YEAH FOR SPRING!!!!!! Okay, we are a little bit too happy to see that it is getting warm enough for the kids to go outside and play and the flowers to start blooming. I'm sure this posting will be interesting as Pete and I are taking turns writing this while we play Guitar Hero. JaNae's the purplish-pink color. Pete's the black.
F#*king Tenacious D!!! I hate that blamed song!!! Stupid "The Metal" song!!! Anyway, on a more positive note, life is pretty good. I tested for Technical Sergeant for the second time this year. I don't think I'll get the promotion but I can always hope. As you can probably tell by our profile picture, I recently returned from Iraq. I was stationed at Ali Air Base in the southern portion of the country, a few miles from An Nasiriyah. For the most part, my four months there was relatively quiet. There was one experience, however, that was pretty nerve wracking. About a week after arriving in country, I was asleep on my bed when I heard a distant "thump". My eyelids instantly opened as adrenaline coursed through my veins. A second "THUMP", this one louder and infinitely closer, shook building and every alarm in my body told me to get moving. Fortunately, seven years of combat training kicked in and trumped my natural instincts to get the hell out of there. I should have listened to my instincts. Several seconds later, a third explosion BOOOOOOOMMMMMM!! erupted in my ears. The entire building shook as if it were going to fall down around me. The explosion seemed right on top of me. Once again, my adrenaline levels shot through the roof. After the dust settled and everything was once again quiet, a couple Airmen were dispatched to assess the damage. When all was said and done, we learned we had sustained a direct hit on our building. Fortunately, Saddam Hussein knew how to build a concrete structure and there was only minimal damage.
Yeah- we're glad that Pete isn't leaving with this next rotation of guys that are heading out in a couple of weeks. Let's see. I guess perhaps an update with what we're doing with our life. We sold our house that we had in Brigham last year assuming we'd be getting orders soon as we've been stationed at Hill for 6 years- hasn't happened yet and we stopped holding our breath for it to happen a while ago :) I am actively working on a Masters in School counseling and passively working on a Masters in Mental health counseling (only 2 classes a semester instead of four). Pete has about 9 months (hopefully) before he recieves his bachelors degree in business management. The big adventure of the day was when Becca (our youngest who is three and is being potty-trained) took off her panties that she had just pooped in and throw them at Alex (he's five). The panties hit his nose and slid down his mouth, chin and hit his shirt before landing on the floor- leaving a thick dark brown trail behind it. SOOOO GROSS! The wonderful joys of parenting! The worst part is that Lalee (our oldest who is 7) sat there and tried to convince Alex to taste it..... I shudder at the thought!
When we aren't taking care of incidents similar to the afore mentioned moment of joy we are typically studying, roller-blading with the kids or playing with them outside, on the computer, playing around with some photography, gardening, reading comics (Pete anyway), always listening to some kind of music..... Really our lives aren't dull- it's usually lively and full it just sounds dull on paper (or blog:).
we do have a myspace page that has a lot of pictures on it if ya'll are interested: myspace.com/peteandnae
Anyway, going to get my oldest baby (Pete) to bed. Love ya all and hope that life is treating you well. We'd love to hear from any of you or meet up with you... name the time and place and we'll be there (kids willing of course!)