Monday, April 18, 2016

Big Changes!

Its interesting that when you decide you want what God wants for you, you eagerly anticipate the changes that come your way.  Maybe its not this way for everyone, but we are headed toward some big things that we have been hoping for, and we feel certain that we are headed down the path God would have us go.

Blake graduated from law school last summer.  During law school, he had prayerfully considered career options to seek out as an attorney.  During his last year at law school, he got the idea to think about seeking a position as a JAG for the military.  We spent a lot of time talking about this possibility.  Its funny because early on in our marriage, Blake brought up the idea of enlisting in the military.  Marines, to be exact.  I basically told him – H. No.  That sounded like a horrible idea.   Luckily, when he realized I was dead serious about my disdain for this idea, he no longer considered it.  Here we were several years later, talking about the possibility of him trying for a JAG position in the military, and I was fine with it.  In fact, the more we talked about it, the more it felt like it could be something good for our family, something that we would like and a career that Blake would love.  Last summer, Blake began the application process for a JAG spot with the Air Force.  My brother is in the Air Force and I have always felt that the Air Force has a very high reputation.  Then, Marine recruiters made an appearance at Blake’s law school, and he had some very good impressions about considering a Judge Advocate position with the marines.  We talked about this, A LOT.  I wanted to make sure Blake really wanted what he was pursuing, and that he believed it was the right thing for him and for us.  He felt confident about it.  After much prayer, we both began to feel that this was definitely the direction we were to pursue.  Its crazy how things have worked out to get us where we are now.  We are definitely blessed!  We couldn’t have come to this place without the prayers and support of our families. Long story less long, Blake was offered a Judge Advocate spot with the Marines and will be leaving for OCS (Officer Candidate School) this summer.  What an adventure we have ahead of us!  I fully anticipate that this is going to be the hardest thing either of us have ever gone through.  Milo is almost 2 and Toby is 7 months, and we will be without Blake for most of the summer.  Once he graduates from OCS, we will move out to Virginia to be with him during his 6 month training in TBS (The Basic School).  Time is flying by and its coming up so fast!  We are excited, and anxious, and trying not to freak out. (Please pray for me.)  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I need a vacation

Do you ever just want to disappear for a week or two, by yourself?  I need that right now in my life. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

I'm back!

It's been a while since I've been on here. My posts will be random and probably chaotic. But, I'm starting with today. Blake sang in a ward out in Meridian today. He did such a beautiful job. I was panicking for myself a little bit beforehand. About how I was going to handle my 7 wk old and my hyper active toddler all by myself during the song. Luckily, my cousin Sherstine is a baby whisperer and put Toby to sleep before the musical number. He slept on the bench during the song. 

It was suckers to the rescue for Milo. So glad Blake isn't in the bishopric. I would probably go inactive if I had to take care of two babies by myself during church. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wanna Hear About My Night?

This was something I wrote several months ago but forgot to post. Haha. It's worthy of being posted so here I is now. Luckily, the dog is better. :)

Ok, I'll tell you...
We got to bed a little after 10, which is really good for us. Milo went to bed around 8.  I was looking forward to 6 or 7 hours of sleep.  At about midnight, Milo is crying, so I go to get him and feed him.  His room reeks and there is diarrhea all over the floor!  Thank you Honey!  I even made sure she pooped outside before we went to bed.   Apparently she is feeling sickly   UGH!  Did not want to clean that up, so I fed Milo, stuck him in our bed, and locked Honey in the kitchen.  I got in bed, got Milo back to sleep, and not much later, I hear Honey scratching the kitchen door like a mad dog.  I go to let her out and am assaulted with the smell of her deadly diarrhea.... all over the kitchen floor!  I promptly let her outside and she ran to the yard, I assume to do more pooping.  At this point I realize my fate is sealed - I am not going to get anymore sleep for the rest of the night.  I let my sleeping husband know that he is now responsible for the sweet babe in the bed next to him for the rest of the night (this would be a first for him).  Of course he is less than thrilled.  I get to look forward to cleaning the kitchen and the floor, and staying up the rest of the night with the dog to make sure she gets outside when she needs to.  What a joy!

I spend over an hour cleaning the floors and gagging and Honey is waiting by the entry when I'm done.  I let her outside and she speeds to the yard, again.  It reeks everywhere inside.  I have candles lit all over the place.  The kitchen is still totally offensive to my nostrils, so I clean the floor again.  I spend the rest of the night crocheting nothing, and wasting time on the internet.  Honey needs outside a couple more times.  5:30 rolls around and Milo is ready to get up.  Apparently he wasn't much fun for Blake to sleep with.  I feel so bad (intensely sarcastic tone).  I do feel bad that he has to go to school so tired.  I can at least be exhausted at home, in my sweats.  So, now its 8:30 am.  It still stinks in the kitchen.  I will clean the floor, again.  I'm planning to take a nap, at some point, on the recliner so I can hear when Honey jumps off the couch and flaps her ears so I can let her outside.  I cannot clean up anymore of her crap.  I can't take it.  My stomach can't take it.  My hands can't take it because they are already dried and cracked and the cleaner does not help.

I have never wanted to no longer own an animal more than I do right now.  I'm worried because Honey's stomach has been sour for like 5 days.  She's getting old.  I have no idea what it could be.  I cannot deal with a senior high maintenance dog.  So, I would greatly appreciate prayers that Honey gets better asap and that I get a nap today, oh, and that this smell goes away!  Thank you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DC Trip: Part II

Disclaimer: I've had this draft sitting here for an eternity!  Since I don't feel like waiting forever to upload the rest of our pics, I'm sharing this incomplete post, and that is probably as far as I will get with this subject.  
-Mom of a sweet, busy, lovable, chubby, adorable, snugly, time consuming little cherub known as Milo.

We visited the American Museum of Natural History.  Cool stuff.

                                             And of course there is this cherub.  

We made a short stop at the Native American Museum.  We spent more time here on a different day.
  Next stop - The National Archives Museum.  It was just the two of us touring this place.  It was so cool to see things like the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.  There were no cameras allowed in this building, unfortunately; lots of old documents to preserve.  They keep the lights dim throughout the whole building.

Air and Space Museum.  There was lots to see, and too many people, so we snapped a few pics and called it a day.
I think this is the Apollo 11 escape pod.
 A new day.  We spent the evening in DC.  It was a pretty awesome date night.  We started on the lawn under the Washington Monument for a concert by the Marine Band.  The weather was perfect and the sky was beautiful.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DC Trip

We got to spend 10 days in Washington DC last month.  Blake had a 3 day convention for school and his ticket was paid for, so we thought it would be fun to have Milo and me tag along and do some site seeing after his convention was over.  My fabulous Aunt Ann hosted us while we were there.  She made sure we were comfortable, had plenty to eat, had lots of fun, and always had a car to drive.  I was super nervous about Milo and this trip.  He was a champ on all of the flights.  He hardly cried, and he slept most of the time on the way there.  He wasn't a fan of the heat and humidity, so site seeing with him was tricky.  Luckily, my aunt offered to watch him during the day for a couple days so we could go do some tourist stuff on our own... bless her. :)  Milo was spoiled and we were able to see cool stuff without stressing about the babe.

Our first day of site seeing we checked out the monuments.  Aunt Ann came along and pushed Milo in a stroller.  Luckily he slept most of the time.  It was so hot that day!

Vietnam Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Washington monument

Korean War Memorial

Part of the World War II Memorial
Sweet babe - so sweaty in his car seat. :)

Jefferson Memorial
 The 2nd day of site seeing we got to take a tour of the Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.  Cousin Briana came with us.  It was so fun hanging out with her.

They were working on the ceiling in the capitol, so we only got to see this small part.

So sleepy and sweaty, but he managed this sweet smile for the camera.

That's it for now.  I will upload more pics later.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meet Milo! dump

Milo was due 5/11.  This picture was taken 5/14.

May 19th at 4:16 am, after almost 26 hours of labor, we FINALLY got to meet our beautiful baby Milo.

He was super alert right after he was born.  Definitely not a typical newborn.

One happy grandma.







6/10 - So close to smiling!
6/14 - Officially smiling!
6/18  Yay for smiles!

I might be biased, but my baby is beautiful!  I can't get over it.
6/29 - We all wore the same color to church one day - by accident - but it created a good opportunity to take our first family pic.

My brother Rex, who leaves for his mission to Houston Texas tomorrow. See you in two years Uncle Rex.  (Don't worry Rex. We'll make sure he knows who you are.)

7/1.  6 weeks and already over 14 lbs and 24 inches long!

7/5 blessing day!

This funny hat came w/the outfit.  He only wore it for a picture.

Its been fun having Uncle Dan in town.


7/15 - Today, 8 weeks and 1 day old.
I don't think I posted enough pics, haha.  I can't get enough of this sweet babe.      Til next time...