Hotter Than Snot…

Can snot be hot? I dunno. But it’s hot… I mean really hot here. The high Wednesday is 101. Um…before you start with your “oh poor baby” stuff, may I remind you I am sans air conditioning? I chatted with Jer today and he tried to go down that path with me but um, even HE has air conditioning. Me…I got nada! So SHHH!  And the news just said there is a heat advisory and an air stagnation advisory! WHAT?

Now, beating the heat is only possible by either finding a swimming hole of some sort, or using someone else’s air conditioning.  We have opted for plan B, using the air conditioning of others. Today, my MIL and the kiddos and I went to IKEA! WOOT!

I love Ikea. I love all things Ikea. I parked in family parking…right up front next to the door. Lunch was crazy cheap (thanks Grandma!). There was a nursing room with changing table. There are low sinks complete with step stools so Cooper can wash AND soap his own hands (and dry them!). And they have free childcare for one hour so that you may shop in peace! (You had better believe I used the childcare!) It was glorious. I even started my Christmas shopping today! Yes…I love Ikea…(Did I mention I bought a 17 piece tupperware set for 5 bucks?…amongst other things!)

That's a lot of storage containers for $5!!
That's a lot of storage containers for $5!!
Sassy and huge Ikea shopping bag!
Sassy and huge Ikea shopping bag!

And to boot, today is Jeremy and I’s 7 year wedding anniversary. We’ve been together for 10 years though, when you include dating and such.  Happy Anniversary honey! I did get to talk to Jeremy on Skype this morning-which was quite a treat! The bandwidth of the wifi hasn’t been able to hold a signal long enough for us to do that since he got there in country. He looks good and seems cheerful and in good spirits.  I must say, I forgot how down right good looking he is!

After our jaunt out to Ikea today, we were treated to dinner at BJ’s in South Center. It was a lovely anniversary dinner honey! You would have enjoyed it thoroughly.

Tomorrow, Grandma leaves and life goes back to the new semblance of normal. We’ve had a blast since she’s been here and it has been wonderful for Cooper; not to mention how great it is to have an extra pair of hands around in the evening when bedtime routines start to overtake me!

Well, even if it is hot here, I still have pie that is calling my name from inside the fridge. Wish I could be inside the fridge…even if just for a little while!

Oh! I sent an email update out about Jeremy. If you didn’t get it and you want it, then email me or post a comment here.

Jeremy and New Routines for Me!

Well, we’ve managed to stay super busy here since Jeremy has left. He has been gone one week and one day. I’m starting to miss him more, but those are sweet feelings. It’s not a bad thing to miss my love and my friend!

Jeremy is doing well. He and I are working our best to keep in communication with one another. It’s sketchy and in and out but at least we get to keep in contact! So far our conversations are filled with all those “oh yeah’s…” and “don’t forget…” type things. There are a lot of really bad people where he is and spies are prevalent! I think their mission is hanging on the element of surprise. So watch the news and listen to what they are saying! (And if you talk to him don’t ask him what he is doing…because he can’t tell you!)

Jeremy said he is getting to walk around in PT’s most of the time, which is really nice. He said that everyone is just hot…really hot. So they are doing their best to keep cool. I’m trying to think of what I could send him to help with that…but I don’t think anything I could send him would be useful right now. Other than a freezer anyway!

I think the guys are having a neat experience together over there. Not that this is real “fun”, but I think there are elements of “fun” to it. What they are doing is cutting edge for the Army! I’m glad Jeremy gets to be a part of it actually. I think Jeremy will have some amazing memories and stories to tell when he gets home. Wow….can you imagine Jeremy, Mr. Story-teller himself, having even better stories? HA! I can’t wait to see what God does with all we’ll learn and experience in this time!

In the mean time, I’m enjoying the summer and I’m really enjoying the first of a slew of visitors! My MIL is in town helping me out. We thought she’d catch Jeremy when she made the reservations, but then the dates came out and we found out she would miss him. I am grateful that it worked out this way. It has been great having her here. My evenings are probably the roughest part of my day! I’m tired and it is a lot to make dinner, clean up and get the kids to bed. The hours of 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm are really busy and tiring!

So far I have a good idea of the time indicators that I have to watch if I’m going to get certain things done within a good time frame. For example, I need to start dinner by 4 or 4:30 pm if I want to eat before 6 pm! The baby is crabby in the evenings and a handful sometimes, so if we don’t eat early then it makes for a ruined evening. I.e. mommy doesn’t eat, the baby is crabby and Cooper is whiny. BLAH! Having an extra pair of hands around to help occupy Cooper or the baby after nap has been wonderful! And it’s fun to have another adult to talk to!

Oh yeah….one more thing. Jeremy says it is really, really stinky there. Everything just stinks. So if you think of it, put something that smells good in a care package if you send him one!

We are going to go berry picking today, so I’ve gotta run. Please continue to pray with the prayer requests on those cards! I know I am way overdue for an email out to everyone…I’ll get it out by Friday with some updates!