I think we’re homesick

Brandon and I have been talking about the States lately. I think it was just inevitable, 15 months into this 3 year tour. Work has been draining, routines have become routine, and we’re really settled into this Korean life of ours, so we’re looking toward the future, like what duty station we might put in for next. No idea. We have a great life here, don’t get me wrong. We have wonderful friends, plenty of activities to go to, and one of the world’s biggest cities to explore. We’ve developed a [Continue Reading…]

What’s in a name?

You know what? Sometimes, I’m a bit jealous of people who have their baby named right away. Like, they go into that anatomy scan and they know they will be having a John or a Jane, and that’s that! They start calling that baby by its name, they can get personalized gear, and when the baby is born, that’s one less thing to worry about. I just can’t do it though. Neither of us can! We came pretty close to having a name with Penny… and it wasn’t Penny. She [Continue Reading…]

Breech Baby? or, Why I’m never giving birth at an Army hospital again.

He looks like his Daddy ;)

I’m coming off of the big anatomy scan today. It didn’t feel as momentous as it did with Penny, simply because we already knew what sex the baby is. It’s still a boy! Phew. It was pretty cool to see his little fists balled up by his chest, count his little fingers, see his little feet, check out his organs and whatnot. He’s a cute little thing… as much as I can tell in black and white anyway. The thing I was most curious about was his positioning. Penny was [Continue Reading…]

How to Become Mayor in One Easy Step

Answer: Volunteer. SO! I was at our base’s town hall meeting on Tuesday evening. We had tried to rally the troops for some specific issues we wanted resolved on our tiny post. Only six spouses showed up. There we were, sitting in the front row, armed with our clipboards and our notepads, surrounded by a bunch of soldiers and department heads, ready to say our piece. Honestly, I wasn’t planning on saying much. But then the panel started running through the issues they were going to cover. I started asking [Continue Reading…]

Extrovert vs the Introvert


It’s funny how you have no idea what you’re kid will be like when they’re born, and then as each month passes, you get little tidbits of their personality. She likes her toys a certain way. She likes to wear only this color. She prefers to be disciplined in this manner. I can see my little three year old as she might be as a teenager sometimes. And you know, Penny may look like me, but her personality is every bit her Daddy’s. Except maybe her focus, or lack thereof… that’s [Continue Reading…]

Penny’s Birth Story, Three Years Later

Read the original birth story! Today, I’m linking up with Jessica Lynn Writes and sharing my birth story! She is having a baby any day now and wants to read all the stories. I thought, this is a good opportunity to rehash what happened, especially as every day brings us closer to this next baby coming into the world. Penny’s birth story starts a couple weeks ahead, in early December. The plan was to have an all-natural birth. Brandon and I had taken the Bradley classes, read all the books, [Continue Reading…]

Friendship Fringe

Have you ever felt on the fringe of social activity? I have. I feel it all the time. Every place I move, every new set of friends, I don’t ever feel like I quite fit in. At this point, I’m used to it, but I think it bothers me more now than it did when I was a kid, because back then it was my normal. I didn’t realize I was that different. But maybe I did. I remember crying a lot in elementary school. I remember being the silly [Continue Reading…]

Measles, the Anti-Vax Debate, and My Fear


About once a year I feel the need to write a post about vaccines. It isn’t a hot button issue in our house anymore. We did our research when I was pregnant with Penny, oh four years ago, and made our decision. We periodically reevaluate the decision as our situation changes. But given the recent measles outbreak that spawned an outbreak of its own on social media, as more and more people get involved and share articles, I felt the need to say a few words. There are big words [Continue Reading…]

{Second Pregnancy} Hey, Halfway!


I’ll be 20 weeks this Saturday, so I thought a pregnancy update was in order! Here we go, I’ll elaborate after the quick rundown: How far along: 19 weeks 6 days Baby’s size: 6.5in, 10.5oz Clothing: Maternity tops, leggings, and anything comfy! Jackets are getting tight. Gender: It’s a BOY! Physically: Feeling great. Learning I have limitations now. Mentally: Feeling great as well! Excited for this baby boy. Emotionally: Ah the hormones. Things can get to me easy. Let’s say heightened-PMS. But truly, it’s not that bad. Everything they say about second pregnancies is so [Continue Reading…]

52 Week Project: Weeks 45-48

December 28 - Sometimes she allows pigtails!

Technically I should be done with this project by now. I took the first photo on January 12, 2014, but it seems like I will be ending at the end of February because of some missed weeks. Will I continue? The short answer: Maybe. The long answer: Maaaaybe. Most weeks, it isn’t very fun trying to wrangle the kid, get her dressed, take a photo, and then give her some candy as a reward (because I’m that sort of mom!) I think, in the future, I will choose a better [Continue Reading…]