Well...as most of you know Jeremy is underway and Brayden and I are in the states. We flew into Ft. Worth, TX and stayed there for about a month and a half. A lot of exciting things have happened during that time...Brayden and I celebrated our birthdays together and he is now 3! We have a new nephew ... Michael Rhett ... he is growing and is such a great baby. We celebrated Christmas with Jeremy's family on Christmas eve and on Christmas Day (also my mom's birthday) we made our way to Arkansas. We had amazing dinners and were blessed to be with family. Jeremy is a day ahead of us with crazy time differences but we got to talk with him and he to has been busy making his way around the world. They left Hawaii on Nov. 11 and so far have been to Guam, Palau, East Timor, Jakarta and Singapore with many more stops ahead. We hope to be back in Hawaii sometime in April, Jeremy should be back May 2 and the baby is due May 19! What a busy month that will be. We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!



Brayden looks like such a grown-up boy! He got his hair cut -- and it looks precious!


Halloween 2007


Happy Halloween ...
This year we went to Harvest Fest at our church. Last year was rainy and this year was even rainier! Luckily we were indoors, they had lots of fun games and activity centers! Brayden was a cranky cowboy on horseback...and looked too cute!

IT'S A ... BABY!

We are so excited and feel so blessed to be having another baby!
Due date is May 19, 2008! Brayden is really excited to have a baby brother or sister!
Jeremy gets back from deployment May 2.
So this was definatly God's timing! THANK YOU!
We didn't tell Jeremy until he got back from San Diego...and Brayden wore the honors! He is going to be a great BIG BROTHER!




We loved being in Arkansas ... it is such a beautiful state! And we had a ton of fun with Nana and PaPa! Brayden loved going to work and made lots of new friends!
We went to the Blanchard Springs Caverns (SO COOL!) ... Brayden was a little scared at first but actually enjoyed it quite a bit!

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Time in TEXAS...

Jeremy was in San Diego for about 2 months so Brayden and and I made an adventure back to the Mainland! We had just a blast and even got a visit with DADDY!
Brayden was so excited to get back on the lawn mower and ride with PaPa...and had tons of fun in the kitchen baking with Mamma!
Brayden got to o fishing and actually caught fish this time...although he was a little grossed out by them! He also went bowling for the first time and loved it.
We were sad to go but ... it won't be long until we're back!


Brayden and Daddy

It took a little while for Brayden to warm up to Jeremy after him being away for 2 weeks....but once he realized that he wasn't going anywhere for a while he didn't let him out of sight!

at the beach...

Brayden really enjoyed the beach this time ... he didn't even want to get out of the water!


Old Friends...

My old friend from high school was here visiting her husband who is also in the Navy. We got together while she was here and had a lot of fun! It's funny how after all this time we could still just sort of pick up where we left off! We went shopping and went to Waikiki for dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe. After we dropped her off at her hotel Brayden kept saying "more tarri...more tarri" (although her name is Karri) - it was cute!

Seems like forever...

Well, Jeremy has been gone for the past two weeks out to sea. The ship pulled in today around 5pm and Brayden and I went to the base (Hickam and Pearl) to watch the ship at both locations. We have missed Jeremy so much and to add to it all...he has duty tonight, so we only got to see him for a few minutes. Of course I was crying because I hate to see him go and Brayden was crying because he just doesn't really understand it all yet. Why is Daddy here then not??? It really is amazing how much easier life is and how much more at peace I am when he is here. My thoughts and prayer go out to every service member, their wives and children. This truly is a sacrifice. I can not even think about the time coming when the ship is gone for 6 months. I am absolutley dreading it, I really didn't think it would be this hard...but I should of known better. It gives me comfort to know that God is taking care of our family and that He has a plan for us. During these times we need Him more than ever.
We have been trying to keep busy as much as possible by going to the beach, shopping, and hanging out outdoors-where Brayden is the happiest. It also helps to have great friends and neighbors who are going through the same thing. I believe that circumstances in our life are an outcome of our choices. We choose how we live...good or bad. Our family can choose how these circumstances will affect us. For some, it could weaken or perhaps destroy. But for this family...MY FAMILY...the only outcome that I am willing to accept is that we will grow STRONGER! And I believe in my heart that we will.
I am honored to have the life that I do, and feel lucky.
To Daddy-
Brayden and I are so very proud of all that you are. It takes a strong person to be in your position...and we appreciate, value, and admire everything you do.

-Beach Buddies-


Our Little ARTIST!

Micah's Soccer Game

Well it was muddy and the mud here is RED RED! Needless to say Brayden fell right off the bat and got his bottom soaked in red mud and had no shorts on for the game! He was really upset and wanted to go and get cleaned up...his crocs were totally muddy too! Good thing we had the wipes to clean off his hand and legs! We had lots of fun and Micah did great!

Exploring Hickam Air Force Base...



Recently the new museum was opened on Ford Island...so Brayden and I went today to go and check it out! Brayden thought it was the coolest thing in the world and couldn't stop talking about all the airplanes. They have all the types of aircraft that was used during WWII, and sailors and airmen standing beside them (Brayden kept saying "Daddy...Daddy???")
We had a lot of fun and will probably go back often because Brayden really loved it!

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Hiking for Whales...

Every year hundreds of humpback whales migrate to the warm Hawaiian waters to mate .... from about November to March or April. Well, there is a hike where you can go and see the whales...we thought it would be really neat to see the whales in person. The hike definatley wore us out .... all they way up a mountain (Makapuu). Then when we got to the top we were sort of disappointed because we didn't see any whales. We did see little blowhole action...and other people said they saw lots of whales...but not us! So, we are going to try and go back sometime soon to give it another shot. Although we didn't see any whales, the sights were absolutely breath-taking! The lighthouse was very neat as well. Brayden even got to see horses! How's that for Hawaii??? Pretty good don't you think!!!

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