Monday, July 30, 2012

Mac Going For a Run :)

Stephen taught Mac Mac to run on the treadmill! :) Now every time Stephen goes for a run, Mac tries to cut in front of him to run too. Lol He'll stay by the treadmill and stare or cry until Stephen let's him have a turn. So funny!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

The New Place

As I mentioned in my previous post, we moved across town to the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. So far, we love it! I know there's been some folks wanting to see pics of our new digs (hi family! :) so here we go...

Our criteria for the new home when searching was that it needed to be within 10-15 mins of base, no tunnel traffic whatsoever, three bedrooms on the same level, garage for the motorcycle and storage, a small yard for Mac Mac and Tpot, affordable, and it would be a bonus if we both agreed on it. ;) 

We had gone to see several several places that all seemed to be nice but not exactly what we were looking for. Then we came across this "Luxury Condo" (I think it's just a townhouse lol) that had recently been posted on Craigslist. As we read the details, we laughed because it sounded perfect. The landlords got back with us quickly and said that they'd love to have us rent their home. 

Above is the outside of the complex. 

Kitchen and Backyard

Cute pic of my people enjoying the ocean :)

Living Room, Dining Area behind it, Sliding Door to Backyard, Mac Mac, and yes...that is a treadmill. lol What you are seeing is compromise in marriage being lived out. :) We usually keep it in the garage but seeing as it has been in the 90's with a heat index of 105-110 degrees...the garage just will not do. I honestly don't like it there, but I am very thankful for the sexy hubby that I get to see running on it and the daily reminder it brings to use it.  

More Living Room and Kitchen is to the Left.

Mac Mac 
A lady recently told us that she believed Mac was a Mountain Cur and not a Pit Mix. We are not so sure about that but Stephen liked the part about Mountain Curs being able to kill a bear. ;) lol 

View of entrance. Downstairs bathroom to the left and kitchen to the right.


 Upstairs at the top of the steps, Tierzah and Guest/New Baby's Room to the right, and Guest bath in front.
 Guest Bath. My friend, Amanda, gave us that beach photo a few years ago and we've been wanting to frame it since then. So when Stephen's Mom and Dad came to visit, Stephen put Linda to work and she graciously framed it. :)

Baby #2's Future Room
Right now it's being used as Tierzah's playroom and Guest Bedroom

Master Bedroom
My handyman built those awesome shelves for us. :)

Master Bath


She just woke up from a nap in this picture :) 
Our little Butterfly's Room


We love that it's only a 1.3 mile drive to get to this wee beach by our house.
Tpot with Daddy and Grandpa

Linda and Bruce

Another bonus is that we live about 5 mins from the Commissary, Exchange, Beach, and Water Park on Little Creek base. SO awesome! We took our water baby to the pool and she only managed to almost drown and scare her mommy half to death one time. :) 

Tpot began stacking all the DVDs into that box but I guess she decided it had a better purpose.

Mac has been such a good dog with Tierzah lately. She loves to hug him and use him for a pillow constantly these days. lol 

:) Can't believe another pair of tiny sandals will be added to this row soon!

Little Miss always wearing my shoes...

Went for a walk down the pier. Tpot is wearing her beloved "puppy backpack" ... a leash just doesn't sound as nice. :) Trying to run after a toddler in a store or public can be dangerous so this gives her freedom (and exercise!) and she doesn't have to be strapped in a stroller. Before I had a kid, I thought these were a bit ridiculous. It's amazing how incredibly humbling parenting can be, though. ;) Constantly learning.

My favorite mornings start with a family breakfast and this couple devotional. Always learning in our marriage too! I love discovering new things about my hubby. I've known him for about 10 yrs now and it never gets old.  

Watching The Incredibles with daddy. After watching this movie, she went through her little library on her own and found The Incredibles book that her cousins had given her. I didn't even know we had it! She is so brilliant. ;)

At the water park!

Stephen signed us up to attend the Navy's CREDO Marriage Retreat this month. My sis-in-law, Cheryl, was very kind enough to watch Tierzah for us. (Thank you, Reynolds!!) We weren't sure what to expect at the retreat but just being alone to focus on our marriage was definitely worth it. We had a blast going out pass our curfew ;), learning good ways to communicate and conflict well, and discovering the ways we best receive love where we are at now in life. When we were engaged, The Five Love Languages and the Myers Brigg Personality Test were things we studied and went over in premarital counseling. I wasn't expecting much of a change when they had us retake these tests at the Conference. It was SO interesting, though! I guess becoming a parent, getting old ;), or maybe going through 2 deployments in less than 2 yrs can change a person just a bit. lol Anyway, it was fun to study my hubby's personality, what makes him feel desired, and use the knowledge to love him mo' betta. I definitely would recommend a marriage retreat if you haven't been on one in a while! I know it can be a hassle to organize childcare, dog care, finances...but it's worth investing in the maintenance aspect of any relationship.   

Breakfast was served at 7am and guess who was one of the first people in line?! :) As you can see, I had to try everything they had to offer. I guess some things never change. lol

Since I woke us up sooooo early, we had time to go back to our room and start the prayer journal Stephen brought for us. 

Love you, babe!
He was on his way to pray for a retirement ceremony. 

That's all for now folks! I am listening to Tpot talk through the monitor to the butterflies
 (she calls them, butt-flies:) on the walls in her room. Better go and start breakfast...I'm starving, as always! :)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

May-June via my iPhone

We had a busy May and June! Stephen had the opportunity to officiate two Navy weddings, a Memorial service, to speak at the Norfolk and Yorktown Chapels on base, to speak again to young adults at First Friday, to pray at a Memorial Day event, and he even got underway for a few days with one of his ships...along with his other uptempo regular chaplain-ly duties. :)

My time was spent keeping our little explorer on her happy routine. A mom with older children told me recently that during the season when you have young children it's impossible to be involved in every opportunity that presents itself. Only speaking for myself, I find that to be true. When I was growing up, all I ever wanted was to get married and raise children...8 to be exact. :) That number has now shrinked to 4 and maaaaybe 5. Lol While there are times that I wish I could be more involved in various opportunities, I am so grateful for the responsibility of raising Tpot and making another to add to the quiver. ;) I was vacuuming the house yesterday while Tierzah was chasing Mac Mac demanding hugs from him, and I seriously almost started crying! I felt so overwhelmed with thankfulness for my life and family. God is so good to me! I tend to automatically focus on the negatives while there is SO much that is actually going right. Just taking time as I cleaned and cooked to remember all the good changed my heart quickly. I'm sure my "moment" was interrupted by Tpot trying to eat the dog food or needing to clean her hand that was presenting what she found in her diaper. :)

Ok, on to pictures:

Mother's Day! Stephen bought me a beautiful bouquet of my favorite flowers. Stargazers and Roses were my wedding flowers too. He knows the secret to my and chocolate. :)

I love how T likes to sit on us and read books. This was just too precious! She does get a little impatient with how quickly the pages turn, though. T "helps" us with that. ;)

MOPS was such a neat experience for me this past year. Especially during Stephen's longer deployment it was great to have other awesome ladies to chat with.

This was the steering team! Virginia is in front and she was our fearless leader. I appreciate her heart for moms SO much! When Tpot was hospitalized while Stephen was deployed, Virginia and other MOPS ladies came and brought friendship, prayer, comforting words, food, and sisterly love that was priceless. My sis-in-law, Suzanne, drove an hour and a half to bring food, comfort, and encouragement as well. I was and am still so moved and grateful for these women who came in one of my scariest and loneliest times! Thank you ladies!!

I was coming home from a baby shower and Stephen was leaving to officiate a wedding. I don't get to see him in his fancy shmancy uniforms as much as I would like so he usually has to pose for a pic when I catch him lookin so studly. ;)

Prego Mamas: Julie (cuz-in-law), Rachel and Deborah (sis-in-laws), and me. This was taken at Rachel's baby shower in MD. Yay for 2012 babies! Family reunions should continue to be wild and crazy at this rate. Lol

Me and T at Grandma's house for the shower.

This year was Stephen's 1st Father's Day actually at home and not on a deployment in 2 years. We stopped for this picture on our way to church. :)

Afterwards, we headed up to Richmond to spend time with family. Thank you, Hawthornes, for sharing your pool!

Baby Griffin #2 @10 weeks! :) I hate waiting for OB appointments. Anxiety, worry, and excitement drive me crazy. Thank God, our little bean was rolling all over the place!

Mama G at 12 weeks. My belly popped right out this time around! Guess the body knows what it's doing now. :) I have felt much like the color of my shirt. Nausea and throwing up have become apart of my daily life. There were times I would be talking on the phone or with Stephen and have to pause for a moment to run to the toilet and then continue with the conversation. While it's frustrating, I also find peace in knowing that hopefully this means that all is going well with the pregnancy.

I found my wedding dress while packing up our house. Of course, I had to try it on. :) We decided to move closer to the base Stephen works at since it would take him up to an hour to drive 12 miles in traffic every day. It was tough to leave our great neighbors and neighborhood, though. However, it now only takes him 10-15 mins to get to and from work now! Getting to have more time with him everyday was definitely worth the move. Thank you to all those who helped us with moving!!

We met up with the Hawthornes at Virginia Beach after doing our garage sale. Tierzah LOVED the ocean this time! She is so brave...definitely her daddy's daughter. ;) I believe I was 13 weeks in this picture.

Hee hee...cute little girl! Such a busy bee.

Only 5 mins into our trip back home and she was passed out!

My sis-in-law, Rachel, had her sweet baby, Lillian! I'm so happy for them. I only wished I lived closer to all my little nieces and nephews scattered around the US...there are so many hugs and kisses that need to be given. :)

I'll sign off with this picture because it makes me smile. :) These two wild ones keep my life exciting and full of adventure. I love them more than I thought was possible!

Until next time...

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