Friday, March 09, 2007

Party Time!

(I'm sticking this post at the top until party week is over... scroll down for new posts!)




It's a week of partying as I jump in and join the Ultimate Blog Party hosted by the gals at 5 minutes for Mom. Susan and Janice have invited everyone to stop by and get to know each other, and you're invited too... So grab a diet Mountain Dew and mingle with the others! Directions for how to join the party can be found by clicking the links or the graphic in my sidebar (doesn't it look like that graphic was just made for my place?? It goes so well!)

If this is your first visit here, I'll give you the quick 411 on me. I'm Karen.... mom to 4 kids and wife to a very busy US Air Force nurse anesthetist. We're on the last leg of his military career, stationed in northern CA for the next 3 years (we've been here almost 2 already). This has been our toughest move yet, as we are midwesterners; culture shock hit us smack dab in the face and I'm still working to clean it off! We are also homeschoolers; my 3 youngest are at home with me, while my oldest began her freshman year at a local Christian school this year. When I'm not being Mom or teacher, I like to spend my time reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, watching movies/TV, or hanging out with cool people like you online. Thanks for stopping in!!

36 comments:

Judi said...

I stopped in from The Blog Party. I like your blog! I especially like your quote on the sidebar. So true!

Tirzah said...

I like the name of your blog. A dog is definitely a part of the family...and can be harder than a kid, at least when they are young. What a fun party!

Tracey said...

Hello from the party! Love the quote on the sidebar. Too true...

blackpurl said...

just stopping by for the party! thanks for the invitation!

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Well, Hello, and so nice to meet you! Another mid-westerner here; I think today is a day that you can be happy to be out of the winter snow storm that just came through--20 inches of snow, Interstate 35 closed down from Albert Lea, Minnesota to Ames, Iowa! So this a.m., I am sitting comfortably in my p.j.'s and robe, with laptop in tow, just doing a little party-hopping! Consider yourself cordially invited to hop on over to my party when you get the chance.

Diane

JennaG said...

Thanks for stopping by my party--we are Air Force as well. I have a very good friend who is finishing up his nurse anestithist training. He is so ready to be finished. We homeschool too--this is our last year, though, after ten years. I just felt like it was time for a break and something different. I enjoyed visiting your blog. Have fun at the party!

JennaG said...

Pardon my spelling of anesthetist!

Karen said...

I LOVE your doggy theme! Too cute...thanks for stopping by my party...always glad to see another Karen!

Connie said...

hello from over here in the corner. thanks for dropping by my little begining of a blog. I looked at your profile and see that we like A LOT of the same Christian artists.
Hope you have fun at your concert.

Liz said...

Hello from an Air Force family currently residing in your beautiful home state. We are stationed at Whiteman. I saw a comment from you on another blog and had to stop in and say hello. You have a very lovely blog here!

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Hi there!
Nice to meet ya.

Linda

Heidi said...

Hi. I'mhere for the party. I like your pretty purple blog and your Ark picture. Very cute.

April said...

Hi! I live in Northern California and my hubby's name is Brian, too! I had to double check that we were two different people! lol

Have fun at the party!
April

PJ said...

You are a fun lady! I also have four kiddo's! Come by and see me if you get the chance.

THE HABITUAL PICKER-UPPER said...

Swinging in for the Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet ya!!!

Have a great party week.

PARTY ON!!

My first party favor give away has begun at:

monkeygiggles.blogspot.com

Tracey said...

Party hopper here! At first I had to really had to check out your blog, because your situation sounds just like my cousin's did--three years ago.

Bring one of your jigsaw puzzles and come on over to my place, womanwithmanyhats.com, where I have exploding bubbles videos going!

Julie Carobini said...

Hey There Karen~ I'm here from the party! Thanks for letting me know about your Chocolate Beach sighting! I love all the redwoods up in your area of the state. Hope you're getting used to it :)
Stop by down south anytime.

EEEEMommy said...

I'm a homeschool mom of 4 kids too, and I hope to get a dog this spring. :)
Blessings,
Angel

PEZmama said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! i am a homescooler as well, though my oldest is the only one old enough to be in school right now. I wonder how I will do when all three are old enough...

Perhaps I should be bookmarking you...

Thanks for hosting the shin-dig!

oacemama said...

Hey from another Karen with four kiddos... I came on over from the blog party...come and visit me sometime...we are just embarking on our homeschooling adventure!

Beth said...

Came because of the cool blog name and love, love, LOVE your banner graphic!! LOL Where did you get it?

I'm looking at starting homeschooling (preschool level for my oldest wh's 3 to try it out) this coming fall).

I'm in Michigan - where would your "perfect" Midwest home be?

Nice ta meet ya, eh? *wink*

Katrina said...

Hi Karen, it's so nice to "meet" you at this huge blog party! I haven't done a puzzle in ages (somehow, having a 9-month-old has put a damper on that activity), but I love them too and am looking forward to the day when I do another one. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Enjoy the party!

Susan said...

I love puzzles!! I can't imagine being a midwesterner and being "stuck" in CA! I know it's pretty and all...but you have to be where you're comfy too.

Sounds like you all stay busy with your homeschooling and such. We are busy too...life with teens can be so INTERESTING can't it??

Hope you'll swing by my blog party too.

Blessings.

:-) Susan

Jen and family said...

Hi nice to meet you
I love your banner
visit me at http://jenz.wordpress.com/

Thicket Dweller said...

Thanks for your visit to Today's Lessons. I'm glad that it served you well. :-)

Alexa said...

Thanks for stopping by and visiting yesterday!
You have a cute blog template!
Nice to meet you, Karen!
I blogrolled ya!

relevantgirl said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! If you'd like a taste of my book Building the Christian Family You Never Had, listen to Family LIfe Today on March 22-23rd.

Lovely blog!

Karolee said...

Happy Blogging Party to ya! We have a lot in common. I've got 4 kids and dog and also homeschool.
Just stopping by to say 'hi'. Tell your hubby Thanks for serving our country. Kudos to him!

Southern Girl said...

Hi, Karen! I'm another Ultimate Blog Partier, but I actually got to your site from a comment you left on BooMama's blog -- you mentioned not using your WW points on fried chicken and I thought, "Now there's a kindred spirit!" ;) I'm a Weight Watcher, too -- hope you're having all kind of success.

It's good to meet you! Come by and visit sometime!

http://southern-born-and-bred.blogspot.com

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

So wonderful to meet you! I have such respect for homeschooling moms. At this point, my son is just beginning the world of education and I am not planning on homeschooling unless the Lord tells me to!! I don't think it is my gifting. But I sure respect those of you who have the gift!!!

I also have soooo much respect for you military families. You sacrifice so much - thank you!!! (I never understand why they move you all around so much!! Why can't they leave you close to home?!?!?)

Tonya said...

Hi nice to meet you! I have family in the military and for some reason they haven't move them at all?!?! Weird.

MiPa said...

Making the party rounds. Glad to have 'met' you. I'm a homeschooler as well.

it's me, Val said...

Midwesterner here as well. Nice to meet you! Happy blogging and happy partying!

I'm Toni. said...

Cute blog!
I'm originally from OH (near Cleveland). Nice to meet you and enjoy the rest of the party. Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
~Toni~

Brandie said...

Hello from a midwestern mom who also happens to homeschool! It's so nice to meet you =) Have a great day.

Shalee said...

Howdy from KS from a Navy brat. I understand the moving... I went to CA last year and just in that short time, I had to admit that it was an entirely different world. But the beaches were beautiful and people were gracious and kind, so I had a fabulous experience.

Where will you go when your man is retired? I'm sure you've got plans...

Happy to meet you via the party!

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