Monday, December 30, 2013


My Sweet Girl ,
*You finally broke the 30 pound were 30.4 lbs at the doctor a couple of weeks ago. You wear a 3T in most things, although you have to wear boots with your pants because they would be too short otherwise. You have LONG legs - lucky! You wear a size 8 shoe and only wear a pull up at night. Most nights you don't need one but you still have the occasional overnight accident so you still wear them to bed. You also still love your affair that is going to have to end soon.
*You are so know your alphabet, upper case and lower and the sounds that the letters make. I really think you could be reading by your next birthday. You love books and sometimes I find you "reading" to yourself or the dogs!
*You're not quite as good with numbers but can count to 20 and have a little understanding of what the numbers mean 
*You are getting to be a picky eater. I just fix your plate and let you decide what to eat. You eat a lot some meals and almost nothing at other meals. I just refuse to fight you over food so I try to give you healthy-ish options and let you eat however much you want. Your favorite foods are still cheese, bananas, and you LOVE broccoli, green beans, and marshmallows!
*You are so get very concerned if Daddy or I have a boo-boo or are sad. You are quick to offer us a "band-ded". You want to be sure everyone is ok!
*You are OBSESSED with Disney got the Barbies for Christmas this year, the Little People ones last year, and they go everywhere with you, even to bed. 
*Bed time is really a struggle. You don't like sleeping in your room and although you do every night, you still act like you don't want to every. single. night. It can be very frustrating at times, but I know this too shall pass! You always say you want Mommy or Daddy "wit" you. 
*You love a party and I think you actually understood that it was your birthday on your birthday and that you are 3 now instead of 2. You told everyone we saw on Saturday. 
*Your best friend is probably Aunt Natalie or as you call her "Ain't Nat". You love her so much and you two do everything together when we see her. So sweet! 
*You come home from school, church, or wherever we've been and change into a princess dress and high heels. You are no slacker when it comes to fashion! 
*You have the sweetest smile and are still so funny! You are still SO shy though...definitely not a trait you got from me. You are really slow to warm up to people but when you out! 

Everyone has told me that three is a hard age. I guess we're about to find out together!  You are my sunshine. Happy 3rd Birthday (plus 2 days), sweet girl!!! We love you with all our hearts!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Party

There is one work function of Terry's that I look forward to every year - the Christmas party! It is so much fun and they give away awesome door prizes. This year Terry was in another competition but he got 2nd was a sad day. It was a scavenger hunt where every contestant had to find whatever random thing they called out - like a set of keys to a Ford, a receipt, chapstick, etc. It really wasn't a fair fight because our table was in the very back and the game was at the front of the building. We were smart and got one of the other guys at our table to run things to Terry so that helped a lot. We also dumped our purses out so we could be ready which helped too. I get so intense at these parties! The last thing they called for was a flip phone but we didn't get one to Terry in time. I was so depressed! haha But I did win a wine tasting party for 10 at Concho Valley Wines. I was so excited just to win anything!

Terry would NOT pose for a good picture...

The girls - Calli, Christy, and me

Anyway, we had so much fun and it was so nice to get out together! After the party we took Madeline to see the lights around the river which I am pretty certain was the highlight of her month! It was a fun day!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Good News, Bad News

Good News : I am done with school for this semester!!!
Bad News: 4 of my classmates didn't pass the semester and won't be graduating with us in May. It was a sad day yesterday when grades came out.
Good News: We had an ugly sweater party last night to celebrate the end of the semester. It was fun but this mama can't hang at a college party. I left at 9:30 when some people were just getting there! haha
Bad News: This is the only picture I sweater was pretty awesome though. It was Auburn. haha - that's about as ugly as a sweater can get! Terry made it for me - he such a good husband!

My buddies Rachelle and Joana

Good News: I treated myself to a Shellac manicure after my exam. It's pretty awesome - it dries so fast. I got light gray with glitter - keepin it classy!
Bad News: I found out after I went that another place in town is way cheaper than where I went and just as good...
Good News: My sis-in-law got a puppy for Christmas .
Bad News: I have the worst puppy fever ever!

Good News: I am done Christmas shopping for Madeline.

Bad News: I have this to clean up before Santa can come. It's almost always like this...she just destroys her room every time she plays in there. I can't seem to find the balance between keeping it clean and letting her play so I just close the door!

Good News: Madeline is the cutest thing I have ever seen when she's sleeping.

Bad News: She's been waking up in the middle of the night almost every night and crawling in our bed. One night it was a nightmare - she was crying in her sleep saying, "Ariel, Ariel. I wanna watch Ariel." haha And the other nights I think she gets cold because she kicks her covers off.

Good News: Terry says we will have our next assignment in the next few weeks but no dates. This makes the control freak in me super happy!!!

Bad News: I am blogging instead of cleaning and packing! :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


BOP in the military world stands for Base of Preference. It's a form you get to fill out when you're gearing up to leave San Angelo. Terry filled ours out last week. It's a little bit of a joke because supposedly you get to choose what base you want when you leave from here but you can only get stationed where they need people in your rank. They gave Terry a list of 6 bases to choose from and the options weren't all that appealing...unless Nebraska suits your fancy.
But on the list was Hurlburt Field in Florida. So that was our #1 pick and there's a really good chance we'll get it according to Twayne.
The good news - it's close to his dad (and rest of his family) - like 30 minutes, we grew up in that area so it's familiar, we have friends there, and it's super close to the beach - like 5 minutes. If you know me at all, you know that for 10+ years I have REALLY missed the beach. My parents are also about 7 hours away which is a lot better than 24!
The bad news -- my heart stopped a little when he called me and I was faced with actually moving. I am going to miss Texas...we have made some pretty amazing friends here...and it is kind of expensive to live there, especially compared to San Angelo. And if I am really honest, there is something so weird about the prospect of moving back where we grew up - I think it will be an adjustment finding where we fit in if that makes sense.

I am trying to talk Terry into a beach house but he seems to think things like hurricanes and homeowner's insurance would be a problem. :) If we don't choose a beach house, we will still live about 5-10 minutes from the beach itself so I think I can live with that. And I am not just saying this because we're from there, but they really are the prettiest beaches in the US...white sand, blue water...I am trying not to get my hopes too high. Our other choices are Ohio and Colorado. I have no desire to go to either place so my hopes are really high for Florida!
All that to say, that we are gearing up to put our house on the market next month which means a lot of packing and a lot of work for me! I'm a little sad to be honest to leave this house - it was the first home we bought and where we brought Madeline home from the hospital. Even with its popcorn ceilings and falling down fence, I am attached to it. Hopefully, it will sell quickly and we can get settled into a new place by the spring. We'll just rent somewhere until we get our official orders to move.
I cannot believe how fast the past 3+ years have gone by!'s one thing I love and hate about being a military family! So if over the next month or two you see me with bags under my eyes, frizzier than normal hair, or mismatching clothes you'll know why! haha

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It Was a Sad, Sad, Day...

I know you already know what this post is about but I have to do it. I have to deal with the disappointment in my heart. Alabama lost to Auburn Saturday in the most exciting game of football I have ever seen. No more national championship talks for us. Oh well. At least these two are happy!
Bama will always be #1 for me but I will be rooting for Terry's team to win the championship this year - especially if they play Auburn. Roll Tide!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013


I asked Madeline what she is thankful for this year on Thanksgiving. These were her answers in order: 

1. Tuesday
2. Cotton Candy
3. Christmas
4. Wrestling 

I didn't make the list. Neither did Terry so I guess I shouldn't feel too bad. Truthfully, she is completely confused - hung up on Halloween and trying to understand Christmas. There wasn't much room for comprehension of Thanksgiving despite my best efforts. I went to the book store to get a book to try to help enforce it and would you believe there were NO Thanksgiving books for her age? There were two and they were for school age kids. I was so disappointed.

 Anyway, we had a good Thanksgiving. Terry's family came in and we had such a good time while they were here. And I cooked the turkey upside down again. I do that every year, and every year I think I got it right. But it turned out good so I guess it doesn't matter.