Saturday, November 27, 2010

Deals Baby!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I had a great time with my family eating lots of food and spending good quality time just chit chating. I hope you all had a great time as well!

As far as Black Friday goes, I worked from 10PM to 7AM. Needless to say, I was beyond exhausted. Six hours after I got off, I went shopping with my mom to see what was left from the madness. I didn't get much, but overall I'm pretty happy! Here's what I've bought... SO FAR!

Calvin Klein: These sweaters for that Babes. 50% Off!

He's been telling me that he's wanted sweaters and well, these are cute :)

Harry and David: Moose Munch Tin for Babes Family: 50% Off!
I'm planning on doing a movie night gift basket for them so I thought this would be a great addition :) Besides, they're soooo good!

Le Gourmet Chef: Wine Serving Set for Babes Grandparents: 50% Off!

I'm doing a wine gift basket for them (see a theme for his family??) and thought this might be a good addition. Plus, its the least expensive one I've found which helps the budget!

Avon: For Myself - I had to! (Great deals + free shipping!)

*Bought in Tickled Pink

  Christmas List To-Do's:
  • Finish Mister's Parents and Grandparent's baskets
  • Buy my best friends present
  • Buy my brother and dad's present
  • Get giftcard for Mister
 Planning on spending another: $275. Yuck! Will be looking out for Cyber Monday deals!
What did you end up getting this weekend??

Having Bad Dreams While Seperated

When I was little, I always would pray that I didn't have a dream before I went to bed. Usually when I dreamed it wasn't the good kind. Dreams are said to be an expression of what you're thinking or feeling about what's going on in your life. Maybe since I have anxiety problems, mine are destined to be bad..

Tonight I had a bad dream. I've been up for almost two hours now to try to get it out of my mind, but I just can't shake it. I called and texted Mister, but he didn't wake up to his phone going off so here I am... typing this post to try to keep myself busy. All I want is for him to tell me it's okay. That it was just a dream and to go back to sleep. That's all I need, but I can't have that and I hate it. Stupid.
Looks like I'll be falling asleep to the TV tonight. As long as I fall asleep and not dream, I'll be okay.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Calling All Followers!!

I have been seriously lacking on returning the favor of following...

I'm Sorry!

I think that if someone follows my blog, the least I can do is follow yours! If you comment me and tell me your new to following, I'm pretty good about returning the favor -> but if you just add me, then I completely suck! My ettiqute is lacking (working on it!). So if you could help me by sending me a quick comment saying that your new and don't think I'm following yours, I'll be more than happy to follow you.

I know in the past I haven't been the greatest about commenting all of your blogs, but I do read them! My commenting skills really all depend on the time that I have and in the past couple of weeks (besides since I've had my surgery) I just haven't had the time. Please forgive me - I'm working on dedicating more time!

So please comment me and let me know if I'm not following you and I hope you are all having a great day!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Concentration {and lack there of}

I have so much to do. My "to do list" is ridiculously long today and yet.. here I am. Sitting at my computer (that is over heating and about to burn my leg), writing this post and looking up wedding things. I. Am. Obsessed. No one ever told me I'd get this way.. that once I began blogging, I would get insanely addicted and that once we have a wedding "month", I'd want to emerge myself in everything wedding. Where was my warning sign?

Oh wells!

Today I need to:
  1. Finish my career portfolio which includes three essays (that I have not started) and two example projects (that I have not thought of... or started).
  2. Read my economics chapter and start my homework assignment as well as do my online quiz.
  3. Post an online discussion for my career class.
  4. Read three (not so) short stories for my literature class. Remind me to tell you how much of a joke that class is. Seriously, you'll be shocked.
  5. Sign up for classes for next semester
  6. Look up venues for the wedding!!
Might only be six items, but they'll all take me a long time. Better get started! Concentrate!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Less Than Lovely + Wedding Questions!

Today has been less than lovely. I woke up this morning feeling super sick from my medicine and ended up losing whatever I ate yesterday... 13 times. The antibiotic makes me so nauseous that I haven't slept much either. My point: not a happy camper. I did just wake up from a two hour nap though so that made the day less blah.

Mister has been having a not so good couple days either. Yesterday during PT he sprained his ankle pretty bad. Being the guy he is, he refuses to go to medical and ran on it this morning during PT. That boy! I've realized something though: while he's been there I've learned that all I want to do is take care of him. I've never felt like that before. What hurts him, hurts me. If he's in pain, I just want to take care of him. He's a big though, I know. Please keep him in your thoughts though and pray for fast healing. He is suppose to start predeployment training and if he misses any of it due to his ankle, he may get put on the list for combat engineer replacements. Not what we want!! Prayers would be wonderful!

As far as wedding planning goes: we haven't done much. It's kind of weird to be planning for a wedding when we're not even technically engaged, but it's happening - we're just waiting until he's home so he can pop the big question! :) We did decide on getting engagement pictures - thank you for responding to my previous post! That's all we've decided on so far. Plenty of time though. I'm definitely going to be showing pictures of things as planning really starts getting into gear - so be on the watch out. I'm completely clueless so I will definitely be asking you all questions as I go. I hope that is okay. Speaking of questions, I already have some!!

First off, when your getting married to someone in the military, I know that he needs to talk to his higher ups about it. Once he does that, what are the steps? Are we going to have to go to pre-marital classes and if so, how does that work since we're states apart?

Secondly (and lastly - for now!), what do you think is best: having a small intimate wedding pre-deployment and a big party (vow renewal) when he gets back home OR a medium sized wedding and call it done! BEFORE I was leading towards the small one and then a big renewal/party when he gets home, but I don't want certain people missing out on our wedding day. You do only get one after all. My biggest thing is that I don't want either of our parents to have a financial burden. I know it won't be a burden to them, but it would feel like one to me and right now, Mister and I don't have much money. None really.

Comment below with your thoughts! :) 

Monday, November 15, 2010

3 Year Military Pay Freeze - Must Read!

Thought I would share this... Ugh.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cranberry & White Chocolate Scones - Recipe!

I came across this recipe almost 5 years ago and it's still the best scone recipe I've encountered. The base is so great that you can really put anything in it. Try it and I think you'll agree!

What You Need:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 Tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tsp. salt
5 Tbsp. chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 Tbsp. half & half
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
1/2 cup whit chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat oven 400 degrees. Spray baking sheet with vegetable oil.
2. Blend flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter using a pastry blender.

3. In a seperate bowl combine cream  and beaten egg.

4. Pour into dry ingredients mixture. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
5. Turn onto lightly floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes. Pat into a 1/2" round circle of dough. (May make 2 rounds and cut each into 8 wedges making 16 smaller wedges.)
6. Cut into 8 pie-shaped wedges.
7. Transfer wedges to a baking sheet. Keep the circle together during baking.

8. Bake 14 minutes until golden brown.
9. Brush scones with: (when done baking):
          2 Tbsp. sugar
          1/4 Tsp. cinnamon
          1 Tbsp. milk

Enjoy with some tea or coffee!! Yumm :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Engagement Pictures??

Did you do them? If so would it be completely weird to have some with a beach theme if more than likely Mister and I will be getting married in Minnesota? Mister Marine thinks that they are just something girls came up with to take cute pictures and that most people don't do them. I say :P to him and I want them done - mainly because I wan't cute pictures hehe.

I came across Kristi Marie Photography a few months ago and I love her stuff! PLUS she is really inexpensive. Engagement pictures in Minnesota would be easily $500. Kristi does them for $150! Plus that price includes thirty edited pictures on a disk with the rights to print. Can I say, "Hello Kristi!" Here are some of her pictures so you can see just how awesome she is...

My favorite - Mister and I WILL be recreating this picture.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

So Much Big News!

This past week has been filled with some really big news! I have been wanting to write, but I'm not sure where the time has been. Now that I have a chance before I go to sleep, I'll quick catch you up..
  • As you know, on the 6th Mister arrived to Camp Pendleton! I talked with him about what I found on Facebook and he cleared things up for me. He told his grandpa bits and pieces of details and his grandpa just decided to post it all as something that was happening for sure when really, it was just what Mister thought COULD happen. So that was cleared up thankfully and he reassured me that when he knew anything he'd tell me. That leads me to my next point...
  • SO FAR, Mister in NOT deploying to Afghanistan! This is great news if you ask me! I feel really blessed. He found out that in September or October he will be deploying on a 7 month MEU that is NON-COMBAT. Hello? Can things get much better?! Obviously there is a chance that he could become a combat engineer replacement and head to Afghanistan, but he's been told that they already have a bunch of people lined up for that and that they need him for the MEU. :) I'll take seven months on a ship, than seven months in a war zone. This leads me to the most exciting point of all!!!...
  • Mister and I are getting married this coming July/August!! We talked about it and he told me he didn't want to wait any longer. I know he's it for me; there is no question in my mind. For the first time in my life, I feel like I don't have that gut feeling telling me not to do something. God put us in each others lives for a reason and I believe that reason is to with each other forever. I love him SO much - even if he is a pain once in a great while ;)
  • Mister also has his date for leave. He's going to be home for Christmas, but not Thanksgiving. That adds a couple weeks to my countdown date, but that is A-Okay with me! I just want to be back in his arms.
  • I have my surgery tomorrow at 10am. I am so nervous!! Prayers would be more than wonderful!
So about the wedding! We are not OFFICIALLY engaged yet. He is going to talk to my parents and ask my dad for my hand. Once he does that (and my dad says yes :/), he's going to propose! It does scare me a little bit that the wedding is so soon, but we're planning on having a small little wedding and then a large one with all of our friends and family when he comes home from the MEU. We're not quite sure where the wedding is going to be yet.. Minnesota makes the most sense, but I would love for us to have a small wedding on the beach somewhere in California. I think that would be so intimate and special. The only family members that would be going to our small wedding that live in California are his grandparents, so to have everyone fly to California just wouldn't make sense :( boo!

The other thing I'm worried about is our families meeting. They haven't done that yet so that is a pretty frightening thing! My mom did meet Mister's mom and they loved each other so I'm not worried about that. Everyone else just needs to meet and I hope to God it goes well. Once we're married, they probably wouldn't even see each other much so I guess it's whatever lol. Our families love us so that's all that matters :)

Well I am off to go to bed so that I'm well rested for my surgery!

***A special thanks to all the veterans! My thoughts and prayers have been with you all today. Thank you for fighting for my rights to live free as an American. No words could ever compare to how much graditude and appreciation I have for you. God Bless you!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cali and Afghan.. All in One Day

Today has been one of those "emotional rollercoaster days". Mister is officially back in the states! After 18 months in Japan, he's now stationed at Camp Pendelton and I officially have said so long to our 14 hour time difference. It's amazing to know that he's not on the other side of the world. Once he gets his phone set up at Verizon, I'll actually be able to call him too! I was never able to do that while he was in Japan, so it's going to be an exciting process for me! It's the little things :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Had to Share!! A Must Read!

A military group on Facebook that I'm a member of shared this video. I watched it, bawled my eyes out and knew that I had to post it on here for you all to see. I know many of you are dealing with a deployment - know that a homecoming is coming for you and to keep pushing forward. I pray for all of your loved ones and I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Caution: you will cry!

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