Wednesday, August 15, 2012

End of Summer update

           Wow! So much has happened this summer. Where to start, Memorial Day weekend was spent at the cabin with the Smith family. Ate, drank, jacuzzi, and ATV. It was a beautiful weekend we visited and barbecued with the homeyer's and the Roe's. Of course Tami and Jeff did the cooking again.
          Last update, I told everyone Chris was going to A school. Well, Chris graduated July 2 from Maritime Enforcement A school with the Coast Guard. Steve and I went to Charleston, SC with Aunt Sharon to see Chris Graduate. We were able to pin Chris' lapel at the graduation ceremony. Chris received the Top Gun Award in his class. He also took second in his class in academic achievement, but Chris said if your not first, your last..... He is still first in mom's book. We were in SC for 5 days with Chris and went at the hottest time of the year. Yuk!!  Chris then went back to Guam for 10 days to orchestrate their move to Jacksonville, FL. his new unit.
          Chris and Karla were home from July 15 - August 8,   They have two dogs who traveled from Guam. The dogs did really good. Sarge stayed at our house with Mitzi and Ele stayed with Karla's parents.  It was good to have all the kids together. Casey took the summer off from school to spend time with family. First weekend home, barbecue at our house with friends and family, everyone together had a good time. We then learned how to shoot guns with proper instruction and coaching by Chris. Casey was awesome with her gun. Second weekend, Chris and Karla went to Monterrey to visit Aunt Elaine. They attended the garlic festival and the Moto GP races at Laguna SECA.   Final weekend, Chris' friend Joe came up from San Diego, Joe was stationed with Chris in Guam.  The boys did the town and Karla visited with her family. Joe wanted to jump off the Stratosphere tower building while he was here, so with no other takers I jumped off with him (Yea that's right, 885 ft ). The whole family was there to support us. Harley said she saw Nana fly. Raelyn had her baby flying in the car like her Nana.
        Harley just had her 4th birthday party on Aug. 13th.  Jessie from Toy Story (her idol) attended her party. Today Aug. 15th is her birthday, can't believe she is four already. Sept. 4th she will start preschool. Raelyn will be two next month, she has become a Nana's girl too. Raelyn is our dare devil, she is not afraid of anything which makes us afraid!!!
       Chris and Karla traveled from Las Vegas to Jacksonville, Florida in 5 days by car and with their two dogs. They had a safe journey, beside the windshield being cracked by a rock. They were limited on site seeing with having the dogs. Chris and Karla did find a house to rent in Jacksonville. It will be empty for 3 more weeks until their stuff arrives from Guam.
until next time

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 2012

    Just got back from our Caribbean Vacation with friends and family. 13 of us met on the Royal Caribbean in Galveston for a 7 day cruise.  Our ports were Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Steve and I, Elaine and Sam(family), Jeff and Tammi (close friends), Gunter (Jeff's grandgather), James and Lisa (close friends), Amy and John (Lisa's sister and husband), Janie and Sandy (Lisa's moms)  I already made a vacation book, pictures posted.
  Chris starts A school next week in Charleston, SC. for 12 weeks. A little closer to home at least. Karla will stay in Guam until he finishes school.
  Harley is still swimming, maybe future Olympics. Raelyn started swimming too. The Girls are growing up so fast. new pictures up too.
   Next trip will be to SC to see Chris graduate from school in July. Then the young Nowak's will come home before being transferred to their new station.
Until next time

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Already March

       The Nowak update: Wow can not believe it is March  2012. Christmas here and gone. Worked a lot during the holiday. So, I had the holiday blues, but the New Year has begun with great news. The younger Nowak's will be moving back to the States this year. Chris finally got excepted into school. He will be starting Maritime Enforcement "A" school April 26th. He will be in Charleston, South Carolina for 3 months.  Unfortunately, Karla will stay in Guam until school is completed. Karla is back working at the Vet. She will come home before he graduates in July with their dog Sarge. Her job will keep her busy while Chris is gone. She is a trooper and supportive. This means a trip to Charleston is coming up in July. Yea!!!
        In April, Steve and I are going on cruise with our friends the Homeyer's, Roe's and my Sis and Sam. This will be the first vacation with out any kids. I can't remember the last vacation Steve and I took without one of the kids. I see a future vacation with the grand girls. Steve and I are going to do more outdoor runs. We just did the Color Run for "4 square meals" downtown with Summerlin Peds crew. What a blast we had running. It was a 5K and every K you run through a color path. see the pics.
      The girls are growing up so fast. Casey is already looking for Pre-K for Harley to start in Aug. She is calm and sweet.  Raelyn is our dare devil. She is going to make Casey and Chris gray in the hair. She had a concussion for a week already, because she climbs on everything. She hit her head on the edge of the tile floor. She will be the first to have a broken bone in the family. She has no fear. Raelyn does not know how to sit for more than 2 mins. I update the picture on the smith girls.
  Now that the house had a make over, I think its time to make over the cabin. Steve wants some changes to the back deck and updated in the inside. Getting to old to shove the snow off the deck.  The cabin is 11 years old now.
Well until next time.......