Reluctant

Sunset June 28
To be honest, I'm a reluctant military wife.  That makes us, to some extent, a reluctant military family.
Sure, Jeff was active duty when I married him (in fact, he had already committed to enlistment when we started dating so many years ago).  And still, I never really thought we'd be a "military family."
In many ways we aren't.   We don't usually live on base.  I don't belong to spouses groups.  We rarely attend parties, galas, and other functions.  We have few military friends.
Don't get me wrong.
I am immensely proud and thankful of Jeff, his career and those of all our Armed Forces.  I'm happy to attend those functions and do the "military wife" thing.
It is just not what I imagined.  Or, ultimately, what we hope for.
I never imagined I would live so far away from my extended family.  Or move so many times.  Always, right when we're starting to get settled.
We dream of a life of chasing chickens, growing veggies and feeding the poor (my man has some plans).  
Yet, this is where we are.
Reluctantly.
We embark on this new stage, another move, more transition and huge adventure.
Italy.
Yet, a piece of me is yearning to stay here in Colorado with my friends, our church, the kids' school, our chickens and so much more.
I must embrace this adventure and opportunity all the while dreaming of a day when we have our forever house (maybe?!), chickens, family nearby, and a way to serve the poor.
For now my attitude must be to embrace la vita bella (the good life) especially when it isn't what you thought it would be.

Reluctant

Sunset June 28

To be honest, I’m a reluctant military wife.  That makes us, to some extent, a reluctant military family.

Sure, Jeff was active duty when I married him (in fact, he had already committed to enlistment when we started dating so many years ago).  And still, I never really thought we’d be a “military family.”

In many ways we aren’t.   We don’t usually live on base.  I don’t belong to spouses groups.  We rarely attend parties, galas, and other functions.  We have few military friends.

Don’t get me wrong.

I am immensely proud and thankful of Jeff, his career and those of all our Armed Forces.  I’m happy to attend those functions and do the “military wife” thing.

It is just not what I imagined.  Or, ultimately, what we hope for.

I never imagined I would live so far away from my extended family.  Or move so many times.  Always, right when we’re starting to get settled.

We dream of a life of chasing chickens, growing veggies and feeding the poor (my man has some plans).  

Yet, this is where we are.

Reluctantly.

We embark on this new stage, another move, more transition and huge adventure.

Italy.

Yet, a piece of me is yearning to stay here in Colorado with my friends, our church, the kids’ school, our chickens and so much more.

I must embrace this adventure and opportunity all the while dreaming of a day when we have our forever house (maybe?!), chickens, family nearby, and a way to serve the poor.

For now my attitude must be to embrace la vita bella (the good life) especially when it isn’t what you thought it would be.

In the Kitchen, Summer Edition

End of summer lunch
Summer has definitely arrived here in Northern Colorado and with that comes higher temps in our non-air conditioned house.  Not only do we naturally want lighter meals, I also try to limit my stove and oven use to help keep the house cool(er).  Burgers, grilled chicken and other common summer meals definitely find their spot on our meal plan but I thought it would be fun to share some of other favorites.
Meals in high rotation this summer include:
:: Ancho Chicken Tacos
:: Red Pesto Ravioli
:: Flank steak w/ McCormick's Montreal Seasoning
:: Tacos with Crockpot Refried Beans and Mexican rice (I plug the crockpot in on the deck!)
:: Weekly pizza night on the grill
We discovered the Sangria from Men's Health this past weekend and it is delicious.  We're also enjoying the Vihno Verde that they recommended.  In fact, I think it has officially become our wine of choice for Summer 2011.
As for the dish in the picture, that is probably Jeff's and my favorite summer dish of all time.  It's Pasta Bella from The Junior League of Seattle's Simply Classic.  It is so delicious however the large amounts of blue cheese and brie take it off the kid friendly list and thus only makes an appearance once or twice a year.
How about you, what are your summer favorites this year?

In the Kitchen, Summer Edition

End of summer lunch

Summer has definitely arrived here in Northern Colorado and with that comes higher temps in our non-air conditioned house.  Not only do we naturally want lighter meals, I also try to limit my stove and oven use to help keep the house cool(er).  Burgers, grilled chicken and other common summer meals definitely find their spot on our meal plan but I thought it would be fun to share some of other favorites.

Meals in high rotation this summer include:

:: Ancho Chicken Tacos

:: Red Pesto Ravioli

:: Flank steak w/ McCormick’s Montreal Seasoning

:: Tacos with Crockpot Refried Beans and Mexican rice (I plug the crockpot in on the deck!)

:: Weekly pizza night on the grill

We discovered the Sangria from Men’s Health this past weekend and it is delicious.  We’re also enjoying the Vihno Verde that they recommended.  In fact, I think it has officially become our wine of choice for Summer 2011.

As for the dish in the picture, that is probably Jeff’s and my favorite summer dish of all time.  It’s Pasta Bella from The Junior League of Seattle’s Simply Classic.  It is so delicious however the large amounts of blue cheese and brie take it off the kid friendly list and thus only makes an appearance once or twice a year.

How about you, what are your summer favorites this year?

Weekending

Leaf on the window

Pulverized Spinach

Lost tooth

Connor and the girls

Sunny days

:: Assessing damages damages and cleaning up after a nasty storm.

:: Celebrating our sweet girl who lost her first tooth. It had been wiggly for quite some time but got a little extra help coming out when one of her brothers sat on her head.

:: Mama getting away for a day of shopping and hanging out with a friend.

:: Hanging out with and being entertained our girls.

:: Laughing, playing and grilling with friends.

:: Packing, planning and gearing up for a very unexpected move. To Italy.

This weekend was one of relaxation and fun for all five of us. Jeff has been working crazy hours and hadn’t had a day off in nearly two weeks so it was much needed.

Today, it feels good to start a new week summer style.

Weekending

Leaf on the window
Pulverized Spinach
Lost tooth
Connor and the girls
Sunny days
:: Assessing damages damages and cleaning up after a nasty storm.
:: Celebrating our sweet girl who lost her first tooth. It had been wiggly for quite some time but got a little extra help coming out when one of her brothers sat on her head.
:: Mama getting away for a day of shopping and hanging out with a friend.
:: Hanging out with and being entertained our girls.
:: Laughing, playing and grilling with friends.
:: Packing, planning and gearing up for a very unexpected move. To Italy.
This weekend was one of relaxation and fun for all five of us. Jeff has been working crazy hours and hadn't had a day off in nearly two weeks so it was much needed.
Today, it feels good to start a new week summer style.