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Friday, September 30, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  You happily took me to BOP Pizza in Baltimore and thoroughly enjoyed it (not to mention drove again in a city center -- you rock!) =)

2.  You didn't mind my teeny tiny shopping spree at the Banana Republic and Gap outlets, and you were absolutely the best shopping buddy ever!

3.  The Alabama-Vandy game is going to be amazeballs with you there.

4.  You're such a great partner.

5.  I'm so proud of you for all of the hard work you put into your course!  I know I've said this time and time again, but hey, at least you're finished with it now!!  Congratulations Chawwie!!!

ily <3

Thursday, September 29, 2011

And it Comes Back to Us: It's Wedding Recap Time!

A little while after the wedding, soon after I'd started up my first blog address, I did a mini review of sorts of the vendors of my wedding.  Now that much more time has passed (we're coming up on a year and a half now!), and since I did complete my honeymoon recaps, I figure it might be time to actually focus on the wedding before I forget any more details.

One of my absolute favorite pictures, taken by my lovely SIL

I won't lie, I didn't really want to do wedding recaps, mainly because of the picture situation with my photographer.  I don't own my pictures, and I'm saddened that I don't have them all (and that they're not of the best quality, either).  But the ones I do own are pretty much all I have (aside from my amazeballs wedding video!) so I'm going to utilize them to help recreate the memories of that day.

And I'll be honest here, too -- it really was a fabulous, fabulous day; a day completely and utterly worth remembering and recapping.  The love and happiness we felt from our friends and family and each other still warms my heart, a year and a half later.  So I'm not going to let something as silly as embarrassment ruin something that will be very special to my future self and my husband's future self (and kids and grandkids, obviously!).

So recaps, here we come!  But first, we'll be taking a little stroll back to the pre-wedding festivities...stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Words

"Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself."
- Olga Korbut

 (Diamond Head Crater, Oahu, Hawaii)

I think I'm only beginning to realize that Mr. L and I are moving to Hawaii in ONE month (eek!!), and I don't believe it'll fully hit me until we actually step on our first plane and leave the airport for good.  It'll definitely be a super emotional day for me (can you say Ugly Cry?!) that on some levels I'm dreading, and on other levels I'm looking forward to.

Regardless of that particular day though, I'm really hoping that we will take the next month and savor our extra unimpeded time with friends and family, and that we'll treasure the memories we're going to make (and have made, especially in the past week!) with everyone.  Here's to hoping that time doesn't fly by too quickly in October!

Monday, September 26, 2011

30 Day Photography Challenge

There's a little challenge for the month of October bouncing around the blogging universe that I think would be fun to participate in.  It's called the 30 Day Photography Challenge, and I first saw it here via OurWiredLives

Source: via Merissa on Pinterest

I think it will be a great way to hone some photography skills while at the same time capturing our last month on the mainland in a unique way.

I'm also super excited about finally getting some posts together next month about all of the traveling Mr. L and I have been doing while he's been training up in Maryland.  It has absolutely been a whirlwind so far!  Unfortunately those have to wait until after our road trip back down South.  So for now, aloha!  =)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  You greeted me at the airport with flowers (and totally blew off every chick that thought they were for them lol) <3

2.  You don't mind my TV show obsessions!

3.  I love how you just get me and my humor.

4.  You make me feel so proud and happy about our future together, whichever paths we decide to take.

5.  I'm also super proud of how well you've done in this course, Mr. Class Leader =)

ily <3

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday Words

Apparently I'm all about love quotes lately!  Here's another, and I suppose it's inspired by the fact that I get to see Mr. L today!  =)

“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.” 
- Bob Marley

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another Giveaway from Martilena!

The fabulous Martilena is hosting another giveaway, this time for a Camera Bag Lens Sleeve Insert!

I've seriously been eyeing one of these bad boys ever since purchasing a new oversized messenger purse to carry my camera and my expanding list of extra equipment.  Love!

Check out the giveaway and all the rules for entering here.  Good luck to everyone!  =)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New Domain!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I recently purchased a domain name for my little blog here, and now you can reach it via!

Don't worry -- it's still accessible from the Blogspot address as well, so you don't need to change any bookmarks or Reader info.  Hopefully it'll be a little easier to remember now, though!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  =)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pinning Frenzy!

Like everyone else in the cyber-universe, I've recently joined the ranks of Pinterest.  Let me tell you, I am thoroughly raptured by the wonderful goodies just waiting to be pinned by my eager clicking finger.

For those of you unfamiliar with the site (if there are any of you even out there anymore!), it's basically a place to organize your internet inspiration, say for things like weddings, parties, food, house decorations, or practically anything you can dream up.  Instead of browsing through my Chrome favorites and wondering what the heck everything is, I can pin it all to a board on Pinterest and actually see why it's there in the form of its picture.

It's definitely proven itself handy in the form of recipes I'd like to try.  Instead of seeing just a title description in my favorites, I now see beautiful, delicious pictures that link straight to recipes.  Love!

Here are a few things I've found so far in my handful of days on the site:

Crock Pot Egg Brunch Casserole

Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

Pizza Bites

Honey Chicken

Frozen Banana Bites

Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup

<sighs wistfully> I seriously want to try all of these recipes right now.  And then eat them all right now.  Talk about nomnom!  =)

If you're on Pinterest and you'd like for me to follow you (and if you'd like to follow me), just click the Pinterest button at the top of the page under my header!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  I love how excited you get during football season.

2.  Exploring new places with you is super fun -- I can't wait to do that with you for the rest of our lives!

3.  I love how much you support my choices.  It really means the world to me.

4.  Every now and then, I'm overwhelmed by just how proud of you I really am, and it gives me tummy flutters =)

5.  Less than one week!!

ily <3

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Ugly Cry

I read this post a couple of days ago over on a fellow military spouse's blog, Jessica Lynn Writes, and I knew I'd have to share.  This is a guest post called "The Ugly Cry", written by Dixie Chick over at Southern Tales (found here in its original format).  I've yet to experience my Ugly Cry with this move (probably because of how spread apart everything is), but I absolutely know it's coming -- probably right around the time that we leave the mainland for good.  Hope you all enjoy this post as much as I did!


Picture this: You’re a few weeks away from moving from your small non-descript town to a country halfway across the world that is best known for its history or its food, or maybe both. You’ve finally sorted through orders, visa applications, no-fee passports, and med boards. And everyone, and I mean everyone, around you thinks you’re about to have the adventure of your life. And you do too. So your life should be roses, rainbows, and multi-colored unicorns, right? You should be dancing through life and singing in the rain on a daily basis…..instead you get The Ugly Cry.

You know, the Ugly Cry, where you really want to cry, but you a) know you have no real reason to cry, b) are trying so hard to be the well-organized, optimistic spouse, and c) don’t want to freak out your poor spouse, so you desperately try not to cry. You end up scrunching up your eyes, then your nose, and then your mouth, only to find you can’t stop the tears from leaking out anyway, and so you end up crying and looking like a gargoyle at the same time.

It’s not pretty.

I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but I will wager a bet that anyone who has ever moved, military or not, has experienced The Ugly Cry. And it doesn’t matter whether you love moving or not, or how experienced you are at moving – I have a theory that a move is not complete without one.

Take me for example. I’ve moved so many times in my life, I’ve lost count (thirteen? Fourteen?), and if there were a Facebook page for “moving”, I’d be a fan. I am the kind of woman/dork (cross out whichever you find appropriate) who has a special notebook she keeps for moving house, and then whips it out whenever it’s time to move again, or she needs a reminder about how crazy, insane, but fun that last move was. Seriously, people, when I tell you I love organizing a move, I am not kidding. But in spite of being a true moving aficionado, during every move, there is at least one moment where I dissolve in The Ugly Cry, moving expert and all. And every time that happens, I, and my darling, and often suffering, husband, wonder what the heck is wrong with me.

During our last move, my Ugly Cry came at an especially head-scratching moment. Everything had been going positively awesome. Our household goods had been packed and picked up in one day. Our house, although suddenly bare, was at least no longer covered in post-its and reminders, with random piles of stuff sitting here and there. All our paperwork was in order, and we were just a few weeks away from an overseas move. It was awesome. Or at least, it should have been.

I was fine until we came back from our celebratory dinner, and husband-dear set up the TV we’d borrowed from a friend, only to find the TV wasn’t working. And suddenly I realized that there was no way I could live without a TV for the next three weeks. In spite of having two laptops at my disposal and a full-time job, my house is apparently not a home without a TV (yes, you may judge me now). So all of sudden, in spite of everything else you have gone through in the past few weeks, not having a TV is the worst. Thing. Ever.

So although I told myself it’s just a stupid TV, I suddenly felt it come on: a great, big, ugly cry. I tried to fight it telling myself there was absolutely no reason to cry. None. All my stuff was safely secured in several wooden crates, my ticket had been booked, and all I had to do now was wait around for things to happen. Life should be one big Barney episode right now, with hugs for everyone! And so I tried. And tried. I think my entire face shrunk into my skull, that’s how hard I was trying not to cry. But there they were anyway: Tears. And lots of them too. I cried for the TV first, and then for our empty house, my car which we had to sell, the plants we had to give away, the friends we had to leave behind, and finally, the scariness of the whole experience.

That, people, is The Ugly Cry.

Now your ugly cry may look different. You may have your ugly cry when you say goodbye to your family. Yes, they’re going to come visit you, and yes, they will email/skype/call/text. And even if they don’t do all of that, you will see then again in a few years. And it’s all one big, great, exciting adventure, right? Sure. But that won’t stop the ugly cry. Or you may cry when you get to the airport and realize that your flight is delayed. You’ve been a trooper all this time, your husband thinks you deserve a medal, but you wanted to leave now. Not later tonight. Not tomorrow. Now. And when you can’t, there is it.

The ugly cry.

Any move, no matter how good or bad it went is going to have moments where you just really want to cry and tell the world how much you hate this. How you just want your old house back. With your stuff in its place and not in cordoned off rooms or clearly marked boxes. How you want your life to be predictable and, most importantly, under your own control. But, realistically, we all know that moves, and life in general, just don’t work that way. So I say go ahead and cry. Cry all you want and don’t feel guilty about it. It’s your life, it’s your move, and if you just let yourself have your moments, maybe the cry won’t be so ugly after all.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday Words

Today's quote is one of my favorites about love...hope you enjoy =)

"Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two."

- Louis de Bernières, from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten Years

It's been ten years today since terrorists set foot on those four planes and altered so many people's lives so drastically, from those who lost loved ones in the attacks to those today who are still fighting the wars that spawned from those actions.

I think it is incredibly important to realize the impact a post-9/11 world has on all of us as American citizens; but it is just equally as important to remember how we felt in the minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months after the attacks.  That unity, closeness, and love we felt for our fellow citizens is something we desperately need to recover in a world filled with so much ignorance, misunderstanding, and hatred.

I'd be hard-pressed to find a more accurate representation of that emotion than Jon Stewart's first show after 9/11, found below, which originally aired on September 20th, 2001.

God bless our families still coping with losses from this tragedy; God bless our troops still fighting to protect our country and our freedoms; God bless our fellow countrymen; and God bless America.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chicken Casserole

After asking for it a few weeks ago, I finally invited my friend Bonnie and her husband over to enjoy some delicious chicken casserole with my family and me.

We had a great time catching up, and I had fun making this recipe (a staple in our family that came from my Mamaw) for the first time ever!  Now that I have the first time out of the way, I can't wait to start making this for Mr. L in Hawaii =)

Chicken Casserole


  • 1 chicken's worth shredded meat (I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (we actually ended up using three)
  • Approx. 3/4 container of sour cream (you could use a whole container instead and just not use 3 cans of cream of chicken soup)
  • Approx. 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 package Ritz crackers, crushed (Note: by package I do NOT mean a whole box!)
  • Copious handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese (not pictured)


Mix together the chicken, soup, sour cream, and cheese in a bowl.

Pour the mixture into a baking pan and spread evenly.

Add crushed Ritz crackers all over the top of the mixture.

Melt butter completely; spoon over the top of the cracker crumbs.

Bake in a 350° oven for about 35 minutes, or until casserole is heated through and the cracker topping is nice and crispy.

Serve and hope your family/guests/loved ones don't devour it in one sitting =)  Such a ridiculously simple recipe -- I can't believe I haven't made it sooner, but I have a feeling it will become a staple.  Hope you enjoy it like we do!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  You were so cute with your little crown and your little flag and your bubbly excitement at Medieval Times =)  You're still a kid at heart, even if you're over a quarter of a century old now!

2.  You let me keep the hotel room freezing cold.  For a person that hates the cold, I say if that ain't love, what is?


4.  Snuggle time = awesomesauce.

5.  Seeing your face again was the best.  Less than two weeks 'til I see it again!!

ily <3

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday Words

"I am only one, but I still am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can still do something.  And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do."
-Helen Keller

Sometimes I get bogged down and discouraged when I think about all of the problems in our world that we will not solve in this lifetime.  It's frustrating, but it helps hearing quotes like this.  Everyone really is able to do some little thing, and if everyone pitched in with their one little thing, we'd be that much closer to solving the crises happening in our world today.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  You were so happy to see me at the airport =)

2.  I loved getting to see so much history with you in DC, like the war memorials and the monuments.  It was such a humbling experience, and I feel blessed for so many things, including you.

3.  You drove in and out of DC so I wouldn't have to -- thank you!

4.  I'm thrilled that I'll be able to spend the first game of the season with you tomorrow!

5.  Long weekends with you are seriously the best.

ily <3