Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas 2008!

I know I haven't posted in awhile and everyone is probably wondering how our Christmas went with Chris home...very busy! With him only being home for a short amount of time, we've been on the go everyday.
Our Christmas was wonderful and we were both spoiled! Since Chris will be going to Iraq, we all wanted to get him things that will be useful to him in the next year. To name a few: a Nintendo DS with several games, a digital camera so he can keep me updated on shots in Iraq, new books for the LONGGGG plane ride, and movies. Chris spoiled me as usual...I received a GPS, an MP3 Player, a gift certificate for an hour massage, and a new brown winter coat to name a few!
All in all, we had a great holiday...the best present for me though was to have Chris here to spend it with. I'm very grateful he was able to come home and spend this time with me and the family.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

The Maderas wish you a very happy holiday, from our family to yours!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Home for the Holidays!

As you all are aware Chris has been gone for the past 6 weeks and let me tell's been a LONG 6 weeks! I'm very excited to say that tonight I will be going to pick Chris up and he will FINALLY be home for Christmas. He's not scheduled to leave again until January 2ND. I saved vacation time so I will be off with Chris the whole time he's home...we're very excited to spend this time together! So stay tuned, we have lots of that means, lots of pictures!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dressed to Represent!

As you all know, in the very near future Chris will be heading back to Iraq to serve his country proudly. I for one wanted to be ready and dressed to show off MY pride! As I've stressed before, I'm very proud of Chris, what he's accomplished, and where he's going. I want everyone to know that my husband is in the US Army and I'm a proud wife!

I'm sure by the end of winter everyone will be sick of seeing me in these shirts. Don't worry, once the warmer weather comes back...I have plenty more short sleeve shirts to pick from! :-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Not Enough Time in the Day....

I know I haven't posted in awhile but I'm still hanging in there! There has been so much going on in the last week or's been crazy.

The kitchen remodel is still going strong, in fact the way things are going, I'm hoping this will be pretty close to complete around the first of the year! Since my dad's been off since Monday, he's been coming to our house everyday ALL day and working! As I posted before, with our house being older and so many people doing things to it over the years and not doing things necessarily the right way, some things needed fixed correctly. One of those major things was our walls. Since there were so many bumpy and yucky spots that weren't fixable we decided the best thing to do was to put all new drywall up. Since the back end of our kitchen was an add on, it's a pretty decent size kitchen and that means a lot of walls! Dad's been amazing at getting this done! In the next few weeks we're going to be painting, putting up new molding, a new back door, and new floors! It's going to be crazy...but definitely well worth the mess! :-)

Not only am I'm going through the kitchen remodel, but I'm still finishing Christmas shopping and working all day. I'm hoping to start wrapping this weekend!

And the best news for last....we're under the 2 week mark for Chris's return! Two weeks from yesterday and he'll be home. Neither him nor I can wait. As we talk on the phone, we find ourselves talking more and more about him coming home and everyday it makes it more real. People tell me how they could never do what I do and that they couldn't imagine being an Army Wife, but to tell you the truth...I love it! Don't get me wrong, the quite nights alone do get pretty lonesome and I would love nothing more than for him to be here with me. But aside from that, I'm so proud of Chris and all of his accomplishments. I proud of what he stands for and what he fights against. There's no better job and definitely no prouder moment then being a true Army Wife!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Another Busy Day....

With having done so much work around the house on Saturday, Sunday was no different. My parents came back over and lended yet more hands on the kitchen remodel!
Dad explained to me about the difference between the walls we have now and putting up new drywall. Well, because our house is older and there's probably been so much done to it throughout the years, my dad thought it would look the best if we put up new drywall in certain places. So while dad got busy with that, mom and I started to paint the ceiling.
Later Jen, Kevin, and Isabella stopped over to check out the progress we've made (I had a little helper with painting)!

Dad getting the new drywall to fit in it's place! It was a perfect fit...great job dad!

Sanding a few more spots before getting ready to paint!

Washing the was a lot dirtier then it looked!

Bella wanted to help stir the paint....she was a great helper!

Dad getting an outlet fixed!

Bella had to find the fun in all this mess! :-)

Mom bringing me the shirts to cover everything up!

The painting begins....

And of course, what 3 year old would not want to paint on the walls?!