Monday, May 26, 2014


After scrolling through my phone tonight, I couldn't help but notice that most of my pictures from this weekend are of food. Let's be clear, I love eating. I'm not really into "food posts" but that's seriously all I did this weekend!

Ryan and I did our weekly grocery shopping. And as if we haven't learned our lesson, we went grocery shopping HUNGRY so naturally we bought all this food but went out to eat cuz we were starving. Our choice of food was very naughty. We were craving greasy, unhealthy food and Five Guys delivered all that and more.

Today I was on call (still am...) so we didn't go to any picnics or anything exciting. We did, however, sneak out for ice cream.

This evening right as I was about to eat dinner, I got called in for two hours. When I came home, hubby had a veggie burger waiting for me. So for two days in a row I indulged in greasy fries and burgers!! Tomorrow I need to detox ;) 

Overall it was a very relaxing and productive weekend. It's hard to believe it was one of our final ones here! We will be leaving before we know it!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Arts & Crafts

I love arts and crafts. I can go weeks without doing them, and then one day I get an itch and spend the whole day making things. Yesterday was one of those days.

I am so close to finishing this sunset painting I've been working on for a while. Sorry for the poor lighting!

I stained this serving tray that I plan on putting in our guest bedroom. I used Minwax Golden Pecan. I think it's perfect. The tray is currently drying after a first coat. The legs collapse, it's adorable.

And lastly, I got this sign from homegoods. I added the pawprint. This sign is too parallel with my life, so I had to get it.

One thing I hate about art work? Cleaning up. Yuck! I should probably do that before my husband wakes up. Happy Sunday, y'all!

Memorial Day 2014

Four years ago, Ryan left for his last deployment. It's been such a blessing to have him here for four straight years with no goodbyes. He won't deploy for at least another year either. I know it's part of his job, but goodbyes sting and burn so badly. I don't think I'll ever be "used" to saying goodbye to my husband.

Memorial Day always reminds me of those who said goodbye, but never got to experience the joy and happiness of a homecoming. As much as saying goodbye hurts, the homecoming is so sweet it almost rectifies the pain from saying goodbye. I never want to become complacent or take for granted my freedom. I am so thankful for the eternal sacrifices made by past service members. I also hold their families close to my heart, not just on Memorial Day weekend but every day of the year.

I'm on call all weekend, so I'm not going to picnics or anything fancy, but with living in DC it's obvious how many people are taking a long weekend to "enjoy" this holiday. Never forget that we live in the land of the free because of the brave!

Monday, May 19, 2014

One month

One month from today, Ryan and I will be packing our car and starting our trek across the country to our new home in San Diego. We've known about this for almost a year, and I think I've gone through every emotion in that time. Right one, I only have excitement and anticipation. I cannot wait for this new journey to begin. It can't come soon enough!

We wil be starting our journey by visiting family in PA, then heading to Ohio and Nebraska. We have two stops to see family in Colorado, and we will end by staying with my brother in San Diego the night before we move in. My work is letting me take 2 weeks of vacation as my final weeks of employment and Ryan's taking like 30 days of leave. I am super excited for our cross country adventure, and it doesn't seem too long ago that we ventured from California to here.

When we drove from Camp Pendleton to here, we were on a tight schedule. We did the whole drive in 3 days because I had an internship starting in Virginia. It'll be nice to take our time this move. I'd like to say that "we are packed and ready to go," but with the military moving us we don't even have a pick up date. It'll all come! I'm happy I've been through this before. I'm more desensitized when it comes to the last minute things and zero concrete plans... Oh, the life of a military spouse!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Forever Friends

Yesterday I went to lunch and hiked with one of my best friends. Carmen and I have been best friends since we were 8 years old. We went to school together through high school, and stayed close through college even though we were hours apart. As luck would have it, we both ended up in DC after college and it's been so awesome to have a friend from "home" here!! I will sincerely miss her, but I know she and I are forever friends and will visit again.

The weather yesterday was perfect - not too hot or cold, and no mosquitoes or excessive humidity to bother us. We had a great time catching up as well as reminiscing, which is something that always happens when old friends reunite. We have plans to hang out in a couple weeks, as well, and I'm sure I'll see her at least a few more times before we move. Can you believe we are just one month away from leaving?? Have a great week, y'all! 

Bridal Shower

Yesterday I got to celebrate with one of my closest friends, Angela. She is getting married right after we move. I am flying back for her wedding though, because I wouldn't miss it for anything!!

I woke up early Saturday morning and drove over to her house and we hung out while she got ready. I, of course, bonded with her dog Gianna because I always gravitate towards animals.

Afterwards we drove out to her venue, which was so absolutely gorgeous. I wish I took more pictures of the house!

We enjoyed dinner, played the toilet paper game, and opened gifts.

These are some of my coworkers and me!! How pretty are they?!? 

Before we knew it, we had been there FOUR hours, but time flew and nobody minded. Angela and I headed back to her house, and I helped her unpack her goodies. I can't wait for her wedding! She is going to be a gorgeous bride!

Monday, May 12, 2014

No Place Like Home

I love traveling, especially when visiting family. As I said, I had an amazing Mother's Day with my mom. I had just spent 10 days with her about three weeks ago, but went back again for the holiday. Knowing that I won't be able to drive to visit her for a long weekend has pushed me to make an extra effort before our move. When we finally pack the cars and drive, she's the first person we are staying with/visiting on our cross country trek.

They being said, there is no place like home... and no bed like my bed. I feel so comfortable and relaxed in our bed, and it's something that can't be replicated anywhere. I love our home and just relaxing on the couch with Ryan and Posh. We don't even have to be doing anything; just being with them makes me happy. 

When I got home today, hubby suggested we get pedicures. When we first moved here, one of the first places we found was our mini spa. They have fun workers, awesome massage chairs, and our favorite... they hand out complimentary food and drinks. I tried taking a pic of my fruit, but the massage chair was going a bit crazy so the pic is blurry. You get the idea though :)

Ryan and I got to thinking about all of our "spots" that we go to so frequently that we will need to find a similar version/replacement in San Diego. Chinese restaurant, nail salon, whole foods (I'm picky with groceries), target, movie theater, and Thai restaurant are all on the list and I'm sure there are even more. It'll be fun to develop new roots in San Diego.

Most of our lives is out of our control. I am so thankful for my husband and his laid back, calm demeanor. He compliments me so well. I know our life is going to be uprooted soon, but it really won't be because we will have each other. Wherever he goes is home for me, and I can't wait for this next chapter. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mamas out there!! My mother in law sent this to me today:

My family totally indulges me!! I have had a wonderful time visiting with my mom. Today we went to the local zoo and later went out for dinner. This is one of the last times I will see my mom before our move, so as usual she loaded my car with stuff to take back to DC.

This particular item is something I asked to take. It's a small shelf that's been in my childhood room forever. I am planning on repainting it and using it in our guest bedroom. I'm excited to restore a piece for our home. Speaking of our new house, I've basically virtually decorated the entire thing. I am so excited. About 6 weeks until we leave here, and another 8 until we move in. I'm totally ready right now.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend. May everyone's week be productive and full of sunshine!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

First, I am a Wife

It's taken me a while to come to this realization, mostly due to my own stubbornness. I've always been independent. When Ryan and I got married, I postponed moving with him in order to complete my degree. I am super committed to being a nurse, and believe in working at my highest potential. I have an AMAZING job, and it's been such a blessing to have both of us working AND living together.

I believe in independence, but I also believe in following your heart and valuing family. I think I've been resistant to this because I'm worried about what other people will say or think. I'm worried about letting myself down. But when push comes to shove, being with Ryan as much as I can is what truly matters, and we will figure out the rest.

The military calls spouses "dependents" but I refuse to accept that as a negative designation. When you think about it, military spouses have to become independent in a snap when deployments or duty calls. In the case of our PCS, it seems SO odd to me when I stop and think that I'm leaving an amazing job here to move to California where I do not have a job (yet). I was raised to work hard and always put my entire heart into my profession. It's what drove me to be a nurse. However, as I'm growing older I'm realizing that my husband comes first. As time passes, I will be a mother first, too.

This has been a struggle for me as a military spouse. I do not regret finishing college at all. It was the right decision. However, I need to be with my husband from here on out as much as I can. There will be times when he's preparing for a deployment or is deployed and we won't have a say in the matter. Job or no job, I'm committed to him. A job will come in due time. It may not be my dream job, but I know I will find something. I have to remind myself: First, I am Ryan's wife. Then I am the kick butt certified pacu nurse. 

We Have a House!!!!

I am so excited to share some news with my blogging family!! We have been assigned a house in San Diego!!! Ryan and I have never considered base housing because it's just the two of us. Financially, it's been much more effective to find a smaller apartment out in town versus somewhere that takes all of our BAH.

Now that we've been married a few years, I feel like our "requirements" list in an apartment/house is getting longer and longer. With our first apartment in Oceanside, we were happy with a bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Now we want a 2 car garage, 2 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, a private entrance (meaning not like we enter into an apartment building and walk down a hallway of front doors), washer/dryer or hookups, and animal friendly obviously. To top it off we don't want to pay our his full BAH. Well, we found a few navy housing options in San Diego that meet this criteria. They have a flat rate option so we will not "lose" all of the housing allowance.

We applied for a house a few weeks ago, and they already have called us twice with offers. We were able to accept yesterday!! I am so excited!! I have been looking at the floor plans nonstop, and trying to decide how we want to decorate. I am so relieved to know that we will have a place waiting for us! That's one less thing we need to think about now!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sealed and Delivered

I've been waiting on this super cute dress I ordered from Victorias Secret, and today it was "out for delivery." I absolutely love stalking my online purchases. When I heard a knock at the front door, I giddily answered hoping it was my dress. Imagine my surprise when I saw this and NOT my dress...

My husband is one spoiled man. This delivery was entirely his for his sports car! My dress ended up arriving later though, so it all worked out.

I spent the entire day cleaning, doing laundry, and sorting through our belongings. I'm not sure if other people enjoy cleaning, but I LOVE getting rid of things. Whether it be old clothes, junk, old makeup... anything, I love getting rid of it if we don't use it. We have a huge bag of clothes and a box of other things to donate. It's so liberating to me to throw things out you're not using. I am so excited for our next home, wherever that may be. I want to really decorate and make it homey! Getting rid of old stuff makes room for new things!

Lastly, I love this girl. Animals are so therapeutic. I am so thankful for Posh! I will be missing her as I head to my moms for the rest of the week!

Spring Clean

I have off for the next week, and have plans on visiting my mama for Mother's Day and her birthday. I even picked up some georgetown cupcakes as a treat for her. My original plan was to leave today, but after looking at the hot mess our house is, I knew I needed to stay an extra day to clean up.

It is SO easy to fall behind on laundry and cleaning. I don't have any desire to be a housewife, but I often wish I had nw entire week each month to really stay on top of cleaning. I have no idea how working moms do it... I cannot imagine adding children to the mix I'm regards to cleanliness!

So today I guess I am being somewhat of a housewife. I'm trying to go through each room and do a good clean up job, getting rid of unneeded items along the way. This will make it so much easier to clean once we leave in 6 short weeks.

I would be lying if I didn't admit that cleaning makes me want to pull my hair out. Since I work 3-4 12 hour shifts a week, the last thing I want to do on a day off is clean!! First world problems! Do I think there will be a cleaning lady in our future? Absolutely.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Like It Like That

Today was the perfect Sunday. Well, the perfect Sunday for having to work. It was so quiet and I got to spend a lot of time catching up on projects for work and other computer things I needed to get done. As much as waking up at 5:30 on a Sunday stinks, I was productive and made some dough.

I also spent some dough.

What can I say, M street (Georgetown) is like 2 feet away from where I work. Mix that with a perfectly sunny day and a quiet afternoon, and it's totally necessary to make time for shopping and lunch during your break.

I've talked about Jetties before, and yes I did sneak there for lunch. I also may or may not have indulged in a Georgetown cupcake.

It was decadent.

I also made a stop to one of my all time favorite stores... Lululemon. Yes, I'm quite aware of their outlandish prices. However, their workout clothes are addicting, and they make my normally nonexistent booty look awesome. So I caved and bought a few things. In my defense, I did just work that surprise night shift on Friday... It all evens out!

But, tomorrow will be a regular day. This week is Nurses' Week though, so work has fun little things planned each day. I will be missing most of the festivities since I'm off after tomorrow! If any other nurses read this, happy nurses' week to y'all!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Suit Up

I had a skype interview today that went amazingly well. I really liked the manager and he gave me positive feedback which I am thankful for. HOWEVER... Can I say how silly I feel in business clothes?? I kept doing double takes at myself in the mirror. Nurses and business clothing just don't mesh.

I didn't know what to do with my hair, and I ended up putting it in a sock bun. Then before I knew it, I was tearing out of my suit and putting on my scrubs for nightshift. Although I am a tired girl, at least I'm comfy in my scrubs!!

Posh was also comfy today... in her cage all on her own!! I wonder if she will ever walk in it voluntarily once we move across the country. She will be spending way too much time in it, but at least it's spacious.

My weekend really isn't a weekend at all. I will be sleeping all day Saturday, and then Sunday I work again. I'm heading to my mom's next week for Mother's Day, so I will have some time off. I may later regret saying this, but can time speed up a bit?? I'm ready for California!!