Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 19 - A recipe

I looove baking and decorating, and now that I am a stay-at-home wife, I also really enjoy cooking. Lately, the hubby and I have been on a pumpkin kick: pumpkin latte from starbucks, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin egg nog, pumpkin candles, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. Howeverrrr, we weren't pumpkin-ed out enough to not have pumpkin pie for thanksgiving! Plus, with it being my first time cooking thanksgiving dinner (which was pretty successful fyi) a pumpkin pie was a simple dessert. Heres the recipe I used:

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.

2.Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

I only baked mine for the first 15 minutes, and then 20 minutes instead of the 35-40, and it came out perfect! I made home made whip cream (it really does taste better than store bought!), and we ate the whole pie within 3 days. I did take the easy route and bought a pre-made pie crust, and the graham cracker one was an amazing pairing!

Heres a delicious and simple dinner recipe from the amazing Paula Deen: Chicken in wine sauce. My only tweek was next time I am going to use cream of chicken that is low in sodium because the dish was really salty, even for me even though I love salt.

One more thing.. Since I didn't take a picture of the pie I made for thanksgiving, heres a picture of a cake that I made for my hubby as a welcome home gift. It was white chocolate (his favorite) with raspberry filling, white chocolate buttercream, and decorated with fondant. Okay, I'm done bragging : )

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The time of year to be thankful

Tomorrow is thanksgiving, and boy do I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Besides having a roof over my head and food on the table (or the bar since we haven't gotten a dining room table yet), I have a lot of amazing people in my life.

To my Mom, thank you for supporting me. Even though you felt like you were losing your little girl, you still knew that trying to stop me would only push me away. You even told me not to listen to anyone else, that I "had to learn things on my own," and that you were on my side even when no else was. It makes me so happy to know that you have accepted Chris into our family with open arms.

To Katey, thank you proving to me that friends do not always come and go. I know that your one of a kind, that our hugee differences force each other to look out from a different window, and that our LTF (long term friendship) will always be there.

To the Navy, thank you for turning my love from a boy into a man. Without you, we would have had to wait much longer to get married, and we wouldn't be where we are today. There are times when I despise you, but then I remember to count my blessings.

To my grandpa, thank you for being the strong fatherly figure in my life and for holding on until you could pass my hand to the other man in my life. I know you won't physically be able to walk me down the aisle, but you will be there in spirit. I will always be your little flower.

To my husband, thank you for the love that you show me. I am reminded everyday about why I fell in love with you and why I will always love you. You support me, listen to me, encourage me to come to you with my problems, make me laugh, make me feel loved. You are everything that I need.

To God, thank you for the life you have given me. I never expected to be where I am today, but you had your path set for me, and now I can see how perfect it is.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 18 - Your favorite movie

In our relationship, my husband is the movie buff. He always quotes movies that I have never seen before, and then gets really surprised when he finds out I haven't seen it (even if we have talked about it before : ).. And even if I have seen the movie, I still don't remember the quote until he explains which part it was from. He remembers details like movie and song quotes, I remember details like dates etc. Oh, how opposites attract..
With that being said, my favorite movie changes all the time. Right now its Secretariat since I grew up around the track (and I also love the message of female empowerment, even though I am in now way a feminist lol).

Also, one of my all time favorite movies is Cry-Baby, one of Johnny Depp's first movies:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 17 - Your favorite book

Yay, a topic I can actually talk about!

My two favorite books of all time are:
The Pact by Jodi Picoult. This book is heartbreaking and eye-opening. Jodi Picoult is my absolute favorite author and I recommend any and all of her books!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Also a love story, but this one is a classic!

I love books. Right now, I'm reading The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 16 - Your favorite place

So I tried to think of a way to answer this without being cheesy, but, nope, couldn't do it. So heres the cheesiness: my favorite place to be is in my hubby's arms. We are big time cuddlers, and it never gets old.
Ok, I will go get some crackers to go with my cheese now.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 15 - Cravings

A few weeks ago, I was watching Dr.Oz, and he did a mini newlywed game. He asked the husbands questions about what their wives craved when the were stressed, or about to start their cycle, etc. I started thinking about it.. and I can't think of anything that I crave when I'm going through different situations. When I'm stressed, I usually lose my appetite. And when I'm about to start my cycle, I never know what I'm going to get. lol. However, I crave chocolate and dessert anytime, and all the time. I am a pretty health conscious eater, but thats my one bad habit. Oh, and bread, I loveee french bread. What do you crave?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 14 - Someone you’ve drifted away from

I've drifted away from a lot of people since high school and also since moving away.
After high school, I went to University of Arizona (for only a year) while a majority of my friends went to NAU and ASU. Basically, I lost touch with most of my group of friends even though we had plenty of ways to keep in touch... Only getting together for a party every once in while when we were all home for breaks.
Luckily, my two best friends also went to UofA, one of them even living in my dorms. All three of us were extremely busy, but we managed to stay close. Today, I really only keep in touch with one of them, and I consider her the best friend I have ever had.
It was really hard for me as I saw my friends slipping away, but now I accept the fact that our lives went in different directions. As cheesy as it is, I guess I really did find out who my true friends were!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 13- A first

Instead of talking about a first I had in the past, I'm going to talk about a first thats going to happen in about 2 weeks: I'm going to make my first thanksgiving dinner.
I would consider myself a decent cook.. I cook dinner almost every night, and 80% of the time its either home-made or semi home-made. Chris always says tells me that I'm the best cook, but he is my husband so I think he is a little biased. Luckily, its just going to be us two this thanksgiving, so I don't have to worry about impressing anyone else!
Did I mention that I'm going all out for thanksgiving? Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, and pumpkin pie. Did I forget anything?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 12 - Something that makes you cry

I really can't pinpoint anything specific that makes me cry- I have a bit of a temper, but I'm also very sensitive. I guess you never know what your going to get!

When the hubby is away, the waterworks gets even worse- military commercials, love stories, letters, emails, songs!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 11- Something that makes you feel better

This is a pretty easy one, and I bet you know my answer already.
My hubby, duh!
Chris is pretty amazing at knowing what I need when I'm upset- He knows whether I need to talk, to be hugged, and he is even learning about when I need to be left alone for a little while. He is such a sweetie and has to fix everything and anything! (unless its something around the house, like our doorknob.)
I'm also a hugeeee chocolate addict. I eat it when I'm happy and sad though lol
Short story- The night before Chris left for bootcamp, we stopped at a gas station to get energy drinks, and Chris wanted a candy bar 'since it would be his last one for two months.' Since then, we have made it a tradition to eat a candy bar the night before he goes underway. I know its a little dorky, but its one of those things that make it a little easier to get ready to say goodbye!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hello, Duty Day

Today I am experiencing my first duty day. (Yes, I said my.) Chris was working in the gally for something like 143 days, and just got to his division on Monday. That means he also got a duty section.
Don't get jealous that I went a few months without dealing with duty days- Chris was underway for about 3 months of that.
So anyways, today is duty day/night #1, and I'm not too happy about it, especially after watching a few scary movies... I told Chris last night I was going to go buy a night light haha. Isn't it funny that thinking about scary movies makes me more scared than thinking about an actual intruder coming into the house? I think thats because I have my own gun etc.. and Chris and I have talked quite a few times about what to do if I was in danger.
I need to get me one of those!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 10- Something that upsets you

As I was sitting here trying to think of what to write about, this commercial that came on while my hubby and I were watching tv popped in my head.
It was a commercial for the ASPCA, and they showed animals (looking straight at the camera with very sad eyes) and gave a little description about the abuse they had received. Before it came on, the hubby and I were laughing and talking, but then we went silent for the long commercial.. It was heartbreaking! We were already talking about which charity to donate to this year, so it kind of put it in stone that this year we would do an animal organization.
I love animals. I was the little girl who tried to rescue all of the baby birds and take in all the stray dogs. In fact, I still am that person. The last incident happened when Chris was home on leave after a-school.. We were driving to his mom's house when I saw a little dog (looked kind of like a large chihauhua lol) running down the street, and after a bit of coaxing, we had her in the car. Even though I was driving, I insisted on holding her since she was scared, and after a few minutes, she suddenly stopped shaking, and just relaxed in my arms. We walked around the neighborhood for a good 20 minutes (with her still completely relaxed in my arms) talking to neighbors, and trying to find her home. Finally we figured out whose dog it was and left it with their neighbor.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 9 - Something that you miss

This one is pretty easy; I miss being around horses, and, especially, having my own.
This is Ollie:
I got him the summer before my sophomore year of high school. After about a year of searching, I finally found the perfect horse through a rescue organization.. I handed over the money without even riding him or watching him run, which I knew could be a huge mistake, but somehow I just knew he was the one. And I was right : )
I started working at 15, a few months after I got Ollie. It was about my junior year when my dad stopped paying for the boarding fees, and I had to help my mom. By my senior year, the responsibility was completely on me. And a horse is no way near cheap! Not to mention other bills as well.. In order to make ends meet, I took more hours, even ended up getting a second job.
I thought about selling Ollie, and even put up an ad, but took it down a day later. I didn't have the heart to sell him. It got even harder to afford him in college, but I just couldn't let him go. I'm glad I didn't, because when I got home from school, and Chris went on deployment, my horse and working out were the two things that kept me sane.. I got back into the routine that I had the first year I got my horse.
I sold my horse to a wonderful family about a week before I moved. I miss him like crazy, but I know he is in good hands.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 8 - Your favorite birthday

Honestly, nothing is coming to mind...

It's not that I haven't had any good birthdays, but I just don't have any that really stick out.. So I will talk about last years birthday:
Chris was at bootcamp.. So he wrote me "Happy Birthday" in quite a few of his letters, since he didn't know when I would get them. He also wrote to one of his friends and asked her to call me and tell me happy birthday from him. I thought it was cute. (He sent the same friend money to buy my flowers and take me to a movie on valentines day : ) My two best friends both decided to decorate my dorm-room door, without speaking to each other, so it was done up twice lol. One friend covered my door in sticky notes that had jokes between us on them, and the other friend did balloons and streamers..

They all stayed on my door and the wall for a few months..

That night, my friends took me out to one of my fav restaurants- Oreganos! They have this amazing thing called a pazookie.. Look it up, they are deliciousssss!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 7- Whats in your bag?

I love carrying big bags. Well, medium sized bags.. but since I am 5 ft tall, they tend to look bigger when I carry them. lol.
Going off on a tangent real quick: When Chris first introduced me to all his friends, we met everyone at a hookah bar. The second I walked in, one friend asked me if I was going camping for a few days.. I didn't realize at first that he was making a joke about my purse. Boys.
Ok, I'm back.
So I switch around what bag I carry (doesn't everyone) but I always go back to my coach purse:

Isn't it cute? My sister used to buy designer purses like shoes, and one year she decided to share the love with her baby sister lol.
Anyway, in my purse I usually have my wallet (lime green like the inside of the purse), my white blackberry (I have an obsession with the color white- my past two phones, my laptop, my car, the leather on my purse, an all white purse.. you get the picture), my keys attached to a Navy lanyard (which also has a coach coin purse on it, so I make fun of my hubby when he carries my keys since we only have one car key right now lol), a makeup bag (lip gloss, chapstick, lotion, hand sanitizer, mirror), advil, bodyspray, and a pocket knife.
I think that about fills my purse up!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 6- Your definition of love

Real love is unconditional.

What does love mean to me?
Love means an overwhelming warm, tingling feeling you get thinking about someone. Theres nothing you can use to compare the feeling of love.

So what is love?
It's loving in good times and in bad; loving the bad things just as much as the good things.
It's wanting to do things for your significant other to make them happy; little and big.
It's being able to talk about anything and always having someone to lean on.
It's wanting to be a better person so that you can make your SO happy as well as yourself.
It's talking and listening, and taking an active role in your relationship.
It's dreaming of your future together, and looking back on all the good times.

Love is amazing thing, and I don't know where I would be without the love of my husband. He is patient and kind, and loves me in all the ways that he can. He is my definition of love.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day 5- your first love

Can I say my first horse?
Ok, seriously...
Let me start by saying that I don't believe that your first love is necessarily true love.
Neither is your first real relationship.
My freshman year in high school, I dated a senior whom I met on the cross country team. Although he was a nice guy, he was constantly putting me down.. telling me that I was immature because I was so much younger than him, and making me feel like I wasn't good enough. I know I wasn't immature, I have always been way too mature for my age, but what I didn't realize at the time was that I was naive. There was an adrenaline rush from being the girl who was dating the older guy, but something didn't feel right. When he left for college, he broke up with me, and honestly, I was relieved.
A few months later, halfway through my sophomore year, one of my guy friends brought a new guy to church.. and we hit it off right away. I guess I'd say he was my first love. I always wanted to date the quarterback, and I loved being the envy of all the girls in our church group. We were officially together for about a year and a half, and unofficially for about 6 months after our breakup. We definitely had our good times, but we also had a lot of bad ones. Everyone has different definitions of cheating, but in my opinion, he cheated. That was just one of our problems
One thing that I have realized about myself recently is that I carry past pains with me. When I met Chris, I was at an all time low. I was dissapointed in the person I had let others push me to become... And because of that, I expected Chris to be just the same. Obviously, he wasn't. He surprises me every day with his love- he truly is one of a kind. Not only does he treat me better than anyone else, but he makes a patient effort to take away the pain that others have inflicted on me.
My husband is my first true love. I never knew love until I met him, and I will never know any other. <3

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 4- Your best friends

My hubby is my first best friend. I know, its typical of me to say that. However, I really do mean it. We talk about anything and everything, and I can always be completely open with him. We laugh until we can't breath and act like little kids sometimes. I absolutely love how close we are.

I have already mentioned the fact that I'm not very good at keeping girls as friends.. I have had a few close girl friends come and go, but I do have one that I know I will always keep- Katey. We met 6 years ago (wow) on our high school's distance track team. Our friendship actually took quite a while to develop; we were friendly towards each other, but I'd say it took about a year for us to actually become friends. What made me realize that we were 'best friends' was when she left for college (she was a year ahead of me) and our friendship only grew closer during that year. We like to say that we "grew together while growing apart." It makes sense to us lol. Even today, living in different states, we still talk a few times a week.

Katey and I have a lot in common, and just as many differences; which we both agree is what makes us such close friends. We both look up to each other, for different reasons, and I feel like that is something to really treasure in a friendship. We both know that our lives are going to, and have already, taken completely different routes, but that we will always be able to meet in the middle.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Day 3- My Siblings

Technically, I have four siblings. But when people ask, I automatically say two.
I have an older sister and brother- by 12 and 14 years.. They are considered half-siblings, since they have a different dad, but I don't like that term.
My brother is the life of the party and any party. Just like my dad, my brother has been working with horses his whole life. At 16, he started his career as a jockey. After numerous injuries and hospital visits, my brother has finally decided on a change of pace and is now an agent.
My sister is the hurricane- she never stops. She recently moved back from Florida to our hometown, and is now expecting a baby boy! We have always been extremely close, and she is the one who I go to for advice.
I also have two sisters from my dad.. My half sister who I have never really built a relationship with, and my younger step sister.
Just another reason why my family is so unique!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day 2- My parents

I have an interesting family, to say the least. I won't go into specifics- no matter what, they are my family, and I would never air our dirty laundry like that.
I used to think my mom was a superhero growing up. She did what all the other parents did, but there was only one of her and two of them. I think she loved me twice as much to make up for there only being one of her. However, we have gone through some pretty hard times. She gave me an awesome childhood, but I became an adult quickly. I was forced to learn a lot of life lessons all at once, and even though it wasn't easy, it made me a better person. Despite her faults, I can still say that she was a great mom and is now one of my best friends. I love her. 
My dad has been in and out of my life ever since I could remember. Right now, we are at the stage where we haven't talked in months, actually a year, if you don't include the merry christmas and happy birthday texts. I've tried so many times to tell myself that he hasn't affected my life, that I don't care. But after many many emotional moments, I have realized that it has impacted me significantly, in more ways than I could explain here. I don't think my dad is a bad person; I've met so many people who have nothing but good things to say about him. He works hard, and has overcome many things in his life. Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone knows how to deal with them. He made a few very big ones- and our relationship was one that couldn't be fixed.
My dad was never around, but my grandpa sure was. I was always closer to my grandmother, but when she passed away, my grandpa and I built an inseparable bond. He moved into our guest house, and I used to carry dinner back to him no matter the weather, and watch baseball games with him at night. My grandpa was the most stubborn man I ever met, but I was able to get to his soft side. In February, my grandpa underwent heart surgery. He made it through ok, but spent the next month in and out of the hospital because his body was too weak to recover. There were many times when I rushed home from school two hours away to be with him. When it was his time to go, my grandpa held on just long enough for all of my family to make it in time to say goodbye.
I never got to tell my grandpa that I got married. It was a few weeks after his surgery, and my family and I decided that it would be too much for him to handle. He knew that I was going to do it sooner or later, but he used to lecture me about being too young. I always planned for him to walk me down the aisle, so it broke my heart even more that I couldn't tell him. I am so thankful that I had him as a father figure growing up.
I know, this was a depressing entry. But thats my life. You have to go through a lot of sad times to get to the happy ones. Right?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 1- Introduction

My name is Ashley, and I'm 19. I'm short (4'11'' and three quarters to be exact) and I think, I know, my size helped to build my personality as I grew up. I was born in Riverside, CA, grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and now I'm living in San Diego!

Where to start..
School. I've always been an 'accelorated' student, since 2nd grade. In high school, I took all the AP classes, and made it my goal to get into an out of state university. I set my heart on USC and UF, but I fell just short of the top 1% in my class and didn't get into either one. Now I can say that I am happy I got rejected, because 1) I wouldn't have been able to afford it and 2) I wouldn't be with the love of my life. Instead, I went to UofA, as an honor's business major, and made one big realization: I hated school. I was never the kind of person who got excited to go to school (unless there was cute boy in my class!).. I thought things would change in college, but they didn't. I, very painstakingly, finished out my freshman school year, and now I am taking a break to figure out what I want to do, not what I think others want me to be. And I think I figured it out- I want to be a wedding planner.

I only have a few close friends. I'm the kind of girl who doesn't click with other girls, but makes friends with the guys easily. Its gotten me into trouble a few times, but only because of what other people think. The people who know me understand, for example: my hubby and I got invited to go out with his friends from work one night.. As he was telling me about the people who were going he said something along the lines of, "All the guys are really cool, I know you will get a long with them. Blank and Blank (insert girls names) are also going, but they're girls so I don't expect you to make friends with them."

I ran cross country for 6 years, and also ran a season of track. I love running, but my body hates it. I dealt with knee problems my freshman year, and as soon as those cleared up I started having problems with my hips. At the end of my junior year, I had plans to be the top varsity girl, and then unexpectedly injured my lower back at the end of the season. A doctor told me it was either a fracture (I have fallen off a few horses) or I just needed to be 'realigned.' I still deal with the pain today, but I can't get enough of the 'high' from running, so I keep going.

My husband may be a sailor, but I am a cowgirl. Riding is in my blood. One grandfather immigrated from Ireland to become a jockey, and one trained racehorses. My dad is still a well-known jockey, and my brother also raced, but is now an agent. I never got to work on the track, but I had my own horse for 5 years, up until I moved out here. I listen to country, wear cowboy boots, and drag my hubby to the races at del mar.

For the first time in my life, I am truly happy. I met my knight in shining armor, and I have a bright future to look forward to : )

30 days of meee

I have ran across this idea on both facebook and numerous blogs, so I am going to take on the '30 days of me' challenge. I may not get it done in 30 days, but hey, I can try. Heres the list:

Day 1 — Introduction

Day 2 — Your parents

Day 3 — Your siblings

Day 4 — Your best friend(s)

Day 5 — Your first love

Day 6 — Your definition of love

Day 7 — What’s in your bag

Day 8 — Your favorite birthday

Day 9 — Something that you miss

Day 10 — Something that upsets you

Day 11 — Something that makes you feel better

Day 12 — Something that makes you cry

Day 13 — A first

Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from

Day 15 — Cravings

Day 16 — Your favorite place

Day 17 — Your favorite book

Day 18 — Your favorite movie

Day 19 — A recipe

Day 20 — A talent/hobby of yours

Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression

Day 22 — A picture that makes you happy

Day 23 — A picture that you took

Day 24 — A picture of you

Day 25 — A hero who let you down

Day 26 — Your nicknames

Day 27 — The person who gave you your favorite memory

Day 28 — Someone that changed your life

Day 29 — Your dreams

Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Starting to feel like home

It's been a while since I have posted, so let me update you: I'm loving life.
Chris took a 10 day leave, and we enjoyed every minute of it. We shopped for our apartment, explored San Diego, went to the beach, and just enjoyed each other's company. Now, he is back to 12-15 hour work days, with a confusing work schedule that I just now figured out. However; his ship is getting ready for a big inspection so he won't be having any days off for quite a while.

We are putting our apartment together piece by piece. For the first few weeks, we ate on a box on the floor and used our bed comforter as a couch. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I know that we will have a good laugh about it in a few years. Plus, it encouraged our families to tell us their funny stories about their first place. Now, we have upgraded to bar stools at the kitchen bar, and the day before yesterday we got a couch.
I love taking care of the house and cooking dinner. I'm still learning how to cook, but Chris eats everything I put in front of him. Sometimes I don't know if its because he's not a picky eater or because he doesn't want to hurt my feelings haha. We finally found an internet company that will service our apartment (we need fiber optics) so that I can start my wedding planning certification course online! I'm also going to start looking for a part time job so that I can help save for our wedding.
Without the navy, we wouldn't be living in our beautiful apartment in beautiful san diego, so that's one thing I am grateful for : )

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

We survived our first deployment

Chris is home!!!!

I have been working so hard to get the apartment ready for him. I only had 4 days to do it, and not only were there a ton of boxes to unpack, but there was a lot of laundry (because Chris left almost a whole sea bag worth of dirty clothes at his mom's house), dishes and pans to be washed (because they were brand new), and tons of errands to run. The good thing was that it gave me something to do to keep me busy and not thinking about how long it was until he got home.
On Monday, I woke up early, drove to the base, and got the decals for my car. On my way there, Chris called me and said they were pulling in 4 hours early. I had just enough time to go home and get all dolled up before coming back to meet him : ) Unfortunately, Chris is still on FSA, so I had to wait a few hours for him to finish taking out the trash (and I have the sunburn to show it), but it was all worth it! He surprised me.. He wasn't supposed to be out for while, but was walking with the tractor that was carrying boxes when he saw me, and walked over. It took me a minute to take it all in since I wasn't expecting him, so I had a camera-worthy reaction!
Chris is working 12 hour days this week, which really stinks, but on Friday he will be taking a 10 day leave to finish getting our apartment ready and to spend time together. I am so excited and so grateful for that time that we are going to get to spend together and explore our new home.
I love our apartment, I love doing stuff around the house, and I love having my hubby home. It feels a little like playing house still. 'House' was my favorite game to play when I was little, and surprise! I still enjoy it.
The house is clean, the laundry is done, and dinner is planned. I still have a few more hours until Chris is home, so I think I am going to curl up with a book until I'm back in my babe's arms!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hello, San Diego!

I made it. After a 9 hour trip driving a uhaul and towing a car, I made it to my new apartment in San Diego. We had a few problems along the way, and my nerves were completely wracked, but I made it, and thats all that matters.
I learned that I can be a strong, independent woman when I want to be. I drove 400 miles in a truck hauling a car. I unhitched and rehitched the trailor all by myself. I undid the chains holding my car down when the guy at uhaul couldn't do it himself. I had dirt on my hands. The whole day I kept thinking, Chris would be so proud of me!
I won't go into details about all the problems we had, but last night I slept on the floor, and 24 hours after arriving, the movers unloaded my furniture. I love my apartment. Like I mentioned before, I only saw it online before Chris signed the lease papers, so it was a huge surprise when I walked in. The complex is extremely nice, and the apartment has a great open floor plan. We don't have very much furniture yet.. not very much at all. Theres a huge entertainment center and tv in the living room, but no couch. I have all brand new appliances etc for my kitchen, but no table for the dining room. However, we did splurge on a new bedroom set (most important furniture for newlyweds, right?). Its gorgeous, exactly what I wanted. The mattress is like sitting on a cloud; I know Chris is going to pass out the second he lays on this thing.
Speaking of Chris, I can't wait for him to be home. In his emails the past few days he has told me how proud he is of me for handling this move by myself, and it makes all the work much easier. I actually think its going to be fun unpacking and everything- this is my first apartment! I want to make it as much of a home as I can before Chris gets here. He works so hard and puts so many hours in every day that I want him to be able to relax when he comes home.
San Diego is going to take some getting used to. Phoenix roads are all set on grids, with central ave in the middle, streets ascending one way, and avenues ascending the other. We have like two hills worth mentioning. San diego winds, and goes up, and goes down, and twists some more. I was born in Riverside, and I always wanted to move back here, so I am extremely grateful and excited that I am here. It still hasn't hit me yet- I'm married, living in San Diego, and in my own apartment. Just one thing missing- my hubby! I can't wait until he gets here and it all becomes real!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hello? Anyone there?

Hi there, my Name is Ashley, and I am a new navy wife.

On May 16, 2009, I met the boy who would change my life, and 10 days later started dating.
On January 5, 2010, my 'high school sweetheart' left for bootcamp.
On march 27, 2010, one day short of 10 month anniversary, we got married in a Chicago court house.

Right now, we are going through our first deployment, which my hubby left for the day after he got to his first duty station. He is an OS on the USS Bonhomme Richard. I'm currently in Phoenix, AZ but soon I will be moving to the beautiful San Diego, California!

In a few days, I will be packing all of my stuff into a uhaul truck, hitching my car on the back, and setting out for San Diego! I'm nervous but excited. I don't want to do it alone, but it will all be worth it when my hubby sees our apartment all set up when he gets home!

If you are a fellow navy wife, or fiance, or girlfriend, feel free to share your experiences as well! and if your not connected to the navy, don't be afraid to read and get insight into this crazy life of a navy wife. Either way, I hope you can share in my moments of laughter and of tears.