Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sparkling Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Its a beautiful 16 degrees outside, and the snow drifts and sitka spruce trees are sparkling. We are enjoying the smell of turkey in the air, as it cooks in the oven. A delicious loaf of bread is baking in the bread machine. There are pumpkin pies in the refrigerator, and this afternoon, we will enjoy a yummy feast with other Coast Guard families. The baby is sleeping on daddy's chest on the couch. The kids are playing together. I am relaxed and content.

Our little boy is 4 months old now. He is so sweet! He loves being involved in everything. He can now hold things in his hands- ranging from daddy's chest hair, sister's hair, and lots of toys. But, his favorite thing to hold is his other hand. I had forgotten what a big event it was to hold hands with yourself! He is going to be a thumb sucker too, because he has been finding his thumbs and chewing on them. He is so talkative and smiley. He laughs when you tickle his armpits, or if you kiss him on the cheeks.

His big sister loves to greet him each morning. She really can hardly contain herself. And, when he sleeps in, she finds it really really really difficult. His brother is an expert at keeping baby happy, especially in the car. I am so glad that my older kids love their baby brother so much! Of course, there is jealousy. They get jealous of who gets the baby's attention and the baby's smiles.

We have been here for 6 months now. That's a quarter of our tour! I can't believe how fast it is going. I have made some great friends- we have nice neighbors. And, everyone looks out for each other at the air station. This base is really huge. The air station is just a part of it.

I have heard that my husband was on Coast Guard Alaska, a show the Weather Channel airing. We don't have cable, and the Weather Channel doesn't have a link to watch the episodes on their website. Too bad. I would have liked to watch it. My husband does not like to be on TV or the news. He likes to hide away from PR stuff. But, I honestly enjoy seeing him.

My mother is visiting my Uncle today. My brother and his familiy are skiing somewhere in California? And, we will be among friends. God has blessed us in so many ways! There is always something to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving to you!