Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Emmy and Aoife's new haircuts

The girls, Brendan and I went down to Nashville the other day. We got haircuts for the girls, had lunch at PF Chang's and went to Whole Foods. It was really fun to just relax and have fun! The girls look really cute with their new bobs!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Aidan's Birthday Party

We had Aidan's birthday party at the movie theater! It was a great idea - except that you have to know exactly how many people are coming and it seems that the residents of Fort Campbell are VERY bad at RSVPing! The kids ate pizza and cupcakes and then we all went in and saw The Phantom Menace in 3D. The boys had an awesome time but I sat with Emmy and Aoife who could have cared less and it was a LONG movie!! All in all I'd say it was a success! We had about 10 kids and they all had a great time - and the best part was that I didn't have to clean the house!!!

Monday, February 20, 2012


We went bowling with our friends Steph and Josh and their daughter Brighton today. All of the kids had a lot of fun and Brendan and Josh got a good workout chasing the kids around!!

Josh and Brighton
Steph trying to bowlEmmy enjoying the best part of bowling - the snacks!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Beauty and the Beast 3D

Last weekend we went to Nashville to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D! We had a great time and went to lunch at Dave and Busters. The kids really had fun running around and playing arcade games!!
Aoife refused to wear her 3D glasses right side up!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Aidan's 7th Birthday

Aidan turned 7 today! How in the world is this possible? It seems like just yesterday we brought our tiny little boy home to our little house on Ft. Rucker. Now he's in first grade and turning 7 - amazing!!
Birthday Pancakes!

Monday, February 13, 2012

New Kindle

Brendan got a new Kindle so he gave Aidan his old one! There is NO WAY I would have thought that Aidan could love anything the way he loves the Kindle. It's all I can do to get him to put it down to even have a meal!

Monday, February 6, 2012

He's Home!!!

I'm sorry that I'm so late in posting these - there have been extenuating circumstances. New camera, new computer, new file format and one very tired me. So at last here are the pictures from Brendan's homecoming!

The day he returned was a nice warm sunny day and we had to wait ALL DAY LONG for the ceremony. It was going to be at 10:45 pm and we were supposed to be there an hour and a half or so early so I actually put the girls to bed and then got them up at 9 to leave. They were so tired that I actually got Aoife changed into her dress without even waking her up!! We got to the hangar around 9:30 and sat with some friends who had saved us seats. Aoife promptly slipped and smashed her lip open on the bleachers - thankfully we were surrounded by moms so I had more than enough tissues to mop up the blood and somehow I managed not to get any on my dress or Aoife's dress! The plane was a little early and we headed outside to watch it land and to see if we could see Brendan get off the plane. It was dark and rainy but not that cold. The kids barely even complained - they were so excited to see Brendan! After the plane landed it took a few minutes for the stairs to be rolled over and for everyone to start deplaning. Brendan was one of the first ones to march by and we barely got to see him. We went back inside and waited at our seats for the soldiers to march in. The hangar doors opened and Brendan was in front! Aidan and Emmy saw him right off the bat and started jumping up and down and screaming but Aoife had a hard time finding him in all that camouflage! Once she did see him, she wanted to run down to him in the middle of the ceremony! After they marched in a few people spoke - honestly I couldn't tell you who spoke or what they said - and then they released the soldiers for 15 minutes of family time. After we got to see each other for a bit they had to get on buses and go turn in their weapons and get their bags. This took 1 1/2 hours and by the time we got home it was almost 2 am. The kids went right to bed and slept in a bit in the morning. Thankfully Brendan didn't have to go to reintegration since he had gotten in so late so we kept the kids home from school and spent a whole day together!!! It was perfect!

Waiting out in the rain for the plane:
There it is!!Brendan's right in the middle:Opening the hangar doors!
There they are!!!Together again!!