Saturday, January 4, 2014

He made this- the swing couch

Matt made this from old barn wood, restored and refinished into a swing couch. We love it.

Hung by 4 thick ropes from ceiling beams, it hangs in our living room in front of a fireplace....a dreamy place to curl up with a book on these snowy winter days.

Perhaps though, today we should mention that what's important isn't necessarily the couch, but the folks who sit on it. Today, Matt left for a 10 month deployment to Afghanistan. (We took this pic on our way out the door-)

The kids hardly remember the last deployment, which was equally as long, when he departed from Guam. At least we're not in Guam this time around, but I'm still dreading the unending deployment and misery of single parenting while trying to hold down a full time job. Thank you Matt for the swing couch- we'll keep your seat warm and we'll be waiting patiently for you to get back.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Year's End - Last posts from a tough year

These are the last posts from a really tough year. The move from Belgium, adjusting back to the US, and still suffering reverse culture shock, we are taking it all one day at a time. Matt deploys for at least 10 months starting this Saturday. So, to be frank, it feels as if we have yet another very hard year ahead.
We have a lot to be grateful for too. This week, we had lunch at the White House West Wing. Who gets an opportunity like that? And man, the snowfall this month made for fantastic sledding (which was only slightly more fun for the kids than sitting up straight and using impeccable manners in the aforementioned lunch). Here are a few pics to share. Videos will be added if time allows.

Looking forward, Matt leaves for a year to Afghanistan, and I have found a position as a pharmacy manager. A dreadful commute into DC and a lot of stress, I pray it's worth the time and effort, especially under the difficulty of deployment. The opportunity allows for the kids to have an au pair, who can help to keep up their French language skills, and will hopefully allow us to purchase a new camera- a goal for 2014, as the favorite camera officially crashed Christmas morning. Stay tuned, more to share ahead......
We hope you and your families look forward to a Healthy and Happy New Year in 2014.
Sending lots of good wishes~ Happy New Year!