Monthly Archives: December 2010

Home Sweet Home

Goodbye 30 degree weather, hello 60 degree weather!

We made the long drive from PA back to NC today and I have to say it feels good to be back in our own home. We’ve been visiting family and friends for the past 2 weeks and while it was great to see everyone, nothing feels better than being in your own home. There will be lots of time to blog tomorrow since I have finished my schoolwork for the week early. I’ll be able to update about Christmas, my 5K, school, a reflection on the past year and New Year’s resolutions. I hope everyone has a great time celebrating tonight. Stay safe and enjoy!

Military Monday Blog Hop

I’m trying to get back into posting since I’ve been MIA since the Christmas holidays started. I’m participating in my second Military Monday Blog Hop. If you would like to join in and link up your blog, head over to Diary of a Devil Dog’s blog for more information! If you’re a new follower to my blog, please leave a comment. I love reading them and getting to know my readers!

We made the journey from Evan’s parents’ house to my parents’ house in Philly. We were worried about the snow and ice, but the drive was nice and smooth. We’re looking forward to celebrating Christmas Part 2, watching the Eagles game tomorrow night and seeing friends in PA and NJ. More updates and lots of pictures to come!

Merry Christmas!

I’ve been slacking off when it comes to blog posting. We’ve had so much going on in the past few weeks with school, my first 5K, going to New York City and seeing family in Pennsylvania for the holidays. Once things start to calm down a bit, I’ll be trying to catch up with some new posts.

I’d also like to quickly welcome anyone stopping over for ICLW. I’m trying to catch up on my commenting and I appreciate all the comments that have been left for me so far.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! Merry Christmas!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #6

Happy Friday everyone! Here are the questions for the Friday fill-in. Head over to WifeofaSailor‘s blog to get your own set of questions and to link your blog. Enjoy!


1. What is the best gift you’ve ever received or given?

The best gift I’ve ever received is a pearl necklace from my husband for Christmas 2 years ago. You can read about that here. The best gift I’ve ever given is probably the Kindle that I gave to my husband this year. He’s been talking about getting one of these for months and I finally got to surprise him with it last night. He’s looking forward to taking it along with him on work trips and the upcoming deployment.

2. Do you celebrate holidays differently when your loved one is deployed/gone or do you keep tradition?

When Evan was gone last time, I celebrated in the same way that I did the year before. He may be gone for the holidays next year, so we’ll see what happens then.

3. If you celebrate Christmas, do you put an angel, star or something else on the top of your tree?

We don’t have a tree topper yet and I’m not exactly sure why. I’m planning on purchasing one after the holidays when all of the decorations are dirt cheap. I’m hoping to land something at Pier 1.

4. What are your three favorite websites?

Facebook, Amazon and The Bump

5. On your man do you prefer….boxer, briefs or boxer briefs? Or commando?

I personally don’t think anyone should go commando 😉 I think boxer briefs are my favorite though.


I don’t know if I’ll be doing much blogging while we’re away for the holidays so I wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


4 years ago…

4 years ago, I walked down the aisle and married my best friend. Even though we planned our Pennsylvania wedding from North Carolina in only 5 months, it turned out just the way I had wanted it to. I remember getting up early in the morning to get my hair done with my maid of honor and bridesmaids. After we were finished at the salon, my best friend and I went to Subway to grab a quick lunch since we knew we wouldn’t be eating again until dinner.

After we arrived at the church, everyone got dressed and we took a few pictures before the ceremony. The ceremony went by quickly and before I knew it, we were married! The weather was warm for mid-December (in the low 50’s if I remember correctly), so we decided to take some pictures outside the church before heading over to the reception. We took some pictures of just myself and Evan. The groomsmen posed with Evan afterwards and then it was my turn with my bridesmaids. After the pictures were finished, we hopped in the limo to head to the reception.
Our reception was held in a beautiful ballroom that was decorated in reds and whites. I handmade the centerpieces and place cards and they looked beautiful on the tables. We had a wonderful buffet dinner, an amazing cake, great company and lots of dancing. It was by far the best day of my life! I can’t believe these past 4 years have gone by so quickly. We have experienced so much together. Next year will be much like our first year of marriage. Evan was deployed for the first 15 months of our marriage and he will deploy again for another year. I hope to stay strong and keep busy over the next year so hopefully the deployment will go by quickly.
Here are some pictures from our special day. Enjoy!

(You may kiss the bride)

(Look at all the bubbles!)

(Before he smashed it in my face)

(First dance – Billy Joel – “Just the Way You Are”)

(Taking a break from dancing)

(My handsome husband)

So much for no side effects

I really believed that I wouldn’t have any side effects from the increased dosage of C.lomid. Totally wrong on that one. I’ve been taking it since Wednesday and the past 3 days have been particularly rough. I’ve been so emotional and I can’t stand it. Just thinking about the upcoming holiday makes me sadder than usual. I keep thinking that we should have a 2 month old baby to love, care for and to introduce to extended family at Christmas. Instead, I have to sit in this house with the dogs, thinking about what could have been.

I feel jealous because of my 4 friends who have December due dates are getting ready to welcome their own babies into the world. Why don’t I get my chance? I look at all the medicine I have to take everyday and can’t understand why this comes so easy to some, while others have to suffer through infertility. I was talking to a friend the other day and I told her I was going to try and be more optimistic about everything from now on. Optimism is currently absent from the picture. I really don’t like feeling sorry for myself but that’s just what’s going on right now. I found out that Evan will be headed off for another training session next month and we’ll miss out on my January cycle. If I don’t get pregnant this time around, we only have one more shot before deployment. I guess I’ll just have to call Dr. P. and figure out what the next step should be for February if needed. Will this ever get easier?