Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swimming lessons!

Gray started swimming lessons for the first time this summer. He loved it and I think he learned a lot, but I can't believe how much he enjoyed it! We went twice a week for about 2 months, and decided to take a break over the winter. I really liked the place we used, so we imagine we will be going back in the spring/summer next year. Thought a few of these pictures were too cute not to share! He now says "I'm a swimmer!"

Touching the bottom of the pool and retrieving toys off the bottom. 

Waiting his turn... 

Monday, July 30, 2012

USMC Homecoming!

I mentioned a friend's husband coming back from a deployment, but thought I would share a few more pictures from that day. Homecomings are amazing. Even if you don't know a sole coming home, just the thought of families being reunited is totally amazing. I cry every single time I go to one because I know how special it is to hold your Marine for the first time in months. It's like you can finally relax because they are home safe... What an amazing feeling. 
Lunch at the O Club. 
Waiting for the Marines. 
Finally here! 
Taxing in. Felt like it took FOREVER! 

Self portraits while we wait. 
Just discovered how much Gray loves the self-portrait mode on the new IPhone. 
Marine wives (and Gray)! 
We took Gray to the park on base to play with some of his BFFs after the homecoming and happened to watch Josh fly out (night flight) while we were there! Here he is headed out into the night! He flies all the time, but I never really know when I'm seeing him or someone else, so it's always fun to KNOW it's actually Josh in the air! 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Christmas You Missed!

The Armed Services YMCA in San Diego does a Christmas You Missed every year for the families who had a deployed service member over the holidays. They had fun things for the kids to do, like ride a horse, make crafts, etc. Breakfast was also provided for everyone. There was a fun little Boston Terrier who had his own motorcycle, that the kids LOVED!! 

With the Coleman kids! 
Ornament making!
Santa was also there, and he gave out toys to each one of the children. He had a lot of fun with his friends that were there and wasn't expecting a toy from Santa so it was double fun. The ASYMCA did an amazing job on this event! I know that our family, and the families we went with (two others from our Squadron) really enjoyed making up for some of the Christmas memories we missed while Josh was in Afghanistan. Thanks Armed Services YMCA!! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

San Diego Fair!

This was our second trip to the SD Fair since we have lived in San Diego. Josh was working last year, so he missed out. This year he had a random day off, so he was able to go with us for a few hours. 

The fair is HUGE and kind of expensive, but Gray loves it. From Superman as we were waking in the door, to the pig races, turkeys, rabbits, huge pigs, cows, super healthy food (like fried Klondike bars), games, flower decoration/specimens and art winners, space exhibits, and tons of fun rides, Gray was in heaven.

Gray just loved this pig and kept laughing at him! 
First roller coaster! 

Gray had so much fun, and he talked about the fair forever. I love that Gray is able to do more things as he gets older. I think each year will be a little more fun because he will be able to ride more things as he gets taller. Anyway, if you are ever in town the fair is fantastic and they always have live bands and tons of random foods deep fried, so it's worth the trip! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Worst Blogger Award goes to... ME!!

It seems like a million years since my last post (I'm back dating this and a few others so they will show up in the right place time-wise. Don't judge me.), but I'd like to blame a fun filled summer for part of my absence. We went to the San Diego State Fair, celebrated Christmas in July, spent time at the beach, and a lot of other things I plan to fill you in on as fast as I can post. Gray also played soccer on base. I think I shared one picture a few months back, but here are a few more from his final game.  

This is misleading because normally Gray ran the opposite direction
or simply sat in the grass and refused to participate. 

Half-time photos.
(Josh had just shaved his head for a costume the night before in case you were wondering.) 
Gray and his GF. They are in a very serious relationship. 

Gray's trophy!!  

End of the season party. 

Sit tight, because I've got loads more to update the blog with and tons of pictures to share!  

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tricky People

I found this article the other day via a friend's FaceBook page. It has some great information for parents about protecting your children from predators. This article was very insightful. 

I think my favorite line was "Teach your kids not to DO ANYTHING, or GO ANYWHERE, with ANY ADULTS AT ALL, unless they can ask for your permission first." The general idea is: Bad guys aren't always strangers. Be vigilant and aware of adults who are spending time with your children.