Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lists of Late

I like reading back on my blog, to see things that were going on, things that I liked or didn't like so Erin's list looked perfect for me to modify for myself to look back on in the future:

Currently ....

Reading - Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers. Honestly, I haven't been reading lately and I JUST started this one. My cousin recommended it to my mom + mom and I share a Kindle account = now I've started it + happy me because it's free!



Playing - Boom Beach. It's a game Jeff and I downloaded weeks ago and I can't stop playing. You have your own base, troops, resources and you attack others and win stuff. It doesn't sound like something I'd ever be into but I can't stop. Must. Acquire. More. Resources.



Watching - Astraunt Wives Club & Pretty Little Liars on real TV and Friends on Netflix. AWC has me totally sucked in, I'm loving it. PLL is super annoying but I can't stop now. I'm also loving watching Friends on Netflix because I haven't seen them all, DEF not in order and it's mindless  TV :)

Trying - To pay off the little bit of debt we have now that I finally have a job and can contribute to our family! I'm a budget + numbers nerd so this is making me very happy)

Cooking - A little more simply starting this week. Jeff is being good, I haven't been of course .. but I've been cooking dinner in a little more of a "simple" style. Meat + veggies = dinner. We've also been grilling a TON lately! Yum!

Drinking - Water + Mio ... I can't get enough Strawberry Watermelon. Seriously, it'll change your life.



Texting - Everyone I know. At this exact moment, Jeff. Texting makes keeping up with friends thousands of miles away so much easier.

Pinning - A Christmas wish list & budgeting stuff.

Going -
  • To be transferring to a CDC at the end of summer camp
  • To pick my momma up at the airport to visit us in a few short weeks! 
  • To be working with Duke since his second doggy session has started
  • To work at 6 am, which I'm loving. This means I'm off work earlier and don't have to close! 

Thinking - Of getting a better "balance" in my life. Our marriage, Duke, cooking, cleaning, laundry, relaxing, getting enough sleep, doing things for ME, things for JEFF, errands, budgeting, keeping in touch with our friends and family, going to the commissary with a big ole list ... I need to and have been working on being better about getting my priorities straight and my life a little more balanced.

Loving -
  • My husband, always.
  • That Jeff doesn't have duty for a MONTH! What the what???
  • That Duke is asleep at my feet.
  • That my mom is coming to visit!
  • ... Cool whip + mini chocolate chips  (we pretend it's ice cream)




Hating -
  • That I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow.
  • That my dad can't come visit.
  • That money isn't in an endless supply.
  • That TIME isn't in an endless supply.

Enjoying - The last few weeks of summer camp. I don't want to speak too soon, but things have settled down a bit and I'm enjoying my time with the kids. I'm trying to be more intentional about having one on one conversations with them .. You never know how much kids are actually listened to these days with everyone's crazy schedules ... And they're really responding to the attention. 

We also had one of my favorite weekends in Jacksonville, yet this past weekend. We drove down to the 45th Annual Sneadsferry Shrimp Festival Saturday! We saw some camels and crafts there, yummy shrimp-a-too dinners, great music and it was nice to do something local around here. We drove through Topsail Isalnd so Jeff could see it, too. We even had a Batman marathon each night... Turns out he's awesome!

Then, Sunday we took ️Duke to the beach! He was SO good and stayed right with us, you could tell he was loving every minute. He LOVES to swim in the ocean, play in the waves and dig in the sand.







Thursday, August 6, 2015

May, June and July 2015

Hey there! So this year is literally FLYING by. I cant believe it.

In May we headed to Raleigh for the first time, for the Brad Paisley concert. I found CHEAP tickets on Groupon that we just couldn't pass up. We had WAY WAY too much fun, and I do mean that. Brad was incredible. My husband is awesome. The wine was flowing. It was SO great. A trip we'll never forget.



At the end of May we celebrated Memorial Day aboard the USS North Carolina checking out the ship and then fireworks later that night on Atlantic Beach.




I mentioned in my last post that I went on a job interview for a job I really wanted ... Well, the good news is: I got it! It's one more reason why I haven't posted much. I've been getting anywhere between thirty and forty hours per week - so things have been very different around here! I'll say that it has been VERY nice to contribute to my family. It's so hard as a military wife to get a new job, whenever and wherever you are next ... while every other military spouse in the same town is going through the same thing.

Right before I started by job in June, Jeff and I went on a Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas! On the way we stayed one night in Parris Island and saw our friend Gilissen and his (now) wife for dinner. It was so nice to see them and finally meet her!


Our cruise was incredible .. and aside from two weekends in San Diego, our first real vacation alone together. We enjoyed every minute of it. We soaked up the sunshine, snorkled (Jeff's first time! Thank God the rain held off!), had a few tropical cocktails, made some new friends, saw every show, ate lots of new foods and gambled a little bit.



On our way home from our cruise, we stopped off in Jacksonville, Florida to see the Melanges! Amanda, Kurt and the kiddos met us for breakfast as we got off the ship and headed home. It's so much fun having friends everywhere!


Duke has made a new friend: Georgio, the pup next door. They had been working together to dig a hole under the fence so Georgio could come play and go as he pleased, it was hilarious.



I started my new job ... I didn't mention what it was: It is a "program technician" AKA teacher AKA summer camp counselor on base! It's going well. I wouldn't want to stay there forever ... but it's been a great stepping stone in with MCCS on base.

In July we celebrated the 4th of July, obviously! We had a BBQ and saw a free concert on base (and fire works of course!!)





Just 2 funny shots of Duke, because ... why not?


Pretty much all of July Jeff had duty once a week. His unit got back and then he had it every three days. I won't miss those days. He was gone for twenty four hours and then he would spend the whole next day recovering. The next day he had a normal day and the day after that it would all start over again.

Mid July we cashed in my birthday present from March - TIM MCGRAW TICKETS ... Lord. We had SO much fun, my husband is incredible. A weekend one night trip into Raleigh to see Tim - check out how close these seats were:




I've done some landscaping and tending to our garden - I love it, but the dang gutters over flow and flood our entire flower bed (killing everything)


An addiction:


Duke's first birthday was July 27th! The poor guy also got his first ear infection on the same day.





... at least he got ice cream?



Monday, May 18, 2015

All The Things

So in March, Deanna came to visit!

They happened to be visiting family less than an hour from us, so she came and had a birthday lunch with me ... toured our house and Lejune .. it was so amazing to have some familiar faces! On their way back out of town I made breakfast for all of us, it was so much fun!! 

The night before my birthday, Jeff baked me a cake. Chocolate chocolate and it was awesome!!


Also for my birthday, my two favorite guys woke up super early to go tour to breakfast with me ... 
Jeff had duty for 24 hours on my birthday, so we got breakfast before he went to work. 


I've made two great friends, since we've gotten here. Tracey and Nicole ... these two. I swear I could tell them anything and they wouldn't be surprised or judge. They're awesome listeners, a ton of fun and love a good bottle of wine! 

My parents came to visit and to see our new place in April! They were actually here for my Mom's birthday, Easter and Opening Day! 





 Here is my first try at creamed eggs on toast :)










Duke made a buddy:

It really was such a good time hanging with them!!

Jeff and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary together. We had a beautiful dinner out and enjoyed the day together. The night before .. I couldn't wait to give him his gift ... So at about one o'clock in the morning I popped my trunk and he found a table saw. He was so excited, he was in disbelief. He kept saying "Who helped you with this!!!" And I kept saying "umm? The guy at the store?" HAHA!



Putting the table saw together ... At two AM :) 

That evening we went to Outback, one of our favorite places to celebrate:




We took this dorky timer picture of us eating the top of our wedding cake ... Which was still delicious, a year later. I can only imagine how it tasted on our big day! Haha, we didn't get any ... Except for the piece we cut for the pictures!

More recently, Jeff's truck was out of commission for two weeks +
The poor guy was out in the garage, working on it every minute he could .. It just took forever. He got it though! He fixed it, with the help of a buddy and saved us a ton of money!

Duke's pool got left in the back yard after a pool session. I came outside to find him like this in a dry pool the next day. 
"Where's the water, momma??" Too funny!!!


I went on a job interview for an MCCS job that I really want .... 

I planted flowers in our first garden beds ... And have been tending to the weeds of course ..








We went to the Jacksonville Jamboree (a festival)

Jeff and I went for a drive. I showed him the pier that my parents and I found while they were visiting ... And we kept driving to find a small town called Beaufort ... ADORABLE .. I can't wait for a date night out there. It reminds me a little of Downtown Plymouth back home. 



Tropical Storm Ana hit and it rained for about 4 days straight, if I remember right. Duke was losing his mind being stuck at the house. He was in our back yard unsupervised and got VERY muddy.. So we took him outside on the leash to hose him down. Jeff had the good idea to let him run back and forth in our giant puddle in between our driveways. I don't think I've ever seen this dog so happy. He ran to me through the puddle and then back to Jeff at the other end. It was hysterical. He loved being in the water, it cleaned him off and burnt off some of his energy!

And .... Since we haven't had enough pictures of Duke today, here's two just for fun haha!!