hooah (hoo ah) adj., adv., n., v., conj., interj., excla. (Orig. unknown) Slang. H-U-A (heard understood acknowledged)

1. Referring to or meaning anything and everything except "no". 2. What to say when at a loss for words. 3.a. Good copy. b. Roger. c. Solid copy. d. Good. e. Great. f. Message received. g. Understood. h. Acknowledged. 4.a. Glad to meet you. b. Welcome. 5. "All right!" 6.a. I don't know the answer, but I'll check on it. b. I haven't the foggiest idea. 7. I am not listening. 8. "That is enough of your drivel; sit down!" 9. Yes. 10. "You've got to be kidding me!" 11. Thank you. 12. Go to the next slide. 13. You've taken the correct action. 14. I don't know what that means, but I'm too embarassed to ask for clarification. 15. Squared away (He's pretty hooah.) 16. Amen!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

357 Oh the Irony

This evening, we cuddled up and drank hot chocolate by the fire.
Sort of.
Thanks to Netflix, we got to watch the crackling yule log for the fire ambiance.
The funny thing is, we actually have a fireplace.
But unfortunately, the only place we could put our tv was right in front of it.

Friday, December 21, 2012

356 Zoo Lights

Tonight we met up with a family from AZ for dinner, and a night at the zoo. The LT went to high school with them, and I knew the husband as well, because we had mutual friends way back in the day. They live a little over an hour from us now so we were excited to meet up with them!
The kids all hit it off well and had a blast running around and checking out the animals.
We are looking forward to spending time with them again!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

355 Is it Wrong to Have a Favorite!?

We got what I think is my favorite Christmas card ever today. 
Now, we get a lot cards from dear family and friends whom we love. They are all fabulous and special to me. (Seriously, I LOVE Christmas cards.)
But I love this one because I took the picture. (I love this family too!) Actually, I was beyond thrilled to receive several cards this year with photos I took on them. It was a very special feeling.
But as a wannabe graphic designer/photographer, I love how this one came together. The photo, the font, the paper even. I reminded me of some vintage-y cool magazine. If only this photo did it justice.
I was really proud to be involved in it!

But I really love everyone's cards...just so you know.
Please keep sending them to me. :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

354 Bedtime

Bedtime is something I sincerely look forward to these days. It means that I can actually lie down and stop moving for a few hours!! Tonight I was able to curl up with Bean while she read me a Christmas book. I love these moments and can't wait until this house is unpacked so we can focus more on them!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

353 Chilly Night

After a long day of unpacking and rearranging, the LT convinced me to leave the house. We drove out to an outdoor shopping area and walked around for a little bit. It was pretty cold, but we enjoyed the lights and new stores.
On a side note, this photo was taken with my phone and no matter what I did, it always made the lights look like this!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

352 Tree is Up!

We finally got a Christmas tree up today!!
We were nervous about putting up our tree because it is pretty wide and our apartment is pretty tiny. We discussed buying a thinner one, but I really didn't want to spend a ton knowing that after Christmas, they would probably be dirt cheap.
We decided to check them out at Target anyway. Much to our surprise we found this little guy. It was only about sis inches shorter than the tree we had wanted, but was $100 less!! 
We had to buy lights for it, but with the tree being 30% off, we paid a whopping $18 for it!! We didn't feel so bad about having to buy the lights.
We had a great time decorating this evening, and are so excited that it is feeling more like Christmas now!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

351 Getting Caught Up

Tonight, I got our Christmas cards addressed and stuffed.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

350 Wrong Christmas Party Altogether...

There is a family here that we knew in our last ward and they invited us to their ward's Christmas party. We looked online to find out which ward we would be attending and were excited to see it was the same one!
Tonight we enjoyed a lovely program and met some really nice people.
Towards the end, a man asked us where exactly we live. When we told him, he said that we are actually in a different ward. Apparently, we live on the border of the two wards. Google maps thinks our apartment is on the other side of the road, so that is why we thought we were in the other ward.
So tomorrow we will attend church with the other ward and have to meet people all over again!
At least we had a fun night!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

349 More Exploring

After another long day of unpacking, we decided to take a break and check out Columbia.
First, we drove down to the temple.
We are so excited to have one close to us here!
After that we drove to downtown Columbia and checked out an area called the Congaree Vista. It sits near the Congaree river. 
It was a beautiful downtown strip, all lit up for Christmas.
So far, we really like Columbia!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

348 Exploring

We drove down to post today to check things out.
One of the first things we saw after going through the gate was the Finance museum.
We were all pretty shocked that it existed!!
I made the LT turn around so we could check it out.
It was pretty much what we expected... tiny, and a little boring.
It was still cool for the LT to see that his branch has some recognition!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

347 Stuff

Our "stuff" was delivered today. 
It was a hectic day of dodging boxes and determining how to fit our things into a smaller place.
These green tags are the ones I pulled off the furniture as it came in. I am sure I missed a bunch, but I learned my lesson from the last move.
If you don't take them off right away, you forget about them. And then the glue gets gross and they never come off!
Now for the hard part...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

346 Heading out!

This morning, the girls and I quickly loaded up my car and set off for Columbia, SC. The LT stayed back to finish with the movers. 
We had planned on living on post, and have been on a waiting list for a few months. We were told last week that we would have a house. The next day we called and were told that there wouldn't be anything for a while.
So over the weekend, we found an apartment.
Not ideal, but it'll do for the short time we are here.
Life in the Army means being flexible, and we are certainly doing that!

Monday, December 10, 2012

345 Packed Up

The moving company came today and boy were they fast packers!!!
They had told us over the phone that they would need Monday and Tuesday to pack, then they would load the truck Wednesday. We planned on leaving for SC Thursday.
They were so fast, they will load the truck tomorrow and deliver on Wednesday. 
The girls and I will head out tomorrow for our new home!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

344 Thanks Georgia,

but it's time for us to "leave".
Today was our last Sunday in the Flat Rock Ward. It has been a lot of hard work, but we have loved our time here. The girls and I all had new dresses on so I wanted to take a family photo. I was looking for a place and the LT suggested lots of leaves in the background because we are so ready to "leave" Georgia.
I sure wish he would've thought of that two weeks ago when I was trying to come up with a cute Christmas card theme!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

343 Beautiful Girl!

I took family photos for a fabulously talented photographer friend back in July, and we agreed on a services swap. I just had to get the girls in to her studio. I had been trying and things kept falling through. Finally today we were able to stop in. She has such a great space! I was absolutely jealous! 
I can't wait to see how they turn out!!! 
I had to sneak though, and take a quick one of the DQ with my camera.

Friday, December 7, 2012

342 White Christmas

I don't think I ever want a white Christmas. I'm much happier in shorts. I am sad to not be able to decorate for Christmas right now, hopefully I can get some decorations up once we move.
I wanted some sort of Christmas cheer though, so the girls and I whipped some of these little jars up today. I saw the idea on pinterest. They were really fun and easy to make!
And, they may be the only Christmas trees we have this year!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

341 Looking Good!

We finally made it to the doctor for the DQ's six month post-op x-ray. The doc said her back looks great! We were pretty sure that is what we would hear, but it is fabulous to get confirmation of that.
What a blessing!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

340 So Glad This Wasn't Me

This is where the LT spent pretty much all of his day. As part of is his out-processing, he had to take a class online to learn basic communication in Pashto, a language spoken in Afghanistan.
He can now say things like, "This is a grenade," "That is not potable water," and "Do you speak English?" if he is ever sent to "The 'Stan" as he calls it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

339 Honored

Today the LT was given the Army Achievement Award for his efforts as an aide to Major General Commander H.R. McMaster and as Congressional Liaison of Fort Benning. General McMaster himself presented the award along with his coin. 
It was a really neat experience and the LT was honored to know that he had made good use of his time while awaiting his next assignment in the Army.
I am so proud of him and his hard work!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

338 Leaves!!

I really don't like leaves. I think I may have mentioned that before...
Anyway, this is what we came home to. The entire neighborhood was blanketed in leaves. It is really quite a sight!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

337 Goodbye Sky Harbor

(sorry LT, not the best photo)
Today we made the long haul back to Ft Benning. We will be there about a week and a half and then we are on to bigger and better things! 
I just want to fast forward through the next two weeks though... anyone know how to do that?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

336 Grandma's House

Last day in AZ!
We are certainly not happy to be leaving, but we are excited to go home and prepare for our new adventure...moving to South Carolina!
We spent the day with my mom, and had dinner with her and the LT's mom and step-dad. 
This picture in at my mom's house. There are a ton of pictures of my sister and I in front of this fireplace. You can even see some hanging up on the walls too! The girls had their toys out all over the place, and Zena photobombed it, but this is my home and there are so many happy memories there. I am glad to have a picture of my girls here too!!