Curve balls and speed bumps – 40 Day Fitness Challenge


I started this fitness challenge because I wanted to push myself to change.  I had hopes of learning to enjoy exercise and guard it as a higher priority in my life.  I was looking forward to dumping some bad habits and falling into a new routine.  The problem is that even the best laid plans come with curves in the road and unforeseen speed bumps.  I n0w understand clearly why this is considered a challenge!  My mother and my sisters visited me over the last four days – as much as I treasured our time together, my drive and dedication suffered in my fitness challenge.  I watched the priority of exercising sliding slowly down the list of what I deemed important for the weekend.  Why is it that we struggle so terribly when our “routine” becomes anything but?  I have pondered this question all evening in hopes of sharing some enlightening epiphany with all of you to no avail.  My realization is this:  priorities are a choice.  When our routine changes, we have to fight twice as hard to ensure that our intended priorities do not change.  I failed that pop quiz this past weekend, but consider the lesson learned.  My priorities were {in no particular order}:  laughing, talking, drinking, making memories, dancing, getting family ink, passing a roadside sobriety test, eating junk food, bonding, loving on my nieces, and taking too many pictures.  My only recollection of any form of exercise would be the hour of booty shaking I did with my family at the club on girls night.  Fortunately, every moment of our lives presents a new opportunity to make a change.  I think family fun time and girls nights are priceless and should be a priority.  I know that keeping fitness as a priority regardless is the change I am committing to make though and I will have to continue to make that commitment over and over again… and that is okay.  :)

Day 241 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeeeee!!!  I’m 35 today {gasp}.  I planned a birthday party at the Swirlz art studio – you bring wine and paint with your girlfriends – what more could a girl ask for?  Well, for her husband to be home for one…  Since that’s out of the question, the Swirlz party was just fine.  I had so many wonderful friends join in the celebration with me, and Lifetime filmed the event as well.  Unfortunately, they filmed me painting {and my actual painting} which may be bad for their ratings come March.   Renee made me the ugliest birthday cake in the whole world, but it had sugar free icing and was full of love {which is the best part}.  I enjoyed seeing everyone’s different takes on the painting we did and the creative spins that each of us had.  Spending an evening at Swirlz with my girls was a fabulous way to start off 35.

Day 210 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Happy New Year’s Eve!  With Sarah visiting, I actually had a sitter for the evening.  I had been trying to plan something exciting and crazy for about a month now.  I had a big group of girls interested, but throughout the month they started dropping like flies.  I have to admit that I was disappointed – I mean how often is it that one has a FREE babysitter on New Year’s Eve?  Each time that I tried to patch up the plans, something came up again.  Finally, my friend Cristin invited me to join her and Marcia to celebrate.  The catch was that it included all of our kids (5 girls to be exact) and an evening at Cristin’s in our PJs.  I realized that it was time to embrace the fact that when plans fall apart, it’s because they weren’t meant to fall into place.  The three of us brought our beautiful girls to a hibachi grill for a really tasty (and entertaining) dinner.  We moved our party to Cristin’s house for some dessert and dancing (well watching the little ones dance).  I enjoyed some priceless girl talk and then we all sat in our PJs watching the last minutes of 2010.  Counting down with noisemakers in hand, we shouted “HAPPY NEW YEAR”!  Everyone knows that a new years celebration isn’t complete without a kiss, and I was blessed to get the sweetest one from Kylie.  It’s no wonder that all of MY plans fell through – the best plan was no idea of mine.  Thanks so much Cristin & Marcia :)

Day 193 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away



Fun times at the Olive Garden tonight!  Steffanie invited a group of her girlfriends to join her for dinner to celebrate the anniversary of her first date with her husband Ryan.  I found it to be sentimental, and such a sweet way to remember an important day.  As Army wives, it’s more common than not to be missing the one you love on special days like these.  I can’t think of a better way to make the most of our circumstances than to surround ourselves with different kinds of “loved ones” – the Army wife kind.

Day 182 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Tonight was girls night – Bunco in our PJs! Lindsay hosted for this month and everyone brought some amazing breakfast foods to share. I slaved over some Dunkin Donuts, aren’t you proud? haha. Bunco was a lot of fun, as always. I won $10 for having the last Bunco again! All in all it was another entertaining girls night with a few girlfriends and a lot of new ones :)

Day 161 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


I was invited to a Bunco party tonight! I’ve never played the game before, and barely heard of it prior to this evening. I had so much fun! Everyone brought some delish food to share and then we got started rolling the dice. I met new friends and even won $10 for having the last Bunco lol. This is a picture of me wearing the Bunco hat with a new friend Mandy. I can’t wait for next month’s game night :D

Day 154 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Tonight was Friday Night Out on post, so Cristin, Renee and I took advantage of it and went out for sushi without the little ones. We went to our favorite place, Kohana of course. The sushi was amazing, as usual, but the conversation and time with girlfriends was priceless. I’m so grateful for these girls.

Day 140 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Tonight was “Friday Night Out” on post, so Renee, Susie and I took advantage of it with a girls night out. We headed to Chilis first for some dinner and drinks, watched a bit of baseball, and laughed a LOT!!! Next we headed over to the Fort Campbell Wives girls night out meetup at Big Al’s biker bar. We sang “I Like Big Butts and I Cannot Lie…” like rap stars on the karaoke mics. We weren’t able to stay very long, but we had a lot of fun while it lasted. I can’t wait for the next Friday Night Out!

Day 50 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Sometimes I have “down” days. For most Army wives, It comes with the territory of deployments. I don’t want to be around people, I don’t want to talk on the phone, I feel a little antisocial for a day or two. I like to refer to them as little “funks” and I usually bounce back into a social life after I get it out of my system. I don’t think they’re a bad thing as long as they don’t last more than a few days – we all need down days. Sometimes, you have friends that won’t take no for an answer though and snap you right out of your funk. Little things like that make you realize that you’ll make it through the year, down days and all :)

Day 25 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


Tonight was Glamorous! Steffanie has introduced me to some new friends here and invited me to a red carpet movie premiere event in Nashville. We all dressed in our best black and red and headed downtown. We ran down Broadway in Nashville (literally), had an amazing late night dinner at The Melting Pot, and caught the midnight premiere of the movie Eclipse. I had a great time and the movie was even better than I anticipated. I didn’t make it home until 430am with throbbing feet and got no sleep. With these girls, I’d do it again in a heartbeat :)