Tuesday, January 31, 2012

pelican drop

I didn't think I would get the New Years Eve post in before the end of January!
A small accomplishment.  :)

New Years Eve was a big deal for us this year.  It was the first New Years Eve that Brad and I spent together since our first year dating in 2003.  We went to Camden, NJ to see moe. in concert that year & every year after that he was scheduled to work.  We were looking forward to every second of this celebration.

In Pensacola they close down a few of the main streets & bring in a bunch of vendors & bands for the Pelican Drop.  The streets are crowded with thousands of people ready to ring in the new year.  We enjoyed the music & everyone {except me} indulged in all sorts of goodies from aligator meat to shark skewers.  We had a wonderful time walking around taking in our surroundings until our dear friend, Travis, stepped on a large shard of glass that went right through his Converse sneaker moments before the clock struck midnight.  He was quite a trooper, though.  He wasn't about to miss the moment.  Luckily, we were down to minutes before the pelican dropped & we were greeted by 2012!

The Pensacola Pelican drop is the next best thing to the ball drop in NYC.  Who knows, maybe next year we'll cross NYE in NYC off our bucket list.

After we got our New Years kiss in, we rushed Travis to the ER to get stitches.  Who would have thought we would be starting our New Year in the hospital??  But, no matter where we spent it, we were just happy to be together and with great company!

2011 was good to us & I know 2012 will be just as wonderful & life changing!  I hope you are all having a wonderful 2012 so far!

*p.s. I am all caught up on blog posts.  :)  No more 3 month old posts from me... for now, anyway.*

Monday, January 30, 2012

police hall of fame

When we were near Daytona, FL for Christmas Brad & Scotty ventured out to the Police Hall of Fame while I stayed behind at the house to work.
Brad loved every second of it & left really missing the police force.  I'm sure someday he will return.  His calling is definitely to protect & serve.
As Brad was leaving for the museum I made sure he took the camera with him to capture what I was missing.  I am slowly getting caught up on blog posts.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

aviation museum

Months ago {we're talking probably October or the beginning of November} Brad took me to the aviation museum on base.  Somehow I forgot to blog about it, but I had so much fun I didn't want to miss the opportunity to share it.

We started out taking the official tour, but since Brad had already taken one a few days prior, we decided to break off & he took on the roll as my personal tour guide.  It's all so fascinating & I LOVE old memorabilia!!

{You can't fly a plane without making flying sounds}

Monday, January 23, 2012


If you remember, Brad bought me a sewing machine for Christmas this past December.
I have wanted one for years, but with the little lady on the way I thought now was as good a time as ever to put that on the top of my Christmas list.
 I have been itching to start some projects, so Brad and I took a trip to Joanne Fabrics this weekend & stocked up on fabrics and supplies to keep me busy for a little while.  I have been losing sleep at night thinking about starting these projects, so when Brad told me today was going to be a late work day, I jumped on the opportunity to have the apartment to myself & start sewing.

A few weeks ago I found this little tutorial on Pinterest.
I was a little concerned to tackle the project, but as the title says, it really was easy {seriously, the hardest part is cutting the fabric... for some reason I have a really hard time cutting in a straight line}.

I've been dreaming of doing the baby's nursery in pink and grey... when we get to a place where she can actually have one.  That was my inspiration when picking out fabrics for this blanket & I must say, I LOVE IT!!!

The pink minky fabric is soooo soft.  The baby might have to fight Brad for it when she gets here... then again, I want one for myself, too!!

But, after a 45 inch x 45 inch project & the soreness that came with it from spending so much time on the floor cutting & pinning, I think this will be a project strictly for baby.  I can only imagine she will love it!
I am thinking of making myself a cute little scarf out of that grey fabric, though.  I just want to go buy the entire ream.  Yes, I love it that much! :)

While I'm at it, a few weeks ago I took my first attempt at a ruffle butt onesie {seriously, this has got to be the best part of having a baby girl}!!  I wasn't overly impressed with the outcome of the ruffles, but practice makes perfect & someday I'll be able to make something worth while... in the meantime, this will work around the house.

My ruffles are really uneven {again, cutting is my biggest challenge... does anyone else have that problem??}
I have a bunch of other projects up my sleeve, but this preggo lady can only manage one a night, I think.
Have you ever tried lying on your belly to pin only to remember there's a big bump there?? 
I don't know how I can ever forget... haha.

Stay tuned for my future projects!
And if you have any patterns or tutorials you would like to share, I'm always happy to try something new! 

And stay tuned for past posts that I have managed to forget.  I realized I never blogged about New Years as Brad was flipping through my pictures last night!  I have so much catching up to do {and so little time}!  I promise I will get there before April!

Monday, January 9, 2012

cheers to four years.

Yesterday Brad and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary!
Where has the time gone??
It feels like just yesterday we were sitting on the beach in Jamaica, swimming in the Caribbean Sea only hours before exchanging our vows & celebrating with a very small group of friends and family.
We have become one heck of a strong couple in the past four years.  I have no doubt in my mind that there are so many more years ahead of us... how did I become the luckiest lady in the world??

To celebrate the big day, Brad and I tried to replicate it as best as we could... 
...so, we went to the beach.  Surprise.... Surprise.  :)

And this girl forgot her camera {even after we made a special trip back home to grab it... preggo brain got in the way & my other mission to grab my sunglasses}.  Thank goodness for cell phones.  Not the best quality, but it still allowed us to capture the moment without turning around for a third time to grab the camera.

I was amazed at how much the little beach bar reminded me of Jamaica.  

I just love how my husband appeases me & my silly requests.

And leave it up to me to insist on ice cream!  I was pretty confident I had it all over my face & yet I thought the ice cream cone was going to hide me... haha.

We took a stroll on the beach & made sure to get our traditional feet-in-the-water picture.
This was our first time to Pensacola Beach... it had to be done. :)
Look at how big the belly is getting!!!

After our walk along the beach, Brad took me for a round of mini golf.

This one was for Craig... we wanted to show him we were in Egypt, too!

Brad won... no surprise there... but, I am the real winner!

Somehow it worked out that the winner had to buy dinner...
So we stuck with our anniversary tradition & made our annual trip to The Melting Pot.
The shrimp were in the shape of a heart {hence the picture of the dead meat}.
It was a wonderful day out with my hubby & the weather couldn't have been better!
I am so glad that after 4 years, we are finally expanding our family & I am so excited to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us!  I know there's nobody else in this world I would rather go through life with.
Happy 4 years, honey bunches!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


When we were in New Smyrna, FL for Christmas, we went to the beach with Scotty.
We love the beach.  I'm not the most comfortable person swimming in the ocean... somewhat because I'm not a good swimmer, but I think the majority of my hesitation are the sea creatures... primarily jelly fish or anything else that can sting me or bite me.  But, I LOVE to put my feet in the water as often as possible.
Although it was warm in central Florida, I wouldn't say it was swimming weather {but, it didn't stop many}.  It was quite windy... 
But, Brad & I took the opportunity to roll our pants up & enjoy as much of the waves as possible.

I didn't want to lose these pictures over time, so I made sure to bring them over here for archiving purposes.


{Baby's First Christmas Eve - 23 weeks & 3 days}

Next year the baby will be able to put her own little feet in the water.  It's almost hard to believe she'll be here in 3 1/2 months.  We are so far from being ready & it's so difficult to plan for the big day with knowing we will be relocating sometime before or after she arrives {not knowing when is the killer}.  For now, I'm enjoying every little kick and punch coming from inside my belly.  She definitely likes for me to know she's still there... I LOVE that!