Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

What a day already! :) It's weird Halloween falls on a Sunday this year.. But contrary to my last post, Halloween in North Dakota might not be so bad.

The roads are at least cleared, no slush and no mud. The sun is out, and the wind is not blowing. Bundle the babies up and take 'em out!

I'm already tired, missing my Sunday nap to post- don't you feel loved? ;)

Went to church per usual, taught my little 4 year olds about honoring Sundays (which is tough with today being Halloween and all!), and came home. It's time to relax a little, then at 4 I have to be at work to stand at my door and hand out candy for 2 hours. Woo Hoo. ;)

What are your plans for Halloween?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

An EASY Post!

So, because I am a dirty cheater... I'm reposting.

***dun dun dun***

The sweetest blog friend of mine, Kassie had graciously asked me to guest post when she was luckily world traveling...

I posted on my blog that I was guest posting, but because I am a dirty cheater- I'm going to use that post to fill a day's post here. Haha.

It made for interesting reading- so I hope you enjoy- if you haven't already read it. :)

"It didn't hit me till last night- almost too late- what might be interesting enough. Maybe this move and the last three months without my weekly escapades with girlfriends and healthy dosages of girl time has made me more sensitive, but that's okay. It makes for interesting thoughts, and maybe interesting reading.

I was out with a group of wonderful women a few Friday nights ago- all new friends, all super friendly and just the type with which you want to surround yourself. It kind of made me laugh as I thought back on the night; but when you asked someone's name you got something like “Oh that's Andrea- she's the Commander's wife.” Or mine was “This is Ashton. She's the manager of ______” (I don't reveal that on my blog, so I can't reveal it on here either- sorry!)

I love how these introductions always accompany a life summary. They happen in everyday life, and it's just how we associate things as a culture- like me going places of Buck's and I'm introduced as 'his wife' but my life is shadowed under his-- and same for him, people from my side of life know basics about him, but overall, he's 'Ashton's husband- the nurse.” It's just part of life, society and perspective- but it makes me smile none-the-less.

Back to girl's night... After all these fun intros, I started to notice an old southern feel to the group. It was easy to label each person in attendance: The Queen Bee (the one who knew everything about anything and made sure everyone was greeted, content in life and overall on her radar), the Social Butterfly (the one who coordinated the whole outing, had to bounce around to everyone in attendance and ensured the night was a success), the Fashionista (what she's known for thanks to her introduction), the Momma Bear (so grateful to be out and away from her babies for an evening- but they're all she can think/talk about) and the Independent ones (who are thriving while their husbands are deployed). The list can continue, but I'm sure you get the idea.

It makes me chuckle, that the almost movie-scripted makeup of characters is truly reality.. Each get together is a dynamic grouping of women, and I'm not sure any group could be successful without every single one of the roles.

It's just a fun thought- do any of you see the same dynamics in your group of girlfriends, or have I totally gone off the deep-end?

If it's the latter, I'll blame pregnancy hormones."

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday

Time just keeps slipping away from me... I can't believe it's Friday again, nor that I haven't blogged in about a week.
I keep getting online, and I check my dashboard, read up on everyone- then I'm too tired to write one of my own so I close the laptop and cuddle up with a pillow to watch Gilmore Girls before finally crashing out. No matter if it's 7pm or 10 pm, same routine ;)

Anyway- easy enough- it's Fill in the Blank Friday Again! I'll play along to get my blog rolling again!
Link up at Lauren's!

1. My Halloween plans this year will include sleeping in, going to church, going to my work to hand out candy for the trick-or-treaters that come to the mall and coming home to sleep!

2. My most memorable Halloween costume was Jasmine. I was OBSESSED with Aladdin, and I wore my Jasmine costume 2 years in a row- it very well could have been 3 I'm not sure! But I loved it THAT much. Jasmine is still my favorite Disney princess :)

3. For Halloween this year I'm going to be nothing... lol. Wait- no I'll be a pumpkin! All I have to do is put on an orange shirt. Easy enough ;) I love looking round.


4. I've always wanted to dress up as (can I be so uncreative I don't have an answer for this blank?!? -10pts! )

5. Halloween free association! Halloween carnivals, cute kids, expensive candy (hasn't the price skyrocketed since we were kids or is it just me?!?), candy corn that disappears for a year, and fun decorations!

6. The worst thing about Halloween is that it's actually cold here in ND. There's snow on the ground. No way in hell would I walk around outside if I had kids (out of my belly).. It's such a ruined holiday.. I grew up trick or treating and walking outside in groups of kids- I feel bad for the kids up here.

7. The best thing about Halloween is an excuse to buy lots of candy, maybe too much, and reap the leftovers!!


HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! Yay!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday- I almost missed you!

This is going to be such a fun one! Lauren at The Little Things We Do left FITB very vague- how creative can I be?? Hmm!

1. I am a simple girl who loves the fun and sassy things in life, an emotionally driven 'feeler', a nurturer, a somewhat diligent (although honest!) daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a teacher, a soon-to-be mother, a friend and a boss (hopefully not a mean one!)

2. I wish everyone could just be nice, and truly live lives of giving- always trying to make other people happy.

3. I like my job, my friends, Double Stuf Oreos, Gilmore Girls, anything purple, laughing, shopping, getting dressed up and dressing others, and feeling my little one flop around and kick back at my pokes and be calmed by my touch.

4. I can not believe I'm leading the life I live. I never would have imagined I'd be in this place, and that I'd like it- and myself- so much. I am blessed.

5. I hope one day I can truly make a difference in someone's life- and live to hear about it/see them flourish.

6. I think bloggers are wonderful people. We all have an innate desire to be ourselves, express ourselves, make friends and uplift them! How awesome!

7. I was incomplete before I knew I could love someone I've never met.


**SAPPY SAPPY SAPPY** I know. Hope it made you smile, hope you got to know me a little better and I hope you have a truly fabulous weekend!! :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Guest Posting!!!

:) I can't believe it's Wednesday already!!

Please run over to Kassi's where I'm honored to be writing today. It's a crazy rant- but all in good fun- Check it out and leave some comment love!

I hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday! I still owe you pictures- I know I know! :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yawn Yawn Yawn

How much can I seriously sleep in one day?!

Fell asleep watching a movie last night at 11:30 after a terribly busy day back at work after meetings.. Moved into the bedroom around 1:30 and proceeded to sleep till 8:30, got ready in a hurry ran to church (Buck was at work and I'm afraid I was rushing without him nagging me to get out of bed earlier ;)

After church, I took a warm shower (don't judge me! Lucky thing about pregnancy is my hair actually looks better unwashed, and I get more volume- haha) and took a 'nap' that lasted 5+ hours.

And I'm still tired.

So tired that I can't even get up to get my memory card to post two pictures from meetings.. haha. So that will be a tomorrow thing.

I'm going to finish watching Ever After and crash out again. Oh I love today! ;)

Hope your weekends were just as relaxing!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why I should NOT be blogging right now...

I was reading over at Jenni's Story of my Life- the blog and she posted a top 10 of thing she should be doing other than blogging.

I'd like to join in, but I don't have 10.

Instead- I have 1 BIG one.

Involving this:

If you haven't been there- that is the Denver Airport. One of my favorites to fly- BUT NOT TODAY.

I'm supposed to be on a plane RIGHT NOW from Denver to Omaha.
Key word- supposed.

I had a flight out of our in town airport at 8:41AM this morning- but was I on it heading to Denver to catch my connection to Omaha for Managers' Meetings?

No.

They overbooked my flight, and I got BUMPED to the 3:49PM flight. Not okay, buddy.
So instead of waiting almost 7 hours to fly out, and not get into Omaha till 10PM (which by the way- Meetings start at 5 (dinner at least)- I chose to drive an HOUR AND A HALF to the next airport to catch a flight at 1:13PM, connecting and putting me in Omaha at 6:13PM.

I would have rather been IN Omaha at my original arrival time of 12:35PM, but 6 is better than 10 I guess.

So here I am. Sitting in an airport- blogging- because I'm supposed to be on a plane.

Gripe! lol- I'm over it and starting to find a little humor in it. However, sad I didn't get 5 hours to burn and hang out with Krista before meetings. Win some, lose one.

Has this ever happened to any of you? I've NEVER had trouble flying.. but there's a first for everything I suppose. :)

Happy Tuesday to all of you NOT stuck in an airport!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Late Night Friday!

Why on earth was I up till almost midnight Friday? Well, you see, I was having fabulous fun! :)

I met this wonderful gal at my store, Meta, who is an Air Force wife. She is the sweetest, peppiest, most upbeat woman I know. I instantly wanted to be her friend, and after a couple of months- we're so there! :) I love having people in my life like her. She was the one that hosted the jewelery party last week where I met lots more military wives, and she's doing a fabulous job helping me make friends.

She also put together a girls night last night, and 22 women came total- majority from her squadron (I think that's what it's called! haha!) 19 Officer's wives, 1 Officer herself, myself and a gal who does real estate in the area. Some were friends I made at the jewelery party, some were new- but all fabulous.

We went to a place called Sevens in the area, had a yummy full course Italian dinner and fun chit chat that lasted darn near 3 hours. At the end of the night I was tired (love pregnancy- haha!), full and had a handful of numbers of new friends to hang out with very soon!

One friend commented on the Military Wives post that these women are incredible friends, and their friendships 'last forever' and are 'fast and furious'- and I agree so far, but these women are ones I already don't want to lose!

Here's two of the pictures I got from the evening:

Four of us- Mercedes, Meta, Me and Adrian.



Meta and me


What a blast! I already have lunch plans with one when I get back from meetings next week, plans to shop with another, plans to make plans with one to scrapbook, and am on the list for next month's girls night that's being planned.
Gosh- Life is GOOD right now. :)

Have an amazing rest of your weekends!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday! Long time no see!

Boy, it has been awhile since I've done one of my favorites. It's FITBF The Little Things we Do and it's been entirely way too long since I participated. I better get movin- it's 36 till Saturday! Then I need to go to bed! (P.S. You'll hear tomorrow why I'm up so late ;) )

1. The first thing I do in the morning to start my day is stretch my legs, pop my hips/whatever part of my back I can and run to the bathroom :)

2. Today I wish I were right where I was. I had an awesome day, loved work, loved play- just wish I had a few more hours then I could have had some husby time.

3. If I had an extra $100 in my bank account today I'd probably schedule myself off another couple of days and book a hotel for husby and I to get away to.. (and have the apartment deep cleaned **they said they'd need us out for 2 days so why not babymoon?!**)

4. Tomorrow I will be sleeping in, heading to work (which will FLY by) and come home to snuggle and watch movies with Buck.

5. Two things that don't go together are dog hair and my yoga pants. can't have the best of both worlds! :)

6. Something I can never pass up at the grocery store is A fresh donut early in the morning. Yummy, soft goodness. Mmm.

7. The last time I tried something new was 2 days ago. The neighbor showed Buck a new way to cook wild game (duck today) which I usually HATE... but it tasted like freggin steak. What the *yumminess*? My mind was blown, I actually ate more than one bite- haha.


Yay Fill in the Blank Friday! :) Happy Saturday soon!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Feel PRETTY! Oh so PRETTY!! :)

My blog got a makeover!!!

I absolutely love it. It took me a little bit of time to finally say I needed one (denial is the first step, afterall), and so when I finally decided to dive in- Jenn at MunchkinLand Designs was just the right designer!

She was very prompt, even with a ton of other blogs she was working on. She also took exactly what I wanted (which by the way was very... brief, scattered and unknown), combined my likes and styles and made the perfect layout.

I'm super happy- and if you decide you are in the need for a lil makeover- head her way!! :)

Sign up to follow her, she *might* do some holiday specials!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

For Future Reference

When any of you get pregnant.. (or if you've already been pregnant, you'll remember).. Between 24-28 weeks you have to take the oh so fun gestational diabetes screening test. I approached today- like hey, no big deal!

I went to my monthly checkup (baby and I are right on track, she's measuring 24cm which means we're right on track for being 24 weeks along!) and then down to the lab for the test.

Wait. Wait. Wait. ----My turn!---- and they hand me a drink that looks like a child-size orange soda. Time limits start- 5 minutes to drink, 1 hour to wait and then bloodwork.

In the hour, I was told I could wander the building but not leave the premises. So, I'll wander around and look as senile as everyone else in the building. Eh, whatever-who cares? I'll go pay some bills!

20 minutes later, I'm back in the waiting room, rearranging chairs to put my feet up. Head throbbing, stomach turning. 40 minutes to go... Seriously!?!

Ugh. Because of the necessary fast, lack of substance in your stomach and lack of water flowing through your systems- you're left feeling like you just want to curl up into a little ball and go to sleep.

:( Pitiful ol me...The technicians just kept giving me a nodding smile, like "You poor thing." Just the looks I needed as my head throbs and I don't really want to be there..

No, they were super nice, and right when my hour hit- Boom! Take some blood and I'm heading to McDonald's for the BIGGEST cup of water they can give me and a 6piece nugget with honey sauce! Oh I love simple things that make you feel better.

So there is yet another thing you have to look forward to one day... :) Hopefully you'll be like me and not like the other women who can't hold it down. They're the ones who need the 'poor thing' look.

Happy Wednesday to all of you!! Check my blog later tonight/tomorrow morning for another surprise I'm so excited for!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Learning a bit about 'me'...

Hello Lovelies! :)

It's Sunday, and my Sundays are always very bittersweet.. It's usually a day off I enjoy with the husby; going to church, eating and napping in the recliner. Sundays seem too short, and I sometimes find myself dreading Mondays because I just want more time at home- to myself and time with him. Then I feel torn because I truly love my job, and it's not like I have anything to truly dread.

Today is even more bittersweet. I took Friday, Saturday and today off work to rejuvenate, de-stress and re-center. I've slept in every day, taken the time to get ready (getting pretty really does make you feel sooo good!), gotten things done I haven't had time for in the past three months since moving here (like detailing my car, deep cleaning the apartment), I've hung out with a couple friends, and ran around looking for a new desk, found some steals at Hobby Lobby, watched all four sessions of General Conference and took naps. Notice anything missing?

My husband, Buck.

All stinkin weekend. Darn ICU scheduled him all this weekend, so my weekend turned out to be more for me than us, which I think is okay. I needed time for 'me'.
The only bittersweet part is I head back to work tomorrow, and he's off. ;)

Overall, I do feel better. I feel less stressed (tmi or not- my acne I blamed on pregnancy has already started to fade.. yay!), I feel rested, and I feel cleansed.

Per usual, General Conference was amazing. Two things stuck out to me, one comment by Richard G Scott "May the Holy Ghost always lead you to make choices that fortify your character and lead to much happiness" and one by President Monson, somewhat along the lines of '... but know even in these toughest of times we are still very blessed just for living in the light of our Savior Jesus Christ' (totally paraphrased the last one.. but it's what what stuck out to me.)

Totally different perspective on my life at this point. My struggles are blessings, meant to help make me into a stronger person, and I should be thanking the Holy Ghost for giving me opportunities to chose, even if I'm just continually chosing the same thing. And, two, I should be more thankful for all the blessings I have in my life. If I paid more attention to those, then maybe my struggles would fall to the shadows. Worth a shot!

Although I could use another day, minimum, I wouldn't trade this weekend for anything. :) How was your weekend?

I also just made these to surprise my husband after his long weekend! :)

Recipe Courtesy of Southern in the City I used white chocolate swirls Hershey's kisses instead- yum!!

Happy Monday ahead!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tagged!

So Happy!! :) I got tagged by Star to play in a fun little game! This is my first, so here goes!

The rules are for me to answer her 8 questions, make up 8 different questions, and tag 8 people to answer them. What a stinkin cute idea!


Star's Questions for Me:
1. What is your favorite Fall dessert?
Mmm! I love fall! I love pumpkin pie, and french silk pie! I also consider this a dessert even though it's breakfast---> my yummy pumpkin pancakes!! :)

2. What TV show do you wish hadn't been canceled?
Not going to lie; Boy Meets World. I would still be watching Cory, Topanga and Shawn as they'd be in their 30s now and very domesticated with babies and such. I was so excited to get up one morning at 5 am Central Time and discover reruns on ABC family! woo hoo!

3. What is your favorite store to shop?
The Buckle... ;) It's where all my money turns up! It;s a blessing and a burden ;)

4. What is the best movie you've watched this year?
This year?!? We haven't seen a ton.. But Eat Pray Love was an awesome girls night out movie, and Inception was a good date night, thinking type movie! I would recommend both!!

5. What is your favorite book?
I don't read as often as I should, but one I've loved for years before the movie was P.S. I Love You. When the movie came out, I was the only one crying in certain parts because I knew the underlying reasons for different things. It made me like the movie that much more, and it's a book I can't get out of my head. Highly recommended!

6. What is your favorite weekend activity.
Do Sunday afternoon naps count?! Because I'm all about that... I enjoy not knowing where my Sunday went because I was curled up in a ball. haha.. My body even knows it's Sunday, and gets upset when I don't get my nap.

7. What is the best vacation you've been on?
You know, I don't take a ton of vacations. My trips are usually to see family, see a friend get married or just for a little r&r like I'm doing this week. :) I'd say that even though I'm not venturing fancy places, they're still the best trips- because it is so rare I get to see family anymore anyway!


8. Do you have any pets?
Little Sariah! :) She's almost 2 now. Crazy, high strung spaniel of mine!


If those don't make you smile, I don't know what will! She takes fetch to a whole new level... :D


My Questions:
1. What are you looking forward to most this weekend?
2. What are you looking forward to most this upcoming holiday season?
3. What is your favorite 'yum' from the Thanksgiving table?
4. What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
5. What is your favorite makeup/product/primper?
6. If you could change one thing about yourself- what would it be?
7. If you could tell the whole world this is the thing I love about myself, what is it?
8. What is your secret indulgence when no one is looking? :)

And I TAG:
1. Kassi @ Raindrops on Roses
2. Amber @ YFN
3. Katie @ The Life of an Army Wife
4. Blake
5. DAR @ Just Another Day
6. Sally
7. Katie @ The Mathis'
8. Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's

Have FUN and thanks for playing!!! If I didn't tag you, and you want to play- TAG! :) Comment/E-mail and let me know! Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Military Wives

I know I've been following a few of your blogs for quite some time now, and there's a good handful that are military wives. I've always had a great respect for what you all go through with the deployments and never ending support you have for your husbands and for each other. I've admired the strength, and the friendships you all form no matter where you are.

The older you get, the harder it is to make friends. You don't have school to meet girls, and when you're in management, or a supervisory position of any sort- you can't just hang out with your employees... There's gotta be a division somewhere. So, I could grab lunch with only 2-3 of them- and be careful of the balance of work/personal relationships... sometimes hard, sometimes stressful.

Since moving to ND, I've made tons of acquaintances, but only maybe one 'friend'. A gal who shops me a lot invited me last night to a jewelry party. There were 12-15 other women there including myself and my friend. All of them were military wives, like the friend I made in my shop. (We are in a base town, if you haven't picked up on that ;) )

It was a stinkin blast.

They were all sooo friendly, and I felt like I fit right in (even though I'm not military!) I don't know what I expected, it's not like being a military wife makes you part of a cool clique; but I was just pleasantly surprised to feel like I had been friends with these women for years already! :)

Next Friday night is girls night! Most of them are meeting up at a nice restaurant in town, and have invited me. I'm so going. :)

Yay for new friends... and Yay Military Wives- for being amazing!

Just Dating...

Just Dating...

Engagement Weekend

Engagement Weekend
The night before he proposed in Kansas City, what an AWESOME weekend!

Engagement Picture

Engagement Picture
This is the picture we sent out on our wedding announcements. :)

Another Engagement Picture

Another Engagement Picture
This is actually one of Buck's faves!

Giggles...

Giggles...
This picture makes me all warm and fuzzy inside! And yes, we are in a phone booth! :)

The Day Before Our Wedding!

The Day Before Our Wedding!

Newlyweds!!

Newlyweds!!
I love this picture, because it was the first right after we got married, you can see how happy we were...

Manti Temple

Manti Temple
Here is where we were able to get married. I had my heels off at this point, so our true heights are showing- hill or not; I'm short!

My Wedding Gift to Buck...

My Wedding Gift to Buck...
Our first day married...My horse was ironically named Gator! :) And yes, I know it's disgusting we match... But I love it.

Two Days Married!

Two Days Married!
You can't look at this picture and NOT laugh... can you?

Big Chair!

Big Chair!
Here we are at Bishop's Castle- now THIS is a LoVeSeaT!

AH!!

AH!!
SO excited to be MARRIED!