Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A post to my husband

Flash back to 2011


So I've been a little A wall lately.... Two weeks into September was Mr. Sailor's and I three year anniversary. Since that day I have kinda been in my own little world. That day was really hard for me. I drove to the Provo, Utah temple and remembered our beautiful wedding day with a few tears shed. Thankfully I feel I have been blessed with family and friends who kept my mind preoccupied.

I am definitely feeling blessed with strength from my Heavenly Father to put a smile on most days. But sometimes I just can't keep it together. But in honor of our three year anniversary I felt like I needed to do a post in honor of my amazing husband. Even though it's a little late….

So Dear Mr. Sailor,


Thank you for these 3 wonderful years of marriage. Looking back and seeing how much we have accomplished in these short years really amazes me sometimes. You have taught me to love unconditionally, forgive always, become a better wife and mother and above all you have taught me how to draw closer to our heavenly father.

We have had to learn how to budget and work hard for what we want. We have been able to travel to so many parts of the U.S. you have helped me fulfill that dream. We toured our nation's capital 5 months pregnant, Visited your old Mission stomping ground in Raleigh, Stood on the stage of the greatest country singers at the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville, Visited family in California, Nebraska and Iowa. You Mr. have kept me on my toes. I love our long talks at night of fantasying about opening a drive in movie and restaurant. I love your support for me in my education, book writing and my struggle to obtain a healthy life style. You have so much faith in me that sometimes I am astounded that someone could love me that much. You have taught me to show my more affectionate side in public, which you know is extremely difficult for me.

You have taught me to love God and keep him close in my life and in our marriage. Mr. Sailor you have found a way to provide for our family. Even though we have had to make sacrifices you have always done everything it takes to take care of us. Because of this job you have allowed me to be a stay at home mom while I pursue my education. I love our laughing fits in the middle of the day and seeing you take little miss up in your arms and playing with her, even after a long at work.

Mr. Sailor I couldn't be more happy to spend the rest of eternity with you. Thank you for giving me the best three years of my life. I love you sweetheart!

Love

Your wife

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pitstop in Nebraska

 
While making our drive literally across the country we made sure to stop off at my in-laws! I didn't get the same length that I am able to have with my family here in Utah, but a few weeks ago we were able to spend a week with them in Virginia so it made it a little easier. As we traveled, we got a little bit behind. I had been hoping to make it to Indiana by the end of last Tuesday night, were we would be stopping at a hotel. But little miss was struggling and I had a headache up the wazoo. So our travels came to a stop in Perrysburg Ohio. Where I had never been so excited to cozy up in bed.

Which, with this new stop, it meant we would have to be driving further the next day forcing me to cancel out seeing my good friend Brianna and her adorable girls :( Which also meant we had to leave Nebraska sooner to ensure I got my friend Haley back to Utah on Time. So we tried to make it worthwhile.

Boy it was so nice to be in the home of family even for a day! Little miss was so excited to get out and stretch her legs for more then just a couple of hours. My mother-in-law is starting up a daycare so toys were not short handed! I was able to see almost all of my in-laws and enjoyed catching up with them, since its been 8 months since I saw some of them.

Even though the weather took a cool turn we enjoyed time at the Omaha Zoo. Definitely better then then one in Norfolk. I was able to enjoy the afternoon with my niece and nephew, it was definitely a sight to see little miss with her cousins! Since at the moment she only has them on my hubby's side. My mother in law paid for all the little cousins to ride the carousal, little miss' first! I picked out a cute little elephant ensuring it went up and down. Boy did she love it! Every time she rose to the ceiling giggles galore appeared.










Though I wish it could have been longer, I throughly enjoyed seeing my in law's one more time till I make the travel back to Virginia in 2015. So grateful for the family who have so graciously taken us in on this journey!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Provo, Utah




Well we did it. We made it through our major hurtle of this move. In five days we traveled 2,500 miles by car with a toddler! I would like to shout out for Haley  who put up with a lot during the long drive. So thankful for you! 

After driving all night long a total of 15 hours from Nebraska (a post to come) we made it to Provo at 1pm. We had decided to make the drive through the night so we would avoid driving through the Provo canyon at night. I even struggled during the day with it. I forgot how curvy it is! 

I did cry a little when dropping Haley off and then seeing my family. It's been 2 1/2 years since I was here. I was also so happy to know that we have a 10 day break ahead of us before we travel further south. Little miss crashed later that day after mounds of crying as I unloaded the car and sitting in a car seat for that long. I am so grateful I have had family and friends to help me through this first week. One week down quite a few more to go ha ha. I am so grateful for technology though because I have been able to FB message Mr. Sailor pretty much every night this week. Which has been a huge help to my emotions! I just hope the rest of this deployment goes just as quickly! 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Saying goodbye




Whelp it happened... I said "see you later"  to my best friend, eternal companion and love of my life until next year. For security reasons I can't say how long he will be gone. But he will be returning in 2015. I tried my hardest to be strong. But the day of as we packed up our final belongings into the car and into the storage unit I couldn't help but cry. I did surprise him with this dog tag I had engraved. I wanted him to have a permanent message of how much I loved him that he could keep on him. 


I couldn't help but look at the beautiful scenery and feel gratitude that we were able to have this view for nearly two years. And next year we will be back to see it again. I also felt extremely grateful that my friend Haley was able to fly out and help with the move. 

I have clung to my Heavenly Father. With a constant prayer in my heart for comfort and strength. I know we will get through this and it will be only a blimp in time. But it still was hard walking him up to his ship knowing he wouldn't be coming home that night or in a week or even two. I tried to memorize his lips and the way his kisses felt on my lips so I won't forget them. 



I have been trying to "prepare" myself for it, but I don't know if there really is a way to. Some women say it's a way to learn to be independent and maybe that's true but it doesn't fill the void, it doesn't fill the empty space in the bed next to you. 

I know it will be tough, but I am so grateful to be surrounded by friends and family to occupy my time which I am crossing my fingers will allow time to fly by. Taking with my mom she mentioned that at least I have mini countdowns till he returns. Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas etc etc. 

All will be well. I couldn't  be more proud to call Mr. Sailor my husband and his selfless act of going out to protect our country. I know Heavenly Father will watch over and protect him and he will allow me the strength I need to keep going for little miss.

We are currently traveling the country to eventually end up in California. Which would explain my absence these last few days. So here we come to our temporary home! 




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dr's & Mother Daughter Lunch Dates




Well it had officially been 9 days since little miss had her runny nose. She had since developed a cough and was super fussy about... well pretty much anything. She would be her happy self and then break down in wailing tears in an instant. Pretty heart breaking. It came to the point where Mr. Sailor just looked me and said "I have no idea how to help her".


I decided to take her to the Dr. I am just one to wait a week and see if it clears up on it's own, rather then rushing to the nearest hospital. But we were at a loss. We had tried Vic's Baby rub, tylenol, humidifiers and torture device of saline drops and sucking out her nose. I swear I felt like a villain.

I love the Dr's we work with. Such great people! Sadly they were back up due to kindergarden shots and school sport physical's. Our appointment turned into an hour of waiting to get in. An hour waiting for the Dr. and 45 minutes waiting at the pharmacy. Surprisingly I didn't feel stressed and I wasn't even mad that we waited that long. No clue why, but I will accept it.

In a weird parenting way I was thrilled that she was actually diagnosed with something. Ear infections. Not that I want my child to be sick, but I am just grateful it's something that the Dr's can do for her and that their is a medication she can take. Being under 2 makes it difficult to give them anything but tylenol which can only do so much.


So there you have it, after being on her antibiotics for 24 hours now, she is back to her hold self. Surprisingly she WANTED to take her medicine this morning and took it like a champ! She must know it's working. Due to the long process of waiting at the Dr's office I was starving. So I figured the best way to remedy the situation was to go to Wendy's and make it a Mother Daughter lunch date.

I just loved it yesterday. Besides talking to my mom on the phone for a few minutes. My phone was safely tucked away in my bag and I was able to focus 100% on little miss. She was constantly talking to me. Pointing to things and even pushing up against me to lay her head down on my shoulder. My heart melted and I was so happy I put down the technology to focus on what is right in front of me. I could have missed all of those moments. Though I will admit I did pull it out to take these cute photo's. We definitely left with a very happy and full tummies to go and pick Mr. Sailor up from work.

These are the little things in life I enjoy!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Work Parties are the bomb


                  

What was supposed to be a fourth of July picnic turned into a BBQ at the end August. Every year Mr. Sailor's ship puts on this BBQ at Oceana Base. I love this beach because 1)  It's down the way from the overcrowded with college students Virginia Beach and 2) only accessed by military personal and families. Mr. Sailor had the option of going to the BBQ ( or as I found out in the south if it's burgers and dogs it's grilling') or working for the day. Obviously we chose the BBQ, who wouldn't!
                  

I was a little nervous due to the frequent summer storms we have had, especially recently, but luck was on our side and rain did not shed down on us. There was a decent turn out. Mostly just sailor's. A lot of families are out on vacation for leave.  Though there was enough little ones for little miss to follow around.

                 

                 


The ship provided snow cones, face painting, volleyball and a bounce house. It was perfect! It was great to put more faces with names from Mr. Sailor  ship and enjoy some delicious food!
                

                

                

I was able to stand and look around and realize how blessed we have been to live in this gorgeous state. Yes Virginia has it's downfalls, but man I couldn't help but be in awe at the beautiful luscious tree's to my left and then to my right gorgeous sand with crashing waves and reeds. Awe! I can't get over it! It will be a sweet return in 2015. It was such a great day where I was grateful we had this opportunity to do one last fun activity before our big move! Which I still struggle talking about. Anyways, I love outings like this and will definitely cherish it.

               


              

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

52 New Reasons… 3 year anniversary gift!

Technically our 3 year anniversary is in September, but unfortunately Mr. Sailor and I will be apart :( So while the in-laws where in town we celebrated a bit early and did our gift swap. Nothing big but something that meant the world to both of us. As it grew closer I knew exactly what I wanted to do. when we were first married I made Mr. Sailor "52 reason's why I love you" book made out of playing cards. The thing that warms my heart and soul is he still carries it around with him to this day. He keeps it in his NWU's pocket and reads it when he needs a little pick me up during work.

I recently read over them and some of them were kinda shallow. Cute but shallow. We have been through a lot the last 3 years and I wanted him to have something that told him why I loved him even through some hardships. With deployment coming up, I figured I would send him off with something that was a little more sturdy and something he could turn to when he was having a bad day.
                

So introducing…. .52 NEW reasons why I love you! This time with the help of Pixingo. I made him a hard back 12"X9" landscape photo book. The thing I loved about making this is I had complete freedom. Where with Walmart you have to use their templates, Not with Pixingo! You start out with a completely blank canvas and it takes off from there! You can choose from a Square, Landscape and Portrait and have at least 5 different sizes to choose from with each orientation.
                   

I had so much fun working on this book and was so excited to give it to him! He was thrilled with it and has already taken it to his ship to make sure he didn't forget it. The look on his face made my heart melt. I am pretty sure he had tears in his eyes. The book's quality was way better then I could have imagined and I have already started making more photo books, sadly due to the fact that out of our three years of marriage our photo's have just been sitting on the computer. So here's to making memories! I am so happy Mr. Sailor loved it and I can {but can't} wait to send Mr. Sailor cards while he is on deployment.
                 

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