Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday Agenda!

The mister is at a football game right now with a bunch of the guys from the command, so until he gets home I decided I'm going to go to the craft store to get some things to make fleece dog toys for Lexie and Ajax.

I found the pattern here for those of you that want to make some for your furry friends:

After he gets home we plan on FINALLY getting new phones on a new cell phone plan with either Sprint or Verizon. Haven't decided yet. We're going to both stores today to see which one is offering the best deals.
I'm so excited. He has T-mobile right now and I just don't like it at all!
I really want an Android phone. I've heard really good things about them!

Getting back on track with the photo challenge thingyyy... here it goes. 

Day 13: A picture of your favorite band or artist 

For everyone that is extremely close to me they know this has always been and always will be my favorite band. The guy up front with the dreads, Spencer Chamberlain, I'm pretty much in love with his voice.
His clean vocals on every track are sweeetttt.
They formerly had a member Aaron Gillespie who I liked also, but he left the band to pursue a solo career, The Almost.

Day 14: A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
I can't imagine going through life without her.
She is the strongest person I know, and I admire everything she has achieved in her lifetime.
My mother is an amazing woman of God and I look up to her for advice and guidance.
I love her so much and appreciate everything she has done for me.

I hope everyone has a good weekend!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We have a new addition!!!

I haven't had much time to write on blogger this weekend because I've had my hands full with our newest addition to the family... a little boy puppy named Ajax!

(He is a six week old miniature pinscher.) 

 It was the mister's turn to name the pup because I got to name Lexie, so in true nerd fashion he picks Ajax, a name that I thought was a dish soap, but turns out to be a warrior who fought the Trojan war in Greek mythology.
(it really is a dish soap though, but that's not what he's named after.)

Ever since these little pups were born my husband and I have been discussing getting one.
He was in California for his schooling when I found out from a navy wives group I'm in that the litter would be available soon, so I sent him a picture when they were just a week old and he had to have one.

Now Lexie has always been my dog. Don't get me wrong, she loves her daddy, but she stays home with me all day so of course she is going to be attached to me more than she is him.
He was tired of being overtaken by the women in the household and needed another boy, so we decided a boy dog would be the best fit once they were ready to be sold.

My husband could hardly stand the waiting. "Can the pups go home yet?"
"Ask them if we can have our puppy yet?"
Technically they weren't supposed to even come with us this past weekend. She wanted to wait until she had scheduled an appointment for the litters first booster shots, but we were planning on getting him on a puppy Wellness Plan anyway which includes all of his shots and a neuter for a set price so we just decided to take him this weekend until we scheduled an appointment with Banfield.

(see how well they're getting along already?)

He seems to be settling in fine.
Other than the occasional whining at night (and we live in apartments so the neighbors will just have to deal.)
I don't ever remember a puppy I've ever owned being this fiesty though... man, can he bite and chew!!!
Hubby picked the "biggest and baddest mother trucker in there" he says.

(Lexie being a good big sister!)

Lexie has livened up a lot and that's part of the reason we got the puppy in the first place, not just because of my husband. lol.
She was hoarded by a lady all her life and has a strong pack mentality and really misses other dogs company.
I think this will be good for her. 

I hope everyone had a good LONG weekend!
The hubby had duty Sunday so Brittney and I from over at
went to Buffalo Wild Wings for a late lunch, Petsmart to get Ajax a crate, 
and back to my house to watch the social network!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Milspouse Friday Fill- In!

 1. What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? submitted by Our Crazy Life (Wifey note: whaaaat? You can’t say my blog? No fun! LOL, just kidding)  

Every week I find a new one I love and adore. You can't make me choose. YOU CAN'T!

2. What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are 
perks)?submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife

My husband had served three deployments prior to us being together, so I have yet to experience one.
No deployment with new command as of yet, but when it comes I'll be ready thanks to the lovely information and readings I get from my fellow Milspouses.
When he's gone for trainings and underways though it's nice that there is not a lot of extra laundry and dishes, and more room to sprawl out in bed!

3. How long did you date your <significant other> before getting engaged? Married? submitted by Utterly Chaotic

My husband and I got together in February of 09', were engaged by May, and married in October.
Time went by fast, but we knew what we wanted and we just went for it. 

4. What do you think your <significant other> would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared

Honestly, I can't see my husband doing anything else but being in the Navy. He was born to be a leader. I'm so proud of all that he has accomplished. We spoke one time of him maybe getting out to do maritime security, but that didn't last long... he's not getting out. It's career for him.

5. If you could talk to the Secretary of (Navy) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families?  submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife

I'm kind of like a fish out of water with the whole Navy (hey! I'm getting there) so honestly, I wouldn't have a clue what to ask or suggest. I guess I would just talk to my Sailor and find out what he wants, and then relay all his concerns to the Secretary. 

Photo Challenge Day 12: A picture of something you love

 Chicken E Sweet Tea!!!! One thing I majorly miss about Texas. Yuummmm.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Things are back to normal (well for us anyway)

The mister is finally home from craftmaster school and he got honor student both courses!
I was so proud of him that I even made him a sign!
(cheesy much?!?)

His birthday was this past weekend and we went to dinner and a movie, our normal routine!
We both actually wanted to see "No Strings Attached" while he was in California, so that's what we saw for his birthday/ valentines outing.
On Monday, the "actual" sweethearts day, I knew there'd be no chance of us getting any reservations anywhere so I decided to stay home and cook us a nice pot roast with potatoes and carrots complete with wine and french bread.

I've been trying to cook new things for us, and last night was the best thing I had ever attempted making and actually succeeded with pleasing my husband's taste-buds so much that he actually deemed it the best meal he has ever seen me cook! WOW!
Here is what I cooked:
Seriously Ree Drummond rocks and if you haven't tried some of her recipes I suggest you do so... TONIGHT!

I have been neglecting this photo challenge. I think it's because it takes too long for me to decide what photos I want to use. I don't have many photos as it is because they are all at my parents house not on digital cd's or sd cards. That poses a problem because my parents also don't have a scanner and they both work full time and don't have the time to scan pictures for me to use for my blog.
I'm not driving or flying to Texas to get them either.

Photo Challenge Day 10: A picture of the person you do the most screwed up things with.
 I don't do anything really off the wall crazzyyy anymore, but I'm pretty sure this chick right here takes the cake of who I used to do my random stuff with. Haha. Man those were some good times, good times.

Photo Challenge Day 11: A picture of something you hate.

I hope everyone has a lovely Thursday and doesn't think about these icky spiders all day! I know once I've seen this picture I'll be itching myself thinking they're all over me!!!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's my birrffdayyy!!!!

I got the most amazing wake up call from my wonderful husband wishing me a Happy Birthday! Can't wait until he's home. We plan on celebrating his birthday, my birthday, and Valentines all together!!!
Earlier this week my parents sent my gift in the mail, and I got two of the James Avery charms I wanted! 
I got the peanut and the two peas in a pod.
I am so excited. Now all I have to do is find a jeweler to solder them on my bracelet for me. 

My husband also sent me the greatest gift today! He is so amazing!
I guess he had called the local flower shop from the school he's at and told them to deliver this to our house today for my birthday! A flower birthday cake, teddy bear, and a box of chocolates! 

Tonight my friends and I are going to dinner at a hibachi grill (nomzz, my favorite!) then back to a friends just to hang out and have a good time!
I have been slacking on the photo challenge, so here it is...

Day 08:  A picture that makes you laugh
 This is my brother in law. The craziest guy I know. 
My sister and him were visiting for New Years and their luggage got sent back to their hometown, so he had to use my shirt and shorts. I know you're probably wondering why not my husbands clothes right? Well, he was out at sea and had the majority of them with him. :)
So these old football shorts and a Texas longhorns shirt that was way too small had to work. Makes me laugh every time I see it, because he was so unhappy that he had to wear this outfit.

Day 09: A picture of the person that has gotten you through the most.
 My mother has always been there for me, and I thank God every day that He blessed me with such a wonderful woman to look up to. 
There have been some pretty rough times in my life that she's helped me through, whether it be dealing with depression and bullying when I was younger, not knowing what I was going to do with my life, and coming to her for advise, going through the death of a past boyfriend, and many more things.
She was always there to hold my hand and walk with me every step of the way and I thank her for that.

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

custom letter shirt tutorial

I've been seeing these cute homemade baseball type t-shirts everywhere... the ones with your last name on the back made from felt letters.
I thought it would be fun to make one navy themed to support my husband.

This is my first tutorial so bare with me.

Here is your supplies needed:

 1. Any new (or old ) t-shirt.
2. Felt (color of your choice) for letters and any other decorations you'd like.
3. If your letters are going to have felt and fabric, you also need about a fat quarter or so of fabric.
4. Stencils (2 sizes) one for felt, and one for fabric to add dimension. I made my stencils which was a lot easier than buying them since I wouldn't have the right sizes I needed if I was to buy them
5. HeatNBond (can be found at your local craft store) make sure to get UltraHold so it will stick to your shirt good.
5. Scissors or rotary cutter. 
6. Embroidery thread to reinforce letters (and for decoration) once they are ironed on.
7. Straight pins (optional) to pin letters on

Start out by washing your shirt if it is new. The adhesive will adhere to the fabric better if it is washed.
 Next gather you stencils, felt, and fabric and start tracing around the letters and decorations with a Ball Point pen. The ink seems to flow best when working with felt.

 Trace onto felt (remember these letters are going to be a bit bigger. I think I used size 108pt for this one.)

 Trace onto fabric (I used 86 point on this one, but since I have it on zoom it's hard to tell.)

 For your decorations just choose whatever you'd like!!! 

After you have them traced onto everything begin cutting them out. (I did not have a picture of this since I had already begun making my shirt when I decided to make a tutorial)

Next you are going to lay out your cut letters and get them ready to put the HeatNBond on the back of each letter.
Lay each letter onto a place on the paper and trace around the letter. Cut a little bit around the letter (not much, but just enough to where you know the whole letter will get fully covered by adhesive.)

Now that you have all of the letters and their corresponding HeatNBond pieces, it is now time to bond them!
This is the tricky part because the fabric needs to be bonded to the felt first, then the felt to the shirt.
Refer to back of the HeatNBond packet to find out how to bond adhesive to each piece of material and felt. The directions are fairly easy. Make sure you have some sort of cardboard, or hard surface under you work space on your ironing board. 
Once all of the pieces are bonded, DO NOT take the paper backing of each piece just yet.

Now take one set of corresponding letters (material and felt) say you have maybe an S felt and an S fabric you are bonding together... get them ready. Peel the paper off of the S fabric and get ready to bond this to the felt. Refer back to package directions if you have forgotten how long you need to press it.
You have now completed a letter!

Here are what your letters should look like if everything is correct. Material should be slightly smaller and bonded to the felt. You can play around with how big you want the letters. I have seen bigger. Just kind of eyeball it. 
To bond the letters and decorations to the shirt lay your shirt on a flat surface and figure out where you would like to put the items by either pinning them into place until you iron them, or just going with it and guesstimating. (yes! that's a word!!!)
I used pins and tried my shirt on to see where everything was once it was in place, then when I was content with it, I began ironing.
Once you are satisfied with the placement of your letters and decorations, you can peel off the papers and iron them on as the directions say. Make sure to iron them nice and good so they don't fall off during washings! 
You now have a completed custom letter shirt if my directions are not too hard to follow!!! 
Completed front of the shirt! I still have yet to do my embroidery thread on each letter, but if you know how to do basic sewing, just do a little running stitch up through the back and down into the letter. Keep going until you are satisfied with how it looks.

Decoration on back of shirt. I would love to show you the top of the shirt with our last name, but for the safety of our family, I'm refraining from doing so.

Thank you for reading my tutorial. I hope it wasn't hard to follow. If you have any questions feel free to email me or comment. I know some pictures might have been needed, but I had already halfway finished my shirt before I decided to make my tute. Sorry for that! Hope you can get through it anyway! :(


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Photo Challenge 06-07

Day 06: A picture of a person you'd like to trade places with for a day

I would like to trade places with my husband during his work hours just to see what his job entails. 
He has told me what he does, but I would like to know first hand how much it takes to do the job he does. 
I have so much respect for my husband, and standing in his shoes just for one day would make me that much more proud of what he does for our country.

Day 07: A picture of your most treasure item

When I said "I do" to this man, I meant forever. 
Vowing to wear my rings as a symbol of my love for him.
I think that's why they are so special to me. Knowing that he worked to pay off what was going to be put on my hand before it even touched my finger. I will always wear them proudly, thanking the Lord that He gave me a man as wonderful as He did.  


Friday, February 4, 2011

Military Jewels!!!!

To start off I'm going to tell ya'll about an awesome giveaway I entered going on over at Melissa's Jewelry and Accessories. 

I wanted to enter this giveaway because as most of you know, I am a PROUD Navy wife.
She has some really great military jewelry as well as hand stamped jewelry!
My favorite item she has for sale is this "I Love My Sailor" handstamped keychain. 

To enter the giveaway yourself all you have to do is go to her facebook page here:
 and it will give you all the details you need to get in on this awesome giveaway yourself!!!!

I hope I win because I would put this keychain on my military handbag I already own!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Photo Challenge 04-05

My days have kind of been jumbled together it seems, and with the mister being gone there seems to be way more things that get broken, way more responsibility, and just way more things that go wrong in general.
He'll be home soon enough though, and I cannot wait!!!! 

Now to continue with the photo challenge!

Day 04: A picture of your night
(now this is an old picture, but for the sake of it happening almost EVERY night, I can use it)
Lexie doggie chillin on my lap while I had a migraine. 
That's about what my night consisted of.

Day 05: A picture of your favorite memory
This is my favorite memory because the night before this was taken I was proposed to by the man in the photo! It was very bittersweet knowing that in just a few short days I'd have to pack my bags and head right back to Texas and not see him again until the wedding. Laying in the sand and sun with the man of my dreams knowing he'd just asked me to be his forever was the best feeling in the world!!!!