Nick and I took the kids into the library in town tonight for some Halloween festivities. Getting all the kids ready was 'scary' enough:
I had planned for all the kids to be Iowa Hawkeye themed... but due to the lack of football equipment availability (i.e. helmet, pads, pants) I had to resort to plan B and purchase a last minute costume for Trevor today at Target. Hence, the "Dash" from The Incredibles costume. I also wanted to dress my little pudge in a brown jumpsuit, tie him up in shoestrings and call him a Football, but I fell upon this adorable Giraffe costume in Hawaii before we left. So... no football. Sorry.
He made such a cute giraffe, though.
The theme DID however, stick with the girls. McKenzie was a Hawkeye fan, and Addison was a cheerleader! GO HAWKS!
After a quick photo shoot at the house, we went out in the freezing cold weather and rain and wind.
At the library, they had cookies and hot cider (yum!) and story time in the other room.
As you can see, Addison didn't quite know what to think of the witch reading them a story.... but she was awful fond of the handsome little chicken running around! (or maybe "he" was a rooster?)
After the library (minus the hayrack ride around town... our thin Hawaii blood has not yet thickened for such activities), we headed out to my grandpa's farm to show off the kiddos.
Today Nick and my brother in law Jeromy put in some new stairs for my mom. Staircase 1 of 2 to be redone.Mom and Nick ran to Menards this morning and got all the materials... but they didn't have enough to complete both stairs.
Before (with the carpet ripped off)
Nick smiling ever so handsomely for the camera.
All done! Addison sweeping the steps. Mom just needs to stain them and put the carpet runner in once she gets the flooring done in the family room!
I just saw that on Veteran's Day, November 11th, Applebees is offering free entrees so all active duty service members! They did this last year and had such a great response, that they decided to do it again this year!
My mom saved the baptismal gown that our older son, Trevor, wore, as well as my nephew Dylan, and my little brother Danny, and my cousin Ryan. It was made my my grandmother many years ago from an old cotton bed sheet that had crochet across the top... and then she pleated the yoke and bottom and put buttons on the sleeves to make it more 'masculine'.
It was a last minute decision to do it while we are in Iowa... with our family. So we were thrilled that we had so many family able to attend. Along with my family, Nick's parents, his brother Phil, and brother Jim and his wife Julie AND his nephew Grant all drove up to attend.
Addison was doing the "cheeeeese" with her fingers in her cheeks.
Here we are with our parents.
After the service, we all had a fabulous dinner at the restaurant in town. Thank you to everyone who helped make Tyler James' day so special!
My neice, Hannah, turned 7 this month, so we all got together to celebrate today.
My sister made some yummy Nevada Cubs "Cub-cakes"! They were too cute and super delicious!
Addison sure thought so... I believe this is her second of three cupcakes throughout the afternoon. If it makes a difference, she only ate the tops off of them.
There was also a little bowling involved (thank goodness for bumper lanes. YAY ADDISON!
And some snuggle time as well:
Trevor was off with his cousin Dylan playing ski ball and earning tokens to cash in for toys. McKenzie mastered the CLAW maching and snatched a bundle of 1,000 tickets, a stuffed pumpkin, and a halloween bear. To those of you who believe the claw machine is unbeatable... McKenzie not only won ONE time....but THREE times!!!! See her winnings and more pictures from the party on my sister in law's blog HERE.
Later on, we headed in to the Golf Course Clubhouse in town for a surprise birthday party for my cousin and uncle's birthdays. It was great seeing more family and friends I hadn't seen in a while.. and the highlight.... TOUCHDOWN HAWKEYES IN THE LAST 2 SECONDS!! THE HAWKS WIN! THE HAWKS WIN! 8-0 YEAH BABY!!!! The Wilson family was definitely REPRESENTING! Hawkeye shirts EVERYWHERE!!!
We spent the weekend in Virginia to check out our new house in Stafford and visiting McKenzie's Middle School. We will be living next door to the Vila's and we could not be more excited! They have 5 kids of their own and they all had a blast together the two short days we spent with them.
Before we knew it, we were back in the airport headed to Iowa.
We got in late Monday night. Check out Nick's brother and sister-in-law's blog HERE for pics from that. Then we were headed down the road to my parents house.
Our first day, Trevor helped Grandpa Wilson with some harvesting.
He got to ride in the combine and had a great time watching the corn go from the combine to the wagons, etc...
The kids are getting a little more adjusted to the time change and just having a great time here. I'll post more pictures as I have time! We miss all our Hawaii friends!!!! The weather here has been pretty nice so far, 60's during the day. But it still requires a jacket for us thin-blooded transplanted Hawaiians. Give us a little time, and our thin blood will thicken up again.
*THE POST HAS ADDED ADDENDUMS IN RED AS REQUESTED BY MY HUSBAND TO PROVE THAT I AM NOT ALWAYS PERFECT (which I was told I am not apparently)
I'm sitting in our hotel room at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. All showered and relaxing after a long DAY/NIGHT of flying. Never have I been so exhausted, tired, excited, and sad all at once. Our last few weeks on the island are a complete blur. They flew by way too fast. I feel like I didn't get to see all of those I wanted to say goodbye to, but am blessed to have been able to spend time with most of you!!!!
But I have to admit, after yesterdays turn of events, I am glad to be off the island and done with this part of the moving process.
Here's a recap of our last day....sit back, it might be a long one. Looking back at it now that it's over, I can almost laugh about it.
6:30AM: We headed to Honolulu to drop off the van to get it shipped to Virginia. We left McKenzie and Trevor at the hotel room to sleep in. Addison and Tyler came with us. We drove a friends' truck (Thanks a MILLION Gina, and I'm sorry I (we) forgot to call you and tell you where we parked your truck in the parking structure before we took off on our 8 hour flight, even though you had no problem finding it anyways) and the van down to Honolulu, arriving about 8:15, 15 minutes prior to our appointment. I stayed in the car with the kids while he went in to take car of the paperwork. It wasn't 5 minutes before Nick came back to the car with a NOT SO PLEASANT look on his face.
"I think I forgot to grab the title for the car."
Thinking we would have to drive ALL the way back to Kaneohe to get it, he reminds me that it is in the fire safe..... which got packed up..... 2 weeks ago with our household goods.....and was probably halfway across the ocean.
Oh $%&$! no! So I called the nearest City Hall to see if they could get us a copy. Sure thing! And lucky for us, it was only a few miles away.
Once again, I stayed in the car with the kids (did I mention before that it was BLAZING HOT!) while he ran in to get the title. Now, I don't know what it is with DMV's... and CITY HALLS, but why is it that there is ALWAYS a long line and never enough workers?!!? Nick had even called ahead and said we were on our way, and what our situation was. After standing in line for at least 30 minutes (keep in mind I am STILL sitting in a truck with a screaming impatient Tyler and Addison) Nick is getting impatient. Explaining his situation, he kindly asked the lady if he could be helped before his turn, since he was in a big hurry. With no sympathy, she tells him, "Wait in line like everyone else."
Breathe, Nick, breathe.
Some time later, 9:30am, he comes running out to the truck. Now, to set the scene, Nick is less than thrilled with his not so prompt service, and we are parked in typical Hawaiian parking lot, where the stalls are only big enough for very small cars, and no room to open your door...and as luck would have it, there was a truck behind us, and a car on one side, making it nearly impossible to get out.
I nice local lady was standing outside that car to the side of us on her cell. Nick asked if she could help him out, but letting him know how close he was getting. She complied be continuing to talk on her cell and wave nick toward the car....
A very pleasant Nick soon asked his gorgeous loving wife to sweetly step out of the truck and assist this wonderful lady with the distance between the vehicles since she was doing such a fabulous job. (Catch my drift?)
So after only one little nudge to the truck behind us in the parking lot, we were soon on our way back to the shipping station with all the paper work we needed. A not so quick wait, and the world's most slowest, thorough inspector and his TRAINEE, who Nick claimed to have been as dumb as a box of rocks, went over the details on the van... making Nick hand wash the outside with a cloth and a bucket because it wasn't clean enough for their standards. Maybe if we hadn't had to run all over town to get the title, that wouldn't have happened.
MEANWHILE: McKenzie is texting asking if we were on our way. No. So I had her do laundry, which resulted in locking herself out of the room (even though I strictly said DO NO LEAVE THE ROOM WITHOUT THE KEY). She was smart enough to get one from the front desk. Later, as she left the room, key in hand, to throw the clothes in the dryer, returns to the room to find that the key DOES NOT work. She asked the maid to help her but was directed to the front desk.... Why didn't the key work? Oh, well because check out was at 10AM, and they automatically deactivate the keys at that time. Lucky for us, she issued her another key. (Did I mention they refused to let us extend our checkout time a couple hours since we were flying out in the late afternoon? Gotta love that!)
We finally returned back to the Lodge around 11. When we should have been back by 9:30. Anything that wasn't packed was thrown in any spare space in the existing suitcases that didn't already weigh a near 70 pounds. Nick had sweet talked a different gal at the front desk to allow us to extend checkout without being charged an extra day. Take our time, she says... because sure, we have TONS OF THAT!
Addi stole Tyler's blankie on the way home and fell asleep underneath it. Tyler was already asleep and didn't mind.
12:00 Noon: Truck loaded, kids strapped in, we headed to the hangar for some last minute paperwork.
12:30 On our way to the Navy Exchange to buy Nick a new laptop... because he had a scratch coupon for anywhere from 5%-20% off. Nick asks if we needed some snacks for the plane. I had a few things, but told him he could probably grab some goldfish and some cracker packs.... but not much, because the kids would most likely sleep a majority of the flights and wouldn't need any junk food.
I drop Nick off and head to McDonalds to get the kids some lunch.
15 minutes later, Nick comes out of the NEX with a new laptop and the goldfish and crackers AND about 8 bags of candy and glowsticks for the kids. (no comment) Because all kids on airplanes need glowsticks in the dark.... all surrounding passengers LOVE those!
After a smooth check in at the airport, with not even checking baggage weight (thank goodness) we were set. Oh, wait, did I forget to mention the girl who jumped out of the taxi to check in to her flight her her STRING BIKINI?!?! Seriously.
Does it matter she had a great body? No. Who leaves the island on a plane in a freaking bikini? Was it necessary to prance everywhere she went? Nick didn't seem to see the problem in that whole situation. Apparently the events of this morning had effected him greatly and his judgement was severely impaired regarding this matter.
And so, we passed security, made it to the gate, and boarded our plane with no problem. Besides the fact that our seats were not together. We were spread out 1 seat in front, 2 behind that, and then 3 in the next row behind that. So, I'd love to thank all 3 of the individuals who refused to switch seats with McKenzie so that she wouldn't have to sit by herself. Especially the woman who's excuse was that she was traveling with her family across the isle, and she couldn't move because she had all the food. (Trust me, they could have gone without!) Who passes up a seat at the front of the bulkhead????
4:20PM, we take off and arrive in Chicago 8 hours later. Besides a few screaming fits from Addison, and Mommy not being able to find the cancel button in the bathroom as Addison repeatedly pushed the FLIGHT ATTENDANT HELP button when they were in their... to have the flight attendant nearly beat down the door to make sure we were ok...the flight was great. Then it was a 3 1/2 hour layover in Chicago and a quick 90 minute flight to D.C.
And Kim nearly leaving checked bag #12 in the airport because Kim had 11 bag tickets and 11 bags, which added up to her, go figure. Thank goodness Nick's sharp memory and EAGLE EYES caught on as he was loading the van and went back inside to get it.
ONLY THEN, did we load up all 11 checked bags, 6 carry-ons, 3 carseats, 4 kids, 2 strollers, and a Nick and a Kim.... ALL in a minivan. That's right folks. No 15 passenger Jon & Kate economy van for the Turners!!! (Not that it mattered that I REFUSED to rent one) We all fit, did a quick drive by of the huge house we are renting *squeal* and have checked in to our hotel room for two nights.
Tyler bundled up in Virginia.
Tomorrow we get to walk through the house, see some friends and check out the area. Monday we plan to visit McKenzie's school and then fly out that evening to Iowa.
Our hawaii.rr.com email accounts will soon be null and void so please take note of the current email address:
Kim: firstname.lastname@example.org *yes I am aware that we are 6 now. I had this account before Tyler.
Our cell numbers will remain the same. I will update you on our new home address and home phone as it becomes official!
This just goes to show you that Kim does a great job as a wife and mother but even she can be rattled after this endeavour, i would just like to add that this is my first time on this blog and probably my last and that throughout this entire process of moving to Virginia i have dealt with the dumbest people in the world and i have rethought my views on how you just cant fix stupid. This experience has also pushed our relationship to the brink of frustration but so far we have survived. WE WILL SEE HOW THE INLAW VACATION GOES. Signed Kim's loving husband.
Nick flew his last flight on Thursday afternoon. He chose to fly with his first CO, Col. L'Heureux. "Tradition" stands that the pilot gets thrown in the bay after he lands... so they guys arranged for me and the kids to park in the CO's parking spot, and attend the BIG EVENT!
We left McKenzie's volleyball game a little early and made it just in time. We visited with the guys for a few minutes before heading out to the flight line.
Wyatt and Kristina also attended. Here are Wyatt and Addison in their matching strollers sharing some goldfish before Nick lands.
One of the guys let Trevor try on his cranial.
Before we knew it, the helicopter was in sight...
The guys started heading out...
The Uglies swarmed the helicopter...
Surrounding it so there was NO CHANCE to escape!!!!
They even entered the helicopter from the rear, pulled Nick's LPU, infating the neck 'floatie' (for kicks safety reasons of course) Then it was off to the bay!
Nick said a few last words to all the guys that were there. That was hard.
Cpt. Zaro kept the boys busy and found a little black crab on the water's edge.
Ladies, he is great with kids... and AVAILABLE!!!
Alaina and Drew and Andrew also attended. A bunch of us all went out to eat later that evening for THE LAST SUPPER. Check out Alaina's blog for pictures from last evening. It was a great way to spend our last evening on the island... with some of our closest friends!