Thursday, September 24, 2009

Our Story - Iceland

After Toby proposed he returned to Iceland (where he was stationed) to finish out his Navy career. We decided that another visit at the half way point would help pass the time and it would give us something to look forward to. So I went to Iceland for a few weeks in July. This was like a honeymoon for us. We did all of the fun tourist things we could cram into the two weeks we had.

We spent sometime in Reykjavik. Walking. Talking. Eating. Holding hands. Shopping.
If you look below you can see a baby; in a stroller; outside of a store; alone. Just in case you where wondering , the mom was in shopping. This was a common site. It blew my mind!

More pictures of us (pardon the PDA & Goo-Goo eyes).

I love this man (if you couldn't tell)! Our little five months apart felt like a lifetime but in the grand scheme of things it brought is closer together. It also gave a me a much greater respect for military families and what they go through.

We also spent some time IN the Blue Lagoon and on our way back to base we stopped at a lighthouse. This was my first time seeing a light house in person. I have ALWAYS loved lighthouses so this was so special to me!
(Toby took the pictures of us together by putting the camera on his car with the timer set and then he would run back to where I was standing. It was so funny to watch.)

We picked a bad day to go whale watching in Hellisandur. The weather was very gray and it would rain off and on so the water was super choppy. It put Toby to sleep but made almost everyone else sick. But we did get to see whales so it was worth it!

Then it was off to Geysir. This was my first time to see a geyser and I couldn't get over how close you were able to stand to it with only a little rope keeping you back.

And Gullfoss. It was quite the hike to get to the waterfall for this city girl but it was worth it. Again the only thing that keep you from going over was a little rope. The rocks were so slippery from the spray of the waterfall and I slipped (and it scared me to death). This is not a trip I could do with kids. My mommy heart just couldn't take it.

Guess what...we even camping! Crazy, I know. I do not consider myself an outdoor girl but friends of Toby's on base wanted to go and asked if we wanted to join them. Really, when would we have this opportunity again? So we said yes.

After we set up camp we decided to go for a swim in a near by spring. We were laughing and having a good time when another camper decided to join us, naked! My little American head was spinning (in all fairness he was a very nice guy, we could just see more of him than we wanted to). The next day we enjoyed more hiking and beautiful landscapes. I think the hardest thing about our camping trip was the almost 24 hours of day light (it was easier to handle the extra day light with blackout shades - the picture in upper left hand corner was taken around midnight) but we still lots of fun!

We took the scenic route back to base and stopped at this waterfall for lunch. You can hike to the top but we decided that we had enough hiking and enjoyed our view from the ground.

One of my goals on this trip was to get a picture of Toby and I together in his uniform.
What can I say...I am a sucker for a man in uniform and sailors are my favorite!
(These pictures where taken at the end trip that is why he has facial hair in the picture with his uniform.)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Our Week

My week started out on a good note: My mom and step dad are home for good! YEAH!! (They have been in Washington for two years.) To celebrate their homecoming we had a girls night-out to see Mamma Mia at Starlight. My mom has never seen it before so we HAD to go! Then I helped them unpack the kitchen and bathroom. Welcome home Mom and Bob we have missed you guys!!

The rest of the week was spent making crafts for my joint booth (with friends from work) at the flea market here in town. We had great weather and a steady stream of people.

(Sorry, this was kind of boring but I'm too tired to put much else into it)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Our Story - The Ring

After 4 months of talking by phone and email Toby let me know that he had some leave built up and could come home for a while. He wanted to know if he took the time could we hang out together and of course I said yes (he was home for a whole month).

We had so much fun. He met all of my family and friends and I got to spend a little more time with his family and friends.
(My scrapbooking skills have improved)
We made dinner plans for Valentine's Day. I had to go shopping to get an outfit for dinner and I found a super cute (and by cute I mean foxy) dress! Toby came to the house to pick me up and my mom took pictures (It kind of reminded me of prom). My mom knew Toby was planning on asking me to be his wife because he had talked to my dad earlier in the week, so she wanted as many 'before' pictures. Then we went to his parents house for more pictures (again I didn't know what the big deal was, after all it was just dinner).
Then it was off to the restaurant for dinner. He was acting really weird during dinner and I was starting to get nervous. My friend Tiffany's words kept going through my head 'Your so getting a ring tonight'. I just hoped if she was right it wouldn't happen at dinner because I would DIE of embarrassment! We finished dinner and headed to the Plaza to walk around. It was a little rainy so we went to The Raphael. I was looking out the window and when I turned around Toby was smiling at me with a gift in his hand. I walked over and started to unwrap it. It was a book; a wedding planer. When I look at Toby he was on one knee with the ring box open. He asked me to marry him and I said YES!
Some people thought that we were crazy for getting engaged so fast but we didn't care. We were in L-O-V-E; Love!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Create Something - Shirt Revamp

I was itching to start a new project and try to make our dollar stretch. (Ok, so really I just wanted to see if I could do it.) I grabbed one of the many stained daycare shirts out of Paisley closet and got my supplies ready. (My goal was to cover the stain so Paisley could ware the shirt this Fall with a long sleeved shirt under it.)

I used a quarter for the gumballs and a CD & note card for the gumball machine. (I added Heat N Bond iron-on adhesive to the back of the material before I cut it)

I pined the gumballs, then sewed them in place.

After everything was sewn on I ironed it for the extra strength and support.
The finished project!
My very happy client! Paisley said "Gumballs for me?! Oh, thank you mommy you are so thoughtful!" Then she asked if I could make a shirt for her friends at daycare. So I think it is safe to say this shirt passed the test!

Monday, September 7, 2009


This was a first for our family. I have said it before and I will say it again...I am not a big nature person. And because of this, we don't normally do much outdoor stuff but today Toby really wanted to go fishing. So we headed to Wal-mart to get Paisley a fishing poll (and a fishing license for Toby). Then it was off to the "Junior" lake at Lake Shawnee.

Paisley was so excited to get started!

The first catch of the morning, a catfish.

And the last catch, a bluegill!

We caught three fish total. Paisley was a little sad that she didn't catch a dogfish or chickenfish. We tried to tell her that there was no such thing but she wouldn't hear of it. Oh, well. At least she had fun!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Avrey's Day - Part 1

Before we left our house to go to the birthday party we had a little fun at the park!

Then we ran around in the pretty flowers and took pictures!

We went for a ride on the horses!

Then the train!

I love these little girls! I think that it is safe to say that everyone had good time!

Avrey's Day - Part 2

After the park we came back to the house and everyone got ready for the party. We hit the rode and had lunch in the car. All the girls (myself included) took a nap. By the time we got to the party everyone was rested and ready to have fun!
(From left to right: Torey, Rylee & Karly)
Happy Birthday Avrey! We love you.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Camping With The Cousins

My sister let us keep the girls Friday night. YEAH!! Paisley was in heaven! She loves having her cousins around. We started off the night with pizza, a craft project and games. My goal was to burn as much energy as possible before bedtime.

We made birthday cards for Papa Jerry (we forgot his birthday again this year). Sorry Jerry, we love you!
The girls played "Tag Tails" and this was so much fun to watch. (Lots of girl noises)
And "Ele Fun". The elephant blows butterflies out of his nose and the girls have to catch them with nets. (More girl noises)

Then, to make bed time a little more fun , we went went camping in the basement. (We only had one sad phone call to home at around 11 but after Avrey talked to her mommy everyone was ready for bed.)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A House Divided

Ok, so I guess that it is officially time to move back to KC (on the Missouri side). We now have a house that is divided! I guess it is only natural that Paisley would like THAT bird (all of her friends at daycare do) and she knows that when she talks about THAT team it gets Toby all fired up. Yes, she already takes great pleasure in pushing his buttons. (I think the teen years are going to be a blast!)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Way Back Wednesday - Our Story

On this day next month (Oct. 2nd) Toby and I will celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. So I decided to post our story starting from when we meet to the day of our wedding (I promise I will keep it short and only share one story a week). I think that it is fun to look back at what we have done together so far and image the possibilities of what is to come. So sit back and enjoy!

I was in the poor-pity-me-post-break up stage, telling anyone that would listen how miserable I was and how unfair life was. My sister, trying to snap me out of this funk, told me about a friend of Johnny's that she wanted to introduce me to. I could smell "Fix-up" and wanted NOTHING to do with it! Then she went on to tell me a little more about this guy. About how he was in the Navy (one of my weaknesses), about what a good friend he was, how he was so kind when Rylee was born and sent them baby stuff and how I wouldn't have to worry about anything more than a friendship because he was stationed in Iceland. I couldn't see a reason to argue with her logic so I agreed and emails were exchanged. It started out with a few emails that turned into phone call.s Each time we talked/emailed we were amazed at how much we had in common. We could (and did) talk for hours at a time. It was so nice!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Last Weekend

This weekend was a weekend at home (no birthday parties). So we spent the day Saturday working on my craft room remodel. It has turned into a family project. I still need to add a few finishing touches but it is close to being done. Here are a few pictures of our progress. I will post more pictures when the room is finished.
The new flooring! (Thank you Toby)

Daddy's little helper!

Sunday was another great weather day so we spend the afternoon at the lake. We rented a paddle boat and had a blast. Paisley loved it!

While we gave our legs a break 'parked' at the dock, Paisley started cracking up laughing. When we asked what was so funny she said "The fish are tooting" Giggle. Giggle "How disgusting!" Giggle. Giggle. (The boat was rubbing the dock making the noise and when she look back to see where the noise was coming from she saw the foam/bubbles on the side of the dock. I guess I can see how she came to the conclusions she did.) Look at the face! The $3.00 boat rental was totally worth it!