Thursday, November 15, 2012

Oh Alaska

I cannot wait to leave Ft Bragg! We have about 6 more months before we leave Bragg behind. I'm a little sad since this is where we met, married, purchased our first home, had our critterface... I love the south. I feel like my husband & I were meant to be born below the Mason Dixon line... But it's been 6 years, and I'm excited for a change of pace! My husband is in the 82nd airborne, and they think their poo doesn't stink, so he works a lot harder than some of the other guys who do the same job as him. He's ready for a slower paced unit.

But I'm ready to move on to bigger & better things. I'm ready to teach in a state that actually pays well (NC is like 46 or 47th out of 50 in regards to pay)

I'm ready to hopefully buy a new house. Right now I've actually been in contact with Lindsay, from Married to the Army: Alaska. I posted that I was looking for a realtor, and she responded. I think I'm actually going to go with someone else though, because I watched the first episode, and she seems to be kind of a snot. Granted, Traci is a space cadet, but I don't think it's Lindsay's place to tell her who to be.

I'm ready for new adventures & new scenery. We're going to one of the most beautiful places on earth, and I feel truly blessed to have my husband come down on these orders.

Bring it on Alaska. We're so ready for you!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Super easy baked fish

-In a baking pan lay fish(I used tilapia)
-Sprinkle about a 1/2" of pepperage farms herb stuffing.
-Cut 1/3 stick of butter into small slices and spread out over the stuffing
-Bake 15-20 minutes until fish is flaky

That's it :)

Why I'm not voting today

All week people have been preaching about it being our civic duty to vote. While I get that, it's still not going to change my opinion about THIS election. I will not be voting today.

I've voted in the past two presidential elections. I'm not saying I'm against voting. I'm just against signing my name for something I don't back just because its my "duty," and I personally don't think either of these men are right for our country.

I'm registered as a democrat, because at 18, I really didn't have an opinion, so I affiliated myself with the party which represents the state I'm from. Since I've gotten older, I've leaned more towards the republican side, but I don't agree 100% with either party. I've voted for both republican & democratic presidential candidates.

As a spouse of a soldier, I don't support Obamas stance on the military. I also dont agree with his heathcare ideas, among other things. As someone who is somewhat middle class, I definitely don't support Romney. And therefore, on this Election Day, I will vote for neither.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's a small world after all

The hubs & I spent the morning cleaning out the shed & garage. I've got about 6 huge bags ready to go to goodwill. We're both so ready to get out of ft Bragg! Alaska here we come.

The hubs then went out & checked his trail cameras on our 10 acres, and he had almost 100 pics of deer on there, so he called up his friends & planned an excursion to the wilderness. One of the guys wives said he couldn't go, so his friend Crickson asked one of his friends to join them.

Me & the critter were sitting in the garage waiting with the boys, and the friend shows up... Well ladies (& maybe a gent or two who stumble along) said friend happened to be my ex boyfriend from when I was 17. I'm now 27. Talk about a blast from the past.

We asked how the other was doing, and I of course had to explain how we we knew each other to the hubs. Talk about awkward.

We met in NY the summer before I went off to college. I was only 17, he was 20. I fell hard & fast in that typical summer fling kind of way.

This guy & I had a roller coaster of a relationship, mostly bc he was going through some really hard times. I even almost dropped out of college in an attempt to save our mess of a relationship.

Now here we are, 10 years later, 700 miles from where we met, and he waltzes into my garage with his guns ready to go hunting. How nuts!

Of all my exes. This is the one that makes the most sense being friends with the hubs bc they are soooo similar. Not just them, but the things that have happened to them in their lives.

He's now married, and seems to be doing well. There are definitely no feelings there on my part (heck it's been 10 years!) but he actually messaged me on MySpace when the hubs and I first got together & wanted to hang out, so I'm glad he's moved on & is happy now as well.

Oh what a day!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Married to the Army Alaska


Sneak Peek: Watch the First 5 Minutes of Married To The Army: Alaska
Alaska is home to more than 10,000 active-duty soldiers, about 7,500 of whom are currently deployed in Afghanistan. For the women whose husbands serve in the U.S. Army, "deployment" is not just an abstract word heard on the evening news. It's real, it's tough, and it turns their world upside down. Now, for the first time, the Pentagon allows cameras unprecedented access inside the lives of real-life Army wives in this new OWN docu-series. 

 On the series premiere of Married to the Army: Alaska, meet 7 women who find themselves in a unique sisterhood that only they can understand. From those who step into Army life for the first time, to seasoned Army wife veterans, watch as women come together and form the tightest of bonds. They share everything from life-threatening deployments, to the realities of motherhood in Army life, to navigating the emotional roller coaster of homecomings. This, and more, all set against the backdrop of the rugged, demanding and extreme conditions of the America's last frontier: Alaska.

 Watch the first 5 minutes of the premiere episode right now, before its television debut! Then, tune in for the special, two-night premiere event beginning on Sunday, November 18th at 10/9c and Monday, November 19th at 10/9c. You won't want to miss a moment of this powerful new series.

I saw this floating around facebook yesterday, and since it is filmed at our soon-to-be duty station, I followed the links to the OWN network page and watched the clip. The show has so far received only negative comments (mostly from Army Wives) who are sick of seeing "entitled army wives" being showcased. While watching the clip, I was really put off by Lindsey. Something about how she talked about being a major's wife was really off-putting... which is not so good for me, since she is the one I will probably end up meeting while being in Alaska. Her husband is going to one of the officers in the battalion that my husband will be in. Here's to hoping she doesnt act so "entitled" in person... I did actually go and read her bio, and judging by her upbringing, I'm hoping it was just the way the producers portrayed her.


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Oh boy

Critter face turns 6 months old on Monday & she's already figured out how to "crawl." She can't get up on her knees, but she can army crawl like its her job... Which is super exciting, but now she's into EVERYTHING!

Friday, September 21, 2012

A laugh at my expense

I was taking a shower when I noticed the hubs had dropped what was left of a bar of soap by the drain. I went to pick it up & noticed a little hair on it, so I grabbed my cool little hair catcher & stuck it down the drain. When I pulled it up I saw a GIANT bug and about cracked my head open jumping away from the massive creature while I screamed like a maniac... Only to realize it was plastic! Probably left behind by one of the kids who lived here before us.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

When it rains, it pours...

If any of y'all are still out there, you may be wondering where I disappeared to, or maybe not, since I seem to be doing that a lot ever since the critter came into the picture.

Well, August was a horrible month for me. Horrible.

First, the hubs and I got into a huge fight right before he went into the field. It was over something which seems so stupid now. Then, he came back from the field with big news. BIG NEWS.

For those of you that are affiliated with the Army, you may have heard Ft Bragg being called "the Black Hole," referring to the fact that once you get to Bragg, you rarely ever leave. Its super hard to get orders anywhere else. Being that my husband is Field Artillery, as well as Airborne, their are very few duty stations for us to go to other than Bragg. We've talked to so many people that come here from AIT and never leave.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that we have acquired quite a little set up here at Bragg. We purchased a home, went from 2 dogs, to 4, purchased 10 acres of property, and got 2 horses. All the while, thinking we would spend the remainder of his military career here. One of his good friends was told he would only be here 6 months, and he's been here 8 years.

Unfortunately, we were some of the very few who gets to escape from Ft Bragg, however, we didnt want to go AT ALL. Not with everything we have here. So where are we headed to you ask?

Ft Richardson, Alaska... $^*()*&%$##%^^&%^$#!!!!

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

My husband is from Michigan, and I am from New York. We both LOVE living in the South, and have no desire to live anywhere North of the Mason Dixon line ever again. Sadly, we have no choice.

Over the past few weeks however, the idea of going to Alaska has slowly grown on us. My husband has been seriously hating his job lately. And so have I. I am LOVING my class this year. My kiddos are so much better behaved than the ones I had last year. They actually do their work. They try hard. They're super! However, I have this mom who scares the bejesus out of me, and I have a feeling she's going to be running to administration/the school board over every little thing. But, with our impending PCS, I wont be finishing this school year.

What has not grown on us, is the idea that we have to give up practically EVERYTHING we have here. Two weeks ago we rehomed our horses. I sobbed like a little baby. Its still hard for me knowing I wont be seeing them every day. There was just no way possible for us to take them to Alaska. Its going to take us at least a week to make that drive. We would have had to find stops that could accommodate not only us, and four dogs, but that had pastures we could rent for a night for them. We also do not own our own horse trailer, so we would have to purchase one, or pay to have them shipped there.

Right now we have almost $15,000 invest into our 10 acres. Not only is it almost paid off, but we've invested thousands into getting it cleared, fenced, and having a temporary barn set up. With all that, we dont have the funds to purchase a horse trailer, or have them shipped. And sadly, we can find anyone who is willing to offer us anywhere near what its worth.


This will be my last picture of my beautiful girls :(
Just writing this makes me want to start sobbing. I miss them terribly.

We were also looking for places in Alaska where we could take the horses, but sadly, there was nothing under $3,000/month. So if we could afford to get them there, we couldnt afford to house them once we arrived. Thankfully, we found a nice man who is knowledgeable about horses, and who will hopefully be giving them all the love and attention they deserve.

To add to frustration, before we found out about the PCS, my husband decided to trade in his Toyota Tundra for a Dodge Ram, and stupid Cary Auto Mall has NOT bothered to pay off his Tundra yet, so now we have delinquent charges on our credit bc we cant make TWO truck payments every month (we're talking $1300).

IF we can even find someone to buy our house (which is highly unlikely since there are 4-5 houses on our street for sale) we wont have good enough credit to buy a home in Alaska. We can't live on post, because we have 4 dogs (the limit is 2) and we can't have pitbulls on post, so we are forced to look for a rental. Finding a rental that will allow 4 dogs, 2 of which are pits, is going to be near impossible... and sadly, we will probably have to let our pits live with my mom & dad for a while until we get our housing situation figured out. I absolutely REFUSE to rehome my dogs. Horses are one thing. Horses are meant to be bought and sold. People rarely have horses from yearling until they're seniors. Dogs are meant to be forever friends. At least with them living with my mom, I will be getting them back as soon as we possibly can.

So August has brought us:
*Going back to work all day without my baby
*A huge fight
*News of a PCS over 3,000 miles
*Micromanaging parents
*Saying goodbye to our horses
*Bad credit
*Not being able to sell our house or our land

Oh, and to make it that much better... The critterface has started teething. That little, white demon needs to break through soon for both our sanity.

September hasn't gotten any better... here's to hoping something starts going our way soon.

At least I have this adorable face to brighten my day :)





















Thursday, August 9, 2012

Brilliant

I saw this floating around on Facebook... Too bad most of my recipes are coming off pinterest via my MacBook...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Peach Tarts


Recipe is pampered chef, but you can find a copy HERE

These came out SUPER yummy! I made them for a party I went to. The original recipe called for you to make a large pie like dessert, but since we were all bringing finger foods, I decided to make them into "'bite" sizes.

I took the crescent rolls, rolled them into balls, and pulled them into two separate pieces. I then took the smaller pieces, and made little bowls with them by pinching up the sides a little.

Other than the size, the only other thing I changed about the recipe was that I used fresh peaches that I had picked up from the produce stand instead of canned peaches.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

But I dont wanna!

The start of the new school is fast approaching, and I am having the worst anxiety about it. Not that I am at all nervous about teaching. This will be the start of my SIXTH year in education. Wow. When did I get so old?!

I am however terribly sick with the idea of spending all day with out my little Critterface! Up until today, I had only left her with my mom for about an hour (twice), and with my husband once for about 20 minutes while I went to feed our horses.

Tomorrow she will officially be 4 months old, and today was the first time she was left with a sitter. Next week we are supposed to have a week long workshop on building leadership skills, so I thought it was best to try a half day first, to make sure that she would be alright with her sitter before being at work, and not being able to come get her if she absolutely hates it.

Well, Critterface was an angel for the sitter. I dropped her off around 9. I had originally thought about going to work to move some stuff into my new classroom (this is the 5th time I will move rooms) but then I decided to take my two male dogs to the vet. Rebel weighs in at 70lbs, and I didnt think I could juggle him, Ty & my little Critterface at the same time. I got there around noon, and she was smiling away in her exasaucer, and the sitter said she was a joy to have. She said Critterface took two naps, but they must have been short ones, or she must have had an absolute blast, because she's been sleeping for almost THREE hours. She never naps this long. lol. The sitter I'm using also watches 2 other kiddos, so this is the first time my little one has gotten to really play with other kids. I'm really glad that she was such a doll, since she will be there from 7:30-3:30 all next week. Then I have about 2 more weeks off, and it's back to work full time. Eeeeek!

She's so silly!

Gosh, I love her!

I can't believe she's so big already. Where doest the time go?!

Just as I'm finishing my first real post (not done from my iPhone) she wakes up... must be mommies cue that computer time is OVER!
Later Gators :)


Monday, July 30, 2012

It's just how things are done around here

My cousin posted this on Facebook. He shared the image from a page called Darwinism.

In society we definitely do stupid things just because that's the way things have always been done. Hopefully, someday, people will start to question more!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Have you heard about Lennox?

If you haven't seen his story plastered all over Facebook, you can do a quick google search to learn more.

To summarize his story, 7 year old Lennox was put down this morning because he MIGHT have been PART pitbull, and the close minded laws of Northern Ireland prohibit the breed from existing within its borders.

Every time I hear a story like this, it makes my heart hurt. It's no secret on my blog that I own & love the breed. I wish everyone could experience the unconditional love that this breed has. I also have a dachshund (who is mean!) and a catahoula/collie mix (who does his own thing) whose love does not even compare to that of our pits. They are the sweetest, most devoted creatures.

So in honor of Lennox, I share with you a few pictures of this "bully breed" guarding my little munchkin who they already love, even when she pulls their ears & sticks her fingers in their eyes :)

Oh Upstate NY

Some pictures from my trip to my home state

Oh how I miss hills, and green fields!
And pizza! Lol