Thursday, August 16, 2018

Home Tour: Part 2

I am so sorry that Part 2 of the Home Tour has taken so long to put together! It's been a chore getting the rest of the house complete haha well mostly Kyle's man cave. If you missed Part I, click this link.

Without further ado, here is the rest of our home!

When we were looking for homes we knew that we needed a dedicated playroom for E. I absolutely love her space. I wanted the decorations to be fun but educational. My favorite is the solar system decals. She has a TV in there to watch cartoons if she wants and it has already proven to be really nice.
The next room you come to is the laundry room. I love that it's upstairs and that I don't have to drag laundry baskets up and down the stairs. It is HUGE!!! To the left we have Fishy's litter box plus his food and water. Eventually I would love to have my Dad build shelving on the far wall for storage.
If you continue right down the hallway you will come to Kyle's man cave. Since our first house we have always agreed that he has to have his own space. I don't want his gaming system downstairs and he likes to have a space he can retreat to and really relax. Believe me it's beneficial for our marriage to have our own space sometimes. He is still working on hanging things but he is happy with how it looks so far.
Connecting his room and the guest bedroom is a Jack and Jill bathroom. I've always wanted one and it's already proven to be awesome. It's the perfect size and great for guests.
This leads to the guest bedroom. I've never put too much thought into this room until now. I wanted it to be welcoming and cozy. I think I achieved that. I purchased that luggage rack on Amazon as well as the bedding. 
Continuing on we come to E's bathroom. I had no idea what I wanted her theme to be and then as I was browsing the aisles at Target it jumped out at me. FLAMINGOS!! Almost everything came from Target except for the artwork which came from Hobby Lobby and the baskets are from Amazon. It's such a fun bathroom and makes me smile every time I open the door.
Next is E's bedroom. I wanted her room to be fun. Nothing fancy and nothing over the top. We don't keep many of her toys in there because she has the playroom but her books are in there as well as some puzzles. The artwork in her room are some of my favorites. The E above her bed was made by sister with buttons from my Mom's clothes and it's so special. She loves her room and we spend quite a lot of time in there.
The last rooms upstairs are our bedroom/bathroom. It is MASSIVE. I'm not exaggerating either haha. This is by far the largest bedroom we have ever had. There are his/her walk in closets which is pretty darn awesome. 
The bathroom is my favorite space. I was adamant about having a bathtub. Not only did I get that but I got a 6 foot long bathtub haha.
I hope y'all enjoyed seeing the rest of our house! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Florida Fun!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm currently on the road headed back home after a great 4 days in Florida!

E and I hopped in the car early Thursday morning and made our way to visit my family. We had such a great time. It was nice to just relax and hang out. We were bummed that Kyle wasn't able to go with us but he will be able to go back with us over Labor Day Weekend. 

My niece and nephew were staying at my Dad's house so E was thrilled that her cousins were there to play with right away. 
We headed over to my sister and brother in laws new house for them to surprise the kiddos with a new boat! They were so excited!

On Friday we headed out to test the boat. It was so much fun and a beautiful day! They live close to Destin so we headed out to the bay and a place called Crab Island. Everyone had so much fun until a massive rainstorm came in and soaked us haha. It was a mad dash to get everyone out of the boat and get the boat loaded. 
Saturday was more relaxed and low key. I headed out for an 8 mile run and really enjoyed the scenery around my Dad's house. He lives in a pretty small town so it was a nice quiet run. 
Afterwards we all headed to bass pro shop and then we went bowling. It was so much fun! We bowled two games and the kids got to play in the arcade for a while. E did so good, she was content just eating pizza and watching all the action.

Sunday was our busiest day. It was my brother in law, Joe's birthday so we headed out bright and early for some fun on the boat. We went to Crab Island again, anchored the boat, and swam for a little while. The water is really shallow so E was able to play without fear. She absolutely loved it! We were able to do some tubing too and it was a blast. It was such a gorgeous day.
Then it was time for his birthday dinner. We went to a place in Destin called Pompano Joe's, it was right on the water and such a beautiful view.
We ended the birthday festivities with cake and ice cream back at the house and then I headed out for my run. It was a gorgeous night and the views by the water were amazing.
We all stayed at my sister's so we could see the kids on their first day of school yesterday. I went with my sister to take them. Definitely big days for both of them. :)

It was a great visit and I'm looking forward to going back at the end of the month.

I hope y'all had a great weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Let's Rock!

Several months ago I bought tickets to see AFI and Rise Against for Kyle's birthday. Tuesday night was finally that concert. We decided that since it was an outdoor amphitheater and that kids 2 and under were free that we would take E. I'm not going to lie we were a little hesitant and nervous but we figured why not. This was her first rock concert!

I wore her in her carrier on my back with her headphones on. 
She instantly made friends with everyone to include security guards haha. One in particular had a certificate made for her to remember her first rock show. 
AFI went on at 7:40 and they were incredible! Kyle has loved them since he was in high school, so it was awesome to see him so happy. I've never seen them before but I was definitely impressed. They have been a band since 1991, which is impressive.
They played for 45 minutes and at 8:55 it was time for Rise Against. At this point E was still doing amazing. We were handing her snacks and she was content. She was waving and talking to everyone around us. At one point I moved toward the back of our section so she could see better.

We have seen Rise Against before and once again they did not disappoint! E was enamored by their lights and was clapping along at one point haha.
They ended at 10:40 and E was still happy. She was tired but she did absolutely incredible! The last 4 songs we took her out of carrier and she was so happy haha. We were so proud of her. She instantly fell asleep in the car and slept the entire hour drive home.
We had the best time and it was so much fun taking E. I know most people are hesitant about taking little kids like her to concerts but she was the best! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

All American Marathon Ambassador

Several years ago I heard about the All American Marathon for the first time. It's an event held here in Fort Bragg/ Fayetteville that is pretty amazing. They have a full marathon, half marathon and a 5k.  The marathon and half marathon start in downtown Fayetteville and finish on Fort Bragg. There are so many things to see to include a memorial mile for fallen heroes. This event has been on my bucket list since then. 
When we found out that we would be coming back here I said to Kyle that I had to participate in this race. It was going to happen. I am so excited that this will be my 3rd marathon.

A few weeks ago I was browsing the events Facebook page and I saw the announcement that the application process had opened for Ambassadors for the 2019 event. I figured why not. I am passionate about running and this event is one that I was going to participate in so why not try to be someone who can represent and share this amazing event. 

Well fast forward a few weeks and last Monday I found out that out of 100 applicants I was selected as 1 of 15 Ambassadors! To say I was honored would be a complete understatement. I am so excited to represent and be a part of this event. One of the benefits of being an ambassador means that I get to provide a promo code for those who wish to participate in either the marathon or the half. As a military spouse, I am so proud to represent this outstanding event!

If you or someone you know wants to participate in this event here is my promo code for you to use: JENALLAMERICAN

This will get you a 15% discount! So mark your calendars for March 24, 2019! Come run with us and see how amazing the All American City truly is!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Family Visit

Last weekend was amazing because my family was in town! It was so fun having them here. My Dad, niece, and nephew arrived on Friday and E was beside herself with excitement. She was so happy playing with them and they were so awesome with her. Cousins are the best!
On Friday, my sister arrived! She was traveling for work and it was nice that it worked out for her to just fly here. The main reason for this trip was for us to go to the Panic! At the Disco concert, this was our nephew's first concert. On Friday we went out to dinner and just relaxed at the house. 

Saturday was the day of the concert. It was a low key day but Grayson was excited to show us the helicopter we got him for his birthday.
Lisa, Kylie, Grayson, and I got ready for the concert and headed off to Raleigh. Kyle, my Dad, and E were hanging out at home. We went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner and then it was time for the show! Once again Panic! didn't disappoint. We all had such an amazing time and Grayson was in shock and awe the whole time, it was awesome.
Sunday we decided to head off to Fort Fisher to visit the NC Aquarium. It was a rainy day but that didn't stop us. The aquarium was really cool and they had a neat outdoor Dinosaur exhibit that the kids loved. 
After the aquarium we headed off to Red Robin to celebrate my birthday! It was so much fun. 
We ended the night was a competitive game of LIFE haha. Kyle

On Monday my sister and I had planned to have a day of pampering. We got manicures and pedicures then did a little shopping. It was so nice to have that time together. We rarely get to do that.

They left early Tuesday but it was such a fun trip! E loved seeing them and getting all of the love and snuggles haha.

The best part is that we get to see them all again next week as she and I are heading to Florida!