Sunday, May 24, 2009

and away we go..

First off let me apologize for not updating sooner. The last few weeks have been so busy. I am happy to say that Dustin made it home safe and sound on the 12th. It is so great to have him home! As soon as he got home we insisted on leaving for Bama ASAP. We packed up and left for our planned but surprise trip(for everyone else). First on our stop was at Lake Guntersville to partake in the annual Aldeer fishing tournament. For the record..NO fishing was done at all! We enjoyed catching up with all of Dustin hunting buddies and $1000 was raised for Toys for Tots. For those of you that don't know about Aldeer it is a hunting forum that Dustin has been a member of for years. We have made wonderful friends on the forum and enjoy getting together with them when we are back in Bama, Every year they fundraise through December and then right before Christmas they always present a check to the Birmingham area Marines Toys for Tots. Since 2003 they have contributed over $50,000 to the wonderful cause that makes christmas possible to so many less fortunate children.
When we finally made it to Anniston we stayed with our Aunt Debra and Uncle Sammy. They were the only ones on his side that knew we were coming. We got up on Sunday morning and had a wonderful breakfast and visit with my Dad and Susie. That afternoon we went to Aunt Jerrie's for the much anticipated surprise! Thanks to Debra she arranged everything and we were able to successfully surprise 2 aunts and our nieces and 1 nephew. They were all stunned! We had an amazing southern home cooked meal and a lovely family visit.
That Monday we arranged to have lunch with Dustin's sister, Wendi, her children and Dustin's Dad(who had no clue we were in town!) We ate at Mata's which is a great pizza place and a must eat whenever we visit. We were able to surprise Tommy and then Jackie(Tommy's wife) when she joined us later.
After lunch we left for MS to visit my grandmother Vernon. Dustin had never been to visit her so it was a must stop on our way to the beach. We had great home cooking and a wonderful but quick visit. When we headed out we did NOT leave empty handed. Helen gave us boiled peanuts, fresh veggies and some yummy things she froze for us so we would not have to cook as much while at the beach.
My best friend from Mobile, Kc was gracious enough to let us use her condo in Destin, FL for a few weeks. Yep, that's right! We are at the beach and have been since the 19th. Unfortunately, the weather has not been so great. It has been rainy, overcast and very windy so we have seen NO beach time at all! We have shopped a little but mainly we have just stayed in and enjoyed not having to be anywhere. We did get bored one day and decided to get new computers that we had been discussing for sometime now. Both of ours were on their last legs so we went out and got new Mac laptops. We are new to Macs but it has kept us busy learning what all they can do. I have to say that we can't believe we didn't do it sooner! We are really enjoying them and can't wait to learn more about them!
Well, again I apologize for not updating in so long AND for such a long post. I hope everyone is well! We hope to be at the beach for another week and then head to Bama for a few days before we make our trip back to Fargo and back to the the real world.

Friday, May 1, 2009

4 years..

Happy Anniversary to us! ( I am up way too late so officially it is our Anniversary) Dustin and I have been married 4 years today! I am sad we will not be able to spend the day together but I am so blessed and lucky to be married to him and have such a wonderful husband!
Today is also the day that Dustin's Aunt Jerrie and Uncle Orval are having their 50th Anniversary party. The family got together and decided to throw them a party. We hate we will not be able to be there but I know everyone will have a great time.
The weather here has been pretty cold and windy this week. It has also rained a little but this week too. As usual, we are still playing the waiting game with Dustin's return home. I hope his replacement will be able to leave soon so Dustin and hurry up and get home! I hope it starts to warm up before he gets home.
This week has been so crazy busy. Honestly, I can't really tell you much of what I did but I know I was busy and on the go all week. I was invited to go and see the off Broadway production of Footloose on Wed. It was a good show. I am glad I was able to go.
I will try and write more this weekend but for now I will leave you with some wedding pics..