Day 234 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


I met Whitney and Raven for lunch today, and Whitney’s precious baby girl Harper was the star of the show.  I couldn’t wait to hold her finally {she’s already a month old!!!}.   She is quite the little peanut just like Kylie was, and I loved how sweet she was sleeping in my arms.  I almost didn’t want to give her back – until she started crying.  Thanks Raven for a wonderful lunch and for taking this picture of the day for me {and Kyle}.

Day 233 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Apparently Pixie never got the memo that she doesn’t exactly FIT in this chair anymore.  I can’t believe how quickly she’s growing so big.  It seems like it was just last month that the kiddie chair actually looked BIG with Pixie laying in it.  Oh wait, that’s because it WAS just last month.

Day 232 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


My friend Kristen invited us to celebrate her birthday with her today at Blackhorse, one of my favorite restaurants.  There was a little perk to this lunch bunch – Lifetime Network filmed our party.  Kristen has been selected as a featured family in a new series that Lifetime is filming about military families and their reunions with their deployed soldiers.  It was a new, interesting, and nerve-wracking experience!  We sat down and had lunch with huge cameras and microphones surrounding us, and we acted “normal”.  Well, we tried anyway!  We talked about Army wife life and just every day things in each of our lives.  I was approached by the producer to be a featured family as well – I told her that I would have to convince my husband to agree to some spotlight time first.  We’ll see what comes of it all I guess :)

Day 231 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Snow Day!  Kylie wanted to take her new sled out for a spin today, so we invited Tara and Abby to join us as we set out searching for a hill.  We walked about a block away and found a little bunny slope near the railroad tracks that was perfect for the girls.  They had a blast!  We took Pixie with us too and even she had fun.  As I was snapping away one hilarious picture after another, I realized that I have never been sledding.  Mostly because I have not lived around snow much, but also because I was always so overweight that the mere idea of sledding was enough to make me cringe.  With my weight loss, I have been able to attempt many new things that I never thought possible before.  At that moment, I knew I was going sledding next!  I hopped on the little {very little} plastic disc and let Kylie and Abby give me a big {very big} push.  I flew down the mountain {ok bunny slope} and screamed the whole way.  It was euphoric!  I felt like a kid for a moment – a very brief moment – until I hit the bottom and slid off the sled and landed flat on my back.   Ok, so maybe I was a little too enthusiastic about sledding.  I did however, get up.  I brushed myself off and hopped back on… again and again :)

 

Day 230 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Pixie can’t wait to meet you when you come home from Afghanistan.  She is so excited that she already has your “WELCOME HOME” gift ready and waiting!  Awww, how sweet.  I know, I know – she shouldn’t have.   It meant a lot to her though, so take it like a man – we don’t want to hurt her feelings!

Day 229 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


I found this picture in an old wallet of mine, and decided to scan it for my picture of the day.  I’m sorry that it’s a little banged up, but that’s what happens when you carry something around for that long.  This picture was taken in 2002 – shortly before your first deployment to the middle east, and a few months before our wedding.  I often wonder to myself that had I known the road our marriage was about to take, would I still have gone along for the ride?   At the moment this picture was taken, I couldn’t fathom spending over 4 of the next 8 years apart from each other.  I had no idea that you would be on your 3rd deployment right now.  The thought of you having a nearly 4 year old daughter, whom you have only spent 18 months with would have crushed my soul.  We’re here though, and that’s the road we’ve taken.   As I anticipate your homecoming and our reunion, I have to admit that I’m nervous.  We’ve both grown in different ways {and I’ve shrunk!}.  We have to invest in each other all over again – learn to live together and get acquainted with each other’s new habits.  We have to figure out how to parent together again, and get Kylie accustomed to having her Daddy around.  Anyone that’s ever made it through a deployment knows EXACTLY what I’m talking about.   Do I think it will be a failure?  Absolutely not.  I know it will take some time though, and with patience and persistence we will make it just fine.  Although we’ve changed completely since this picture was taken, we’re a lot like it – banged up a little.  That’s what happens when you carry something, like WAR, for as long as we have.

Day 227 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


About to embark on my 35th birthday {gasp}, I have been contemplating my age, maturity, and the faint glimpses I still have of my youth.  Being 35 with a 3 year old child isn’t so abnormal in my hometown in Florida.  As an Army Wife, I often feel like a freak of nature!  Most wives that I’ve met with 3 year olds are in their early 20’s.  Since I spend most of my time with friends that have children Kylie’s age, it just happens that my closest friends here are in their 20’s – some very EARLY 20’s!  I try not to over-think it – hopefully they don’t consider me the freak of nature that I sometimes seem to feel like.  I have to admit that I have found the fountain of youth in all of this though.  Being surrounded by close friends ten years younger than me has made it easy to forget that I’m moving up the ladder of age more quickly than I’d like.  Thank you girls for keeping me young in spirit xoxo

Day 226 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


This is Kylie playing with baby Laney.  I know Kylie looks all crazy in her backwards messed up dress-up clothes, a fallen headband, and ratty hair.  When I saw this picture and the sweet way that Kylie was reaching out to baby Laney, I immediately thought of motherhood.  It’s pretty common to have those days where you find that your shirt is on inside out, backwards, or at least stained up.  Good hair days become few and far between.  Sometimes, just managing to get a brush through it before you get out the door is something to celebrate.  As long as you have that look of love in your eyes for your little ones {and especially when you get the look back!}  it’s all worth it in the end.

Day 225 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


We had a day FULL of toddler birthday parties today.  I am blessed to be friends with numerous women that have children near Kylie’s age.  It’s not uncommon for us to have at least one birthday party a weekend.  Like most kids, Kylie just loves going to birthday parties.  I like to make a big deal out of giving our gift too.  We go shopping together most of the time so that she can help pick out the perfect present.  She usually selects a toy that she doesn’t already have, in hopes of adding to her collection I presume.  She doesn’t put up much of a fight though when we wrap the gifts, which surprises me.  She loves watching the birthday boy/girl open their gift from her as well.  It’s just all so sweet, and what better way could I teach her about giving?  Thankfully, she seems to grasp the concept already :)