Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Our First Halloween & Marine Corps Ball

Hey peeps!
I wanted to show you some quick "first Halloween" pictures, ya know .. since it's almost Thanksgiving? What?!

We loved it. We were told we would have a lot of trick - or - treaters ... so we got ready!



 My amazing husband did the dirty work ..

I turned that bad boy into a castle ;)

We prepped for the kids .... and like 5 came .. haha! Joke's on us, right!? Kind of sad .. but Jeff and I had a great time. As for Duke? He was exhausted after his first Halloween:


I said I would write about our first Marine Corps Ball and I'm only what ... 25 days late?
Away we go!

Our ball was in La Quinta, CA which is about an hour and a half away from where we live. It was at a beautiful resort called, simply enough: La Quinta Resort!

We had a beautiful room complete with an enormous bath tub and fireplace, which is the way to THIS girls heart! The ball and our room were both at the same resort which made for easy traveling. The ball was great. So much love and tradition in one ceremony, I loved it. People told us before hand to "buckle up, because there is a lot of standing and sitting". There was some standing and sitting but afterwards we laughed and I told Jeff "We're Catholic ... that was nothing!"
Check out some pics!!











The day after the ball, I was dying for some Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. We stopped for breakfast at Ihop and I warned the boys we were still getting cheesecake so that they wouldn't eat too much. They ate too much. I still got my cheesecake and so did they, but they were miserably full :) This is why you listen to me, boys!! haha!!




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Goals

Here's my November Goals list ... but first let's see how I did on my October goals ....



1. Up the rest of my weights this week and moving forward. 
Freaking fail fail fail fail. I've pretty much stopped working out for the past week and a half. I'm going through something ... it SUCKS .. and by "going through something" means not doing well and not able to pull myself out of it. 

2. Keep couponing! The more the better! 
YES!!! I recently wrote to all the companies who's products we use asking for coupons and a TON of them answered and mailed some to me ... so we've been saving little by little. I'll be sad once I've gone through them all.

3. Get to mass THREE weeks in October (A carry over from September)
Fail again. Saturday I get up with the puppy and let Jeff sleep in ... Sunday I get to sleep in ... so I have been choosing sleep over church .. I'm so sorry! :/ 

4. Find a dress for the Marine Corps Ball! EEeeekkkkkk! 
Not only did I FIND a dress ... but we went to the ball too! More pics on a later post, but here's what we looked like!! 



5. Buy at least two Christmas presents (Planning ahead so we aren't shocked with it all + travel expenses in December!) 
November was busy but we have gotten a few gifts ahead. 

6. Celebrate being married 6 months, October 12th!!! <3 
Yes we did!! Read more about it ::::HERE::::


7. Get to Joshua Tree National Park to star gaze. 
We DID get out to JTNP ... BUT the moon was high and full and it was the very beginning of the cooler weather, so we didn't last long. It was still fun :) 


November is almost over ... so even though this is titled "November Goals" I'm just going to tell you what we had planned for Nov instead.

- Mom was visiting for a week!
- Jamie and Brad are coming to visit for a weekend
- We were going to have Thanksgiving here at our house, but we are going to a friends family's home instead. 
- Duke had his third vet appointment (he's HUGE)
- I've been doing a lot of cleaning and getting the house ready
- We got our orders for where we are going to be stationed for the next three years
- I've been watching a ton of TV 

I'll write some more specific posts on things we've got going on in November with pics later :) 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Twentynine Palms Happenings

What's the happs in Twentynine? Well...

Is it silly to be excited about passing out Halloween candy, in our own place? We've never been able to do this before! We finally have our own "house" (Okay it's a townhouse thing...) We can pass out candy to all the little trick-or-treaters! I think I'm excited about Halloween for the first time in years! Yay!! Ps ... umm ... candy costs a fortune. Holy crap.



This weekend is Jeff's and my first Marine Corps Ball! It's at a resort, it's supposed to be beautiful! Duke, our puppy is too young to board because he hasn't had all of his shots. He isn't able to be around other dogs yet.. so our friend Amber as being sweet and staying at our place with him. (Thank God .. I didn't know if we were going to be able to stay!!) We are really excited. Jeff will wear his blues and I will wear a new black floor length gown I got (at a great price of course!).
I'll post pictures when we're all dressed to the nines ;)

Guess. What. Else.
MY MOM IS COMING TO VISIT!

Okay people ... I've been doing SO good out here. It's weird and strange to live in a town where you know almost no one, but I'm doing well. I haven't cried much (which we're all surprised about) and I'm completely happy to be here. All that being said: I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL MY MOM GETS HERE! We should be finding out in the next few weeks (possibly this week even) where we will be stationed next. I was talking to my mom and I told her how weird it would be if we had to move away from here, our first place together and have had no one see it! So, she bought a plane ticket! I can't wait. We can't wait!

[ and oldie but a goodie ]
I may even sing:



On a directly related but side note: THIS has been the push we need to do something about our guest room! And my "we" I mean "me". It's much better already but I DO need Jeff's help with a few bigger boxes. More on that later.

In other news: Jeff and I have bought our plane tickets home for Christmas! We got fairly good deals on our tickets home and can't wait to celebrate with family! Something to look forward to.

Hmmm that's all what we're GOING to be doing ... how about this:
Duke got CRAZY sick from helping himself to our raw Halloween pumpkins last weekend. It was the most heartbreaking thing I've ever seen. He was sick for about 12 hours or so .. wouldn't eat, wouldn't drink and couldn't stop getting sick. He just wanted me to hold him and he would look up at me, cry and then run onto the patio before getting sick again. THANK GOD that's over. He had us scared half to death. We got him to lick an ice cube a few times and we shot water into his mouth with a syringe and then it just took time. He's back to his crazy old self though. Biting, running around like a crazy dog and getting back into things!  Here he was when he was sick:




We took him to the vet a few weeks ago and he was TWENTY TWO POUNDS. I couldn't believe it. He was only 8 pounds when we first got him! He's growing like crazy. I hope babies don't grow quite this fast. But that's a ways down the line. No one get excited haha. This puppy loves his daddy! Check it out!



Jeff and I went on a few movie dates lately! We saw "Gone Girl" .. oh wait, I already posted about that {here}. We also saw "Fury"! It really was a good movie. There were a few graphic scenes that I absolutely could have gone with out and it was SO sad, but it was a good movie. Poor Jeff kept turning to me and saying "I'm so sorry. I shouldn't have brought you to this move" I'll tell you what though, I haven't seen a movie like that before!

Last weekend we went to Twentynine's Pioneer Days festival. It was right down the street from our house so we walked. It was a little trashy, I wont lie. But being there with Jeff, checking out new things, eating a deep fried Oreo and having two glasses of wine before hand made it fun!

We also headed down the hill with friends to Buffalo Wild Wings, which was delicious .. and I regretted it about an hour later. But YUM A little more recently, we checked out a small fishing hole with friends. Two of the boys caught tiny blue gill ... but it was a good time! We came home and cooked a ton of food and had some friends hang out for a little bit.




Hmm, what else? My job is going well lately! The kids have gotten to know me more and more ... I'm more comfortable over at their house and it's working out nicely. Part time, good money and I get to help a family who needs help! Win-Win-Win win win win.

Not much more than that is going on these days though! ;)

Monday, October 20, 2014

SIX MONTHS of Marriage!

Last weekend Jeff and I celebrated our first six months of marriage! Now, we don't intend on celebrating every six months ... but I thought our FIRST six months would be fun to celebrate and give us a reason to get out of town (the desert) for a few hours!

I made reservations for us at Matchbox in Downtown Palm Springs. We see this place every time we go down the hill and say we want to go there. THIS was the perfect reason! Matchbox has private balconies you can reserve that overlook the small courtyard and the main strip of "downtown".


Here's our balcony!

Of course we hit Great Shakes afterwards for dessert ... I got a small this time ... there wasn't too much room left in my belly!! 

In other events of the weekend, Duke went for his first ride in the truck!


He waited in the truck bed while Jeff pumped gas :) 

 We made these from our Omaha Steak care package ... OH MY GOD.. This is Stuffed Sole (with crab and scallops) I was sad when I was done eating. I never wanted it to end LOL

My hubby also took me to Yucca to see "Gone Girl" .. You should totally read this book and then see the movie. It was great! I love having a long weekend and a few dates all in a row with him!!

Awesome awesome weekend. A great way to celebrate and enjoy a long weekend :)