Monday, August 23, 2010

Five years and counting.. :)

It is hard to believe that 5 years ago today, I met the man that I was going to marry (man of my dreams) and have two beautiful children with. Last night, I looked up at the clock at midnight and then looked at my five fingers on my hand and couldn't help but smile. We have come a long way babe! Five years may not seem a long time, but with the Marine Corps, pcs moves, deployments, pregnancies, and babies... it feels like an eternity! If you had told me that I somewhat fullfilled my American dream by 25 when I was 19, I would've called you a liar, lol. (My American dream is being married, having a couple of gorgeous little ones, owning a house, and having a career-- still working on that career dream, lol)

Where did we meet?

Not the greatest pic of me-- I was injured and gained weight, eck.
Taken January 2006

We met on Camp Smith in Hawaii-- He took me on a date to the Pyramids in Waikiki, and we have been hooked to the hip since!

Rocky roads..

Relationships, I have learned, will have their rocky roads. When I was on a med board, Mr. B was getting orders to Twentynine Palms, Ca. I felt like I was at a stand still with the Marine Corps and completely torn from what I love to do (being a Marine, unfortunately broken) and whom I loved. The question beared: should I stay or should I go ... The Marine Corps ruled that I should go due to my injuries not healing.
A month after Mr. B pcs'd, I was able to follow-- from paradise to hell, because he was well worth it.

We endured a miscarriage, two deployments back to back with two missed birthdays (the birth of our first daughter and her first birthday), an RPG blast, and the ups and downs of marriage and parenthood.

Wonderful times!

When he came home from those stressful, sleepless nights, slave to the cell phone, deployments...

He got to be home for the latest pregnancy, and got to witness every sickness (almost), hospital visits, the kicks and punches from the baby, the ultrasounds, and the birth. I got to squeeze his hand to death when the epi failed to work.. I was on cloud nine since he finally got to experience one of our girls birth.

Building of a new home-- We got to be proud homeowners, and I could still pinch myself! As stressful it is, I am proud to have this family unit.

Post deployment USMC ball-- January 2009
Although I haven't put every detail down of the past five years... (there are so many to count) These are the most important ones worth noting about... it is what truly shaped us into what we are today.. and so let it be.. five wonderful years and counting!

Friday, August 13, 2010

My Little Pony -makes mommy go crazy.. the party that is.

My three year old is obsessed with ponies, especially "My Little Pony". This year we have two daughters that are born in the same month, and we decided to do a combined party to celebrate. Lil sis is a little to young to have an input, however, she does like to hijack her sister's ponies from time to time! This year's theme is "My Little Pony"!

I have spent a crazy amount of time trying to plan out this party.. originally wanting it to be at the lake on base.. that fell through. Then, to have it at the club house in my community... Now, I am not a Chuck e Cheese kind of mom. I don't like venues that force their crummy food on you and you don't have an option to bring your own. So, I gave up, and decided that I am going to have it at my house. Today is the day prior, and I am seriously stressing!! I have to have an absolutely clean, de-cluttered house before noon tomorrow. The thing is, I have three levels!  I am a bit relieved that I have already ordered Chick Filet, and the gourmet cupcakes (just one less thing to prepare) Oh, and I don't like hamburgers and hotdogs, lol.

Crud, I have to wrap gifts! -good thing the party favors are filled, haha.
So, you would think that by the time the party is over tomorrow, I would be able to lay back and relax a bit? Wrong. Somehow I have to go pick my mom from the airport an hour after the guests are expected to leave. Don't get my wrong, I am completely stoked to see my mom, (haven't seen her since Thanksgiving) but, I am definitely going to be high-wired tomorrow! (Where is the Red-Bull?)

Oh! And I am going to make this ama-zing punch for the kiddos! I believe the parents are going to devour it! Want to know the recipe??

  • Grab a punch bowl with a ladle
  • Dump a pint of Raspberry Sorbet in the bowl
  • Add an entire 2 liter of Ginger Ale soda.
  • Add a little bit of juice from a lime
Woila! You got a great punch.. make sure you do two batches, it goes away quick!

Anywhoo, wish me luck! I got a crazy weekend to tackle!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New blog design!

   I just want to thank Betty at Life as a Sailor's Girl for creating an amazing blog for me. She was so patient throughout the process, and really tried to reflect my personality.

If you are new to my blog, and haven't discovered hers yet.. She does MiliMonday's and has taken over Thursday Five. Feel free to check her out! :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Join in on my MilSpouse blog hop this week! :)


Here is how you can join in on the Hop! :)
* Post a brief bio on your blog introducing yourself. (My bio follows the Linky.)

* If you want to help spread the word, link back to me in your post. I have a button on my sidebar, but a simple link is fine.

* Add your blog name and URL to the Linky below. It's best to put a link to your post, not your home page.

* Follow any or all of the blogs on the list.

* For those you choose to follow, leave a comment letting them know you found them on the MilSpouse Blog Hop. Include your blog link in the comment to make it easier for them to return the visit.

* According to blogging etiquette, you should follow everyone who follows you. But this doesn't always happen. So please try not to harbor any ill feelings if you follow someone and they don't follow you back.

I will have this blog hop posted until Friday. Please spread the word. :)

(I got these steps from Riding the Rollarcoaster.. Thank you for introducing me to my first blog hop several months ago.)

Rob and Holly

Hello! If you are now joining in on my blog, I am a female Marine veteran married to my active duty Marine. We met about 5 years ago this month. We quickly fell in love, and then he was re-located to California nine months later. My Marine Corps career expired due to an injury and I followed him to his next duty station a month later. Later that year, we got married in Vegas, and I found out I was pregnant-- and then, he deployed. Fast forward-- we had two beautiful girls. I love my family and home is where the Marine Corps sends us! Feel free to follow my blog.. I love readers and comments. :)

There is a new blogger in town.. and she is a Vampire! :)

Meet Jessica, a baby Vampire from Bon Temps! For all you True Blood fans, this vamp has an awesome blog. Feel free to follow! :) Jessica from True Blood

Just thought I would share!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I am so proud of you! Keira on turning 3 today. :)

Happy Birthday My Sweet Little Girl!

Keira with her buddy Chase (born the same day)

It is hard to believe that my baby girl is now a rambunctious 3 year old! She is getting smarter and more sassy as each day goes by. Three years ago, I was in the Naval hospital at Twentynine Palms holding my little precious in absolute awe. I had her at 5:50 a.m. Daddy was in Iraq at the time, and he called just in time as I was pushing. All my friends, minus one- because she was in labor a few doors down.. was holding onto my legs and giving words of encouragement. The hubby was on the the cell phone on speaker-- cheering me on, as I rolled my eyes, lol. She finally came, and I was able to give her a quick hold, and then they whisked her off to get cleaned up. I immediately grabbed my phone to talk to Mr. B. "Do you still Love me?" He asked. I told him that I didn't like him about a couple of hours ago!

 Little did I know that this little spit-fire full of curly hair at 7 Ibs 14 oz at 20.6 in long would change our lives forever. Sure, they all tell you, but you don't really know until they are here. It wouldn't be for three more weeks before his deployment was officially over, and I was going to endure three long weeks of sleep deprivation. Luckily, with the support of my deployment friends, (now life-long friends) I managed to get through. I am convinced it takes a village to raise a child. At least to keep our sanity, lol.

Today, is her day...and I can't wait to see her grow up! (just do it slowly.)

Click on the song below.. beautiful song for all mommies and little ones. :D

Music Codes