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Rosy cheeked cuteness along with the cutest coat ever that my sister found.
Belle leading me around like only a bossy toddler can.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
- All our budgeting and frugal-ness paying off allowing us to take a Hawaii vacation this year. And for the friends who are graciously letting us stay with them while we are there...making traveling with a toddler infinitely easier.
- Friends/down-the-street-neighbors to do babystitting swaps with. Having a regular date day/night without having to pay for a babysitter has been beyond awesome. Belle always has such a good time with them and I never worry about her dairy allergy since their son can't have dairy either. I will seriously miss having them down the street when we PCS.
- All the traveling we've been able to do this year. We were able to celebrate birthdays and weddings in Texas. Spend time in Colorado with friends who might as well be family. Road trip to Canada which marked both Belle's first international trip and her first road trip..which we all survived.
- Colleen, my sister...it's not always easy to remain close when you live a few thousand miles away and both have young children but she's the only person I have left who knows what it was like to grow up in our family. Without her I would have no one left in my immediate family which is worth more than I can ever explain. Between the two of us we have enough memories to reconstruct our mother's cryptic "recipes."
- The LT not only for being the amazing man and husband he is but for being such a great father. For allowing me to escape the house on the weekends for a pedicure, coffee and blogging at starbucks, errands, or to go with a friend to her hair appointment and hold her baby since her husband is deployed.
- The Army. Yes, sometimes I loathe the Army for all the time it takes my husband away from home or for separating us from friends but it has given us so much and put so many incredible people in our lives.
- Our sweet sweet Arabella. Yes, she tests my patience like any toddler but she's such a vivacious and tenacious little girl. I love watching her personality get bigger and bigger each day.
- On post housing because without it The LT would never see Belle Monday through Friday. Yes, we sacrificed a bit of square footage by leaving our house in Yelm, and money because we broke our lease but it was so worth it. Most days he's home for breakfast, 2-3 days per week for lunch, and he almost always is back for bath time if not Belle's dinner time as well. I'm so thankful for our house as well as it's location. It's been such a great home to us these past two years.
- Neflix. More specifically, Gilmore Girls on Netflix. It really is an Army Wife's best friend when her husband is away.
- CYSS and hourly care on post. It was a giant pain in the butt to get Belle enrolled but I'm glad I did. We've had good fortune with Belle's dairy allergy at the facility I take her to and have yet to have a sick toddler because she ate something she shouldn't. There's really no way to beat the $4/hour rate and it's allowed me to go back to ballet once a week. She's gotten comfortable there and I know her time there each week is good for her.
- MOPS, especially my Fort Lewis MOPS group. I love the fellowship of all the moms I've met, the two hours in childcare is good for Belle, and boy have I met some incredible women there. I know being a part of any MOPS group would be amazing but being able to be a part of a group of military spouse moms makes life as an Army wife with a toddler bearable on the toughest of days.
- My same-named-alter-ego best friend...well she's not really my alter ego but she's my not-so-evil twin living in a different time zone leading a remarkably similar life to me. Our children MUST get married. Also, I can count on one hand the number of times I have gone more than 24 hours without talking with her since we met. I love you, couldn't survive without you.
- My sister-from-another-mother who has, in the past, been mistaken for another family member of mine. I won't mention the specifics but you know who you are. You help me raise Belle from 1,000 miles away and even if nothing else good came from our time at Fort Lewis (which there is plenty of other positive things from our time here but go with me for argument's sake) I met you and your incredible family. You will never be rid of me...I'm like a leech who won't let go. ;) I love you and can't believe how grown your children are getting...it's not okay.
- All of my incredible friends both near and far. I gather strength from all of you in different ways. I need every single one of you in my life so again...I'm a leech who won't let go. #sorrynotsorry
- My House 6 Creations customers. Many of you are friends or family members who have graciously supported me and my little business. More and more of you are complete strangers who have stumbled upon my products via Etsy, this blog, or from other corners of the internet.
- For good babysitters who Belle loves and for the amazing parents that raised them to be such responsible young adults.
- Last, but not least, our family. For visiting us thousands of miles away, putting us up when we visit, taking us out to eat for the foods we can't get in Washington, and for spoiling Belle.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
- I wish my first boyfriend had been like Dean.
- Butttttt I kinda wish my first boyfriend had been like Jess too. Yeah...I know I'm not making any sense.
- I want all of Lorelei's coats. Like, every.single.one. And since Lauren Graham is pretty tall it's likely that they might actually fit me!
- Re-watching the show took me back to the fashion of my teen years. It premiered when I was 12 (7th grade) and ended when I was 18 (freshman year of college). The shrug sweaters, asymmetrical and handkerchief style dresses, the just-barely-skim-the-top-of-your-jeans tops, and so much more.
- My heart broke all over again watching Luke and Lorelei's relationship disintegrate after April showed up.
- TOTALLY forgot about April all together.
- Jess got SUPER handsome with age...and so glad he became successful and got his life together.
- I hated then loved then loved/hated Logan. By the end I loved him and hated to see him with a broken heart.
- The show, the people, the relationships is my life...but not my life at all.
- Liz (Luke's sister) asks for matzot brei after yelling at Luke she's pregnant! I couldn't believe it!
- I can't decide if I love to hate Paris or hate to love her. Jury is still out on that one...
- WHY oh WHY didn't it work out with Luke and Lorelei!
- Sad when Lorelei and Chris didn't work out but not surprised. As an (imaginary) friend of Lorelei, I was glad she tried with Christopher so that she wouldn't ever wonder "what if?"
- Why did Logan have to be such a monumental jerk when his business venture failed!?
- Miss Patty must have had some sort of weight loss surgery between seasons 6 and 7 because throughout the last season you can tell she loses quite a bit of weight.
- Logan's proposal was SO awkward. Good lord, WHY did he put her on the spot like that!?
- I must have missed the last two episodes of the series because I don't remember them at all...stupid college getting in the way.
- I teared up like every five minutes during the finale.
- These people are my people! How can it be over!? I want to live in Stars Hollow.....
- Luke and Lorelei are back together! Kinda...well I think so. I'm glad she won't be alone with Rory gone.
- Luke opened the diner just for Rory before she left! Gosh I love him, he's such a good man. Those girls need him...and he needs them.
- WHY HASN'T A GILMORE GIRLS MOVIE BEEN MADE!?!?!?!?!