Tuesday, September 25, 2012

3 years

Thats right, three years of wedded bliss. I feel like so much has happened in those three years that it has to be more like five or six because we couldn't possibly squeeze everything into just three.  Joel graduated from flight school, we got married, moved to california, , bought our first house,went through our first deployment and had our first baby.I think of these three years, he has been home for half of that. This year Joel is of course not home (we are 1/3 on him being home for this day), but he made sure I knew he was thinking of me. He sent me pink chocolate covered strawberries, a huge teddy bear (that Andrew loves!) and red roses, but best of all he wrote the sweetest note to me. Marriage is not easy. My parents made it look easy, so I have had to readjust my expectation, not in a bad way, but in a we are getting to know each other and what we need way. We are a work in progress. We are not perfect, and of course have had our ups and downs. As my love said in his note to me, I too would do it all again. He is my protector and my confidant. I am so proud of his accomplishments. I hope my Andrew gets his brains because he is so smart. :) Mormons get married quickly, so I think we have to figure things out in the first few years of marriage, what most figure out in the first few years of dating but I wouldn't change a thing. He is the only one who will ever know everything about me, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

So heres to many more years with you my love; I want to be in like with you forever.

I ran 4 1/2 miles without stopping today. Not even for water (which I usually do). I use the word run liberally because it's really more of a jog; I am slow, and I am ok with it. Running used to feel like a chore, like oh great, why the heck am I doing this to myself again? Now, it is my sanity. It gets Drewby and I out of the house for an hour or so, and it is so awesome to feel healthy. I probably don't look a whole lot different on the outside, but I feel 100 times better on the inside so I don't even mind. I don't cringe when I walk by a mirror because I know at least now I am trying. Maybe tomorrow I will get a picture of Drewby and I on our daily outing. :)

Little man got a hair cut today. Its technically not his first, but it was his first at a real Barber shop and she actually cut enough hair so you can tell. He looks so much older! My baby is turning into a little boy, and he is so handsome! :)

I don't want to brag or anything, but my husband is kickin' butt at WTI (like top gun for helo pilots). He always worries and says he isn't prepared but he always is, and this is no exception. He works so hard and it pays off because HES THE BEST COBRA PILOT IN THE WHOLE WORLD. And no I am not biased and that is a 100% totally true real life FACT. :) I guess it makes it a little easier for him to be gone if I know he is being AWESOME. He also may get to come home for one night this week, and that would literally make my life.

Now for a photo dump. Don't worry, I had over 300 to choose from so you really are lucky you only have ten! :)

Milk, blankets, passy, daddy, what more could you want?

Joel and his mini-me

cute boys on vacation

All done mom! :)

Family photo right before daddy left for Yuma, drewby wanted to go with the boys :)

I have teeth and I am adorable! 

harassing the dog is one of his favorite activities, he is laughing not crying

cutest baby ever sporting his awesome new jams

again poor Rufus, but this is one of his favorite things to do

 My big boy with his big boy haircut! And a frozen yogurt after haircut face!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Really, its only been 1 week??

1 week down, 7 more to go...and then I get a few days and then he's gone again, this time for a full deployment. BUMMER.

On a happy note, Andrew randomly takes steps. Not walking, but at least he's trying now! Silly boy, he is 14 mo old and doesn't walk yet! I guess I shouldn't be surprised he's always been a late mover. He does however have a hilarious speed crawl, I really need to get it on video before he stops doing it. Sometimes I can't believe how big he is, he is looking more and more like a little boy not a baby, and its a little sad. It's also a lot of fun. He has such a great little personality. He also still takes two naps a day...which is awesome! :) He has always been such a great sleeper, thank goodness! I have been spoiled, the next one will probably be the worst sleeper ever and I wont know what to do with myself!

On a workout note I am doing really well! I have lost 7.5 lbs and 2 inches off my tummy, 1 inch on each of my thighs and 1/2 inch off my arms! A little exercise goes a long way! I do 5 days a week, and a mix of running and workout dvds. I also have not been dieting, but watching what I eat and not snacking at night and it has made all the difference. I just feel so much better, inside and out! :)

This week I decided I needed a little pick-me-up in the form of retail therapy. :) I bought myself pink glitter Toms, two sparkly sweatybands, and a Run To Remember hoodie and shirt. I might have gone a little overboard but I couldn't resist. I justified the sweatybands and Run to Remember gear because I have been consistently running and am always running out of clean workout clothes. And also because Run To Remember is an awesome cause! This is what their fb page says:

wear blue: run to remember is a national running community that serves as a living memorial to the service and sacrifice
 of the American military. Our goals are to act as a support network, create a living memorial, and bridge the gap between the military and civilian community. 

Visit our website at to learn more.

For the Fallen, For the Fighting, For the Families!

Love! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How goes it

I have been asked how the insane challenge is going, and honestly I am not following the "rules". A friend and I just do it a few times a week and then I run with my good friend BOB on the days I don't do it, and today I did both! I AM A CHAMPION! I have also had like 50-billion gallons of water...ok not that much but WAY more than I usually drink and believe me, my bladders working out too. I have also been off diet coke for 4 days now. It has been terrible, but I am still alive and so is andrew so I guess all is well. :) I am keeping track of my measurements and weight, both of which are pretty depressing but at least I am trying. I still have 7lbs of baby weight and 10 lbs of marriage weight. Really tho, I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin, I want to be healthy. So heres to a few good weeks and for the rest of forever.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Tomorrow starts insanity...the workout program. Some girlfriends and I are starting tomorrow and I am really excited to finally have some workout buddies! I seriously have work to do, like 30 lbs of work. Now don't you DARE say anything like "no you don't" or ,"oh my gosh there's no way you have that much to lose", because I am telling you there is. If i want a healthy, fit body I need to lose 30lbs of FAT. No joke. This is serious. Joel leaves for WTI on Sunday for 8 weeks, and I am giving myself those 8 weeks to lose 20 lbs. I know I can do it, I just need to DO IT! Yes I am motivated and this WILL HAPPEN! :)