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September 29, 2011

Family Pass

This weekend I'm heading out to Sunny Seattle!!! 
Ha, I crack myself up.

But I am going to Seattle to spend some time with my husband in the city. I've never been there and I am very excited to see the space needle in all it's glory, Sip some original Starbucks, watch some fish tossing at Pike Place Fish Market and relax with my husband.

KG and TOB are also going to be in Seattle, but in all honesty, I don't know how much we'll all be hanging out with the other couples. I plan on completely focusing on Jake, so having company isn't my main priority. I'm actually even excited about the idea of having him to myself in a city neither of us have ever been. 
It's kinda adventurous.

I'll try to take a bunch of pictures to share. 
Jake will have a new camera to use.
I'll borrow my parents camera so I can come back and post right away. 

I hope you all are doing well. I'll be back to my regularly scheduled program once this last step in the deployment send off is done.

An up note.
Jake and Twin received an award for being the MVP's of their unit.

September 28, 2011

Pinteresting Wednesday- Living Room

This is a pinterest board I like to call "ideas for the living room"

Our walls are about this color, and not changing.

 We already have a chair about like this...

In the market for a grey couch.

September 27, 2011

It Hasn't Even Been 1 Month

Here are a list of things that I've figured out so far.

  • With the army, everything changes. You should never schedule anything or listen to anything your told.
  • Jake, being 3 hours behind us, likes to call when he thinks it's still OK... This means anywhere from 12-1:30am. While I love my husband, I don't like falling asleep with the phone pressed against my cheek. I'm pretty sure I just set off that dumb water damage sticker inside the phone with my nasty, drooling self.
  • Having a roommate is really great, especially when she doesn't mind taking my dog on a walk if she gets home earlier than I do.
  • My brain is completely fried. I may have gotten along just fine with out using a planner since graduating from college. That is no longer the case. I have mini panic attacks about whether or not I've flushed the toilet, locked the door, unplugged my steamer, fed the cat, etc. It's almost frightening.
  • Getting myself out of the house is hard... Really hard.
  • Living by myself would have been the worst mistake ever.
  • Habits can change. I now rinse off my dishes and put them in the dishwasher... 
  • Figuring out a new morning routine with 2 girls and 1 bathroom is more difficult than you'd think.It's a good thing one of us showers at night.
  • I like to clean and do laundry... Please do not tell my husband, but the satisfaction of looking around at your space, all organized and tidy, is more than worth the effort.
  • I do not speak in Dog.
  • I am a leftover eater.
  • I do not take up hobbies as fast as I thought.
  • I am not quick at unpacking. I avoid opening moving boxes until I am sure that I'll be able to completely empty them... Closed packing boxes are better than my life scattered all over the place... But I'm afraid that I won't be unpacked a year from now and Jake will see this and wonder what I've been doing with my time. If he does, the only answer I can give is, 'I was busy'..... Doing what? Who knows.
  • I don't feel like I ever get very much done anymore.
  • I am not as busy as I thought I would be. 
  • I am not an emotional wreck.
  • Retail therapy is no fun by yourself, or with money that is meant to be shared, but can't.

September 19, 2011

Emmy Red Carpet 2011

I'm having dreams about some of these dresses, and some of them aren't good.

The bad...

The Good...

(I really kind of like the ombre effect)

The Amazing.


I think Kelly Osborne is the winner here.

September 16, 2011

My New Toy

SIL is the best. 
One night while she was perusing Joanne's, looking at sewing machines to put on her Christmas list, she ran into a a nice lady who just finished teaching a sewing class. 
Long story short, The lady had 2 Singer machines that were opened and used for the class, but not purchased. 
SIL bought one, and bought me the other.
(Don't worry, I paid her back.)
We both got a free canvas travel case for free.
When SIL got home, the price of the said machines had jumped $100.
I love my SIL.
And my new sewing machine.

September 15, 2011

My Husband is a Little Bit Famous

It's late in talking about it, But Jake was on Fox and Friends on the 9th. 
The story ran a while ago when we were all at the yellow ribbon pool party for the unit. Remember?
Well, the twins got interviewed by 10tv.
Then Fox NY started calling.
At first they asked about flying the boys to NY. I was not too excited about the idea based on the timeline that was left... But later they offered to use the Fox studio that was close to home. 
Here is the link to the interview. 
It's kinda short, but they sure are handsome men.

September 14, 2011

See You Later, Love

I'm writing this in advance because I know that I'm not going to be all here once the time actually comes.

I love you more than words can ever express. 
Nothing will be the same without you here.
I am so proud to call you mine.
You are my heart.
My soul.
My partner in life.
Your strength and determination fuels my own.
I'm strong because of you and what you do.
So don't worry about me.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i ma never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the toot and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
-ee cummings

September 11, 2011


On this day, 10 years ago, I was sitting in my math class when my teacher turned on the news. 
We sat, the entire period, watching the TV.
The outrage and fear from my classmates was evident. 
My math teacher just sat in silence.

I was just a freshman.

I stayed in school that day. My parents were at work and my brother, a senior at the time, checked in on me from time to time. That alone gave me a sense of comfort.
I remember students being angry at teachers who decided to continue teaching, refusing to turn on the news, even later in the day, when all the damage was done.

Hearing all the personal stories over the years has cemented the role of that day into my life.

The most interesting observation, the one that hits closest to home, is the number of graduates planning on entering the service that stand up at graduation ceremonies.

My husband wasn't among those at his graduation, but not even a year after, he had signed that contract. He felt compelled to serve his country. 

Now, 10 years later, I'm sitting at a Call to Duty ceremony for my husband, his twin brother, and one of his best friends from high school as they get ready to leave and play their part in protecting our freedom.

The irony of the date hasn't been lost on our family.

Jake is my hero.
So steadfast and strong. 
So willing to take the lead, show the initiative.
To volunteer his passion and talents to those serving and protecting our country.
Being one of them.
A true child of God. 

I'm so proud of him.
And I will be every day for the rest of my life.

September 8, 2011


Vacation was Fun.
We spent a chilly morning at the Renaissance festival. It was not quite as impressive as I remembered it being. There were a lot of very different people in attendance. I think it could have easily been mistaken for a computer game festival. People dressed as fairies, mythical beasts, mid-evil peasants, roman soldiers, and the 'normal' Renaissance group. 
It was a little crazy.
But the turkey leg and the steak on a stake was amazeballz.

After that we went to check in to our hotel. It was really nice because we all could wind down after the long car rides. Jake and I got a good 2 hour nap in... The parents of the group weren't as lucky due to their babies... But we all enjoyed a quiet dinner with sleeping little ones.

The Newport Aquarium was pretty cool. There was so much to see and watching the Noah react to everything was great. (Gabe just slept and ate the whole time, the little bugger) 

We ate lunch at the Hofbrauhaus in KY. It was braut, crout, and schnitzel awesomeness. We all agreed that the next time we ate there we would do it in Germany.

Our ride home included a stop at the outlet mall to stretch our legs and check out the deals. Then it was time to get home.

Our puppy was so happy to see us. He was exhausted from spending the night at my parents house. I love nothing more than seeing his little happy 'welcome home' dance. I'll have to take a video of it and post it so you can see just how cute it is.

Yesterday Jake and I babysat Paisley at her grumpiest. 
It was kinda crazy.
But Twin and TOB came over to get something downloaded and I got Gabe to smile at me for the first time. 
He started doing it over the weekend and it was SO precious.

Today, I'm at work for a half day while Jake goes bowling with his dad and brother. 
I was invited but decided that working is a better option. 
(I'm PMS-ing and my tolerance is a bit low... Not that you needed to know that.)

Tonight Jake and I are going to family dinner at my parents house to celebrate my dad's 60th and BW's birthdays. 

Good news:
Jake, Twin and RG have the yellow ribbon ceremony with their unit on the 11th... 
Then they get a 2 day pass to come home!!!
They fly out on the 14th.
Then I will hopefully get to plan a trip to Seattle a month from now to see Jake one last time before he leaves the country.

I'm really excited for 2 more days.

September 7, 2011

Pinteresting Wednesday

Things I want to do in the my new place.


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