Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sleeping Arangments

We have been at Mom's for so long that I tend to forget how squished on top of each other we are. In the past few weeks I've had more people ask me, "Where are you all sleeping?" Well ladies and gents there are a little of us everywhere.

When the kids came to stay with my Mom just for the night they always slept in her room. Either on a blow up at the foot of her bed or somewhere that their precious Grandma could be in sight. So seeing as we imagined this situation would only last a few weeks that is where they stayed. Their blow up eventually got popped and they spent many of morning folded into their bed as it deflated. Then we brought in a single mattress to put on the floor for the girls to share. Before they were sharing I'm almost positive they were trading off days to sleep in Grandma's bed. She finally decided it was time for her to be comfortable in her own bed and kicked them out. I really can't blame her.

When I first moved out of my Mom's house my little sister took the big room leaving her midget room for my Mom to take over with her crafts. I don't think my Mother had any idea that 3 years later my family of 5 would be here for 3 months. Silly Mom, don't you know we always come back? When we first got here Bentley was waking up every dang 2-3 hours so 9 times out of 10 he ended up in the bed with me vs being in the pack 'n' play. Ryan and I went out one night and seeing as Mom's room is on the other side of the house she can't hear him cry so she let him cry it out that night. I had to follow suit and within a few days he was sleeping through the night. But I was scared if he knew I was in the room he would wake up knowing I would get him out of bed. There go my beginning of sleeping on the couch. 

I would show you what the room I'm staying in looks like but I think my mother would kick me out and I need to be here 2 more weeks! I have piles all over the room of clothes, shoes, coach bags and blankets. When we have dressers again I may cry of excitement! When we first got here we each had a few outfits and the kids had a few toys. Now that it is so close to time to leave I'm realizing how much we have acquired since being here. I have started to send things back to Jacksonville with Ryan to eliminate the amount of stuff I have to take with me when I leave. Who knew you could buy so much stuff in such a short period of time. My Mom's house is bursting at the seams

 I do believe this is not the ideal situation for any family but its temporary. I know some people have permanent situations far worse than this so what is there to really complain about? We have a roof over our heads and more time to spend with our family!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Over Load

We have lived with my parents for 84 days now. When we packed up our stuff I was under the impression it was for 2-3 days. I'm almost positive I packed food items from the pantry that are going to reek when we finally get to open them all. 15 days, well my days over so 14 days, left until I am in Jacksonville awaiting those oh so precious keys they will hand us. Now you would think after 84 days of sitting on my behind doing nothing but gain weight and drink Starbucks that I would have things for the house figured out. However that is not the case. Its down to 2 weeks and I am scrambling trying to remember things I need or in Ryan's mind want for the house. It's getting out of hand.

We NEED a new kitchen table more than you would even know. Our old table was actually my mother's old table that we painted twice to try to make it better but it failed miserably. So the husband is agreeing with that purchase. The other things I may be needing to bribe him a little more. I've been looking at tables for weeks trying to decide what I want and how I'm going to get it. I finally picked the one I want. But of course the store in Jacksonville does not carry it and the store here will not sell the floor model and it would take a few weeks to arrive. Oh and on top of that they don't know if they can ship it that far. Seriously?! I found the table online and will be buying it on Friday! The website says 1-3 weeks for delivery. My best bet is seeing as how much luck I have that the dress will either come in 1 week meaning we wont have a house to put it in or it will be 5 weeks so we will be tableless for 2 weeks. A girl can dream though right?

I am also dying for a new couch. Our couch is so not kid friendly. The cushions do not come off, its a light tan color and the 2 sectional pieces constantly separate. It's just not my idea of a pretty living room with that thing in it. My husband keeps saying to wait to buy one but its killing me inside. We also do not have end tables, coffee tables or a rug for the living room. I keep finding awesome rugs but have no idea what color my couch will be. Can I base my living room off a rug purchase? I think so.

My brain is on overload trying to think of things we need and get before getting the house. My poor Mom's house is bursting at the seams with all the stuff we brought with us and have bought since we have been here. Everything is constantly racing through my head! I need furniture for the screened in porch and play room! My goodness now I'm rambling off my thoughts because my brain wont shut off!!

Hope you all had a great Monday! PS Look into your local Chick-Fil-A, they are having Mother Daughter Date Nights this week! We had so much fun at ours tonight! :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


My husband has been on my case lately about not having home videos. He keeps saying how we need a video camera so we can have some. I have thousands of pictures of Kylie because she was an only child the longest. I got a camera the Christmas before she was born and put it to good use.

I used it so much it ended up breaking the week of her 1st birthday. On her first birthday I bought my prize possession, of the time, my pink touch screen camera. I love that thing. Still do although it blows at taking pictures of kids because it is the slowest camera in all camera history. {My kids messed with all the settings and I have no idea how to get it all back.} So I slowly got out of the picture taking habit because there was always so much chaos and not so many cute moments with family and friends being across the country. Then Bentley was born and I found my self obsessing over taking pictures with my phone to quickly get them to my husband who was deployed at the time.

Long story short I stopped capturing my kids growing and learning new things. So the week before Kylie's 5th birthday {her birthday seems to be a new camera tradition} I met with my friend for breakfast and ended our meal with a new camera. She is the fab photographer that did our last family pictures. Jill knows her stuff so I knew she would point in the right direction for a good camera as well as one that was user friendly. I fell in love with taking pictures when I got a hold of her ginormous camera at parties. So I'm the proud owner of a Cannon Rebel. I've taken over 1000 pictures since I got it. I don't want you guys to think I'm good at taking pictures because believe me I am not. I am simply just loving being able to capture the fast movement of my kids who don't say cheese longer than 2 seconds.

I spent a good penny on that camera as well as a video camera and memory cards for each. I was certain my husband was going to beat me but I have a good excuse. After losing my brother all my mom had left were the pictures to remember him by. I by no means plan on losing my kids but even if something happens to Ryan or I. Our kids will have these to look back on. I will spend thousands to make sure there are good pictures to look back on our lives. Good excuse right? :)

Here are a few pictures I've taken lately!

Baby Sammy on his first birthday!

My best friends

The Family on Easter

Little Man

Kylie and Delainey on her 5th Birthday!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Anniversary 7 or 3?

Yesterday was my anniversary. It gets semi confusing because we got married on the day we started dating. I always say the longest time because I put up with way to many years of this Marine malarkey to say we've only been married 3 years. 7 years with this amazing man who had no idea what hit him in 2005 to go out with someone like this girl right here. 7 and 3 is not a significant number to really write about our adventure so far together but I am. I've realized that no matter the number,some years you have more time to sit and reflect on the years you've been together.

So this year I've done just that. I never posted my wedding pictures to Facebook until 2 days ago. Whoops. In all seriousness my computer was so slow 3 years ago they wouldn't load. Haha Looking back at our pictures make me grin from ear to ear. We have some amazing friends, our family is okay too. There are a group of 9 friends that would always be there for us. When we all get together it's those you remember when Ryan did this or Shaft did that, oh and Kelly did this conversations. No matter where we all are in life we could all still get together and laugh the same as we did when we all met.

The story of how Ryan and I met will always be a joke in its self. He says he picked me up on a corner which he kinda did.

These two were/are best friends.
Hints why he was the best man in our wedding. :)

And these two are good friends.
True Ben and Kelly form to be walking out of my wedding like this.
Here's a normal picture just for good measure.
And the three of us are best friends.
These 6 men are like brothers.

March 8th is Aj's birthday. {the best man} Ben invited Kelly to go out the weekend after his birthday. Kelly then had the hots for Aj. But Ben kept saying, "Do you have a girl for my man Rocky?" She had no idea what this Rocky character looked like but threw me out there. So the next weekend, March 18th 2005 Kelly and I snuck out of the house to go out with Ben and his friends. Rocky, my husband, was the one that picked us up. Remind me to tell my daughters not to just jump in random boys cars. But we jumped in the back of his Firebird and successfully snuck out of the house. We did what any 18 and 15 year olds would do, we went to Waffle House. Aj of course ordered the All Star special and that is when I discovered Ryan twitches at random. I some how ignored this odd twitch and told Kelly I liked him. I rode around in the car with Ryan until 3 in the morning while Kelly was with Aj riding around to the same places. {Apparently we don't conserve gas and ride together?} The next night we snuck out again to go to Aj's house which was within walking distance to Kelly and I's neighborhood. My favorite part is I locked my self out of my room and woke up my mom to help me get back in it. Silly mother, didn't you know I was out all night?

After that weekend we were inseparable. We became part of the "crew" of people they hung out with. Now we are all like a family. It's incredible to look back at how much all of us have been through but where we are now. From the first apartment all the boys shared to now a house full of boys and a house of girls. We have 3 beautiful children, Kelly has one handsome little man and all of our friends are right there by our side spoiling them on the way.

These are the people aside from our family that have supported us every step of the way.

Our family has never once doubted what we were capable of. Ok scratch that, my Mom and Dad {Ted} have never once doubted us. They have been a great help for me to become a mother as well as becoming a wife. My Mom and Ted's relationship is so similar to Ryan and I's. I don't like to admit I'm like my mother but it is very apparent I am the spitting image of her. These two have helped me move, bring babies into the world while Ryan was deployed, fix my house, watch the kids, oh did I mention we've been staying at their house since February? Without them Kylie may look more homeless than she does now.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the sappy story of how much I appreciate the support of our family and friends. Military life ain't easy but we have survived almost 6 years of living it and we couldn't be happier in our marriage. :D

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


You know that last blog I posted about murdering cars? Success. I murdered my car that very next day. I did not mean to. I in fact was trying to help my car. As I stated I got my oil changed and was so proud of my self for doing so. Well the next day my car started ticking. This really loud, hear over my loud car going 70mph tick.

At first I described it as a clock, then it got all the more annoying and I said it was like a bomb and I was waiting for it to go off. Every male person I talked to, saw or texted I asked them what it could be. Every single one of them said the same thing, " You should probably get your oil changed." Well smart men I just did that and then it started making this noise. I gave up trying to figure out what it was by just explaining it. We drove to visit my husband in Jacksonville and of course I then made him listen to it. He had no idea what it was. He then drove down a street that apparently nothing was open on Saturdays. The dealership was busy so no luck there. First thing Monday morning my Dad took it to the shop to get it looked at. We heard nothing for 24 hours.

Finally this morning we got a call that they figured out what the problem was. "something in the valve train" If I knew what that meant I would tell you. All I got out of it was that its under warranty and I wasn't paying for the problem. So now I'm thinking great I'm car less because they said it would be a few days. But  I went to pick up a courtesy car and my car was the talk of the shop.

One guy said " Oh so you're the one with the ticking engine, whatd you do to it?" "I changed the oil. I was trying to help it." "What'd you put in it, water?" NO!

I told you guys I have no luck with cars. Me and cars clash very badly. So I got a lovely 2012 Buick Enclave until Friday. Much smaller than my tank but it will do. Moral of the story, never change your oil!!