Monday, December 1, 2014

Belle's First Snow

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we had a real, legitimate, snow here on Fort Lewis!! Unfortunately it mostly melted by the afternoon once the sun came out and it got above freezing but we managed to bundle up in the morning so Belle could play in it. She didn't last too long, and hated when it got on her face, but there were lots of giggles which always makes it worth it. Since I know you don't really care to hear me blabber on about it and would rather see you go!

There was throwing and running after balls...and husbands who refused to wear a jacket.

Furniture rearranging...

Rosy cheeked cuteness  along with the cutest coat ever that my sister found.

Belle leading me around like only a bossy toddler can.

I even got to break out my new purple wellies!!

So, there you have it! Belle's first experience with snow....short, sweet, but adorable as always. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful in 2014

A friend of mine, every year, writes a note on Facebook for all the things she's thankful for. She, like me, is horrible about doing the "3 things I'm thankful for" posts for a week or month. I tried once and made it like 3 of the 7 days and was always late on doing it. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and gratitude for our good fortunes I'm doing my big thankful post here! So here it goes, this year I'm thankful for:
  • 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'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'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

A real Gilmore relives Gilmore Girls

So, my maiden name is Gilmore and when the show Gilmore Girls came out my family (mom, sister, and I) were indeed...The Gilmore Girls. Actually, the only living Gilmores  were all mom, Colleen, my Aunt (dad's sister), Grandmother (dad's mom), and I. Not surprisingly, we HAD to watch it when we heard it was coming out on The WB. All three of us immediately fell in love with the show and always sat down all together to watch it each week. When my sister, Colleen, went off to college about half way through the series my mom and I continued to watch it and I remember being super excited to call Colleen and talk about each episode. 

For years I had wished and hoped the series would make its debut on Netflix and back in October it FINALLY did!! Shortly after I started watching an episode here and there when I had time. Thennnnnnnnn The LT went back out to the field for two weeks and the Gilmore Girls binge watching commenced. Like, BIG TIME. Our DVR is full of all the shows we record that I normally watch throughout the week in my down time from the last three weeks. I literally have not watched anything else for almost three weeks. Insert sheepish grin here
Around season 3 or 4 in my binge watching I started making a list of all the things I forgot, love, hate, or just wanted to take note of. So here are a REAL Gilmore girl's insights to Gilmore Girls.
  • 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, 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. 
I seriously love this show. It reminds me of good times with my mom and sister. My last name may be different now but I will always be a Gilmore Girl at heart. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Life Right Now

Well, I figure enough has happened lately that y'all deserve a general update again. First off, I finished Gone With the Wind! It was a beast of a book but I'm SO glad I finally read it cover to cover....metaphorically speaking since I have the kindle version but you catch my drift. If I can get my act together this week I'm going to try to write a post all about my devotion to the book and movie. Also, I plan to watch the movie as soon as The LT heads back out to the field since it is far from his favorite film to watch. 

We have PCS orders y'all!!!! We will be heading back to Fort Sill, OK around the first of March for The LT's Field Artillery Captain's Career Course (FA CCC). We don't have our pack out dates yet but we are hoping to have packers at the end of February and hit the road the last few days of February or first of March. We will extend the road trip a little in order to spend some time visiting friends along the way. I'm hoping over the next month or so we can start to get some of the official stuff nailed down...packers, movers, potential house hunting trip, etc. We are already starting the early prep for the PCS...things I hope to post about as we go through them. I'm determined to eat down our pantry and freezer early so we don't end up with super weird meals at the end. I'd rather go grocery shopping twice a week that last month and just purchase what we need for a few days each time over eating weird mix and match meals for 2-3 weeks. As a result, I'm currently noshing on some Lorna Doone shortbread cookies that I'm pretty sure I bought about halfway through my pregnancy because they were the most delicious thing in the world at the time. 

The LT and I are both excited about PCSing and a little sad. We are looking forward to being closer to family and moving on to the next phase in his career. On the flip side, we feel like we have some really great friends here and enjoy our day to day life and leaving that is always the hardest part. 

We are FINALLY going to Hawaii!!! I've been dying to go to Hawaii while we are still living on the west coast and hopefully while Belle is under 2 so we don't have to buy an extra plane ticket. We are fortunate enough to have extremely generous friends who are currently stationed in Hawaii that are letting us stay with them! I'm so SO excited to visit our friends, spend time at the beach, see the sights, relax, and see Belle take in all the adventures Hawaii has to offer. There are no words to express how much I'm looking forward to our trip. 

Ok, that's all I can think of for now. Until next time my lovelies!

In case you missed it...check out House 6 Creations on The Pearl and The Pilot last week!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

House 6 Creations on The Pearl and The Pilot...and Gone with The Wind

So, today House 6 Creations is being featured/reviewed by my amazing friend Caitlin over at The Pearl and The Pilot!! You should definitely go check out what she has to say about some H6C things I made for her...there may even be a little something in it for you. Hint Hint, wink wink. Go. Check. It. Out. 

In other news...I started reading Gone with The Wind about a week ago and I'm totally sucked in. See, Gone with The Wind is my favorite movie of all time.'s been my favorite since I was little. Even as like an 8 year old I could sit an watch the ENTIRE thing. I also may, or may not, have been Scarlet O'Hara for Halloween one year. But that's neither here nor there.  I can't believe it's taken me 26 years to get around to reading the book. Sooooooo....I may not be blogging much until I finish the book because instead of using evening and weekend spare time to blog I'll be reading. #sorrynotsorry 

P.S. It's taken me a LOT of self control to not read during Belle's nap time which is usually my devoted work time for H6C whether that be sewing, taking pics, editing, posting on Etsy, etc. 

P.P.S Don't forget that the House 6 Creations End of Summer Sale is still going on through October 31st!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homemade with House 6: Dairy Free Carrot Cake Waffles

I don't remember how I stumbled across this recipe but I am SO glad that I did. I'm always looking for new, quick, easy breakfast ideas that are tasty and these definitely meet all those requirements. They even allow you to sneak in a few veggies which is always a bonus. For Belle, The LT, and I, I make a double recipe which some times leaves us an extra half waffle and sometimes not. 
I wish I had a better picture of these but I was about to have a husband/toddler mutiny if I didn't get breakfast on the table this particular morning. 
I do have one proverbial bone to pick with this recipe.... about half the time the two sides of the waffle stick to the iron and when I open the iron to remove it, it splits it open. This in NO way affects the taste and if you have a toddler who doesn't know the difference or a husband who is too hungry to notice after PT give them the "screw ups" and save the pretty ones for yourself. ;)
So, without further ado here's my version of Carrot Cake Waffles.  <-- click that link to see the original recipe 

Dairy Free Carrot Cake Waffles
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot (about one medium carrot)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (plain unsweetened, or vanilla sweetened depending on what I have on hand)
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 1 t vanilla extract
Combine all your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Add shredded carrot to dry ingredients. Add all wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine. 

Pre-heat your waffle iron and grease very well with oil of choice. Once your waffle iron is hot add half your batter into the middle, close the lid, and (if you have an iron like me) wait for the little light to change from red to green signaling your waffle is done. Re-grease your iron before pouring second half of the batter in. 

I never add anything to these waffles as they have a bit of sweetness and a lot of flavor on their own but feel free to top them however you like!

See...sometimes they turn out like this.

Orrrrr like this...sorry for the blur. But seriously, still DELICIOUS.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Arabella Rose - 18 months

As Belle is currently 19 months (pushing 20) this is WAY overdue but we will just pretend I wrote this back in August when she was actually 18 months old. 

Belle is at such a fun stage right now and I really enjoy watching her learn and explore the world. At her 18 month appointment she was just over 25 lbs and measuring 32" tall. Personally, I think she's a bit over 33" and that her measurement wasn't accurate as she was screaming bloody murder and thrashing while we tried to measure her. At 18 months her 18 month clothes had been small for a bit and had moved into both 24 month and 2T. She's also wearing a size 5T shoe...she has big feet, poor girl can only blame me for that.

She is smart as a whip, observes everything, and constantly amazes me with what she notices and catches on to. She loves playing outside in the yard and going to the park. Slowing down is not part of her vocabulary. She's eaten pavement a few times lately trying to climb on things she isn't quite big enough for. Coloring is also a favorite although we are working on not eating crayons and not coloring on the door. In case you were wondering, a paste of baking soda and water gets crayon off white doors/walls like a charm. Her favorite toys include: her play kitchen, her Madeline tea set, cozy coupe, and anything you put in her little purse. Oh! And books! She loves to read and brings me books all day which is great....except she brings the same ones over and over again. Mom problems.

She tries so hard to say new words and points at things all day long for me to say what it's called. Her current consistent "words" are: hi, bye/buh bye, dada, mama, nanana (banana), uhh (up), dow (down), eee (eat), wow/woah, moah (more), bubble, mmmm guh (mmmm good), yeah. Most of her current struggles and/or melt downs stem from her knowing exactly what she wants and not being able to communicate it. 

She gives lots of hugs and kisses which are quite possibly the best things ever. As soon as she hears the door from the garage open she gets SO excited for The LT to walk through the door. She usually squeals and runs her little toddler run as fast as she can to him and tackles him with her 25 lb self.  It's beyond precious and no matter how stressful the day was it makes it all better for The LT. Occasionally, if you are deemed worthy, Belle will even give you a high five or fist bump. I almost forgot! She dances! She has the cutest little dance when a song with just the right beat comes on the radio...still trying to figure out what makes a song worthy of dancing to. There's a lot of bouncing and chicken dance style arms, a little spinning, occasional head bob, and my personal fav,  the finger pointing/waving up to the ceiling. 

She's still a pretty good and healthy little eater. She definitely goes through phases of things though. If you take her to an Asian restaurant be prepared to spend some time there because she will eat for what seems like forever. Rice and quinoa are sure fire ways to get her to eat. Bananas are probably her favorite fruit although she will eat pretty much any fruit you put in front of her. As far as veggies go she has times where she will eat loads of any veggie and times where she won't eat any at all. Still not a fan of ground meat but loves anything in sausage form...and chicken legs. 

Well, that's all I can think of for now but we are really enjoying this toddler phase and look forward to her speech explosion and being able to understand what she's so desperately trying to tell us. 

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