Blazing through Navy life one duty station at a time.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Foto Friday

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My sweet boy, who sometimes calls me "Sweet Mommy"...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Three things for Thursday

It's been an insanely long week, and even though it's Thursday night, it doesn't feel like the weekend will ever get here.  Here are the three things that have helped me keep up my spirits today:

1.  In a perfect world, there would be an Anthropologie store around the corner, and I could visit it weekly, maybe even daily.  Until then, I am happy enough to visit their website every day.  I lust after the clothes, look forward to markdowns, and delight over the quirky home items.  In fact, visiting them online might even be better - I'm sure they'd start to wonder about the woman coming into their store every single day, especially one who would always be "just browsing".

2. Cooking Light.  In my constant quest to develop healthier eating habits, I started subscribing last year.  I am so glad I did!  Their recipes are light and healthy, but never short on taste.  I had no idea!

3. The Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins.  I'm always the last one on the cool book band wagon, and this series is no different.  I've been reading about it in EW for some time now, but I finally got serious and downloaded The Hunger Games last night on my nook.  WOW!  I think I'm always hesitant to get into a hip YA book series (ahem, Harry Potter and Twilight, I'm looking at you) because I figure that either (a) they can't possibly live up to the hype or (b) the writing is going to be very basic.  Well, look who's wrong, AGAIN!  I finished the first book in the series today, and can't wait to start the second tonight.  I am really impressed at the depth of novels available to young adults.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ever have one of those days...

...Where you feel like this:

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Maybe it has something to do with this:

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This too shall pass.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Over the weekend

We had a very quiet and restful weekend.  We ran a few errands on Saturday, took a walk and played outside on Sunday.  I am really enjoying the warmer winter we are having this year - this time of year is usually so much more dreary and depressing.  It's great to be able to get outside in the fresh air.  Every weekend I am a little more aware that our time here is coming to a close.  We'll be moving early this summer (more on that later) and family time will become more scarce.  Our weekend family time is already so sacred, and as our impending move nears, I know it will become even more so.  I treasure our time to relax, enjoy each other, and do nothing.

I hope your weekend was enjoyable too.  Here are some scenes from ours:

Negotiating a car purchase at Target

His new hobby, picking up sticks in the yard
Doesn't look like a winter sky to me...
Just the two of us

Friday, January 21, 2011

Foto Friday

As requested by C, here's the bag I scored at TJ Maxx last week!  I love the polka dot lining.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Three things for Thursday

Here are the three things I'm loving today:

1. Gurgle jug.  I first saw these when we lived in Virginia Beach.  Waterman's Surfside Grill on the beach not only sells them in their shop, but uses them to serve water to their diners.  I love the gurgle noise they make!  My sister got me the blue jug from Signals for Christmas and I am using it every chance I get.

2. Tuscan salad from Giada De Laurentiis.  We had some friends over today for a play date and I made this for the mommies.  I can't speak for them, but I think it was a hit!  I love the way the different flavors combine, and it is very light and fresh.

3. TJ Maxx.  Doesn't everyone love TJ Maxx?  Where else can you get a $400 Kate Spade bag for $130?  Score!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Over the weekend

With Pilot Pete back from his work trip, we had quite the weekend!  I took advantage of it by sleeping in (which helped me shake this annoying cold I picked up) and let my boys enjoy their mornings together ("So Daddy, make me pancakes and bacon" is a common refrain around here).

On Saturday we headed out to a car show, which turned out to be the highlight of Little Dude's weekend (maybe even his life).  He sat in more cars than I could count, and the gleeful look on his face was priceless.  Some people take their kids to museums, we take ours to car shows...

Checking for cup holders

Yesterday we took advantage of the unseasonably warm (65!) temperatures here and took a walk.  A certain three year old insists on holding the leash of his 80 pound dog.  It is entertaining to say the least.

"Let's race!"
It's warm again today, so maybe we'll get into some more trouble.  For now, I'm headed off to throw something in the crockpot for dinner.  (More on that later).  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Foto Friday

Pilot Pete has been away on a work trip.  He got back into town last night, and we were there to greet him.  Little Dude loves to visit the airport to see the planes and pick people up.  He'd spend hours there if I'd let him.   No big surprise, considering what his dad does.  One of the best parts about this crazy life of ours is the look on his face when he gets to see his dad after being separated for a time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Three things for Thursday

We're headed out to the airport in a bit to pick up a special someone (more on that tomorrow), but I wanted to share with you the three things I'm loving on this mid-January Thursday:

1. La Brea Bakery Bake-At-Home French Demi Baguettes.  Baguettes you keep in the freezer, bake for 12 minutes and taste like they're fresh from the bakery?  Are  you kidding me?  These are incredible!   I found them in the freezer section at Raley's this week and they do not disappoint.  One of the things I miss living in a rural area is a great bakery with fresh bread.  This comes about as close as you can get out here.  

2. Zee Avi.  I caught her song "Bitter Heart" on XM Radio's Coffee House station yesterday and couldn't wait to look her up on iTunes.  Her music is described as folk-pop with quirky lyrics.  She'll be touring with Jack Johnson this fall, so if you like his music, odds are, you're going to love her too!

3. BrideBlu on Etsy.  "Simplistic and classic jewelry made with crystal, pearl, and vintage findings."  I especially love the Blossom Rose Necklace and the Alyssa abstract wire flower necklace.  So pretty!  Check out the blog.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My favorite children's book

In our house we read a lot.  It's one of our shared interests - we all love to read.  I feel fortunate to have married a man who loves to read almost as much as I do, and I am so happy to be able to pass that on to our child.  I have read and done a lot of research regarding boys and reading, and I am glad that (at least for now) Little Dude loves books and is interested in reading.  We recently started taking trips to the library together, and I am thrilled to see him enjoy the process of choosing a book to borrow.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Over the weekend

We did nothing, and it was everything I thought it could be.  

Hmm...that sounds familiar...This is becoming a trend.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Three things for Thursday

We've been busy today!  It's a little late here, but nevertheless, here are the three things I'm loving today:

1. GoGo Squeez applesauce.  100% squeezable fruit applesauce for kids.  We have a very difficult time getting a certain someone to eat any fruits or vegetables around here.  These are great, because it's in a pouch with a spout they squeeze directly into their mouth.  No muss, no fuss.  I found the Peter Rabbit version of these at Starbucks this summer.  What a great idea!

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2. lemonade handmade jewelry on etsy.  I love this ecofriendly handmade jewelry line, and I find that the prices are extremely reasonable.  Most of the pieces are simple and delicate, and I think any woman in your life would be thrilled with a gift from here.  (Valentine's Day is right around the corner!)
3. Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash.  I had this at a friend's house the other day, and wow!  I love all things cranberry, and the combination of lemon-lime soda and cranberry is outstanding.  Plus, it's caffeine free!

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Over the weekend

This weekend we did nothing.  We did nothing and it was everything I thought it could be (name that movie).

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Galley

The Galley is finally up and running!  Check back from time to time to see what's cooking on the ship!