We had our Christmas party tonight. It was a lot of fun. I missed David a ton. I didn't have a date so I adopted one. My Godson Gabe was my date. He is so cute!!! He drools a little and sleeps a lot but still cute. Here are some pictures of the evening
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 5:59 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2008
So Deployment has began. It started about 2 weeks ago and they have already pulled into a port. David sent me some pictures so I thought that I would share them with all of you. He is Gibraltar, Spain right now. He is having a good time and he said that the time is passing quickly for him which is good. They have had a lot of fun walking around and got a tour guide to take them. It took about 3 hours to see all of it but they sent about 30 minutes at each site. He loved the monkeys! They are way friendly. He also told me that the airport run way is shared with the street and walk way for pedestrians. He watched a plane take off and enjoyed that very much. When he gets home I will post many more pictures of his adventures but for now here are the pictures and as I receive more from the various places he will visit I will post them.
St. Micheal's Cave
Monkey Trouble. They put a pretzel into his pocket and the monkey stole it back. They pick pocket a lot.
The Rock of Gibraltar
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 9:47 AM
Friday, October 24, 2008
So as many of you know David is out to sea for another week. He has been out for a little over 3 weeks. One week was spent unexpectedly in Florida. I loved it because I was able to talk to him a little bit. Well the reason that he was in Florida was a bit scary. They had a fire on the boat while in the ocean. It destroyed the fans so they had to fix them. They practice doing drills 95% of the time that they are out to sea, so putting the fire out wasn't to bad but still scary for the wife. But everyone was fine thank goodness.
David’s division and one other were in charge or fixing the problem. Everyone else on the boat were out enjoying Florida. They had a little under a week to do the job in. A guy in David's division (Dod) passed out from lack of sleep the Doc on the boat made him sleep. He had been awake a couple days in a row from the fire to working to get things fixed. David was up for a day and a half slept for a couple hours and was back to work. They have such crazy schedules I could never do them. So anyways to make a long story short they fixed the fans on Friday night at 11pm and they weren’t expected to have them done until Sunday afternoon. Because of the hard work that was put in by all those that helped awards were given out. Dod, David and 3 other men in the other division were awarded NAMS (Navy Achievement Medals). They have about 12 people in there Division the other 10 will receive honorable recognition for there help. Most people that are in the Navy only receive one NAM in a term (3-5 years I'm not sure which) and that is awarded to them when they leave the boat. This is David's second NAM that he has received since being on the boat. I am so so so proud of him. Words could never express how proud I am. He is amazing! I love him so much and appreciate all that he does. His hard work is something that I know that my children will look at and appreciate and learn from and I am so lucky to have that in my life. I am so proud of all of his accomplishments and that he does them with no expectations of receiving anything in return. As my mom says the one thing that you can count on about the Navy is you can never count on them. So even though he had the hopes of getting out of work early the next day knowing that it wouldn't happen he still pushed to get the job done.
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 6:26 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 4:14 PM
Ok so I know that it has been FOREVER since i last wrote... My life is either not exciting enough or has so much excitement that I can't seem to find the time to blog... I'm not sure which... Well a lot has happened since the last time I blogged... Ok not that much but enough to write about. Mom and Dad came out in July. It was so much fun having them. We did a ton and David was able to get the time off to do it all with us. We did New York which was fun. Mom thought she was going to die before getting their. But David and I were amazing tour guides and kept them out of the ghetto. While there we were able to go to a Red Sox Yankee game. Since we had gone to the Red Sox the month before they were my new favorite team so I of course cheered for them... I was the hated one in the crowd... But it was so much fun yelling and getting people going. On our way down the steps out of the game a guy tried to give me a high five while saying we won. Well since I didn't win I told him that i was unable to high five him so he flipped me off... I just kinda laughed and he said ok how bout we high five to it being a good game. To that we high fived and followed the mad crowd out of the stadium. The next day we went to the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately the tickets were sold out for the day to enter but we were able to walk around. It was a lot of fun. Mom had her first experience shopping in China Town in the hidden rooms for purses. We got some pretty good deals I think. Mom will come back just to view more of China Town. I love going their. It is my favorite place in New York. David and Dad just kinda let us do our thing their. David has it all figured out for when we do go. He holds the money and when i beg for the dang cute purse for $30 he says no and so i say sorry i would love to but he has the money so they drop it to $25 and David says $20. Then i get it... I love it!!!
We went to New Jersey the next day to meet the Meyer family who were on vacation. We had so much fun we went swimming in the Ocean. I haven't seen mom laugh so hard in awhile. We spent sometime home and then off we went on our 8 hours drive to Palmyra New York for the Hill Cummorah pageant. It was so nice to be able to go again. David and I have been a couple times and it never gets old. If anything it just gets more spiritual. I loved having mom and dad with us. I hope they enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed having them. So that was our vacation in a nut shell.
David was home for a little while but is out to sea now and will be out until November and then the sad day comes when he goes on Deployment. I am so not looking forward to that at all. But I have a ton of things to keep me busy. Work for one. I love working at the Day Care my bosses are the best ever. I couldn't ask for better people. They keep my busy in and of themselves. I am always doing something with them. When David is home we have dinner and a movie every Friday night at Autumns, Saturdays we are doing something with them, and Sundays we rotate Sunday Dinner between Autumn's, Terri's, and our house. It is so nice to have them here. They make it much easier when David is gone. It is still hard but I can't even imagine how it would be without them. The last thing that keeps me busy is my School. I started taking classes online through a college based out of California. They work with military spouses so it cost me 350 for 2 classes which last me 8 weeks. They also pay for all of my books. I just finished up my Humanities through the Arts class and got a B and my Psychology class that i received an A in. I wish I would have got an A in both but I didn't expect to do well in my Arts class. Thanks Shellie for all your help. I will continue doing classes for the next year and a half then transfer to 3 rivers and begin my nursing. I'm SO excited for that day to come. I can't wait.
David is doing really good on the boat. I am so proud of all his accomplishments. He is now the 3rd Senior guy in his division. So he is helping all the new guys figure things out. I love talking to people on the boat and hearing how much they like him. Autumns husband was massaging a client who happened to be his chiefs wife they started making small talk and they started talking about the navy and what boat and everything and she called her husband and he said that David was the hardest working guy in the division. I am so grateful for him and all his hard work. He will be re-enlisting while on deployment which means that we will be here for another 5 years. In that time David will be on shore duty (no more going out to sea) for 3 years of it and he will be able to finish up his school.
So that is our lives.. Not much changed but a little did. I will hopefully become better at posting as I do things with Autumn and Jim and take pictures and stuff...
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 3:14 PM
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I know my brothers and parents have been waiting and waiting for this to be posted so finally a week later I am posting it.
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 12:19 PM
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 7:35 AM
Friday, May 16, 2008
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 4:40 PM
Friday, March 21, 2008
Just wanted everyone to know that my surgery went amazingly well. I was scheduled for 2 hrs. but completed it less than an hour. Then i was supposed to be in recovery from the anesthesia for 1.5 hrs. but was out 45min. later and in my room for 1 hr. but I was headed on from the hospital not more than 30 minutes later. When David and I got to the hospital he was telling me that I would have to leave in a wheel chair. I told him I would not leave in one but he insisted I would. So they had him go get the car while they got a wheel chair for me. They came in with one and I asked if that was my chariot and jumped out of the chair that I was in to move to the wheel chair. She was like wow I haven't seen someone get up like that after a gal bladder surgery are you sure you need the wheel chair. I said I don't think I need it but I will do what you want me to. We walked out and David was surprised they let me walk out. But that just goes to show how well I am doing. I am super surprised but feeling very blessed. Thank you all for your prayers. Love you all so much!!!
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 6:44 AM
Saturday, March 15, 2008
So a quick update of our lives. I had the best birthday present given to me yesterday because David came home a couple days earlier that he was supposed to so I was able to spend it with him. But he is only home for about 10 days and will be leaving again to go on a mini deployment. He gets to go to France. Sad day that I can not go with him :-( Maybe i can sneak in his sea bag...
He was going to stay home for the next 2 months but they are having the last big inspection on the boat and they want him to be their so that he can ace his DC stuff yet again. Which is good. But his new chief even told him, "Sorry your getting punished for doing a good job with your DC gear". He would have been doing schools that would have helped him with life when he isn't in the Navy. But hopefully he will be able to do them when he comes back. That way he will get a 'outstanding' on his DC and will also be able to do the schools to help for when he gets a Civilian job.
I am working at the Day Care which I am still loving. I am going in for Gal Bladder surgery on the 20th. I am feeling pretty good about it right now. David will be home for that and he will be off for 4 days afterwards to take care of me.
For those of you who know my friend Laura or have heard me talk about her, she had her baby today at 4:30am. 8lbs. 2oz. and 18in. long. He is so stinking cute. His name is Kallin. It will be fun to watch him grow and to watch how her two daughters interact with him. I took her daughters Tate and Shaye for the weekend a couple weeks ago so that her and her husband could get some things done in their house before Kallin came. I put Tate's hair in curlers and she looked so dang cute so here are some pictures of the girls that weekend and when I get some of Kallin I will add them also.
This is Shaye This is Tate and her curlers This is her curls
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 1:26 PM
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 1:16 PM
Saturday, February 23, 2008
So I am FINALLY hanging up some curtains in my house. I have had these curtains since before we moved here. They used to be in our bedroom in Portsmouth, NH. I have just been way to Lazy to buy a rod. But I did it and it looks great. Who needs a guy to hang up curtain rods. David will be so proud of me. I hardly do anything to the house when he isn't here. I let him make all the decisions a make the holes in the walls. That way if they are in the wrong spot it isn't my fault :-) He is really good about it I know that he wishes that I would do more but I am just to nervous of doing the wrong thing. But I think this was a safe thing to do. Next to attack is curtains for my Front Room. But I have no idea what color. I am waiting for the Bed Bath and Beyond to open up in the mall. We have had a gift card since we got married and the closest one right now is 1.5hrs away.
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 8:34 AM
Monday, February 18, 2008
Well David is gone again for 5 weeks. He will only be home for a little over a week and then gone for 2 months so we aren’t seeing much of each other. But he is really good at writing me so it makes it a little easier. David has been the DCPO (Damage Control Petty Officer) for almost a year. When he got this job in Portsmouth, NH it was in very sad shape. The guy that had it before him didn't have anything in order and on top of that the boat was being torn apart so everything was in shambles, and the quy was leaving so he had no help. When he got this job he was excited about it but scared when he saw what he was walking into. Their were days when he was very discouraged about it but i kept telling him that one day it would pay off. Well the day has come. He has worked very hard for this and I am so proud of his work ethic and all that he has done to accomplish it. When he goes out to sea they run drills and have inspections. Some of the drills they run have to do with his DC. Which is fire fighting and the 'incase of emergency you need this' stuff. The boat takes great pride in being the cleanest boat in the east coast fleet and now they can also take great pride in having the best DC in the submarine fleet. They were awarded a plaque that they will keep on the boat, but this was awarded to the men that are higher up than David. They helped a little but afterwards his chief came up to him and said "This should have gone to you" "Will we get it again in 2008?" David was bummed that he didn't get recognition for all his hard work but I know that he will work just as hard to get it in 08 as long as he is the DCPO (which I think this is the last underway that he will be) But he will work hard to help the new guy. His LPO Leading Petty Officer gave him 96 hrs. liberty, which means he can have 4 days off whenever he chooses to use it. Which will be SO nice to have 4 days with him. But the BIG thing that I am SO proud of him for getting is the NAM which is the Navy Achievement Medal. It is hard to get, his chief put him in for one. He got a ribbon and a certificate. His Captain wrote this on his Certificate: Department of the Navy This is to Certify that The secretary of the navy has awarded the Navy and Maine Corps Achievement Medal to Machinist’s mate 3rd class (SS) David J. Harding, United States Navy for Professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as a member of Auxiliary division aboard USS Hartford(SSN 768) from July to December 2007. Petty Officer Harding consistently performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. His exceptional level of knowledge and skillful management of divisional DCPO's as the ship’s damage control petty officer maintained the ship's damage control equipment and systems in superior condition allowing Hartford to excel in all assigned tasking. His efforts resulted in recognition for Damage control excellence and receipt of the CSS-4 Red "DC" award for 2007. His rapid qualification and proficiency as auxiliary man of the watch, keen attention to detail and exceptional personal integrity, set the standard among his peers and led to his selection as Junior Sailor of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2007. Perry officer Harding's outstanding technical ability, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
I am so proud of him for all his accomplishments that he has on the boat. He is a hard worker even when the work is more than called for. I love that his worth ethic is so good. I am so proud to be his wife. I love him so much and can not wait to see what he will take and learn with his new jobs on the boat. I know that he will continue to work hard and learn all he can for himself and for his family.
Thank you all so much for your love and support that you give to David and I it makes it alot easier. Thank you mom and dad for letting me call you every night and for all your words of encouragement. David and I appreciate it so much. We love you all!
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 6:45 PM
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Well... For those of you who eat at any fast food restaurant be careful what you ask for. David and I went to Burger King tonight on our way home and he asked for a #4 (Jr. Whopper) with cheese no tomato, no onion, and extra pickles. Well the Extra Pickles is where we get into trouble. So I open up the hamburger and I start eating the smaller of the two not looking at what is on it. David's hamburger had two patties on it so it would have been the larger one, so i figured i was safe. Well i start eating it and it has bacon on it and he says that is mine so i give it to him a bit confused because the other sandwich is MUCH larger than the one he was now eating. I open it up and I find not a little extra pickle but a lot of extra pickles. Enough for i would say 10 sandwiches all with extra pickles. I had 38 pickles on the inside and 1 on the outside that made my bread super soggy. It was not a very good hamburger to say the least. All the pickles made my burger cold and my bread soggy. And to top it off i had no cheese. It was a very sad BK run but it gave us a good laugh.
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 2:42 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Obtain a dumpster. Paint it black, weld all the covers shut except one which can be bolted closed from the inside. Hitch it to the back of your wife's mini van. Gather 12 friends and bolt yourselves inside and let your wife pull it around for several weeks while she does the errands.
Sleep on the shelf in your closet. Replace the closet door with a curtain. Six hours after you go to sleep, have your wife whip open the curtain. shine a flashlight in your eyes, and mumble "Sorry, wrong rack".
Don't eat any food that you don't get out of a can or have to add water to.
Paint all the windows on your car black. Drive around town at high speeds with your wife standing up in the sunroof shouting course and speed directions to you.
Renovate your bathroom. Build a wall across the middle of your bathtub and move the shower head down to chest level. When you take showers, make sure you shut off the water while soaping.
Repeat back everything anyone says to you.
Sit in your car for six hours a day with your hands on the wheel and the motor running, but don't go anywhere.
Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it to "High".
Don't watch T.V. except movies in the middle of the night. Also, have your family vote on which movie to watch, then show a different one.
Record The Sound of Music and show it at least every other night.
Don't do your wash at home. Gather your neighbors clothes along with yours, pick the most crowded Laundromat you can find, and do the neighborhood laundry in a single washer and dryer. Make sure that 12% of the laundry is lost and 20% of the finished laundry is incorrectly distributed to the wrong neighbor.
Leave lawnmower running in your living room six hours a day for proper noise level. (For Engineering Divisions)
Have the paperboy give you a haircut.
Take hourly readings on your electric and water meters.
Sleep with your dirty laundry.
Invite guests, but don't have enough food for them.
Buy a broken exercise bicycle and strap it down to the floor in your kitchen.
Buy a trash compactor and use it once a week.
Store up garbage in the other side of your bathtub.
Wake up every night at midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread, if anything. (Optional--canned ravioli, cold soup, or cherry peppers)
Make up your family menu a week ahead of time without looking in your food cabinets or refrigerator.
Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. When it goes off, jump out of bed and get dressed as fast as you can, then run out into your yard and break out the garden hose. Once a month and then put them back together.
Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and allow it to sit for 5 or 6 hours before drinking. Invite at least 85 people you don't really like to come and visit for a couple of months.
Store your eggs in your garage for two months and then cook a dozen each morning.
Have a fluorescent lamp installed on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books.
Periodically check your refrigerator compressor for "sound shorts".
Put a complicated lock on your basement door and wear the key on a lanyard around your neck.
Lock wire the lug nuts on your car.
When making cakes, prop up one side of the pan while it is baking. Then spread icing really thick on one side to level off the top.
Every so often, yell "Emergency Deep", run into the kitchen, and sweep all pots/pans/dishes off of the counter onto the floor. Then, yell at your wife for not having the place "stowed for sea".
Put on the headphones from your stereo (don't plug them in). Go and stand in front of your stove. Say (to nobody in particular) "Stove manned and ready". Stand there for 3 or 4 hours. Say (once again to nobody in particular) "Stove secured". Roll up the headphone cord and put them away. Write a controlled work package to change the oil.
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 2:30 PM
Friday, January 11, 2008
I know... I know... You never thought it would happen but it has I have FINALLY posted pictures of our house. But you have to promise to continue to look at my page every now and then because i am starting to get into this blog thing. So we have a basement also but it isn't pictured because it is a mess of boxes that we are still deciding weather to we want to save them for out move or if we want to buy new ones (or steal them off the side of the road like i did before from navy housing on bulk days) :-) But when it starts looking better i will post a picture.
Things that we have done have been to repaint our bedroom and David put in our pantry, it was an empty hole and now it is AMAZING!!! Thank you so Much!!! It was nice to get our food put away.
So our plans for this house/condo is to re-do the kitchen, put in an outlet for the island and to also put in a dishwasher. I miss that a lot. We are also going to re-do the cabinets. We are planning on putting a cabinet on the far side of the dining room wall and then that one will be done. Oh and curtains but all of that will have to wait that is our 2nd to biggest project. Our biggest is finishing the basement. It will be a lot of work but it will be a good thing for resale and our smallest of the big projects is to carpet the front room so that when we do have kids (one of these days) they will have a soft place to crawl.
We love this house so much. I was asked the other day if I ever get scared being by myself and I have yet to freak out about that. It has such a good feeling about it and it helps that when Kim changed to locks on the door he put the dead bolt right side up and the door knob upside down. I figure no one is going to take the time to find out how to unlock a door upside down... Thanks Kim...
On a side note... David is out to sea again. We figure that he will be gone all of 4.5 months this year and will have a 6 month deployment at the end of that... So I am going to try to keep myself busy. This year is going to fly by so fast though. We hope all is going well for everyone else and we send our love.
Posted by David & Amanda Harding at 5:30 PM