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Pregnancy 

(Image is of the pup wrapped around my belly)

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write. Pregnancy, work, being a mom, and being a wife all take up so much of me that I find it hard to find anytime for me. But I need to return to writing, my outlet. 

So I am now 31 weeks pregnant, something I hadn’t mentioned here that I remember. It hasn’t been a smooth and easy 31 weeks. Mini-me has been super amazing through this huge change! The husband has been pretty great about the baby thing. He lays down and talks the little one, he reads his books, his eyes light up when she kicks him. The giant fat dog has staked a claim on my belly, it is his all time favorite place to be. He will wrap his body around my belly and lay his head on top of it. Little ones favorite person to kick is Jax the fat dog. 

Things change so quickly. The happiness in our world is overwhelming and I’m grateful. 

New years challenge 

I’m challenging myself to write at least four times each week. That shouldn’t be overwhelming or too much, but it seems daunting. I mean finding a topic, putting together an articulated post, and writing it all the way to the end? Overwhelming! 8 have had many posts that went unfinished until I deleted them because they were no longer relevant. 

So today I’m going to start with today. One day at a time until I don’t even think twice about it. One post at a time until it becomes a habit. 

Let the effort and the challenge begin!

East coast vs West coast

(Image is a map of the United States and was taken off of pinterest from a user named how does she, the website is mrprintables.com)

East Coast

Mexican Food sucks. I mean somewhere there might be a great restaurant but I haven’t found anything or heard of anything. And everyone I ask they lead me to not very authentic Mexican sadly. 

Everything is historic or claims to be historic. 

There are families that pride themselves on being old blood. 

Everywhere you go there is history or a battlefield. There are monuments to people and to either the revolutionary war or the civil war everywhere. 

The winter is way colder here!

They call liquor stores package stores. And at least in this area you can only buy liquor at certain times during the week and limited times during Sunday. I thought I left the bible belt behind but I guess not. Also they have a minimum price for liquor, they have to charge above a certain price by law because that’s not crazy. 

New England area really knows how to make a delicious pizza!! Like they win the pizza game! Lol

There are castles, many castles on the East coast. 

Victorian homes are a thing and man does that style of home hold my heart! It’s my dream home only because I want a turret! Lol!

You literally get all four seasons! You get the cold winters, the warm spring, the hot summer, and the cooler fall. It’s strange to me and beautiful too! 

West Coast 

Mexican food is available, lol!

There’s history but not the type you learn about in an American history class. There’s awesome old railroads and the occasional old WW2 Forts, but no civil war battle fields or revolutionary war history. 

There are hundreds of Indian reservations on the western half of the country, over here not so much. 

In Western Washington specifically, fall isn’t really a thing. I mean the leaves change and fall down of course but there aren’t as many deciduous tress (leaf trees). 

The pizza in most places is not nearly as good on the west coast, I mean there’s good places but overall it falls short. 

COFFEE!!! Oh my do I miss a great cup of coffee! Yall over here on the east coast are seriously missing out on good coffee! No dunkin donuts is not good coffee, dear lord! Starbucks is disgusting! There are NO little coffee shops where they strive to make you the best cup of coffee ever and succeed! I miss it! Lol
I miss the hidden beautiful Pacific Coast beaches that weren’t full of tourists! I have been to a few beaches off of the Atlantic but there’s always so many people and they aren’t very pretty. I mean there’s the typical sand and water but no cliffs and huge rock formations, it’s and little bland here. 

Did I miss any differences that you know of? Let me know! What’s your favorite thing about one coast or the other? 

Changes

(Image is of a tree with Christmas lights for no real reason except it’s pretty.)

It’s been a long time since I have written on here and part of it was because I was discouraged. I didn’t seem to be getting anywhere or anything new so I wasn’t sure what the point of continuing was. Another part of it was the exhaustion of working, parenting, and trying to be a functional human then failing to make time to write. Even though I’ve had plenty of ideas and a want to write I just have forgotten or pushed it until later. Well I made the choice that now is later and I’m going to write more. 

So welcome anyone who is new and thanks for sticking around if your not new. 

The mommy example

( Image is of a graphic image that says “our influence as a mother is powerful. Don’t waste it. Little eyes are watching you.” this image is not mine, I found it on pinterest.)

As a working mom, even if it is part-time,  in an area with no real family or friends finding someone to help on days that the husbands schedule and mine over lap. Knowing I work two days that my husband can’t be there for Mini-me and I have to work both of those days, its crazy and stressful. Thankfully I found a wonderful lady with a little one that is willing to work with me and watch Mini-me.

It helps that I left one of my jobs, I couldn’t handle doing both jobs and still trying to be a good mom and wife. Doing two jobs, working 50+ hours every week, it’s just impossible to be a human let alone a human with other humans depending on me. Living everyday completely exhausted and burned out wasn’t leaving much of an example for Mini-me to follow. Right now with all the changed in our life, she needs to look up to a mom who is all there with her. A mom who is working to make life better but is completely aware and capable, not exhausted and cranky. Not a mom who is stressed and running out of steam every moment of the day she isn’t at work.

So I needed to leave something left for my home life, and I needed to show an awesome example for my Mini-me. Everyday I work to do just that, show her everything a mom can do, everything a woman can do. I show her my strength and her dad can show her how awesome a career is. Of course I’m working towards having a career of my own.

So here’s to another day of pushing forward, of being a good example for the little one following my lead. May everyone leave a good example for their little ones to follow.

 

Opportunity 

(Image is of Jax with his head on the back of our couch and the rest of his body taking up half of a couch. The vet was wrong he’s still growing.)

Opportunity, what does that even mean? Well the definition is “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.” To me it means a chance to do something new and exciting! Like the interview and pending job offer I just got to be a manager in a sporting goods store not very far away from home. Another opportunity I have had opened up to me in the last few days is a chance to return to school and get three certificates for the field I want to work in all part of one course and because I am a military wife there is no out-of-pocket cost. No loans to pay back, no books to pay for, no payment needed to sit the boards for national certifications! That over either is a wonderful chance to change our life and help our finances of course!

We were also talking about retirement plans (the military is putting out a new one that my husband would have the chance to switch to if he wants) and if we wanted to use the investment plan that is available. At the beginning of our conversation all I could think of was we are way to young to be deciding on retirement plans and if we want to start setting money aside for when we are old and ready to be done working. After a minute of our conversation I realized the wisdom of preparing early. I mean if we started putting aside however much now into medium to low risk investments then we would be good to retire at 60 or maybe even 65 if we aren’t investing a lot.

Growing up and making decisions that will affect our future is new to me. Yet it is super exciting to make these choices and be in a place that we have the opportunity to chose the best for our future! Or maybe be an example to our kids to on what not to do!

So now I’m off to enroll into college and take advantage of that awesome opportunity!

Day off

What could be more glorious that a day off? Your first day off after taking five days to work while your still unpacking and sorting out your house, that’s not such a glorious day.

Your first day off after your husband had to drop 600 dollars to repair his car and your just not making enough to cover the difference.

Stress, that’s what it is!

But I am going to take the stress out while unpacking everything I can! Find things that are “missing” aka packed into boxes that are labeled in a way that makes ANY senses!

I’ve so over moving! Next time I might just drive the movers absolutely insane looking into boxes as they are packing and take my own notes! That sounds genius! Can some one remind me of that in three years?

Anyways I’m off to unpack and finish my house! The only room that is completely unpacked is the master bathroom (sad I know!)

Enjoy your day lovely people!

Working

So I have been working a lot these last few days. Its amazing I lived in Washington for years and never had a job fall into my lap as easily as this one did. I work in a clothing store (I’m trying not to spend my paychecks at said clothes store), I technically work part-time but this week I have maxed out on hours so close to full-time.

Every day I get to people and talk to real live adults! It’s a wonderful thing. Today I had lady come in looking for underwear her son would love so he would wipe his bum properly. I doubt underwear will fix the problem but we found some awesome ones with dinosaurs on them. I mean really if he doesn’t fear getting shit on a tyrannosaurs rex’s head then he’s screwed.

A guy came in our store today and he was looking for baby clothes. Awe so sweet, right? Well when we asked if said baby was a boy or a girl he said “I don’t know its squishy and my brothers”. After wandering the store for a while he remembered the baby had a pink hat on its head, “that means it’s probably a girl right?” it took a lot not to laugh. With a smile I led him over to the baby girl section and picked out a few dresses for him with matching hats and socks. When he got to pay after finding things for his nephew (he knew he was a boy because “he liked trucks”, because that makes a difference in gender) including an amazing skeleton hoodie. He got to the register only to ask “am I a horrible uncle for not knowing she was a girl”? At this point all of my self-control was gone, I giggled and laughed (he did too). I finally gained enough composure to say no, if you have been busy then its just fine. He said he’s been out of the country for a year so totally understandable. But still funny!

Arrival 

(Image is of my husband going through paperwork while the movers sort through one small bit of our billion boxes)

Our things came from the movers finally. We have our things, all of the junk, the random and the crazy that makes a place a home. 

It’s amazing how much you miss the weird things when your in transition like the pretty stuff I had on the dining room table, or the sign my mom made me for my wedding. Even though it’s hot as balls here, I’ve been missing my jeans. Weird right? But I do! 

For the first time in my life I want it to be fall and not just for Halloween (which is my favorite holiday by far!) but for the weather and the season change. The fall leaves changing, the fall festivals, and ok really I love Halloween! 

Now off to unpack the what seems like a thousand boxes! 

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