Thursday, January 26, 2012

A tough good-bye

Tonight we had the crew of Libre Vie over for a send-off dinner as they are making a quick move up to New York this weekend. Both being in the military and living on a boat have shown us that neighbors come and go quite frequently compared to our landlubber, non-military friends, but this particular departure will make me pretty sad.  I've never felt insane for living aboard with my family or always wanting to travel when talking to them, and they don't mind that our crazy kids attack them with hugs.  They are fun, easy going, and have a thirst for life that just automatically makes me smile.  I will miss them, but am happy that our timing at least worked out to allow us to meet them!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Make a wish!

Tonight the winds finally cooperated for a good Wishlantern launch, and the sky was perfectly clear and full of stars.  We launched 3, and the kids even got in on the action.  It was beautiful!
Ready to launch.
Up, up, and away!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Where to begin? Friday Frank was out with one of "the boys" while the kids and I hit up gymnastics and had a Wii rally. Saturday we drove into the city to pick Frank up and enjoyed a mini stay-cation in D.C. with a trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. As a special treat we went into the butterfly room there and spent a while admiring and identifying the butterflies. We even got to see one emerge from its cocoon! Today was all about two things--maintenance and football! It was frigid outside today so we (Frank) knocked out flushing/changing the engine coolant. It was a pretty messy job, but we managed to wrap up just as the first football game got underway. And I'm pleased to announce PATS WIN! PATS WIN! Yep, that just about covers this awesome weekend!
Thank goodness for nap time!