Our journey throughout our first year of marriage and our second deployment.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thank Goodness for Online Shopping

So, yes! I have become that person! I am the girl who waits until 4, almost 3 days before Christmas to START shopping! I somehow managed to buy gifts for 8 of the 16 people I need to buy for tonight though, so that's a good start, right?

Anyway, today was ROUGH! I hate cramping! I know it differs for everyone, but with me, I have a sleepless night and wake up absolutely nauseaus unable to eat anything and try as hard as I can to get medicine in me before things get too bad. Today, I didn't get enough medicine and it felt like someone was clawing my insides out and that my back was compressing.. nothing was helping and I literally laid there with all my muscles clenched and yelling! It sucked. So, I've determined that we better have an AMAZING labor with some beautiful babies if I have to go through this every month! ;) I'm going to see someone about BC soon. Needless to say, there was no working out this morning, but I ate pretty healthy today!

Tomorrow will be better! My brother and I are going Christmas shopping in the AM and then my sister and I are going to work out and I'm getting a haircut from my FABULOUS hair stylist later tomorrow afternoon! It'll be a great day, well deserving of Christmas break!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Making Changes

People learn a lot as they go into new stages of their life. It varies with every individual, depending on what situation they are currently involved in, the scenarios they have been faced with in the past, etc. The personality of the individual plays a role in the changes we all adapt to as we grow up. No one ever said life was easy. I knew coming into this 2nd deployment that it would be difficult, but I think I've surprised others and myself with the strength and independence I have been blessed with to help get through this difficult time. I've also been blessed with a wonderful and amazing husband! I am so thankful for him and the sacrifice he is making for us and for this wonderful country!

The Hubby has been through a lot the past few months! He has worked day after day to do his best at his job and then to improve himself physically, mentally, and most important, spiritually. It took a little while to accept this change and understand why it was happening, although it has been a WONDERFUL change! He is much more positive and encouraging and he has a very different outlook on life and a new approach to situations. But, I recognize that even that in marriage, when one changes, the other adapts and vice versa. He told me that he wants to be a better husband and best friend, and if he can do better than the amazing job he is already doing, I want to push myself to be better for him AND for me! We both deserve that!

I think music is a lot like life. As a musician, there are always ways that you can improve a piece or techniques; a different method you can use to learn something and master that aspect of the instrument in a new way. Everything can always be improved upon. You are constantly growing and changing and with that growth comes a new understanding and a new outlook on what you can continue to grow on. I think that's how people are too. We can constantly grow and improve ourselves! I will be the first to admit that my life is not where I know it should be. I don't do my daily Bible studies, I don't regularly attend church, I get involved with things I shouldn't be involved in, I'm lazy and therefore procrastinate when I know I could just set my mind to something and fulfill the task to my best efforts if I didn't wait until the last possible minute. I don't take care of myself or respect myself and my body in the way that I should either.

I'm saying all of this because I want to improve. And I know self-improvement is great, but eventually, you need others to help you and inspire you as you continue on in your journey for a better "you". When I fall, I want people to keep me accountable and to help me stand up and keep on truckin'. And I would hope to be able to do the same for others. So, I here now set these goals that I have for my life. No more excuses, there's no reason why I can't do what needs to be done! If my Hubby can do it overseas, then I can certainly do it here!

  • I want to have a daily Bible study, even if it's reading a Psalm or Proverbs a day and meditating on that, it is time with the Creator of this Universe and there is no better way for me to devote my time.
  • I want to attend a church weekly. I need to have the courage to go alone or with others and make church a priority for myself and for my family.
  • I want to have a daily work out, if even just a walk around the pond with the dogs, some form of exercise will be done daily.
  • I want to take better care of my body by being more selective of the foods I choose to put in it. I will watch what I eat and minimize the amount of meals I eat out. I will take the time to fix healthy meals, even after long and tiring days.
  • I want to practice my instrument daily. It is my gift and the thing I love most and feel is most important. I will strive to improve my personal musicianship and not hold myself in comparison to those around me, but push myself individually to be the best musician I can be.
  • I will do all my readings and homework assignments once assigned and push for an A in every class I enroll in from now on. I am a smart individual and should have enough pride to push myself to do the best on every paper, homework assignment and reading. I may have to work harder than others, but it is worth the hard work and effort when I have a diploma and am able to teach the most wonderful subject to students someday!
  • I will work diligently in maintaining our finances so that Hubby and I may have the life the we dream of when he returns! It is because of his hard work that we are able to do anything and I want to contribute to that in any way that I can.
  • I will be a better person, Christian, wife, daughter, sister, fur-mommy, friend, student, colleague and citizen and apply myself fully to all aspects of life and to those around me.
I will also work to blog daily my victories and struggles. I ask that all of you that are able keep me accountable to these standards I wish to hold myself to and accept the changes that I want and need to make in my life! Starting now. :) Have a wonderful week everyone!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

RIDICULOUS!!!

This basically sums up my life ATM... ridiculous. It's ridiculous that I haven't updated my blog at all in WELL over a month. (my bad..) It's also ridiculous that I have a mountain of classwork sitting on my desk and after a super productive day, it looks like it hasn't shrunk at all. It's ridiculous that Thanksgiving and therefore Christmas are just around the corner...when did that happen! It's ridiculous having 3 dogs (one bigger than my two combined) in this tiny little apartment... LIFE in GENERAL is .... ridiculous.

A LOT has happened in the past month or so. David is doing well! We're working through this deployment and doing a pretty good job of it thus far, minus the hiccups and speed bumps that come along! I've been staying UBER busy.. almost too busy to get everything done that I need to do! There's always something and with marching band going on right now, it makes the work load that much more. But, we're having a pretty good football season and I'm excited about that! It makes all the long hours and bitter cold rehearsals worth it! School is going well! 17 more days and then I have a winter session before going back for a LONG spring of classes... it'll all be worth it in the end though when I get to hear my name called and walk across an orange stage to grab my degree and receive my certificate.

I am so ready to have my degree! Not just so that college will be done with, but so I can move on to that next chapter of my life and forever be able to say that I accomplished something with my life for ME, not for anyone else! I also can't wait to just start teaching. Working in the field and observing just warms my heart and brings to mind all the things I will be able to do in such a short time! I know I had talked about having babies when I get done with school.. and as ready as I am to have kids, I want to wait! I feel like so many people rush in to having children or don't get the opportunity to spend that time really getting to know their spouse and relish that one on one time with one another before adding to the mix. David and I have gone through A LOT in the past 3 years... more than most couples will ever go through in their first years of marriage, and I think I'm allowed to be selfish and just want some "us" time before we have kids. Besides, I'm busting my tush right now to get done with school and I'm not doing it just to get done and have babies. I have time and I choose to spend this time with my husband while I can! OH!!! And I took my first teaching examination today! I'm super pumped about it.. I should know in about 3 weeks how I did, but I feel pretty good. *Fingers crossed*

So, school is going well! Life is going pretty well! I get to talk to David so much more than I did while he was in Iraq and it is wonderful! I feel reenergized after he and I have talked and I am prepared to take on the next day or two after one of our conversations! I am so very thankful and blessed that we are able to have the communication that we do! I am also extremely thankful for my family and friends! I love the long talks I'm able to have with my Mom, Seester and Mama Carty and I'm thankful for friends who deal with my moods and moments and help to make life fun and entertaining! I don't know where I would be without you all!

Just a few more days and then I can sleep in (kind of)... We'll see. I'm just ready for a slight break, although I doubt it'll be much of a break. It's looking more like a prolonged weekend to get all the homework and studying done that I need to do! I'm also ready to see and spend time with family! My Mom, Dad, Bubby, and Seester all know just what I need when I get home and I can't even begin to EXPRESS how nice it is! I'm looking forward to spending a few days with them and getting to see my extended family and cousins that I haven't seen in awhile. It'll be good! I'm also, surprisingly, looking forward to NOT having to do anything with Christmas decorating this year... *WHAT A RELIEF* I just think it's too much of a hassle to try to do alone and with our massive tree and all the decorations at the bottom of our POC... I don't think so. Besides, I get to go home and my Mom will have the house all "dressed" for Christmas and Papa Jim will have so many lights on his house you'll be able to see it from outer space I'm sure! It's just unnecessary work for such a short Christmas break. So, yeah! I think that's about all I can think of for now!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Holy Cow.. Catch Up Time!!!

I fail. BIG TIME!! Gosh, I don't even remember the last time I blogged. Things have just been so crazy busy, I haven't had time to even get on and check my blogger. But here's an update on life and I really will try and do better as far as blogging goes.

David is in country now. He's been there for a few days and has the internet, so thankfully, we're able to talk every morning and every night! I love it and I'm so thankful for the technology and ability we have to communicate like this! Our last deployment was not like this at all. So, that's been nice! He's doing good so far, staying busy and working hard! I am so very proud of him!

School is in full force and literally just about all that I do! I hardly feel like I have time to do anything outside of it, especially with marching band and football games, but when I get a week off, I love getting to go watch marching shows and competitions! It's like my release and my escape from real life! I know... band nerd alert, right here! But who cares! It's what I want to do with my life! I cannot WAIT to have my own band program!!! Plus, watching all the bands and marching shows has helped to enforce what it is I want out of my future band program, which is always a good thing! :) Anywho..

School is going well. Form and Analysis is kicking my butt, but I'm getting ready to finish my hardcore studying on that. Hopefully I can get through tomorrow. Every week is filled with ".. If I can just get through the next few days" and every weekend is filled with hundreds of things that need to get done and not enough time to do everything. I FINALLY cleaned my kitchen and bathroom after too long. Gross, I know. But, I think that it helped me to feel less overwhelmed to see something clean and taken care of!

So, other than that, I think that's the gist of everything! I'm working hard to deal with everyday life and to keep those around me happy, but I'm also quickly learning who around me to go to and who not to go to. It's sad, but it's a part of life I guess. All that matters is that I have an amazing family and support system of friends that I know I can always go to, no matter what, and this is making my relationship with my husband, my family, and my friends stronger than ever! I hope all is well with all of you! Have a beautiful Sunday morning!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Back On Track

Golly gee, a lot has happened since I last blogged! So, I'll do my best to catch up! :)

2 weeks ago.. man, it was not pretty. I thought I'd been doing a good job of getting through things and such. Apparently not. I'm in 17 hours right now, with marching band and 2 other ensembles plus lessons and practice time. I also had an office in my chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and it wasn't the easiest job, but I loved it. Add to all of that that I'm dealing with this deployment and trying to keep my house clean and laundry done.. oh, and eat, that's important too... and you've got a pretty scatter-brained little Army wife/student/friend/person. Well, I had someone come up to me and tell me I was stressing all those around me out and that they didn't want to have anything to do with it. Why not just push me over that emotional cliff, huh?

I don't know what was expected of me, but it was the last straw. I've known for weeks that my plate was too full and that I needed to take a step back from something, but I had it in my head that I couldn't. Well, I made a sacrifice and I stepped back from my fraternity. I stepped down from my office that I've worked hours upon hours on and that I have been looking forward to for months, and in the process, I called the frat out on it's smelly stuff. I said how things were, told the black and white of life and then stepped down. I know I would not have had another opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings, so I took advantage of the time. Then, later on, others decided to take advantage of their time and share their feelings about how my letter made them feel.. basically, I got attacked in a situation where I was unable to defend myself. One of my biggest loves has turned sour and stale over the past few weeks, and it's my love for the purposes of the overall fraternity and the knowledge and understanding of some form of brotherhood that keeps me going. So, needless to say, that was rough. I took my tests, did my homework and got ready to go see my hubby!!

My friends, Adam and Leslie, came over the night before I was planning to leave and made me shrimp lo mein for dinner and brought cookie mix for dessert and for us to take cookies to David! Then, while I studied, Leslie gave me an amazing mani/pedi to get me all glitzed up for seeing David! It was an amazing night!!

I was packing the next morning, and for months, I've asked David if he needs any civilian clothes, and he's been telling me "no". Well, I texted him Tuesday morning and asked again and he said he had NO civi's whatsoever....
"ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!"
Just to rehash.. I have no dryer. And doing laundry takes forever, especially when I hardly have the time to do it in my own apartment. I brought one of his suitcases home in August, but I just shoved it in the top of the closet and decided to deal with it later. Guess where all of David's civis were? And were they clean?! Of COURSE not! So, I changed my plans, packed quickly, dropped off Taco and Belle at Auntie Leslie's and headed to OKC to see my sister-in-law, Sarah, play with my niece and nephews, and do a whole heck of a ton of laundry! Thanks honey! :)

I don't know how we got it done, but we did! :D Angie and I met up at around 8:45 on Tuesday night and headed down to post to see our boys! We stopped about an hour out and stayed the night at a hotel there. I was out as soon as my head hit the pillow and ready to go, bright and early the next morning! I cannot TELL you how exciting it was to see David!!! It had only been a month, but man, I missed my Hubby!! We stopped for some lunch and had some drinks and then went on down to San Antonio! :)

Thursday, we went to the San Antonio Zoo and then walked around the River Walk that night!

I got to help feed the hippos during feeding time at the zoo and we went to a fabulous Mexican restaurant at the River Walk! It was a great day!

Well, then on Friday, we decided just to all hang out and take things easy! We printed off some pictures, did some shopping and relaxing, and went to the mall for dinner at a cute little Italian restaurant called La Lucianno's. It was delicious!!

We went to Sea World on Saturday and it was pretty fun! I got to pet and feed some dolphins, which was amazing, but it was rainy the entire day!!

Yesterday had to have been the most relaxing day though! We got up and had an amazing 1-hour couples massage and then David and I went next door and got pedicures before heading back to post! AH-MAZING!! Massages are a new part of my routine! If you haven't had one before... INVEST IN ONE!!! ESPECIALLY if you're going through a deployment, or about to go through one!! It's amazing!!
We had dinner at Olive Garden and then stopped by the lake for some sunset pictures.. and we got some pretty amazing ones!



It was a fabulous week and I am so thankful for the time we were able to spend with one another! It was hard saying goodbye, but I think we both are at peace with where we are in life and have accepted the challenge that is being placed before us! I cried the minute before I got in the car, and even then, I didn't cry for long because I know that God is in control and that He has put David and I in this situation for a reason! The drive home was nice... long, but still nice and I was SOO excited to see Taco and Belle last night and anxious to sleep in my own bed.

I started feeling yucky late Saturday night, and thankfully it held off some yesterday until after we dropped the boys off, but I have swollen lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, a sore throat and a nasty cough and A TON of congestion! I went to the doctor when I woke up this morning and I have strep throat. I'm also dealing with cramps, but at least this happened on the day I'm excused from class and the day after David and I were together, so it didn't put a damper on our time with one another! So, now, it's just about getting better, doing laundry, cleaning and unpacking, and catching up on homework and readings! It'll be a busy week, and I'm excited for the weekend! I hope you all have had an amazing past few weeks! Sorry this is so long and I'm sorry I haven't updated lately, but I'll work on doing better with the blogs! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 30, 2010

UPDATE!!! Where is my brain?!?

Hey all! I'm sorry I haven't been able to update in awhile! I can't even explain how crazy life has been since David left on the 15th. Marching band started and left hardly any time to unpack or do laundry, and then school started and then Taco and Belle got sick.. and life has been a lot of running around and playing catch up for the past 2 weeks. I need a break!

Just so everyone knows, I have almost gotten a complete go-ahead to go see David during his 4-day pass! I have a scheduled music history test on the 20th of this month and I'm not sure exactly when I'll be back from seeing David, so we're trying to work out what we can do with the test and how I can take it. My professor is an interim teacher and filling in for the normal music history professor while he's in Poland writing a book and teaching for a year. In the syllabus, it states that a student may not miss any exam because of preference or vacation. My professor understands that this situation falls under neither of those categories, but he is still wanting to check with the higher-ups just to make sure that it's alright if I take the test before or after. So, hopefully I'll hear about that soon. He has no doubt that it will all work out and is in complete support of what David and I are going through, as are most of the faculty and staff here.

So, classes have been crazy. Life in general has been crazy. I don't feel like I've really had a second to breath and I've hardly gotten everything done that I need to do. I just feel like my brain is everywhere. How do people run entire households on their own? I just feel like I'm going to lose it at any second! I like to plan and enjoy and the past few weeks have been living minute by minute with no time to look ahead to the future, even if it's a few minutes into the future. I just feel overwhelmed and I need my "second brain", aka Hubby to help with all of this. I know he's going through his own stuff too in preparing for this deployment and taking classes, so I'm not about to burden him with my lack of ability to focus. I've spent the evening working out my budget and calendars for the month and hopefully that will help me keep on top of things. I can't believe September is just a few hours away.. that's just crazy to me! I'm definitely ready for the cooler weather and I am so ready to see my man and spend a few days relaxing together! Hope you all have a wonderful week and I'll try to update more! :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Overcoming Life's Obstacles

Band camp is almost officially over! We have our preview performance in about an hour and then I will have survived my first band camp week in the CMB! :) It's been a tough week, but I have learned so much in the past few days and I'm thankful for my wonderful family and friends for the lessons they have helped me learn.

I posted the other day about my challenges with my band directors and them not being supportive of me going to see my husband during his 4-day pass. After a lot of questions and even thoughts of changing my major, I've come to a huge conclusion! Being a band director is what I want to do with my life! I love band, the people in it, the experiences it gives, and the feeling of passion and fulfillment that it gives. I've known for years that teaching music is what I want to do with my life, whether I teach toddlers, elementary or high school.. as long as I'm giving students the same joy of music and band that I was given, my purpose in life will be fulfilled. I cam to the realization that some people may think they are in control of my future, but they are mistaken. God controls my future and He alone! Nothing worth fighting for is easy, and the challenges and obstacles that have been put before me will only make me into a stronger musician and a better music teacher. I have an AMAZING family and they will support me in any way that I can and make sure that nothing keeps me from my dream and from the purpose that God has given me. I will not change my major if the answer to go see David happens to be no. And nothing could keep me from being with him those last few days before he leaves. If I have to endure some form of punishment for putting my husband and my family before music and before band, then so be it. But it will be SO worth it because nothing means more to me in this world! So, hopefully today I will get an answer. No matter what the answer may be, I know that everything will work out just fine because He is in control of my future!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Rough Week...

I started band camp this week and man, is it kicking my butt!! It's been a physically trying week as well as an emotionally difficult week.

At the end of the semester last Spring, as we were learning more of David's deployment details, I met with both my band directors and discussed the future and David's deployment. They were both understanding and told me they would work with our schedules. Well, the other night, David found out the dates for his leave. I immediately emailed both directors, as I had promised, letting them know the possible dates and asking if it would be possible for me to be excused from the activities during those days. The response from both was less than expected. It was disappointing to not have that support that I had been so thankful for and relied on. It's not looking like I will be excused to go say goodbye to my husband. It's hard, to say the least. My head director is obviously upset with my request to be excused and hasn't looked at me or talked to me since he sent his less-than-friendly email. When he left a few days ago, I held back and didn't really say goodbye because I figured I'd see him in a few weeks and would save it for then. David doesn't know about any of this, and he doesn't need to.. not until I get a straight "yes" or "no" from my directors. He needs to focus on his training and not worry about this. It's a burden that I will carry, one that is quickly breaking my heart. I just can't understand the fact that some people can be so cold and not understand the severity of this situation and what David and I have been through. We started dating right before his mobilization in Summer of 2008, got engaged in August and he left for Iraq a few days later. He was in Iraq for a year with minimal communication and I planned the whole wedding and we were married about a month after his return to the states. Then, we were able to spend 9 months of our first year of marriage together. He's been training and mobilized all summer, so we haven't spent most of the past 3 months together, and now, he's getting ready to leave for a year. This is my HUSBAND!!! It's not my Dad, not my cousin, not my boyfriend... it's the man that I have pledged my life to. He's my best friend, my second half, and with him, I feel like I can be the person I was meant to be, he makes me a better person! If anything were to happen to him during this deployment and I was told I couldn't go down to see him before he left, I would be devastated. Nothing.. NOTHING is keeping me from spending those days with my husband, I don't care what it is that I may have to endure or give up. It's been a few days and I still have gotten no official answer as to what my directors are going to let me do. My fingers are crossed, and I'm just hoping that it all gets figured out soon.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Going Going Going...

Do you ever feel like the energizer bunny? Well, my life has been running on Energizer batteries since Sunday morning!! The deployment ceremony went well.. as well as a deployment ceremony can go I guess. I was thankful to have a lot of our family there. It was much harder than I thought it would be. We both stayed up all night Saturday tossing and turning with "sick stomachs". You know that combination of feeling like you're going to throw up and like you can't breathe? ... that was what we both had. We tried to remain positive though! Although there were a ton of pictures taken that day, these are just a few of my favorites!


It was hard to watch him leave, but I know everything will be ok! Our families went to his sister's house right after David left and we all had lunch together. It was nice to be surrounded by everyone! I went to pick up Taco and Belle from Bri's and then hurried back home. I literally jumped out of the car, put Taco and Belle inside the apartment, changed, and headed up to the school to start paining the fields, meet with the new band director, do "rookie" orientation, and then get my band uniform. I was there from 3 until around 11 and then I had to go get groceries... L-O-N-G night!

Yesterday was the start of Band Camp! OMG do I hurt! I have NEVER worked this hard at anything! It's been wonderful so far.. but we'll see how I feel at the end of the week. I promise to have legs, abs, and arms of steel by the time band camp is over! We've been going all day and it's helped some, but I also haven't been able to emotionally deal with David being gone. I'm sure that it's a good thing, but I sort of need that ugly cry moment, you know? I'm trying to stay busy and positive though. Tonight is literally the first time I've sat down and had some "me" time since Sunday morning. I treated myself by ordering BOGO pants from NY& Co. :) It's been Go! GO! GO!! And with band camp going all day, I am struggling to find the time to prepare for school, clean the house, unpack, do laundry, ...practice. OMG it's been crazy. Hopefully things will settle down soon as school starts and my brain will refocus on classes and everything else that needs to be done! I found out David's 4-day pass dates today. Very bittersweet. Thank goodness for wonderful family and friends. I love you all and am so blessed to have you in my life!! Now for bed, another long day tomorrow!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day #3- A Relaxing Day Spent Together

HEY WORLD!!! Let it be know that my husband and I went and got mani/pedis together today! :) I LOVE getting my nails done and think it's the most relaxing thing.. David, like a lot of men, has never had a mani/pedi and he LOVED the pedicure! He'll probably start getting pedicures every now and then after he gets back home! :)

So, David went and took care of some stuff this morning and after lunch, we headed off to the mall for our mani/pedis! We also went ahead and got him new tennis shoes that he can workout and do PT in! He was so excited! After that, we went to Lowe's and picked out the washer and dryer we're getting in the next few months. We ALSO went through Lowe's and started picking out and talking about what things we would like in our "Dream Home" someday. It probably won't be for 20 years, and we'll probably need to start saving up now... but it's our goal for our future. My big thing is WOOD FLOORS!!! If we can have wood floors, I'll be one happy girl! And if I can convince my husband that wood floors are better than carpet (easy to clean, no stains from spit up and doggie accidents, nice looking.. I could go on and on) then I'll be one successful and happy girl!! :)

We had a little time to burn, so we headed over to Best Buy to continue in our "dream"! haha! David is big in electronics... what man isn't! So, we looked at TV's (his college graduation gift to himself) and then... we went to the Apple section *Insert scary music HERE* When David got back from Iraq last year, he "treated" himself to a new 24" iMac. Note to others* it does NOT fit under the desk... and is freaking huge. BUT, he loves it and he worked hard and deserves it! So, we're now talking about selling the iMac, buying a new MacBook Pro and getting rid of one and a half of our desks (we have matching desks and they each have a "top" section for shelving). We'd have a lot more room in our office/guest bedroom. And then when David gets back, he can get a new computer! We'll see how it works. There will be a lot to do financially while he's gone! But it will all be worth it!

So, tonight we're going out to eat with some friends and David's parents are joining us. It'll be a nice evening and a good break before coming back to the hotel and re-packing EVERYTHING!!! Tomorrow's the big day! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

ARGHH!!!!

So, I was talking to a friend today! We were discussing David's deployment and that he's been home for only a year and now he's leaving again for another tour and will be gone... another year.
The girl actually told me "That's not that bad! It could be worse! :)"

Are you KIDDING ME?!?! Do you have a husband/fiance in the military who has deployed? Nope.

I just couldn't believe she told me it wasn't that bad and that it could be worse. I mean, I know it sucks, and that's fine! Life sucks sometimes. But, I also know that God is in complete control and that He has a plan! He has been preparing David and I for this throughout our entire relationship and over the next year, we will be faced with blessings and challenges and will come out stronger as individuals and as a couple! I have faith that everything will be fine and I am so thankful for the support system of family and friends that I have been surrounded with! :) It just irks me that people say silly things like that when they have no idea what they're talking about!! Sorry for the brief vent.

David's almost done for the day and he's having a "Man Night" tonight while I get to hang out with my BFF Darko!!! I cannot wait! :) Hope you all are having a wonderful start to your weekend! :)

Day #1 and MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


Yesterday started our Title 10 orders and so we are now officially on our way with this deployment! The past week has been wonderful! Scrapbooking with my sisters was just what I needed to get through the weekend and David surprised me with flowers for our anniversary! It was hard not being together, but I think overall, the day was good! Daddy and I went on our Daddy/Daughter Date and had a good time and I was so excited to pick David up on Monday! We had a good time with family, but I have been sick since then, so that hasn't been much fun... but we've still enjoyed our time together!

1. What is ONE thing you’d like civilians to understand about being a military family?

I would like civilians to understand what really goes on in a deployment! Understand what it's like having your better half on the other side of the world with minimal communication and not off on a "business trip", but fighting and in a war. I wish civilians understood the emotions that come with being a military family and the added challenges that it brings to everyday life.

2. What is your favorite mistake?

Getting Taco and Belle! We'd only been married about a month and a half when we got them and by the first night, I was having a breakdown,... but I couldn't give them back and I can't resist their sweet faces and I love them more than anything!!

3. What indulgence could you give up for a year?

Pop! I'm working on it right now! I think it's been 3 months since I've had any pop! :)

4. If you could be a winged animal, what would you be?

I'd be a Dove! They mate for life and David would be the other dove!!

5. What is one question you’d like to see asked in a future MFF?

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Final Countdown..

... I know, cheesy title. Sorry.

But, it's true! At some point in the next few days, I'm off to my hometown and I'm meeting up with all the women in David's family and we're having a girls scrapbook weekend! I'm really excited!! That, and my Dad and I are going on our Daddy/Daughter Date on the 7th to celebrate my wedding anniversary! It should be great! I've been running around all day doing laundry, ironing, packing, getting ready to be gone for 12 days (thank goodness that Brenna will be staying here) and getting things together that David will want/need before he officially starts active duty.
I've made a few gifts and also got our anniversary present today. I got a gorgeous clock (the traditional 1-year anniversary gift) and it will be wound yearly on our anniversary! But when he comes in to town, we're going to celebrate! I'm taking him for a picnic at the church where we got married and then we're going to our special place, the Rose Garden, and THEN we're going to dinner, probably at Olive Garden, where he'll get his anniversary present and then we'll have cupcakes and sparkling wine for dessert! I think it'll be great!

For the night before he leaves, I've planned a few things! I figured we'll probably go to BJ's for dinner and have one of their amazing pazookies and some sparkling wine. I made David a book on Snapfish that tells our Love Story, so I'll give him that along with the journals we write in during deployments and his box for pictures and letters. THEN, comes the Big surprise! For my birthday while David was in Iraq, he sent me an iTouch. It was amazing and I'm so thankful that he sent me something to organize the wedding plans with and be able to be in constant communication with him through. Well, I've been working on the iTouch all day and I restored it. I also uploaded pictures, contacts, dates and birthdays, movies, our wedding video, apps, and songs for him. Hopefully he'll be able to use it while he's in country, at least on the way there! I'm super excited about it!

So, yeah! Busy busy couple of weeks ahead! I'm sure I'll fill you all in with lots of pictures when I get back!! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Monday, August 2, 2010

It's August?

I can't believe school starts back up in a couple of weeks. I just finished last Thursday and this weekend was wonderful and full of NO sleep. I always hear people talking about how they've been up for 30 hours with no sleep whatsoever and I have a hard time believing them, because I would never be able to do that. Well... here's my weekend.

Thursday after my exam, my dear friend Brenna came in to town and we shopped for t-shirts, had our traditional lunch at Qdoba before her section leader meeting with our new band director, and then we went with the drum majors to McAllister's for their Free Tea Day!! It was so good! We practiced for a few hours and then went home and had Arby's for dinner, watched some movies and worked on some stuff for Kappa Kappa Psi. Poor B was exhausted and fell asleep mid-sentence! We went to bed and while I slept in until 9:30... Brenna was up and awake at 6:30. Gosh did I feel like a bad host. We had these Yoplait Blends Smoothies for breakfast and they were gross.. then we got ready and went to eat lunch before going and practicing some more. She had to go do a pep gig Friday evening, so I headed home and was preparing to go to bed at like 5:00 PM... I had to get up and be ready to leave by 3:30 AM to meet Brenna at her home so we could drive to Texas for our Chapter Leadership Conference with Kappa Kappa Psi. Well... I started ordering pictures for scrapbooking weekend and decided to use the offer for 50 free Snapfish pictures by making David a book about our life together for the deployment. I started at 5 and ended after midnight.. so, no sleep for me. I pulled an all-nighter and thankfully, my friend, Leslie, stayed up with me while I drove the 2.5 hours to Brenna's house. It took A LOT to find her place in the middle of freaking nowhere and in the process, she almost ran me over trying to find me in her new Camero. Not cool. After stopping and getting donuts, we were on our way to Texas!! The conference was amazing! I saw some of my favorite people and learned a lot! All the people from Alpha went to McAllister's after the conference and talked about all our hopes and goals for the coming year! So, we left Texas at around 7:30? On the way home. We hadn't even driven 30 minutes before we both had the sleepy giggles and stopped to get some frapps with a shot of espresso. Didn't help too much and combined with lots of sweet tea, there were a lot of stops. We also ended up getting lost, so rather than getting back at around 11,.. we pulled in to her driveway at about 12:30. And then I still had to drive back. I don't even know how I did it, I was so exhausted. I know it's not safe, and I promise not to ever pull another all-nighter. This is not a chick who can function after 40+ hours of "Go Go Go!" and no sleep.

So, yesterday was spent recuperating. And it's AUGUST!! My anniversary is this weekend and I'm still pretty emotional about everything. I'll probably head home in the next few days and get ready for an amazing scrapbooking weekend with my sisters and the women in David's family! I'm really looking forward to Girl Time! Daddy and I have our date on the 7th to celebrate my anniversary. David's not taking it well that we can't be together,... I just keep trying to tell myself that it's not a big deal, but it is! It's our VERY FIRST wedding anniversary and we only freaking get one! We only get one of all of them, but I think the 1st, the 5th, the 10th, the 25th and the 50th are the big ones that should be celebrated big time. I've already determined where we are going next year to celebrate! It'll be like a second honeymoon and I'm excited to surprise him with it when he gets home. But for now, along with missing that special time together, I have no clue when his block leave begins. People keep asking what the plan is and what we're going to do.. I still have to reserve our hotel for where we're staying... it's all just really emotional right now. So, I baked a yellow cake with chocolate icing and my plan is to have some yummy Homemade Mac and Cheese for dinner, watch me some Real Housewives of New Jersey Drama and indulge in some delicious cake before hitting the pillow! I hope you all have a wonderful night!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Productive Day

OMG I feel like this is the first time I've sat down to relax a little since Sunday... maybe because it is! My days are all starting to blur together and I honestly can't tell you off the top of my head what happened last week, although I'm sure something exciting happened.... maybe not. I don't know. Monday, I went to McAllister's for some sweet tea and good talk with a friend! We ended up staying there for 6 HOURS!?! But it was so much fun and I made it home in time to watch Real Housewives of New Jersey! Love that show! :) Yesterday, I had class and I also had my final in my lab.. it wasn't multiple choice like they normally are, so I had a harder time with it because I wasn't prepared for the format of the exam. Oh, well. We went over everything in class yesterday, so we didn't have class this morning.. which is great because I haven't been able to sleep well and I finally clonk out around 3-4 AM... no bueno. I got up and SO FAR today... I have done 7 loads of laundry, cleaned the entire apartment, and taken care of a lot of logistical stuff for Kappa Kappa Psi!! :) OH!!! And my stuff I ordered for my saxophone came in!!! I can't wait to practice... I've only missed a few days, but I really need to get back into daily workouts and practice sessions. Yup! I'm about to do the ironing and finish up studying for tomorrow's final (gosh, I'm so ready for a break from classes).. So yeah! I'm happy with what I got done today and I'm ready for the weekend! :) It's going to be filled with some of my favorite people!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

First Thunderstorm Without The Hubby

Man, has today been a lazy Sunday!! I decided not to go workout and not to go practice today (Although I ordered my new mouthpiece, ligature, saxophone harness, and tuner/metronome last night and it was shipped this MORNING!!!), so I have had a lazy day! And I've loved it. I was freezing in the apartment and decided to go lay down while watching Bravo! and I heard my upstairs neighbors AGAIN!! They are CONSTANTLY moving stuff around or doing something up there... they're just really loud.WHAT CAN THEY BE DOING?!?

Well, I opened my eyes and it was DARK! I looked up the weather on my phone and realized a storm was rolling in, so I jumped out of bed and took Taco and Belle outside so they could go potty before the storm hit. As soon as we got outside, there was the LARGEST crash of thunder and lightning.. and they bolted. So, I chased them down and took them inside.. and now we're watching the heavy rainfall and listening to the crazy wind/thunder and lightning. For those of you who don't know, I HATE storms! And this is the first one since David's been gone... so, I tend to stress a little.

When a tornado came through our town in May, of course like all men, David was outside watching it... where was I? I was running around inside putting water, snacks, pillows and blankets in the bathroom, removing any important picture or item that we had out and placing it in a "safe" place and just losing it! I started to make dinner and David almost went to the store to get me a Diet Coke to freakin' calm me down! Gosh I hate storms!

BUT... I happen to have some chinese frozen dinners and my FAVORITE thing when it's nasty and rainy outside is to have some Chinese!! So BRING IT STORM!!! ... not really, but I'm going to try and take it easy while having Chinese food and watching more Bravo! Oh, and it's hailing now...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

One Month!!

A lot of things will happen in this next month! David goes to a new post tomorrow and they will continue their training. He has been crazy busy, we have only talked for a few minutes every day before he crashes. I guess it's a good thing since it helps me get ready for those short conversations when he goes overseas. After next Thursday, my summer classes will officially be over and for the first time since January, I will have 2 1/2 weeks of NO SCHOOL!!! Gotta use that to get ready for the fall semester!

Next Friday, one of my great friends is coming to town to visit and we get to hang out. And next Saturday, my family is coming in to town to visit! So, it'll be nice to have people around! :) Then I'll have a few days to do laundry, take care of bills, CLEAN THE APARTMENT and continue practicing and working out before heading back to my hometown! We're having a scrapbooking weekend with the women in David's family... gosh I need to order pictures on Snapfish.. and then our First Anniversary!

I'm going to be a Debbie Downer for a second. I know that being in the military, you don't spend every anniversary together, but I at least wanted to spend our first one with each other. I haven't really gotten upset about it until now, but with it being close and the emotions... I don't know. My Dad is taking me on a Daddy/Daughter Date that night though! :) So, I think it will still be special. And David and I can eat our cupcakes a few days later. No big deal, right?

Then, at some point, David will hopefully have a few days off and I've been looking for a good place to stay around our hometown (since we're not staying at either of our parents' houses) and for fun things that we can do that are "tradition" for us, or that we haven't been able to do before! So, we can celebrate our anniversary then! We'll also need to pick out a new washer and dryer so we can have those installed after he leaves. His deployment ceremony is on the 15th. Gosh, I can't believe it's so close. He's going out of state to another fort where they will finish up their training, and he should get some time off while he's there, but I don't know how I'm going to be on the 15th... with all of our family there, watching him get on another bus and leave...

That night, marching band kicks in! And I am a rookie again... woot. So, we have a meeting and then start rehearsal all day from Monday through Saturday. We have an audition and we have to have all this music memorized for marching band. Sunday, the 22nd, will be my last day off for awhile. School starts the next day, and with that comes wind ensemble auditions! Bring it!

I've been working out every day this week, and practicing an hour a day too. I want to be ready for marching band and I want to be ready to jump back in to the music department and do what I love to do! :) Tomorrow is my first weigh-in day. I've really tried eating healthy and drinking water, and I've been having some kick-butt workouts... so, we'll see how it goes! On to practicing and working out! :) Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Fill-In and Some Family News

Before I start my Friday Fill-In, I want to ask that you all keep my grandpa, my Papa Jim in your prayers. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital last night for blood pressure issues and is believed to have fluid around his lungs. He has also had heart problems since long before I was born.


He's in the heart hospital now and the medicine is making him a cranky pot, and he doesn't want to see or talk to anyone.. including my Mom and my grandma, Mama Carty! I know I have been extremely blessed in life. I still have all four of my grandparents and they are all still married. I also still have 2 great-grandparents that are still married and was able to know 2 other great-grandparents before they passed away when I was young. They were also married. We have had only had one divorce in my family, and it was my aunt and uncle on my Dad's side. Other than that, on both sides dated back to the 1700's, there has been no divorce and for that, I am completely grateful!!

So, I've never dealt with death close by. We came close last year with my Mom, but she pulled through. More on that another time. And I also cling to the men in my family! We just have an extra special bond, Papa Jim being my closest! I know they are getting old and I worry what will happen when they aren't here anymore. I just don't think I would be able to handle it. Especially with how supportive and encouraging my Papa Jim has been throughout my whole life. I know he sounds like a grouch, but he has been a youth minister/senior adult minister since my Mom was 9. He is loved by many and loves unconditionally! He's always happy and positive except when he gets a bad migraine. So, he's in the hospital for today and they are running some tests and will keep a close eye on him. Thankfully, I have nothing going on this weekend, so I'm available to jump up and go if I need to. So, please keep him and my family in your prayers as the doctors try to figure out what it wrong.

Also, David's cousins Joe and Sarah have 2 adorable little boys, Creed and Luke! Luke is 4 and is the cutest thing. He had been acting strangely and long story short, they found a tumor in his brain. It has all happened so fast with them trying to figure out what kind of tumor it is and what can be done about it, how fast it's growing. It started affecting his eye sight the other day and they took him in for an EEG and a spinal tap. After he got home last night, he started screaming and crying that he was in pain, and so they are back in the hospital observing him today and running more tests. Please keep their family in your prayers! And go by Trouble In Spots But Saved By God's Grace to read about Lukie and leave an encouraging note please, I can't imagine how hard this has been for the family.

And NOW!!! On to the Friday Fill-In!!! Thank you to Wife Of A Sailor for putting together the Fill-In! :)

1.Besides the horizontal mambo, what do you miss most when your spouse is deployed?
Just his presence! I love being able to reach over and him be there or if there's a loud thud outside, knowing that it'll all be fine because he's right there.

2.What do you miss least?
Laundry, dishes, and cleanup! It's SO much easier when it's just me and the laundry loads are SOO much smaller too! I also miss cooking for more than one person, it's been a challenge trying to learn how to cook for one.

3.You only get three crayons to finish your picture… which three do you choose and why?
The traditional green, red, and yellow! You can make just about any color with those combinations, and they are the standard colors given in restaurants, so they must work! :)

4.If you could have your own fragrance, what would it be called?
Hmm, On The Run, because I always seem to be running late and trying to get out the door, but I still make time to put on my perfume before I leave!

5.If the shoes make the man (or woman), what do your shoes say about you right now?
My shoes (usually flip-flops) say that I like to be open and just enjoy getting out and not being cooped up! I like to have space and I like to be able to just throw on my shoes and go!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's Hump Day!!!

It's been a busy busy day! I got up and had class this morning, then ran around campus taking care of everything from officially changing my major to changing my name from my maiden to my married name. Then I went and practiced for an hour! It felt pretty good! I'm excited to get a new mouthpiece, neck strap, and new reeds and hoping things will sound better after that!

I came home for lunch and discovered that I can watch SO You Think You Can Dance (My all-time favorite show) on Hulu!! OMG Words cannot express how pumped I was to not have to wait until the middle of August to watch the rest of the season!! So, after lunch, I started doing all the other stuff I have to do. Can you say, full plate? I love that there are so many military bloggers! It helps you know you're not alone!

But BOY am I short on patience and sympathy lately? Have you ever had someone start talking to you randomly, who you haven't talked to in MONTHS and they're just complaining about how hard their life is and how it sucks,.. the summer sucks, I haven't talked to anyone, I can't come back to school, we're having $$ issues.... OH MY GOSH!!! I can't handle these types of people right now! I just want to shout from the rooftops that EVERYONE'S LIFE SUCKS and that everyone finds a way to deal with it and move on! :) I mean, venting is TOTALLY fine and definitely a necessity, but to think that you have it worse than anyone else around you... No no! I'm a firm believer in the "When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade" quote! I think we all just have to take the hand we are given, look at the problem square in the face and say "Screw you" and make what we want out of it! And I also believe that one's personality and attitude doesn't change just because they're going through a rough time. It's no excuse.. you are who you are and. yes, you can learn and grow from situations, but I don't think you completely change. Any who... there's my vent!

After doing some stuff, I finally got up and went to work out! Gosh I'm sore, but I'm hoping when I weigh in on Sunday, that it'll be all worth it! I also joined Weight Watchers and am hoping to get some good "single person" recipes and to have some foundation on what I need to be doing to lose weight! Any tips from you all?

I decided today that I am going to go to Montana!!! I have been doing school and deployment stuff ALL summer and have LITERALLY not had a single break.. so this trip to see Jennifer, Jordan, and my future niece/nephew will be my Summer and my relaxation before the chaos of life and school return! I'm really excited!! I have to find a way to make my saxophone in to my carry-on... cuz there's NO way I'm letting it get thrown around with luggage, but other than that... I should be heading out in about a week!!! So excited!!

We'll see how things go, but I'm thinking they're going to go pretty good! Can't wait to talk to the Hubby tonight! :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Mrs. Giveaway!!

The Mrs. at Trying Our Best is having an adorable giveaway of the cutest zip up bags EVER!!! Love Love Love the pink one!! Everyone should go check it out and look at BlueBird Crafting while you're at it! :)

A Slow Day...NOT!!!

Do you ever get that overwhelming feeling, that one day where you just feel alone... like anything could happen and no one would know for awhile?! The deployment is sinking in, and all the happenings and concerns over the past few months are becoming a reality. The training is getting more intense, the hours he's working are getting longer and longer... and with it, my days seem to get longer and my motivation seems to dwindle.

It's not that I don't know that people love me and care about me, I have an amazing family support system! My sister-in-law even texted me today asking how I was doing. I know there are tons of people I can call and talk to about things, but at the same time, I just don't want to push my problems off on others and I don't even know what I would say. I just want someone to reach out to me. I'm constantly trying to keep busy and to get things done, and aside from seeing Bri and David this weekend, that was really the only personal interaction I've had with anyone. Being alone sucks. I'm going to go work out and rent a comedy to just bump out of this mood. I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday!!

Edit Post: I went to workout and practice my saxophone and I was gone for maybe 2 hours. Well, background here. Taco eats EVERYTHING!!! They get kenneled when we leave and they can no longer have a pillow because they'll destroy it, nor can they have a patch of carpet, cuz they'll eat it in 3.5 seconds... just like the rest of the carpet in our apartment. We are SOO not getting our deposit back! Well, for awhile, I thought that Taco would eat Belle's collar off of her. We got her 3 different collars, each one thicker than the one before, and still... they got chewed off. I finally bought a nice expensive leather one and was assured by the employee that it was the strongest collar out there without going to chokers. I really don't want to put a choker on my sweet Belle Belle! That and it would fall off since chokers are meant to help when walking them. Well, we got it and a few weeks later, she was sitting at my feet while I was studying and I heard this gnawing sound. I looked down, and she was actually choking with the collar in her mouth!!! She had somehow gotten the bottom part of her mouth under the collar and SHE was chewing it off!!! OMG!!! The damage was done though. So, after a few months of not having a collar and feeling guilty that no one would know her if she ran away, I went in and got her a new collar, explaining to the guy her past "issues" with collars. He picked out a spiked pink collar. Spiked! For my chihuahua!! :( Oh well, I told him we'd try it and we both figured that since the collar had spikes and other stuff on it as well as being leather, she wouldn't bite through it because it would hurt her. We made it a little tight, just in case! Yesterday, I discovered that she had chewed off the extra bit that overlapped. And today when I got home, got ready to take them out and tried putting her leash on,... her collard was GONE!! I went to the kennel and there was a small piece of the collar left. Meaning, Belle chewed it off and one of them, if not both.. ate it. WITH THE SPIKES!! And those things are sharp!! When they went outside, I realized Taco had eaten some, if not all, of the collar. I just don't know what I'm going to do with them... ARGH!!!! Other than that, my workout was good, the practicing was ehh,... it'll get better! I'm doing yoga tonight after my cold shower and dinner and then watching So You Think You Can Dance ONLINE!!! I FINALLY found a way to watch episodes of my FAVORITE TV SHOW!!! So, yeah! Have a lovely night everyone!!

Question For All You Fabulous Bloggers

How do you add pages to the top of a blog? I want to have a section about the Hubby and I, and tell our story, pictures, deployment stuff, but all on tabs that people can click on. I'm not sure how to do it. Can anyone help me out please? :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Weekend Going Into Another Week

This weekend was amazing!!!! I had SOO much fun getting to spend time with the Hubby! Dinner was amazing, and as I predicted, we went to the Warren Theater and watched Eclipse! It may have been even better the second time! :) We were able to go have drinks in the mezzanine before the movie started! And David loved the movie! The motel that the Army has him in isn't the fanciest place in the world, but it was just nice to be able to spend a night with my Hubby!!! :) He didn't have to report until 0900 either, so we got to sleep in a little before he had to go. The puppies had a good time at Auntie Bri's with Sadie! Bri and I had a FABULOUS lunch on Sunday afternoon and watched ABC Family's Sandra Bullock movie marathon for a little bit! I got back early last night and was able to work out and unpack before dinner... and then I went to bed at 8:55. I don't remember the last time I went to bed that early!!! It was AMAZING!!!!

I woke up at midnight, though, because Taco got sick. I hate that, poor puppy! He was fine after a few minutes. And then David called and after that, getting back to sleep was a little harder, but it happened! :) Waking up this morning was easy! I had class and then a WONDERFUL 2 hour cardio workout! I'll probably do yoga and practice my saxophone this afternoon! Just relax! I'm also making a new dinner tonight. Chicken and brown rice with tomatoes and spinach!! I'm excited to try it out, snuggle up in my blanket, and watch the Real Housewives of New Jersey!! :) YAY Team Fabulous!! Haha!! Happy Monday everyone!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

DATE NIGHT!!!!

Hubby is without a roommate tonight, which means I can go visit him and I have somewhere to stay! AND he gets off at 4... the earliest they've gotten off so far! So, Taco and Belle get to go play at Auntie Bri's with their buddy Sadie, and Mommy and Daddy get to go out to eat!! It's been SOO long since David's called me up and said,.. "Here's the plan!" :) Usually, it's a "I don't care, what do you want to do?" conversation, but tonight, he's taking me to BJ's Restaurant and then we're going to go see a movie (hopefully Eclipse, but anything will do :D)!! So, minus me dropping an entire glass of ice water on my phone and now needing to keep it in rice, I'm PRETTY FREAKING EXCITED!!!!!! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and I'll try to post pics when I get home tomorrow!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Gosh It's Been FOREVER!!!

I can't believe it's been almost a week since my last post... fail on my part. Sunday with the Hubby was AMAZING!!!! My air conditioning in my car broke on the trip down, but it was SO good to see him and just sit by him through all those Yellow Ribbon briefings (and in the cool air conditioning)! :) Our plan was to leave our puppies at a friend's house and stay with his sister and her family on Sunday night. Welp, The Hubby missed his motorcycle that he'd left at my parents house.... so CHANGE OF PLANS we headed to get the dogs and go to our hometown after the conference. We rode with the windows down, since we had no air conditioning, and MAN was it fun combing my hair that night! We stayed with his parents though, took care of all the legal things no one wants to talk about and then he crashed while I watched Army Wives with my dear sister-in-law, Esther. GOSH it was a tear-jerker!! But I'm glad she and I got to spend that time together. We spent all of Monday with our families and he and my Dad fixed my air conditioning (kind of.. enough for the ride home to be pleasant)! And David got his motorcycle back! OH!! I also got to have my first ride on a motorcycle!! With my Hubby of coarse!! It was kind of scary, but I got the hang of it. I made it harder for him cuz I'd put my head to one side or the other so I could see what was going on... but other than that, it was fun! :)

We went our separate ways on Monday night and I headed home for school the next morning while he headed back to the Big City for training. I'm so thankful for the time we were able to spend together!! So, back to school for the week and things have been CRAZY busy!!

Tuesday, I ran all sorts of errands, had class and lab, met with the Membership Educator for Kappa Kappa Psi's Sister Chapter, Tau Beta Sigma, and we went over a lot of things for this next school year, and then my dear friend, Amanda, came in to town and we went to our band director, Dr. Snow's, going away cookout party. It was fabulous and so nice to spend time with close friends! Then, Amanda and I went shopping for my single person eating healthy food! It was wonderful! I'm super set on making things work without the Hubby here and I even picked out some yoga equipment and a video to workout with and focus on my breathing! I think it'll be great!!

Wednesday was also crazy busy, again, full of running around doing errands and Taco and Belle spent the afternoon getting groomed and then we got Belle a new collar and got Taco some raw hides! He's eaten 2 of the 6 already!

Yesterday, more class and lab and a TEST (which hopefully I did ok on). And then I came home and had a HUGE desire to clean. So, I cleaned the kitchen, the laundry room, the living room, the dining room and the hallway.. and then I got to the bedrooms and bathrooms. From there, I just wanted to organize everything! And so I did and I LOVE IT!!! So much easier to do things now!! I've got the school supplies all in the office and ready for use and the closet is all cleaned and neat... just need to do laundry! After that, my back started hurting and I realized it was because of cramps.. YUCK!! So, I sat down and relaxed for the first time in awhile. It was so nice! :)

Today... I didn't really sleep in, but I slept well last night! I had a doctor's appointment that went well and then I was able to come home and sneak in a few more zzzzzz's before getting up and getting around. I'm still trying to figure out what to do this weekend in not knowing the Hubby's schedule, whether he'll have a roommate or not, what to do with the dogs... all that. I want to go see him... so we'll see how it goes. Maybe tomorrow! :) I missed all of you and can't wait to catch up on how everyone's doing! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yellow Ribbon Conference

I GET TO SEE MY HUBBY TOMORROW!!!
I'm just a little excited!! :) Still trying to pack, but it'll get there! Tomorrow is the yellow ribbon conference and so we'll be sitting in an ice cold room all day doing that while Taco and Belle go to Auntie Bri's house and play with Sadie until Monday afternoon!!! I'm excited! And David and I will either stay at a hotel, or stay with a family member! It'll be good, can't wait to just spend time with him!!

Today was a busy day. I didn't go to bed until 0400 (...I was reading Breaking Dawn) and so I woke up at around 1100. I did some laundry and then did A TON of ironing... until around 6:00! Then, it was definitely time for dinner! My Mom and I had been talking about food and how to cook for just one person and she gave me the great idea of cooking a few meals a week and then freezing them in portions so all I have to do is thaw them out when I want to eat them, and then I heat it up in the microwave!! It'll be AMAZING when school goes in to full swing! I know it may be silly that I didn't think about it, but I'm excited! I froze my first leftovers tonight! :) That and then just drinking lots of water and eating when I'm hungry and not just because it's "time to eat". I think it'll be good! Taco, Belle and I went on another walk today and they discovered their shadows!! They were SOOO excited and just kept jumping and playing! It was adorable! Definitely the funniest moment of my day! Anywho,... gotta get to packing and then hit the pillow!! Lots of driving tomorrow! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


1. What is your favorite household chore?

I love ironing!! My great-grandmother was a professional seamstress and so I've grown up with the mentality that you iron every piece of clothing that is visible, including t-shirts! I know there are a lot of people who don't do this, but I LOVE to do it and find it super relaxing!!


2. What is your favorite childhood memory?

I can't pick just one! I have been very blessed to have such a close family on both sides! So, my childhood is filled with memories of love and laughter and I'm extremely thankful for that!!

3. What is your most embarrassing moment?

Umm, I've had a lot! I'm a huge clutz and very accident prone! David's favorite words are "Really, Sarah?!" My most recent would have to be me breaking my toe though! My sister opened the back door to let her mini chihuahua outside and her dog BOLTED after a rabbit. I was sitting on the bar stool yelling at her to go grab her dog and realized that Taco was waiting to run out the door too. So I jumped off the chair, took one step (still yelling of course) and then
SLAMMED my foot in to my parents end table. I fell to the ground and didn't know whether to laugh or cry I was so humiliated and sure that it looked pretty freaking hilarious!! I tried standing and couldn't, and then looked at my foot and said, "That doesn't look right,... right?!" It looked like Spock's "Live Long and Prosper". My Dad and David rushed me to the hospital, cracking jokes the whole time about my toe and being in the emergency room when David gets home becoming a tradition! And then we watched Star Trek in honor of my broken toe! :) Gotta love my family!

4. What uniform of your spouse’s is your favorite?

I
LOVE him in his ACU's!! I think he looks super hott in them! They're definitely my favorite!!

5. What canceled TV show do you miss the most?

I would have to say Friends and Boy Meets World. I
ABSOLUTELY LOVED those shows and they hardly ever air Friends anymore... That and Cosby! I think The Cosby show is one of the most hilarious shows I've ever seen!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

OVERWHELMING!!!

I feel like my head is about to explode!!! Not only are we dealing with the emotions of David having left today for mobilization, but then there's finances and bills, and school and loans and payment plans, and we need a new dryer, so we might as well try for a washer too... trying to plan a trip for his leave, taking care of things with our landlord and continuing water problems, and then Taco and belle need their nails done, new collars, and their medicine for the month as well as scholarship forms needing to be filled out, I need to start practicing for school since I haven't played my instrument in #% days.... and then I forgot today was Thursday and that I was supposed to go back to our hometown for my nieces birthday party, and I forgot my sister's anniversary, my Dad's birthday is in a few days, so thankfully I didn't forget that YET.... AHHHHH!!!!! Like I said, I feel like my head is going to explode.. Anyone have a brain they want to lend me? I took a day off today to just kind of take it all in. No more days like today for awhile... I have much to much to get done and not enough time to do it! I just am being hit with a reality check that HELLO!?!?!?! It's HERE!!!! Unbelievable! But you know what, there's really no way to completely plan for a deployment. You can plan logistically, financially, and mentally, but it's the emotions that get ya! I know without a doubt that we are going to make it through this and it'll all be ok! I changed 2 very high light bulbs today (A BIG accomplishment for my 5' 1.5" self) and smacked at a spider without any fear!! But, it ran behind the bookcase AGAIN! 2nd day in a row... fast little bugger! I'll get it eventually! So, now that I have all that out I feel a little better... sorry for the brief meltdown ya'll! Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the night!!

Definitely Needing This Fabulous Five Thursday

Ok! So, this is my first time trying this, and I'm not going to lie. LITERALLY 5 seconds ago, I was being a Debbie Downer and all zombie like with David leaving this morning at 0400. BUT (And I'm embarrassed it took me this long to find this, JUST found the button that is actually meant to be used for your posts, with the font options, size, color, all that... I KNOW!!! If David were here he would say "Really, Sarah?" YUP! Really!!! :) So, on to my Fabulous Five Thursday!!

Happy- I am happy that I was able to spend all of the past few days with David and that he LOVINGLY volunteered to help out with cooking, cleaning, and asked to come with me to get the laundry, to buy groceries, and to help him do things too!
Giddy- I am giddy because one of my dear friends from high school and her wonderful husband are having a baby! And David and I are the Aunt and Uncle of that baby! BUT!!! They went in to hear the heartbeat and found out that there's a possibility they could have TWINS!!! DOUBLE THE LOVING!!!! Can't wait to fly up to Montana, spend time with my best friend, and love & spoil those precious babies!!

Joyful- I am joyful that I have Taco and Belle and that they have been on their best behavior today!! It's so nice just to love and them and I'm glad that we made the decision to make them a part of our family!!

Excited- I am EXCITED for this weekend!!! We have our yellow ribbon conference for the pre-deployment and I get to spend all of Sunday with David!! I'm super excited just to see him and be with him as much as I can!!!

Appreciative- And FINALLY! Last but CERTAINLY not least, I am overly appreciative of the amazing family and friends that God has blessed me with that are our support system ALWAYS! In good times and in hard times!! You all are my rock and I can't imagine getting through most days without you! Thank you!!!

Well, That was fun! I'm definitely going to have to make a tradition of doing that on Thursdays! I really do feel SOO much better and have a little energy!! I hope you all have a FABULOUS Thursday!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

11 Months!!

As some may notice, I changed the blog around a little! Hope you all like it! :) Things have been pretty crazy around here today. David leaves at 0400 tomorrow for his four day drill that goes right into mobilization. So, we've been packing all day and loading his car up. I started making the dough for homemade pizza tonight.. still need to go to the store and get some cheese and cookie dough ice cream, as well as a movie and tonight's At-Home Date Night will be ready to go! I also need to finish up a few loads of laundry so David can pack up all his civilian clothes. I am just in shock that we are already here! He called me in the middle of April to tell me that his deployment had been moved up, but that feels like yesterday! Now, here we are getting ready to go through this all again after only a year of him being home! I know beyond all things that God is in control and that He will watch over us and care for us as we face this next challenge.
Our 11 month anniversary is today! 11 MONTHS!!! CRAZY!! Part of me can't believe it's almost been a year and part of me feels like we've been together forever! I know we won't be able to spend our one year anniversary together, but I'm excited to spend this day together! And we'll have some time during his 4-day pass to get away and celebrate our anniversary! So, I'm definitely looking forward to spending that time together, getting away, and eating our wedding cake (Although I plan to have a backup made just in case)! So yeah! Not too much today! Hope you all are having a wonderful Hump Day!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to bring you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11