Friday, August 26, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


The first thing I think of when I get up in the morning is _________________.

"Is Munchkin awake yet?"

Lately, I’ve been craving _________________ because _________________.
Milk and chocolate...because I'm pregnant!

Whenever anyone says the word _________________, it reminds me of my childhood because _________________.
Technically, it's two words, but pool party reminds me of childhood and home because that's what our birthdays were for quite awhile since we had summer birthdays and a pool in the backyard!

The happiest word I know is _________________, but _________________.
"Sure", but only when said by Munchkin (more 'shua') when I ask for a hug!

My spouse may hate it, but I absolutely love _________________.
For the DVD binders to be organized alphabetically by genre. I freely admit my OCD in this area!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


My spouse and I rarely agree on _________________, but always agree on_________________.

Honestly, I know there are a million things we disagree on all the time, but obviously they're not important because I'm having a really hard time remembering it all! We always agree on the big things--the stuff that matters!

If I could use one word to sum up the way I feel right now, it would be _________________.
Sleepy and a little overwhelmed!

One of the things my spouse does that grosses me out is _________________.
Lets the dog lick his toes....ick!

My readers may think I’m crazy for doing this, but I really love to _________________.
Um...nothing interesting comes to mind! Staring at my bookcase reminds me that I need to re-organize it...so maybe I'm a little crazy for loving to have my books and movies organized 'just so', even when everything else is so chaotic!

Frankly, my dear, I don’t _________________.
Care what you think! Fairly on target with the original quote (from one of my favorite books & movies!), but it's true. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Love modern technology!

I do, for a lot of reasons! Today's reason--I'm impatient!! I don't want to wait 10 months (because 40 weeks/4 weeks per month = 10) to find out what my sweet baby is. I waited about 28-30 for Munchkin to be officially declared a girl--she was a modest one!! (And one that HATED ultrasounds or any kind of pressure on her) That was bad enough. Well, today was our 'big' day. Everyone was waiting for 1:15pm AST to come around....of course Daddy's off training so he couldn't witness firsthand, but again, technology made it to where he found out pretty darn quick! First our little one was a little sleepy (after the earlier acrobatics, I can't say I wouldn't be either!) but at least cooperative. When measuring the thigh bone, the tech says "See that? That's a boy!!!" Me: Oh yes, yes that is!!! I'd been thinking boy for awhile, so Mommy intuition is 2 for 2. I'm super excited, although a girl would have been easier in the sense that 1) We've been there, done that when it comes to taking care of a baby girl and 2) We kept almost everything of Munchkin's, so we wouldn't have had to buy much. As it stands, this little guy will be using a pink and brown swing (he's secure enough in his manhood to do that) and we had a few neutral or even flat out 'boy' things for Munchkin that we'll be able to use. I bought him two onesies today, but I'm going to have to make sure I keep that under control! Let me just say that Carter's has the most adorable clothes--for boys AND girls. Now I know what colors of FuzziBunz to not buy (I think there's only two that really scream "Girl" to me, and really, they're diapers. To hold pee and poop. They go under clothes. He'll be ok if he has a purple diaper!) and I'm so excited to really get everything ready for him...even though we have about 19 weeks left! We love you tons already, little guy!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Maternity Sewing

I've been eyeing a top from Lilac Clothing--the Bella top but can't really justify $68+shipping on a shirt! Lilac is featured on BabySteals a lot, but since it is such a popular brand, it goes quickly! Also, I'd really like it with long sleeves instead of short! In the wonderful world of google and stumbleupon, I found diymaternity.com. There, she's made a pattern for an extremely similar top! I'm a little afraid though, for a handful of reasons. 1) I need to size it up a bit and I've never done that before. 2) I've never worked with 4 way stretch jersey knit and anything new like that is always a little intimidating. 3) I'd want to make it long sleeved, not just 3/4 length so that's again, altering the pattern when I really have no clue about how to really do it. 4) It's an emailed, downloaded, printed onto 19 sheets of paper, taped together pattern. I've never even done well with traditional patterns, I've done best with online tutorials with LOTS of pictures! (Visual learner here)

I'm intimidated by it all...but I can't wait around TOO long if I really want it, although with the wrapping of it, it's flattering pregnant or not and has great reviews as a nursing top too since it's easy to slide over. Add in a strapless tank top a la Undercover Mama, and bam, an unbeatable nursing combo! I'm sure if it didn't make too much of a V-neck, you could even go without the tank top since it's mainly for when you need to pull a shirt up and don't want to expose your tummy and back. These too are featured on BabySteals, but the crazy craft lady in me says "Why even pay BS prices (plus shipping!) when it's such a simple thing? You can do it yourself!!" So I'm sure I'll attempt that at some point (probably by finding tank tops on super clearance sales and cutting the straps off and attaching the latch/hoop).

THEN, there's yet another pattern by Megan at diymaternity.com--a simple ruched side t-shirt. The scary things about the wrap top pertain to this too...so we'll see!

Friday, August 12, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


The best thing my parents taught me to do when I was a child was that family is important.
However, one thing I wish they did differently was at the time, there were a million things I wish they'd do or not do, but looking back, nothing comes to mind!
One thing I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t is skiing. One of these winters it would be nice to have the opportunity!
One thing I never thought I’d try but I have is
the military life. No clue I'd be living it!!
If I could give my 16-year-old self one piece of advice I’d tell myself that high school drama never ends, but it never matters. It never bothered me that much then, but it'd be 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and ___________________.
He'll be gone all day! I'm glad that I don't have to fight the fishing!

It is amazing what you can accomplish if ___________________.
You have no other choice. Also goes with the quote "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." I don't know who to credit that to, but it's one that many military wives know since it's so true for our lives!

If you can’t stand the heat ___________________.
move to Alaska!! I'm freezing up here...gotta get ready for the cold winter!

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to ___________________.
the tantrums of an almost two year old. Munchkin can be such a little drama queen and things get blown WAY out of proportion sometimes!

Well behaved women seldom ___________________. (thanks This American Wif and Every Branch for this last quote!).
have fun stories! My mom has a magnet that says "Boring women have spotless homes"...by that definition, I'm definitely not boring! I doubt I really qualify for 'well behaved' either--and I think that's a good thing!

My oh my

I haven't had a 'real' post in a couple months! I didn't even keep up with MilSpouse Friday Fill-Ins! PCSing means crazy times! Life is finally starting to resemble what will be our new "normal". MG was here with us until last night, she had to return to HER normal sometime, right? We miss her already, but don't miss the rain she managed to hook to the plane--now lets all hope it makes it all the way to Texas! I can't even begin to think of all the things that have happened that are blog-worthy...but we survived 13 days in the car with three adults, one toddler, and one dog. We survived Canada--where we almost had immigration issues since they refused to comply with a treaty that they've signed (by the way, military members traveling on PCS orders DO need something other than active ID and orders...even though the Army will tell you til they're blue in the face that it's all you need. Thank goodness we had his birth certificate with us!) We survived the nothingness that is the Alaska Highway. We survived waiting almost a month for our HHG to be delivered, even though they sat in Anchorage for about 3 of those weeks. We're surviving our first big separation since Munchkin's been in the picture. It's going well, she even brought her pull phone in this morning and said she was talking to Daddy.
Speaking of Munchkin updates, that's the big one! Her speech is EXPLODING. She's gotten 4 new words in two days. One of them, girl, completely out of the blue. I was arranging my Cinderella collectibles on the new shelf and she points to one of the dolls and says "Girl". MG and I both looked at her in shock! She says "meow" when she sees a cat or if you ask her what a cat says, she has an adorable "woof" for what puppies say, she says and signs ball, she signs thank you and will do it without being reminded! Following directions is really getting amazing too, she's starting to follow along with the more interactive TV shows (ie The Wiggles) but gets upset if we try to dance too. Today I started making a note on my phone about her speech, because I know that they'll ask me how many words and signs she knows and I'll give them a blank stare and say "uhh...um...well, let's see.." because I'm so used to them I don't remember them all! I love seeing the list grow, she's finally coming into being a little chatterbox...just like her Mommy!
Something else that she's learned to imitate Mommy...since we moved, that means hanging pictures, assembling furniture, etc. That means hammers, drills, screws, nails. MG found her a stepstool/tool box combo at Toys"R"Us and she is OBSESSED with the hammer. She refuses to put it away. She walks around the house hammering on everything. When we were hanging pictures yesterday she would hammer along with me. I just have to make sure she only hammers on our walls, not the walls that we share with our neighbors!
Another big change in her life: her big girl bed! When we got our HHG delivered, it didn't make sense to put her crib together as a crib when we would be changing it to a toddler bed soon (gotta love the 3/4-in-1 cribs!). She has done AMAZING, only one night she wanted to keep getting up, but we shut her door, also for light reasons, and as far as I can tell, she doesn't get up at night. She gets up in the morning and plays with her stuffed animals and books. When she's ready to be released (or if she has an exceptionally full diaper) she lets me know! We put the baby monitor back in her room, after debating whether to have it there, the playroom (she has a real playroom!!), or keep it for the baby's room. It's nice for me to check on her in the morning when she starts to stir but isn't really ready to get up. She goes up to take a nap super well, she goes to see Daddy Bear when she goes to bed. He's the keeper of the paci during non sleeping times. She's being an amazingly good little girl!
Anchorage feels the most like home of anywhere we've lived in the past 5 years, so we've really fallen back into life up here. As much as I'm going to hate the snow, I'll still be a little excited for it. We're happy to be back in Alaska and hope to stay here as long as they'll let us!