Welcome home, Eric!

Eric returned from AT earlier than we thought he would, so when we saw his Jeep pull in the drive way, Indy starts to spaz, and I pull out the camera. Needless to say, we're both glad to have him back!


be all that you can be

Its that time of year again. Tomorrow morning, before the roosters wake up, Eric will be leaving for his two week annual training with the Army. You would think that after having been separated for a year that two weeks would be a breeze, but it honestly doesn't get any easier. I've known for a while now that these two weeks would be coming up soon, but as I wished him a good night tonight, it was a lot harder than I expected. It then takes me to the moment when we did have to say our goodbyes before he deployed, and I can't help but think about all the soldiers who are currently overseas and their families.

I vividly remember the feelings of sitting in a football stadium full of families of soldiers getting ready to deploy, and sharing with them the feeling of being proud of our soldiers for their commitment and bravery, but also feeling equally scared, sad, and anxious. I wish I was better about remembering this feeling on a daily basis because everyday there is someone feeling what I felt at that time and what I would really like to do is offer them the comfort they seek and the appreciation they deserve.

Tonight, I ask two favors of you. First, I personally ask you each to take some time out of your day to thank a soldier. They sacrifice so much to protect the beauty that is America. Secondly, I ask that before you go to bed tonight, to please say a prayer for the safe return of our troops. 

On a lighter note, I have a bonus favor to ask. Please call me frequently in the next two weeks to keep me company and to make sure I'm not eating myself out of my misery. =)


you'll look sweet, upon the seat...

...of a bicycle built for one! (not two, only because I haven't yet tricked Eric into getting us a tandem bicycle).

Well, the cheesy throwback of a childhood song is the introduction to my newest addiction. Last Saturday, Eric and I went out and he bought me a bicycle. While we were driving it home from Dick's Sporting Goods, I shared stories with him of how my dad used to take my sisters and I out to the park to ride our bikes as he read a newspaper. Bao and I would be crammed into the back seat of the Chevrolet Cavalier along with 2 bicycles (mine and Chi Hai's, since Bao's was so little it fit in the trunk!) I remembered feeling the excitement of going out to the park with my family and the reminiscing of these memories built up present day excitement.

Eric and I took bikes out for a spin. Eric had intentions of just showing me how to get on the bike trail by our house, but adrenaline kicked in and we ended up riding from our house to Mt. Vernon. The total round trip ended up being approximately 16 miles but I was having too much fun to notice. That is until an hour after I got home, and the soreness in my bum started coming through...

I took the bike out today by myself and the fun factor was no less than day one. I can't believe how much I am enjoying something as simple as a bicycle. I also love that its something athletic that I can do with Eric (since he pretty much kicks my butt at all things sporty). Hopefully this bike will get to see a lot of the DC metro area and be the source a lot of blog posts.


gentlemen... start your engines!

Eric's 29th birthday was no different than any other of his birthdays that we've celebrated together. We spent Thursday on the road to Indiana to be with family and friends and thousands of our other closest loved ones attending the Indy 500. This was one of my favorite trips to Indiana. Andrea and Zack were back, the Dunns were in town and it was just a really pleasant visit. Most of my time was spent with the wives while we were on duty to pick up our inebriated husbands. haha I had a really great time and I'm sure Eric had yet another awesome birthday. 

This is how we found the boys after carb day:

The Dunns (with baby on the way!)

The Pfeiffers: Sorry Gina, the photo looked good on my tiny camera screen!

The Oberlys

A special thanks to the men and women in the armed forces for your service to this wonderful country. Thank you for keeping America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Happy Memorial day!