Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sun after the storm.

If you've been hanging out around here the past few months, then you know that we've had a deployment looming over our heads. Well, the time to say our official "see you laters" happened this past weekend and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the worst day of my life. Because it was.

But let's go over the fun things we did before the final "see you later", shall we?

We left Fort Benning bright and early Friday morning and headed to Fort Stewart to spend 48 hours with this handsome man right here. I mean seriously, how did I get so lucky?

We made a pit stop at the PX for lunch and then checked into our hotel. Of course, my little fish needed to hit the pool immediately. And this little lady loved soaking up some Daddy time :)

After some fun in the sun, we headed into Savannah for dinner at The Pirate's House. The kids were being absolutely wild but the food was great and downtown Savannah is just to die for. And speaking of dying, apparently The Pirate's House is haunted but we didn't discover that until the next day. Haunted Pub Crawl? Sign me up next time I'm there and kid free...

We headed back to the hotel after dinner and put the kids to bed so we could spend some time together. And lucky for my husband, The Notebook happened to be on. So wouldn't you know that's what we watched :) 

We woke up the next morning and got ready to head back into Savannah for some exploring and lunch. And when I came back from the shower, I found this going on. I love this but it also makes me so sad to think that he will miss out on so much the next 9 months. And that when he gets home, she will be SO big and hard to hold like this. I just really feel so bad for him :( 

When we got into Savannah, we headed to River Street, an adorable street filled with shops and restaurants lining the river. Of course, River Street Sweets was a must and we were literally kids in a candy shop. Pralines, Fudge, and Salt Water Taffy OH MY!

The kids fell asleep on the way home so we picked up lunch to take back to the hotel. And then, more pool time. And if you've ever seen Home Alone 2, please tell me you know why this picture is so funny...

After pool time day 2, we headed to the mall and made a Build-A-Bear so Z could record a message for the kiddos. Not going to lie, I may have shed a tear or two when I heard the recording. 

We headed back to Savannah and decided on Wet Willies in City Market for dinner. I chose one of their famous Daiquiris as we enjoyed live music and Nolan dancing for entertainment. We shopped around a little and then headed back to the hotel. The kids zonked out and we watched Taken 2 before passing out. 

Z packed the next morning and these little cuties tried to sneak into his suitcase. I know they're too young to know what's going on but the look on Nolan's face just gets me. Makes me think he knows what was happening when really, he was just saying "cheese" and sick of smiling for my pictures.

The rest of the day was really hard. My original plan was to stay until 6 or 7 pm when he needed to be back but as the day progressed, it just become harder. I wear my emotions on my sleeve by ugly Kim Kardashian crying and Z just gets really quiet and doesn't say much. We had breakfast, went to the Splash Park, got lunch, and then once the kids fell asleep around 3:30, we decided it was just better for me to leave then.

I wanted to capture one of our last kisses because looking at it makes me sad and happy at the same time. Sad to know I won't get to kiss this man for 9 months but happy to know our love is strong enough to make it through anything. We've done it before and we will do it again. My heart hurts but I know that there's literally nothing we can do about it.

Watching him say goodbye to the kids was even harder. It was almost better that they were both asleep because he didn't have to see their reactions or smiling, naive faces. A clean break, so to speak.

I wanted to stay there forever; either that or throw him in the car and take him with me. I kissed him as many times as I could and made him promise he would come back to me. He told me he loved me over and over and promised me it would be okay. When I finally drove away, I tried to avoid the rear view mirror because I didn't want to see him watching us pull away. But luckily he was walking back inside and I knew that was it. I contemplated turning around for one more kiss but knew that it was just going to make it harder...

I cried on and off for the first hour of the drive. But then I hit terrible storms and had to really focus on the road. It was literally down pouring and at one point, I thought I was going to have to pull over and stop driving. But then all of a sudden, the skies were clear and the sun began to shine.

Call me crazy but it felt like a sign; I felt like God was telling me that it's going to get rough and it's going to storm, but it will always get sunny again. This too shall pass.

I know we are going to be just fine; I know that he's going to be safe and he's going to come home to me. And that he will be home before we know it. But it doesn't mean I don't miss him and that I'm not going to worry about him every single minute of every single day.

Love is a wonderful thing. You can say it everyday and feel it all the time but when you fall in love over and over again, it's magical. My husband may drive me crazy and I'm sure I drive him crazy as well. But one thing is for sure; when it's the two of us, it's like no one else is in the room. I fall more in love with him everyday and I absolutely cannot imagine my life without my best friend at my side.

These next 9 months are going to be a challenge for both of us but we hope to stay busy, talk as much as we can, and be strong for one another. I'm so thankful for technology and the fact that we will most likely get to "see" each other on a daily basis. And now that we've officially said our "see you laters", we can get the countdown started.

There may not be a rainbow everyday and sometimes, the storm may last a little longer than I'd like. But eventually, it will clear up. And the sun after the storm makes it all totally worth it.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Garage Sale Page Trollin'

If you were around here last week, you know that I admitted to trolling the local garage sale page on Facebook. No my friends, the days of "what happens at a garage sale, stays at a garage sale" are over. Or something like that...

But these days, you can literally shop a "garage" sale 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it's on Facebook, Bookoo, Craigslist, etc... there's no need to get out of bed early, map out your garage sale route after looking in the local newspaper, and elbowing people for the good stuff.

But with the convenience of online garage sale-ing comes drama... and lots of it. And I'm not the only one who enjoys this because a lot of you admitted to me last week that you also like to grab a bowl of popcorn and watch the drama unfold.

We all know a lesson means nothing without examples so let's get to it. Here are a few of the crazy things I've seen going down on the garage sale site:

Selling breast milk. Okay, as a nursing mother, you all know I'm gung-ho breast milk. However, I think approaching a hospital and donating the milk may have been a better option in this scenario..

Threatening someones life. I kid you not. Someone was literally stalking this man's photos and dropping names of people in his family. People were mentioning calling the authorities and I think I even remember seeing some gang activity. All over a shirt or something. CRAZINESS. 

Low-balling. I'm all about a great deal but I've seen people post computers and someone come back and offer $5. And they're serious. Don't hate the player, hate the game. Wait, maybe? 

First come, first serve. I can just imagine this now..."Honey, there's a free load of crap on the curb. I've got to leave dinner NOW so I can go get it. Don't worry, I'll try not to get another speeding ticket!" Then 8 cars pull up and there's a mad dash to the mound of treasure on the curb...Do I smell a reality show cooking?

Foot fetiches. There was a man in the group asking women to send pictures of their feet. He would PayPal you $50 upon receiving them. Nope, can't make this up... 

Half a case of Coors Light. Apparently they decided they didn't like it after they drank half of the case. I just hope it was refrigerated...

Used bathing suits. I mean, to each their own. 

Free gifts. This was my favorite post to date. Someone posted a Victoria's Secret bag they received "free with purchase" and said she paid $100 for it (that's what the tag says). The trolls went nuts on her and everyone called her out on the fact that it was free. I mean, technically she paid $75 to get it free but still, everyone knows those are free! 

Photographers. I have never seen so many "photographers" in one area. As soon as someone asks for a photographer recommendation, the thread has over 100 comments. And I think some of them are certified in use of their iPhone...

NSR. NSR= Not sales related. Apparently people HATE when people post anything in the garage sale group that isn't a sale related post. And I'll admit, I've posted NSR questions in there because people are always trolling that page and you can get a quick answer. But the amount of times I see people bitch about these posts just adds one more post to the page. Just saying...

It's actually become an addiction and if we're being honest, I've purchased two things since starting this post. And all joking aside, you can actually get some pretty great deals on there. And I've actually made quite a bit of money selling things too. Just watch out for the crazies... 

Anyone else have a problem or addicted to online garage sales? What's the craziest thing you've seen for sale?


Monday, August 25, 2014

Appreciating your spouse everyday.

All photo credit: Amy Hess Photography//Peasant top from PX (similar here)// Charlotte Russe shorts//Metal Marvels necklace// Metal Marvels headband (Samantha20 for 20%off)// Metal Marvels bangles// Hole in Her Stocking bracelet c/o// Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses//Marshalls shoes (similar here for $14.99!)// Michael Kors purse

Since Z has been gone (a little over two weeks), I've already realized how much I appreciate the little things he does. I've always considered myself lucky that he comes home from work every night and morphs into daddy mode almost immediately. But there are so many other things he does around the house that I guess I haven't realized and feel like I may have taken for granted. 

Dishes: he seriously won't let me touch the dishes. He has a method and a system and gets all feisty when I don't do it "the right way". Boy do I wish he was here to do them now because homegirl has piles that need done. 

Feeding the dog: don't judge, but I may have forgotten to feed the dog the other day. He always does it and I guess it took me a second to realize I'm the one that has to do that now. 

Picking up the dog poop: it sucks. It just sucks. 

Mowing the grass: we don't have a very big backyard and just use a little push mower but still, one more thing I have to add to my list and never realized how lucky I was to have him doing it. It pretty much looks like a jungle back there right now.

Trash duty: collecting all the garbages from each room and taking it to the curb every week. Quite honestly, I'm surprised I remembered to do it the first week and then the second week, it was a race against the truck on our culd de sac.

Calming my nerves: no matter how stressed out I am, he always walks through that door and lifts my spirit. I really miss him doing that and I never told him how much I looked forward to that everyday. 

Hugging me: I'm not a huge fan of being touched (I know, I'm a weirdo) so I've never really been the cuddly type. But you don't realize how much you miss that human contact until you don't have it anymore. 

The point in all of this? He does these things without me asking. We work together as a team and we get things done that need to be. But I've never once thanked him for doing any of this. We go about our days and we get into a routine and we forget that even a simple "thank you" makes a person feel good. 

I may not remember to do this everyday but I'm certainly going to make an effort to do it more, and appreciate him more when he gets home. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and yes, I would agree to some extent. But if anything else, it makes you realize what life would be like without your best friend. And I can't imagine that. 

So Z, if you're reading, just know I love you and appreciate you. And I can't wait to have you home for many, many reasons :)