Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Michigan Visit So Far

We've officially been in Michigan for a week now, and boy has it been crazy! It's definitely safe to say that I'm exhausted. So far, we've been having a blast. Here's what we've been up to:

We've been in the pond almost every day. Since the last time I was home, my parents added a dock to the beach side. There'a another pontoon attached to it as well with a table and chairs on it. It's the perfect play area for Adalin when she needs a break from the sand and water. They also have the "Slip n' Bleed" (the giant Slip n' Slide at the end of the pond) that was an addition last year. Since I was super pregnant last summer, I didn't get to go on it. You can bet your money that I was one of the first in line this year.

We are absolutely loving our new puppy, Gunner. He's already huge, but he's a good dog. We're still fighting the potty training a little bit, but aside from that and the occasional chewing of a shoe, he's awesome. Here are a few of the photos I've got of him so far: 

Both Gunner and Mia, and Gunner and Adalin are getting along great. He's a perfect fit into our family. Adalin loves throwing the ball for him, and bringing him toys. 

I also did yet another mini-shoot with Baby A. She's such a little ham. Every week, I think she loves the camera a little more. Here are a few of my country bumpkin: 

Isn't she just a doll? Okay, I'll be done with that for now. I just can't handle her cuteness sometimes. I still can't believe that she's going to be year old in just eight days. They grow so fast... Enjoy your babies while they're little, they don't stay that way forever. 

God Bless ♥ V

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Sleep is all I want right now. Adalin's party went off without a hitch yesterday! It was fabulous. Today, I'm exhausted. I woke up way too early, and have too few naps. I'm sick (still) and just so so tired. I have a million things before we leave for Michigan and not enough time to do it, but what am I about to go do? Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.

My husband is amazing and has been taking Adalin away for short periods of time to let me knock out for a few. I really am loving having him home. Baby A is currently entertaining herself with some of her new toys she got yesterday.

Another thing, I'm so tired of rain. Everything is soaked... I just want to be able to play in my front yard, not in a lake. Really, I want to mow the front yard... not a lake. It really needs mowed and I can't do that with two inches of standing water everywhere. So, mother nature... we got the hint. You're pissy this week. Eat some chocolate and give me some sunshine.

I'm off to try to clean up I guess. Who am I kidding, it's nap time again!

God Bless ♥ V

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Prepping to Party!

Today is Miss A's first birthday party in Georgia. I'm still feeling really sick, and was up half the night coughing... so I got a lot of the decorating done early. We've still got an hour and a half til party time and everything except the food is ready to go! My husband is currently making up the burgers and Baby A is munchin' in her high chair. Here are a few previews of what the house looks like:

I'm so excited to celebrate my baby girl's first year of life! Thank you all for being a part of it. I will post lots of pictures next week. (Early) Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

God Bless ♥ V

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Reintegration: Week 2

Again, sorry this is late. I'll assure you that next week's will probably be late too... but hey, at least I'm giving you some warning. Okay, so overall week recap: things are good. Everything is feeling more and more "normal" and we're starting to find our flow. 

Things I'm Loving:
  1. Adalin- She still tops the list. This girl loves her daddy. Even though she still tends to prefer me when she's upset... she knows who daddy is and boy, oh boy, does she love him. It just melts my heart seeing them together.
  2. Extra Hands- This week, I noticed more than the week before... he's helping out. It is absolutely fantastic to have an extra set of hands around to move furniture, open doors, pick up the baby, feed the dog... you name it. Four hands are better than two.
  3. Love- As I said, things are feeling more normal now. We're transitioning out of the honeymoon phase and starting to get back into our routine. Our love feels more natural again.I don't feel rushed to get a kiss into every single minute of the day. We don't have to sit on the same couch... I don't feel bad for taking 20 minutes to shower instead of 10. It's okay for us to be ourselves again, and that's a good feeling. 
Things That are Driving Me Nuts: 
Like I said in my last post, reintegration is an adjustment. Fights and irritants are going to happen. Since we're coming out of the honeymoon phase, true colors are starting to show.

  1. Laundry and Dirty Clothes- This has always been an issue in our house.  I hate folding laundry. I'll wash and dry clothes all day long, but I do not want to fold. It's frustrating for my husband (and me too, I'll admit) to have a pile of clothes that's waist high in the corner. We can never find his freaking Adidas socks (his favorite) and he can never have enough clean underwear. Sometimes I feel like screaming "Just do your own dang laundry!" or "Would it kill you to fold that shirt?" but I don't... The other part of this is that he likes to leave socks out to wear later in the day. I hate having dirty laundry in the living room. So, when he takes his socks off... I take care of them. Now he's going through tons of socks in a day, which leads back to more laundry.
  2. Patience- We are both learning to live with each other again. Yesterday, we put together Mr. Gunner's kennel. It's huge, like really huge, and it was a pain in the butt to put together. We argued quite a bit about who was doing it right, which way the sides went, and how everything attached to itself. Eventually we ended up taking the whole thing apart and starting over. It was a good learning experience for us though.. It definitely stretched our patience with each other, but now we can stretch it even more. We are definitely making progress.
  3. Planning- My husband is super "Whatever floats your boat..." about pretty much everything. I'm much more "What color is the boat, when was it made, who is the captain, what time is it leaving, how long will we be gone, what kind of toilet paper do they use on the boat?" about a lot in life... Granted that last question is a bit of a stretch, I like to know what's going on. I hate asking what's going on tomorrow and getting a simple "I dunno" answer. With less than a week until we leave for Michigan, and still not having even started packing, or having a set time to leave... I'm stressed. Adalin's birthday party is in three days and we don't have a grill yet, we haven't bought food because we don't have a set headcount, and I'm not sure if I have all the decorations. Does this bother my husband? Not at all. Does it bother me? To the moon and back, yes. This is just a personality type difference that I have to adjust to again. I used to be fully adjusted to this, we balanced each other out... We just need to mesh again.

    Well, that's all I've got for this week!

    God Bless ♥ V

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I Love my Baby

I love sitting down at the end of the night and reflecting on my life. Tonight, I'm feeling blessed. Also, I'm having a really hard time dealing with the fact that my sweet baby girl is turning one in just 22 days. Where does the time go?

Look at her. She's getting way too big. I love this little girl more than anything. She's just perfect. Here's what we've been up to the past few days:

Sunday we did pedicures with daddy! Tell me honestly, can you handle this level of cuteness?
Baby A is just about the biggest daddy's girl you've ever seen. She absolutely loves spending time with her daddy. I'm not sure exactly how long she sat here with him, but she was thoroughly content. I just love this photo of them. Even though you can't see his face, I love it.

Monday we had our first mommy and me swim class!

She had a blast. I could barely keep her out of the pool before the class started. I was expecting the class to be more baby oriented, but it seems to be designed more for kids who can talk and understand what it means to "hum" or "kick your legs" or "jump in the water..." I'm still loving being able to take her though. I love that she's comfortable in the water. She was having so much fun (and slept for almost three hours afterwords). I'm excited for next week's class as well!

She is growing up way too fast. She's walking all the time. I went almost a week without seeing her crawl once. She did twice today, I think just to ease my depression a bit. She's wearing real shoes now, not the crib shoes. She fed herself dinner tonight... and we are retiring the jumper. Yes, I want to cry. She's so smart. I can tell her "Go get daddy" and she'll hunt him down, wherever he may be. She knows who Mommy, Daddy, and the Puppy are... If she has something she's not supposed to have, or something I want, I can ask her to give it to me and she will happily bring it over. She's just so smart. I love her jabber. She's an amazing little girl.

I'm also prepping for her first of two birthday parties. This weekend we will celebrate with our Georgia friends before we head to Michigan for leave. I've got all her decorations ready to go, and an amazing friend of mine is making the cake in the next few days. All that's left to get is the grill and the food. The rest of my week is going to be crazy hectic. I'm trying to get my week two reintegration post up in the next few days (sorry it's late again!). I hope you all have a wonderful night.

God Bless ♥ V

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Reintegration: Week 1

Happy Fourth of July! My husband has officially been home for over a week! Wow, where does the time go? So, what's been happening in the last week?

On July 1st, we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary.

Dinner at Applebee's was wonderful. I had the best fried apple cheesecake ever. Baby A was a fan as well. I tell you, this child is a riot. 

Okay, so to get to the meat of this post: reintegration! Here are the most prominent pros and cons of the first week: 

Things I'm Loving:
It is so great to have him home. Overall, things are going fabulously. We're still in the "honeymoon phase," but things are starting to feel more normal. What were the easiest things to adjust to?
  1. Adalin- Now, before you read ahead... Baby A tops both lists. She has adjusted far faster than I was expecting. She is such a daddy's girl, it's borderline obnoxious. Nothing makes me happier than telling her to "go get daddy," and having her scream "OKAY!" and run down the hallway after him. It's pretty much the cutest thing ever. She was a little leery of him for the first 24 hours or so, but after that she went right into daddy's arms and is willing to stay there forever.
  2. Sleeping- This might seem minor, but hey... I've been used to sleeping alone in a queen size bed for the last nine months. Anyone who knows me personally knows, I love sleep. So I was nervous that I wasn't going to be able to adjust to another body in the bed very quickly. No problems at all. I'm actually sleeping through the night for the first time in months. I'm not waking every few hours to make sure I didn't miss a call or Facebook message. It's wonderful.
  3. Food- My husband and I both haven't been eating big meals lately. I've probably cooked three or four times now, but we have been eating small meals for the most part. Next week will probably be the real test for this issue, but as of now it's just fine.
  4. Laundry- I haven't been doing much more laundry yet, just trying to catch up on washing everything that's been "Afghani-stained." I probably have a few loads left, but I could have knocked that out earlier in the week.
  5. Love- This should really be at the top of the list, but I wanted to save the best for last. I know so many women who say that they don't feel the same about their husband after deployment. I'm one of them. I love him more. Towards the end of deployment, we fought a lot. Just normal deployment stresses were at an all time high, but once his boots hit the ground that all went away. Our love is stronger than the day he left, and that makes my heart happy. 
and now... for the nitty gritty... 
Things That are Driving Me Nuts: 
Reintegration is an adjustment. Fights and irritants are going to happen. As I said, I've been used to living alone (well, with Baby A) for the last nine months... To throw another body into the mix is going to change things.
  1. Adalin- Though I had low expectations of what he was going to be used to at first, I still find myself getting frustrated with him. He's not used to being around babies, especially loud babies... Baby A takes "loud" to a whole new level. She pretty much has to make noise all the time. When she starts yelling or fussing in the car, he gets frustrated because it really isn't necessary. I'm used to it, so I just tune her out and go on with my day... but he gets frustrated. That frustrates me. Though it's only been a week, I'm hoping to make more progress on this front before we take our trip to Michigan.
  2. Messing with My System- I have become crazy psycho about my floors. I vacuum at least once a day, if not two or three times. I steam the kitchen floors all the time. I Clorox the counters, spray the shower, scrub the sink... it's kinda bad. The only place I can handle random clothes on the floor is the bedroom. So... when my husband walks in and takes his socks of in the living room and leaves them there, I get an anxious tick. Just kidding, but seriously... it's something I'm going to have to relax on a bit. My house is by no means spotless. Come on, I have an 11 month old... but I like things to be sanitary and at least somewhat orderly.
  3. Criticizing my System- This goes right along with #2. My system has been working great for nine months, so I'm getting frustrated when he thinks it needs to change. "Well why don't you put this over here?" he'll ask me innocently... "Because I like it over there!" Okay, so that's not our biggest issue, and it's really not that bad. I know that I need to adjust and allow him to have more say.I'm not the only adult living in this house anymore and he has as much right as I do to organize the way he wants to.
  4. Schedules and Punctuality- I'm very very anal about being on time. I don't like to be late, even by a minute. If we're supposed to be somewhere at noon, you can bet your money that I'll be there by 11:45. My husband, on the other hand... is completely fine with getting there at 12:05, 12:15... 12:30... I'm going crazy. I have become a very "now" person. When things need done, I do them now. Dishes are overflowing? I do them now. Laundry is ready to rotate? I do it now. Lawn needs mowed? I mow it the minute the rain finally stops (if it ever does...). My husband is more of a "When I'm Bored" type person. If there's something on TV, or the xbox is on, or the iPad is out... he will just 'do it later.' But, sometimes later doesn't come before I can't take it anymore. He's been on dish duty three times since he's been home (it's not really assigned, I've just asked him to do the dishes). Do you know how many times he's done them? Zero. I know that he will eventually, but if I get bored for even a moment, I go do something productive. I'm having trouble just sitting and relaxing. I still feel like everything needs to be prefect. 
As I said, overall everything has been going great. I'm pleasantly surprised with how easily everything is starting to fall into place. I know this post is a few days late, but I'm going to try to get my "Week Two" review out on Monday. I hope that this provides some insight to those of you who are going through, or are about to go through reintegration.

God Bless ♥ V

Monday, July 01, 2013

Bye Bye Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin'!

Many of my followers were following on Google Reader, but today it's going away (sad day!). So, I encourage you to start following on Bloglovin! You can import all of the blogs that you follow through Google to your Bloglovin' account. It's super easy to follow. Just click HERE to follow me!