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Navy wife, mom, and all around chaos

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!

Movers 

(Image above shows my husband setting up the tv and a pile of boxes)

Movers are those wonderful people who do the dirty work of packing for you. I hate packing almost as much as I hate unpacking so the fact that they do over half the work is a wonderful thing! 

However the labels on these boxes are the worst thing I could’ve imagined. I opened a box that said shoes yesterday expecting to unpack my shoes. Well there was one shoe in the entire box and the rest was bedding and things like that. So explain to me why in the world the box said shoes? Ya I have no idea either! 

I have another one. A box said closet miscellaneous, however there was no explanation of which closet, in what room. Now our old house had three different hallway closet, one in the kids room, and three in the master bedroom. So it was a mystery box that I avoided for about a week. 

There are also half a dozen boxes that say books, well which room did they come from. Are they kids books? The books that were in the master bedroom or how about the ones from the living room? There’s not box checked to tell me where they came from so I get another round of open this box and let’s see where it really goes. 

One more! There was a box that was labeled “papers.” So the night before I had an appointment with my daughter’s school to enroll her that was the first box I looked into for her paperwork. Well guess what that entire box is crafts with a few dozen sheets of color papers. My important paperwork file was in a box that was labeled boxes, literally it said boxes. That particular box had not one single box inside of it!

The movers were great they packed everything I asked them too. They were quick and efficient, they were polite and took care of our things. I really appreciated all of their work! Until I realized they labeled boxes half assed and really shitty. 

So moral of the story. When the movers label your boxes. Don’t trust them!

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! 

Our trip as a whole


(Image is of the Smithsonian Castle in Washington DC) 

Our trip began way to early on a Saturday morning, the sun hadn’t risen and the sky was dark. We had said goodbye to our friends and family the night before so there wasn’t much left to do but pack our bedding and ourselves and go. But I found myself wanting to linger in the closest thing I had left to normal, the last part of the life I had known for 2 years, the home we had come to know and love. Despite my sluggish attitude and slow movements we left Washington. We drove from sunrise well past sun down. We adventure through the mountains passes of Washington and Idaho, through the fields and deserts of Montana, until we got into Yellowstone. That park for the two days we were there was wonderful. It was awe inspiring, beauty that can only be found in that one spot. The joys it brought my daughter and all of us really was the best part.

From there we ventured to my sister in laws house in Salt Lake City. That was found days of fun and sunshine. For me I got to meet my husbands family (the ones I hadn’t met or only briefly met at our wedding). We got to spend time and enjoy each other’s company. We explored the city, we did an indoor rock climbing course, a children’s museum, and rode the river on a raft. All with family, all surprisingly fun for a girl with anxiety who does not do change well. 

Our next stop was my wonderful mother in laws house (my husbands step mom, his mother passed away before I came into the picture). She was fantastic. I love her as if she was my other parent. With her we toured the casinos and wandered the Vegas Strip, we watched street shows, and water shows. My husband got pulled into a street show on his birthday, making the day just that much better. We watched a movie and ate wonderful food. It was a great stop along our journey. 

The next place we adventured too was a 18 hour road trip to Texas. On this day everything that could go wrong did, can’t have too many perfect road trip days. Anyways we left Las Vegas later than expected meaning we got to Fort Worth later than expected. We drove straight through the night and we took turns sleeping in the car. It was long and hellish but we are it the entire 17 hours on pure determination and red bull. By the time we got to Fort Worth I was so exhausted I was close to dead (or I felt like it). And the husband wanted to run errands and get lunch, he wanted to people. I’m not great at that in the first place mix it in with two hours of crappy sleep in the car and a tired child and it’s a rough combo. Anyways our days there were great! I attempted to male plans with my friends from when I lived there none of them had time (that’s OK life happens), and that was rough because I miss them. But we relaxed in the heat of Texas, we played at the lake on boats and jet skis, we road roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas and we recharged from the previous places we visited. We had a week in texas of fun, sunshine, and swimming. Even Jax went swimming a time or two. 

From there we moved on to Florida to my brother in laws house, that was two days of chaos and crazy. We went shooting at a range, I realized how much I miss shooting. It made me realize I need to buy a new gun and re-register for my concealed carry. We also went and ate on the water at a beautiful restaurant. We had fried pickles and alligator, fish and shrimp tacos. All of that great southern food, that I missed while living up north. 

From there we went to Georgia to a weekend of really terrible planning and failed attempts to go to the beach (they don’t allow dogs at the beach and we had no one to watch Jax). We stayed at Law Quinta in Savanah  (they have a fairly good pet policy) however Jax freaked out about the hotel room and truly didn’t like it, so we didn’t get to do many things.

Washington DC was our next stop, and this time we had a plan before we went thankfully. We stayed in a extremely pet friendly hotel called the Kimpton Madrea near Dupont Circle (I am not affiliated with this company I just really appreciated the service and treatment we got while having a dog in the hotel). They provided a dog bed (that Jax loved), pet dishes (since ours vanished in the car), a list of services to use for doggy daycare, and just all out friendliness while we had a dog there which was a wonderful change. Since we had a pet sitter we were able to tour part of the National Mall. We went to the Smithsonian, we saw the Washington Monument, Mini-Me got to see her favorite presidents (Lincoln) memorial. We walked for around 8 or 9 miles depending on the fitbit you ask. We saw the World War I I monument  (maybe it was a memorial, not sure), we also saw the Vietnam War wall. Both of those were awe inspiring as a veteran myself, it makes me wonder if we will ever a have monument for the war in trained for. I doubt it. We ate great food, we got cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes, it was a great two day stop.

Our final stretch was the drive from DC to Connecticut and that was long and arduous. It was hard and exhausting, some how that last 6 hour drive seemed longer than the 17 hours it took to drive to Texas. I personally fell apart around New York and had a panic attack while the husband drove through the Bronx.We got to our hotel the day before we were able to go home and I fell on the bed exhausted. 

Our trip was amazing and beautiful, crazy and chaotic, lazy and busy, it was everything you could want from 27 days driving across the country, coast to coast. It was an adventure that I’m glad I don’t have to repeat.

24 days

(Image is of the South Carolina welcomes you sign that was at our first stop. The one we took because Mini-Me forgot to take a potty breaks before we left our hotel.)

We have been on the road, living out of our car for 24 days. We have argued, driving through the night, and adventures in the last three plus weeks. We have seen family and adventured solo. We have stepped into 15 states as of this very moment, and will get to be in 23 total by the time we are done in three more days. 

We have felt the differences in temperature, humidity, and elevation. We have viewed different landscapes: desert, forest, mountains, swamps, and red dirt roads. Of course there was the farm country of Northern Texas, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. 

We have experienced the sights of Las Vegas, Yellowstone National Park, Salt Lake city, Dallas Texas, Florida swamps and water views, and Georgia’s Sandy beaches. I am overly grateful for this trip and the fact the my daughter got to see this very pretty countryside. 

However 23 days down on this road trip, 23 nights sleeping in strange places, 23 days without the comfort of home and I am completely and utterly done! I’m ready to go build a new home and start our three years in a state on the opposite side of the country than I’m accustomed too. Not that I’m complaining (much) but I’m done. 

Just two more stops, is the mantra I am taking on for the next three days. 

Florida days

We had a two day driving break in Florida with more of the husbands family before we went back into vacation mode in Georgia. 

The break was much needed and family is always good to see (for mini me and myself it was a first meeting). Hearing about the hubby’s childhood from a little less rose colored glasses was by far the most interesting part. Learning that he wasn’t as sweet and innocent with the picture perfect childhood was a little reassuring! His stories made him sound angelic whereas big brother tells it a little more real. 

Anyways we were only there for two full days and now we are off to Georgia! I’m very excited for the remainder of this trip. We have Georgia, Washington DC, and Philadelphia left then it’s home. Five more travel days! Five more vacation days. 

Facebook!

(Image is of the Rangers game we went to last night! It was a lot of fun!)

I made a Facebook page! I’m still not totally sure how to make that more popular but I will have fun with it anyways! 

Texas was amazing! Mini me who was formerly terrified of the water is now swimming like a fish! She dives under to get things off the bottom, she swims across the entire pool even where it over her head! She is finally comfortable and confident in the water! Always wonderful! The pup is also way more comfortable in the water! Which is hilarious!

More later I’m tired and we’re driving through the pouring rain! 

10 Quick Tips About Traveling

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(image is of a Texas sunrise while we were driving, so its blurry and through a windshield so be nice)

So as a military family we have been on the road for 15 days, and I have learned quite a lot about what not to do!

  1. Be organized!
    After we “repacked” from Yellowstone going to Salt Lake City it looked like a seven-year old had a party in the back of our car. We needed to get our suitcases out and it was everything I could do not to have a meltdown because of the overwhelming amount of mess! We learned quickly to organized everything so it wasn’t so disastrous back there.
  2. Pack as little as possible!
    For a military move we get paid if we move some of our own things. We took this to the extreme! We packed too much and it made things miserable! We each had a large fully packed suit case (the husband also had a duffel bag full of uniforms), a large cooler, a giant container full of dog food, a bag with pots and pans, an extra bag of dog food, a suit case full of expensive things we didn’t want broken with the movers and ALL of the bathroom stuff that the movers wouldn’t pack. BAD IDEAS! All of it! We needed less clothes, less dog food, get rid of the bathroom stuff, we just needed less!
  3. Do not lose your phone chargers!
    I know this one seems like common sense but I did it, kind of. I had my parents fitbits plugged into my charging ports. Can you guess what happened next? That’s right, they left and took the chargers with them ports and all. So I had my cords but no charging ports. Since we have been traveling so much I keep forgetting to replace them!
  4.  Make sure your child had proper electronic entertainment!
    But screen time limits, the parents are all screaming! No I’m sorry when my kid is in the car for 6 or more hours they need to watch a movie or two. Yes Mini-me has been working in her workbooks, she has been playing her learning games but really as long as she isn’t constantly asking “are we there yet?” I’m happy.
  5. Remember the dog and child don’t have large bladders
    Every two or three hours we need to take a break for both the dog and the kid. Yes that suck, yes we have to plan this into our drive. However I would rather stop 10 extra times that have them both pee in my car or get bladder infections. Can dogs get bladder infections? Well his vet bills are enough I don’t want to risk it!
  6. Small surprises are extremely important
    This one is very important! I got small toys and put them into a paper bag for little one to open every one in a while! It has been amazing because even though it’s all throw away toys that I expect her to lose they make her happy! If she is happy then my drive is easier!
  7. Do not plan to drive more the 8 hours in one day!
    This is one that we just did a 18 hour drive, it was the WORST part of our trip! I wasn’t able to be a human for a full 24 hours after. The husband was cranky, the kid was extra bossy (her version of whiny) they dog was wired when we finally got out of the car it was just a mess! DO NOT DO THIS TO YOURSELF! A cheap hotel is much better than everyone miserable!
  8. Choose your hotels wisely!
    If you have young kids or a dog you don’t want a place that you feel like you have to monitor their every move. You also don’t want a place where you feel like you need to check the hotel for bed bugs and clean sheets. So as I said choose wisely. The husband and I generally go for mid 3 to 4 star hotels. They are nice but not so nice that we feel like we can’t enjoy the place.
  9. Expect bad points in your trip
    It doesn’t matter if you take your kids to Disneyland or to the moon, everyone has a breaking point parents and kids alike. I have drilled into Mini-me’s head that she is able and needs to tell is when she has had enough of anything! She needs to learn her limits and vocalize them. I was extremely proud of her in Yellowstone when she said “Mom, I’m done with this place.” She was still super interested but Yellowstone is a lot of driving and walking and well just a lot. We are talking about a kid who had to find a quiet place in Disneyland because she was overwhelmed and she couldn’t do it anymore she hit her limit but didn’t want to go home. So we have learned as parents that yep we will have to miss things we like but she gets to say when she has had enough. It helps so much with the melt downs! Since she is an only child so far we haven’t had to divide and concur yet. The husband and I also have learned to listen to each other when we say I need a minute!
  10. Enjoy it!
    When our generation goes some where our phones come out to take pictures of every square inch of it. I’m just as guilty of missing the trip by taking pictures of it. Taking pictures is great, but enjoying the trip with your eyes not your screen is so much better! Take a picture or two but put your phone down and dance in the field of flowers with your kid, run into the surf with them, scream on the rides, and wonder at the sites that you only get to truly enjoy if your phone is put away.

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