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Hi! I am a momma of 2, I’m southern, a vegetarian, & a student. I’m married to a top-notch guy who serves his country for a living. Ethan is the serious type & Lily is the complete opposite of serious! We are currently living it up in NC! This blog is a little place for me to document our lives.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Just wanted to stop by super fast and scream that it is my LAST NIGHT ALONE!!! I'll be back next week with all the mushy pictures that I know you are on the edge of your seat waiting for.

Today I spent the day doing a little new shirt shopping, I had a quick appointment for an dress I'm altering and then I worked on my welcome home banner. My buddy Kerestin came over to help me hang the banner up on my house and let me tell you its AWESOME!! My idea came together great and I can't wait to show you!!
This is the face of an impatient women

Well I've got to get the kids in their jammies and off to bed.

Monday, October 17, 2011

{a little bit} of Monday business

Happy Monday y'all!! I'm usually not overly thrilled with Mondays but this Monday is special. It is my LAST Monday before my hunny comes home!!! I have a huge list of stuff to do and I am procrastinating by blogging and doing a little etsy business ;0)

this was from last week but you get the idea.

to do list

Speaking of my shop, I've added a few new vintage dress. If you are looking for a costume or just a fun dress to wear check out these newest editions!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

update on my to do list

Some of you may remember me posting back in June about a list I wanted to get done while Sohel was gone. Well its time for an update.

1). lose 10 lbs - I feel pretty good about myself. I am not a skinny minnie, never really was and I am ok with that. But I need to get some muscle. I don't want to be flabby.
1). I did not lose 10lbs, I lost 5. I didn't really try which is just me being lazy. Its frustrating how easily I can talk myself out of doing things.

2). find a church - Never thought I would say this but I want to find a church. Must be fun and excepting of me and S. Boring, stuffy church need not apply. No Bible beaters wanted.
2). I started to go to a church, decided it wasn't for me. Plus Lily will not let me out of her sight.

3). upload all my goodies to Etsy.com
3). DONE! Check it out if you haven't yet ;) {bit of something sweet}

4). Potty train Ethan (we are starting today, mainly because we ran out of diapers, woops)
4). FAIL. He won't do it, just pees on himself and doesn't care. I'm hoping he will be more cooperative when Sohel comes home, maybe showing him how to pee standing up will help?

5). Sell 5 items from my store and advertise on 3 different blogs.
5). DONE!! We have had 20 sales and I've advertised on My Girl Thursday, No Model Lady and GrrFiesty.

6). Take Ethan and Lily to ride the train in Burlington.
6). DONE! We did this at the end of August, we had a blast!

7). Go to yardsale and find bedroom side table for master bedroom
7). I tried, just never found anything I liked.

8). Turn in lease to housing
8). um, I can't remember if we did this before Sohel left? I know I didn't haha.

9). Purge craft space and sell lots of stuff (downsizing to move on base and sadly paper crafts need to go)
9). FAIL. I have been using some of my paper but I haven't had a chance to take photos of everything just yet to sell.

10). Finish crafts in progress (including but not limited to Owls and snowmen)
10). Owls were done, but I haven't started my snowmen. I have however added alterations to my long list of sewing projects. I've been altering about 7 dresses for local girls to make some extra $

11). Start grad school - finish Fafsa, finish application
11). Waiting on my acceptance letter, putting off grad school for awhile but starting a teaching licensure program instead. But have done the app and the Fafsa.

5 out of 11 isn't to bad...right??

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


I've been quite around here last week, I've been busy with playdates and preparing my house for the hubby returning. He comes home in 2 weeks and we CANNOT wait. I am so over this, I know this was only a glimpse into a deployment and I know that some ladies have it much worse. But my time will come when I'm doing a year alone (hello 2013).

During my time alone I learned a lot about myself and what I can do alone and what I can't do. I learned who will really be there for me. I tease Sohel all the time saying that I want him to get a medical discharge or not reenlist in 2015 but I don't really wish that, I just say that when both kids have yelled most of the day or I'm tired. I wear my emotions on my sleeve so I sort of blurt things out without really meaning them.

Somedays I don't feel like I'm cut out for this mom thing. Which I guess thats a little to late to really decide this since, well I've got two now. But I definitely don't think I'm meant to be a 24/7 stay at home mom. We have so many plans for our future and well contrary to popular belief the military doesn't pay tons of $$. So me working is really the best idea. I'm hoping to start in January for my teaching licensure in elementary education. I should only have about 1 year of schooling to do since I already have a bachelors degree. I'm leaning between UNCW and ECU either would be great, I love ECU (Go Pirates!!) but UNCW has a program that you can do through the community college here in Jacksonville.

Anyways, this is really rambling on and on. Sorry! I'll be back tomorrow with an update about my goals I wanted to accomplish while Sohel was gone.

Monday, October 3, 2011

a look inside: MCB Camp Lejeune, NC

Welcome to Camp Lejeune, NC! I had asked a few ladies to write about Camp Lejeune but none were able to get back to me so I figured I'd write it. I mean I do live here :)

As I already mentioned we are stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. We moved here February 2011. We were told that we were going to go to Camp Pendleton, CA, but the USMC had different plans. We came from the Pentagon by way of Kansas City. However this isn't our first time on Eastern North Carolina, in fact Sohel and I met while I was attending college at ECU and he was stationed at Cherry Point, NC. It seems we can't escape NC. I am orginally from Burlington, NC {Born in Ohio and lived there until I was 15}. Sohel is from Richmond, VA {we lived there for a yearish after S left the USMC in 2004, thats a story for another time}.

We decided to live out in town as we were told the wait for housing was long. My advice for people moving to Camp Lejeune is if you decide to rent out in town, go through a rental company. There are so many properties that it would be almost impossible to call each rental agency to see them. We rent through Sue Cruddas but used Anette Chrisley to help us locate our house. Her husband actually works with my momma so it was nice to have someone we "know" to help us find a house.

Our rental

We have decided to move onto base when our lease is up in January. We live about 20min from town and at the time my husband didn't want to live on base and we thought we would get more bang for our buck out in town. Which you can if you are ok with certain types of homes. We are rather picky and my hubby likes what he likes so we chose to rent in town. It can take Sohel almost an hour to get to base because the traffic is pretty heavy. It takes almost an 1 1/2 hour to get home. Thats the first reason we decided to move on base. Reason #2 is that I take the kids to lots of on base activities, mainly storytime, plus we want Ethan to start preschool on base and you have to live on base to go to base schools. Reason #3 is we will save $500 a month by living on base. The utilities, water, trash and gas (car) add up when you live in the country :). I strongly suggest thinking about all of that before vetoing base housing. The wait list here at Lejeune is long for NCO housing (6-9 months I've been hearing). SNCO housing has no wait list, in fact they have lots of empty homes waiting to be filled.

I mentioned above about base storytime, they have 3 different storytimes a week. We go to the actual library for storytime because my kids enjoy picking out new books but they do offer storytimes at 2 of the housing areas in their community centers.

Camp Lejeune has lots of base activites going on most of the time. I haven't gone to tons since Sohel has been gone, its hard to take both kids to a festival and have a good time without a helper :) But you can check out the MCCS website for activities.

CL does have a base beach. It is broken up by rank, which was so weird to me at first but I guess it is what it is when your on a military base. They have rentals on the beach, people rent them for a quick getaway or homecomings. The beach is very nice and sometimes they have lifegaurds. You can rent cabanas for parties, which can make an all day trip to the beach nice.

The commissary and exchange are nice and big. The exchange is actually going through a renovation right now and looks pretty spiffy. Inside the exchange building is a food court which has a Subway, Wendy's, Ben and Jerry's and a few other places. On base there are a few Burger Kings, Domino's Pizza, Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, a Mexican restaurant and quite a few other places. This base is pretty big!

Off base there isn't tons to do in Jacksonville, you can drive an hour to Wilmington (we do this a lot). Its the "big" town around here. You can also head towards Morehead City or New Bern for more city life. The beaches around here are amazing. I mentioned last post about getting married about 20mins from here in N. Topsail Beach. Emerald Isle is beautiful and so is Wrightsville Beach. With all the water around here there are some great aquariums which we have been to a few times.

As for shopping, you don't have lots of options here. The "mall" doesn't even have a food court. But you have Target, 2 Walmart's and the main department stores here. We have a Michaels. 2 Lowe's and a Home Depot. Its not bad but not great for ball gown shopping.

My opinion on Camp Lejeune is good, I don't hate it here like some people. Would I have rather been in CA? Well yes but I'm glad to be nearby my family and my in-laws. The base is what you make it. I have been able to make a few great friends and taken the kids on some playdates so Camp Lejeune is feeling more like home. At least for a few more years :)

Thanks for reading my long winded post!

I'm not sure if I'll have a post next week as I've asked everyone I know haha. So please spread the word if you would like to hear more about other bases!! Maybe next week I'll write about the Pentagon or about Kansas City...