Saturday, October 25, 2014

Little Miss' Daddy Doll!

This is not a sponsored post. These ideas are my own. I am just pretty dang excited about this! 

For those of you in the military community, you are probably more then aware of the Daddy Doll or Hug-A-Hero. For those of you who don't know they are amazing AMAZING stuffed dolls. Sounds boring right? It's not! I promise.

When Mr. Sailor left I knew we needed to purchase one of these. They are a bit pricey, but I say for deployments they are definitely worth the investment. We had to take a full length picture of him that showed him from feet to hat. It didn't need to be perfect, but we needed to be able to see all of him. Why? Because This amazing company takes the pictures and prints it onto a 12" stuffed doll with your choice of a saying at the bottom. You can get them one sided with a pattern on the back or two sided.

I was anxiously awaited to order one for little miss, but with moving and the financial hole moving causes I knew I had to wait. After some time has passed, I finally decided to order one. Little miss kept calling out for her dada and tried ripping his photo off the wall, so decided it was worth it to purchase one. Thankfully due to the Navy's Birthday I found a 25% off code with a choice of a certain fabric. HALLELUJAH! It was the exact fabric I was hoping for! BAM! I was able to order her daddy doll for $25. I was so giddy! I couldn't wait.

I awaited for the doll to show up on our door step. After exactly a week after ordering it, it arrived! My heart melted as I ripped open the package. Then I began to cry. There my handsome sailor on a pillow. A Pillow that I little miss could snuggle with at night, that could go with her trick or treating (thanks mom for the idea) and bring her comfort without him here.

Since she was napping when it arrived I had to patiently wait for her to wake up. When she did I felt like a little kid on Christmas. I hid it behind my back and waited for the perfect moment to give it to her. Her eyes lit up! She pointed at his face and exclaimed "DADADADADA!"

There have been times where she has thrown the doll, but for the most part that doll has been cuddled up in her arms and I have caught her staring at his handsome face and pointing. I am so thrilled that I was able to provide some sort of comfort for my baby girl. It's been hard for me to try and figure out how to comfort her when she is still too little to understand why her dad isn't walking through the front door everyday.

I was able to take a picture and send it to my husband and he was just as pleased with outcome as I was! So thank you Daddy Dolls for making one more daughter a happy camper!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guess who lost her first 5 lbs?!

That's right! This girl did! When Mr. Sailor left I wanted one of my goals to be getting back to my high school weight. I knew it would take time and dedication. But I didn't want it to be a "quick fix" I don't mind if other woman/men do the programs such as herbalife or Visalus or Atkins. Or any other weight loss program,  But I sadly have seen that once those who participated in the program stopped the weight came back. Sometimes quickly.. Sometimes a little at a time.

I didn't want that. I wanted something that would teach me how to eat healthier and gain a steady work out ethic. I just wasn't sure how to do it. Until my twin sister told me that she joined weight watchers and just three months in she lost 20 lbs. Though I was super proud of her, I didn't want to pay for for a program. Obviously though, I had been trying to do it on my own and it just wasn't working.

So I signed up. Lo and behold a month in I have lost 5 lbs. I realized that last week I had done the most exercising { four 30 min walks} which contributed to my highest weight loss of 2 lbs last week. I am learning how to portion control and that exercising really does make a difference. With these 5 lbs gone I am more motivated then ever to continue exercising and using the program. I get to make the decision every day of what I WANT to eat with no limitations, but I have to decide if it's worth it and pay attention to how much I am eating.

 I feel like I am forming great habits and skills which will allow me to teach my daughter to eat healthy and how to make healthy, but yet extremely delicious meals for my family. I don't feel like I am on a diet. I feel like I am finally learning how to eat right and apply myself to working out.

My mom showed me in a real life comparison how much 5 lbs look like. Ladies and gentlemen 5 lbs is 3 28 oz cans of food! 3!!

Look at how much that is! It isn't easy and has taken a lot of self control. I mean ALOT! It's halloween people with delicious candy. But I know in the end it will be worth it!  I can feel myself making healthier decisions on my own and I am feeling the happiest I have in a while! I hope that I will be able to check this off my deployment bucket list! Any great milestones for you guys?!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Spook-Tacular!


This past weekend was my new ward's Halloween Spook-tacular! I love when my church throws a shin dig. It's super family friendly and just plain fun. I am grateful that while Mr. Sailor is away I have little mini countdowns. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc etc. It is definitely making time seem faster.


I knew little miss was going to be a mermaid. So to find out that she could wear her costume an extra night I was thrilled. Last year we went to a party on the ship and little miss was bundled up due to the cold winds you could barely see her cute cow costume. So I was super excited to have her dress up this year, though it would be a fairly simple costume.


The party was a hit with little miss! We indulged in hot chili and hot dogs, candy, bounce house (Though she would only walk up to it, run away and then come back) and fun carnival games! They even had a cute Photo Booth set up! It was a blast! I loved seeing all the little munchkins running around throwing sponges at the bishop's face and giggling with joy that they got em'!





Little miss ran back and forth across the parking lot and picking out all the suckers she could from the buckets. Grandpa even played a few of the harder games to earn her a few pieces of candy! Over all I think it was a massive success and I was so happy we were able to attend!  I feel like I am going to make a lot of good friends in this ward which I am so very grateful for!  I can't wait to see what she will do during her first time trick or treating! Ahh the pleasure's of being a mamma! I wouldn't trade it for the world!Any fun parties you guys have planned? I would love to hear about them!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

My favorite Qoute

As many of you know my husband is on deployment. Did we sign up for this? Yes we did. Were we aware this would eventually happen. Yup. But does it make it easy... absolutely not. The day I said "see you later" to my best friend was also the day I started out on my trek with my best friend and baby girl to literally the other side of the country. Double Whammy in one day.

Though the trek has been made easier by small blessings through family and friends and their actions; somedays are just tough. I have cried to my mother. I have cried silently when my baby is asleep and sometimes I cry when I hold her in my arms. I try to be as put together as possible, but my best friend is not here to help me. He sends me words of encouragement and I know we both keep each other in our prayers, but sometimes you just need them here physically.

This move and deployment could go two ways, I decided. One: The I'm so mad at the world and my heart is filled with bitterness and sadness all day long 24/7. Or Two: I could just take it day by day and look for the small successes.  Though it may seem like the easy choice to pick number two, in all honesty I really did have to think about it. Until I saw this quote, which has now become my favorite.

{To read where this quote came from. Click here}
This quote derives from this talk given at the LDS General Conference in April of this year. It was exactly what I needed to do. I needed to choose to be grateful for all that we have been blessed with. Do I love that my husband is not with me for the next while, ABSOLUTELY NOT, but choosing to be grateful has made it more bearable and has allowed the days to pass just a little faster.

 I have chosen to be grateful that My husband is safe. I am grateful he is stationed on his particular ship with men I know he trust's his life with. I am grateful that we traveled 3,000 miles with not one major hiccup. I am grateful that my mom and dad have opened up their home putting time and effort to build us our own space in the garage. I am grateful for the constant words of encouragement from my family and friends. I am grateful that I have my healthy baby girl to shine her bright light when my days seem cloudy and dark. I am grateful to be married to my best friend and know that when he comes home, he comes home to me! 

Focusing on the good through out my day has helped take the edge of this deployment. I am expecting that there are some days where Ben & Jerry will be my best friend and I will hash it out with them as the notebook plays in the background. But for right now my family is safe even though we are apart and I am surrounded by people who love us. This quote has gotten me through a lot these last two months and I am sure in the near future it will help even more!

{This is what I imagine him coming home will feel like!}

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My BFF Haley Smith

Right when I graduated I met my best friend Haley. She was my manager at Pier 49 Pizza, one of my favorite places to work might I add. I honestly thought she hated me. We worked together but a full on conversation was never struck. Until  about a month before she left for BYU Hawaii. We both discovered our love of song writing and just music in general. Though we TRULY bonded the night before she hopped on a plane due to manager's poor lack in judgement. Anger can really bring people together!

Somehow  we stayed in contact with even an ocean between us and became best friends the year she moved back. Which eventually lead to roommates. (This next part is seriously just bragging about her. So if that's not your cup of tea skip ahead)

Haley is SUPER Talented! She has been playing the piano for what seems like forever, in fact Media Music is her major. I am in awe every time I hear her play. It gives me goose bumps. Being a great friend she even played at my wedding reception for free ;)  Recently she has really worked on her voice and by george I think she has got it! I am so proud of her and all that she has been able to put her mind too and accomplish! We have definitely grown but throughout these last 5 years we have been able to lean on each other no matter what.

So the reason for all this bragging? Haley has recently done her first music video of the cover of "Stay With Me" By Sam Smith. I teared up watching this guys. For one she is taking a huge step by putting herself out there and two her voice seriously warmed my soul. So I would like to post that video up here today. I am doing this to show her my support and spread the word about how talented my best friend is! I hope you enjoy!

Check out her FB here! 
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Wasn't that amazing! Haley dear I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. I couldn't ask for a better friend. *end sappiness* 

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Flash Back: Breaking my leg

Let me just start off by saying. Mama KNOWS best. If your mother says,

 "My child... Please don't do this because this will happen." 

Don't walk off in your 19 year old strut and say. "I'm an ADULT. I will do it just because I can."

Let me tell you why. You are 19 and you don't know EVERYTHING. Even if you think you do. You don't. Trust me.

Know that we got that out of the way lets go back 4 years ago.

Back in 2010 I had driven down to St. George Utah to visit my family for the weekend. Living only three hours apart at the time and being single definitely made it convenient. My good friend from high school had a long board and had mentioned going sometime. I suggested it to my mom. More of a "I think I am going to do this" way, Then asking for permission way.

She looked stunned at first. Then looked me straight in the eye and said "Kirstie don't you get on a longboard. You're going to break a leg." Little background. I was super accident prone in high school.   (told you it was little)  I giggled and said mom I will be fine! Trust me I won't do anything stupid. As I walked out the door with my bags in my hand. She repeated her self again. "Don't you get on a long board.I meant it! " I half promised and headed on my merry way back up North.

A week later my friend from work and I were hanging out at my neighbors. We were both struggling because the conversation turned into asking everybody what they wanted to do , but nothing was being decided. So he leaned over and said "Hey I have two longboards in my trunk, do you want me to teach you how?" I instantly jumped at the chance. May I add; ignoring the pit in my stomach screaming at me to listen to my mother's words.

He taught me and within 10 minutes I got the hang of it. We weren't doing anything dangerous just going around my buildings parking lot. I felt like I was gliding. Seriously the most freeing feeling I had ever experience. Which I guess you could say was short lived because I went over a speed bump and it all ended there. I went to break and being goofy footed, I overstepped and the board went sky rocketing in front of me. Causing my left leg to smash against the asphalt. I didn't feel anything at first until my friend gave me a hand up. As soon as I allowed pressure on my leg. I fell back down in screaming pain.

Realizing it was something more severe, he ran back in to my neighbors yelling at them we needed to get to the hospital. After an "What did I say, not saying I told you so" phone call with my mother and three hours later I was being released from the hospital with a green split fracture to my fibula. I would be in a soft cast for a few days and then into a boot. (Later finding out that I should have been put into a hard cast) Which would last for 4-6 weeks.

To this day when the weather changes or a massive storm is coming my way, my leg starts to ache. Which is convenient and sometimes painful.ave And as the storm rolls in I always have a constant reminder which is musically acclaimed in "Tangled" "Mother know's best... Listen to your mumsy." So I admit it to my mother when ever the story arises that she was right and I was wrong (You're welcome mom ). I knew I should have listened but being the teenager living on my own I thought I knew what was best. So there you have it the Flash Back to when I broke my leg!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Deployment Bucket List

While Mr. Sailor is away I want to take the coming months by the horns and accomplish some short term goals while he is away. Though he is my life and thee love of my life, I need to work on myself as a mother, wife and my independent side.

I am hoping I can focus my attention on accomplishing these goals allowing myself to grow while he is away. I am 100% that this will will make time fly by and he will be in my arms once more. I designed and ordered a poster, so I may see it everyday to remind me of the things I want to accomplish! 

So here is my deployment bucket list :

Click here to see where/how I designed it. 
Click here to see what else I have designed 

What do you guys think? Any suggestions from those who have gone through deployments? I would love any feedback! 

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