Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Year of Decluttering

I post about a lot of things about my life, but one thing I would like to share are recipes and different household ideas that I use in my life.
I will try and concentrate on that more on my blog this year, because there is more to my {and my husband's life} than just big events which I tend to post most about.

As some of you know, military life is much like a roller coaster.
There always seems to be a looming deployment, move, or big change of some sort in the future.
Now, I want to share with you something that I found that was handy and I am going to use to declutter my house.
I'm not going to lie, I'm not the cleanest of people.
Not only that, but we tend to have more clutter than most of our friends.
I made a resolve when we moved to Georgia that I would try and keep up on those types of issues.
That would include keeping things clean, keeping things decluttered, keeping up on and going through items to try and keep clutter to a minimum.
I'm not saying I'm doing a fantastic job at it, but I would say that it's better than how we were in Washington.
That being said, I found this calendar which I thought was handy.
I encourage you to take a look if you are interested in doing small things every day to keep things decluttered.
If you're like me, I like to hear lots of other people's ideas because I never think of everything!

This is also on pinterest, so you are more than welcome to follow me on pinterest if you'd like!

Happy Decluttering!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mil-Spouse Quiz

Is it mid-January already?
Time goes so quickly.

Today I've decided to do the
Mil-Spouse Quiz
1. How did you and your spouse meet? Through a friend of a friend.  If you ask Jesse he will say the internet or {the oh so classy} Hot-or-Not.  Don't get me wrong, I was not on hot-or-not.  I had a friend who met a soldier who was on hot-or-not.  Actually I think both of them were on Hot-or-Not.  This soldier was in Iraq a the time.  When he got back from Iraq my friend met him and saw him on a regular basis. Later on I met him, then his roommate.  His roommate was Jesse.
2. How old were you when you two met? Showing my age here!  I was 20 and I think that Jesse was 22.
3. How long have you been together? Together about 8 years, married over 5 now.
4. Where are you and your spouse originally from? Washington.  I was from what's considered the south sound {south of Seattle}, and Jesse is from the North Cascade area.
5. How did you feel about him joining the military? I didn't have the choice, I met him when he was on leave after he was back from Iraq.  He had already made that commitment.
6. Where did your spouse go to Basic Training? Fort Benning, GA.
7. Has your spouse ever been deployed? Yes, twice.
8. Ever been to his promotion ceremony? Yes, I have been to one.
9. How long have you been a military wife? Over 5 years now.  At the time we were married, he technically was in ROTC, but at that point we were already together a few years, and he was pretty much locked in to a scholarship and doing Army stuff the entire time.
10. Did you marry him before or after he joined? Yep.
11. How did your husband propose? He proposed at his parent's house in Washington.  Nothing big and elaborate.
12. Where did you get married? My childhood church that was in Tacoma, WA.
13. How old were you two when you got married? I was 22 and he was 24.
14. Did he wear his uniform on his wedding day? Nope, even though I wish we could've done that complete with all of the military customs.
15. Where are you and your spouse currently stationed? Fort Benning, GA.
16. Do you live on base? No.
17. How long were you married when you had to go through your first separation? First deployment? We were married 3 years.
18. What is your favorite base so far? Fort Lewis.  Kinda pathetic, I know, but I think it was the best of everything.  Much better than Fort Benning.  The area isn't horrible, but there's way more to do in Washington.
19. Do you think your spouse looks good in his uniform? Um, yes.  Who doesn't?
20. Do you think military life is more advanced than civilian life? No, I think that's not even a fair question.  They're different.
21. Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent? Yes.
22. Do you have a lot of military wife friends? Oh yes.  Some really really great people.
23. What is the hardest part of the military life? Deployments, obviously.  There can also be some strange rules and difficult people that make life a bit difficult.  Most of the time the positives outweigh the negatives.
24. Do you own military wife stuff? A few things.  I like unit-specific items {which we have a lot of} and I love Victoria's Secret's PINK collection of Army stuff.
25. Do you support your spouse as a member of the military? Duh;)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy {Belated} New Year!

I hope everyone has gotten back into a good groove,
with school and/or work.
It's hard to get back to the day-to-day grind, especially after a long break like Christmas.
Even I have a difficult time getting back to the normal...Even though I'm not returning to school or work.
Of course when my husband returned to work,
and of course I got sick right after.
It knocked me out for just about a week...Even though I wasn't sick with the flu really.
Just a headache along with some stiffness in my neck and back.
Maybe a little nasal stuff.
And a fever {but not for the full week}.
Anyway, I wanted to give a little recap of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

New Year's Eve Dinner!  Jesse had steak and I had lobster.
He made it and we had mashed potatoes, broccoli, caesar salad, and rolls.
Mmmm....Making myself hungry.

Dessert was a chocolate souffle {yes, I made that}.

Jesse & I on New Year's Day.  We didn't go to bed until 5 AM....I definitely didn't think we'd stay out that late!
We wish you all a blessed New Year!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas Recap

I hope everyone had a great Christmas leave and/or vacation,
and safe travels back home if you did any traveling.
Here are some of the highlights from Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

We had a little shindig at our house, with our Christmas sweaters.

I had to get a photo with Stryker : )

Us on Christmas Eve.
Only a portion of our food from Christmas Eve.

Santa's treats.

Red velvet+cheesecake=amazingness.
If you follow me on Pinterest I pinned this...
Check it out.  It was good, and the red velvet wasn't dry!

Whiskey Sours....Complete with maraschino cherries!

Stryker & me on Christmas eve.  He's obviously trying to steal my thunder!

A family photo of the boys...Obviously there was a lot of cooperation.

"Look, I'm panting just like Stryker!"

Christmas day with Stryker & {one of} his new toys.

I believe that I had a mimosa and Jesse had orange juice.

Breakfast quiche, yummy!

He was happy to have his spot back under the tree.

Do I need to explain?

Spuz and his new gift from grandma & grandpa.

Jesse's reaction when he opened Stryker's gift.  His reaction was priceless, I'm glad I was able to capture it!

He thought it was pretty funny.
Stryker seemed to like his pillow pet, which I'm told is a tyrannosaurus rex. 

Play time!

Life is hard for our pooch.

And our cat : )
I will post more about our leave at a later time, I hope that starting this blog post is starting the new year   in a good way.
I can't believe that it's all over!

Have a great week,


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