• Personal

    We Had a Baby!

    When I was looking to update the blogosphere on the advent of our parenthood, I couldn't decide what to focus on. A tell-all about my experience having a baby in a military hospital? A detailed birth story? A soul-baring post about my diagnosis with ICP?In the end, I've decided just to give you an overview, picking up where my last Pregnancy Update left off. I'm leaving the door open to go into greater detail on any of these in the future. But, for now, you'll have to settle for the big picture post. And the big picture is I'M A MOM! And just in time for Mother's Day too.

  • Military Life

    5 Problems New Military Spouses will Probably (Definitely) Face

    Being a military spouse comes with its own unique sets of challenges, different from those of military members. If you're a new military spouse, I'm sure you can relate to most of these...or if not, at least you'll know what to expect. And if you know a military spouse, maybe this will help you to understand their perspective just a bit better. So without further ado, here are 5 Problems Military Spouses Will Probably Definitely Face:

  • Personal

    Pregnancy Update

    As many of you know, we are expecting our first baby in May. I haven't written much about pregnancy so far, because it has been flying by. So now that I'm in my 30th week (as of tomorrow) I thought I would give a quick update, and recap my pregnancy so far. And my goodness, it has been busy!

  • Travel

    Two Weeks in Italy and Greece

    A few months ago, during our PCS from El Paso to San Antonio, Ivan had the chance to take several weeks of leave. Since this opportunity doesn't come up very often, we decided this would be the perfect chance to take a big second honeymoon. The main reasoning behind this (besides finding super cheap tickets!) was that we knew it would be at least 2 years before we would have another block of time this long that Ivan could take off of work. Plus, we reasoned, who knows what our lives will be like in 2 years - we'll probably have a baby by then and that would make a…

  • Military Life,  Personal

    5 House Hunting Tips

    Last Fall, we moved to San Antonio, courtesy of the Army. Which means that last Fall, I got to have my first IRL “House Hunting” experience. After hundreds of episodes of House Hunters and Fixer Upper, I felt that I was up to the task. And it ended up going smoothly with no major disagreements between my husband and me before the final commercial break. Ok, so there were no commercial breaks. But we did have a very busy, but fruitful weekend full of seeing tons of crappy houses. And a few good ones too. This was my husband’s second time to purchase a house, so he gladly handled the…

  • Personal

    Friday Favorites – Valentines Edition

    It’s been a while since I last did a Friday Favorites roundup (like 5 months a while) so I thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to pick it back up. This is not a gift guide, but just a few of my favorite Valentines/Love themed things that I think my readers may enjoy just as much as I do.   Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding I personally think this is one of the funniest movies of all time. It’s definitely in my top two chick flicks of all time. (Right up there with While You Were Sleeping if you were wondering.) I will gladly watch this movie any day of…

  • Military Life,  Personal

    Starting from Scratch – Making Friends in a New City

    It’s been about 2 months since we moved to San Antonio, and I’m finally starting to figure my way around. Anytime you move to a new place there are always new things to learn. Like where everyone buys groceries (except in Texas, everyone is inexplicably obsessed with HEB, so that took 2 seconds to figure out), what the best local restaurants/coffee shops are, and what roads to avoid and when. Those things are pretty simple to get the hang of after a few times out of the house. But it can be a little trickier to find your way around a new community of friends. As I’m sure most of…

  • Travel

    California Central Coast Girls Trip

    A few months ago, I was able to spend an entire week with my sweet friend and sister/adventure buddies in San Luis Obispo, California. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was about 4 weeks pregnant, and nauseous the entire trip. But despite this, we had a great time and saw a TON of the beautiful central coast. Our home base was Bethany’s apartment in San Luis Obispo. Her apartment was right smack dab next to the ocean. My first day there, I happily ate my less than picturesque fast food lunch while overlooking the ridiculously scenic beach. It was a wonderful thing. We were there for an entire week, so…

  • Books, Movies, and Music,  Personal

    All the Books I Read in 2018

    I have to admit, this was not my best year for reading...which has led me to make reading more of a priority in my goals for 2019. I had high aspirations for reading more since I had more free time this year than in the past 5+ years, but while it wasn't my best year for reading, I did manage to average about 1 book a month, so these are the books I read in 2018. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus I read this book in the Spring along with a PWOC bible study group on base, and it was sooo good. The book helped me to understand…