Sunday, January 30, 2011

No More Mail Please

"Will you please tell everyone not to send anymore mail?" 
Some people may think that this is something so silly to get butterflies over. But anyone that has ever loved and stayed in contact with someone in the military know how much those words mean. Those words mean our time apart is coming to an end. Granted dates aren't set in stone until they board the plane to come home but no more mail day is just one step closer. They tell us not to send mail after a certain date because if we do it probably wont make it to our soldiers. Needless to say, when I heard those words my stomach filled with butterflies and I got the biggest, goofiest grin on my face. I realize that we've gotten it relatively easy with this deployment, it was a short one and we had amazing communication but a deployment is still a deployment and I don't want to be separated by half the world any longer. I'm so excited to see my soldier, my sunshine, my honey, my husband walk off that plane <3

Thursday, January 20, 2011


So up till this point Brandon had the idea that he wasn't going to tell me when he was coming home. He wanted to make it a surprise and had this scheme all planned out. His mom would meet him at the Salt Lake airport and they would rent a car and drive up to Logan. He would have already been in contact with my parents and Annaliesa and they would already have a plan in place as to where Annaliease would make sure I was so Brandon could just show up. His thoughts were the more crowded the better so I could be embarrassed! And it would be all tears smiles laughs and kisses =]

Well, this week we found out that upon getting off the plane in Utah, Brandon would have to Camp Williams for 3 days, having the nights off of course. This kind of threw a wrench in his plan. Neither of us wanted to spend his first three days back in Utah away from each other. AND since we live farther than 50 miles from the camp, they would get us a hotel room. What to do what to do!

Finally, after much badgering from me, Brandon decided to tell me when he is coming home!! WOOT WOOT! and its not even that far away. I am more excited than words can express! I can't post the date or anything on here to keep all of the soldiers safe so if you want to know more just email me. Oh i'm so excited. Best news EVER!

Another Month Gone

I can't believe that another month is almost over! 
We have been married for 3 months and 5 days or 3 months and 11 days depending on which wedding date you choose <3
Brandon has been gone for 2 months and 22 days.
It's amazing how when you look back time just flies! I love it! Well, I love it sometimes! Sometimes I hate it, like between our wedding and Brandon leaving. I hate how when you want to slow time down it seems to go even faster! 
I have been doing well. The 10th of January was my first day back and today marks the end of my second week of school. It feels like I've been in school for months instead of just 2 weeks. It is super busy and very work intensive. I have 6 classes, 5 of them are once a week but they are 3 hours each. It gets very long and super tiring but in the end I always leave class with a head full of knowledge and a burning to get into the classroom and to start trying out everything we've been learning about. I have also been involved in a scholarship program called Reading in Motion. It is amazing! It's a program for teachers to mix early reading skills with the arts. We go into a 1st grade classroom twice a week for 45 minutes and we sing songs, do little dances, put on plays and so much more. I've only been involved in it for well, 2 weeks so far but I honestly think it should be  brought into every k-3rd grade classroom!

Brandon is doing well. He is working and trying to pass the time! He really loves getting to be a soldier. He might not get to be "in the action" all that much (something that I thank God for EVERY day!) but he still gets to use his training. When he's not working, he likes to watch TV series and movies. He finished the whole House series and has started on The Unit. Of course he sleeps on his time off also. 
I am SO thankful for this deployment being only about 5 months. It definitely makes the first deployment easier (not that its easy at all!). But knowing I don't have to be alone for an entire year makes it feel much more manageable! The other thing I'm thankful for (I know I've already said this many times!) is how much we get to communicate. Usually we get to talk over Skype or the phone or just chatting at least every other day. We are so very lucky!!! 

As we continue to get more information I will try and keep you updated. As of right now we are planning for Brandon to come home early March!!! So excited! We love you, God bless

Monday, January 10, 2011

Resolutions and Goal for 2011

2011: I am MORE than ready for all you have to offer us. I know this post is a little late, but hey better late than NEVER right?!? Anyways I've been racking my brain for my new years resolutions.. I think I've finally came up with them. Are you ready?

Well, getting back in shape would be lovely. Staying there when I finally get there would be even better! I know when Brandon gets home he'll help me out with this one, and what a better incentive than having him coming home to get me started?!?

I really would love to be a better cook. I'm determined to make more healthy and better meals.

My last resolution is a little bit different. I want to find beauty in every day. I want to see the wonderful things that God has put into my life and to be able to appreciate them to the fullest. There is so much all around us that my eyes tend to passover. I don't like to dwell on the bad things, rather live for the good! So I'm attempting to change my perspective and see all of the glorious things God has put into my life for me to enjoy. Feel free to help me out and when we are together point them out as I try to point them out also.

There are my goal for 2011. They aren't anything huge, things that can be accomplished with small steps every day. But they can all be potentially life changing. (Who knows I might become America's Next Top Chef! haha not likely but it's all in the realm of possibilities!)

Whatever happens this year, I'm determined to look back on December 31, 2011 and say, "With everything that happened. This was a year filled with beauty. What great experiences we had. Memories I don't want to EVER forget!" I just have a feeling this year is our year, the best year yet!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Goodbye 2010

What a year! Honestly, I've got to say this has been the craziest year I've ever lived. There was so many ups and downs.. heres the our year in short:

Our year started our with a goodbye and a count down. 
Brandon left after Exodus and went 
back to Basic Training. 

Then came Basic Training graduation and 
another goodbye as he left for 
San Antonio for AIT.

Our countdown finally ended and 
Brandon came home for a 
great summer. 

Fall came around and we both started another year at USU. 
The wedding plans were also coming along =]

Then we got "the phone call" telling us that Brandon was
 going to be deployed to Afghanistan. 

Then we got MARRIED!! Twice actually, but both were
 the best days of our lives! 

And then another goodbye.

The rest of the year has been filled with lots of 
Skype dates and emails.

Its been the most up and down year for us. but I wouldn't change any of it for the world! 

2010 has treated us well and horrible all at the same time.
Heres to hoping 2011 will be filled with more joys.

Goodbye 2010 we are more than ready for 2011 to be here.