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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I would be happy to help anyone make their memories come to life so don't hesitate to email me with any questions you have! If you even need to I would love to talk to you over the phone as well! Sounds fun right?!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Taking the pain away from our children

Man these last few days have been a rough one for the Semler Family. Little miss came down with what I believe to be the 24 hour flu. Thankfully today it seems it's just the runny nose that has her down, which is a relief. Monday morning I could just tell something was off with her. She wasn't her usual energetic self,  her appetite was small if she had one at all and she wanted to be held; like cuddling status.

As the day grew on, her little body developed a fever, her nose was running like crazy, her face was pale and by the end of the night she had thrown up all over the floor. This was little miss' first fever reaching at 101. Thankfully I wasn't panicked, but did do some research about fever's just to know when was the time to take her to the Dr. If any. We had the humidifier constantly going, tylenol in her system and Vic's Baby rub massaged into her chest. Thankfully she slept decent last night only waking up 2 times, but Monday night was a constant repeat of falling asleep for 15 maybe 20 minutes then waking up crying.

I couldn't help but cry when I looked at her. She was obviously exhausted. I wanted nothing more at that moment to take her pain away. To make her feel better and to put that discomfort on myself. This was all new to her and I knew my body could handle it. I prayed that her body would heal and that she could sleep more comfortably. That even if it was just for an hour her body could rest. Which Heavenly Father graciously answered. I feel very blessed that out of her almost 16 months of living this is her first fever, but I hated every second of it. To hear her cry out in discomfort made me cry and want to hold onto her even tighter and let her know everything is going to be ok. That this would pass all in time.

Luckily Tuesday afternoon her fever broke and this morning her energy is fully restored, it's now just a runny nose I'm tending to. Though as I look back at these last few days I can't help but think that this is what Christ must have felt for us. He was crucified that he may  take upon himself all of our pains and sins that we may return with him. He wants to take away our suffering and help lift us up along the way, as long as we allow him too.

In Doctrine & Covenants Ch. 19: 16 it says. "For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

In 2 Nephi Ch. 9: 21; " 21 And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam." 

How amazing is that? He came here to save all of us, that we may have the opportunity to be clean once more, that our sins and our burdens may be lifted from our shoulders and placed on him. Looking down at little miss as she had to endure this sickness was kind of an eye opener for me.  I wanted to do just that for her I wanted to take away her pain and discomfort and place it on my shoulders so her burdens would be easier to bare. It is so comforting to know that we have a savior who is doing that exact thing for us! Today I felt like I could understand the atonement just a little bit better.

I know it kind of took a turn for the religious side, but this religion is something I close to my heart and hope to teach little miss this beautiful gospel. Being a mother is one of the hardest, exhausting spiritually testing things I have ever volunteered myself to do. But this is the most rewarding job I could ever have and I know Mr. Sailor would agree as far as the father end of things. I am so grateful that she is feeling better today and that she is my energetic angel once more. If you got this far thanks for sticking with me!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Love & War Mystery Grab Bag!

This is not a sponsored post. I just love this shop! 

I'm so excited! About a month ago I ordered a mystery grab bag from one of my favorite online stores. Love & War Clothing. Her items are hand made and are customizable for all branches of the military service and now police officers and firemen! She herself is a military wife, so I can't help but want to support her business.  I absolutely adore all of her items! I purchased a hoodie from her for my birthday this year and I couldn't wait to order again. The only thing is, is sometimes it gets pricey. So when I found out she was doing mystery grab bags I couldn't miss this chance! She had bags ranging from $20-100. The more you pay the more you get! But all items in the grab bags would be well worth over what you paid.

And today it came! I am in love with what she sent. I spent a total of $31 for the bag and shipping, it would have been $36 but I had a $5 off coupon! Take a look at what I got!

I am in love with this tank top! First off This matches my hoodie, so score! ( I didn't get to pick the colors with this mystery grab bag, so I feel pretty lucky that I love it!) You can Purchase the same tank here for $24.95


I absolutely love the saying on this shirt! It pretty much sums up my feelings for my hubby! You can purchase this shirt here for $24.95.


I also received this car decal! I have been wanting one to support my hubby and all military members but one that didn't say exactly what branch he was in, so this one is perfect! You can order the same one for $1.50 here. Her decals are so super affordable!


I love a great deal when I catch one! So for $31 I received $51.40 worth of items! Score! Today is a good day! I can't wait to sport these t-shirts around! Here are some other items I have my eye on.

Wish List: 

A: This one is customizable which I love!  click here
B: So In love with this hat! Click here
C: Support PTSD awareness. A part of the proceeds is donated! click here
D: I want to purchase this for Mr. Sailor's Homecoming! Click here
E: Love this one for little miss! Click here

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Spiritual Pick Me up

My post yesterday was kinda sad... ok a lot sad. I had a lot of emotions I needed to get out. But today is a new day and I am forcing myself to look at the positive. So as I pack and hurry my but up for finals before my semester ends I needed a spiritual pick me up to help me through the day. Lo and behold a friend of mine posted this song onto Facebook this morning. And this is just what I needed! Take a listen, it truly made my heart full and I am ready for the day!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

So many emotions


This last week has been filled with so many emotions. I recently started packing up our home with quite a stress free packing plan, which I will blog about later. But as I started taking inventory of our belongings and then sealing the boxes with packing tape. I started to cry. I looked around our home. The home that we have living in for a year and ten and months was quickly becoming bare. This home is the longest home we have lived in since we have been married, our first home at our first duty station for the navy and the home we brought our precious baby girl home to after she was born.

So many memories were flooding in and soon this good thing will come to an end. A temporary end since we will be back next year. But an end for 2014. I know we have had our complaints about this apartment. Probably the same as most people, but in the end I will miss this place. It has been a good home for us. A little sanctuary from the world.

This week two of my good friends Kelsey and Brianna will be leaving which now makes our move even more real... I know I will see Kelsey out in California and I will see Brianna and her cute girls next year. But man once I started really making friends here a deployment had to go and mess it all up ;)  Luckily my good friend Kayla is still here so I won't be too lonely.

I am counting down the days till my best friend flies out to take a 1500 mile drive with me to Utah and till I have to say good bye to my best friend/ eternal companion. I know it is just a see you later, but man it's a long 7 month see you later. I know we can get through it and I know Heavenly Father will be watching over us and giving us the strength to get through day by day. I feel extremely blessed that we have the opportunity to go and live with my parents for those 7 months, to be surrounded by family and friends will definitely make the transition easier.

I am happy for the opportunity to spend time with my family literally on the other side of the country, sad to say "see you later" to my hubby/love of my life and putting the luscious green tree's of Virginia into our rear view mirror will be hard for me. I have fallen in love with the east coast. I love California but man it's so brown compared to back here. I am trying to focus on the positive and know that Mr. Sailor will be returned home to me safely. This is the life we signed up for, and I feel extremely blessed that out of the two years he has been active duty this is his first deployment.

So many emotions this week, but I know as time goes on it will get easier. I will still worry until he is back in my arms, but I know we can get through this even countries apart.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Summer Travels pt. 2

This summer has just blown by. I can't believe that in just a few weeks, I think less then two my sisters will be going to back to school! I feel like summer just started. Though with that thought in mind I must say I have yet to regret this summer, or go "crap it's already gone and we didn't do anything!" . Before I got married and graduated from high school, I gotta say the most entertaining thing that happened during my summer's was a broken leg.

This summer we have grabbed "Life by the horns" You're welcome honey ;) soaked up and enjoyed as much as we could back on the east coast. Which leads me to our Summer Travel's Pt. 2.

With my in-laws in town we kept the punches rolling and I must say by the end of the week we were all tired out and most of us caught a cold. Memories right?! The day after our lovely Family Cruise which you can read about here we decided to head up to Busch Garden's theme park to celebrate my Brother-in-law's 22'nd birthday. Mr. Sailor and I had free tickets; which for those of you who don't know, military families get 1 free ticket per dependent and active duty service members to a Busch Garden's park! You can find out more here. My in-laws have AAA So they were able to score a pretty great price too!

Though if I could go back we probably would have done things a little differently. We decided to take our time getting up since the previous day with the cruise we were all up by 3:30am. Yet it came at a price. We hit traffic on the way up to Williamsburg turning a 45 minute drive to an hour and 45 minute drive. Though little miss took a nap the whole way up allowing us to have a more enjoyable day.

Busch Garden's is huge! But the layout is really interesting. What was more interesting to see was  more of a historical take on a theme park then a "magical" one like Disneyland. The roller coasters were fun and definitely worth it! As we enjoyed the afternoon, later that evening we were hit with a completely unexpected and I mean OUT OF THE BLUE Storm. Causing the rides to shut down. They didn't close the park just the rides. Which is probably where our cold came from standing out the rain. They once again closed the rides down at 9:30pm for a fireworks show. Which is fine and dandy but I was there for rides and not fireworks. Which forced us to leave a little early. With a tired baby and husband I had to put my selfish roller coaster needs aside and tend to my family. it's a good thing I love them so  much ;)

All in all it was an enjoyable day with what went right. Though I think if we ever go again, we will definitely do a much better job at planning our trip out. I am glad we can at least check Busch Gardens off our list of things to see while living in Virginia! Tune in for Pt.3!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

4 things we always tell our daughter

Sometimes day's are rushed, tantrums are thrown, tears are shed and deep breath's are taken while patience is tried. Other days giggles are shared, kisses are blown and smiles are filling the air. Mother hood is one of the most difficult, trying completely worth it things I have ever done. Even when the days get hard and long I always have try to remind myself that she is only 1. I am not perfect at it, but I always try to swap out harsh tones for these 5 things.

1- I am Grateful for you
     I am extremely grateful to have our baby girl in our lives. I want her to know that. I want her to know that we do not take her for granted. That she is truly a blessing in our lives. That we would do anything for her and she has taught us so much as we continue through this journey of parenthood.

2- You're beautiful.
     She is the most gorgeous baby girl I know. Yes we are partial since she is ours.No matter what the future holds, if she is tall and lean or shorter and more curvy, we want her to always know no matter what she is beautiful to us inside and out.

3- You're so smart.
  She is learning and she is thriving at it. Tthere are times when she breaks something, or spills something and we try show her the right way to do it. Even if it takes 1 million times. she is still learning and growing and we want her to know that she is brilliant and that nothing can stand in her way of learning and she can achieve anything she puts her mind to.

4- and of course I Love you.
    Being a parent is very trying and tests your patience. Is it worth it? Of course! But there are moments when she squeezes apple sauce all over the carpet or oreo on the wall that I do get a little frustrated. We do have to remember she is 1 so We are try to teach her that that there is a right and a wrong way of doing things. I want her to always know at the end of the day no matter the little mistakes that were made her dad and I will always love her.

These are things we tell her on a daily basis. Why do I think this is important? I want her to know now that as she gets older these 4 things are never going to be a question. I want her self confidence raised and to know that Mom and Dad are always going to be here for her no matter way. That she always know she is beautiful, smart, loved and appreciated. Telling her these four things everyday also reminds me to take a step back and breath that getting upset doesn't solve the problem. It allows me to turn a frustrating situation into a learning experience for her and show her with love. I can guarantee I will be working on this for the rest of my life. But these are the 4 things we always tell our daughter.

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