Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pictures from the trip

Okay... hopefully this will work
Here are some pictures from our trip, the dinner, the winging, my picture with Sheri Dew, pictures of the kids... any questions, just ask! Oh and you can click on the pictures to make them bigger. (just an FYI for anyone out there!) Enjoy!

Is it really the end of February already!?

Wow! This month is sailing by! Jonas turned 5 on February 15th! I can't believe he's 5! It's amazing how fast 5 years have gone by! I can't imagine my life without him! He's so sweet, funny, and handful at times, but I love him all the same! It has been an amazing experience to raise a boy. We celebrated by going out to dinner and he got presents and cake at home. We also had cupcakes at school so it was a sugar coated day!
We left on February 16th and headed to Florida to visit Josh's parents in Milton, FL. We had a fun time while we were there. We celebrated Jonas' birthday with the family, and he got more presents! We got to see Josh's Dad's Corvette
which he and Grandpa Hensley (our kids Great Grandpa, or Josh's grandpa) painted and put the blue flames on. (don't know if you can tell from the pictures) Josh stayed busy helping add on to the front of the house. They always seem to have some building or car project in the works! lol! Josh hasn't been down to his parents house in over 2 years because they've been up to see us more lately. So it was nice to go down there for a change. We also got the kids pictures taken, because we tried to take pictures of them ourselves by the lake near their house, and it wasn't happening.
Maddie and her cousin Jessalyn, had a great time playing and so did Jonas with his cousin Jeffery Jr. We also got to meet Jackson, the kids newest cousin, and he's such a cutie pie!
We then headed up to Enterprise, Alabama, to Ft. Rucker, to see Jon and Jenny. Jon is in the Army and had his winging. We had a nice dinner on Wednesday evening, and then Thursday was his winging, and he asked Josh to pin his wings on. It was really neat. Josh and Jon both fly the Blackhawk, but for different branches of the military. Jon and Jenny will be moving up to Kentucky where they will be at Ft.Campbell.
Then I got to go with Josh's sister Jenna and his Mom (Nori) to the Timeout for women in Orlando, Fl. I even got my picture taken with Sheri Dew! lol! I know she thought I was a little strange, but oh well! I really enjoyed the time out for women and am so glad I went. The speakers were wonderful, and it was so awesome! I also got to see my niece and nephew, Nick and Cami Wilson! And I realized I didn't get their picture! We were too busy talking! I'm so glad I got to see them, and just catch up. It's so fun to see them living their lives and Nick is in college now and working! I'm so excited for them, they are in one of the most exciting times of their lives! It was fun just listening to them talk.
We then drove back north and met Josh and the kids at a McDonalds. Then switched cars, bags, car seats. Josh gave back Jeffy and Jessalyn for me. It was a great trip, and now we are getting back into the swing of things. We only have a month until we know if Josh got into the Olmstead program! I will post more pictures when blogger isn't giving me problems loading the rest of my photos!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Being a stay at home Mom.....

Its been a busy time here in the Hensley household. Last week we took a quick trip up Wednesday evening to Washington D.C.. Josh had his interview with the Olmstead people. It went well, and so now we wait for March, and I'm calling it the magic month because a lot of our friends as well as us will be finding out where we will be in March, and our lives will be changed as soon as we know... like magic. So, Saturday night Josh and I attended a Change of Command Dinner. It was held at the Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk. It was a bit strange they set up tables in the museum, and served us dinner. So not really a dining hall, but we were at tables. It was way too tight, and they always do a video and they couldn't turn the lights off, so that stunk too, the dinner was $55 dollars (per person, so for us $110) and it wasn't that great honestly. We did have a good time... BUT, I was sitting at a table with several other Moms. One of the Ladies had two kids, and to her she said it was very overwhelming, which I agree it is to be a Mom. So for her, the choice was easy, she went back to work. Which made me go, WHAT?!?? I really don't understand how working and having kids is easier? I would love an explanation! Basically to me she said, I am willing to pay someone else to raise my kids. She does not have to work, trust me, we are just fine (our husbands make around the same pay, and we have more kids!).
She chooses to work. I really don't understand if you have the option to stay home, you choose to work? I think about all the things that I get to do with my kids that if I worked I would miss out on. Yes there is a lot of stuff I'd love to miss, all the poopy diapers, and occasional disagreements between siblings. I have never missed seeing my kids first steps, heard them say their first real word, I watched Eliza climb up (and scared me to death) the stairs! There are so many great Moms I know who would give anything to be able to stay home with their kids, and can't financially, and it just kills me that someone who has kids would give up all the great moments she could be having with her kids to work a job that really isn't as important as being a mom. I have a college degree, I could be working, but I think the most important place for me to be is at home. My kids need me. Honestly I think the world would be a better place if all Mothers were able to be at home with their kids every day, be there to take them to school, be there when they got home, and just be there. I know it's not easy to be a Mom, trust me, I get it. Jonas is turning 5 on Thursday, and it seems like just yesterday he was this brand new tiny little baby, and I was trying to figure out how to find time to get myself showered, dressed and fed around him. Five years has flown by and pretty soon he'll be 10 before I know it! So I guess my message tonight is, IF you can BE home, be home. Enjoy your children, I know I complain sometimes, but really I do Love them. I have learned so much for them, and never knew I could love people the way that I love them. It's amazing. Whew! I'm done venting about that I feel better now.

Monday, February 05, 2007


We are the Champions. Colts beat the Bears 29-17. It wasn't a pretty game at all, but it was a typical Colts game. Wow! After all the years of watching the Colts, and knowing they were the best, and not seeing them get to the big game, they got there and they WON! It was a wonderful victory, and it's so nice to know that dreams (mine in particular!) can come true!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Getting ready for the Superbowl....

Okay, if you don't know this about us I will let you in on something. We're HUGE Indianpolis Colts fans. I used to watch before Josh and I were married, but back then they weren't so good. We kind of made it our tradition after we got married to watch football together. I love football, and know few women my age that love it as much as I do. So for 8 years now, we have watched Peyton Manning (the quarterback for the Colts in case you didn't know) through all the good times and the bad. We know all of those disappointed looks he has, and trust me he has them, and we don't like it when he shows those. But, we have over the years hoped that someday that they would go to the Superbowl, and now they are there. We have some Colts flags on the windows of our car, and I have received lots of comments about being a Colt fan. Most aren't supportive, but it's funny to me. The funniest one by far was going through the McDonald's drive through and the Lady at the window said, "Have a nice day, even though you are a COLTS fan." She was a Saints fan, but too bad they got beat. Then going through the gate on base, the guy at security was giving me grief, but this time I said, well the Colts are going to win. I've even had dreams of being surrounded by Bears fans and shouting that the Colts are going to win and then they will see who's the better team. It's funny I'm becoming almost obsessed with this game! Tomorrow the Colts play in the Superbowl, we will all get decked out in our Colts stuff as we do every Sunday the Colts play (our tradition, you have to wear your Colts shirt when they play or it's bad luck), and win or lose (we hope they win of course!) they are still our team, and we will still be their biggest fans. (although we do think the BEARS Stink!)

Our crazy adventures... with 4 great kids...