Playing Catch-up from way behind…

Oh my goodness do I ever have a backlog of things to catch up on!!!  Most of you have seen these pictures on Facebook so I’m zooming through them… forgive me if this is a repeat for you but there are some who haven’t seen them!

When we were back home in Phoenix this fall my family threw me a birthday party.  Yes they did… because I turned 30! 

Funny how it feels the same to be 30 as it did for my whole 20’s… except that I’m suddenly bone weary all the time.  I never have enough sleep and my muscles and joints are in a perpetual state of overtaxed and achy… Oh wait… that’s probably because I have a six month old kiddo!

So here I am showing off my kiddo!  (There were several family members that had yet to meet him!)  This is my Aunt Susan… well her hand!

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This is Isaac’s cousin, Malaki.  (Malaki is Josie’s son.  Josie is Ryan’s little sister.)

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Me and the kiddo!

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This is my baby sister, Becky, with her two littles… Savannah and Dylan!

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Isaac blowing raspberries at daddy!  So funny!

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This is Mimi (Ryan’s mom) with Isaac’s newest cousin Andie.  (Malaki’s little sister)

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Isaac meeting his great grandma Fern!  Did I say meeting her?  More like EATING HER!

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The other Laubes!  My sister Charly and her husband Zach (who is also Ryan’s younger brother) and their son Aaron!

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My cousin Lucas (who was the ring bearer in my wedding!) holding his cousin for the first time!

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Savannah wanted to play bikes and wanted Uncle Ryan to tag along.

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CHEESE!

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Everyone eating!

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The great grandparents!

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We had a great time in Phoenix showing off our kiddo!  It was fun to see family though we didn’t get to see everyone…  Guess we’ll be taking another trip!!!

We got home just in time for Halloween and the base does a real 50’s throwback kind of thing.  No one on base is allowed to drive in housing and the Security forces patrol the streets to make sure everyone is safe and to pick up lost kiddos and take them to a meeting spot so parent’s can find them.  Everyone participates and it’s a lot of fun!

Daddy was a ninja!  LOL  We had parents giggling!

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And Isaac was Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise!  (Yes I’m that much of a Trekkie that I just happen to have the Original Star Trek seasons and could easily find a place in a show to pause the Enterprise over a planet so we could stag this shot! LOL)

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“Momma shouldn’t I be ON the ship?”  (Everyone’s a critic!)

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Okay one last set of pictures for you!  On November 9th Isaac hit his six month milestone and with it came solid foods. 

Here is our very first attempt at them!

“What’s going on Dad?”

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“Okay what is this thing?”

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Hmmmm what’s all the fuss?

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Okay I’m game…

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What is THAT!?

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Ummmm NO!

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Seriously mom, WHY!?

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You could stop this right now daddy…

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WHY DO YOU HATE ME!?

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Oh mommy it’s in my mouth…

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Okay that’s all I have for you today!  I have so much more to catch up on but the kiddo calls and life awaits!  I’ll be back again soon!

Have a beautiful December day!

Courtney

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Good Morning and Happy December! 

Before I share our ‘exciting’ evening with you I have to show you Isaac’s new hat. 

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How cute is that? 

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Yep we need to live somewhere cold so he can wear it all the time! 

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So…  Last night when Ryan got home from work we packed the kiddo into his stroller and headed out as a family for the chapel here on base.  

The base was hosting a Christmas tree lighting complete with cider, hot chocolate and cookies.  We walked in the brisk evening air full of anticipation with beautiful images of post card Christmas tree lightings in our head… 

We got there and remembered that this is Texas… 

Yep that juniper bush over Ryan’s shoulder is our Christmas tree… 

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No worries we would just enjoy some family time…  

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It drew quite a crowd…  We sang Christmas carols and visited…. 

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Then the chaplain said a prayer… 

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 Isaac enjoyed all there was to see and hear. 

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Hey blue eyes!

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Then the wing commander gave a speech about community and feeling as if this base were our home. 

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 Then he went over to the tree and gathered all the little kiddos to help him light it up.  There was quite a lot of anticipation.  Even if it was a juniper tree everyone likes a pretty Christmas tree! 

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 AND 

Blink… the one strand of standard white lights shined on…  Instead of a crowd going “Oooooo ahhhhh”  you heard something more along the lines of “HUH?” 

Bit of a let down after all the hype but still fun… 

(It’s moments like these that I miss Germany so badly that my heart hurts a little…) 

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 But then down the street there arose such a clatter!  

“What’s that daddy?” 

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“What are all those lights and sounds?” 

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Police cars and firetrucks?” 

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“It’s Santa on a firetruck!” 

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And then the firetruck let loose it’s sirens and my guy just plain let loose! 

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Because of the small guy emergency and the quick pass off to mommy we got just this one picture of Santa!  LOL 

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“All better and my ears are warm now too!” 

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Tucking my buddy all in… 

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When the tree lighting was all over we walked to the club for ‘Dinner with Santa’ 

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 And got to check out Santa’s ‘sleigh’ a little more closely! 

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They did a good job decorating the truck! 

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Here we are in the very most southern north pole! 

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Cold noses and rosy cheeks! 

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All toasty warm and ready to have dinner with Santa. 

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 After we ate we stood in line for Isaac’s first picture with Santa.  He wasn’t exactly sure… 

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Then he made up his mind… We discovered later that he had a fistful of Santa beard…  Guess he found out the imposter! 

 No worries… in between these two pictures there was a good one (I hope) taken by the photographer… we should get that on Friday. 

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They we bundled up and walked home in the quite dark with a million stars overhead…  It was actually a really fun evening and I’m glad that the base puts on things like this…  

When we arrived home it was to find this guy…  sugar plumbs and all… 

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I hope your Christmas season is filled with memories and laughter and time with family.

 Courtney