Monday, December 8, 2008

Tis the Season!

Ok, here we are, what 17 days from Christmas now? CRAP! Time is still flying by and with all of our Christmas activities in full swing it seems to be going by even faster!

You'll have to check out the posts to see what we've been up to!

We're off to Pittsburgh for Christmas soon and we can't wait to get out of town and see everyone. It should be a fun trip and we are totally looking forward to it. We'll be hitting all the sporting events while we are there too (so lucky to know people that have tickets to such things!).

Pretty much done Christmas shopping. Just a FEW more things to grab and it's a wrap- haha, get it?!

Oh, and the girls are staying up with Grandma and Pap for the last week of vacation so Mom and Dad are going to attempt a New Year's Eve party. Well, we aren't attempting it, we're doing it and are so glad we get to hang out inside where it will be warm!

Anyway, so ya, that's it. I'll be back to update you in 2009! We miss and love you all and hope you have a great Christmas!!!

Yeah! He did it!

It's official! Mike put on his First Class patch on Friday (a promotion that he's been trying for for the past 2.5 years)!!! I'll keep it short and just say that it is a HUGE deal and we are very thrilled about it!

Aubrey's Preschool Christmas Program

What a big night! Aubrey did great....she actually sang :) And she's totally wearing the dress Nicole wore last year (when she was 4, not 3 like Aub). Madeline was in the program as well and we got to hang out with them for a little bit after the show.

Beach time!

Aubrey's Thanksgiving Feast

Nicole and I helped Aubrey's class at their Thanksgiving Feast this year. They dressed as indians while the other class was the pilgrims.

Check her out rocking the peace sign in the last picture- funny!

End of the Soccer Season

The Knights ended their run with a record of 2-2-1. Nicole definitely improved as the season progressed. We're taking a break from sports for the winter and will return to soccer again in the spring.

Check out Nicole playing in her hat and gloves. That was her last game and it was freezing out! Low 20s that morning- brrrrrrr!!!

Little Dancers

Family night at dance class. We got to sit in and watch them dance around. Very entertaining. The girls absolutely love it! They'll have class once a week until their recital in June.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's almost Thanksgiving!!

November is just flying by!!! It's kind of exciting that all of the holidays are coming up, but I wish they weren't coming so fast!

We had lots of fall activities in October and then ended the month with a trip to Pittsburgh to celebrate Grandma Beardsley's 80th birthday... her party happened to fall on the same weekend as Halloween. It was a perfect time to head up there. The kids had a blast with all of their cousins and we enjoyed spending time with everyone!

October was a good month in the Beardsley household! Not only did Nicole get awarded Citizen of the Month, but Mike was also awarded Sailor of the Quarter. We are so happy he was finally recognized for busting his ass at work! We were thrilled too, about Nicole's award-- in just her second month of real school! Ya that's right, she's a bad ass like Mom & Dad :) There's a Citizen of the Month post below for you to enjoy!

I'm going to register for a class on Monday! I'm officially going back to school. Don't get overly excited, I'm only attempting one class this first go round. Don't want to get too crazy! Going to slowly go up in my class load in the next couple of years so that once Aubrey hits first grade I will have all my prerequisites finished and I can enter into a nursing program here. Anyway, that's the plan as of now. I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Thanks to Cyndy, I have become addicted to the Twilight series of books. Can't say Mike is too thrilled (God forbid I crack open a book), but I LOVE them and have recommended them to all of my friends. I have gotten two of my friends addicted as well and hope to get more on the bandwagon. There's a movie coming out at the end of next week- I'm counting down the days! I can't wait, can't wait!!!

That's pretty much the latest here in VB. Nothing too exciting going on for Thanksgiving. Just our little family celebrating this year. Mike has big ham plans. We figured he couldn't possibly screw up a ham....we have had the worst luck with turkeys the last few years. I think I'm helping with a Thanksgiving feast at both schools which will be a first for me. I'm excited!

We are making the trip to Pittsburgh for Christmas. Gosh, I think the last time we went up for Christmas Nicole was 2! We'll head up on the 24th and arrive just in time for the big event at Mike's parent's/ Grandma Howe's house. Yes, we probably planned our arrival in order to miss all the prep time-- can get a little crazy when everyone is in party mode. Haha! The fact that there's also some Steelers tickets for the game on the 28th laying around may or may not have been a factor in deciding our travel plans this year (wink, wink). Anyway, we are definitely looking forward to going up there and celebrating the holiday with everyone!!!

So that's it. I'm sure there will be another update after Thanksgiving. Things are a tad slow right now, but there's lots of events coming up. Hope you are all doing well! Miss & love you all :)

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We headed to P-town over the Halloween weekend. The girls had a blast trick-or-treating with all of their cousins!!

New Cousin

The girls have a new cousin! Ada Mae was born in September and we got to meet her for the first time a couple of weeks ago. She belongs to Mike's sister, Katie, and her husband, Jon :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Citizen of the Month

Our Miss Nicole got Citizen of the Month for October..... we couldn't be more proud :) She's doing a great job this year and really enjoys school. Check out the video of her receiving her award!

Aunt Abby Visited Us!

Aunt Abby came to visit us in October. She came down so she could see Nicole play soccer and wouldn't you know it, the damn game got canceled due to rain!

Everyone came out for free haircuts-- poor thing had to cut quite a few (us military folk hear free and we jump on it immediately!) We are all looking very attractive thanks to Abby!

The highlight of her visit was a trip to Busch Gardens. It was pretty cold, but we stuck it out and had a blast! The kids got to ride, the adults took turns was a fun day!

There's a video at the end of the wolves howling back at the crowd- pretty cool!