Why is it so hard to figure out what to get my husband for his birthday? You would think I'd know exactly what to get him. The problem is, he has everything he needs. He loves to fly, but unfortunately he doesn't always get to.
After struggling with this dilemma for a while, we came up with a plan. Kaiwi has been wanting to do a cross-country flight for quite a while, and since his parents are in Portland now we thought it would be a perfect birthday weekend if we flew in to see them.
The flight over was amazing! We flew right through the mountains. Mt Rainier, St Helens, and Adams was on our right, and we could see Mt Hood, Jefferson, and just the tops of the three sisters on our left. We took off later than we had planned, but it worked out perfectly because the sun was setting just as we were flying by the mountains. It was so beautiful.
But why am I telling you when I could just show you pictures?
Amazing- even with the plastic plane windows leaving a sort of hazy look to the pictures.
Now, for some reason I can't post more than three pictures on this entry, so I'll have to post in two parts...
It was so fun visiting with Kaiwi's parents. We were able to see their new place and explore some of Portland. They took us to the Japanese Garden. Gorgeous! The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and it was so green! Out here where we are its still dry and brown, so it was a wonderful change of scenery.
Its pretty much torture trying to narrow down which pictures to share with you. The gardens were so gorgeous- hopefully I captured a fraction of the beauty.
What better way to spend a birthday than with family? I'm so glad it worked out to take this spontaneous weekend trip.
OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet, When the wind comes right behind the rain
OOOOk-lahoma, Ev'ry night my honey lamb and I, Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.
When we were kids, my sister and I used to watch Oklahoma ALL THE TIME. All the girls in their beautiful dresses, dancing and singing and twirling. Riding to social gatherin's in their surries. And of course, no romantic musical is complete without someone gettin' hitched at the end.
That movie has set the bar high for my expectations of Oklahoma. There had better be some dancin' and surrey ridin' when we get there (Also, I think I am going to start calling Kaiwi "honey lamb").
Its hard to believe we are going to BE there in 3 months. We are packing up and heading out to a totally new place I've never been to before (except for if you count driving through there).
Our first move- the one out here- was pretty crazy. We were given two weeks notice that we had to be out here. We basically dumped our stuff on Kaiwi's parents and left. Once we got here, we were sent to TX for 3 months. I never saw the movers pack up our stuff, or drop it off, so in many ways, this feels like our first official move.
I'm so excited to be moving on to a new part of our journey, and yet thinking about leaving here gets me a little sentimental. I've never thought of this house as our "home", since we are just renting, and we always knew we were only here for a limited time. I've never put a nail in the wall to hang a picture (just push pins), never painted a room, never bought curtains- I've always thought, "we are only here a while, why bother?".
But now that we are leaving I'm realizing that this is the first home we have built together since being married. It was hardly a month after our wedding that we were out here. I'm realizing that all the things that have become familiar to me here won't be in Oklahoma. We are starting over. Everything will be DIFFERENT. Maybe not bad, but different.
Its exciting, and its scary.
And in another 4 years, we will be going through this all again. Leaving Oklahoma, going somewhere new.
Its crazy, I tell you. Just crazy.
Yet... in some twisted way, I'm looking forward to it.
I always struggle to find what to write about. I would really like to make the "Blog" part of my blog a bigger priority, but we just don't have much going on! Or at least, not much of what anyone would find interesting enough to read about.
We have had some exciting things on our minds this week, though.
We are waiting to find out where we are moving to, and when! We were told we should find out on the 11th... still waiting (and probably not as patiently as we could be).
Just knowing that we WILL be moving sometime this summer is exciting. I feel like we should just go now, since we know its coming. Just go NOW and get it over with.
I am already planning the move. What goes with the packers, what goes with us in the car. All we should need to keep with us is a few suitcases, a few dishes, and some of our valuables. We lived like that for three months in Texas, so I figure we can do it again.
We have even been looking at houses in all the possible locations that we could be going to. Yes, I know, they probably won't even be available to us by the time we get there, but its so fun to look! I've got my eyes peeled for any house that has STORAGE! Our little house here is pretty much a good size for us, but it seriously lacks in the storage department. I'm sure I drive my poor husband crazy by trying to shove things into every nook and cranny. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
Its kind of a goal of mine to be more organized at the next place we move to. I know, all you spouses that have been through a few moves already are probably thinking, "That's not going to happen", and you will probably be right! But, I am determined, and will try my hardest to make it come true. :)
So I am totally open to any organizing tips anyone would like to share with me- whether it be how you organize your move, or how you organize your home. What do you find works well for you?
I'm so happy about it. Not because I really love March, but because it is a step closer to spring!
Every time a new month rolls in I tend to think of it as "what's the classroom theme for this month?" I loved decorating and changing the themes in my classrooms while I was teaching. January would be all snowmen and penguins and all things wintry and cold. February would be Valentine's Day with love and hearts and all things red, pink, and white. And then March...
Rainbows and green shamrocks and pots of gold.
If only I were given a pot of gold each March.
But it gets me to thinking. What IS March? Is it still winter? Or beginning of spring? In our classroom the kids would come walking back in on the first day of March and it would be all bright and colorful and GREEN. If only it were like that for reals. Wake up on March 1, and BAM! The world is green again! No more snow!
But its not.
In fact, we got enough snow here that the plows are actually out. Since moving here Kaiwi and I have noticed that they do things a little differently than Wisconsin when it comes to snow removal. Basically, they don't.
We are lucky if we get de-icer. Or beet juice.
I'm still confused about the beet juice. I don't think it really helps much.
Anyhow, I kinda REALLY wouldn't mind if the next place we move to didn't have snow.
Which is another reason I'm excited about March. I have the 11th marked on the calendar because that is an exciting day. The day I have been waiting for for a long time now.
Kaiwi will find out when and where we are moving to!
I'm so excited to move. Not that I totally dislike this area, its been nice while we have been here. Its more because I know we are going to move, so I just want to go NOW. I want to find a new house, and unpack all our stuff and organize. I want to explore our new surroundings and settle in for the next four years.
I know I'll get all sad and sentimental when its actually time to leave though, but for now, Ill be excited.
And I'll leave you with this:
A pot of gold.
Welcome! My name is Marie, and I have been married for 5 years now. We have one beautiful son, Isaac, waiting for us in Heaven and another son, Hayden, here with us! I hope to share with you more about our journey- where we have been and where we are going.