Sunday, July 27, 2008



Stuart and Ann
Not sure what he is so happy about!Stuart and his friend Coffee

The bus leaving....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Stuart's Address

Stuart would love to receive letters/packages from everyone. There are items that can not be shipped to him - media (such as memory cards or CDs), any type of food that will melt (chocolate), and liquids. The post office can tell you what can and cannot be mailed to an FPO address.

Also, he does not need stamps, it is free for him to mail letters.

Do not mail anything that is irreplaceable as mail theft can happen. (Taping the package well can prevent this). You will be asked to list all that is in the package on the custom's form. Be vague to prevent theft.

Stuart's address (HAS to be exact) is:

Cpl Staples, SG (C Co, 1st Plt)
1st Bn, 2d Marines
Unit 73055
FPO AE 09509-3055

Keep Stuart in your thoughts and prayers!! I will keep everyone updated!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ali's Birthday

Not a fan of clothes!
Ali also shares the same birthday as Stuart. I cant believe she is one!!!She did not have as exciting a birthday weekend, but she did get a princess shirt and some toys (which her sister Charlie ate).

Stuart's Birthday

Stuart and I have not celebrated his birthday together since he joined the Marine Corp, he is always away on deployment. So when we finally got the chance, we had a cookout at the house.
Stuart preparing to grill burgers and hot dogs (in his birthday hat).
Stuart's pinata

Getting ready to hit the pinata!


Birthday dinner at Chili's

It was a great birthday weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mud Bogs

Stuart and his buddies go to the Local Mud Bog every other Saturday. Apparently it is some backwoods mud place that people bring their trucks to and run through mud.
Knispel, Thomas, Stuart, and Rob

Stuart and I

Friday, July 11, 2008

15 week bump

The first trimester is over, so I figured it was time for a baby bump picture. Here is my belly at 15 weeks. Not much so far, but I will keep everyone posted as the weeks go by. I have my next doctor appointment July 15, last one that Stuart will be able to come to :(

I am not as tired as I was in the beginning, but have had the sniffles lately. According to my scale, I have only gained about a pound, but I am definitely starting to round out. I wore my first pair of maternity pants this week also.

There will be more pictures to come as the belly expands!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cherokee, NC

July 4th weekend, we met Stuart's family in Cherokee, NC. It was a very beautiful area and I know he was excited to see his family. We watched fireworks, went shopping, and grilled out at our cabin.