Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy birthday Mr. Sailor!


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It's my husband's birthday! This is the first (of his) birthdays we have spent apart. He does not think his birthday is a big deal and tends to shy away from it. But I LOVE birthday's! If it wasn't for his birthday I wouldn't have a husband, so I think it's sound logic to make a birthday as special as possible!

I sent him a birthday package making it as cheesy as possible! I filled it with his favorite snacks and included cheesy sayings that matched the brand. Like Lindor irresistibly smooth chocolates. Do you see where I'm going with this ;) I also purchased him a little surprise gift a little souvenir from the Grand Ol Opry, that at the time when we went last summer we didn't have the money for.

I can't believe this is the fourth birthday we have celebrated together! My husband is truly the most amazing man. He is the most selfless, kind hearted, giving, romantic, funny, handsome man I know. He has truly sacrificed so much to provide for our family. He supports me in everything I aspire to do, he is cheering me on in my weight loss, he tells me how beautiful he thinks I am every single day and he always finds a way to tell me how much he loves his girls all the way from the other side of the world.

This deployment definitely has had it's negatives and it's hard times, but the one thing we both can say is we have fallen 100% more in love with each other because of this. Man when gets off his ship It will be like waiting for our first date all over again. My nerves will take over and I will be a crying wreck. Happy Birthday honey! We sure love you!


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Living the life

Weather here in Virginia has been heavenly! I have missed the humidity so much and to hear those birds singing in the morning surrounded by trees is my kinda paradise! With the weather being so awesome I didn't want to miss the opportunity to be outside! So little miss and I played in the backyard! Until the backyard wasn't enough. We have a gate that leads out to the sidewalk and to other parks close by, so she was ready to go when the backyard became to small for her.
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So I called up Bri and asked if she wanted to take a packed dinner and head to the park, so that is exactly what we did. A sandwich has never tasted so good out in the sunshine watching my daughter play. Little miss is now climbing up ladders and going down slides by herself! I am not needed as much any more :( which is a bittersweet moment! Plenty of videos were taken to send to Mr. Sailor. We then realized today was Dairy Queens 75th anniversary. You know what that means right?! oh you don't? Well I'll tell ya! It meant free ice cream! They where giving out free cones to everyone!
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What made it even better is the diary queen is literally a block away from the beach. HEAVEN! Ice cream and the sound of waves, my kind of night. It was great to be there with good friends and a treat in our hands. Honestly the only thing that would have made it perfect is having Mr. Sailor here. I am trying not to think about it and just planning the many things we can do together when he gets home! I really do love our life and feel so blessed to be living in Norfolk. Many people say it's the"arm pit of the navy." And you don't want to move here, but I don't understand why not?! Heavenly Father certainly knows what he is doing and Norfolk is exactly where we need to be right now and I wouldn't have it any other way!





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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chloe's Closet

So I have four sisters! Yup there are four of us. One of which is my identical twin. Bless my father's heart for putting up with all of our hormones growing up. All of my sisters are just ridiculously talented.  How I got so blessed to be with them here on this earth is beyond me. My younger Sister is Olivia who recently returned home from a mission she served for the LDS church. With that mission their is a dress code they had to abide by, one of modesty. For a female missionary I have heard this is one of the hardest things to do!  And Maybe not just for missionaries but for modesty in general.

So my sisters started a business called Chloe's Closet !


"Hey there! So happy to have you here with me. You are at the right place! I am recently returned home from my Full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the wonderful land of Florida. Adjusting to normal life has been...an adjustment. Especially the adjustment to wearing pants again. I realized that even when I was home, when I went to a store the first thing I did was go  straight for the skirts. I just love them, you know? So I started on a hunt to find skirts for a good friend that is on her way to serve in the same mission I did. Things started rollin' and now I am on a hunt to find modest skirts for you too! I hope you find something you love."
-Olivia E. 



Just look at how cute the skirts are!



  


Good news there is even more in their shop!
  
I am so proud of my sisters and how her hard work has paid off! You can check them out on their website: Chloe's Closet 
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I hope you love their little shop like I do! I am excited to see where things go for them! Check them out!
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Another one down

Today we were able to pull down one more chain link from our countdown. For safety reasons I can't show the countdown, but I can show you the torn one. It is such a relief every night when I can pull down just one more link. We still have sometime, but we are one day closer.

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Today little miss' cozy coupe truck came in the mail! We wanted to get her something she could play with in the backyard now that Virginia is finally catching up to the right season ;) We ordered it off amazon and it showed up two days later. I was quite impressed. Though this was the most stressful two hours of my life trying to put it together. When the instructions say "2 Person Job" It is there for a reason. But if there is one thing I have learned from this deployment is When there is a will there is a way! And if you can't see the way cry for a second, say a prayer, take a breath and make it go your way.

Little miss kept wanting to play inside of it while I was putting on the wheels. Obviously not a great combo. thankfully she got tired and I was able to put her down for a nap so I could finish. Some more studying took place (Guys I have read this 500 pg text book in 2 weeks about our government I deserve some cake) and the playing commenced. We went on a walk around our neighborhood as I pushed her.

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It makes me giggle though, because she can go backwards, but she can't figure out how to go forwards. Hopefully at some point she can figure it out. I have a feeling this will give her tons of enjoyment for years to come. Mr. sailor was thrilled that it was a truck and I was thrilled that it was still girly, so we called it even. Being a parent is hard, especially doing it on my own these last 6 months. but when there are little smiles it makes all the time outs, tears and screams worth it.

In good news, Mr. Sailor was able to call today! It was such a relief to hear his voice and know that he is still safe. Along with talking to him and getting butterflies in my stomach I also received a package from him! Some little gifts he has purchased on his stops through out this deployment! My life is good and I am grateful.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Funville! (Its really a place)

Today was a blast! It was so nice to have a day where I didn't have to threaten time out, hardly any screaming was done ( that wasn't in play) and no tears where shed! We met up with our friends Bri and her daughter's, who happen to live across the street, and headed toward Chesapeake. One thing I definitely value living in Virginia is that we are just minutes away from SO many cities that hold so much historical significance and fun things to do!

We made our way to the Chesapeake Square mall to check out this new place called Funville! It is basically just a HUGE Play area, with an area for toddlers and an area for bigger kids. The nice thing is It's big enough for parents to follow their kids around.  It was a blast following little miss around and just playing with her, it was definitely a work out though! I probably should have chosen something other then jeans to wear, but just a good note for future visits.
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I was a little disappointed, we were expecting it to be free (which was stated on an online review). When asking about it They say they had to regulate how many kids were coming in and started charging. Luckily it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, but when your expecting it to be free it was just a hit. It's $2 for the toddler area, and $8 for the bigger area. But if you pay for the bigger area the toddler area is free, so if you have multiple kids it's definitely beneficial. Little miss played her heart out and we ran around for a few hours!

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We finished off the afternoon by eating at Tropical smoothie cafe! I have never been and it was definitely worth it. Next to Mac & Cheese lately smoothies is the next best thing in little miss' book. Which makes things easy most times ha. Let me just tell you, by the time we got home both little miss and I were ready for a nap. I did do the responsible thing and did some studying while she was done but ending up falling asleep. It was a much needed nap that allowed for smiles the rest of the night.
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Funville is definitely on our list of repeat things to do! I can't wait for Mr. Sailor to come home. I have a feeling he will enjoy it just as much as little miss and I do!




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Monday, March 9, 2015

My new favorite photo

January was my birthday month! Yes I realize it is now March. My parents had asked what I wanted and I wasn't really sure. But as my mom and I got talking I shared with her that I really wanted my favorite wedding photo on a canvas wrap from Pixingo. But it was a little pricey. Yes you can get canvas wraps from Walmart and Costco for cheap, but that's the quality you will receive, it's definitely not the quality of Pixingo. So they then asked if that is what I wanted for my birthday. I instantly said yes!

I knew it would be something I would cherish forever and I have been wanting one done, well since we had gotten married. We decided we should wait until I moved back to Virginia and got settled in. Hence this post now.  Today was the day I received it in the mail! Oh man I was so excited to see it, as soon as I saw the return address I knew exactly what it was. Guys I cried. Yes I realize I am super emotional lately. But it truly turned out beautifully. The colors are just amazing and the quality of the wrap is truly outstanding. It really brought back the memory of our glorious wedding day. I feel like this photo truly captures how much fun we had that day and how much we love each other!

              

I had the perfect place to hang it. So now it sits in my main hallway where I continuously pass it throughout the day. Little miss keeps running up to it and saying "Momma & Dadda!" And grinning ear to ear to which she then runs around the downstairs and starts it all over again. I am so pleased with my new canvas wrap and It truly is the best belated birthday present! Thanks mom & dad!


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

This little bump in the road

I don't know what it is, but this last little "bump" of deployment has been by far the hardest. According to my husband, everyone's patience is short and their tempers even shorter with each other. I mean it's understandable. 250+ men on a ship for days-months at a time without seeing land and being away from their families. I get it. But their feelings must be transferring to back home. Little miss has definitely been testing my patience lately.

I believe she is in the "lets see how far I can push things before my mom tells me no" stage. For the first time ever I had to put her in a chair for time out. Why? She wanted chocolate, I told her she could have a cheese stick or nothing at all. So she began throwing things, tearing all the magnets off the fridge and to finish it off smack my leg and tell me no. So thus began the stage of time out. I could see her at all times, I personally don't like the idea of "isolated" time out. But it broke my heart and I began to cry. I hate disciplining her especially on my own, but it has to be done. I tried to do it in a loving way and remind her why she was in time out.

As I am laying here in bed I am trying to clear my mind of all of the "no's", the tears because of the no's, the screaming and hitting. A lot of prayers have been said again today and trying to take a moment to myself. So in light of all the negative I am going to post photos with smiles of my baby girl and the happy moments from this week.

                                 

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*Deep breathe* we can do this



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