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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Colorado So Far

We've been in Colorado for over a week now and I thought I'd update you on how it's going!

Last week we arrived at my Dad's mid-afternoon on Monday and stayed until mid-morning on Wednesday. My Dad's house is always a very relaxed, laid-back sort of place. He makes such great food, too. That first night I'm pretty sure I ate six tacos (all with homemade ingredients from their garden!). We spent our one full day there shopping, fixing the car (my dad's a mechanic), and hanging out. That night, my sister and her boyfriend came out for dinner.

This is my step-mom Kat with my Dad
 Jenny and Justin
On Sunday, we also visited with Jenn at their house up in North Denver. Funny, she ended up living just down the street from the house I grew up in! (Jenny didn't move to Colorado until later, but I lived in that house with my two other sisters since we moved from Canada.)

Wednesday, we drove a few hours south to Colorado Springs, the place we always call home. We arrived at Brandon's parents house and immediately got to see my puppy dog! I missed him so much! As soon as he saw us, he went crazy, and then he jumped right into the car like he was saying, "You're here to get me! Let's go!"
So far we've kept pretty busy here. We've gone shopping, made some delicious food, played a bunch of board games, and visited with people. Yesterday, Brandon and I walked around our old university to see all the changes. Wow! I wish we were still going there!

Brandon's mom got us this Johnny Jump-Up, but Penny is still a little too small for it. She was so cute when we put her in, though, and just sat there staring at us. Love her!
 And on Monday, we visited Brandon's grandparents so I could get a four-generation photo. Grandpa, Dad, Brandon, and Baby. I think they turned out alright, though I need to see if I can fix the lighting a bit. Penny is a bit washed out - I guess it was too bright!
Our time so far in Colorado has been going well. We missed the place but we both agree, we aren't itching to stay here forever. I know we're both excited to get to Alabama and finally get settled. It's been almost a month since we've been "homeless" and we're ready to have a place to call our own!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Our House!

We have a house! Sorta...

After some discussion, Brandon and I decided that living on post fits us a bit better for the time being. What really sold us was the convenience of having Brandon come home for breakfast and lunch whenever possible, and saving on gas money. Once we started looking at the possible houses we could live in on post, we started getting super excited.

Last week, I filled out an application to be put on the waiting list, and the next day Brandon got a phone call. They said they already had a house assigned to us and if we wanted to set up an appointment, we could see it once we arrived.

Wow! How awesome! Now the only problem is, we won't have furniture for a week or two. We might live in the hotel a little longer, but that's ok.

They sent Brandon an email and it says "Your Floorplan" with a picture. It's the exact floorplan we wanted! I really really hope we get that house. I'm so excited, I can't stop thinking about it. I'm thinking about how I want it arranged, how to decorate, and just living in it. I love it!

We'll be there soon! Can't wait!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ditch the Dish?

I never thought I would ever say this but... I'm thinking we might cancel our Dish Network.

I've realized over the course of this move that we really don't need to have access to all those channels. When we were living in the hotel, we barely touched the TV. Same with at my mom's, dad's and the in-law's so far. The in-law's don't even have cable, so it isn't tempting me.

Sure, I miss the shows we've always watched, but we can catch them on their websites. We spend more time watching Netflix Instant Play than anything else. So do we really need the Dish?

I really want to stop watching TV during the day, especially as Penny gets older. I want to spend time playing with her, reading, keeping up on chores, walking the dog, exercising, writing, learning, everything that I want to do but I get distracted by the TV! And it isn't like we're totally getting rid of it, we will still relax in the evenings with Netflix.

I guess Penny is the biggest reason why I don't want it anymore. I don't want her to spend hours sitting in front of the TV. She's already loving it whenever it's on and it concerns me. I want her to play and learn other ways and not zone out, you know? Not that TV is bad and we'll completely cut it out, I just don't want it all the time.

Do you think we can do it? Completely get rid of the Dish, the DVR, the access to TV right away? It's a scary thought but we're considering it!

Edit: I wrote this post on Friday morning and by Sunday afternoon, Brandon and I had come to a decision - we're ditching the dish! We're going to stick with Netflix Instant Play and Hulu Plus, bringing our bill down from about $85 to $16 a month. We should be able to watch all our favorite shows too!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bang Bang!

We went shooting today! Brandon has been itching to shoot since he got to the mainland and today he got his second chance to do it. He wanted me to practice too, since I need to get better at using my gun. Plus... I completed one of my 101 in 1001 (90. Hit a target at 10 feet with all the bullets in my gun)!

That morning, I fed Penny, put her down for a nap and headed out with Brandon, his dad, sister, and Dexter. We drove down the road to a neighboring property to shoot in his backyard. It's nice living out in the plains!

Brandon and his dad loaded up the ammo while I walked around with Dexter, who was super excited to be out. Then the fun began... we started shooting!
 Mallory getting ready to shoot.
 Brandon shooting his pistol.
 Now I have a funny story about Dexter. He's a bit of a wimp. As soon as the guns started going, he started freaking out. We put him in the bed of the truck for a bit but it only lasted so long. He wanted to be near us and practically in our laps!
 Well, Mallory was petting him and I watched while Brandon and his dad were shooting. I guess Dexter had had enough because he just stood up, looked around and took off! Mallory and I were in shock and we expected him to turn around but he just kept going! Mallory tried running after him but it wasn't happening. Her last glimpse of him was Dexter turning down the road back towards home.

I ran back to Brandon and told him that the dog was gone! So we hopped in the truck and took off after him. Luckily the roads aren't overly used, I was more worried about him getting in a dog fight. We found him two houses down from the in-laws trying to find his way. He actually made it pretty far! He only had to go over one more hill! We brought him home safe and went back to shooting.

This is my last photo of him right before he took off. Silly doggy.
 Well, once Dex was secured, I could finally shoot! I had been practicing my stance and learning to stop anticipating the recoil. I love my little gun. This is me after emptying my first clip.
Then in the afternoon, I went to a concealed carry permit class! Brandon and I will be applying in Florida, which has great reciprocity laws, so we can get our concealed carry permits. I don't know if I will even carry my gun, or any, but it's cool to have (and another one of my 101 in 1001!). The class was great too!

It was a fun day of shooting! I'm glad we got to go!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thirteen Years of being an American

Did you know today is my Citizenship Day? I wrote about it last year too! Thirteen years ago we piled into a car, drove down from Canada to Vermont and were sworn in as Americans.

Once upon a time, my mom worked for a company called Sun Microsystems (now owned by Oracle). This company had branches throughout the entire world and when my mom got word that she could put in to be transferred, she started getting the itch to move. My parents talked about going to far off places like Belize, but they settled on two states: Florida or Colorado. How did we end up in Colorado? They would pay to move us there but wouldn't to Florida. Plus, my mom didn't like the idea of potential hurricanes!


So in late May 1999, we moved down to Colorado. My mom started the process of citizenship a year and a half before, though. My Nanny (my mom's mom) is actually American, born near Detroit, so my mom became a citizenship through her. And since my little sister and I were younger than 16, we automatically got citizenship. My two older sisters and my dad had to get green cards, though.

Anyway, I've been an American officially for thirteen years. People still call me Canadian and laugh over some of my Canadianess, but I consider myself an American.

Happy Citizenship Day!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hawaii vs the Mainland

We're safe and sound in Colorado! We've actually just arrived at our in-laws in the Springs after spending a couple days at my dad's house north of Denver. It's just never enough time with family! As we were driving down here I was thinking about everything different about Hawaii and the Mainland. We're definitely Mainland people!

Gas Prices: Come on, don't complain about pay $3.05 a gallon when we were paying at least $4.05 for the cheap stuff on post!

Foooooooooood: Chipotle, Chick Fil A, Red Robin, On The Border, Chipotle, TGI Friday's, did I mention Chipotle?

Stores!: As we were driving I was saying "Look at all the Targets! Another Target! Oh, Kohl's! JC Penney!" Yeah, we had a couple Targets on the island, but nothing like this!

Speed Limits: On the backroads here you can go as fast as the freeways in Hawaii. Nice.

Temperature: I'm used to the cold here but there is a biting wind sometimes in Colorado. Brrr.

Ok, we liked living in Hawaii. Seriously, we were living in Hawaii. But I'm certainly glad to be back on the Mainland and excited to continue on our adventure!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I Got This! (Maybe Not...)

Sometimes I look like I have this baby thing under control. She's sleeping through the night by some miracle from the heavens and she seems like a pretty happy baby most of the time. I might have figured this out.

Except most days from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep I feel like I'm teetering on the edge of a cliff and something is barely holding me up.

I'm a control freak and I like my routines. Before baby was born you could predict how my day would go. I'd wake up at the same time, I'd eat the same breakfast, watch the same shows, and walk the dog at the same time each day. Same same same.

Of course, Penny comes into the picture and everything changes. I expected it and I'm not surprised. My logical brain is telling me to shut up and the crazy side of my brain is freaking out still. It's saying, it's been over nine weeks now! Haven't you figured this out yet?

I figured out one thing: As soon as you think you figured it out, everything changes again.

I'm learning to roll with it. I'm letting Penny take the lead and with the help of some trusty baby books, we're working on sorting our life out together. Like I've said before, she's a pretty easy baby. Doesn't cry much, likes to be held a certain way, eats every 3-4 hours... we're blessed!

I do have to say that today I'm very happy. Yesterday I realized that Penny wasn't sleeping very well during the day because of all the changes. She would only sleep in our arms or in the car, but as soon as she was moved, she'd wake back up. That just makes for a grumpy baby. So thanks to Facebook advice from friends, we started something new today. We re-started swaddling her for naps and now she's sleeping over an hour each nap! I can even put her down in her bed and leave the room. Also, we put one of our shirts in there so she could smell us still and feel close. Magic, she's napping like normal again! Once we get to the in-laws tomorrow, we plan on putting her to bed earlier in the night to get her back on the Hawaii schedule. The three hour time difference has thrown her off a bit.

So yeah, I'm figuring it out. I feel like I have it some days, though I'm still waving my arms around to keep myself from falling off the cliff. And I know I'm not the only one! Have you felt like this before, baby or not?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Arizona Visit

I'm writing this on Saturday morning but posting Sunday. As you're reading this, we are on the road heading towards Colorado. The weather report doesn't look particularly sunny, so keep us in your thoughts! I don't think it'll be too bad but it isn't ideal.

I wanted to write a post about our time in Arizona! We've been here since Monday evening and we've been busy. I wish we could stay longer, but there are always others to see. Unfortunately, with divorced parents, each one gets less time with us than if they were together. Story of my life!

Tuesday (Valentine's Day), we all went shopping and out to lunch. That was me, Brandon, my sister Jessica, my mom and the two babies. Jessica's husband Andy came over later. My mom made a yummy dinner and we all hung out before bed. It was a nice day!
Wednesday was more of the same. We actually left Penny with my mom for an hour and a half to run to the local Air Force base to find some shoes for Brandon. We came back with no shoes and a fresh haircut, and picked up my sister and her baby on the way. My sister brought over some games and we fell in love with Ticket To Ride. That night we went over to the barn (my mom's boyfriend has horses) and we watched barrel racing after getting some burgers.
Thursday was super fun! Again, we went in search for some darn running shoes in the morning and finally found them at Sports Authority. We stopped at a bunch of other stores and got Chipotle for lunch, my first time in over a year and Brandon's first in almost three!

Then after lunch we picked up Jessica and us girls went horseback riding! My mom's boyfriend works at a trail ride place and we got to go up. I used to ride horses so it was super fun for me. Jessica was terrified but had a good time. My butt was hurting at the end of it, though. Later, after I rushed back home to Brandon to feed Penny, us two left her with my mom and went to shoot our guns a bit at the back of the horse property. We hadn't shot them in so long!

 Friday, my mom brought us girls out to get pedicures. After that, we split up - my mom went to a furniture store and us kids went shopping again! I had to pick up a book I ordered from Barnes & Noble's, and while we were out we went to lunch at Red Robin. We had to stop at a gun store before heading back to relax at home. That night, Andy brought over games again after he got off work and we played before they left and we went to bed.

BTW, Penny has decided the last two nights to sleep 8.5 to 9 hours. Wow!
And now it's Saturday here! I'm not sure what we're doing during the day, but tonight we're bringing everyone out to one last dinner before our drive. We're also checking out the Star Tower (I'll show pictures once we're in Colorado).

It's been so great visiting family!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Penny - Two Months


Penny - you're two months old!


Wow! Two months! Time is just flying and we're having so much fun with you. Last time we weighed you, about a week ago, you came in at almost eleven pounds. I'm sure you're even bigger by now. I don't know how long you are but you've outgrown a lot of your sleepers, so you've definitely gotten longer. Your hair is a beautiful brown and your eyes have stayed a steely blue, but I think they might be lightening up.



You've graduated from most of your newborn clothes! You fit perfectly in 0-3 month sleepers and 0-3 month onesies. You have long feet, which means bigger socks, and skinny legs, which calls for smaller pants. Since we're moving, you've been in disposable diapers, a size 2. Once we get settled, you'll finally be in pocket cloth diapers!



You still have no issues with eating. You prefer the right side but you'll put up with the left for a good meal. You nurse about every three hours during the day and go awhile during the night.


Speaking of nighttime - it's been wonderful!! The last couple of weeks you've decided to sleep six, seven, even eight hours. Can you believe that? We put you down around nine o'clock and you sleep until four or five in the morning, nurse a bit, and then sleep some more. It's fantastic. You're really spoiling this mommy!



You've decided you don't like falling asleep on our chests anymore because there is just so much to look at. You use your pacifier to relax and fall asleep all by yourself. If I need to rock you, it's usually pretty quick. You spend more time awake, especially in the morning, and you just wiggle and talk. You do so much now!


You still hate tummy time, but we do it anyway. You started to scream a special scream whenever you're on your belly for too long, it's funny. You'd much prefer to lie on your back or sitting up looking around. You love watching TV with Daddy and singing songs with Mommy. This month you even met your cousin Avelyn!


This has been a month of developments! We can't believe how much you've grown and how much you do. We're so excited to see how much happens in the next month!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On or Off?

On or off post that is!

We decided early on to live off post once we got to Alabama. We're getting about $1300 in housing allowance there and we can easily rent a house for $900. Something that has a big backyard, three bedrooms, two bath, and plenty of room inside. The utilities will be anywhere from $150 to $250. We should be able to save some money.

But then Brandon has been chatting with a new friend of his who is already in Alabama. His friend chose to live on post. The houses are actually pretty darn nice and fairly new. They're pretty comparable in size to the houses we would get off post, too, except the backyards are much smaller. I was looking forward to  having a large place for Dexter to run around and for Penny when she gets to the walking stage.

Anyway, it all comes down to money. If we live off post, we could potentially save money, but then Brandon is spending more on gas to drive to work, and he'll probably have to buy breakfast and lunch instead of coming home. If we're on post we'll be forfeiting all our housing allowance for the convenience of proximity to work and coming home for breakfast (and a shower) and lunch.

We have a few weeks to decide, and we don't even know if we'll get offered a house we like, but it's still been rattling in my brain. We haven't had a bad experience living on post here in Hawaii so I'd be willing to do it again.

What do you prefer? On or off?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Penny Says...

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Our Last Few Days

We've made it! Well, to our first stop anyway, at my mom's house. Now that I can finally sit down with my computer, I thought I'd tell you what we've done.

On Friday and Saturday we drove around the island one last time. We took some photos, stopped for lunch at a favorite restaurant and a fried banana at a road-side stand. We chatted about how we'll miss the ocean and about our favorite places around Hawaii. It was a good time!

Back at the hotel, we packed all our stuff... somehow. We've bursting out of our suitcases, but we managed it! We couldn't pack anymore bags because we had to be able to fit in my car once we got to LA.

Sunday morning, bright and early, we were off to the airport. Penny did awesome on the plane (only pooped on her jammies, of course) and it was a fairly quick flight, or felt like it. Once we landed in LA it was a mess. We ended up on the wrong shuttle and then had to wait for another. Oh, I was so tired and hungry. But once we got there it was better. We had a good dinner and relaxed with Netflix on Brandon's iPhone.

Today we were off again! After breakfast, we got a town car (fancy fancy!) to take us to the pier to pick up my car. Then we got gas, stopped at Wal-Mart and started our drive to Phoenix! The drive was over 6 hours long, with a couple stops for lunch and to feed Penny, but here we are. We'll be here for a few days visiting my mom, sister and niece, then it's off to our next stop. Gotta love moving!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Aloha and Mahalo!

If you're reading this, you should know that we are on a plane now on our way to Los Angeles. Yep, today is the day. We left early in the morning, dropped off the rental car, boarded our plane and said goodbye to the island that was our home for two and a half years.

We're sad to leave Hawaii but excited for our next adventure. We had such a great time here but we know that it's time to leave. I know one day we'll come back but for now, it's off to a new place!

So much happened in the time we were here. Here are some photos!

Our first trip to the beach - Sept 2009.

We moved into our home and it was awesome! Sept 2009.


Brandon got promoted - twice! Dec 2009 and June 2011.


We got our first two babies, Winston and Dexter. 


We went on helicopter rides, hikes, dinner & whale watching cruises, and we went parasailing. We made sure to do a lot! This photo is from R&R in March 2011.


Brandon deployed from July 2010 to June 2011.


I went to Canada and Colorado during deployment and we went to Australia after! What an awesome trip! (Aug 2011)


And the biggest thing we did in Hawaii... had a baby!


So Aloha Hawaii, we'll be back again! Mahalo for all you've done for us!

See you on the mainland ;)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fresh New Start

Have you entered my Jane's Cellar Giveawar yet? It's an awesome prize for one awesome follower! Today is the last day to enter!

I like moving. I tell Brandon it's the gypsy in me, but I truly enjoy moving. Maybe not the packing up, living in hotels, setting back up, part... but yes, I like moving.

Here's why: You have an opportunity for a fresh new start. You're going to a new place where you can meet new people, see new sights, and set up a new-to-you home. Every place we've lived I've learned something new and with the next place, I can implement that knowledge and improve our lives.

I have a few goals that I've been tossing through my head the past few days and I wanted to get them in writing before I completely forgot. Here's what I want to accomplish once we get to Alabama.

Shop at the Farmer's Market more.
The town Farmer's Market will be much closer this time than the one here. I want to buy most of our fruit and veggies there. I'm always striving to live as organically as possible, especially with our food, and this is one of those steps to take. And heck, who doesn't like farmer's markets?

Make my own cleaning products.
I've been wanting to do this for awhile and now that all my cleaning products have been tossed, I can start fresh! I want to clean with vinegar and baking soda, and I have a good recipe for my own laundry soap. That's the plan! I'm always looking for new ways to avoid chemicals.

Bake my own bread & make my own pasta.
I was inspired by my friend, who bakes her own bread every day, to make my own. It's so easy and so much cheaper. This way I can control the ingredients. Plus, the bread is oh so tasty. All I need is a new paddle for my bread machine, so I don't have to do it all by hand...

Same goes with pasta. I'm hoping to get the pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid for my birthday (that and the sausage attachment... and maybe the ice cream one... crossing my fingers!). Then I can make our own pasta! We eat a lot of it, so that is helpful.

Cleaning more.
This is the only one not associated with healthy living... it's more to do with my sanity. I seriously started to slack the last year in my cleaning. I'm not even going to use the pregnancy excuse! After cleaning the house for hours and hours before we moved I vowed I would stay on top of it. I found a good cleaning schedule on Pinterest, so if I tweak it a bit to work for us, I think I'll start following it. I need to keep the house clean! And darn it, I need to vacuum more than once a week with these pets of mine. Maybe even every day... I'll do it!

These are my plans... I can do it! I'm so looking forward to getting to Alabama and getting to work on them.

Do you look forward to moving? Do you make new goals?

PS: Thanks for the lovely comments on my last post! They were super encouraging! You guys are all great!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Whatcha Reading? Wednesday

You know you want to... two more days to enter Jane's Cellar Giveaway!

I finally, finally, have finished the book I was reading and started a new one! Goodness, it only took me three weeks. I start getting annoyed at about two weeks, especially if the book isn't that long... but sometimes, it just takes awhile to get through something.

Anyway, I started a new book! It's a fun non-fiction baby book, of course. My friend gave it to me as a present because she said it helped her so much with her kids. Well, I'm always up to reading new books. It's called "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. I haven't gotten too far into it yet (darn baby taking up my time) but so far, so good!

For fiction, I was going to pick up "The Husband Trap" again. I mentioned it weeks ago and then started reading "The Night Circus" instead. I brought it with us, though, so I better get to it!

Speaking of "The Night Circus," I finally finished it. It took me three weeks. I wanted to give a short review and while I don't think I'll give much away, I might. That's your warning!

I'm going to start by saying that I'm not sure if I even liked it. That's probably why it took me so long to read it, I just couldn't get into the book. I was confused half the time. There were so many characters that just didn't seem to do anything and so many jumps that it just got... confusing. And I kept waiting for something to happen. The book promised some sort of big duel between magicians, an ancient conflict, but nothing ever happened! The book just sort of ended. Just done. There wasn't any conflict really at all. This book got rave reviews and I guess I need to read those because I just don't get it... did you read it at all? Tell me what you think.


Let me know... whatcha reading?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pudge

Have you entered my Jane's Cellar Giveaway yet? It's pretty awesome!

It's happened, just a couple days ago. I watched a video of us at the beach. I was holding Penny, walking her down to the ocean and dipping her in (she loved it, btw). Well, it didn't help my self-esteem. All I could see were the back rolls and the belly and the butt. I feel fat.

I shouldn't feel fat, not yet. It's only been 7 weeks! I had a great boost of self-esteem a couple weeks after having the baby because wow, my belly was so flat compared to before! I would suck in and marvel at my "new" body. I loved it. And the scale was slowly inching it's way down. Last I checked, I was 4-5 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, though that might be more given how we've been eating in the hotel. Anyway, I shouldn't feel fat, but I do. 

I would love to tone up. I don't even care about losing weight at the moment because I know as soon as I try to get the muscles looking good, the rest will follow. There's only so much I can do during this PCS, though.

I tried running a couple weeks ago and it set me back a week; my body wasn't ready. So this week Brandon and I have been down in the hotel gym doing the elliptical and treadmill. I'm really feeling weak, on top of the fatness.

I want to do some intense working out, like kickboxing and spin class, but I don't know if I can. Heck, I don't even want to do sit-ups because I'm all unsure about this c-section thing. I've searched online for some good articles on exercising after a c-section but haven't found any. I'd love to start P90x, but it's expensive, so we have to consider that. I'd love to start my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred... but that's packed in a box on its way to Alabama. Ahh!

Alright, some of my frustrations are out. I just feel big and I want to be back to my toned body I had in college :( I've really slacked the last couple of years and now I'm feeling it.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Jane's Cellar GIVEAWAY!

I have an AWESOME giveaway for you guys! One of my readers and fellow bloggers has opened a great Etsy shop and is offering one of her items to you! I love her stuff so much and I think you will too.


Learn more, from Jane herself!


About A Few of My Favorite Things: One of my all time favorite movies is The Sound of Music. That movie defined a lot of my childhood. Whenever I would ask my mom for "the children" she knew I meant I wanted to watch The Sound of Music. My dad would sing me to sleep with Edelweiss every night. I played in rolling hills with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Really.
I am a newlywed, an Army wife, a craft fiend, and a home kitchen cook.
I am now pleased to be able to share with you, a few of my favorite things.

About Jane's Cellar:  Is there anything more comforting and nostalgic than a cellar? The heavy wooden door opens. Wine and canned preserves line the walls on dusty shelves; the aura of generations of a family's history permeates the air. And in the corner you find a worn box of family heirlooms. 

Inspired by my time living on a winery, it's the goal of Jane's Cellar to bring homemade products made with natural materials into your home. A little bit rustic, a little bit vintage and all classic. Bringing the cellar home.

The prize:

You could win a custom frame from Jane's Cellar!




The winner can choose, color of the frame, color of the rosette and if they want a customizable blackboard like on the 2nd and 4th frames. The blackboard can be left blank or permanently done by Jane with any word 7 letters or less.

There are a multitude of ways to enter! There isn't any excuse, it's as easy as pressing a button and you could have the chance to win one of these beautiful frames!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Moving (Part Two) - Hotel Blunders

Our move-out inspection was at 10am on Thursday and we couldn't check into the hotel until 3pm, so Brandon and I had some time to kill. We cleared out of housing and then drove around post a bit so he could get some signatures. Then he got a haircut and we had lunch! After that, Brandon dropped me off at my friends house so he could do more stuff and Penny and I didn't have to sit in the car the whole time.

After that, we headed down to Waikiki to check in! We decided on the Embassy Suites because it's a suite with two rooms and they give you free breakfast and then free drinks at night. Can't beat that!

Unfortunately, we had some issues at first. We got there, Brandon dropped me off so he could go park the car somewhere else. I went upstairs with the luggage and baby. After the guy showed me our room, I decided to have a quick wake-up shower. That's when I realized I didn't like our room - it was an ADA room.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't too bad. I just really wanted a bathtub! Plus, when I turned on the shower, water pretty much went throughout the whole bathroom. Oh, and it had two queen sized beds and Brandon wanted a king size. Sooo... we asked to switch! We moved higher up and into a room that suited us better.

We got this pretty cool view, too:

Here's a view of our living room:


Not too bad! I'm happy with our choice. I was so exhausted from being awake at 4am with Penny, I just wanted to pass out. We didn't bring the pack n pay for the first night (no room in the 'Stang), so Penny was in the king bed with us. We had plenty of room, but I was awake half the night because she wiggled and grunted SO MUCH. It was ridiculous.

But hey, we're settled in now. Friday was much better and we had a final Hail & Farewell at Dave & Buster's. Now that we're moved out we can go to the beach and relax! And then in just over a week, it's off to our next destination!

Come back on Monday - I'm hosting an awesome giveaway!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Moving (Part One) - Packing Up and Moving Out!

After a very busy week, we are finally settled into the hotel. I have internet (no more phone surfing!) and I can catch up on blogs and write the blog posts I've been writing in my head!

Tuesday was our first moving day. They sent one guy to come and pack up. He said more guys were coming but they ended up tied somewhere else! He was super quick, though, and sailed through most of the downstairs and began working upstairs before he headed out mid-afternoon. I swear, these Hawaiians don't like to stay very late! But it's ok, he got a lot done and I figured they'd be done by lunchtime the next day.

A guy came and picked up our couches on Tuesday afternoon. I'm glad to be rid of those! Time for new couches! But this left Penny and I with nowhere to sit the next day, as they were packing up our bedroom. I tried out the stairs for a bit and then we decided to keep the bouncy chair so Penny at least could be comfy.


That's the same day, by the way. She decided to poop on two of her outfits... thanks baby.

Anyway, Wednesday saw us with four guys coming to pack! It still took them until 2:30pm to pack up and load everything. They did a great job and we celebrated with pizza, which they devoured (always feed your movers!)

We said goodbye to our stuff on Wednesday and were left with pretty much an empty house.


And then... we cleaned. And cleaned. And cleaned. For five hours straight on Wednesday and two hours on Thursday morning before the move out inspection. Somehow, we made it. I scrubbed those damn toilets like I never have before and Brandon spent hours in the stupid bathtub. Goodness, they better thank us!

We moved out with no charges (magic!) and only having to pay $95 for some pet de-fleaing. It was nice! We said goodbye to our home of two and a half years, the longest we've ever lived anywhere together, and headed to our next destination: The hotel.

Part Two coming tomorrow morning!

Also, be sure to come back on Monday for a giveaway!!