Thursday, August 27, 2009

Change of plans!

Steve was able to get one last e-mail out to us before his boat...that was heading home...heads BACK out to sea. For those of you that I talked to about it...you knew that daddy was due home in short order! I know I can't say specific dates...but let's just say "soon"!

Well....looks like he will not make it on schedule and will have to head back out to sea for an indefinite period of time.

I don't anticipate it being too too long....maybe a week or so...maybe a bit more. No one really knows for sure at this point. I have not told the boys yet? They are going to be soooo sad! They don't understand "later" as well as I do! They can't appreciate the "coming home safe" as well as I do....they just want their daddy home NOW!

....."All" Summer has really only been 3 months for me. A drop in the bucket of life! But for the boys...it was "a WHOLE SUMMER"...."forever" in their little minds! So I'll wait and tell them tomorrow after school and I am thinking maybe a WATER PARK on Saturday to pass the time ....:)

Whatever the boat turned around for is important. I don't question that. We miss Steve/Daddy....but he has a job to do...and the hard jobs don't necessarily take place on the perfect schedule!

Here is the e-mail that Steve was able to send just before they turned off e-mail for a while! It'll break your heart...or at least it broke mine! I wish so much I could tell him that we are OK! Sad...but OK!!! :)


"I am sure you heard about the change to our schedule by now. Believe me when I say my heart is breaking, but I will paint the smile on to keep the crew's morale up (as best as I can). I know you will do the same for the boys. My thoughts are with you always, every day. Email is probably going to go away very soon too. I'll write again as soon as I can. I feel so bad for the boys - the idea of disappointing them makes me sick to my stomach, and I only feel worse that you're the one that actually has to see their faces - I'm sorry. Please just tell them that the bad guys were starting to misbehave and that daddy had to go take care of it.

I love you!!
-me"



(and for the record...I cut and pasted this e-mail into the blog....Steve must be tired...because spell check picked up 3 miss-spellings in his e-mail? Not like my Nuclear Engineer Husband!! :) ha ha ha a ha

Friday, August 21, 2009

8 months of love!

On August 15th....you have been my baby for 8 whoe months? It flew by....So many new things have been learned and accomplished...and so much love has been built! You came to us loved with all of our hearts...and now...you ARE our heart! Everyone in our family loves you so very very much! Your Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends and most especially your brothers and mother and father! :)

You sleep all night in a big boy bed!

You hug your brothers every day and whisper "I LOVE YOU" to them!

You talk and communicate like any two year old!

You make friends everywhere we go! A remember a day not so long ago where mommy was the only friend you "wanted"!

"Knock off" and "No-a-way" are your favorite phrases...yet you say them with a smile and a laugh!

You go in the potty and don't need a diaper!

You eat at the big boy table and gone with the highchair!

You run, jump and play all the time - and many times you make it all day...without a nap!

You have a sense of humor that far surpasses any two year old I have ever met!

You travel in the car for long periods of time - with grace!

You are helpful and organized and you NEVER let me work without lending a hand!

Your brothers who were once strangers have become your whole life!

You swim like a fish and ask for the pool the second you wake up in the morning! (and 4 months ago...it terrified you!)

You will start pre-school in just a few days....and what is more...you ASK to go to school!

You are a wonderful little man Joshua Song and we are so blessed to have you in our lives! Thank you for being our perfect little baby!! :)



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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A very short part three....

I think I must have had too many photos for the smilebox slide show I chose and these few pics dropped off!! They were good so I wanted to just do a quick part three! ha ha ha....and I swear...enough about my awesome summer already!!! :)


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Mongold Road Trip 2009 Part 2 (part one is below!)

Ok...here is part two of the photos from our family vacation. If you want to go in order...start with the blog directly under this one...part one! :)

And I want to say that after going to see my grandparents and aunt and uncle and cousin in Danville, PA....celebrating Grandma's 85th birthday....and having so great bike rides...mommy lost her camera? Yeah.....

Well..>I found it when I got to Mom's house in DuBois, PA. But alas...there are a few really fun days that are missing. We spent a day at an amusement park in Pa with my most wonderful friend Angela and her kids. And we were able to meet up with Tania and her son Caleb that evening. And the next day, we continued our trip to Lancaster, PA where I was able to visit with two more awesome college roommates and their children! Ange will get me those pics and I'll share when I get them! She was an awesome photographer and I can't wait to see her pics! This is where Josh got his buz cut! Ange's husbands barber cut Josh's hair off! Wow....how much cooler he looked after losing the black blanket that was growing on his head! ha ha ha..he is a little man now...you'll see it in the pics!

Again....thank you everyone for the best summer ever! I love you! And miss you!


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Endless Summer part 1

Well...as luck would have it...I have half of my pictures on the laptop and the other half on my desk top? so....here is part one of our incredible journey this summer! Part two to come!

There are not enough words to tell you what an awesome summer the Mongolds have had. We wish daddy had been with us...and truly...that would have made it beyond perfect! 7 states......9 cities....so many many wonderful friends and my awesome family....together it made for the best adventure a family could ask for!

Fishing, Playing, Eating good food...drinking lots of wine and beer....water parks, amusement parks, boardwalks, parties with friends, crazy nights out, visits with family, hugs and love each and every day for me and my boys! Thank you to each and every one of you for a perfect summer! Boy....Boy...Boy....do we miss you!

We are in detox...trying to go to bed at a normal hour...trying not to sleep till 10am? (Will just got up....10:46AM...help)

School starts next week and we will be ready ....gosh darn it...I WILL be ready!! :) Ok...more to come in a separate blog...these are the photos from:

Burlington, NC visit with GG Mongold
Williamsburg, VA visit with Nana and Grandpa
Va Beach, VA beach house week one and two with Uncle Brian, the Hunters....and so many of our dear dear friends from our home in VA!

Enjoy!




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Monday, August 17, 2009

We are home...more on the trip very soon....this article on Steve's boat was noteworthy!

USS Rhode Island Performs Rescue at SeaStory Number: NNS090817-15Release Date: 8/17/2009 5:01:00 PM

By Commander Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs

KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) -- The crew of USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Gold) rescued five people from a capsized boat Aug. 11.At approximately 9 a.m., while transiting on the surface in the Atlantic Ocean, Lt. j.g. Brad Holbrook, the periscope operator on board Rhode Island, observed what seemed to be a distressed vessel.Cmdr. Kevin Mooney, commanding officer of Rhode Island (Gold), ordered the submarine to turn around to investigate the sighting.As the distance between the craft and submarine decreased, it became apparent that four men and a 14-year-old boy, were sitting atop the capsized fishing vessel. The five rescued boaters, who were from the Bahamas, were brought topside of Rhode Island and provided assistance until another vessel arrived to take the men ashore.One of the men reported being adrift for four days at sea, and all were very grateful when they saw the submarine was turning around to rescue them.The submarine's corpsman, Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (SS) John "J.T." Renn, treated the five men for dehydration. One man sustained a significant wound on his right leg, and Renn prepared it for further medical treatment ashore."There is only one choice when it comes to rendering assistance to vessels in distress," said Mooney. "I am glad that we were in the right place at the right time to help out these fellow mariners. I couldn't be more proud of the professionalism and performance displayed by my crew."The rescued men joked with the submarine crew that no one would believe their story. As proof, Mooney gave each of the men a USS Rhode Island command coin as a memento of their rescue.