Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stopping by to say hello...

I know I don't update this thing nearly as often as I should but I think when Nick gets back I will get more into it. It's hard to update the Stephens Family Blog when an intricate part of our family is not around at the moment. But he will be home soon and everything will go back to normal. When Nick is deployed I feel like I'm in a waiting room for 7 months. Sure Haley and I do things together to pass the time, but I don't feel like I'm really living while he's away. This deployment wasn't what I expected at all though. I had imagined traveling a lot with Haley, I wanted to go some place new almost every month. But with the pregnancy I found myself too tired and too irritable to travel, plus for some reason I don't like leaving the base, let alone the city. We traveled to San Antonio in mid June, then returned here in early August. Earlier this month we visited San Luis Obispo, and in late October we're having a girls weekend in Big Bear at a little cottage. Well, actually it's a big cottage that's too big for just the two of us. It sleeps 6 and I thought about inviting some friends to come up there but I don't have any friends with kids Haleys age so I decided against it. We're going to enjoy shopping, eating, and visiting Oktoberfest. I love Big Bear, especially in the fall so I am really excited about this.

Also, we found out that our baby is a girl! We were so excited. I really thought it was going to be a boy for some reason. I mean, there was no doubt in my mind. In fact I had started purchasing boy things I was so sure. When the tech told me she was a girl I was in shock, so absolutely thrilled because I really wanted another girl.

Well, thats about all the news I have for now. Here are some photos I took over the summer: