Thursday, December 8, 2016

Countdowns and Cupcakes Etsy Shop

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the awesome Rachel from Countdowns and Cupcakes to review an item from her soon to be opening Etsy shop. 

She creates and puts together some of the most amazing care package flaps for purchase as well as other items. One of the most amazing things about Rachel is that 10% of every purchase will be donated to an organization that supports military families. She is a very proud Navy wife and I am so glad that I "met" her through this crazy, insane, and amazing world of blogging.

She gave me an option to choose anything I wanted from her shop and I chose the chalkboard picture frame, she customized it to say "____ days until my Daddy comes home." I wanted E to have something to look to when Kyle is away and I can't wait to put a photo of the two of them together in it and change it as she gets older.

The quality of this frame is wonderful and I love the look of it, it is unique and something you know had a lot of love put into it to make.

Please everyone go check out her shop and support this amazing military spouse.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Life Lately

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's hard to believe that December is in full swing already.

1.This little nugget turned 3 months old on the 1st! I can't believe the time has gone by so fast. She is growing like a weed and a happy girl.

2. We are loving all of the holiday activities this time of year, we attended the Tree lighting on post and it was great to have my Dad there with us.

3. I started 2 new classes yesterday: Contemporary Issues in Psychology and Crisis and Emergency  Intervention. The upside is that these are my last 2 until I start my Capstone course...April cannot come soon enough! I can't wait to be completely finished.

4. I have finished Christmas shopping and Christmas cards have been mailed out. It really feels good to have both of those large tasks done!

5. Kyle still has a pretty lax schedule at work right now, I am not ready for the new year when it is back to the craziness. I was not a happy camper when I saw the next training units vehicles/equipment arrive a few days ago. haha. 

6. Marathon training is going great! I am 2 months away from the big day and I am really excited. It will be great to complete Marathon #2, and have Emmy there at the finish line.

I hope you all have a great day, I'm getting my hair done today so I'm looking forward to a little pampering this afternoon.


Friday, December 2, 2016

OPS Group Ball 2016

Last night we attended the OPS Group Holiday Ball. It also happened to be the first time that we were leaving Emmy overnight. We are grateful that my Dad was coming into town for Thanksgiving and stayed longer so he could keep her for us.

We headed off to Lake Charles, had lunch, ran a few errands and then checked into the hotel. The view from our room was amazing!!


After checking in we grabbed some drinks and walked around the hotel/casino. We found the ballroom and then ended up playing a few machines in the casino just to kill some time.

We got ready and of course I had to snap some photos of the process. 



After heading downstairs, the first thing we always do is take professional photos. The formal portion of the event was a lot of fun and different than what we are used to. I didn't take a lot of photos because I just wanted to enjoy the evening. We stayed and danced a bit but then headed upstairs to change and go to the casino.


After an hour or so we headed to the room and crashed haha. It's always nice to get dressed up plus we get to go home with a little souvenir (and add it to the collection of a million other pieces of military glassware that we have lol). 


It was a nice night but we are so happy to be home with E! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

He Did It!

4 years ago Kyle decided to start school to get his Masters degree, he took 2 classes and decided to take a break when he took command of a unit because he didn't know how busy his schedule would be. Fast forward to 2 years later and we moved to Louisiana. He decided to pick back up where he left off and just get it done. 

For the last 2 years he has busted his ass working a crazy schedule, balancing family life, and taking classes (one at a time). Well, as of Sunday he received his final grade for his capstone course/thesis and he will graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and he was able to maintain a 4.0.

Words cannot describe how proud I am of him. While he was taking classes he was constantly running on 2 hours of sleep because of work but he worked on papers, got his reading done, and still spent quality time with us at home. He used to tell me how co-workers would give him crap for reading while sitting in his humvee in the middle of the box when he could have been sleeping but he knew what needed to get done.

(I took this photo after he got his final grade)

He never gave up and that is what amazes me about him. He could have said screw it and pushed it off when he realized how intense his work schedule was but he didn't. 

He is an amazing example of what a great man, husband, father, and soldier should be.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fun Happenings!

We have been having quite a bit of fun in our neck of the woods lately. My Dad came down last Tuesday to join us for Thanksgiving (and to be oh so kind and watch E for us while we go to the ball on Thursday). We enjoyed good food, football, and just hanging out. E loves snuggling with her papa, I'm so glad she is getting this time with him. I am bummed that my sister and the kiddos couldn't come up but we will see them at Christmas which I'm excited about.

The day after Thanksgiving meant it was time to put up our Christmas decorations! Kyle and my Dad worked on the lights and decor outside and then we tackled the tree. It was so fun helping E put her first Christmas ornament on the tree. See those adorable little deer on the bottom left? My Dad and sister made those (and the snowman too that's behind them), I love how they turned out!

Saturday, we woke my Dad up bright and early to do a Turkey Trot 5k! This was the first race he has ever done and he did so great! He has some knee issues but he said he was not about to give up and we are super proud of him for sticking it out and doing it.

Yesterday morning I was in full marathon mode and got up bright and early to knock out my 12 mile run and it was beautiful out! This is the trail that I run and the ponds and recreation areas are so calming.

I was treated to donuts after I got home and every part of me was so happy haha.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What I'm Thankful For

I thought it would be fun to do a post about things that I am thankful for. Far too often we focus on the negatives in life and fail to truly appreciate all that we have been given. 

*My husband. Let me tell you how amazing this man is! Yes there are days we are at each others throats, but I would not want to spend my life with anyone else. He is kind, gentle, infuriating, loving, stubborn, and the best Dad!

*My daughter. We have longed and hoped for a baby for the last 8 years and to finally be blessed with this precious Angel is beyond amazing. She is our pride and joy, and we are so lucky to be her parents.

*My family. I have been blessed with a tremendous family. My Dad, sister, niece, and nephew have always been there for me and I couldn't imagine not having them around. We have such a close relationship and I could not be more grateful. They have helped shape me into the person I am.

*My furry babies. Emma and Fishy have been with me for the last 12 1/2 years combined and they will always be my first babies. They have seen me through deployments, moves, and sadness. I love them so very much. 

*My friends. I have a very select group of friends, some that have been around for over 15 years. I am grateful for their love, support, and wisdom. They have helped me through highs and lows, and been there no questions asked.

*My health. I am lucky to have a body that enjoys physical activity, while it is not perfect it has given me an outlet of running in which I can be the best version of myself. 

*My education. I have been given the ability to pursue my education thanks to my husband as well as the Army. I am grateful for all that I have learned so far and hope to use this knowledge in helping others in the future.

*The Army. Too often all we hear is the negatives about the Army. I am grateful for the life it has provided me and my family. We have been able to see and live in places we never thought possible, meet new people every few years, and create lasting friendships that we would not have otherwise. 

Last but not least I am thankful for all of you amazing readers, some of you have become real life friends and I appreciate the love and support over the years!

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope that this day brings you love and joy.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Update On E

I feel like I haven't done a proper update on Miss E. 

This little nugget is growing like a weed! She is a little over 2 1/2 months old and really such a sweet little one. At her 2 month appointment she weighed 10.9 pounds and was 22.5 inches long. She took her shots like a champ, she wasn't fussy and thankfully no fever followed either. 

 She loves being outside, hanging out in her stroller, riding in the car, playing on her play mat, staring at her furry siblings, and being with her family. She will generously give away smiles and squeals with joy. It really is the best! She only gets cranky when she is hungry or wet, which I don't blame her for.

She eats like a beast and is a great sleeper. She is usually down for the night at 9:30 and it will sleep until 7:30-8am every night and we are definitely grateful. We even know that it likely won't last but we are enjoying it now haha. She is still sleeping in our room but will take occasional naps in her room because I want her used to the crib when we move her in there for good.

We took her over the weekend to meet Santa and she did so good! She kept staring at him completely confused but he was so sweet with her. I'm glad that we went early enough in the season so that we could avoid the crowds because that alone is enough to make any person drink heavily haha.

I can't believe that time has already flown by so fast. I couldn't imagine what our lives would be without her. She is definitely our little rainbow.

Have a great Monday!