Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend 2013

It has been an amazing weekend!
First of all, I just want to acknowledge Memorial Day. I saw a quote posted online that I feel says it best: "Every breath of free air is a gift from the fallen." What a beautiful way to express our gratitude!

Anyway, I am SO happy that this weekend finally arrived. I have been working weeks of overtime, and this weekend brought me 5 days off. I only have to work Wednesday and Friday this week too, thanks to holiday pay for Monday. After this week, it's back to OT for me... so I am enjoying the time off and getting plenty of rest. 

Hubby and I had a fun and productive weekend. We said goodbye to a friend who is changing duty stations by spending Friday night at the Capital Ale House. On Saturday, we went to an "Evo" Barbecue. I don't think I've written about this before, so let me fill y'all in. Hubby is a huge car fanatic. Two years ago, we bought his dream car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Apparently, people who own these cars enter into an automatic friendship. I say this because hubby found an entire group of owners in the DC area, and has been to multiple get-togethers with them. I have tagged along before, but this was definitely the largest meet I went to. One of the couples hosted a potluck barbecue at their house... which turned into a car modification frenzy. 
As shown in this picture, I was NOT as into the mod part of the barbecue as the guys... but at least I was there to support, right?

Sunday we spent the day relaxing. We went grocery shopping, cleaned, and I went for a bike ride. 
I have had this bike since I was 12 years old. I have only needed minimal maintenance and basic replacements (got new pedals last year). Trek's are a bit pricey, but they are so durable!

Monday, hubby and I went to Kings Dominion. This was our 5th or 6th time visiting, and as always we had a blast. I was expecting it to be much more crowded, and was pleasantly surprised to find the opposite. We actually decided to leave our phones in the car, so we spent the entire day with just the two of us and no texting/calling/apps. I had an amazing time... I love dating my husband!

Today hubby is back to work, even though I begged him to "call in sick" (ha ha ha - anyone with a military hubby knows that is a no go). I am spending the day being domestic and pretending I am a housewife, which is surprisingly fun. I have already made two recipes off of pinterest. I have laundry in the washer as well. I love working and am so fortunate to have a career that is "transportable," but (I never thought I'd say this) I think I may consider working part-time (1-2 days a week) once we have babies. This is such a long ways off, but days like today make me think about the future.

All in all, I hope everyone has a wonderful week. My diamond candle has been shipped, and I will update after I finally melt my ring out of it! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Diamond Candle

Have you heard of these?? My best friend Sarah came over tonight and was telling me about these fun candles and I immediately visited their website and ordered one! Basically, each candle has a ring worth anywhere between $10 and $5000 inside it. It takes about 10 hours of burning to get to the ring, but the candles are supposed to last up to 140 hours. How fun is that?! I am so excited to get mine! I can definitely see myself ordering these for friends and family members!


I ordered a Rosewood scented candle for myself. They have lots of different scents to choose from. I try to stay away from anything food scented (cookies, chocolate, etc) because it makes me crave sweets. Floral scents are my favorite and I cannot wait to get it in the mail!

*Image belongs to Diamond Candles. All statements made are my opinion. I have no affiliation with Diamond Candles.*

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Arlington

Each weekend, hubby and I try to plan an activity day. Since our time in the DC area, we've tried to visit as many of the tourist spots as possible. Today we decided to make a trip to Arlington National Cemetery. Since it was hubby's first time there, we decided to opt for the overpriced bus tour that drops you off and picks you up at some of the main spots in the cemetery. Our first stop was the eternal flame where members of the Kennedy family are buried.


We watched the changing of the guard ceremony.



Our last stop was to area 60, which is where the majority of OIF and OEF KIA are buried. Coming to this part of the cemetery made me feel like I was stepping out of a history book and into reality. There were grieving young widows laying next to their loved one's graves. Floral and other arrangements and pictures of service members adorned the headstones. Seeing such young birth years. (1990s) with death dates seems so unfair and wrong. It truly broke my heart, but I was so thankful to be able to pay my respects and say a prayer for these American heroes. So many people in our society fail to recognize the sacrifices that these people made. I feel very special to be part of the military family, and to be constantly reminded that nothing is guaranteed in life.


I am so proud to be an American. I am greatful to the selfless sacrifices made by my fellow Americans in order to make the US the greatest nation of all.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

This past weekend, I made the 7 hour journey from our home in DC to my hometown in PA to visit my mama for Mother's Day.

I left early Friday and made it to PA by 2:00pm. Mama was working, but this gave me time to arrange her Mother's Day presents.

We had a wonderful fun filled weekend. We spent Friday night out at a local bar to watch a karaoke competition. The bar has a fun history behind it, so it was a lot of fun to see some of the artifacts. On Saturday I got a haircut (trim technically speaking), we went went out for breakfast, and then walked around the peninsula on Lake Erie. Then we visited a local amusement park for opening day. One of the local newscasters was participating in breaking a world record of riding a Ferris wheel for 31 hours without sleeping. We ended up riding with him on it which was fun! Then we had a Mediterranean style dinner and made it home to watch Kristen Wiig on SNL (I'm a huge fan). Sunday we spent the day shopping, and also channeled our inner Italian roots and made homemade ricotta and mozzarella cheese, and also homemade butter.


Overall it was a fabulous weekend. I'm so thankful that I am close enough to my family to be able to sneak home for a weekend when I want. I am thankful that my job allows me to self schedule as well so I can easily take off long weekends! This week I am working overtime and I am on call over the weekend, so I shall be a busy lady. Hope your week is going well!!