Dec 28, 2010

On the Road Again

Well Christmas time at my parents house in Arizona came and went. Now, my husband and I are trying to pack everything up and head to Dallas to spend some time with his family. That means more gifts to pack in the car and even more great food.

However, I am at the point where I am ready to be back in my own bed with my own schedule of to-dos. Oh well, it is the holidays and I am excited to see even more people. Hopefully the car ride will be a breeze with the puppies like the first leg so I can work on editing my photos from the AZ portion of the trip and get them posted before we hit the Dallas city limits.

Dec 23, 2010

Desert Rain

So we made it to the desert and boy, did I miss it more than I thought I would.

The 26 hour car ride with the two dogs went well. There was only one little throw-up accident at about New Orleans, but other than that both dogs did AMAZING!

On our first full day the puppies got acclimated to all the nature. My husbands dog even learned that cactus are not friends. Talk about a high pitched yell. My dog, on the other hand, just sits around and watches the animals walk around the property.

As for the other two days spent here so far, we have just been relaxing. The hammock is my husbands favorite spot to study and take cat naps, while I take the porch swing and get to reading some books. We also had to help my parents decorate our Christmas tree since they were to busy to get it finished. Then we put all the gifts under the mom went a little present crazy this Christmas but we are not complaining.

The rest of our trip will consist of Christmas and Holiday parties, seeing my old friends, and spending more time resting and relaxing. And, now that our trip is getting a more busy, I will be more diligent in posting our adventures.

I almost forgot, it rained here yesterday. All those storms that hit California came our way and gave the desert a light dusting. It was so beautiful, not to mention the rain here is one of my favorite smells in the whole entire world. Everything just smells so clean and looks so green. However, those things are short lived and everything has a soft layer of desert dust on it again. Hopefully, we will get some more rain while we are here, but if not, at least I got a little bit to tied me over until we get back here again.

Dec 17, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Well, tomorrow officially starts Christmas Exodus at Ft. Rucker, which means my husband and I can finally have a much needed vacation.

We are going back to my home town of Tucson, AZ to celebrate the holidays. That's the tradition now, Christmas with my family and Thanksgiving with his. However, since we were not able to spend Thanksgiving with my husbands family we are taking three days at the end of the Arizona trip to spend it with them in Dallas. I am excited to see everyone, but more importantly I am happy to finally be going home. I have not been back since last Christmas.

As for the dogs, they are going with us, and no we are not flying, but driving. It should be a very entertaining road trip seeing how this is the first time my husbands puppy has been in a car more than an hour or two. Oh well, at least it will make for some fun stories.

Now back to finishing the laundry, packing me, the puppies, and my husband (who has class all day today), and not to mention making lunches for the road and trying to fit everything in the SUV.

It will all be worth it though because soon I will be home and in my favorite place, the desert.

Dec 15, 2010

News to Me

I know what I got into when I married my husband, I married the Army too. However, I did not think my love hate relationship would already be starting off so strong.

It started by me planning a wedding in a month, then my husband got sent to Oklahoma for training after three weeks of living with each other. Then, he moved to Ft. Rucker to do flight school, in which I moved down too after five more months of not living together in our first year of marriage. Then, we found out his guard unit was going to be deployed in September of 2011. With this news I started mentally preparing myself that after our second anniversary he would be going off to Iraq with the rest of his buddies and would be back from deployment in eight months.

Well, that little bit of news has now been changed...and not in the good way. We just found out that the deployment is being moved up to the start of June. My husband graduates flight school at the end of April, meaning we would have about two weeks to move and spend time with each other before he left. They also changed the eight months to a year.


I know, I should expect this from the Army and I knew full well what I was getting into, but that still does not make this news any easier. I have myself prepared for September, and now it's a whole new thing to calibrate myself with. Yes, I am living with him now but with flight school I hardly see him and when I do it's all about studying and shop talk. I was actually looking forward to a few months of non-flight school living and maybe even take a our honeymoon (which we never got to take in the first place).

Guess it's time to mentally adjust and to get ready to tell people over the holidays. I just remembered...we are going to have to tell his mother.


I just have to keep telling myself that God has a plan, and even though we keep getting thrown curveballs, it will all turn out for the better. Not to mention, make us stronger.

It's Party Time

With the holidays in full swing my husband and I are attending parties and are even helping my family throw their big Christmas Eve party. To help with inspiration I have stubbled upon a great blog/Web site that gives great party ideas that are not "traditional."

The blog is called Hostess with the Mostess and has everything from holiday parties to bridal showers, birthdays to summer nights. Hope you enjoy and happy celebrating!

Dec 13, 2010

Dog Days

My husband was lucky enough to get the day off on this blustery day. So, we decided to take the puppies to the Bark Park on post. Unfortunately we were the only ones there, I'm guessing sue to the cold windy weather, but it didn't matter. Our pups were thrilled to have a huge place to run around and sniff until their little hearts were content.

It also made me reminisce about an amazing dog park that we used to go to before we were stationed at Ft. Rucker. It was 10 acres of grass, woodland areas, and it even had a beach/lake area for the dogs to play in. While the one here is not as spectacular, we have decided to make a weekly trip so the puppies can go meet new friends and have something to look forward too.

Dec 12, 2010

The Great Debate

Well since the holidays are here many of the wives down here are at Ft. Rucker are sparking a debate, ok not really a debate but how to handle a holiday greeting.

One wife, on her blog, said that it's not "Happy Holidays" but "Merry Christmas." Then she said she is a little offended that people use "Xmas" instead of "Christmas."

I'll start with the first one. I will tell people Happy Holidays if I see them on the street, at the grocery store and other places where I do not know a person. Why? It's simple, I do not know what they celebrate and it is the holiday season — Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Quanza, Christmas, and New Years. It's not just Christmas and I would like to tell people to have Happy Holidays so the cheer and the greeting goes throughout the rest of the year.

Now for the second topic at hand, Xmas vs. Christmas. I will admit, I use Xmas every once and a while, like in texts, quick emails, and some other random spots in life. I know it is not correct and it takes away the real reason we celebrate Christmas...Christ. Her argument was that by using Xmas, even in a text, that you demean the Christ himself. I could go on with this issue but I'm not. To me if that is what your worries about at this time, wither people use Xmas or Christmas, you yourself, are not focusing on what is really important it is about family, telling people the story of Christ and Christmas, and celebrating this wonderful time of year.

So to all of my readers out there HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

Dec 9, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

I meant to post yesterday, but the day was a little crazy.

To start with it was Selection Day so my husbands class got to pick their helicopters. Yes, we knew what he was going to get, Black Hawks. Since he is guard that is what they have at the unit so that's what he has to fly. Because of this fact my friend let me live vicariously through her and her husbands selection. He picked Apaches, she was happy he got what he wanted but she was not 100% thrilled.

The guys all then decided that they wanted to celebrate so later that evening we all headed down to Oscar's, a local bar, to celebrate and eat 25¢ wings.

After selection I had to take my car in. The transmission was slipping and with a road trip coming up for the holidays it needed to get fixed ASAP. Lucky for me it wasn't a huge overhaul and I got to get it back today for a little over $100.

Finally, the most exciting thing that happened here was that it snowed. Yes, IT SNOWED! It didn't really stick, but it still snowed in Southern, Alabama. My husband puppy, Annie, had no idea what to do with it and my dog just sat down in the back yard and enjoyed it. He is a husky.

Oh, I almost forgot. My husband found out he starts Black Hawks Dec. 16, the rest of his class starts Jan. 13. This means new people for us to get to know and him starting study again. I told him yesterday when I found out that he owed me one more night of freedom (last night) before the studying started again. So officially, I have lost my husband to he other love, flying, and studying for four more months.

Dec 6, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Well this weekend my husband and I finally got into the holiday spirit. We decorated the tree, hung stockings, ate Christmas cookies and, believe it or not, got all of the Christmas shopping done. He even got to open on of his gifts early.

Why was he so lucky? The puppies and I got him new Nike running shoes to help with his up coming PT test. His old shoes were disgusting and over a year old. They were hurting his feet and not helping him in his workouts. He was very surprised and excited when he opened his gift.

Now all that's left for the holidays is to celebrate with our families over Christmas exodus. It will be 26 hours in the car with the dogs. Luckily we still have a few weeks to mentally prepare ourselves for this grand adventure.

Dec 1, 2010


Well my husband is now done with the "baby helicopters," passing his BWS check ride yesterday morning. Not only does he get to start flying the BIG BOYS, Blackhawks, after the Christmas holiday's he also found out today that he is changing guard units within his state.

For some this might seem a little disconcerting seeing how he is just building relationships and is just starting out, but it is actually for the better. It is a smaller unit with less people, which means, after this deployment in August he will get to fly more as a 2LT and Captain then he would have in the other guard unit. It also means that some of the "bigger unit politics" wont be present. However, this does pose a new question for us, now what? We will be changing cities from one with friends and my husbands family to hours away. This also makes me wonder what will happen with my career.

I know these issues are months away, but it doesn't hurt to have those thoughts in the back of our minds. I also know God has a plan and it will all work out the way it's supposed too. I mean look at now, BWS is done and we are getting transferred to a healthier and more exciting guard unit.

Nov 27, 2010

News (to me)

Now that I am married to an Army Officer I have now been watching the news a lot more lately.

First off, as a journalism minor, I am sad to say that I am saddened by the state of the news. In one hour they talk about celebrities for about 15-20 min. of it. Not to mention they have some "news" programs entirely dedicated to talk about what's going on in the celebrity. CNN and FOX News are not E. I miss the days of "real news" where reporters were not just pretty faces but actually went out and found interesting stories.

Next, with all this stuff with North Korea happening it makes me nervous, not only for South Korea and the state of the world, but for my solider. He is due for his first deployment a few months after flight school graduation and right now his unit is slotted for Iraq...if things keep up it might be Korea or somewhere that deals with this new "crisis." I just want him to be as safe as possible and get back to me in one piece.

Finally, the fact that I am watching the news, oh yeah, and reading news sites like BBC every day, means I have officially entered adult hood. Before I would watch the news because I needed a current event for history class, but now I want to know what's going on in the world.

So I guess, while news-worthyness has lost a lot of meaning I like feeling connected and I guess the jitters I get when war-type things go on at least it won't be a surprise if my husband and/or his friends get sent that way.

Nov 24, 2010


Thanksgiving is my husbands families holiday. It was the easiest way to make people happy and stick with each families biggest traditions, his Thanksgiving, mine Christmas. However, thanks to my husbands training schedule we were not able to load up the car and head to Dallas with the rest of his family and they were all unable to make it down to Alabama (I don't blame them). Now are "orphan" Thanksgiving.

We are inviting all the single and close couples to us over to our house for a big pot luck. That way no one has to be alone and away from family, yes flight school is like it's own little family, on a holiday. My husband is cooking the turkey and the mashed potatoes, I am in charge of the pies, pumpkin and apple, and everything else is coming with our guests.

It's holidays like this that make me remember why we are true celebrating and what we really have in our lives to be thankful for. These are some of mine:

  • My husband, who is my best friend, and our little family
  • Finding friends in unexpected places
  • Rainy days and the first snowfall of the season
  • Curling up with a good book
  • My mom and dad who support me no matter what
  • and the fact I live in a country where it is ok to be a woman and it's ok to be free
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and remember the little moments are the things to be most thankful for.

Nov 17, 2010

A Little MIA

So I have been a little MIA on the blog front but all for good reasons. I was able to fly back to Kansas City for a quick weekend trip to see some friends and the in-laws. Let's just say it was great to get away and be super busy for a few days.

However, other than my husband and the puppies, I did miss on thing about Alabama...the weather. As soon as my flight landed at the airport in the early evening and they opened the door the words "Darn It" came out of my mouth. I thought I said it in my head but the man sitting next to me looked over at me and asked me why I said that. I told him because it is cold. He just laughed at me, but if he knew I cam from mid 80's to low 30's of the city he would feel the same way I did.

Overall it was a great trip and I will incorporate some stories in my next few posts. Let's just say I was inspired and have some new topics to write about.

Nov 11, 2010

Nov. 11, 2010

To all those who served, those in service now, and those who will join in the future thank you. Especially my grandfather and my husband. Happy Veteran's Day.

Nov 10, 2010

Lifestyle Check Up

About two weeks ago I posted about me, and my husband, starting a new and healthier lifestyle. We decided to start on Nov. 1 because it was a Mon. and the start of a new month. Now we are a little over a week into our "new life" and we are doing great! My husband even said he wanted to lose 10 pounds by the end of the month. I know I said I did not want to make part of this change a weight loss goal but he has a PT test coming up and pulled out the scale so I agreed to it and told him I was not going to set a goal, but rather see how it goes.

So far we have each lost 4 pounds and that was just with changing our diets and keeping a steady workout routine. Here are some other perks I am starting to see:

  • I have only had one soda and NO ice cream (yes I'm shocked). The perk, my complexion loves me.
  • Yoga is pretty awesome and I like it even more than I thought I would. My husband has even joined me in a few sessions.
  • This is the part I am not to happy with, my creative spark just hasn't sparked yet. I think I might just need to grab my camera and go on an adventure around town and just shoot. Not to mention, I have just not been excited about a few graphic design projects, luckily they are for people I know and not something that needs to be done right this second, but still it's my passion so I have to kick it into gear.
  • My dog is loving our alone time and my husband puppy is now leash trained! I love these two "mangy" mutts.
  • Now that we are doing five small meals I have gotten creative with my cooking and have found some great new recipes. I am excited to get my cook on more and so is my husband.
  • While I parts of my life are organized I am slowly working on others, but hey it's a start.
  • Finally, I have noticed that I am sleeping better, getting back to reading some new books, turning off the TV more and turning to music, and have just felt emotionally and physically happier.
All in all this has been a great first week and a half. Now off to the kitchen to start preparing my next dinner creation.

Nov 7, 2010

Peanuts, Studying, and Football

I love lazy weekends that include football and friends, not to mention a ton of studying.

This weekend my husband and a couple friend of ours decided to check out the National Peanut Festival that takes place in Dothan, Al, a nice little drive from Ft. Rucker. It was pretty entertaining and more like a "normal" carnival that included a lot of nuts and nut themed things. Although we did not ride any rides we did partake in eating some yummy food including an elephant ear (tasted like a curio) and of course nuts. We also loved people watching. From carnies to local residents to distant travelers, we saw it all.

To finish the weekend my husband has to study and work on flight plans for BWS, and myself, I'm just watching some NFL games and am relaxing. I know it's not the ideal family time, but I'll take it.

Nov 5, 2010

Fall Friday Cleaning

When I woke up this morning I did not think I would spend my entire day cleaning, however the fall cleaning bug bit me and there was a lot to do. I know it is my job as the doubting wife to keep the house clean anyway but today I went a little clean crazy.

Not only did I clean the whole downstairs, including a nasty kitchen, the upstairs master bedroom and bathroom, I also cleaned up the back yard. It made me very happy I decided to do that job because the puppies decided to chew up the back door mat and there were pieces of it ever where. Also, while I was trying to pick up the pieces, as well as fill in the new holes my husbands pup had made, they decided to help me by trying to take the pieces out of my hand. Yes, it was entertaining but also a little annoying while I was trying to get the job done. I decided to take out their just picked up toys and, lucky for me, that kept them distracted long enough for me to get the job done.

Finally, the house is in a state of cleanliness. My husband, who got done with a flight school test early, came home and jokingly said, "Thanks for doing your woman job." I gave him a look, he laughed, and then asked if he could help with anything.

While I did not have a task for him to help me with, seeing how I finished a few minutes earlier, he then took my hand, told me he loved me, and asked me to dance to the music I had playing in the background. I forget how lucky I am sometimes with the man I married, while he jokes he is always willing to give a helping hand, and always knows how to sweep me off of my feet.

Happy Friday!

Nov 3, 2010

Fun Find

I was doing some random book searching online — I am an avid reader and lover of all things books/print — and came across some things I would love to add to my wardrobe. Who ever thought of this I give you props. LOVE THEM!

via Out of Print

Nov 1, 2010

Halloween Sunday

Yesterday was Halloween, so happy late holiday! To celebrate my husband and I watched classic scary movies and ate left over trick-or-treater candy. That's right, left over candy on Halloween night.

Enterprise, along with other cities in the area, moved trick-or-treating to Saturday night. This sparked a great debate between my husband and myself. He said it was because it was on a Sunday night, a school night. My rebuttal was simple, so what happens when Halloween is on a Mon.-Thurs. night? He went silent, I just smiled. Then I gave my opinion on the matter. It's the South, and Sunday's are God's day so they don't want to share that with Halloween, a holiday dealing with spirits and "evil."

Anyway, I just found it funny that they moved the holiday and felt bad for my friends with children that didn't get the message until they had trick-or-treaters at the door and scrabbled to get their kiddos out in time. We were lucky to have candy on hand, and be home to pass out candy, thank you map project.

Oct 29, 2010

Puppy Dog Tail

Due to my husbands flight school schedule I was dubbed his puppies trainer. So far this little, ok not so little, 5 month old can sit and stay both verbally and with hand signals. Lay down is a work in progress but I am crossing my fingers that by the end of next week she will have it down.

Now for the hard part...teaching her not to dig in the back yard. She started this bad habit about a month ago and has increased her digging substantially. I have looked up advice on the internet, asked the vet and fellow puppy owners, and even tried yelling at those cute little puppy eyes. Today, my husband luckily has the day off and tried a tactic of his own, water. She is afraid of the garden hose. It is extremely funny to watch her try and get away from it, but that's besides the point. So when she started digging he went outside, turned on the hose, and sprayed her. It seemed to be working but then she started again. I guess this will be a good test for a new technique to get her to learn how not to dig.

Oct 25, 2010

A Healthy Lifestyle

So I have come to the decision that it's time for me to be living a more heathy lifestyle. How did I come to this conclusion? It's simple...I just don't feel healthy.

Yes, my health issues — a big surgery and my pneumonia deciding to welcome itself back — has made me a little lazy and not wanting to really care, but now that I am turning a corner on both of those things, it's time to get me going again. Not to mention my hubby is a little over a month away from a PT test so he is kicking it into high gear.

These are my first baby steps I am taking to get myself back to where I can look in the mirror and say "I look and feel good."

  1. Cut Out The Crap: This includes my two addictions, Dr Pepper and ice cream.
  2. Yoga It Up: I just recently asked, and then received, yoga gear and DVDs for my birthday. This should help, not only my body, but my mind.
  3. Get My Creative Juices Flowing: Part of me not feeling healthy is also part mental. I realized I need to start working my mind out to and to do this I am going to start spending at least 30 min a day going out and taking photos, work on design projects or write.
  4. Puppy Love: I have a two year old mini husky and my husband has a (just turned) 5 month old lab/coon hound mix. I am going to spend some time each day having alone time with my pup, and then spend some training time with the newer pup. This should not only get me some cardio workouts in every week, but also help the house run a little less crazy (fingers crossed).
  5. Menu Matters: In my last semester in college I needed a filler class so I picked a nutrition class. Well, it's time to put that class to use and start eating healthy and right. This not only means me, but my husband as well. We are going to start eating five small meals a day, lower our fat/sugar intakes and eat the correct portion for each meal. This might be hard at the beginning but I will be worth it.
  6. Organization Is Key: With all of this baby steps I want to implement into my life I need to get organized. I need to dust off my planner and start getting myself into a routine. This shouldn't be to hard do, I mean before I was lazy I was one of the most organized people in my little world. This will also help with meal planning and my new work out schedule.
I know this looks like a lot of work for just starting to get myself back to feeling healthy but in reality it's not. It's a lifestyle change, not "I want to lose 20 pounds in one month" kind of stuff. This will be better in the long run while making us lose weight, keep it off, and make us more mentally sound.

Wish me luck!

Oct 20, 2010

It's Not Him, It's You Too

About a week or so ago I was talking to a fellow new Army wife and she told me a story that made me laugh a little but also made me realize that everything you do as an officers wife reflects on your officer.

This is how the story went (to the best of my memory), and like me, my friend does not live directly on post:
I was driving on post to go to the gym and run some other errands and soon after I was done I heard police sirens. It turns out I was getting pulled over for speeding, going 7, or maybe 10ish, over the 30 miles per hour speed limit. When the female office got came to my car and asked for my traditional ticket information she then looked at me and asked if I was an officers wife. I told her yes and that is when a switch flipped and she started going off on me. 
She started yelling, well it seemed like yelling, at me for the fact that I am an officers wife and that not only do I get in trouble they have to report my ticket to my husbands commanding officer, getting him in trouble as well. She then went on to remind me about Army wife etiquette and that what I did as his wife sometimes reflected more on him then what he does the majority of the time.
At this point I am balling and so worried about this getting back to his commander. The officer gave me one more verbal slap on the wrist and I headed home, not speeding of course. As soon as I got home I called my husband and left a message on his phone, he was in the middle of flight line at the time, and told him about the incident. A few hours later he called me back and told me as son as he had time he went to his commander and told her about the situation and that she would be hearing it from the department soon. He said the commander smiled a little and just said something along the lines of "she must be new to this life," and told him to remind me once again that she is being watched at all times too.
I was so relieved that he did not get in trouble and happy but a little upset that, she to, found it a little amusing. In the end I am never or even getting close to speeding or maybe even doing anything on post.
After she told me this story I couldn't help but smile to and reflect back to what my husbands college ROTC commander and his wife told me. "You alone, as a military spouse, can make or break your husbands career."

It is 100% true, every step, every connection, every everything I do connects me back to him. I am so happy that I was warned about this before I married the military, especially after hearing that story and knowing I was not the one that had to learn that lesson the hard way.

Sep 30, 2010

Hello Army World

A little over a year ago I was pulling out my hair trying to finish planning my wedding, in which I only had a month to do. The reason for this craziness was simple, I was marrying the love of my life, an Army National Guard officer and the military.

After our graduation trip to Europe and an engagement in Paris, he was told that he had to start getting ready for flight school and eventually had his dates change three or four times before he finally knew what his plan was. I was thrown in to everything very quickly and was told by my then charming fiance, "Welcome to the life of an officers wife." Little did I know what I was in for. He left for Oklahoma for his first part of training while I stayed in our first apartment tending to the dog and my job.

Next, he came home for a few weeks then it was back to packing him up and me helping him load the moving truck to head down to Ft. Rucker, AL where his real fun would start. I, however, left a few weeks later to head back to my reality...all alone.

Well, I couldn't handle it for long and ended up moving down there with him to finally get more that two weeks with my new husband. Now, I am living in the Army/flight school community trying to settle into a new home, lifestyle, and mentality. 

Thus the reason for the blog. It is a way to get my feelings and emotions out while on this crazy journey that is being an Army wife and hopefully put smiles on the faces of those women that have been serving for a while or just starting their own adventures themselves.

I hope you enjoy {Guarded} MyLife as an ArmyWife.