Thursday, March 28, 2013

Three years!

Yesterday, Chris and I celebrated our three year anniversary. We kept things low key this year and tried to cook a romantic dinner: bruschetta and bread, shrimp cocktail, and pasta with cream sauce. Dinner was lovely, and neither of us minded that our baby boy was at the table with us, in fact, it made things even better. After putting Caden to bed, we swapped our cards and made chocolate fondue in my little dipper crockpot and dipped strawberries, bananas, marshmellows, and angel food cake. For some reason, we kept giggling about random things during dessert (and Chris kept making fondue jokes). It felt really good to just laugh together.. We have been so wrapped up in our new lives as parent's that we haven't been 'dating' each other much lately. Even though we kept things really simple, it was exactly what we needed in our relationship. I can't wait to spend the next year with my amazingly sweet, handsome, and (sometimes) funny husband!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Looking into the bloggy future

I have had this blog for almost three years now; isn’t that crazy? I’ve never really had a specific plan for this blog, I just created it to document my life as a newly married navy wife and wrote whatever I felt like writing. I still plan to do that, but I also have some topics in mind that I want to focus on: a green living series like I mentioned in another post, and life as a young mom. I’m really excited to share my birth story, as well as some struggles we faced before and after, something that I have put off writing/sharing until I felt ready. I’m also looking forward to sharing some fashion posts and recipes! I hope you will join me : )

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday's Letters


Dear Hubs, You always work so hard to take care of our family without ever complaining or being in a bad mood. I could take a few pointers from you. I love you! Dear Weekend, I'm excited for you! Getting my hair done, shopping, and hiking! Dear Nails, I have tried to paint you twice. The first time, I ruined you by doing dishes 15 minutes after painting you.. I had no choice, I hate waking up to a dirty kitchen. The second time I messed you up, I just left it. I guess when your a mom you have an excuse to have a few smears in your polish. Dear Caden, What happened to sleeping through the night? Now you are awake ALL night. I have been feeling pretty grumpy when I wake up in the morning, but your smile always takes it all away! Dear Hubs (again), A little birdie told me that you are going to wake up with Caden one night this weekend. Thank you thank you thank you.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Green weekend

I know this post is a little late, but that is because I was waiting for an email with pictures..

Saturday morning we took Jack on the woof walk at the base. I haven't been able to get much exercise lately, so I got my workout in by carrying Caden in the moby wrap on our mile walk (don't judge- my 16 pound baby is half my size). We went for the first time two years ago, and Jack was pretty nervous, but he warmed up by the end, so Chris and I figured he would be a little better this year. Wrong. Jack was the most nervous dog at the event.. and there were at least 100 dogs there. Poor guy, I wish he had more fun sniffing butts with other dogs.


After the walk, we went to a farmer's market. We got fresh strawberries, kale, cabbage, bread, and honey. If you haven't had fresh, local honey, you are missing out! We stopped at a little park to feed Caden, and while we were there we took advantage of some cute photo opportunities.

On Sunday, we celebrated St. Patricks Day by going out and getting hammered! Just kidding, we stayed home with the baby, and I made good old corned beef and cabbage. I did have a sip of hubby's beer but that is about as crazy as we got.

Even though it was super simple, it was one of the best weekends we have had in a while! Have you started to take advantage of the warmer weather yet?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Thanks to some other lovely bloggers out there, I recently found out that Google Reader is disappearing, so now I'm on Bloglovin'! I still don't know my way around all this blog stuff...


Monday, March 18, 2013

Green Living

I'm not sure where it started, but sometime in high school I became conscious of how our actions affect the environment. Then in my freshman year of college, I took a class called climate change, and I leaned about the full scale affects on our planet.
Disclaimer: if you are one of those wackos who do not believe in global warming, you can leave this page.. Your ignorance is not welcome here.
I'm not one of those crazy hippies who don't shave their legs because they don't want to throw away a razor, but I do take little steps every day to reduce my footprint. I've even recruited my husband, and he does his best to make his contributions as well.
American's throw away over 1,000 pounds of trash every day, and only about a quarter of that gets recycled... Even though it is so easy to reduce waste and carry that extra trash can to the recycling!
I would love to share some of the things that we do around our house to be eco friendly to maybe inspire others and receive some tips as well! So every so often I will share some 'green living' posts and hopefully you will enjoy reading them!
Btw, I really enjoyed reading the book Gorgeously Green because it was written by a woman who wanted to change the connotation of eco-friendly and make it more approachable for the modern woman. You can also check out Sophie's website here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Oh, how pinteresting: nails

Since it is almost summer time, I've got my eyes on some cute nail ideas! Now, if I could only find the time to do them...
Source: via Jessie on Pinterest
Source: via Ashley on Pinterest
What have you been pinning lately?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Veteran Navy Wife

November 2011

Looking back at my old posts, I realized that I have come a long way since I started this blog as a newlywed whose husband was on his first deployment. After three years, and spending plenty of time away from my husband and dealing with military bs, I feel like I can call my self an 'experienced navy wife' and fully capable of giving insight into this rollercoaster life.
Since starting this journey, I have experienced:
  • A 3 month deployment with 2 days notice
  • Moving across states while my husband was underway not once, but three times
  • Too many short underways (1 week to 1 month) to count
  • Not being afraid of being home alone after many duty nights
  • Having my husband deployed for 7 months of my pregnancy
  • Loss of communication for days on end
  • My hubby getting to take part in a hall swap.. which included almost no way of communicating while he was in Japan for a couple weeks
  • The strains of deployment on a marriage.. especially when pregnancy hormones are involved
  • Worrying about whether we are going to get paid because congress can't agree on anything
  • Wondering how this crazy thing called sequestration is going to affect our family
  • Discovering how 'wonderful' navy medicine is
  • Learning about my hubby's job and the annoying way a chain of command works
  • The uncertainty of reenlisting
  • TWO yard periods
I can now understand most of the things that my hubby says about work, mostly understand what his job is, and fully understand that nothing is certain in military life.
Right now, Chris's ship is getting ready to enter a yard period, where the ship gets repaired. The USS Essex was stationed in Japan for the past 10 years, so there are alot of repairs that are scheduled to take a year and a half. So far, there is no news that sequestration will affect the ship, but with all the changes we have been hearing about lately, I wouldn't be surprised. Chris is up for orders at the end of the year, and while he has an awesome eval, anything is possible, so we are preparing for all of our options. It is crazy to think that we could be somewhere completely new a year from now!

November 2012

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday's Letters


Dear Mom, You really are the best grandma that a little boy could ask for. Dear Son, You have developed a love for screaming the past few days, and it is not crying-screaming, but the I-scream-at-you-and-wait-for-you-to-scream-back-with-a-smile-on-my-face kind. Two days around your daddy's side of the family, and you already picked up their loudness. Dear Nurse, I know it was your first day back to the peds unit, but you did a terrible job at giving my baby boy his shots. Dear Tax Return, I can't wait to get you! After all the responsible stuff, we are going to have a little extra for shoppingggg. Dear Husband, This week you got a tattoo of our son, and it is a-maz-ing. I can't wait until the first time Caden realizes its him!

Hubby's tattoo- Caden's face on a Woody doll (from Toy Story) holding a HELLP syndrome balloon

Friday, March 1, 2013

weekend with the fam

This past weekend we took the little man back home to Phoenix to see family since he has changed so much in the two months since our last trip. We also picked up my mom, who is staying with us for two whole weeks!
To say the least, Caden was a spoiled little boy the whole weekend. For almost 3 days he was held, cooed at, and never set down. We had to fit a lot of visits into one weekend, so by the time we made our drive home, my baby boy was more than exhausted and just wanted his momma. Doesn't it make you feel good when that happens?
Caden got to meet two new faces during this trip. He got to meet his cousin, AnnaBelle, who was born just 4 days before him. She looked so dainty next to him though! It is so cute to see babies interact with each other at such a young age.. Caden was all smiles and even grabbed her hand and held on for a good two minutes. He also got to meet some of our good friends, who are expected their own baby any day now. Chris and I tried to pass on all of the little things that we have learned in the past four months that no one had told us about.

Caden and his cousin in their sunglasses
It was good to see the family, but it sure feels good to be home. Of course, we all woke up with a cold the day after we got home, so we are still recovering from that. Oh, and my son has now become a grandma's boy!