot! LOL She's the only one that doesn't have real basketball hightop sneakers and she couldn't care less. She still wears regular t-shirts and the little cheerleader shorts instead of the big, baggy silky bball ones...

The first basketball game is February 4th! That ought to be really interesting!

The first karate tournament that N would have a chance at going to is in April... and his Sense (sp? Sensi?) says he'll be able to compete in it. LOL! I need to learn how to spell Karate vocabulary words!

Posted by Brazen 09:14 Archived in USA Comments (1)

That New Shoe Feeling

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It's a really good feeling buying your kids new shoes. Especially if they're different than normal and ones that will get loads of use. It just occurred to me yesterday that E starts basketball today and she doesn't have any sort of basketball shoes! This lead to a fast trip to the PX to see what they had for sneakers.

That kid has my feet!!! She's 11 years old and wears a women's size 7! So after searching the racks and piles of shoe boxes, we found a pair of New Balance shoes that we both liked. Price tag said $66, and a second one under it said $44.50 or something. The box was on the clearance pile, so I figured the $44 WAS the clearance price. And carried on. N wanted some new shoes too, so we checked his out. There was one pair of Nikes on the "new wall" for only $28 and I considered that to be a bargain, so we got his size (Size 1) and took off.

We get to the checkout line with two pairs of shoes, two packs of new socks, two bottles of water and a copy of The Army Times and the whole thing comes out REALLY cheap. I check out the receipt and E's sneakers rang up at $14.97!! They were 60% off! LOL So all of a sudden N's Nikes didn't look like a great deal anymore!

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Incidentally, today is their first day back to school in almost a month!!! Wheeeeeeeee!

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The rest of today's pics are just regular kid shots.... just in CASE anyone's interested in seeing the smelly KIDS!

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Posted by Brazen 10:11 Archived in USA Comments (0)

I'm Sewing Again

SOMEone got me in the mood start sewing quilts again (Shae, you're so demanding!) and so I got everything all set up. Everything is sorted and ready... and I'm going to finish a UFO (unfinished object) that when it's done, it's for ME!! I've never kept any of my quilts before. It was started to be for my living room couches... and even tho we have a different living room and a different sofa... it still matches! And I think it matches even better. LOL!

Alison, remember this bad boy?? I know you do!

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So I thought I'd show how HANDY my new set up is here in this house!! The living room, computer area and sewing area are all in one long room. I can watch tv while being on the computer, and with my awesome new chair on wheels... I can just wheel from the computer to the sewing machine in about 2 seconds!

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I couldn't ask for any better. I've already sewn together one row of blocks for this quilt... I'm sure I'll have the rest done by bedtime. I'll post up pics again later.

Posted by Brazen 15:51 Comments (0)

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