An Officer And A Gentleman

Y’all.

It is Monday and here I am.

Summer is almost over and things are in full swing here on the home front.

I have so much to catch my loyal blog fans (all eight of you!) up on, because it has been one CRAZY summer up in here (have you heard that I gave up Coke?) I’ll give that a minute to sink in.

Yes, it’s true.

Once school starts, I intend on getting back into the bloggy groove and keeping things current here on the blog. But today’s news is pretty cool.

See this guy here?

He happens to be my husband.

And the Daddy to these two.

He is a responsible, loving and patient leader of our household.

And, he is a smart, humble and dedicated military officer.

He is the kind of person who does the right thing, even when no one is watching.

With the permission of his parents, he joined the West Virginia Air National Guard in 1991 and left for boot camp less than a week after we graduated. In 1999, he attended Squadron Officer School and was commissioned as an Officer. He’s made several stops along the way, but today? Today, I had the distinct pleasure (along with his Dad) of removing the Major rank that he has worn for seven years, and replace it with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

And I prayed the entire time that I wouldn’t drop the rank or the pin backs because EMBARASS!

I couldn’t be more proud of this man.

He makes life fun and exciting.

I love you, Lieutenant Colonel McDaddy!

My Dad (By Alex)

In honor of Father’s Day, I interviewed Alex about McDaddy. His answers to the questions made me smile.

MY DAD – 2014

My Dad is funny because: he tickles me a lot!

My Dad thinks I am funny when: I say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

My Dad is 40 years old.

His favorite thing to do is: Uh, spend time with his family I guess, going camping.

His favorite color is: Last time I checked with him, it was blue.

My Dad’s job is: The Air National Guard

He loves to eat: healthy foods.

He is really good at: Being a mechanic on cars and helping people look online to find out what’s wrong with cars.

My Dad loves when I: hug him.

My Dad always says: He loves me very much and do the right thing, even when no one is watching.

My favorite thing about my Dad is: that he likes to spend time with us and loves us very much.

My sons are so blessed to have him for a Daddy. He has always been a “hands-on” dad – full of patience, integrity, wisdom and generosity. He would tell you he is far from perfect, but he is perfect for us!

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7

Indeed, they are.

Happy Father’s Day, McDaddy!!!!

 

A Sweet Weekend

We had a crazy, busy weekend.

For starters, we kicked off Baseball season with opening day. Between our two boys, we are geared up for 53 ball games over the next 10 weeks. On opening day it was approximately 40 degrees, but thank the good Lord there was  NO FRIGGIN’ SNOW, so I’ll take the cold and not complain about it.

Later that day, Alex played in his first game of the season. He played first base the entire game and got eight or nine outs. I was a proud baseball momma.

Unfortunately, Stevie had to miss his first game because our Scout blue/gold banquet and father/son bakeoff was the same time as his game. Stevie will be crossing over to Boy Scouts in a few weeks, so this was his last father/son bakeoff hoo-rah. With two sons in cub-scouts, the father/son bakeoff is a lot of work for McDaddy.

With McDaddy having Drill all weekend, it was a busy Friday evening trying to get two cakes with two kids baked and ready.

Alex chose to bake the same cake that Stevie won first place with at the father/son bakeoff two years ago.

And he had so much fun working in the kitchen with his Daddy.

His Best Ever Banana Cake was delightful!

Stevie decided to bake his Pawpaw K’s fresh apple cake.

I just loved watching them work together in the kitchen.

My dad has made this cake for many years. I was excited that Stevie wanted to bake it with McDaddy.

FRESH APPLE CAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup grated peeled apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup confectionary sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour Bundt pan
  3. Sift flour, soda, salt and spices into large measuring cup
  4. Cream sugar, oil and eggs together on medium speed in mixer.
  5. Add all dry ingredients, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix thoroughly until well blended.
  6. Remove from mixer, add apples and nuts and stir until well blended.
  7. Pour into greased and floured Bundt pan
  8. Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour

When cake comes out sift confectionary sugar in small bowl and add orange juice. Mix with wire whisk and drizzle over top of cake slowly while still hot and still in pan.

Cool completely before removing from pan.

Slice (heat in microwave for several seconds, if you so desire) and enjoy!

OH, and you might also enjoy a first-place trophy, just like my fellas did in the father/son bakeoff!

 

 

Ode To The 1981 Buick Electra

Today we said goodbye,
To an old and dear friend.
McDaddy is so sad,
His ownership came to an end.

A tough decision he made,
To put her up for sale,
That car’s been through a lot,
It could sure share some tales.

A co-worker once remarked,
It’s the biggest car he’d ever seen,
At 225 inches long,
It took forever to clean.

His granddad purchased it new,
It was quite the sight to behold,
McDaddy loved that car,
And I still can’t believe it is sold.

We have lots of special memories
It’s been in my life since our first date
He didn’t drive it much the past few years,
But instead of selling, decided to wait.

The boys loved riding in it,
McDaddy wished to drive it more,
And I will never, ever forget
It’s crazy heavy, long doors.

And so it’s the end of an era,
1BIGBUIK, we already miss you.
We will think and speak of you often,
And remember the smiles you brought, too!

Another Water Crisis

I had a great weekend.

On Friday, we accompanied my friend, Linda and her son after school and saw the Lego movie. I am not a huge fan of kid’s movies, but in my opinion, this was a really good one. We saw it in 3D and the boys loved it!

Then, on Saturday, we loaded up and headed out into the woods for an afternoon of off-roading.

We hadn’t been in the woods since we attended the Jeep Jamboree in October, so when his friend, Brian asked if he’d want to go Jeepin on Saturday, of course McDaddy was ready. Now, if you’ve spent any time at all around here, you may recall that it has snowed almost every day for the past month. If you’re like me, it might have dawned on you that perhaps Jeepin in the dead of winter on snow-covered roads might not be the best idea.

But, we went anyway.

It was so calm in the woods, on the snow, that I remarked to McDaddy that it was a snooze-fest.

We stopped for a photo-op and then for a short lunch (in the snow) before continuing on the trail.

When we started up again, I had a horrible headache and felt sick to my stomach. It’s possible that my turkey sandwich hadn’t had adequate time to digest before we hopped right back in the Jeep. As I fought with my stomach to keep that sandwich down, I sat back in my seat, closed my eyes and might have dozed off for a few seconds.

Next thing I knew the Jeep came to an abrupt stop and I opened my eyes to discover that we were door deep in a huge mud pit.

And no, we were not able to get out of it.

After dealing with the West Virginia water crisis the past month, the absolute last place I want to be is stuck in a big pool of muddy water.

Here’s a close-up of my right arm through the passenger side window.

Have I mentioned I am sick of this weather? And our water situation? Just look at those huge chunks of ice.

According to McDaddy, he realized it was a mud hole but he didn’t realize just how deep it was.

Dear Lord, help me.

My heart palpitated. Tears ran down my eyes. And I prayed.

Within minutes, McDaddy and Brian hooked a winch on to the Jeep and we were pulled out of this nonsense.

I don’t remember much more about the day because I was busy trying to get my heart rate back to an acceptable level. But here are more pictures from that day.

We also got stuck in this, too.

The result of LOTS of snow and RIDICULOUSLY cold temps, over the past month.

Even with the drama surrounding our mud-diving incident, it was a fun day with my fellas and our friends.

 

 

Happy Birthday McDaddy!

One of the things that I’ve always loved about McDaddy is that he looks for every opportunity to help others. Honestly, (and I’m not just saying this because he is my husband) if more people were more like McDaddy, America would be a totally different place. I have said many times here on the blog that he is the type of person who does the right thing, even when no one is watching.

In other words, he is a very special person.

And by some strange twist of fate, this special, wonderfully considerate person chose me to be his. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world being married to him. For that reason, I wanted his 40th birthday to be really special.

McDaddy is not big on birthdays. He probably wouldn’t even celebrate if he had his way.

Me, though?

I’d celebrate my birthday for the entire week month of December if I could talk someone into it.

Especially, since this one coming up is a BIG ONE.

Two days before his birthday, I got the bright idea to give him 40 gifts, which at the time sounded like a great idea. It wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be to find forty gifts that he would actually use that wouldn’t cost a small fortune.

But, when I get something in this crazy head of mine, well, you know what happens.

I went to Target, Wal-Mart, Gander Mountain, Family Dollar, Dollar General, and The Dollar Tree.

Plus, I picked up a double-decker chocolate chip cookie cake from SAM’s (because he loves chocolate chip cookies) and then purchased a tube of red icing to jazz it up a bit.

After picking Alex up from school, we stopped to buy some balloons for the occasion. I had intended to tie the balloons to our mailbox, but the wind was blowing like crazy, so they ended up tied to the front door.

Now, just to be clear, McDaddy doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that he is forty. (Unlike *cough* others *cough* who will *cough* be forty *cough* very *cough* soon.)

It was fun watching him open 40 gifts.

It took quite awhile.

 I really hope he enjoyed it. The boys and I had a great time celebrating him and his forty years of life. If I could have, I would have wrapped up a Chevy Corvette and a six-car garage.

But alas, that was not possible.

We got him a really nice everyday watch (which he wanted!), car cleaning stuff, his favorite snacks, muscle rub and fiber bars (for his aging body and system!) things for the garage, a movie, a Matchbox Corvette, socks (which he needed!), and several other things.

Happy Birthday, McDaddy! We are so thankful that you were home to celebrate with us and not in Kuwait!

We love you so much!

It’s All Good. Or Something Like That.

I had a wonderful weekend with McDaddy and our friends, Brian and Kelley. We attended a Jeep Jamboree in Williamsburg, Kentucky, which means we spent two action-packed days in the Jeep crawling over rocks, and plowing through mud holes.

There were 180 Jeeps representing 25 states and Canada.

The good news is: We did not end up COVERED IN MUD as we did last year.

Hallelujah and Amen.

Instead, we kept our top (the JEEP top, I mean) and doors ON, AND, we proceeded very slowly through the mud holes.

The bad news is: The shirt that I wore on Saturday (which is also the same shirt I was wearing during the crazy mud splattering episode) still shows some signs of the mud which shouldn’t be a surprise considering how it looked last year.

The good news is: I actually had a REALLY good time and remained calm throughout the entire weekend, even when McDaddy was barreling up a group of rocks that in my opinion we had no business barreling up.

The bad news is: McDaddy scared the ever-livin-daylights out of me when he walked out onto this rock that was every bit as dangerous as it looks.

The good news is: This guy put new tires and a three-inch lift on the JEEP before the Jamboree which means that climbing rocks and clearing stuff was much easier than it would have been three weeks ago.

The bad news is: This guy put new tires and a three-inch lift on the JEEP before the Jamboree which means I can barely get up in the thing now.

You know what?

I love him anyway.

The good news is: We saw some fantastic views on our trail ride on Friday.

The bad news is: According to a local, the fall foliage is about two weeks behind in turning so most of the trees were still green.

Still?

A beautiful weekend in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee.

How did you spend your weekend?

Years Of Service

Twenty-two years ago today, this young man,

took the Oath of Enlistment at the West Virginia Air National Guard Base. (At that time, he was a Junior in High School).

After six l-o-n-g weeks of Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas, I travelled with his parents to see him at Tech School in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Isn’t he cute?

My big hair and bedazzled shirt on the other hand?

A hot mess.

Then, in 1999, he attended Air Force Officer Training School in Knoxville, Tennessee where he was commissioned as an Officer of the Air Force.

(He is pictured here with his dad who was first to salute the newly commissioned (Lieutenant) officer – his son.)

We’ve lived through a deployment to Cuba and even got to visit him there.

And we rejoiced the day he came home to us.

Most recently, this guy,

 

studied almost nighty for months to pass seven tests required to make Lieutenant Colonel.

I am so proud of him!

While he rarely complains and serves with humility, this gal

is not always so supportive.

Deployment is tough.

Being a military family isn’t always easy.

Still, we support McDaddy in his service and sacrifice to our country.

Congrats on 22 years of service, McDaddy! We love you!

Most Of All He Walks With Integrity

He leads by example, serves with gladness, gives more than he takes, and walks with integrity.

He is confident – but not proud.

He is gentle – but not a pushover.

He is in control – but not controlling.

I am blessed and thankful that he is my baby daddy.

My dad….  (according to Alex)

My dad’s name is: Steve

He is: 39 years old. Oh, and he is turning 40 this year.

He is: Big as a horse.

He has brown hair and black hair.

His favorite drink is: Water or Gatorade. Well, any color except green.

He likes to go to: Vacation to see like grandma and grandpa.

He likes to: tickle us.

I love my dad because: he is a great and funny dad and if he didn’t work we wouldn’t have stuff.

I would like for you to know: that my dad is funny and special.

My dad… (according to Stevie)

My dad is funny because: Let’s see, how should I put this? He turns words like “ant venom” into uncle venom. In other words, he says some real funny stuff.

My dad thinks I am funny when: I tell funny jokes.

My dad is 39 years old.

His favorite thing to do is: That’s a tough one. Because there are a lot of things my dad likes to do. I think his favorite would be, 4-wheeling.

His favorite color is: blue.

My dad’s job is: He has a couple of them. He works in the Air Force in electrical engineering. His job at Honeywell is, oh, I don’t know that one.

He loves to eat: chocolate chip cookies.

He is really good at: working on cars.

My dad loves when I: How should I put this? When I do things without being asked.

My dad always says: Somebody’s making money, but it ain’t us.

My favorite thing about me dad is: that he loves us.

I would like for you to know that dad: looks just like me.

McDaddy, I am truly thankful for the Godly example that you set for our boys. I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!

I love you!

A Perfect Pair

  • He orders water. I order coke.
  • He loves cars. I love ONE car.
  • He is quiet. I am loud.
  • He flosses daily. I? Have a place of honor on the Need To Floss Wall of Shame.
  • He is brilliant. I am a crazy person.
  • He is quiet. I am loud.
  • He doesn’t understand the hash tag. I’ve explained it lots of times.
  • He is methodical. I am anything, but.
  • He doesn’t waste time making lists. I make lists of my lists.
  • He enjoys being outside. I enjoy being comfortable.
  • He doesn’t wear a wedding ring. I feel naked without mine.
  • He is patient. I AM NOT.
  • He sees no reason to make a bed. I make it as soon as I get out of it.
  • He orders ranch. I order blue cheese.
  • He is an optimist. I am a pessimist.
  • He prefers chocolate chip cookies. I prefer cake.
  • He is a saver. I am a spender.
  • He always sees the best in people. I tell him he is wrong about people.
  • He turns off lights. I turn every light in the house on.
  • He doesn’t have a Facebook. I wish he did.
  • He can fix about anything. I tear stuff up.
  • He is shy. I rarely meet a stranger.
  • He likes to trick me. I fall for it every time.
  • He is probably adding to this list right now. I am up way too late writing the list.
  • He sees only black and white. I live in Grayville.

Different as night and day, though perfect for each other.

Happy 15th Anniversary, McDaddy

You make me laugh and smile and I love you more than anything in this world!