The ABC’s of Me

9.30.2011

I saw this on Nicole’s blog and thought it might be a fun topic for this wonderful Friday. Smile

Apples- Apples are my favorite fruit and I eat at least one every day.

Blogging- I’m slightly addicted to everything blog related. I love blogging and I love reading other blogs. 

Clearance Racks- I LOVE to shop. Seriously, it’s a little bit of an addiction. But in my defense I have to say that I am an excellent bargain shopper. I always head straight to the clearance racks and I can usually find some really cute stuff! I haven’t done much shopping here because everything is super expensive and there ar

Dogs- We have two Miniature Schnauzers, Oscar and Grace. They are currently living with my parents because we couldn’t bring them with us overseas. They will always be our first babies.

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Education- I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. I taught 1st and 2nd grade for four years before becoming a Training and Curriculum Specialist. I don’t know what I’ll do when I return to work, but hopefully it will be something in the education field.

Fitness- I go through phases where I workout all.the.time. Then I go through phases where I have to force myself to get in one workout a week because I am so lazy. I’m in the lazy phase right now but trying to get out of it…. When I am in the fitness mode I like to run. I also love workout videos. I have tons of them… My favorite is The Firm.

Goals- I’m trying to complete Project Zero (101 goals in 1001 days). I’ve been working on my goals for a year now and have completed quite a few, but still have a long way to go. You can read about it here.

Hobbies- I love reading, decorating, shopping and doing anything crafty. My newest hobby is sewing. I’m definitely a beginner but I’m learning.

Internet- I can’t live without the internet. I do most of my shopping online now and I have several sites that I check daily. My current favorite site is Pinterest. I find EVERYTHING there and I love it!

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Jesse- My husband and best friend. We’ve been together for almost 14 years and married for almost 10. We sure have come a long way together and we are blessed beyond measure.

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Kids- We finally became parents this year. We have a precious baby girl, Emerson Olivia, who is 4.5 months old. She is my whole world. (And she’s pretty stinking adorable, if I do say so myself.)

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Lonely- Living overseas has been a fun adventure but I’ll be the first to admit that it has been very hard to be so far away from our family and friends.

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Marine Corps- My hubby is a United States Marine and we are proud to be a Marine Corps family. Hoorah! Smile

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Nieces and Nephews-  On my side we have 5 nieces and on Jesse’s side we have two nieces and three nephews.

Overseas- We are currently living at our second overseas post. We were previously in Burundi, Africa. We have about a year and a half left before we get to return to the most amazing country on Earth: USA, baby!

Parents- I have the most amazing parents in the world. I consider my Mom to be one of my very best friends and she is the first person I call with good news or a question.

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Queen of Bows- I love, love, love putting bows on my baby girl. Now don’t get me wrong, I think she looks just as beautiful without them, but they sure are fun. Before she was born I said I would only stick to little bows, but I have to admit that the bows are getting bigger and the bow collection is growing quickly. You know what they say: the bigger the bow, the better the Momma.

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Religion- I am a Christian, but I struggle to be a good one. I haven’t been the best about going to church or reading the Bible and I don’t always live the way that God would have me to live, but I’m trying to get better. The awesome thing about it though, is that God loves me unconditionally, no matter what.

Stay-at-home Momma- I’m super lucky to be able to stay home with my baby girl and I’m loving every second of my new job and I know it’s the most important job in the world.

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TV- I really don’t watch a lot of TV. I got out of the habit while we were in Africa and even though we have cable now I don’t normally turn on the tv during the day. That being said, I do have a few favorite shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Dexter, and True Blood.

Undomestic- I don’t love to cook but I’m working on it. The crockpot has become my new best friend. I’m also not a fan of cleaning (who is?) but since I’m staying home I can’t really justify having someone else do it. Bring on the Swiffer.

Vacations- I love to travel! We are making it our goal to take at least one family vacation a year. In 2011 we have been to Cape Town, South Africa and Garmisch, Germany.

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Weight Loss-  I have lost all 36 lbs that I gained during pregnancy, but I still need to lose about 7 more pounds to be at my happy weight. The problem is I can’t seem to get myself motivated to workout or eat right!

excited- Life has never been better and I’m excited about the future. We have so much to look forward to and so much to be thankful for.

Years Old- I’ll be the big 3-0 this year!  I only have two more months in my twenties!

Zealous photographer- I love taking pictures (I have over 3000 of E) and I’m currently trying to learn how to use my camera on manual mode. I’m also trying to learn how to edit my pics to make them better.

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It’s Wednesday

9.28.2011

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I’m loving the awesome news I read on Amazon yesterday. The Wonder Years is going to be available for instant streaming!! I can’t tell y’all how excited this makes me. I’ve been hoping for years that they would at least bring it back on DVD but instant streaming is EVEN better! Bring on Winnie Cooper!

I’m loving that we should be getting real internet in the next few days. I said this a few weeks ago but they never came to install it. After jumping through several hoops I think it’s finally going to happen. The 3G we’re using works okay but it’s too slow for Skype and video streaming.  We can’t wait to Skype with our families and we have tons of shows to catch up on so real internet will be SO nice!

I’m loving Sophie the Giraffe. Since Emerson has been putting everything in her mouth I thought it was time for Sophie. Of course, I had to put her in her matching giraffe hat for a picture. And I had to put a bow on the giraffe hat just so everyone would know that she’s a girl giraffe…

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I’m loving my handy dandy little sewing machine. I’ve been putting it to good use over the last week. I can’t wait to share all of my fun projects for Emerson’s nursery.  Here’s a little sneak peak:

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I’m loving that I get to kiss this darling little face a million times a day. God is SO good and I’m one blessed girl!

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Go here to link up with Jamie.

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Boxes, Boxes Everywhere

9.27.2011

One of the best parts about a move is the arrival of your stuff household goods . From clothes to kitchenware, it’s the little things that help make a house a home. Luckily, our shipment came about a week and a half ago.

I have to say that I’d been doing really well at keeping the house spic ‘n span. It’s pretty easy when you don’t really have anything to clutter it up. That all changed on TMO delivery day, though. We had 83 boxes and the movers brought it all in and had it placed in the correct rooms in less than fifteen minutes.

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When we got our shipment in Africa, we had them put all of the boxes in one room and we unpacked all of them ourselves. This time, we decided to take the easy way out and had the movers unpack everything and pile it in any empty space they could find.

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This was so much easier for us because we didn’t have to worry about opening the boxes or breaking them down when we were done. The crew of 6 had all 83 boxes unpacked in less than 45 minutes.  I was so happy to see them drive away with ALL of that packing material. I just knew it was going to be a piece of cake to get everything put away. Then I looked around and saw just how much stuff we had piled EVERYWHERE!

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As I have slowly made a dent in the huge piles, I have come to realize that I am not a fan of unpacking. Sure, it’s fun to live in a new place and decorate a new house but man it’s a pain trying to find a place to store all the junk we have accumulated over the years.  (I cringe when I think about how much we left in storage. Unpacking when we get back to the U.S. will be a nightmare!) The good news is that this house has TONS of storage space. The brown cabinets you see in the bottom pictures are in every room and they have lots of shelves and racks.  We also have several good-sized storage closets that are currently bursting at the seams being put to good use.

Overall I’d have to say it’s been another successful move. I can confidently say that this house is starting to feel more like home, junk and all.

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It’s All Miscellaneous

9.26.2011

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-I’ve decided to take a break from posting Bye Bye Baby Weight every week. Thank you to everyone who has linked up over the last few weeks. I may start posting about it monthly but I haven’t decided just yet.

-I may, or may not, be completely addicted to coffee. Seriously, It’s 4:30 pm and I’m drinking a cup right now.

-Speaking of coffee, I’m seriously considering ordering the Pumpkin Spice K-Cups from Amazon. Has anyone tried them? The reviews are iffy so I’m not sure…

-All of the fabric for Emerson’s nursery came in today! Eeek- I am.in.love!  Looks like I better get sewing! Smile 

-My Mom sent Emerson a whole box of monogrammed goodies and it came today, too. Let me just tell you E is going to be all decked out for Fall. Pictures to come soon!

-I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series. Yeah- I know I’m about 10 years late for the party.  The Marines here had the whole set so I figured I would see what all the fuss was about. I’m halfway through the (700 page) 4th book and I actually really like it. I usually only read when I’m feeding my sweet girl so it will probably take me a while to get through all of them but that’s the plan. I think I’ll watch the movies when I’m done with the all of the books. Yes, I am a nerd and it’s okay.

-Everyone keeps telling us that the weather here gets SO nice in November. I cannot wait! Granted, it’s only been in the low 100’s lately so it is much cooler than when we got here, but man it is HOT. I can’t wait to be able to walk outside without looking like I’ve been sitting in a sauna.

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Sunday 7 Week 2

9.25.2011



This week flew by! I really can’t believe it’s already Sunday. I’m so happy I did the Sunday 7 because it really kept me on track all week long.

Here’s how I did last week:

Read the Bible every day.

Find Jesse’s birthday present and find and book a photographer for E’s 6 month photos. (I’m so excited about the photographer!!!)

Respond to all emails/messages in my inbox and email friends/family I haven’t talked to in a while.  I still have a few more…


Finish unpacking all of our stuff and get everything organized and put away. I’m about 75 percent there!

Drink a huge bottle of water every day.

Balance our checkbook.


Complete one sewing project.  See it here.

 Learn one new thing about my camera and practice using it.



This week’s Sunday 7:

1. Faith- Continue reading The Bible and visit a new church


2. Family
Start Emerson’s first year photo book (I only have about 3000 photos to choose from!) Winking smile


3. Relationships 
Attend a Mom’s group and hopefully meet some new people (I’ll post more about this in a separate post soon)


4. Home-
Finish organizing and hang our pictures (I bought a drill so we can drill through the concrete walls. Should I try this on my own or wait for Jesse?)

5. Health and Fitness-
Drink a huge bottle of water every day. 
6. Finances
Make a home organization binder



7. Down Time/Hobbies-
Sew curtains for Emerson’s room
Finish Mandy’s blog makeover Smile



Hopefully it will be another successful week! (Please ignore the crazy formatting of this post. I have tried fixing it and it's just not working so I'm moving on...)
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Project 365 Week 18

9.24.2011

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Go here to see the full size pictures.

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I’m SEW Excited

9.21.2011

A few days ago I mentioned that I finally broke down and bought another sewing machine to replace the one that I left in storage. I think I may have misled y’all a bit though when I said I’ve been itching to sew. You see, the truth is, I really don’t know how to sew at all. I have made a few pillows and even little curtains, but I am not a seamstress by any means. In fact, before today, it had been several years since I’d even touched a machine. I’ve been reading up on tutorials over the last few days and keeping my fingers crossed that some of what I knew would come back to me and really hoping I wouldn’t have to start learning completely from scratch.
I was super excited when my machine arrived yesterday. I didn’t get a chance to play around with it but I did take the user’s manual to bed with me for some bedtime reading. Smile
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This morning I unpacked it and got it all set up.  I was really surprised at how little and lightweight it is- it is so cute! I had to read the directions a few times because I honestly couldn’t even remember how to wind the bobbin.
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Once I did a few practice stitches, I knew I was ready to start my first project. I went through all my fun sewing tutorials on Pinterest and I finally decided on the changing pad cover found here. The tutorial was very well done and super easy to follow! The whole thing took me less than an hour and a half.
This is what Emerson’s changing pad looked like before:
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And here it is now with the brand new cover:
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It’s a little wrinkled because I’m a rebel and I didn’t iron it beforehand!  Hopefully some of those creases will fall out…
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It’s definitely not perfect but I am so, so pleased with the way it turned out. I used scrap fabrics so I’m not crazy about the combo together but I’m just thrilled that I was actually able to make the cover and that it fits. It was my first time making pockets and using elastic so I felt like it was a major success! Even Emerson is impressed!
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Now I just have to decide what project I want to do next….

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Emerson- 4 Months

9.20.2011

Dear Munchkin,
They say time flies when you’re having fun. I know now just how true it is. The last 4 months have been the best of my life and man they sure have flown by! Over the last month you have changed so much. You are doing so many things you weren’t doing before and you are really developing quite the little personality. You are such a happy baby and you love people! You are happiest when someone is talking to you. You are so smart and you are really starting to figure stuff out. You already know how to work your Mommy and Daddy and I can tell you are going to give us a run for our money! You are so sweet when you wake up in the morning. Your whole face lights up when you see me or Daddy. Every morning we bring you to bed with us and after you eat we lay there and “talk” and laugh. It’s one of my very favorite parts of the day!  We are so proud to be your parents and we know that God has so many great plans for you. We love you to infinity and beyond our sweet little E!
Love,
Mommy and Daddy
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I think this has been your biggest month for growth! You don’t look like a little newborn anymore! You have the sweetest little chubby thighs and round cheeks just like your Momma Your eyes are still blue and your hair is strawberry blonde. You still have a patch of dark hair in the back, but the rest of it very light with a reddish tint. I’m wondering if you’re going to have pretty red hair like your cousin Hannah. You are still wearing Size 0-3 clothes and Size 1 diapers though some of your pajamas are getting short on you. I think you’ll be able to wear your 0-3 month clothes for another month or two, but you’ll be ready to move up to bigger (longer) pajamas very soon. You are still nursing every 2.5 hours and when you take a bottle you usually eat about 4.5 ounces.
Your 4 Month Stats
Length: 24.5 Inches- 50th Percentile
Weight: 12 lbs 2 ozs- 18th percentile
Head Circumference: 16 inches
This month:
You have started laughing out loud all of the time. I can get you to laugh every now and then but no one can make you laugh like your Daddy. He can get you giggling uncontrollably in no time.
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You are the most ticklish baby I have ever seen and will laugh if I barely even touch your feet. I know for sure you got that from your Mommy. I guess we won’t be going for Mommy/Daughter pedicures.
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You have found your hands and you know how to use them. You love to grab the toys that hang from your playgym. You also love grabbing Mommy’s hair, earrings, and necklaces. Once you get a grip it’s very hard to get you to let go! You also love, love, love to stand up. You will stand for at least a minute if I hold you under the arms or by the hands.
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You have become such a water baby- you love bathtime and the pool. You’ve recently started scooting yourself off of your sponge during bathtime and laying your head back in the water. For some reason you just love to have your head underwater.
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You are officially de-swaddled! On September 8th you rolled from your back to your tummy (and have done it several times since.) I knew it was getting close to time to de-swaddle but I didn’t know if you were ready and I really didn’t want to be up all night if you weren’t. The next afternoon during naptime you broke out of your swaddle and you were on your tummy in your crib. We officially ditched the swaddle that day and haven’t looked back! You have not had any issues without it so we are thankful. You do still wear it around your torso as a wearable blanket but your arms are free and you love it. When you go to sleep you usually roll to your side and throw your head all the way back. It doesn’t look very comfortable but it sure is cute!
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You still love your Soothing Seahorse- especially at naptime. You are still such a great napper. I lay you down in your crib with your seahorse and you go right to sleep for anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. Bedtime is a whole different story. For the last few weeks you have been fighting bedtime like no other. Once you’re asleep, you sleep for at least 10 hours but it usually takes us a while to get you to go to bed.
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You have become such a little wiggler. It is almost impossible to get a picture of you because you are always moving! You either have your hands in your mouth or you are pulling up your dress to put it in your mouth.  You’ve also recently found your feet and you like to hold on to them whenever you can.
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Even though you smile all the time, you won’t do it for the camera much anymore. You just stare at me with those big blue eyes while I try get you to smile. Usually when I finally put the camera down, you flash a big grin!
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You like sitting up- either in your Bumbo, the highchair, or the boppy. In the morning you sit in your highchair while Mommy makes coffee and unloads the dishwasher. You alternate between watching me and reading your book. I think you like to sit up because you just have to see what is going on around you.
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After you were born I was talking to Aunt Mandy and telling her how happy I was and how much I loved you. She told me it would only get better and that I would love you more every day. At the time, I didn’t think it was possible but she was definitely right. Just when I think I couldn’t possibly love you more, you flash me one of those sweet, sweet smiles and my heart grows with 100 times more love for you. I don’t think words could ever describe the depth of my love for you- it is unconditional and it is endless. You- my sweet baby girl- define love for your Daddy and me.
 Happy 4 Months!
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