Monday, September 08, 2014

Greetings from Texas!

It has been five months since I last blogged. I thought about giving up on it, but I really wanted to keep track of our adventures! Thankfully Blogger will let us change the dates of our posts, so eventually Blanchard Adventures will be up to speed.

Last spring Eric submitted a Warrant Officer packet, and he was accepted into the program last July. He left for WOCS in March, WOBC in May, and we PCS'd to Fort Hood, Texas a couple of weeks ago. He will be starting his new job next week and is looking forward to getting back to work.

I am thankful to have Eric home for a while! It was a hard few months without him, and it's finally starting to feel like we are getting settled. I miss our Colorado friends/life a ton! I have made a couple of sweet friends in our neighborhood, and I am thankful to them for helping with the transition. Now that I will only have one kid at home, I am looking forward to volunteering, and I have even started thinking about returning to work.

Elliette just started first grade. I love the school. It is 1/2 a mile from our house, and it is tiny compared to her last school! Elliette loves her teacher and is happy with the new friends she has made, but she is also struggling with the move from Colorado.

Cadence started kindergarten, and she also has a great teacher! I love the class sizes in Texas. They are definitely much smaller than Colorado. Elliette had 27 kids in her kindergarten class; Cadence has 17. Cadence seems to like school so far, but the days are long for her. She has made friends as well, but she has also been acting out quite a bit and missing her old friends.

Grayson doesn't seem to miss Colorado at all! He is a rock star two year old who makes us smile everyday. I am looking forward to exploring the Killeen area with him once Eric starts back to work.

It will take some time to catch the blog up, but for now here is a recent Blanchard picture!


Thursday, May 01, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Peanut

We said goodbye to Peanut on May 1. He was 14 years old, and he had been pretty sick for a couple of years. I got Peanut from the Humane Society of Austin when I was still in college, so we pretty much grew up together. He was a great dog and companion, and he loved us so much! We are glad he isn't suffering anymore, but we are really going to miss him.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Grayson's Hair Cut

Eric's first task when he got home from WOCS was to get his shaggy boy's hair cut!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Imagination Celebration

The military life is really hard on kids! I know it makes them stronger/resilient/blah blah blah, but it still stinks! Elliette still misses her friends who moved away over a year ago!

We attended the Imagination Celebration at the CDC on Buckley. The kids had fun creating and playing!

They especially loved the fire truck and firefighters. 

The best part of the day happened early in the evening, when Daddy arrived to surprise us!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Fun

We sure missed Eric this Easter! Here are some pictures of our celebrations. The kids decorated our driveway with chalk pictures to Daddy.

We had a fun egg hunt with MOMS Club of Aurora.

We had breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Buckley Air Force Base...

... and we followed it with lunch and another egg hunt with the 743rd MI BN!

The kids and I attended church at Colorado Community Church.

The Easter Bunny visited! The kids left all of their candy for him, and he exchanged it for a fun treasure hunt around the house and some treats!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nanny's April Visit

Here are some pictures for Nanny's April visit to Buckley.

Something amazing happened during Nanny's visit. Nanny went for a walk, and while she was gone, the Easter Bunny (the REAL one) stopped by for a visit! The kids were so excited! The Easter Bunny brought them early Easter treats and even took some pictures with the neighbors. The girls were so sad that Nanny missed the whole thing!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Month of the Military Child Kickoff


We headed to Cadence's school to attend a kick-off for the Month of the Military Child. It was awesome They had some great speakers, the school age kiddos sang the National Anthem, the preschoolers sang You're a Grand Old Flag, we paraded around the street, and we finished up with cupcakes in Cadence's classroom.

This is a great post shared by a friend. http://blogheavenstobetsy.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/lessons-for-my-military-children
My favorite quote talks about families: "Our family tree is more like a family vine... we have become so entangled with other branches that we can no longer tell where our family ends and theirs begins."