cutie patootie

This post is mainly an excuse for me to post some cute pictures of Levi. It may not look like it, but I think he misses you! Here are a couple pictures from our road trip:

All in all, I think he has adjusted to Ohio quite well. He seems to have made himself right at home.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

belated singing

I know you said we weren’t allowed to sing to you when you called on your birthday and we respected your wishes. We had a cake though and when you have a cake, how can you not sing happy birthday? It’s just not right. So…


I guess this is what happens when you take video with an iPhone in the vertical position? There must be a way to flip it around I just haven’t figured it out yet.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

afghanistan birthday

Well, I hope this makes up for me not sending you a homemade birthday card…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Oh boy, do I have a treat for you! Below are some army wife bumper stickers I thought you might want to know actually exist:


Some are slightly inappropriate:

Like, seriously??!!

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

a good day

Today was a pretty good day. It started with me waking up at the crack of dawn to go to my first spinning class. I see now why you laughed at me when I told you I was going. I snagged a spot right in the front row so everyone could see as I struggled, sweated and almost puked everywhere. Okay, well it wasn’t really that bad but it was extremely challenging. I am going to try to go every week. I am still trying to figure out if I could go to the 6am class and get ready in time for the start of a school day but that is undetermined right now.

After class I headed home and did a few things around the house before going to lunch with your lovely sister. I feel bad telling you this but we went to Melt. I know. All that spinning and I totally cancelled it out and then some. I had the Parma, Italy and it was like chicken parmesan on a sandwich. I already picked out what I am getting when we go over your R&R, by the way. I had a nice time chatting with M, we ordered beer and did not get ID’ed AND we only waited a half hour so it was pretty awesome. Just like this sandwich:

After lunch I went to the Post Office to mail you some packages. There are so many things I want to get for you! Much to my mom’s delight I have already created a small stockpile of snacks at my house. I am trying to pace myself and keep in mind that I have a whole year to send you things, I just keep wanting to buy everything right this second.

Levi came along with me to the Post Office so afterward we could hit the DP. It was a beautiful day, sunny and right around 70 so it was very comfortable. I threw a tennis ball for Levi and accidentally hit another dog and smiled at the memory of you doing that on a few occasions. The dog was okay and kept on running like it didn’t even notice so I didn’t feel too bad.

As my Tuesday is about to end I know your Wednesday is about to start which is kind of a weird thought. I just hope that you have a really good day like the one I had today!

I know you saw the picture of the flowers online when you ordered them but I just wanted you to see how beautiful they were when they arrived:


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

missed milestones

In honor of our anniversary, I am going to list some of my favorite things about our first year of marriage:

1. You know how sometimes when we go to bed we start laughing for no apparent reason? I love it! It makes me feel like a hyper little kid at a sleepover, in a good way.

2. How you kiss me good-bye every morning before you leave for PT. Sure, I may be drooling and/or mouth breathing but you don’t let that stop you and it’s very sweet.

3. Saturday mornings. Especially the Saturday before you left. We went to the dog park and even though it was wet and we got our shoes covered in mud we still played with Levi down in the river. That was like the perfect morning to me.

4. Skiing. I fell down a lot and had a few mental break downs but in the end we always had fun and I am glad I could share in one of your interests. I mean I tried to get into WoW but we saw how that turned out.

5. Watching our trifecta of NBC shows on Netflix. I know I complained about watching reruns over and over again, but at the same time I like that no matter the situation in my life, a quote from 30 Rock, The Office or Parks and Recreation pops in my brain to make me laugh. I also like that I can say these random quotes to you at any moment and you know what I am talking about.

Well, I will stop there because these are getting longer and longer. I have to admit that this morning I was a little down thinking about how we were not together on this special day. However, I have decided to think of things in a different way. Sure, we aren’t together this year for our anniversary but next year we will be and we will be so happy and have even more reason to celebrate with you being home. I just feel very lucky to have you in my life at all and that is something I need to remember. Happy anniversary!!

p.s. I took a picture of your beautiful flowers but need to load it on the computer so I will post it soon!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

hello, beard

My mom told me today how this police officer my sister worked with at the library came in after retiring and she hardly recognized him because he had grown a beard. Apparently after 30 years of shaving almost everyday he was sick of it. I started thinking about how you said you were going to grow a mustache while you were gone and I wondered if you ever grew a beard how I would feel about it. I then found this website where you can add all sorts of little fun additions to pictures and voila!

I feel like I could’ve done better work BUT I didn’t want to waste more time than I already have fiddling around on this site. For the second picture I had to add some chest hair to your face because the beard was not fitting the way I wanted. Kind of gross, huh? I concluded that no matter what you do in the facial hair arena, I will still love you! Unless of course you decide to go this route:

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment