Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I'm Like Fried Chicken + Day 16

So I'm not fried chicken, but I'm definitely fried from laying out in the sun for two hours today with my best friend. I should have been smarter and known better. Yesterday I layed out for 15 minutes and was starting to turn a little pink - can you even imagine what I look like right now? Let me tell you, ITS NOT PRETTY! I'm a LOBSTER and I HURT! Ok, enough of animals and my skins comparision to them...
It's time for day 16 of my 30 Days About Me segment and I'm starting to run low on ideas... I still have 14 more to go. YIX! No worries, I have a topic for today :)

30 Days of Me:  Day 16 - Favorite Quotes

I'm one of those people that really enjoys quotes. Sometimes I don't always know how to explain things in my life and then I'll come across a quote and it will just fit perfectly. I like that - a lot! Some of my favorite quotes that I have come across that I have related to in some are:

"Know what you're worth and don't settle for anything less." - I'm really, really big on this; self-worth that is. My friends always use to make fun of me, because I was always dating someone new, however shortly after a few dates, I realized that they were not what I was looking for and kicked to the curb. They either were heavy drinkers, did drugs, couldn't hold a conversation, had no sort of income, or they were just some guy that was a player - none of which I like. I am very old fashion. I like my chair pulled out for me and I like when a guy holds open the car door. Mister does all of these things and I've never had to even ask. He's just repectful like that. :)

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." - I strive for this everyday. Obviously no love is perfect, except for God's love, but it doesn't mean that its not something one shouldn't strive for, because we all should.

"Every girl wants to be that one girl that changes that one guy." - When I first heard this it actually made me smile really big (probably not the reaction most would have to it). While dating Mister, I had no idea but he actually quite smoking for me, because I told him that I would never date a smoker - not knowing he was one himself [haha opps!]. When you find someone that is worth it, you'll want to be a better person for them. Kind of nice to know I was that girl. :)

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one, but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." - Marilyn Monroe - This is so true [in my opinion!]. If I had found this quote earlier, I would have it tattoo'd going down my side. I love it so much!

What are your favorite quotes?

A Letter of Protection

I thought this was kind of cool. A fellow USMCgal of mine sent it out to all of us girls and figured I would share it with you...

Our research has turned up a powerful Letter of Protection dating from 1724 which was said to safeguard the wearer from injury when worn in a pocket. This letter was reportedly discovered in Europe in 1724, written in gold lettering. It disappeared for several years but then resurfaced in 1791. It was later worn by military troops from Pennsylvania during World War I.

A Letter of Protection, to be carried in a pocket:

"In the name of God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost: As Christ stopped at the Mount of Olives, all guns shall stop. Whoever carries this letter with him he shall not be damaged through the enemy's guns or weapons, God will give him strength; he may not fear robbers and murders, nor guns, pistols, swords and muskets shall not hurt him through the command of the Angel Michael, in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, God with me.


Whoever has this letter shall not be taken prisoner, nor wounded by the enemy. Amen. As true as it is that Jesus Christ died and ascended to Heaven and suffered on earth he shall not be shot, but shall stand unhurt, and adjure all guns and weapons on earth by the living God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, I pray in the name of Christ's blood that no ball shall hit me, be it gold or silver, but that God in Heaven may deliver me of all sins in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The True Heroes Video

I love this video:

Ooorah! :)

"It's Sexy Time!"

In other words...time to work out!

30 Days About Me: Day 15 - I am a workout junkie!

I started to like working out about a year ago. I have always been pretty self-conscious about my body because I am quite skinny. According to that stupid BMI test I am underweight and according to my doctor I should be on protein shakes.  Hello? I've tried to gain weight and fail every time. I was doing pretty good this past winter, although unfortunately for me, I got the swine flu and lost 10 pounds that I never even knew existed on my body and have yet to gain it all back. I can't even begin to tell you how horribly sick I looked.  Blah!

ANYWAYS, I have come to really enjoy working out. The best thing about it is the after effect - the feeling of being healthier. I also love being sore the day after - the feeling of change. Once you start seeing results, well, nothing really beats that!

I have attempted to complete P90X twice, but had to quit because of my fall. Now that I'm back to health, minus my sinus issues that I'm still dealing with, I have been starting to work out again and feeling better than ever. I'm hoping to gain 5-10 pounds of muscle in the next couple of months. Wish me luck!

Anyone else LOVE to workout?

It's About That Time Again

I can't believe it's already Tuesday again!

Tuesday Tag-Along

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Music + Q&A Monday's!

30 Days of Me: Day 14 - I love music

You may have noticed my long list of songs at the bottom of my blog - what would you think if I told you that it's not even half of the songs that remind me of Mister in some kind of way? I put up the songs mainly so that I can listen to them easily (since I don't have all of them on itunes) and also so that I can share them with all of you. It's always nice to find a new song that you can listen to while your loved one is thousands of miles away - brings comfort.

Music has been in my life since I can remember. I have sang my whole life and have notebooks upon notebooks to show just how long it's been since I've wrote music - I figure around nine years old.  I played piano for about 4 years and also have dabbled [ew, that's kind of a gross word] with my guitar for a couple of years. I always seem to give up though after a while.

One of the things that made me fall in love with my Marine is that he loves music just as much as I do! He plays guitar [melts my heart!] and also likes to sing [melt my heart even more!]. One thing on our bucket list that involves music: to write a song together... and that was his idea [heart is officially a puddle]! :)

Now time for: Q&A Mondays! - feel free to post these questions on your blog and answer them yourself :)

1. Which do you prefer - Coke or Pepsi?

Coke!

2. Are you a giver or a taker?

I am definitely a giver. I love helping out other people and would much rather make someone else happy than receiving anything.

3. Which you favorite ice cream flavor?
I love mint chocolate chip ice cream with caramel sauce.

4. Do you prefer hugs or kisses?
I’ll take both! If I could have a hug or kiss right now from my Mister I would take either in a heartbeat.

5. Do you have tattoos?
Yes, I do! I have one that is on my hip/back. It says, "Everything Happens For A Reason" with a cross underneath it. The story behind it: every time I have gone through something hard in my life, I have remembered that God has a plan and is in complete control. To remind myself of this, I would always say, 'everything happens for a reason.' God doesn't make mistakes and he can surely take something bad and turn it into something beautfiul. I'm hoping for another one sometime soon!

Emotional Adventure Ride

The last couple of days have been weird for me. My emotions are all over the place so I figured I was just going to write and see where it takes me:

 On Saturday night, Mister and I started talking about wedding things - colors, time of year - little stuff like that. We agree on the time of year, but let me tell you, color ideas are all over the place! I know we have a lot of time to think this one through, but I have to ask you all this - how did you come up with your colors? Was it a joint decision or did you just basically say this is it hope your okay with it? haha. I know we're not engaged yet, but its going to happen so we can talk about these things :) I don't want to do the traditional Marine wedding where red, blue and white are our colors. We want the day to be about us, not the military - especially since Mister is planning on getting out once his time is up.

Speaking of engagements... Mister and I agreed that we are both ready. Orgininally we were going to wait because of fighting problems, but we have worked on all of that a lot and figure that its minor things that we can continue to work on. It's nothing that would make us say, "I don't want to be with you anymore." I'm excited to make this step in our relationship, but a little nervous about my parents. They'll say yes (I told him he has to ask for their permission hehehe), but I know it will be hard for them to see "their baby little girl" grow up. Not much anyone can do about this though!

Ever since I found out about my Marine's new orders, I have been either really excited or really sad. I am beyond happy to know that I will be in his arms again. If you haven't ever experienced a homecoming - let me be the first to tell you that it is by far the most amazing feeling you will ever feel. When I met my Marine for the first time in the airport, I never wanted to let go of him. We had only been talking on the internet for a few months and yet I felt like I had known him my whole life. Best moment of my life. I can't wait to have that moment again! I crave for it and have been for the past seven months. We have about 4.5 months to go still, but I can taste it. Reality is hititng me and he is coming home soon. Oh boy, let me just wipe the tears from eyes right now...

Since he will no longer be based in Japan, his deployments will now be to Afghanistan in a war zone. Excuse my language, but holy scary shit right there! I have been through three deployments with him and expecting our fourth pretty soon, but they haven't been to Afghanistan. It's so scary to me. The thought of what he'll see there floods my mind. I just want to protect him from it all. I want him to have a job of a guy over there that never leaves base and never has to see anything bad, but I know that won't be the case. Im jealous of those whose loved ones does that. I don't want my man coming home a different man - I want him to still be my Mister. War changes people and I have seen its effects first hand. "God, please don't let that happen to my Marine."

It doesnt help that I keep listening to song # 41 on my playlist at the bottom of my blog. It is such a powerful song and I have always loved it - but it's meaning has changed drastically since I've met my Marine. It's funny how that can happen. Before that song was just a song that I liked to sing, but now its fear, tears, worry, and every other emotion and affect that a deployment brings. I think I need to just stop listening for a little while. Let my emotions and feeling settle in.

I just have to remind myself that we don't know a deployment date yet and everything is out of my control. I have to place my worries in God's hand and let his plan unfold. No matter what happens, I have to praise him through it all. I can do this.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Clumsy

30 Days of Me: Day 13: I am super clumsy.

If you were to ask someone if I had the tendency to run into things or fall, they would laugh and ask you if that was a serious question haha. I have always been falling into things, running into things, tripping over things... you name it, I did it! There is a step that seperates our tv room from our kitchen and every time I would go up the step all of a sudden you would hear, "thud, boom, bang...wahhhhhhhh!" I could not pick up my feet high enough to make the stupid step. My legs were always bruised and had bumps all over my shins.

Just today, while I was shopping with my family, I was getting out of the car, turned around to shut the door and WAM! - somehow my bottom of the car door hit the back of my leg. I can't even explain to you how painful it was. I was bent over holding onto my leg while choice words were flying out of my mouth like I was some kind of sailor. How does that even happen?! If it isn't possible, I will be the one to prove it to you that it is. I have a bruise and welt to prove it!

I'm not sure if I'm all that proud of this trait of mine, but it is apart of me that is pretty well known so I figured I'd have to share.

Something Beautiful - Cleansing

Today has been one of those days where I looked around my room and felt like cleaning. On these days, I take full advantage of the rare feeling and so I started organizing and going through drawers that I honestly haven't gone through in a long time. I read through all of my old letters - the one from my mom saying how proud of me she was, brought tears to my eyes. I found some things that were given to me by ex-boyfriends - in which I proceeded to throw those things away in bag that is now in the garbage outside. I even managed to create a pile of things for Goodwill - most of which I have kept for no reason at all in the first place and may make someone else happy.

I am such a hog. I like to keep everything that has some kind of meaning to it. It's something that I've been really working on in the last year or so. I figure I might as well start now so that when Mister and I get a house together it won't be as much of a pain. It's nice getting rid of things. Shortly after I started my relationship with Mister I got rid of a stupid box at the top of my closet full of things from my ex's and boy did that feel good slamming that in the garbage. It's almost a cleansing of the past in a way.

Now that I am all done reorganizing and throwing a lot away, my room looks pretty darn good. My closet is organized, my drawers are nice and neat, and my clothes are officially arranged by sleeve length and color. I feel accomplished!

So here's to a new start and a clean room!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

His Orders + Last Few Days

I'm sorry that I have been away for a little while. I have been so busy lately and last night when I finally got the time to write all I wanted to do was just lay down and watch tv - so I did! I just wanted to take a few minutes to catch you all up on everything.

Mister and I are really surprised about his orders. They kept telling him that nothing came through for anybody and then all of sudden someone showed up at the door telling him his orders were in. Like my last post said, he is being stationed at Pendleton in California. I'm pretty excited about it because now I'll be able to see where he's from (Mister was born in CA). I'm also terrified because that means he for sure is going to Afghanistan. We really aren't sure when though or for how long. We know that when he does go, he will be doing a lot of missions and barely be at base because of the unit he'll is in CA and because of his mos. This is sooo scary! However: He's been trained by the very best and I have faith in his training, in him, and in God that everything is going to be okay.


That's really all the information that I have about him coming home. I have a lot of thoughts, but I'll spare you all that for another day!

Since I have been so busy, I haven't had the time to post Day 10 or 11 so I will do that now (keeping it short) and then do todays as well!

30 Day Challenge: Day 10 - I like meeting new people
One of the reasons I love blogging so much is because its a great way to meet other people. I have met a few ladies on here who I have become actual friends with and I couldn't be happier about that -its something I definitely never thought would happen when I started this blog almost 11 months ago. I'm excited to make even more friends :)

30 Day Challenge: Day 11 - Catching up with old friends
Last night I spent some time talking with a girl that I haven't in a very, very long time. We had a falling out a few years back and basically ignored one another. It was really great seeing her and actually talking to her for the first time yesterday. We live very different lives and I know that we'll never be as close as we once were, but it was nice to be able to set aside all of the things in the past and just catch up.

30 Day Challenge: Day 12 - Scrapbooking
When I was a little girl, I always use to scrapbook with my bestfriend. Many years later and we're still doing it. We both have scrapbooks for just our relationship with our bf's and we are also starting one thats just of us two. I have known her for almost 18 years and she is just an amazing person and I'm so thankful and lucky to have her in my life.

Scrapbooking has become a great way to document my life with Mister. I have one completely done that is devoted soley to the two weeks that we spent together when we first met and am working on one that is devoted to the time that we've spent apart since those two weeks. I want to be able to keep everything organized so that whenever we want to look back at pictures we can easily pick up one of our scrapbooks, turn the page, and everything will be in order and organized.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mister Got His Orders...

Pendleton here we come! More updates tomorrow :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

2 New Awards!

My first award I actually recieved a couple of weeks ago... GOSH AM I HORRIBLE OR WHAT!!!?? I did have it saved as a draft though... does that make it any better? Didn't think so! So I want to give Nicole @ Flip Flops and Combat Boots a huge thank you for putting up with me and also for the following award!!


The rules for accepting this award are simple. Just pass it along to seven beautiful blogs!


My newest blog award was given to me by B @ Until You Come Home!



There are some rules to this award:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award
2. Share seven things about you
3. Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs
4. Let your nominees know about the award!

THANK YOU B!!!!!

Seven Things About Myself:
-I'm 20 something years old
-No one besides Mister knows I have a blog
-I still have no idea what I'm going to do "when I grow up"
-I love to be outdoors
-I'm super pale - unfortunately
-I have a dog
-I'm addicted to blogging :)

Here are my nominees:

**I love all of your blogs and even though I'm fairly new to them, I check them every time you post. Keep up the amazing blogging :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words


30 Days of Me: Day 9 - I love photography

You made have read in my post "Where The HECK Is A Towel????"  that I took photography for a few semesters and I must say I absolutely loved it! There is something about a picture that completely captivates me. For a long time I considered being a photographer in the military, but was just to scared to sign up. I think I'll leave that job to Mister and instead be his biggest fan and cheerleader!

I know this is a short post, but I'll end it with some pictures that I have fallen in love with...


My goodness I can't wait to have my homecoming! Hopefully only a few more months.


Who could forget this picture... read the story behind it here.


I love the story of this picture... if you don't know it, you can find it here.

I know there seems to be a theme here... all military pictures, but I have to add this one as well:


Remind me to buy this poster. I need it in my room now!

Bad News Bears

Unfortunately, yesterday I finally got a call from my doctor (she is only calling me TWO WEEKS LATE!) and was told that I don't have to have surgery on my pollups quite yet. Normally I would think this is good news. No surgery? OKAY! The reason I don't have to have it yet though is the bad news... apparently the place where one of my pollups is located is in my upper sinus cavity and is connected to a very fragile and small bone making surgery on it be very serious and actually dangerous... My response, "well what the heck!"

In my head, I have an image of a woman that I knew (she passed away a couple of years ago) who's face had parts where it was basically caved in from sinus pollups that turned into cancer. I don't want that happening to me! I don't think I would be able to handle it. I know I'm probably getting ahead of myself, but the thought of just leaving pollups in, scares the crap out of me. The doc said that pollups in the sinus area rarely ever turn into cancer, but the fact that I know someone who's did tends to make me not believe her. Besides, I'm usually the person who is always getting the rare stuff...

Back in middle school (yix that was a long time ago) I was on a prescription for a mark on my skin that the doctor was trying to get rid of. He told me the side affects of the medicine and also noted that there is a very serious and RARE side affect that causes brain swelling. What do you know... a couple of days on the medicine and I started developing horrible (and I mean horrible) headaches. I ended up being on the recieving side of the rare affect and had brain swelling, spinal fluid build up, one freaked out doctor, and six months of physical therapy.

Needless to say... rare things don't seem all that rare to me.

I go back into the doctor in 6 months for another cscan to see if the pollups are developing and then we will decide what to do next. This just sucks!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sticking Together - Need YOUR Help!

Hello fellow bloggy friends! If you have not noticed already, I have added two links on the right side of my blog that are under: Military TidBits. The first link is called Deployment 101 and is a place to get ideas on how to stay busy during a deployment and also a place to help you prepare. The second link is called Care Package Ideas & Tips and is a place to get ideas on what to put in a care package and also tips on packaging and sending a care package to a loved one. Please feel free to check out both links to help you and also as a place to ask questions on either subjects.

NOW THIS IS WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP: I definitely don't have all of the answers and if we all join together on this one we can come up with a lot more information! So please feel free to leave a comment on either [or both!!] posts about some additional tips/suggestions/ideas that you have come across. I will add them to the list as well as give you full credit along with a link back to your blog!  I will continue to update the lists with information that I come across and will post about it when I do so. PLEASE HELP IN MAKING THESE LINKS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR THOSE WITH LOVED ONES THAT ARE FAR AWAY FOR WHATEVER REASON THAT MAY BE!


Thanks everyone! xoxo

Stumbling On Great Things

It's Day 8 of my 30 Day Challenge and I'm about to fill you in on one of my favorite websites.

30 Days Of Me - Day 8: I'm addicted to StumbleUpon .

I came across this site a little while ago, but seriously overlooked it. Then a couple weeks ago I came across it again and am now quite obsessed. I have found that it really helps with post ideas as well. I have a page long list of upcoming posts that I'm working on a few new features that I have all gathered from this site.

How does it work? You simply signup and choose a few topics that you want to see information about. Then you click Stumble and watch as awesome sites that you had no idea existed just come to you. My favorite topics are: fashion, food, relationships, books, and beauty... may give you a little hint at possibilities for new features....just saying people! baha!

Anyone else find themselves addicted to this site?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Tuesday Tag Along + Day 7!

I can't believe it's already almost Tuesday! Still a half hour to go here, but I figured it's Tuesday elsewhere so I mind as well post this already! If you're new to my blog, welcome! There is a list at the top right corner where you can catch up on major things you've missed. Please leave a comment so I know who you are and I will return the favor! :)

Seven days ago I took on a 30 Day About Me Challenge so that you all could get to know me a little bit more and so I can find other things that I have in common with my readers.

30 Days About Me - Day 7: I'm OBSESSED With "Say Yes To The Dress"

If you haven't seen it before, its a show on TLC about Kleinfeld Bridal salon. I have seen every episode.. at least once. In my opinion, they need more episodes! Usually I can't keep up with a show, but "Say Yes To The Dress" is not one of those shows! A little obsessed...probably, but I'm okay with that! Besides, their dresses are gorgeous! If I could have my dream dress, I'm sure I would buy from there, but I don't have the money to spend thousands of dollars on a wedding dress. I guess I'll just have to watch and live through other brides dreams.

Time For Q&A Monday's!

It's that time of the week again where I answer 10 questions about myself. Feel free to take the questions and post them on your blog. This weeks Q&A:

1. If you had to evacuate your house immediately, what is the one thing you would grab on the way out?
My family.

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
That's easy: Japan!

3. What favorite food puts you in a great mood?
A yummy blizzard.

4. How big is your bed?
Only a twin size! It's really quite sad.

5. What do you have handy at your bedside? 
A baseball bat [yaaa...], picture of us, my necklace Mister gave me as well as dog tags, and my alarm clock.

6. Are you afraid of the dark?
Yes, actually. Not so much of the dark, but what could be in the dark.

7. Favorite song?
Usually changes daily, but at the moment I'm really loving the song, "My Watch" by Mike Corrado. Everything about it is beautiful.

8. What one thing would you take with you on a deserted island?
A boat so that I could get off that gosh darn place :)

9. What are the things you always take with you?
My cell phone. Usually my purse as well, but no matter what my cell phone is ALWAYS with me.

10. What did you wanna be when you were a kid?
A singer. Still do at times.

Engagement Plans

Mister and I talked again last night about engagement plans and what we're going to do. I told him a few months ago that I wanted to postpone due to fighting issues and our need to learn how to fight "better". I just don't like how we deal with things at times and he doesn't like it either.

Well last night, I was texting him and we talked about not waiting anymore. I'm so torn. The majority of me wants to become engaged when he comes home on leave. I don't want to wait anymore. I'm just plain TIRED of waiting. I love him more than anything in the world so why wait? There is another part of me that is worried though because there are things in the past that both of us need to get over and it scares me that neither of us have. If he was here with me than we could've worked on the issues a long time ago and already be engaged.

So what do you do... become engaged knowing that along the way we can work on our problems and hopefully figure them out or wait to become engaged until the problems are figured out? Blah... advice anyone?

A Daddy's Girl

I know I'm a couple of hours late, but I hope that you all a great Father's Day. My day consisted of church, Perkins (yummm), work, and then Applebee's with my bestie. Applebee's was WILD. I don't think I've laughed that long in a long time. We had at least three tables starring back at us to see what we were laughing so hard about. We just couldn't help it. It was a good night!

Since today (well 2 hours ago it was at least) is Father's Day, I wanted my 30 days about me to include my relationship with my day.

30 Days About Me - Day 6: I am a daddy's girl.

I have always been very close to my dad. He has been there for me through everything and always would be if I needed help. He is the hardest worker you will ever meet and the smartest man I know. I look up to him and see qualities in him that make me realize that they are MUSTS in my future husband. All of which lie in my Marine [so thankful].

He's protective to the point where I know he cares, but not to the point where it makes me embarrassed. My favorite memory of him protecting me: taking out his shot gun and cleaning it while a guy that I was dating at the time was over at my house. haha. He guy was a jerk and he knew that and shortly after I recognized his jerk side as well. Dad's always know. That is one story that will never go forgotten. 

My favorite memory with my dad is one that I don't actually rememeber. It's one that I know of through a picture. The two of us are walking along a boardwalk in FL eating ice cream cones and my dad is holding my hand. It is the cutest thing.

My dad hasn't always made the best choices and grow up with a rough childhood, but he has made the strides to become a better person and through his actions you can see the progress that he has gained. That is another thing I love about my dad. The fact that he is not letting his past effect him, because he chooses to be a better person than the man who raised him.

It's not every day the I reflect on the things I love about my dad and I'm sure that this list could go on forever. It's something I should reflect on much more often though!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Yummy, Yummy, In My Tummy!

Sorry I'm almost an hour late! I have yet to do my 30 Day Challenge for Saturday. It has been a crazy crazy day! Hopefully tomorrow I will get the chance to sit down and tell you about it. I have to make this real quick though because Mister and I are about to have a Skype movie date night :] Yes, he's back to being my pooh bear and I'm back to being his boo bear and all is well with us. Last night just wasn't a good night and I'm sure many bad nights will come again in the future. Oh and no worries, his package is somewhere on its way to Japan!

Now, lets get to the point for this post:

30 Days of Me - Day 5: I LOVE to cook!

Ever since I was little, I can remember setting up ingredients on the kitchen counter like you would see on a cooking show and pretend I was the star of my very own Food Network show. My favorite recipe to make when I was a little one was a cake. It was no average cake however. The cake was made of flour and water. To cook the cake I would put the "batter" into a microwavable bowl and put it into the microwave until it was all done! Then, for the frosting I would grab anything that looked brown and resembled chocolate frosting is some way and pour it over the top. Last, but DEFINITELY not least, I would sprinkle the top of the "cake" with some sprinkles that were left over from Christmas cookies. In my eyes... I was making a mater peice! No worries.. I never actually attempted to eat the cake...at least not that I rememeber!

Not much has changed since then. I still try to cook from time to time, but am absolutely horrible. I would love to take cooking lessons one day so that I can be a great cook for my Marine. He needs to have a wife that can feed him properly. Afterall, they do say, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach!"

I plan on cooking for Mister [shhh.. its a surpise!] once he comes back home for leave [whenever the heck that is!]. Hopefully by then I will have become better in the kitchen area. Funny how you can absolutely love something, yet be so horrible. Lets hope the saying, "Practice makes perfect!" is true in this case :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Care Package Exhaustion

I spent the whole day shopping today for Mister's next care package. I ran around to five different stores to find cute things that have some representation to fourth of July and other things that I know he likes. I spent half of my paycheck because he hasn't recieved one in a long time (since he was deployed for 3 months and wasn't able to recieve anything). When I was done shopping I made a huge amount of puppy chow to send him. Then I took out my scrapbook items to decorate the inside of his box which included me cutting out words and stars and having to do them over and over again because of course they have to be PERFECT. Needless to say I'm exhausted.

He's worth it though!

The Strength of Little Miss Independent

It's day three of my 30 Day's About Me Challenge. So far I've shared that I love my home state and my biggest pet peeve. Today I'm going to share with you a piece of my personality.

30 Days of Me - Day 3: I'm a strong, independent girl.

I have been like this since I can remember and it's one thing that makes Mister and I very different. It's also the thing that I think helps me deal with the distance. I love affection and attention from my Marine [obviously] but I don't need it constantly. I like having time by myself every day. If I didn't have that time I think I would go crazy. He on the other hand loves to be around people 24/7. He can't stand time by himself. This is something I'm interested in seeing play out once we live with each other haha.

I like the idea of being my own person and making my own money. I don't remember the last time I've asked my parents [or anyone else for that matter] for some cash to help pay the bills. I'm thankful that I have the ability to pay for my college, car payments, and everyday things all by myself. The only kind of shopping I usually do, is window shopping. If I don't have the money, I won't buy something. If it means I have to stay home for a week [other than going to work/school] in order to pay a bill by myslef, I'll do it. I'm actually happy to know that when Mister's contract is up that he will need me to work. I couldn't imagine my life [right now at least] being a stay at home wife. There is obviously nothing wrong with it, I just would be so dang bored. I would need to contribute to making money SOMEHOW.

I believe a lot of this derives from my mom - she is a very independent women. She has taught me strength and to never let yourself settle for anything. My favorite quote, "Know what you're worth and don't settle for anything less." My mom has been inspiration to me to know that every women deserves the best and to never let a man mistreat you.

That being said, it doesn't mean I've never been mistreated. I believe every women has in some way. The important thing is to get yourself out of the situation. After being mistreated I have always left- not to say it wasn't difficult at times. When I first started dating I was in some very bad relationships. I've been emotionally and physically abused by guys and I was almost sexually assualted by a old friend, but somehow I found the strength [through God] to keep him off. I have been physically cheated on by every relationship except one and was emotionally cheated on [what kind of man tells his ex he loves her while having gone out with you for a year??] by another. My biggest lesson learned: having been engaged to a loser who treated me like a peice of trash. In each experience, I left. Even though it was hard to get through at the time, the experiences made me stronger as a woman and I'm actually thankful for them. They've helped shape me into the strong, independent person I am today.


Okay, so I rambled a little bit... another part of my personality haha.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dean's List...

..just found out I made it :) Whoohoo!

"Where the HECK is a towel????"

If you were around me during my day, you would hear me say that every time I wash my hands and every time my hands get accidently wet. Why?

30 Days of Me - Day 2 : Wet hands is my biggest pet peeve!

When I was in high school [gosh I feel so old saying that!!] I took two years of photography. Black and white pictures was my thing. I loved developing pictures and seeing how they can turn from film into something really beautiful with just a few minutes in a couple buckets filled with chemicals and water.

Everytime you placed a picture in the buckets, your hands would get wet. Everyday of that got real old real quick; not to mention your hands smelled like poo for the rest of the day... maybe that's why I never dated anyone from my school? Ever since, I cannot stand my hands wet. If I can't find a towel right away it makes me want to go run into a corner, curl up in a ball, and rock back and forth... okay maybe that's a little dramatic, but seriously people I HATE IT!!

One day while Mister was on home for leave back in December, he decided to test out this peeve of mine. We had a water fight in my kitchen and he got my hands all wet and then would not let me dry them. I so was not a happy camper! Let's just say he might have kicked my butt in the water fight, so I just used his shirt as a towel :)

No worries, I forgave him!
What's your biggest pet peeve?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Subscribe/Blogroll

Hey all! I just wanted to let you know about two new editions to my blog. I've had quite a few people from wordpress and other sites email me about liking my blog, but not having a Google Friend Connect account. If your one of the people that would like to follow my blog, but don't have one, now you can easily subscribe to my blog! There is a box right above my followers that lets you type in your email and whenever I post about something it will be sent right to your inbox. Pretty sweet right? I think so!

Also, I have started a blogroll. If your interested in being added please let me know! :) If I'm your's already, PLEASE let me know and I'll return the favor and add you to mine!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Minnesooooda! (DAY 1)

Like you may have read in my previous post, the next 30 days I will be posting a random fact about myself for you all to get to know me a little bit more and so we can see what I have in common with my readers! If you read one of my posts and are like "I'm the same!" I wanna know about it! So just simply post a comment and tell me so. Okay? Okay!

I know many bloggers have been doing the 30 Day Meme, but mine is going to be a little different. Same concept, just different posts. While I was looking through the 30 topics, I only could really come up with half of them. The rest I was drawing complete blanks. My mind tends to fail me a lot. Annnyways!

DAY ONE TOPIC: I’m very proud of my home state and all of the jokes that come with it!



If you haven't guessed it already by my title or the state picture of Minnesota, I'm from that lovely cold ass place [excuse my language] and I absolutely love it. I'm a very typical Minnesotan. My O's go on forever and for the life of me I cannot pronounce my T's. "You betcha" has slipped out of my mouth from time to time, along with "Oooo yaaa."

The winters here are miserable and even though I've lived here my whole life, I've never become use to the bitter cold. You can easily point someone out though as to whether or not they live here based on their clothing. If its 30- 40 degrees out, expect everyone from Minnesota to be in sweat shirts and long pants. That's a heaven sent day during the winter time! During the summer its beyond humid here which my hair tends to suffer greatly from. I could spend a half hour straighten it only to walk out side and see it curl before my eyes.

Did I mention I call pop, "pop". It is not soda people! :)

You might be asking yourself why would I love it so much if from me living here I have a speech impediment and am either freezing my little butt off or dying from the heat...

Well let me tell you! Every year, the first snow makes me jump up and down like a little girl. Minnesota become a white wonderland and is absolutely beautiful. Christmas usually ALWAYS has snow on the ground, therefore, it just isn't Christmas without it! There are lakes everywhere which never brings a disappointment in the fun area. Fishing, boating, tubing, tanning, you name it, the lakes deliever! The country part of this place I call home is way better than being in the cities. You can get away with anything and everything and always have a good time [I did not just say that... okay, yes I did!]. And gosh darnit, I like my speech impediment! The north shore is my favorite place in the world. Nothing beats camping there and even though Lake Superior is about 30 degrees year round, its always a rush jumping in! I like being different from other states and most of all, I like the fact that I'm a proud home state girl! Goooo Vikings!!!

My Mind Is Racing!

Using what happens when I have a lot to say, I just ramble so here goes nothing...

1. In the past few days I've probably changed the look of my blog at least a hundred times. You'll have to forgive me [pretty please?], I wasn't fully finished decorating my blog when I announced I was back in business bloggy land. I'm sure every time you've come across my blog, its looked different, but no worries, all that's left to do is some "i" dotting and "t" crossing.

Seriously, enough of blog  updates. I promise I will keep my mouth shut [for a while, at least] about any updating. I'm giving myself a headache!

2. There is this song called "My Watch" by Mike Corrado and I LOVE it! You seriously need to check it out. I would give you a link to youtube, but I actually have it on my blog... meaning you might have heard it and not even know it! Scroll down to the very bottom of my blog and go to song #30, click on the link, and press play! Then scroll back up and tell me what you think. I can't possibly be the only one that loves this song. Or can I?

3. Tomorrow I'm going to start a 30 day feature called "30 Days Of Me". I figure it will be a good way to learn more about myself and learn more about what my readers and I have in common. Stay tuned!

Apparently I don't have as much thoughts on my mind as I thought I did. Hmm. Well at least my mind is no longer boggled. I'll write again soon <3

Monday, June 14, 2010

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A Man's Best Friend

Today has been a hard day for Mister's family and I. A hard one especially for Mister. Ever since he was young, he's had a really strong connection to his dog. The last year or so, the dogs health hasn't been all that well and unfortunately tonight they had to put him to sleep. I feel so bad. I know this is really hard for my Marine.

They say a dog is a man's best friend and that was very much so the case for him. I wish he could have been there to say goodbye. His family was going to do it while he was on Skype, but it wouldn't load for some reason. Maybe it's down for a reason, other than technical errors. Maybe God knew that it would be too hard for Mister to say goodbye. Or maybe I'm just looking too far into things. I just wish I could be there with him and comfort him...

Q&A Monday's!

I have noticed many people doing question and answer posts so I thought I would make it a weekly post! If you ever have a question you'd like answered, just simply leave me a comment and I'll feature you in my post as well as the Q&A! :)

1. When and how did you meet?
We met almost three years ago on Facebook. Yup, Facebook…haha. We lost touch after only a couple of weeks. Then in August 2009 we started talking again. In December 2009 I went and picked him up at the airport with his sister and finally met each other in person for the first time :) Read the whole story here!

2. How long have you been together?
We don’t go by the time that we were official, because the only reason we weren’t official in the beginning was because we hadn’t met yet and I wanted him to ask me in person. We say August 2009 was when we started going out so that would mean 10 months!

3. Did you kiss on your first date?
Yes we did. When I saw him coming through those doors at the airport I started crying and ran into his arms to give him a hug. I looked up and we kissed. It was by far the most amazing perfect kiss of my life.

4. What attracted you to each other?
For us, it was what we had in common. God is very important to us as well is family. We both love music and enjoy working out, sports, and music. We’re best friends. Plus, he’s all kinds of cute!

5. What's the sweetest thing they've done for you?
The sweetest thing he’s ever done for me is just being there, especially when we first started going out. I was having a lot of troubles with my exboyfriend and instead of him throwing in the towel like many guys would have, he stuck through it with me and comforted me :)

6. Where's the farthest place from home that you've been together?
The airport, which is only 45 minutes away. haha. We’re planning on making a trip up north though when he comes back home. If he doesn’t get leave, then we’re going to look into me going to Japan for a week!

7. What the last thing they bought you?
A heart-shaped diamond necklace that he sent me for Valentine’s Day :)

8. Where was your last kiss?
At the airport while he was in line to go back to Japan.

9. When you're not with each other, what do you miss the most?
Everything! Not one thing about him goes unmissed.

10. What's one of your favorite memories with them?
Looking for our first Christmas tree! It was so Itty bitty!! We had so much fun cutting it down and then decorating it. :) See the cute little guy here!


I would love to know your answers to one of the following questions! Post your favorite question as a comment :) If you'd like to see a question answered next week, feel free to let me know!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hello Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who has decided to follow my blog [again]! To those who are new, welcome! :)

When I first started my blog, I had no idea that anyone would actually want to follow it. Once people started reading and being active, I started to freak out a little bit. Don't get me wrong, I loved it - nothing better than seeing someone comment your blog and know that people are out there listening, but that wasn't the reason why I started it in the first place. I started my blog to help me sort out things, to document my life, and to keep up with something instead of quiting a few days later. Once people started reading, I got freaked out about someone I know finding my blog and giving me a hard time for it. So one night, when I couldn't sleep, I made it private.

The past couple of weeks, I have been really missing blogging and being able to interact with fellow bloggy friends. I tried making other blogs to fill that need, but those blogs left me really uninterested. I decided one day to start a new blog and transfer all of my old posts to it, meanwhile, erasing all names and photos - this way I wouldn't be so freaked out and worried.

So long story short, I'm back and I have so much to share. :)  If you are new to my site, click the links on the right side of my blog to catch up! The links are to my most important posts that have a lot of background information. Have questions.. email me here: nikkien9@yahoo.com.

Here are some recent updates that happened while away...

1. I need surgery - you may remember that I fell a few months back while in the shower and was having a lot of health concerns. 3 MRI's and 2 C-Scans later, they found out that the numbing throughout my body was due to swelling in my neck and back. The pain in my back was from a buldging disk that I'm going to physical therapy for - it's nothing major. My headaches were caused by me worsening my TMJ when I hit my head while falling. The surgery - well that's for two pollups in my sinus cavities that they noticed while doing an MRI on my brain. Overall though, nothing major - just a bunch of minor things that are overall getting much better! Praise God!

2. Mister is still overseas. We are waiting for his orders, but they don't seem to be coming. We are assuming he'll be stationed overseas for another year. :( The longer his is there, the less of a chance that he'll have going to Afghanistan, a place I do not want him going!

3. We just finished our third deployment together! It was our longest one yet, but happened to go VERY good! This is the best dealt-with deployment so far! We are expecting our fourth to be coming up in the next few months. Unfortunately, he will be recieving hazardous pay for this one... you all know what that means... NOT A SAFE PLACE!!

4. Mister got his first tattoo! A few drinks, a whole lot of boredum, and money in the bank from just getting back = getting a tattoo apparently. haha. Thankfully it's not a stupid one! lol. He ended up getting his nickname on his arm right below his elbow. It's actually kind of cute. Surprise, surprise, he's already addicted and getting another either today or tomorrow. I have a feeling I'm going to have one tatted up Marine! That's fine with me though, I <3 them :) Besides, I got mine first so I can't really say much!

5. We're getting engaged soon :) Not soon as in a few weeks or even a couple of months. The man has to come home first! haha. But soon as in probably by the end of this year! It makes me so happy and proud to know that I will be with my Mister for the rest of my life. He really is the most amazing thing to ever happen to me. I'm not sure what I would do without him and I'm glad to know that I won't ever have to find out!

That's all I have at the moment. I'll be writing again shortly! Thanks again for following :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Deployment Three = Completed!

Yes, Yes, YES!!! What a relief! Mister texted me around 1am yesterday to tell me the good news that he was going back to Oki and that his deployment was over. Thank goodness! I was seriously getting sick of it. Glad to know that him and I can finally Skype again and have some webcam dates. Oh how I have missed them so! :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Promotion, Orders, & Deployment Updates!

I know that I haven't written in the last few days. I'm sorry that I've been away. A lot has happened in the short amount of time, however, so I’ll get straight to the updates!

First off, I ended up receiving a promotion at work! I'm very excited! It's a step in the right direction. It's nice to be awarded for all the hard work you've put into something. Things are finally paying off! Along with the promotion, I will be working a lot more, which means more money in the bank – never a bad thing!

Secondly, a USMC Gal Danielle, whose Marine is in the same shop as my Marine that he will receive his. I’m not really sure what they’re going to say. I guess we will see.

It’s a double edged sword to be honest. A part of me wants my Marine to be based here, because then we will be closer to each other. I could then easily hop on a plane and go see him. The downside would be he would be leaving for Afghanistan shortly after. If he was to continue to be based in Japan for another year, then we would be far from each other and would possibly get to see each other maybe two more times, but at least he wouldn’t have to go to Afghanistan right away. The downside would be then after all of that time apart, he’d be here for a short amount of time and then be sent oversees to war.

I don’t think there really is an option that’s better than the other. They both end up in Afghanistan. They both end with him going to war. They both end with us apart. It’s just hard. Whatever happens will happen and we will do our best to make the very best of the situation.

That’s all of the updates that I have at the moment. I’ll write again soon, probably tonight!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Another Rough Night

I'm a little better now, but goodness you should have seen me a couple of hours ago... in tears sitting on the floor watching our movie. It's the third time I've watched it this week. I really need Mister home right now. I need him to reassure me and help all the lonliness go away.

Yesterday, we were able to talk to each other for the first time in a while on the phone. It was great to hear his voice. He told me some news about his possible orders. He doesn't think that he will be stationed here in the states in November. Apparently, the 18 month deployment was just for a little while to help fill spots for the surge in Afghanistan, at least that's what he thinks. Part of me is happy about this, because that means he probably won't be leaving for war anytime soon, but another part of me is disappointed. I was excited for him to be stationed here so that we'd be closer. I guess we'll know more once his orders officially come later on this month. I'm so anxious, I want to know now!!

In other news, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have surgery for my sinus problem. It is just not going away. I've been on medicine twice now and this second time they up'd my dose and I still feel pressure. I'm trying to not get freaked out about it, but surgery is scary, especially when it has to deal with my face! I really wish that Mister would be here for it. I want to be able to wake up and see his face, but I know that, that's not going to be the case. I'm not going to try to worry about it, until I know what's actually happening. Who knows, maybe they have a different solution that the doctors and I haven't talked about.

Just wanted to give an update on everything that's going on. I'll write again tomorrow.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Past Couple Of Days

The past two days have been really hard on me. I'm so down. I need attention. I need contact. I need something. I need to be held. To be kissed. What helps days like these? I still haven't figured that part out. Staying busy only puts it a little farther back in the mind, but eventually its number is up and it surfaces again. I hate distance. Maybe I'm not as good at it as I thought.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Not SO Far Away

COMING SOON!!! - Things that help with distance.

Deployment 101

Here is a list of things that can help you stay busy during a deployment and also ways to help prepare for a deployment. I have gathered these ideas through things that have helped me or other women that I know. I hope this list helps you in some way! If there is something that has worked for you that is not on the list, please comment it below and I'll add it to the list and give you full credit for the idea :)

1. Start A Blog - that is if you haven't already!

2. Find a Support Group - Nothing helps more (in my opinion) than having people you can go and talk to that know what you are experiencing. The support group can be people on your blog, or another group like the one I'm in: USMCgals. If you don't know of a support group, search for one on Facebook. They have great groups and fan pages where you can meet others in your same situation.

If you don't have anyone to talk to and are having a hard time Military OneSource can help. Whether its for emotional support, child care, personal finances, tax preparation and filing, relocation, or any other resources for special circumstances - Military OneSource can help you and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Each person that answers your phone call has a MA in Counseling or is at least ready to take on any phone call. They can even set you up with a counselor that is in your area and will pay for 12 sessions! It is a wonderful resource and everything is confidential!

Contact MilitaryOneSource today at  www.militaryonesource.com or call 1-800-342-9647.

3. Make a Deployment Bucket List - Are there things you've always wanted to do? Now is the time to do them! Write a list of all the things you want to do by the time your troop comes home. Make sure you place the bucket list in a place that you can see daily to remind yourself of your goal!

4. Redecorate an Area of Your House - I am currently in the middle of reduing my bedroom and planning on having it done by the time Mister comes home on leave. Is there a room that you've always wanted to update? Do it now and to keep your loved one update you can send them pictures of the process. You could always surprise them too :)

5. Get Into Shape - this seems like the most popular goal among people waiting for their loved one to come home. There are some great sites out there that can keep track of your progress for you - all you have to do is work out [easier said then done, I know!!].

A FEW POSSIBLE HELPFUL SITES:
hundredpushups.com
caloriecount.about.com

6. Set Goals For Yourself - don't make these goals something thats unreachable or far fetched. Simple goals like cooking a homemade meal once a week or working out three times a week.

7. Volunteer - This will help keep your mind off things [as much as possible] meanwhile your helping someone else out too! Find a local charity and volunteer your time.

6. Explore New Places - pretty self explanatory.

7. Scrapbook - a great way to look back a memories and organize pictures.

8. Teach something - If you play an instrument or love a certian sport, why not take up some of that extra time of yours to teach it. You may even get paid - nothing wrong with a little bit more income!

9. Remember: Don’t overbook yourself in the name of keeping busy - You’ll only stress yourself out more.

10. Don’t be a news junkie - It will just make you crazy.

11. Save money for a vacation - the vacation can be while your loved one is deployed or for once they get home!

12. Do something nice for yourself once a week - Have your nails done, get a massage, have a shopping day, eat out at a nice restaurant. You need to take care of yourself during this time.

13. Focus on your kids (if you any) - they are missing their mommy/daddy and need your love.

14. Accept the bad days - they will happen! Read emails, letters, and look at pictures during this time.

15. Create a countdown - nothing beats having a "come home day." Watching the number get smaller and smaller is the best feeling. If you don't have a specific day yet, at least create a day around the time you think they may be home so you can still see the days are getting closer.

16. Dig down deep - You CAN do this! Remember that!!

17. Keep plenty of chocolate on hand - there's nothing like a piece of chocolate on a day where you just feel like laying in bed.- besides its just plain delicious! (ADDED BY: Hannah Noel @ That [Officer's] Wife)

18. Take a Family Readiness Class offered at your installation -  "At McLewis, they offer tons, such as Battle Mind Training, Army Family Team Building (Levels I-III), Stress Management, Time Management, Budgeting/Car Buying/Investing 101, FRG Leader Course, Care Team Training, etc." Check out your installation to see what classes they have! (ADDED BY: Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife)

19. Accept His Enthusiasm (that is if he is enthusiastic) - Everyone reacts differently to leaving. In my case, Mister and I usually fight the week leading up and he tends to be distant while away. If this is your case too - don't worry, it's normal!  If they're excited, let them leave excited - try not to bug them about why they'd be excited to deploy. If they are deploying to a combat area, they need to be focused, they need to have good morale, and they can't have other things on their mind then the job at hand.

20. Acknowledge Your Feelings - and find positive outlets for those feelings.

21. Trust each other - "My husband and I have not always had the perfect marriage, and we've had some serious trust issues in the past. The trust issue presents a huge problem with deployments, and is one of the big sources of pre-deployment arguments. But I just try to keep my husband informed at all times, and he tries to express his fears reasonably instead of with snide remarks. As a result, we often have excellent communication during deployments and always make it through okay." (ADDED BY: Rita- USMC Gal)

22. Keep your routine - "I have learned not to get upset over the pending deployments. There is really nothing I can do to stop them. I try to keep home life as normal as I can for my children." (ADDED BY: Carmen - a member of USMC Gals)

23. Be proud - "I remember that he is gone not because he wants to be away from me, but because he is a terrific person and is dedicating his live to serving his country." (ADDED BY: Anita - a member of USMC Gals)

24. Do not drown your sorrows - " I would go out with friends (fellow deployment widows) on Friday nights and have a few beers, and then on Sundays I'd try to figure out why I couldn't stop crying! I them remembered that alcohol is a depressant, and it wasn't conductive to me being ' happy girl '. So, I became more careful about the amount of alcohol I consumed." (ADDED BY: Carly - a member of  USMC Gals)

25. Focus on other things - "Keep your chin up. Find things to keep your mind off your loneliness. But avoid sappy movies, unless you need a good cry." (ADDED BY: Zoë - a member of USMC Gals)

more to come soon... <3

Care Package's 101

Here is a list of some care package ideas and helpful tips [have an idea or tip that is not listed below? Feel free to comment and I will add it to the list as well as give you full credit!]

Things to Send:
1. Earthquake cookies using devils food cake mix. - you can find the recipe by using Google.

2. Small packages of sauces [like ones you would get at a fast food restaurant]. Individual packs of tobacco sauce, honey, mustard, ketchup, salt, pepper, etc. help make MRE's taste better.

3. Send holiday themed packages along with decorations. They're fun for them to put up and helps them feel like they aren't completely missing out.

4. Disposable camera if they didn't bring a nondisposable one along with them. They can always send them right back to you once they're full to help show you what they've been up to. This also works with a USB.

5. Altoids or mints - they dont always get to brush their teeth

6. Icy/hot patches - help sore muscles.

7. portable dvd player and dvds - the poor guys need to do something in their spare time!

8. Don't send pork products, alcoholic products, or porn. It's a no-no for Islamic countries. (ADDED BY: Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife)

9. Tie Fleece blankets... you know... the ones where you make knots around the edges

Care Package Themes:

1. Date Night - "When my husband was deployed last time I did a theme care package that I called "date night". I bought 2 of the same movie (kept one for myself and put the other in a box for him) and put some of his favorite snacks, a few pictures, and a letter in it. When he got the box, he called me and told me and then we set up a date and time that we could sit down and watch the movie "together". Granted the time change isn't bad from where we are stationed, but it was definitely a huge huge boost to know that we were watching the same thing at the same time." (ADDED BY: Bonnie @ The "Sometimes Single" Mom)

2. GIANT list of care package themes here!
Helpful Package Tips:

-Contact the post office. They will ship (free of charge!) a package containing priority mail boxes, tape, and customs forms right to your house. No need to go to the post office to get the shipping materials! (ADDED BY: Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife)

-To obtain a free kit of shipping supplies, simply call the USPS' packing supplies order line at 1-800-610-8734, select option #1 ("Express Mail, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed products"), and ask a customer service agent for CAREKIT04 (or a "military kit"). You need supply only your name, address, and phone number, and they'll get a kit off to you that should arrive within 7-10 days. (ADDED BY: Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife)

-All mail must be addressed to a specific service member. Mail addressed to "Any Service Member" will be returned to sender (ADDED BY usmcgal)

Care Packages Getting Expensive?

-Check your local newspaper for coupons on things he likes. Finding things on sale will save you money in the long run.

- Check out a local dollar store. I can't tell you how much Dollar Tree has saved me! You can get fun little toys from there and they usually have items that correlate to holidays coming up.

- Don't buy EVERYTHING - send homemade things as well! My favorite - tie blankets!

- Get their family and friends involved along with yours! If you ask everyone to pitch in a few items or at least letters, this will take up some space in the package and of course your loved one will be really excited to see things from other people too!


The Do's And Don'ts of Sending Baked Goods:

DO use a food saver. Don't have one? Either invest in one - you'll use it a lot or you can always package baked goods in Pringle containers or zipblock bag. To keep fresh, make sure you put a couple slices of bread with the baked good. It will help the cookies taste fresh for much longer, because the bread will absorb the air since it's less dense than the cookies.

DO use a butter flavored vegetable shortening as a butter alternative and white sugar as your sweetener otherwise the butter in the baked good can go rancid and make your loved one sick! Don't want to do that!!

DON’T send any baked goods without wrapping them tightly first in ziplock bags.

More To Come Soon <3

Mister's Birthday

Yesterday was Mister's birthday. I hated not having him around. I really wish that he was home so that I could have celebrated with him and be with him on his big day. Since it was the 30th in Japan meanwhile the 29th here, i ended up sending his birthday present on the 29th. Since he is deployed still to Ie Shima, I wasn't able to send him a package or anything. Instead I made him a birthday video message. It turned out really good. He liked it a lot :)

Here's what happened in the video: At first I was just talking to him normally. I wanted him to think that his birthday gift was just seeing a video of me. Well then I told him I had a surprise, so I leaned out of the video and came back into the video view with a party hat on and a noise maker while screaming, "Happy birthday!"

Then I told him I had another little surprise in which I picked up a cupcake that I made with a candle in it and lite it. I then sang him happy birthday. It was real cute if I do say so myself :) For a gift, I bought him a birthday card and wrote him a long letter, both of which I read to him.

I know it may not sound extravegant, but it was the best I could do and I'm happy about it. I think it was a great way to celebrate his birthday while thousands of miles away :)
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