Monday, December 21, 2009
Can't wait to head home in 2 days to all that! The boys will be in for quite the surprise!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I'm home now and taking advantage of that by doing lots of wedding planning! I have a meeting with a florist tomorrow, a seamstress Friday, and the caterer on Saturday! I'm also waiting to hear back from a DJ about when we can meet. Oh and Sunday two of my bridesmaids, Carly and Emily, went with me to J. Crew in DC to try on their dresses! It went very well and we decided on a color and all the styles! Also, the Save the Dates came in last week, and we all absolutely love them! I can't wait to finalize a guest list so we can send them out!
That's all that's going on with us for now. Pat's down in NC working hard, and I'm in MD planning things, I can't believe how fast things are coming up... it's already down to 241 days (or 34 and a half weeks). I feel like yesterday the countdown was in the 300s! Anyways, I don't have any pictures to post, but I will leave you with these funny pictures of Jack in his squirrel costume on Halloween! I know it's a little late (as we're getting ready for Christmas now...) but since my camera broke back in the summer, these were on my mom's camera and I just got motivated to put them on my computer! Isn't he so funny?! I love the little acorn!
Friday, November 20, 2009
our stockingsnot my best look the whole fam's Christmas stockings! trying to get all my hair in the pic
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
this one is of Jack and Winston getting ready to go out
(sorry it's sideways)...
and here's just a funny picture of Win with my slipper (one of their favorite chew toys) stuck on his nose
Friday, November 13, 2009
Anyways, sorry for not posting for forever (to all 3 of you who read this hah) but we JUST got internet in the house here in New Bern. We got moved in really fast with a ton of help from Pat's marines. But the getting settled part is taking a lot longer. I have made countless trips up and down the East coast, and let me tell you how fun THAT is. We spend just about every night I'm here at Walmart, stocking up on things we just HAVE to have... But it's been good so far... pictures to come.
Tuesday was my birthday, and along with that comes the USMC birthday. And Pat's unit was nice enough to throw me a birthday ball! Just kidding... it was for the 2nd MAW, but I still got to get dressed up and dance with our friends... more pictures to come. Pat and I will be heading home this weekend to celebrate my 23rd with our families, and to discuss wedding plans...
And on the wedding front, we have ordered our save-the-date cards! And we (ok mostly me) are very excited about them! I wish they were delivered already, but it's only been like 3 days so I know that's a LITTLE unreasonable of me...
There's so much more but I won't bore you with any of it... I know I keep promising pictures but seriously, soon...
PS - we also just booked the BEST photographer! check her out: http://www.melissabarrickphotography.com/
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I'm writing from the hotel again. Same hotel, different room. We checked out last Thursday and headed home. We spent some time with my family, and Pat surprised his mom at school. She had no idea he was in town and he walked into her classroom in the middle of one of her classes! She was so surprised, and her students loved it because it got them out of taking a test that day!
Our weekend in MD was filled with lots of visiting with family and friends, but it seems that there is never enough time. Sunday night quickly came, and we had to leave to come back down to NC. We didn't get in until about 3 in the morning today! Very exhausting.
We're back in the same hotel, one because they have a military discount (!) and two because we still have no house. We found one we like enough and we have an appointment to go see it tomorrow afternoon. It's a cute little house that allows dogs without a really high deposit. Plus, it has a big fenced in backyard with a really high fence. Makes me feel better knowing that the dogs will have somewhere safe to play. Hopefully all goes well, but that house still isn't available until Nov. 1st. So we'll be in the hotel until Wednesday, when we will head BACK up to MD for the weekend, then hopefully be able to bring the dogs down and move in next Sunday!
My parents will finally be rid of the dogs (thanks so much for all your help this past year!) but they won't be totally rid of me. I'll be back and forth between NC and MD to be with Pat and the boys, and then home to work and plan the wedding.
Wedding plans are coming along nicely. We're working on making appointments with a photographer for engagement photos (sorry we're so difficult Melissa!) and meeting with the caterer to try and get something together that works for everyone. Also, I think we've made the final decision on stationery for everything, and favors too! Now if I could only decide on colors... I've got an appointment for next month at J.Crew to check out what they've got and hopefully there will be progress on that front!
That's all for now, not terribly exciting, but thanks for reading anyways! Hopefully the next post will be from a house and not a hotel! Still waiting on getting some pictures together from Iraq... so check back next week!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We got there and we waited and waited. It ended up being about 2 hours before they finally were dropped off at headquarters from the flight line. And let me tell you, it was a COLD 2 hours. I think it was colder last night then it was the night I dropped him off in January 9 long months ago. Funny thing about that, he left on Sunday Jan 18, and came home on Sunday Oct 18. Exactly 39 weeks, to the day. Anyways... now the fun begins!
We still don't have anywhere to live. I'm currently writing from the hotel we're staying in while we look for housing. Pat's at the base right now for post-deployment stuff, so when he gets back we're going to go drive around and see what we can find! It shouldn't be hard, about every other house here is for sale or for rent, and there are new subdivisions popping up EVERYwhere!
That's all for now... I can't believe I don't have to count down anymore! 39 weeks down, 0 to go! Check back soon for some more of Pat's pictures from Iraq!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wedding things have fallen into place so well I was actually kind of bored this week. My mom and I met with a prospective caterer that we all seem to think is the best option. So check that one off the list. Next up, flowers, dj's, and seamstresses for alterations. Any suggestions?!
That's all for now... 37 whole weeks down and now just days to go!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
My mom and I are going to be doing some shopping for invitations this week. She said they have a whole bunch at DirectBuy for about 80¢ each! So we're going to head up there and look through their books. DirectBuy also has the Lenox china I love for half off! Very exciting! I've also picked out the bridesmaid's dresses. They're from j.crew and they're so cute I want them! No more dresses for me, two is enough.
Pat's very busy too, getting ready to close up shop and hand things off to the army and come home! It's so soon I can't believe it. What a change from before R&R when it was 7 months, this last month since R&R flew by! We found a house to rent that we both like. It's cheap, and cute, allows pets AND has a fenced in yard! And a washer and dryer so I won't have to cart laundry all over the place! Hooray! We'll be getting in touch with the realtor today hopefully.
Anyways, that's about all that we have going on... 36 weeks down... only 3 to go!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Pat's good over in Iraq. Staying busy, dealing with my craziness well, and getting ready to come home soon! Even sooner then we planned! They've bumped him up again, so it looks like I'll be heading down to NC to meet him in just a few weeks! Jack and Winston are wonderful as usual. All in all that's pretty much it. It seems like a lot more when I'm dealing with it all, and not so much when I type it out, hah!
35 weeks down, 4 to go!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Anyways, we're keeping ourselves busy enough that these last 8 weeks should fly by! I can't wait for him to be home for good. Now if we only had some place to live...