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

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!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fourth of July Weekend!!!

First off, as we celebrate our country's birthday, I would like to say a huge thank you to the men and women who have served and fought for our country and made it possible for us to have what we do! We live with the FREE because of the BRAVE and I am so blessed to know just a few of you all who give your life and sacrifice for the USA!! Let us remember what this day is about!
That being said, it was so exciting to spend the 4th of July with David! We have some wonderful memories of the Fourth of July! 2 years ago, we were preparing for his deployment to Iraq. He was mobilized at Ft. Sill and so we were able to watch an amazing fireworks show and spend that time together before he left! Last year, we went with his family to Colorado. It's a yearly trip for them and has been since he was really young, but it was my first time to go. We stay at Wilderness Ranch and it is just SO peaceful! But, there are no fireworks, so we improvised and had all the little kids play with an entire big box of poppers! They LOVED it!

Colorado Vacation 2009


So, this year, knowing for sure we won't be spending the Fourth of July together next year, we decided to spend it with our families! We went "home" on Friday and watched our town's fireworks show in the front yard with my Mom and Dad and my sister!

Dad, Tristen, and Momma before the show started

It was also Taco and Belle's first experience with fireworks, so we weren't sure how they'd do... but I think it went alright! :)

David and I watching the fireworks

On Saturday, the boys (Dave, my Dad and my brother) went to help move a friend in and were out the door by 6AM. Tristen and I got up and around and went to the mall to pick up my wedding ring (I left it with the jeweler when I went up for Kayla's wedding and was having it soldered) and to do a little shopping before David's Belated Birthday Party. We barely made it on time, but we made it!

Tristen and I before the party

Mom made ribs and all of David's favorite foods with them, plus tons of dessert and both sets of my grandparents were able to come, so it was a nice visit

We just kind of hung out the rest of the night! OH! I almost forgot! Mom and Dad also got a new bed... therefore WE got a new bed!! In the guest bedroom of their house, that is! We've been sleeping on an air up mattress and when we roll over at 3 in the morning, everyone can hear it. So now, we have a nice bed to sleep on when we visit! Church was the next morning and we didn't get up in time to go. It's a fight for the shower at my parent's house and I did not win. David was ready and went ahead to the service. But it was only after church ended that I realized it was David's last Sunday to go to church until after the deployment. I was so upset! I can't believe we're already here! ARGH!!
So, we went over to his parent's for lunch and it was amazing! Kind of crazy with 14 adults (almost all parents) and 11 children all under the age of 7. OMG!!! Again, ... CRAZY!! But we got to go pick out the fireworks with my oldest two nephews and then I played golf in the front yard with my brother in law, Ryan, while all the other guys taped rockets and other fireworks to an old unused door! Very creative! It was so cute to see the kids all sitting anxiously as they waited for our fireworks show to begin!

My dear nieces and nephews waiting to watch our fireworks show!!

It was wonderful to spend time with family, especially knowing that this will be one of the last times we are both home together! And he had a wonderful time, which is all that matters!!
Monday- My family got up and we all went to eat at IHOP so we could all hangout before we had to leave! It was amazing, as always! I love spending time with my family!! I am so thankful and blessed for them! David went to golf with his Dad after breakfast, so my brother and sister took me (the most unfashionable of the whole family) out to go shopping! New York & Company is my ALL TIME FAVORITE store!!! So, we went there, and Alex and Tristen enjoyed filling my arms with clothes that they picked out and I got to buy! They were having a SALE, so we ended up getting some great deals!! After a LONG afternoon of shopping, we went home and David and I got ready for dinner at Delta Cafe with both of our parents and my nephew, Jacob!!! It was, again, so much fun and we all had a lovely dinner with some wonderful conversation!
We packed up and headed home after that! It was late and we hit some rainfall while we were on the road. We got to talk through a lot of things though, so that was good!
I had class this morning and David was able to sleep in. He was super sore after golfing yesterday.. so I'm glad he was able to get some sleep! We've just been hanging out today, doing laundry and playing with Taco and Belle. David helped me make dinner tonight (we had Picante Chicken with Spanish Rice) and it was delicious!!
So, yeah! I cannot believe that we only have 2 days left before he starts mobilization! It's absolutely ridiculous that this deployment has come up so quickly! So, we'll see how the next few days go! I kind of feel like I'm on autopilot and unable to control anything going on around me. I'll just buckle up and get ready for the ride! Here we go!
"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