Thursday, March 25, 2010

Swaab Street

We've really enjoyed having our own house to invite people to! One: Because it makes me want to clean the house. Two: Because it makes me want to cook. And three: Because we enjoy the company of our fellow friends and family! So here's a look into some of the people we've had over, and some of the things Jason and I have tried to cook!

First, it starts off with our first visitors, Kyle and Stephanee! We are using our wedding guest book as our house guest book as well. So every time people come over, they have to sign the guest book as well. Then Tobi came over, and we cooked chicken soft tacos together! It turned out yummy! We made our own chips too, Jason was amazed with how we did that ourselves!

Then mama and papa Thomas came over and we cooked them Salmon! It turned
out delicious! I didn't realize how easy salmon is to cook! On a cold, rainy Saturday, I thought I'd try making potato soup with a sour dough bread bowl! It was... A-mazing! It turns out, I might actually be a good cook! We've also had people over for food and fun!

The Lum's came over, I cooked ginger-fried pork, and then we played Aggravation, which is a game Jason and his family taught me. My dad knew what it was, so he made us a board for our Christmas present! The Lum's hadn't played before, so they had fun with it. Now, when we play this, Jason... ALWAYS wins. It's frustrating. But THIS time, after we played three times, I finally won! So it was great. Then we made them Special K, which was a hit... but I have yet to take a picture of it, the recipe came from Jason's mother. :)

We also finally bought a grill! So Jason jumped on that the other day and made steak with peppers, and shrimp. It was tasty. I'm excited to try out some yummy recipes with the grill. Tonight, we're off to Ohio with my parents. We're having an Ohio wedding reception there for this family that wasn't able to go. We're staying a whole week! It should be very fun!


Sunday, March 14, 2010

House, Transportation, and life Updates

Checking in from the Lawyer's! Life has been going at high speed lately. So much is going on, so let me start with our base housing! Everyone always asks me how living on base is. It has it's ups and downs. It's nice to feel safe, and I like the feel of living in a small town again. We live at 101 Swaab St! We finally got our name plate for our house! :) The other day, they came to take our fence down because we didn't feel like paying $20 extra a month to have a fence... but now they mow our grass for us! How fantastic! The down side is that it is a hassle getting people on base! Luckily, people still come to see us anyway! It's been fun putting together a house with Jason. We've gotten a lot of hand me downs which has been so helpful! Other items we've gotten amazing deals on! So here are some pictures of our little shack of a house!
Across the street, they've started demolishing the houses. They're plan is to get rid of all the old housing on base to build new homes. These houses were all build in the late 60s or early 70s. So this will be what our house looks like come August or September. In other news... Jason and I bought our first big item together! We bought a new car!!! It's a Nissan Versa Hatchback. I absolutely LOVE it. I named her Chelsea. Mostly becuase of the soccer team, they're color is bright blue... and I thought the name just fit the car. It has that fabulous new car smell! I love it! Another piece of transportation we've gotten is a new road bike for me. Jason is really into riding his bike, and I've been wanting to get back into being active, so we thought this would be a good newlywed hobby! I love my new bike!News with us Lawyers. I am on track break... but not really. I volunteered... like a nerd, for track break tutoring. The students have 3 weeks of, including Spring Break, and when they come back we have a week of review and then the following week are the high stake testing. yikes! I'm totally enjoying my boys. I look at some of the 3rd graders, and I'm so thankful for my group of boys! There's a lot about the gang world I've started to learn as well... it's all very new and interesting, as well as scary to me. OH!!!!! And I'll be finishing up my MASTER'S here NEXT WEEK! HORRAY!

Jason just turned in his Officer Training School application. It's taken him probably 4 or 5 months to complete this hefty packet. So keep up in your prayers, we're unsure of what's going to happen in the future. I can't remember if I've mentioned Honor Guard, but he's been doing that this week. It only last two weeks and then he'll go back to his regular job for a month. He basically does the rifle turning and marching as well as shooting at events like funerals, weddings, and retirements. It's different for him, but I know it's good for him.

In other news, we're starting up our Sunday school teaching this Sunday for the next 3 months. Jason has also but such an amazing husband and has offered to help me out with Youth Group while my brother Kevin is unable to do so himself. So we're very very busy! That's a good update for now! Stay tune for more soon!