The Hawkins Family

Monday, February 28, 2011


I had a VERY small window to take in one museum and I choose the American History Smithsonian.  Unfortunately I only had time to hit the highlights, but the highlights were awesome!  Warning: Another parade of pictures.

Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers

Charlie McCartney

Lou Gehrig


The detail is amazing

Julia Child's kitchen


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Touring D.C.

I am in D.C. for the GAC conference for my credit union.  I have had a little bit of time to check out the town and do a little sight seeing before the "official" start of the conference.  I took a ton of pictures. So, don't say I didn't warn you...picture overload below!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Future Picasso

I went to the latest Squadron Spouse get the Pink Picasso!  I have been dieing to try this place out.  The group has to agree on the painting that everyone will paint (from about 10 options) and we did the Pensacola Beach ball water tower.  It was as awesome as I thought it would be.  It has been a while since I have been able to attend a wives group meeting, so I really needed this.  I honestly can't wait to go back and paint the next canvas!  Now sit back and enjoy the parade of pictures.

The starting point

The finished product

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Trying Something New

I am trying something new these days...dry shampoo.  It is supposed to be healthier for your hair.  I am going on day three and so far so good.  I have not yet tried this out on personal trainer days, and quite frankly I don't know if I am that adventurous yet.  So question: Do you ever use dry shampoo?  If so, what brand?

Monday, February 21, 2011

I'm a Star

We are celebrating our fiftieth anniversary at the Credit Union.  To celebrate, we are running several commercials throughout the year.  This is our first one...and I am in it!  If you look quickly, I am the person crossing the lobby in the purple cardigan and black pants.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Girls

I have not been very good at keeping up with the blog...or anything else now that Taris is gone again and things are getting back to single parenting mode.  I did want to post some recent pictures of the girls that I took a few days ago.  (These are really for Taris and his SUPER slow Internet.)

This girl loves her ball.  You would never know
that she had a stroke.

Kacey was resting while chasing ALL of the
squirrels and birds from the yard.

Abbie's favorite spot in the house...our bed

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Postal Surprise

I got a huge surprise in the mail today.  Taris sent me a card!  I know this sounds strange, but the more he deploys the less I get in the mail.  On his first deployment I got letters and cards regularly.  (Maybe I should chalk that up to just being married for a little over a year.)  After six deployments (this being the seventh) and almost ten years of marriage, the need for mail seems to have gone out the window.  Don't get me wrong.  Deployments have come a long way...from timed 15 minute phone calls and super limited email, to internet in the room with Skype to video chat.  (I don't even know if the place Taris is at has a morale tent with phones.)  So, with all of that who needs old school mail.  Well, my love language says I do!  Taris always says that there just isn't any cards where he is.  I told him to bust out some crayons and markers, dig deep into his inner artist (which he shouldn't have to dig far since his mom is an art teacher), and make one.  Well, he did!  He wrote a note inside and I have already read the thing four times.  It was a great Valentine's day treat.  (To go along with the beautiful bouquet of flowers he sent to the office.)  Thanks honey for filling my love tank...even when you aren't here!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Rachel turns 29

My younger sister, Rachel turned 29 today.  She is the youngest of the Byers' girls.  She is an amazing mom, great wife, and a wonderful sister.  We shared a room for 15 years.  We know each other inside and out.  I hate living so far away from her, but I can always see her and the boys on Skype.  Happy Birthday Rae!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Taris' Squadron

When Taris got back from his R & R, he sent me his squadron photo and "hero" shot.  I know...he is HOT in the flight suit.

Can you find him?  First row, third from the left