Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Quick Update

We have made it to Fort Drum New York. All I gotta say is I am sooo glad to not have to drive anymore.
It took us 4 eight hour driving days to get here. We ventured through Wyoming Nebraska Iowa Illinois Indiana Ohio Pennsylvania and finally New York.
I was completely terrified to drive all the way across the country in the dead of winter. I made sure we got new all weather tires, tire chains, emergency food and blankets. Jordon thought I was getting a little carried away but I kept telling him, "Nothing bad ever happens when your prepared." and guess what!
The weather was perfect the entire way. It snowed for about 10 minutes in Indiana but that was it!  It was actually a very enjoyable ride, but after the first day Jordon's and my back were killing us. Cars are not very comfortable. Ellie did so awesome. She wore big girl pants the whole way and only had two accidents. When we very first left Tooele Ellie puked her guts out, so that was a nice start to our trip. Our dog also did very well.
The morning after we arrived to Fort Drum Jordon received a phone call telling him that they have a house available for us on base January 18th!!!
They haven't told us the exact address of the house yet but we drove past the neighborhood and I gotta be honest... It is defiantly the ghetto of Fort Drum. But that's ok, we will make it cute and we have lived in worse :) We can always find another place if we end up not liking it. I have a good feeling about it though and I'm way excited.
I have only been to 2 different bases besides Fort Drum and I defiantly think Fort Drum looks a lot nicer. The area is super cute, not to crazy busy, and lots of character. Lake Ontario is only 20 minutes away, we have only seen a tid bit of the lake and it was dark so I can't tell you much about it. But the hotel that we will be staying at till we get our place is literally ON the lake! So I will be taking lots of pictures.
Oh yeah and there is a Target so I'm already in love with the area. :)
We have been so extremely blessed since we started this trip and it has defiantly reassured me that this is where we are meant to be.
We have defiantly gotten a little homesick, especially when we have to stay in smelly hotels and are to afraid to sleep with the blankets. 
We miss everyone lots, but like I said this is where we are meant to be so might as well make the best of it.
Pictures to come!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Well ever since Jordon got home we have been busy busy. Seriously yesterday was the only day that we actually just got to sit and relax for a sec. But its been fun. The week sure did fly by!
It feels amazing to have Jordon home to say the least.
Here are a couple of pictures from the week. I have tons more but these are some of my fave!
 I hung up this sign and then brilliant me thought I should open the garage and tore it all up. But its ok I patched it up.
 Waitin to pick up Daddy!!!!

 The only place Ellie will fall asleep on her own!

 About every 5 seconds Ellie says, "Daddy I love you so much, I'm so happy your home!"

 Ellie is so ridiculously cute.

We have been trying to visit everyone that we can, had a fun weekend up at wolf creek, had an early Christmas for Ellie, (I'll post pictures of that later.) Movers came and took away all of our stuff, got our car all ready for the long trip, (who the eff knew a transmission fluid change cost 150 bucks! STOOOOPID) and all the little this and that crap you have to do before a nice long trip. 
I just wanna tell everyone THANK YOU so much for all the support they have given us during this craziness. Thank you for all the sweet random comments on my blog they always made me feel better! 
We are so blessed to know so many sweet people, and we are going to miss you all like crazy. Our home in New York will always be open if you every wanna make a trip!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! We love you!
We are hittin' the road bright and early Dec 24th. Next time you hear from me will be from New York!! 
woah, I think its finally starting to sink in!
PEACE OUT UTAH!  You've been good to us.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Ellie Ruth Kinsman is everything a momma could ever want in a daughter. She loves dressing up in pretty pink dresses, begs to have her nails painted, dances any chance she gets, loves getting her hair all prettied and stares at herself in the mirror forever, loves playing barbies, has NEVER lost any of her barbie shoes, and sings along to any song she hears even if she has absolutely no idea what the words are.
She is my bestest friend.
and She is MY daughter.
I love her so much. She is so big. 3 years old. I have a three year old.


But really, I keep thinking she is 12.
She has been trying out some more 'adult' words. Instead of potty she refers to it as restroom. She keeps trying to pull out ridiculous but still has a little bit of a hard time with it. She just acts so grown up about everything. She also loves telling me that I'm a 'freakin weirdo'.
She can identify almost all of the letters in the alphabet. We were doing her letter puzzle today and she would pick up the pieces and tell me what letter it was oh my goodness I was all sorts of proud!  She knows all her colors and most of her shapes. She knows how to spell half of her name, haha and she draws the cutest little people. She has a freakin memory of an elephant. Seriously. She tells me stories of things that happened clear back in January, like specific details.
She talks c o n s t a n t l y.
Obeying me? Yeah right. That ain't her thang. I'm so excited to double team this parenting thing with Jordon!
I'm defiantly interested in seeing how things become when he comes home.

I love Ellie so much. It's still crazy to me to think she is really mine. She amazes me everyday. I love watching her grow up and learn new things. She loves learning, she always wants me to teach her something new. She also loves helping people. Whenever someone is doing the dishes she always asks to help load the dishwasher. If she spills something she always cleans it up. Its her favorite to help me load the washer and dryer.
Ah I love her and it's been awhile since I have bragged about her. She is so fun. She does even more awesome things but its late and I am slightly drugged so my mind isn't working correctly.
Seeing how grown up she is getting is also scaring THE crap out of me.. Every now and then I have these little panic attacks of 'oh my gosh what if she never wants to tell me about her first crush?! What if she stops wanting to hang out with me?! what if she thinks I'm lame?!' haha its crazy how fast time has gone by.
I love your guts baby girl.
dont worry its just root beer. 
terrible mother yeah yeah. at least I have fun.
stole this from
perfect lil reminder I needed today.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tone it Down a Notch

ew. Enough of the serious posts. Seriously.
Did I mention Jordon is comin home in
3 days..
Yeah. He is.
Talk about intense impatience.
Three days seems like an eternity.
mmm can't wait to kiss that face.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Every once in awhile you have a bad day.

I take my 'bad' days to a whole new level sometimes.
Tuesday was one of my worse 'bad' days I have had in awhile.
Jordon and I have been having a really hard time with him being gone the past couple weeks. We have just been so irritated that he still has to be away from us when the military just has him sitting there doing absolutely nothing.
I have been working on being more positive about things since he left. But lately I have become very much aware of just how yucky the world can be. I absolutely hate politics and watching the news. They never make you feel better and you certainly don't walk away from it feeling up-beat and positive. Having Jordon in the military makes me feel like a moth to a flame when it comes to the news. I feel like I need to watch just in case there is anything I need to start preparing myself for.
Hate it.
Everything just started wearing on me quick and on Tuesday everything kucky started running through my head and Ellie was having a bad day as well and I broke down. I released everything onto Jordon, and left him feeling absolutely terrible because there wasn't anything he could do to help being so far away, and that was so unfair to him.
Later that night I got to go visit my brother and sister in-law to see our new baby nephew. Watching them be together with this new little baby who was so pure and innocent was such an eye opener.
You so easily get caught up in the evils of the world and forget about the small things that matter the most.
All that matters is my family. I love them more than life itself and all I want out of this life is to make them happy. And in order to make them happy I need to be happy and look at the brighter side of things in life. Yes the world can be an absolute terrible place, but it also can be the most beautiful if you look at things the right way. These past six months have taught me a lot about myself, I have learned that people so easily feel sorry for themselves instead of thanking the Lord for those little things that end up meaning the most. I'm thankful for the trials the Lord has placed before me because I know that they are shaping me into a better person.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Waiting Game

Well, not much going on with us. We pretty much have just been waiting.
and Waiting
and Waiting.
Time is going by soo s l o w.
But we are down to 9 DAYS till my love comes home!
This last week is going to be a killer that's for sure.
I am so in love with this man. I cannot wait for him to be with us again, and watch him and Ellie play together. 
I am so blessed.