Friday, May 31, 2013

Cheers to the weekend!

Lets see.... This week I've babysat 4 times (and love it), worked out 6 (love-hated that), talked with my sweet husband daily (REALLY LOVE that) and hung out with family (also loved that). 

This was my outfit on Sunday before church... That top was snug a few weeks ago when I bought it. Happy day! 

I went shopping Sunday after church and look where I can shop now!!!! I bought 3 bras and then ordered one off their website... I like them but don't LOVE them. I'm hoping the one I ordered comes in soon and I love that... Because at $56.00 a pop, the 2 I haven't worn are going back to VS! 

Found and fell in love with this couch on my shopping trip... Macy's has some amazing deals on furniture right now! You like my love?? 

Hung out with these 2 a lot this week and love every second of it! 

Daisy and I took a nap like this one day. 
And then fell asleep like this last night. I love her. 

I started whole 30 again before I go to Idaho, today's lunch was 100% beef hot dogs, sauerkraut, horseradish mustard, and fruit. Delish! 

I babysit for a family on base and I had to stop because this guy was crossing the street. Haha! Still not used to a aviation base! 

Found this cute dress but my mom said it was Sunday morning church cute but I needed something sexy for when Andy comes home. Ha ha! That is why I love my mom! So... Give me your favorite stores since I can shop pretty my anywhere now! At first I was thinking blue (brings out my eyes) but a friend said pink would make them pop! So I will be on the search for a hot pink one to try on this weekend. Of course, I love pink so that didn't take much convincing ;) 

Happy Friday, friends! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


It was a crazy few days with my cousins graduation from the Naval Academy and then Memorial Day... So I'll just let the pictures do the explaining :) 

We went out for pizza with my uncle, aunt, cousin, cousins girlfriend, and my brother, sister in law and nephew. Jackson looks thrilled huh?? :) 

The day of the graduation it was pouring rain, windy and cold! All that time I took to blow out my hair and straighten it went to the wind! Lol. We had fun anyways and I could not be more proud of Shane! The 3rd in our family to graduate from USNA! 
Proof my hair did look ok at one point! 
Daisy was spent after spending 2 days at daycare... So she just cuddled with me a lot on Saturday :)
Most exciting thing ever.... I am the new proud owner of the iPhone 5! Being able to FaceTime with Andy anywhere is so nice!!! 
I did this yesterday (cut the pull ups, push ups and squats in half). It was a day to remember all those who have lost their lives for our country... So this seemed appropriate. I hurt today tho.

Have a great week friends! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mosquito bites and sun burn lines!

I always know summer is coming when I have two things. Mosquito bites and sunburn lines! And I have lots of little itchy bumps but when I scratch them it hurts because of the sunburn! Ha ha! 

First off, HUGE CONGRATS to my sweet sweet blog friend Jessica who gave birth to baby Caleb!!!! So beyond excited for you sweet friend!!!! And please post part 2 of the birth story! I'm dying here....

We went to Annapolis yesterday to visit with my uncle and aunt who are in town for my cousins graduation and had so much fun! We stopped off at the mall quick before meeting up with everyone and I went into the Loft just to browse. Well guess what. I can now shop there (or really anywhere now) and I even bought a dress in size medium!!!!!! I was sooooo excited! 

This isn't the best picture because it was the end of the day and I was hot and gross... But hey, it's on! 

I didn't take any pictures of the time with my aunt and uncle but I will on Friday at Shane's graduation. I'm so very proud of him, he's graduating from the Naval Academy (where my brother and sister in law also attended). So cool! 

Today I tried on this dress at Old Navy... I'm starting to venture out into different styles. I liked it but didn't LOVE it... What do y'all think? Should I go back and get it (when it's on sale of course, I don't pay full price for anything!) 

My little buddy and I on the way to Annapolis. 

I love him so much! (And Instagram. I love Instagram too. Find me! Randirod)

Found this old picture of my Andy. Man I miss him. 

Let's not forget what this weekend is about. There are people who have lost their lives for our freedom. People who are currently away from their families to fight for you and for me. I'm so thankful to have been raised in a military family who appreciates the sacrifice each and every day, not just a few times a year. Lets not forget those who serve to keep us free. 

My heart is heavy for those who have lost loved ones. We salute you. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Our weekend!

We had a pretty busy but fun weekend! Friday night I got to watch a friends 8 week old baby! His name is John-Mark and he is precious! 
I thought it would help my baby fever but it actually made it worse. Heaven help me make it to September! And then to next year when we start trying. 

Saturday we spent at the gym, went to a farmers market, and then my dad came to visit in the evening. 
How delicious do these strawberries look??? They were amazing!!!!

Everyone loves Grampy!!
Story time! 

Daisy and I went to the dog park on Sunday for a little bit while my dad and brother did some work at the gym. We had fun and she was pooped! Win. Win.

We had five guys for dinner Sunday... Can you tell Jackson was enjoying his bacon?? :)
I bought this Essie mint candy apple color... It's different but I think I like it. 

This is the countdown I use for Andy's homecoming... Look at that green!!!! Go green go!
What product do you use?? I invested in some of this pureology... AMAZING! It's pricey but so worth it!!! My hair feels amazing! Go get some! 
See those blisters? Pull ups. I may have ugly hands but I'll take it as long as I have the healthy body to go with it! 

We are just hanging out today... Enjoying the sunshine! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The dark side!

I did it... I had my weight loss makeover! You know, on biggest loser half way through the have their makeover session....  Well I had mine today! You ready?????

It's dark! Not super dark, but dark to someone who usually has blonde hair!! 

(Wind blown effect)

I took this this evening in the kitchen and it doesn't look so dark anymore...

And here's the top.

I LOVE it!!! It's definitely a change but I needed something to go along with this 60 pound weight loss!!

Andy likes it too so that's all that matters ;) I can't wait for him to see all hard work in person!!

Happy Friday eve! ;)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

5 months in Maryland

Hello! Can you believe today marks me being in Maryland for 5 months!? That's just so crazy to me! Almost a half of a year! I've learned a lot about myself in this time and I'm sure ill continue to learn more as the months pass (only 3 to be exact). 

I learned that food doesn't need to control you. It's controlled me for the last 10 years, but I think that ship has finally sailed. I bought a chocolate bar the other day because I felt like I NEEDED it... After taking two bites I flushed it down the toilet. Why? I don't need that chocolate. It sure didn't make me feel good before and it definitely won't now. And plus, after not having sweets for 5 months it was wayyyy too much. Lol. 

I've learned that I too can be anything I want to. And right now, I want to be healthy, fit and strong. 
This is January of 2013... It took 3 of us to flip that tire. 

Today, I did it all on my own. The other day I back squat 160 pounds and dead lifted 190. Before I wold have said no way could I do that.

I've learned that I cannot do anything on my own. I've needed Jesus more through this deployment than ever. I'm in constant prayer for my husband, prayer that my time here will be used wisely, and so much more. I've met some great people here and will cherish their friendship forever! 

I've learned how sweet and genuine people can be. It doesn't matter if you are 3 rounds behind everyone at crossfit pax, they will stand there and cheer you on and help you get to the finish line. There are always new people walking in the door, but the second they are in a class with us... We are family. I have had people cry with me, share my joy, and throw a party when I hit the 60 pound mark. I'm really going to miss them the most. 

I've learned that even tho Andy and I are what feels like a million miles apart, he's still there to listen to me cry, make me laugh, talk me through a melt down, and encourage me when I need it most. 

And most of all... I've finally learned to love myself. For years I felt like I was never good enough because of how my body looked. I felt different and set apart from people... Even disconnected from my own family at times... But now I feel stronger both physically, mentally and emotionally. 

I couldn't have done any of this without my amazing brother, unbelievable sister in law, and supportive husband. JD and Jade not only let me live with them for 9 months, but they teach me how to cook healthy, and give me full gym access... I don't know how to ever repay them! They've taught me more in this short 5 months than I could have learned in years! Andy told me to quit my job and take this opportunity. It was a financial leap of faith, but he knew this is what I needed, what we needed. 

So to say my 5 months in Maryland have been great would be an understatement. I can't even begin  to describe how different I feel. A feeling that I don't plan on letting get away for many many years! ;)

Monday, May 6, 2013

For my Andy.

I haven't blogged for a few days.. and someone (ahem... Andy) called me out on it... so this one is for you, love!

It's been a great few days... I've been up early, felt productive, even changed out of my yoga pants and t-shirt a few times! (thank you to all who commented and gave suggestions). But today... today was especially great. I didn't think I would get to talk to Andy at all because I was thinking he would be unavailable... well, I was wrong. He texted at his usual time... right after my workout. Which usually means I'm still sweaty and completely gross... a way that only he would find me still beautiful. So we face-timed for a little while and went our separate ways and would talk again later in the day before he goes to bed. While we were talking later, he had me laughing so hard that my stomach was hurting! I don't even remember what we were laughing about, but I just know that I haven't laughed that hard in 146 days. 2 days before he deployed. It was a laugh that only Andy knows how to bring out... a laugh that comes from deep in my belly and warms my heart. So.. my point in all of this, I'm so incredibly thankful for my husband. I'm thankful that he can still make me smile and laugh from all the way "over there".... I'm thankful that he picked me to be his wife, and that he spends each and every waking moment showing me how much he loves me.... I'm thankful that he told me to quit my job and go to Maryland so I can get healthy. I'm thankful that he has patience like my mother (the other person who knows how to put up with me when I'm in a bad mood). I'm thankful when he has a bad mood moment, because it makes me realize I could have it much worse! (he's not that bad when he has a bad mood)... I'm thankful that he has pride for his country and is willing to sacrifice for people he doesn't even know. But most of all... I'm thankful that he's coming home soon.

I've heard that when one comes home from a deployment it's hard adjusting back to life... and I am ready for whatever comes our way.. but I also know that this time apart has taught us so much more about each other that we never thought possible... and I know that whatever comes our way, we will deal with it together. Because let's face it... at least we'll be together.

So to those reading this... if you have a loved one in your life that makes you laugh so hard you forget about everything around you... hug them. Hug them tight and tell them how much you appreciate them because you just never know.

And to my love... thank you for today. Thank you for reminding me that you are here for me not always physically, but always emotionally. Thank you for being the amazing man you are, and thank you for loving me with all that is in you. I cherish you and CANNOT WAIT to be in your arms again! I Love You!! xxxoo

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Confessional Friday... on a Thursday.

It's been a while since I've linked up with Leslie for a confession session... and since I'm not sure if I'll get around to blogging tomorrow, so I'm doing mine today. :)

So.. here we go ladies! (and the few gents that read this).....

1. Do you stay at home mom's have a problem getting up and dressed every day? I feel like I workout, and then come home, shower and put on yoga pants and a t-shirt. My husband isn't here so I have no one to impress... but I should still get fixed up, right? What are your suggestions?? Today I went fancy and put on some mascara with my sweats.

2. It's May. Which is one month closer to September. I'm quite excited about that.

3. My little brother left today for Japan. He's a Marine and will be stationed out there for 2 years... I've been a little sad lately, I just wish all 4 of us (and our spouses) were in the same city for even just a day.

4. I'm having more blood work drawn tomorrow... and am going to tell the doctor NO MORE IRON pills. Has anyone been on those before? ugh.

5. I'm going home next month to help my mom with her 4th of July party and am so excited! I love a good BBQ and I love 4th of July the most so it will be a fun time!

6. I have the best husband in the world. Seriously. The man is perfect... and I'm beyond blessed! I tell you, if you ever want to appreciate your loved one more, have them leave for 9 months. I was madly in love with him before, but now... I just can't live without him!

7. I'm pretty much dead set on this cute little tv stand. So honey, if you don't like it... I am sorry. I really really love it!
Threshold™ Windham Accent Cabinet

8. And I'm thinking no on the crazy floral accent chair... and go with these pillows instead.

Tropical Floral Toss Pillow (16.5x16.5")

on this kind of couch...that way I have the option to go with blue, tan and black...

because I LOVE this for an end table!
Accent Table with Two Doors - Black

what do you think?