Thursday, May 18, 2017

Some recent art

A business logo. I did about 3 of these for this company.

Just finished this today, I'm really happy with it.

Geo fox

I love Disney villains 

I love Kansas City

Buckbeak!

Did I mention that I love the Chiefs?



I have a lot more that I could post, but this is just what I chose.  Enjoy it!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Successful weekend

Ben had a wonderful trip in Norway, and we had an excellent weekend here in Germany.  


Saturday: YARDSALE.

Ok, not that exciting, especially because we didn't sell very much. Everyone wants to do it online now, so I guess that's just what I'll do.  I did have a blast playing miniature corn hole/bocci ball with friends, ended the day with a sushi dinner (and Delilah trying to steal my rolls after finishing her own!).  Got home and read Delilah to sleep-The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  

Sunday: Day started out rough. 

Lots of not listening/repeating all morning, and I started to feel really sorry for myself (IT'S MOTHER'S DAY), and then I decided to put on a better attitude and we made the day excellent.  Headed out to Potzberg and had an amazing time. Delilah got to be part of the bird show, and an American Bald Eagle landed RIGHT NEXT TO ME.  Got to see a baby goat that had JUST been born.  
On the way home, we spotted the Eis man and grabbed ice cream cones for the car ride home.  Made shrimp and rice, YUM.
While relaxing before bed, Delilah got to feel her baby brother kicking around!  First time...on Mother's Day! 
I'm so glad I made that conscious decision to change my attitude.  

Monday (today): Normal day

The sun is shining here in Germany, and it's just a beautiful day.  I got all my errands done while Delilah was in school, and chores done once we got home.  Took a nice walk/bike ride on a local path with her and Rilo and just soaked up that vitamin D and happiness.  
We pick Ben up from the train station TONIGHT!

Everyone have an excellent Monday. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Friday!


Spent today like any other normal Friday.  Delilah had school and I ran errands.  Went to a Black Forest Clock store to look for a cuckoo clock for a friend's grandma.  Found one, I'll pick it up next week.  Sold some bows that I made, normal stuff.  Picked Delilah up from school and was surprised with the BEST Mother's Day card and some lavender bath salts.  So wonderful!  I love the stuff she makes at school. 

Went home and had lunch.  Spent the afternoon painting (I have 4 orders to complete) and she had a paint by number.  It's a little advanced, but she's doing a great job.  We've decided that Once Upon A Time is "our show", so we are starting from the beginning.  She just thought that was the coolest.  

Grabbed dinner at McDonald's (gasp!) and had a picnic in the living room and played Go Fish while we ate.  Showered and jammies on, time to watch a movie.  Read her to sleep with The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  

All in all, a really fantastic day.  I also got to see one of the twins do a roll!  They take turns being active, baby boy twin is more active at night and baby girl is more active in afternoon/evening.  

Ben is having the BEST time in Norway.  He's already picked us up some creepy trolls and took a boat ride on the fjord today!  I'm so thankful that he is getting to do this trip.  

I've got muffins ready for breakfast in the morning, we are having a garage sale at a friend's house on base.  Whatever I don't sell is getting donated.  I am not moving across the ocean with stuff I don't want or need.  Hopefully I can sell most of the stuff though, that'd be really nice and helpful.  

I'm trying to figure out what to do on Mother's Day with Delilah right now. I'd love to take her to see Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, because she loved the first, but I'm not sure since I haven't seen it yet.  
Last night before bed, I went through some of my old messages from people that I no longer associate with, and I felt really vindicated.  Looking back, it's easy to see things one way, but maybe that's just because of how things ended...but seeing messages and what not, it was very clear how much of a ruse was going on and just how far it went back.  It was interesting, to say the least. 


Anyway, I am going to finish this episode of Fargo and probably fall straight asleep.  I'm exhausted!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Early Mother's Day surprise!

Ben and Delilah decided to surprise me with an early Mother’s Day gift (since he’ll be in Norway on actual Mother’s Day).  They kept it a big secret (Delilah is so good at secret keeping), and I still had no idea what was going on up until the last minute!  

We left the house and did our errands, picked up pizza and drove to a friend’s house.  Now, at this point I’m thinking that maybe he’s gotten a babysitter and all the kids are hanging out while we go out…and before I thought we (the 3 of us) were going to go see a movie together…but then we walk in the house and he says, “Ok, now you and Krissy go enjoy lunch at Ayame and get a pedicure after.  Kids are here with us.  Love you!”  It was honestly such a sweet surprise to get away and just do something for ME, which I rarely do, and I know that he’s so appreciative at all the work I’ve put in with the move, finding a car, finding a house, etc…on top of just normal day to day stuff. It’s just nice to be appreciated.  I’m going to have to figure out something really special for him on Father’s Day, even though we will be apart. 

So after over 4 years, I had a pedicure. My feet look great. I have mermaid toes.  

Now it’s just Delilah and I for a few days, and it brings me back to the year apart in Korea and the 2 months apart during his training in 2014, and it’s strange but familiar.  

Having a garage sale this weekend, and anything we don’t sell is getting donated.  I’m not bringing more stuff to another house that I don’t want.  No more junk.  No more unnecessary stuff.  I want what we need/want in the new house.  

Now I’m currently almost falling asleep as I type this, so I need to go do my bedtime routine, stretch, and read until I fall asleep.  Hope everyone had an excellent week and wakes up to a beautiful Friday!!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

First set of movers come TOMORROW!

I have been over it and over it in my mind, and I feel pretty prepared.  I still have that nagging thought that I'm forgetting something...but I will still have room in my own personal baggage as well as in our large shipment, so it's not like something will be left behind.  Still, it's that first "goodbye" to things, and it's nervewracking!

Had the baby shower this weekend, and it was very fun!   Star Wars themed!  


Thankful for the people who came and the hard work that was put into it!

We had a rest day on Sunday.  Allergies have been kicking our butts (except Ben, he's been lucky).  I'm so tired of coughing!  Delilah has been puny too. 

I'm off...I'm going to go through the list of mover stuff in my head again. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A few thoughts on this Saturday morning:

* Germany has been flip flopping weather like CRAZY, and that's resulted in both Delilah and I having TERRIBLE allergies.  Seriously, we are both just feeling so gross.  I can't wait for this to subside and for us to feel back to normal.  Ben manages to escape each year, and I'm glad but I also envy him for it!

* Ben's birthday yesterday, and I'd call it a total success.  Woke up and gave him his gifts (Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps album, Fleetwood Mac: Rumors album, and a great pair of running shorts).  Went to Delilah's spring program where she looked like a little angel, and then had a great dinner with great people at our favorite beer garden.  Back to our place for some craft beers and more friends.  Excellent night, and he deserves it.  Now he's out at the flea market finding treasures for us. 

*Healthcare bill: if you support it, I have to assume that either you haven't read it, or you just hate women/children/the poor/the elderly/people with special needs/victims.  

* I have a baby shower today, thrown by some incredibly sweet ladies.  I'm excited, and thankful that I have people take time/energy out for me and my little family.  


I hope everyone is having a successful weekend. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Moving to America is exciting and stressful!

I think the title pretty much sums up how I'm feeling.  Next week, our first shipment of goods will be packed up and leave our home here to get to America.  Most of what I'm sending is baby things, some of Delilah's toys, and some necessities we'll need right away.  Since we are staying with my mom for a good portion of it, we won't need a whole lot, so that's nice. 

We have our companies set up to pick/pack up our goods, and I'm just hoping and praying that we make it through without any damages.  We have acquired some irreplaceable things along our travels throughout Europe, and I would be devastated if something broke.  

Ben's birthday is this Friday.  His presents have already arrived, and Delilah and I have a very specific cake in mind to make him.  We are going out to dinner with friends that night as well.  Very low key and personable.  The next day is the baby shower that some girls are throwing for me out here, which is just totally sweet.  

Getting the car checked out today to make sure the balance is right on it.  I want no problems on our drive to Paris at the end of the month.  Speaking of that, I ordered Delilah her Aurora mouse ears.  She still has no idea we are doing Disneyland Paris, and I don't plan on telling her until we are parked and walking up to the entrance.  I'm so excited!!!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Military Family Event I didn't want to punch parents at...

So, usually when the military puts on events for families and kids, it turns into kind of a shit show.  There's a certain...air...about military families in which they don't always discipline/control/help their kids learn how to behave at events.  I'm not talking about kids being kids and being excited...but kids hitting/disrupting/destroying things/etc...and the parents doing nothing.  If it isn't that, the parents are trying to rush into the event to make sure their kid gets the most of whatever is going on (hello, dumb Easter egg hunts) and runs/pushes kids over.  

So usually I say, "HARD PASS"


This time, Delilah heard an advertisement on the radio for a USO sponsored kindervolksmarch.  Lots of vendors, a 2 mile hike with the vendors along the way, and a lunch/prizes at the end.  She convinced me that this was definitely something that we needed to do, so while Ben did his long run (training for his 60K this summer), we went and did that.  It was surprisingly fun.  The weather was a bit chilly, so there weren't a TON of people out and everyone was pretty well behaved and polite.  It was nice and refreshing.  

Really appreciate the USO for putting that together for all of us!


Friday, April 21, 2017

ALL IS GREAT!

Appointment for the babies went wonderfully.  I have the best sonographer, and I'm so thankful for that. 

All of my worries for their health were melted away when I got to see their healthy bodies..and we found out the genders!

One little girl!

One little boy!

Life is grand, and I'm just so thankful for it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TOMORROW!

I am both excited AND nervous about tomorrow.  

Tomorrow, I have my 20 week (really 19 week) appt for the twins' ultrasound.  I'm excited because we have a chance to learn the genders, but I'm nervous too because twins!  I've just been praying every night, and I'm thankful that the appointment is tomorrow and I don't have another few days to wait to see them again.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Weekend

On Tuesday, Delilah and I drove out to another village to pick up a stroller (for free!), and stopped at a Netto grocery store on the way home.  I wanted to grab some chocolate bars to send in a box to friends and I needed trash bags.  

Next day, Delilah was feeling a little under the weather, so we stayed home from school and I had her rest on the couch.  

Next day, she was feeling fine, so we ran some errands.  Ended up at the gas station and...I didn't have my debit card!  I had to call Ben to meet me so I could pay and leave.  Checked the bank statement, nothing since the couple days before at Netto.  Searched my car, purse, wallet, at home in pockets, laundry...I was so annoyed.  

Friday was a German holiday, so I didn't get to drive to Netto to see if I left it there, so I had to wait until today.  Delilah had some digestive issues last night/this morning, but no fever.  Made the drive toward Netto, and right before we got there, she woke up from her car nap and promptly threw up (mostly water) on the floor.  Luckily, I have a Honda Element, so there's no carpeting and it's easily cleaned.  Got to the store, she said she felt "way better".  Walked in and they had my card!  The cashier had forgotten to give it to me!

Drove straight back home and put her in jammies and made a "comfy spot" on the couch with some toast, water, and Swan Princess.  She rested all day in hopes of feeling better for Easter festivities tomorrow.  

I have high hopes she'll feel better.


I scrapped making Easter sugar cookies (because it's no fun to make and decorate without my little helper), but I did get the Reese's PB cheesecake done.  I'm making monkey bread in the morning while Delilah dyes eggs...then off to festivities if she feels better.  If not, no biggie.

Hope everyone is having an excellent weekend!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Taking it easy

I was reminded to take it easy on Sunday.  

While at a wonderful picnic/friend gathering at the zip line field by my house, I needed to leave and get to the ER.  4 hours and many tests later, I was told that I have placenta previa.  It's not life threatening and it's not painful, but it does limit some things I can do AND could mean a possible c-section for delivery (if the placenta doesn't shift back up).  I'm OK, babies are OK, Ben and Delilah are OK.  Just need to keep praying that it shifts so there aren't any complications. 

Other than that, we had a really great weekend.  
Dinner with friends on Friday.
Pool party for Delilah's friend Saturday morning.
Friends from the other base in Germany came Saturday night for dinner at Ayame (YUM).
Picnic/frisbee/zip line with friends Sunday. 

It was a great time, and I need to be better about taking more pictures. 

I hope you all have had a great week so far.  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Made the official social media announcement yesterday.


We are officially 4 months along with TWINS!  

Completely and totally thrilled (and scared) to add TWO new baby Wards to the world.  

Found out right after NYE, kept it very quiet (just Ben) for awhile.  After a scare at 7 weeks, I was even more tight lipped, and I believe the only people that knew were us, my mom, and a couple close friends who noticed I wasn't enjoying the occasional IPA at gatherings.  After several more ultrasounds and 12 week check up, we began to tell more family and friends.  We were holding out making an announcement in hopes that we could tell a couple close friends in person.  Our schedules wouldn't allow it, so we told them, then made it public.  

We've gotten so much love and support, and we are SO thankful for that.  We are also moving back to America this year, and are stationed close to my mom!  So incredibly thankful for that, she is already ready to be a big help, so excited to get us back to America.  

So for now, we are making preparations to move and getting the house in order.  All of our flight information (at least for Delilah and I) is prepared and reserved.  Ben is sending us back early to find a doctor, a car, and get our household goods sent out earlier.  Our first shipment of things leave at the beginning of MAY!  Going to get crackin' on organizing after I finish some custom watercolors that have been requested by someone in the local area.  

Everyone have an excellent day. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Getting this dang old thing started back up

Life has gotten in the way of writing.
Last year was a whirlwind, and it taught me a lot about family, friendships, and what is important in life.  I learned who I can rely on, who I can't, and why it's important to always take a step back and evaluate situations/people.  

Updates: 

My family is really dope, and about to be even doper.

I have traveled to some amazing places.

I have eaten some great food.

I was in a theater production of Mary Poppins and it was amazing.

Through theater, I have met some of the most interesting and delightful friends.

I have learned a lot about friendship.


Delilah is on spring break this week, so I'm planning on having us take a couple outings to the local animal places this week.  I love going, she loves going.

We also have been getting our house/plans in order for our return to America this year.  I'm thrilled to say that we will be returning to Missouri after not living there since 2008!  We will only be about 40 minutes drive from my mom, and that just makes me so happy.  Delilah cannot WAIT to get there.  Ben is sending us (along with the pets) back at the beginning of June so we can get a car, get established and comfortable, and begin looking for a house.  That's right, we are going to BUY!  He will join us in July when his duty in Germany is complete.  It's only a month until our first shipment of goods gets picked up and taken to America, so time is quickly running out for us to get organized for that!  Today, we made some strides and pulled things from the attic to donate/organize for the movers to pack.  The guest room is slowly transforming into the "moving room", which is fine.

Tomorrow brings errands to the on base store, German grocery, the post office, and possibly to the flower fields to pick some beautiful blooms to have at our home.
Seems like the perfect way to spend a Monday.

Hope you all had an excellent weekend!