10 Things on my Wish List Right Now

  1. Dual Jet Bath Spa- Because who does not like to soak in the bath tub after a long hard day.

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2. A Vacation to somewhere with a Beach

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3. Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

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4.  Apple Watch- Just another way to stay connected

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5. Wooden Dice for the Outdoors

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6. Customized Wine Cork Holder

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7. Auburn Cornhole Board Set

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8. Stackable Rings with my birthstone, my son’s birthstone and my husbands

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9. Tom’s Navy Natural Star Shoes

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10. Leather Bracelet

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That’s what I am wishing for right now. What is on your wish list?

8 years

Eight years ago on June 16th we made a promise to each other and said I DO through good times and bad for richer or poor.

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The night before we got married I remember being a nervous wreck. I had no idea what the future would hold for us and niether did he but we knew one thing for sure, we were gonna do life together.

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While no relationship is perfect and there will always be ups and downs our life together has opened my heart and mind to a whole new level of happiness, forgiveness, and true love.

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September 11th, 2013 A Setback for Brody

Well, on Wednesday the 11th Brody had a set back in his therapy. We were headed onto post where Daniel works and had just made it through the gate when Brody started having a seizure. It was unlike any we’ve seen before. I didn’t even realize it was a seizure at first. He had been asleep and all of a sudden he started blowing bubbles out of his mouth and then he started shaking but not violently shaking. I climbed into the back with him to help hold him stable while Daniel rushed us to the clinic. On this certain post though they only deal with soldiers so when we came running in we got the royal treatment with all the staff coming to our aide along with the MPs and fire fighters. This seizure lasted about 4 minutes(the longest one to date). The ambulance was called and we were taken to the ER where they kept us for a few hours to monitor him and do blood work(all which came back normal). We were released after about 3 hours. I know the doctor said that even on the medicine he could have seizures but I guess I was hoping praying that he wouldn’t have to go through them anymore. It’s so hard watching your child have one and not being able to do anything about it. Friday we had to follow up with his regular doctor on post who upped his medication dosage and wants us to follow up with some lab work on Friday before his morning dose. Continue to keep our little guy in your prayers.

Brody’s 1st Day of Kindergarten August 2014

The drop-off was the hardest part of motherhood yet. I sensed his anxiousness and saw him try to hide it by being outgoing(something he isn’t around strangers). I hugged and reassured and prayed he wouldn’t see my tears. He told me to just go already that he would be fine. And he told me to have a great day and that he loved me. And cue the tears because a 5 year old was reassuring his mother that everything was going to be fine. This was the first time he was actually away from me since his diagnosis of epilepsy. And me being the worry wart I didn’t want to leave him.

Brody has two wonderful teachers who know just what to say and exactly how to comfort. Granted I waited until I was away from Brody to cry and then made the dreaded walk back to the car and listening to “It’s going to be ok mama, we are going to take great care of them”; which only made the tears come more.

I thought about Brody all day wondering exactly what he was doing(even though I made the schedule for the day). I wondered how he was doing with the quiet/nap time. Brody hasn’t laid down for an actual nap since he was one. I thought about did he enjoy his snack and lunch that I packed or did he remember to take his lunchbox to lunch with him.

I watched the clock most of the day as the time slowly past. I even left early to go sit in the car pickup line a good 30 minutes before time for them to be released.

Finally it was time to get my baby big boy back. He came to the car and was all smiles. He loved it.

Rome, Italy November, 2013

We decided to drive to Rome(about a five hour drive from our home) for the Thanksgiving 4 day, but wanted to be back home before the Auburn/Alabama game on Saturday. We got up on Thanksgiving day and decided to stop and get breakfast before leaving(I didn’t want to cook). Then we got on the road about 1030am and made great time on the road. We arrived into Rome and headed toward the hotel. And this is when our GPS decided to hate us. I put the address the hotel gave us in and we headed to it and needless to say the GPS wanted to take us 2 blocks down from the hotel; luckily I saw the sign and we turned back around. I booked this hotel mainly because it had free breakfast and was suppose to have parking. While checking in we were told it had a limited number of parking spaces available for guest(2 to be exact). So, they gave us directions to the nearest parking area(which we now had to pay for). Finally we unloaded the car and got into our room which was the family room and the hotel had set up a scanvenger hunt for Brody. He loved that. After getting settled in we decided to explore some of Rome while the sun was out and then to head to the Hard Rock for dinner.

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So we head toward the Metro which was about 3 blocks away from the hotel and for anyone wanting to know the Metro is extremely easy to use in Rome and cheap. We decided to go ahead and go see the Colosseo, the Vatican City and the Spanish Steps. We ended the day with a yummy dinner at Hard Rock.

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The next morning we got up and enjoyed breakfast and then set out. We headed back to the Colosseo to explore the ruins that are close by. Then we went to the Vittoriano E Piazza Venezia and even went inside the Vittoriano museum. After that we headed to the Fontana Di Trevi and enjoyed some icecream from a local shop that was amazing. We called it a day after that and headed back to the hotel. After resting for a little bit we decided we wanted to have Hard Rock for dinner again so we hopped back on the metro and got dinner to go.

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All in all we had a wonderful time in Rome and for anyone that knows us knows that Daniel normally handles navigation and the map but for this trip not once did he have to navigate for us I did it all. I was super proud of myself.

Trip to Pisa, Florence, and Milan 2013

We decided to make a day trip out of our trip to Pisa and Florence. Pisa is about a 3 hour drive or so from where we live and everything we wanted to see is all located within the same walled off area. Then we made the hour drive back to Florence to see the duomo Florence(or the Cathedral of Florence and then on to eat at the Hard Rock Café, which turned out to be the best one we have been to so far, and got our shot glass and had dinner before making the drive back home. Here are some pictures from this trip.

 Then at the beginning of November we decided to do another day trip but to Milan this time. We mainly just wanted to see the Duomo Milan and the shopping district. The plaza where we parked had a little market going on that we stopped and got a few things at.

Paris, France October 2013

The trip to Paris was hectic to say the least. We woke up early Saturday morning to head to the airport and when we got to Treviso airport the line was crazy long to go through security. I was afraid that we weren’t going to make it to our gate in time(we did). Once landing in Paris we got on the bus and made the 1 hour trip to the heart of Paris and then hopped in a taxi to where we were suppose to be staying. And this is where the trip made a turn for the worse.

 I made sure to email the owner of the apartment we were renting to make sure he was tracking our arrival. I had all the information he gave us upon renting the apartment. There were no bad reviews on the website for him(he must have deleted them somehow). Anyways, we arrived at the apartment to no keys and I immediately started to call the owner. He didn’t answer and I called over 40 times and sent text messages. While all this is happening Lynn(thought her bank cards would work in France) was trying to get some euros and the ATM ate her card. So what to do now. Michele and I then went to the nearest starbucks to get online and find a hotel while Lynn and Daniel and Brody went to get a prepaid phone for Lynn to use to call her bank(I had ran out of minutes from calling the stupid owner and Daniel had locked his phone and we didn’t have the code to unlock it with us). Finally found a hotel at about 4pm and we arrived around noon. We jumped in a taxi and headed to the hotel and of course with the day we were having the cab driver took us to the wrong hotel. Thankfully that hotel had a shuttle and offered to take us for free to our hotel. Once arriving to the hotel at about 6pm we decided just to have dinner there and Daniel and Lynn went to the bar. We all finally went to bed around 9pm.
After a good night’s sleep we went and enjoyed breakfast and then called for a taxi to take us into downtown Paris. We saw the St. Michael’s church, Louvre, Arc, Eiffel Tower and more. WE enjoyed lunch at a little café. The soup was amazing there(it was freezing that day).

The next day was our last full day there and we just decided to be lazy. I wasn’t feeling good, so we hung around the hotel. We went and had lunch and dinner at a nearby restaurant which turned out to be a hidden little gem. And then just watched movies the rest of the night.

 The last day we took a taxi to the Hard Rock Café to get our shot glass and then made our way slowly back to where we had to get on the bus to go back to the airport.

Friends Visit Italy September 2013

Over this past weekend we had some wonderful friends come and stay with us. We showed them around Vicenza and then took a trip over to Venice. Venice is the city of water and should also be called the city of stairs. It is definitely not stroller/wheelchair friendly unless you want to spend the money and ride on the water taxis. But I feel like if you do that then you can miss out on all the beauty you would get to see by walking. Here are a few picture from the visit.

Budapest, Hungary June 2013

Well, as you all know we decided to take the train here and it was our first time using the trains. And let’s just say it is an experience we will never forget. I should have done more research before we got the tickets, but in my defense we did ask the ticket guy if the tracks were affected by the flooding from last month and he assured us there was no problems and I trusted him. My bad. The train ride from Bamberg to Linz, Austria wasn’t too bad. Once we arrived in Linz though everything went to crap for us. Our train to take us to Budapest was almost an hour late because it had to detour(thanks to the flood). We got on the train and made it to a town called  Győr, Hungary and was then told we had to get off the train and get onto a bus to be taken to another train station because the tracks were messed up. YAY, not! My husband hates buses and it was so hot. The buses reminded us of the buses they used to take us to the base in Kuwait back when we were deployed to Iraq. Anyways, so off we went to get on the bus. Granted by this point we were suppose to already be in Budapest. We finally made it to Budapest around 8pm and proceeded to get in a taxi to head to our hotel. We get over onto the Buda side of Budapest to find some of the streets are still closed because of the dang flood, so our cabbie drops us off and tells us the hotel is about 200 meters away and points us in the right direction. 200 meters later we still hadn’t made it to the hotel so we decided to ask a cop and he sends us the other way. After walking about a half a mile in that direction we decided to stop into another hotel and ask and they pointed us in the right direction. We finally made it to our hotel around 9pm. 

After the horrible first night we woke up to an extremely sunny hot day in Budapest. We enjoyed breakfast at our hotel with a wonderful view of the Parliament before we headed out to explore the Pest side of Budapest. Once we arrived on the Pest side we decided to do the hop on hop off bus tour because it was just too hot to walk everywhere. We got to see the Chain Bridge, the Opera house, the oldest Catholic church in Budapest, and Hero’s Square. We also went and explored the Central Market Hall. After all that we went and enjoyed dinner at the Hard Rock and got our shot glass. Then we headed back to the hotel to relax and get in the a/c.

The 2nd day seemed like it was going to be just as hot as the 1st. We started with breakfast and then set off to do the hop on hop off bus of the Buda side. We visited the Castle hill, the Citadel, and  the Matthias Church. We just kinda walked around and enjoyed the sights. We stopped and had some ice cream and walked through some open air markets. We then returned back to the hotel and enjoyed some goulash and got ready for our trip back home.

I wish I could say the trip back from Budapest was uneventful but it definitely will always give us something to talk about. I would recommend Budapest to everyone. It is truly a beautiful city and I wish we had more time to just explore it!