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

Monday, January 31, 2011

Not a fan of this time of the year..

It's SNOWING!!! More like icing actually, but it's got some snow mixed into it and we are now under a blizzard warning. So, no school tomorrow and I get to stay up late watching movies and "relaxing"... but I can't get my brain to stop running.
I'm not a fan of cold weather, but it isn't that bad! It could be worse. I am definitely NOT a fan of the fact that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Especially with the Hubby being deployed. It's all fine and dandy when he's here.. but it stinks to see everyone else all Lovey-Dovey when my Love is on the other side of the planet. And, may I just point out that Snow Days STINK when he's not here... It's just hard to watch and listen to people talk about and go do special things with their significant others. We've spent more time apart in our marriage and in our entire relationship than we have together and I'm very ready to just spend time with my husband and have a settled marriage where we spend time together. I think it's just been a long and stressful past couple of months.. I'm ready for him to be home and move on with our lives and I'm just uber frustrated and beat down on where we are right now...
Sorry for being a Debbie Downer tonight, I'm just feeling down right now..

Everyone enjoy the snow and stay safe!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-IN and MORE!!

Hey all! It's MilSpouse Friday Fill-In! I love these days!! YAY! :) Join in on the fun over at Wife of a Sailor

1. If you were a movie star, what types of movies would you star in?
I would star in fun and romantic comedies and voice in Disney movies!! :)

2. What is a vacation you would like to take if money was no option?
If money was NO option, I would love to go to Italy and explore EVERY aspect of Rome, Sicilly and the country around there, maybe ever rent a house out by a vineyard and explore all the natural beauties like a true Italian!!

3. Did you have pets growing up?
Of COURSE!! We are a dog family, and I have had 3 family dogs, and now own my own 2 puppies!!!

4. What do you do for exercise?
I love cardio! I like to bike, but I also enjoy doing dance and cardio classes! I work on my abs with my ab balls and I also do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and her Yoga video! :)

5. What is the best piece of advise you've ever received as a MilSpouse?
STAY AWAY FROM THE CRAZIES!! You know those wives that go and give the whole "Woe is me" speech to the press and talk about how difficult things are, exploiting their family and lifestyle to everyone and opening the media a door to making our soldiers look bad? Yeah! Those people. And don't let other soldiers or spouses into your marriage. It only causes friction.

So, today was good! I got to talk to the Hubby today and he's doing alright, just ready to come home. I went shopping with a friend and after hanging out all afternoon, we went to our friends apartment and joined in on a fun and relaxing party! It was nice to just kick back and relax with friends in an almost drama-free environment!
I know I'm being cliche about this next part, but I am uber-frustrated about it and want to share! And since it's my blog.. :) I try to be open and pleasant with all those who I come into contact with. There are some relationships that are just strained and some things happen that you just can't take back... but it doesn't mean we have to go searching for trouble. My friend and I showed up at the party tonight and one of the attendee's updated their twitter (Which I have an account to, but hardly check because of time) and they said "Also, she's a B^*@& and I'm uncomfortable, but I'll be happy so I'm not the B(&#*" I was made aware of it by someone showing me and quickly found out that the tweet was directed towards me?! I was totally shocked and I HATE when people stoop to updating twitters or facebook like that! The worst part was that I had carried on a few conversations with this individual previous to the tweet and nothing seemed to be wrong, nor could anything have been taken as b&%$*y... but whatever. It just really offended and aggravated me and I don't even know what I did.
BUT!! Round 2 comes tomorrow and I'm excited to enjoy the night with good friends and fun games, regardless of what other things may come into play! I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blizzard Blog Hop

Hey All! It's time for Blizzard Blog Hop! Head over to Household 6 Diva to participate and join in on the fun! Let's spend the weekend getting to know one another! So, here goes..
My name is Sarah and I blog on 'Tis the Life of the Army Wife! I chose the name because whenever I'm talking to my Mom about life and the military things, she always sighs and says " 'Tis the life Baby Girl!" :) Thanks Mom!
I am a music education major and I play the saxophone, along with many other instruments. I am studying to be a band director! In my opinion, it is the most rewarding thing I can do with my life! I love children and I love music, so why not combine the two? I'm also a wife to a wonderful Hubby, a fur mommy to two beautiful Chihuahua Basenji puppies, a daughter and sister, a proud aunt to 8, almost 9 children... I wear a lot of hats, but I plan on adding to my hat rack as life goes on!
I met my Hubby dear when we were in HS! Yes, we are HS Sweethearts! :) We met in choir, my junior year and his senior year, and according to friends, he was flirting with me, but I had no clue! So, it all started when I asked HIM to prom as friends! One thing led to another and through the excitement and the planning, we became best friends and fell in love!

We dated through basic and AIT and spent the rest of the next 3 years in and on again-off again relationship, but we remained best friends throughout all of it!

In the Spring of 2008, I got a call from David and he told me he was going to be deploying in a month. I was freaked out and afraid for him. We weren't together at the time, but the reality of the deployment shook us and we realized that we didn't want to live another day without one another. We got engaged right before he left for Iraq and tried our best to plan a wedding while we were half a world apart.

David's leave was rough. A few hours after he got home, my Mom had a cardiac arrest in our entry way and spent his entire leave in ICU. It was scary and nerve-racking and David held me and my family together through all of it. I would have married him right then if I could have. It was a blessing and a curse to have him home during that time, but looking back, I don't know what I would do without him there.

David got home a few months later and my Mom is thankfully doing better! She was able to be there to watch my Sister graduate HS, help me finish planning the wedding and be there throughout the entire day and she's still pushing through! I am so very proud of her. We finished the wedding plans and enjoyed the summer together.

On August 7, 2009, I became an official Army wife and married my very best friend and the love of my life! We adjusted to married life and worked towards finishing school! We also adopted our precious puppies, Taco and Belle!

About 9 months after we had been married, we found out that David was being deployed again. He spent the summer travelling around at trainings and taking classes, and he deployed in the beginning of the fall! He should be home on leave in a few months and I can't wait to have him home for more than a year! :)
I look forward to reading everyones Blizzard Blogs and I hope you all have a fun weekend! Happy Blogging!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In and More

So, technically it's after Friday... but WHO CARES!!! I'm going to do my MilSpouse Friday Fill-In Darnit! ;) So, here goes! Head over to Wife of a Sailor to participate!

1. What do you usually want to know about someone when meeting them for the first time?
Well, their name is usually a good starting point, but I also want to know where they live, what they do for a living.. just fun and basic information! :)

2. Would you rather know everything about your spouse, or be regularly surprised?
I like knowing the things that matter, but it's nice to learn new things about him! He definitely keeps me on my toes!

3. If you could live in one city for the rest of your life, where would you live?
Hmmm, I really like Tulsa. I know it's lame, since I was born and raised there, but the majority of our friends and family are from the area and it would be nice to be close... PLUS, there are some pretty great band programs in the Tulsa area!

4. When you go out of town, what one material thing do you ALWAYS take?
My iPod. I have all sorts of different styles of songs and music on there and multiple Road Trip playlists to keep the trip entertaining!

5. Using no more than 10 nouns, and ONLY nouns, describe yourself.
Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Puppy Mommy, Musician, Educator, Cook, Decorator, Shopaholic! Woo!!

So, this week has been short. We had our music educators conference this weekend and minus not being able to go yesterday due to snow, it was wonderful! I was able to see a lot of collegiate music educators that I have met over the years and reconnect with multiple directors and music teachers from around the state. It just reinforces my goals to graduate and finally be able to do what I want to do for the rest of my life!

On that note, I've been thinking a lot today. There were a lot of people at the conference that are new teachers and it just reminds me that I should be done with school by now. I know I transferred twice, got engaged, went through a deployment with the Hubby, took off a semester and helped my Mom recover from her cardiac arrest, plan a wedding, move and change majors, change BACK to music ed, and now go through another deployment with the Hubby. All in just 2.5 years.. Still though, I should be done by now. I know that I am probably the biggest obstacle keeping myself from doing the things I want to do. Why not get the grades I know I can get? Why not be the musician I know I can be? Why not drop the weight I know I continue to gain?

I've been thinking about making more of a routine schedule for myself with workouts, meal plans, cleaning schedules, study sessions, and a set bed time so I can get all the sleep I need. But, I've also been thinking about maybe taking on a part time job.. I don't know. But I'm sick of feeling like I'm standing in my own way of accomplishing what I want in life. So, we'll see what this next week brings. But I will no longer push for an easy goal. I will set my standards high and attain what I know I can with hard work, motivation, and determination! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and stays warm and safe in this cold winter weather!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lazy day..

Yay for long weekends!! I went out with my friends last night and we picked out our bridesmaids dresses for my friend Leslie's wedding coming up in June! So exciting!! We also went out to eat and just had a good time, since it was the first time all the bridesmaids have been together!

I stayed up late last night, partly because I couldn't sleep and partly because I didn't need to. I don't know what happened but I had the most vivid nightmares and woke myself up twice throughout the night because I was screaming. It was weird and creepy.. I don't really know what to make of it. So, needless to say, I didn't sleep well last night. I've been lounging around today and crashing every now and then because of it. But I've also just been watching movies and catching up on blogs that I've missed reading. Gosh, I've missed blogging!!
I also miss my Hubby! I haven't gotten to talk to him since Monday morning and it's been almost a week,... I know that's normal for some, but with this deployment, we've been blessed to talk every day if not every other day. So, it's been rough. I know he's been busy, but it's hard not to get frustrated, especially when I have no control over the communication or the situation. Gosh it sucks. Hopefully we'll get to talk soon. But, dinner is ready and the Prince of Persia is calling me! I haven't seen it yet so, I hope it's good! Everyone have a good and safe night!

Friday, January 14, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill In

It's that time of the week and I didn't miss it! MilSpouse Friday Fill-In!! Head over to Wife of a Sailor to participate! So, here we go!
1. What are you looking forward to most in 2011?
I am most looking forward to seeing my amazing hubby and having him home for good and celebrating our friends, Adam and Leslie's wedding while he is home on leave! Just a few more months!!
2. What is something random you do on a boring night when your significant other is away?
I watch Glee episodes.. over and over! I can't get enough! LOL
3. What has been your greatest adventure as a MilSpouse?
My greatest adventure has been to be able to be as supportive of my Hubby as I possibly can be and to learn to hold down the home front and be the "man of the house".
4. What is the ugliest fashion trend you ever bought into (I'd like to make fun of you, so can you please provide a picture as well)?
I don't have pictures.. thankfully. But, the biggest fashion trend I bought into was the colored jeans, the overalls and overall shorts and the massive bows and hugely teased bangs to match. Thanks Momma!
5. What was the high point of last month?
Aside from being able to spend the holidays with my family and friends and being blessed enough to talk to my Hubby around Christmas, I'd say the high point was our bowl game trip and the exciting time I had with the band! It helped that our team won! Go Pokes!! Best season EVER!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The most adorable "Single Lady"

Today was a light day and it was nice to relax! I got almost the whole place cleaned, had all my classes and even took a short nap! I'm feeling better, minus a slight stomach ache, but I blame some awesome Taco Soup on that.. so no complaints from me! I got to talk to my sister on the phone today and we had an absolute blast! As some of you may know, my husband is adopted from South Korea and it still fathoms me how we were born in completely different cultures and on different sides of the world, yet we grew up right down the street from one another! It just reminds me daily that God had a plan when he was adopted and I am so thankful for David's family and the love that they have brought into my life through their son. David's sisters would also like to adopt from Korea and China and it is definitely something we have discussed ourselves. Of course, I would love to have my own children, but my husband was given an amazing opportunity when he was adopted and we would love to give that blessing and love to another child. Anyway, the link! Esther was telling me about this hilarious Single Ladies video that a blogging couple posted of their children and their son was adopted from South Korea! Following me? Well I finally found it on YouTube and it literally is the most precious and sad thing I've ever seen! You have to watch for yourselves! Let me know what you think! Everyone have a wonderful night and stay warm! :D

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A New Day, A New Semester!

The Spring semester has begun! It started off rough though.. After going out with some friends Saturday night, I woke up extremely sick on Sunday and literally did not eat more than a few crackers, broth, and clear fluids from Sunday until 3:00 today! Gosh it's been awful and I missed my first few days of school, but I'm ready to hit the ground running with school and life, take the bull by the horns and excel at anything and everything I do! :D I'm excited to see what the semester holds, anxious to push myself to be the student and worker that I know I can be and so ready for the end to get here so I can see my Hubby and have my best friend's wedding!! I'm looking into working with a personal trainer at the gym so I think that will be good! I'm off to hit the books and play "wedding planner"! Hope everyone has a fantastic 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