The Happy Couple:
This past Friday Derek and I got to go to his Battalion Ball. It was very nice and despite the headache of getting all the clothes ready it was actually fun to get all dressed up and go out and hey I got a nice meal (that I didn't have to cook) and a few dances out of it so it was worth it.
The Birthday Boy!!
Andrew's birthday was actually just before Derek got home. He decided on his own that he would wait to celebrate it until Daddy was home. So that was the first thing we had to do after Derek was home. Here are some pictures of him with his "loot" and his Spiderman cake that he was so proud of.
At last a picture of all four of my boys together!! (I know Timothy looks so enthused. He was sulking because he wanted to be running around exploring not sitting).
Derek discovered Geocaching while he was deployed (he actually has some finds in Kyrgyzstan from his stay there). I had heard of it before and always thought it sounded fun. We already had the GPS so a new family hobby was begun. We have been spending what free time we have out geocaching. For those of you that don't know, geocaching is (according to Wikipedia): "an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little value."
We have had tons of fun out finding caches together as a family and the boys have several "treasuers" that they have found. So far we have 13 finds as a family. I have 15 and Derek has 18. There are tons hidden here just in town so we haven't had to go far. In fact the first two we found were within walking distance of home. Who knew!!
As I said the boys love finding them. They each have an exciting story to tell about their adventures. Andrew draws geocaching maps in his free time and they are quite detailed even as to which way is north-- remember he is only 4. Crazy!
And when I say that "the boys" love to find them that includes Derek too. We all know how much he loves to "treasure hunt." Maybe if he would have had a GPS as a kid those coins wouldn't still be lost in the backyard. :)
Well as you can see things here are going well. "Life with Derek" at our house is so much better than the silly TV show with the same name. Life for us is WONDERFUL!!!!
Here's a slide show of some more pictures from geocaching.