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Monday, February 27, 2012

P52 - Week Eight: Cabin Fever

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Sorry for the posting delays I've had over the past few days!  Entertaining a houseguest has been a lot of fun, but it didn't leave a lot of time for posting.  So to get back into the swing of things, here's the P52 post I missed putting up on Friday!

As you've probably deduced from reading this blog, I now live on an island with a tropical climate.  You just don't get "cabin fever" when you live somewhere that doesn't ever get cold (or for that matter, where it doesn't really get "hot", at least like we're used to back in Alabama).  But with the elimination of one "con" comes the presence of another.

Oahu is not only an island; it's small (it can be entirely driven around in like 3-4 hours).  You see that beautiful blue ocean in the picture (taken from the top of Diamond Head Crater)?  It just keeps going.  And going.  And going.  If that image doesn't evoke thoughts of island fever, I don't know what will!

Every person we've spoken to in regards to our move to Oahu have warned us against the potential of island fever, something I've yet to experience since I've always lived on the U.S. mainland.  So far, we've been having a blast exploring all of the beautiful things Oahu has to offer, so we are feeling absolutely zero island fever.  Hopefully we never will...but three years is a long time.  So what's our strategy?  We're taking things slowly.  There really is a lot to do and see on this gorgeous piece of Earth, and we are taking our time with seeing everything.  I feel we're going at a good pace, and we'll have plenty left to do a year or maybe even two years from now.  I guess we'll see how our plan ends up working.

Are you experiencing any cabin fever so far this winter?  (Ha, winter!  I've already forgotten what that is...)


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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Five for Friday

1.  You've been such a trooper this week keeping up with Joe and all of our awesome activities.

2.  How romantic is it that we're going to watch the sun rise at Lanikai Beach?!

3.  Playing with you in the ocean is so much fun.  So is huddling for warmth!

4.  I'm still deciding if I appreciate how often you get Safety Torch stuck in my head....

5.  You're my best friend.

ily <3

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekly Menu - February 19 through February 25

Since Mr. L was sick last week (and is still recovering), a couple of meals didn't get made, and I'll be rolling those over into this week.  Plus I'll be allowing for some possible extra "free" days since a great friend of ours is coming into town to visit, yay!

  • Sunday - Pizza (which will be free thanks to a Papa John's coupon card, woohoo!)
  • Monday - Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with green salad
  • Tuesday - Make Joe Cook Night =)
  • Wednesday - Crispy Cheddar Chicken with corn and mashed potatoes
  • Thursday -  Pizza Casserole
  • Friday - Off Night/Leftovers
  • Saturday - Off Night/Leftovers
What do you normally do for dinner when friends and family come to stay?  I hope I stick to cooking, but we might end up being too busy, haha.  We'll see!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Five for Friday

1.  It sounds weird, but I like taking care of you when you're sick, even though I hate it for you when you're sick.

2.  Hugs and kisses rule = still awesome.

3.  I love that you love my family and that I love your family.

4.  You're my partner in crime.

5.  Thank you for supporting my extracurricular passions.

ily <3

P52 - Week 7: True Love

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I'm going to cheat a little bit and use a picture from a little practice photo session I did with a couple of friends of ours here in Hawaii instead of a picture I took this week.  I may have only known them for a short time, but even someone who spent only five seconds with them could see the pure joy and love they have for one another.  It's a beautiful thing to capture love in a picture, and personally it's something I find fulfilling and inspiring.  Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. P for letting me be your personal paparazzi for a couple hours =)


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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chicken Bundles

After spotting this recipe on Pinterest and realizing how easy it must be to make, I threw it on our weekly menu a few weeks back.  When Tuesday rolled around, truth be told I was a little excited to be testing it out -- it definitely looks delicious!

Chicken Bundles via

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened [I think I ended up using a whole package for a creamier filling]
  • 1 13 oz can chicken (or equivalent cooked chicken)  [I opted for cooked]
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • 1 tbs finely chopped or minced onion
  • 2 cans Pillsbury crescent rolls [You may not end up using both cans of rolls; just keep in mind one can will equal four bundles (keeping every 2 triangles together)]

1.  Combine the first five ingredients in a mixing bowl; mix well.

All mixed together!

2.  Open one package of crescent rolls and do NOT divide into triangles.  Keep them as rectangles by only separating every two triangles, forming four rectangles.  Press the seams together to keep the triangles from separating.  If you want more than four bundles, open the second can, too!

3.  Put a spoonful of the chicken mixture in every square and fold the corners into the middle (I did opposite end to opposite end).  It doesn't need to be pretty, just secure!  Be sure to flip your bundles over to make sure your triangle seams aren't coming apart (mine tried to be sneaky and split after I'd folded them up).

4.  Place on a greased cookie sheet lined with foil (saves some clean up time!) and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and delicious.

5.  Pull those bad boys out of the oven, garnish with sesame seeds and parsley (or pre-garnish like I apparently did above...), and serve with some roasted veggies.  Delicious!

I must say, the recipe was certainly a success.  Mr. L loved it enough to request it again the next week, and I enjoyed it as well.  I'll certainly be filing it under my "quick and easy" recipe list!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Military Spouse Survey!

I found this survey on a fellow military spouse blog -- Married to the Red, White, and Blue -- and I thought it would be fun to share a little bit more of my history with Mr. L =)

1. Where did you and your Spouse meet?
  • We first met on Thanksgiving Day in 2004.  A friend of mine was having a Halo party, and since said friend's older brother was Mr. L's best friend, he was there too!  Unfortunately for him, I still don't really remember him from the party -- I knew he was there, but I just couldn't picture him.  The Navy buddy he'd brought home with him for the holiday left a bigger impression on me than he did!  Fortunately for both of us, we got to "re-meet" in February of 2005 =)

2. How old were you when you met?
  • I was 16 going on 17 (ha, I bet I just got that song stuck in your head!); he was 19.

3. How long have you been together?
  • As of February 7th, it's been 7 years, and then married for coming up on 2!

4. Where are you and your spouse originally from?
  • He was born outside of San Antonio, and I was born in Mobile, Alabama.

5. How did you feel about him joining the military?
  • I wasn't around for his initial decision to join the military since I hadn't met him yet, but I was very accepting of his career path.

6. Where did you spouse go to basic training?
  • Naval Station Great Lakes in Michigan =)

7. Has your spouse ever been deployed?
  • Yep, four times total now.

8. Ever been to his promotion ceremony?
  • I haven't been to a promotion ceremony yet (for E-4, he was stationed too far away, and for E-5 he was deployed), but I have been to his two reenlistment ceremonies.

9. How long have you been a military wife?
  • It'll be two years as of May 15th!

10. Did you marry him before or after he joined?
  • After.

11.  How did your husband propose?

  • He completely tricked me into thinking we were going out to lunch with his family because his sister had some "big news"...little did I know there would be big news that had nothing to do with her, and he proposed over a dish of crab legs =)

12.  Where did you get married?

  • The Kirk House and Gardens, a few miles north of Mobile, AL.

13. How old were you when you got married?

  • I was 22, and he was 24.

14, Did he wear his uniform on your wedding day?

  • Yes, he wore his Navy Dinner Dress Whites =)

15. Where are you and your spouse currently stationed?

  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii.

16. Do you live on base?

  • We don't live directly on base, but we do live in base housing.

17.  How long were you married before you had to go through a separation? 

  • Although Mr. L did just leave for a very short time, I don't count that as a real separation, so we technically have not experienced a deployment while married.  Unfortunately it's coming soon, though =(

18. What is your favorite base so far?

  • Out of the three I've had contact with (one in Georgia, one in Florida, and here in Hawaii) I'd have to say I like Pearl Harbor the best.  It's mostly because I've had the most experience with it, but also because it's in a pretty amazing location!

19.  Do you think your spouse looks good in uniform?

  • Heck yes -- I'll never forget him when he was at my high school in his Johnny Cash's the second time I met him.  And he looks even better now!

20. Do you think the military life is more advanced than civilian life?

  • I'm not quite sure I'd use the word "advanced."  It's not entirely fair to compare the two, in my opinion -- they're really apples and oranges.  There are a lot of differences, from the specific stresses we have to deal with to the kind of language we use on a daily basis, but one is no better or no worse than the other, just different.

21. Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent?

  • Of course!  It's so nice to feel supported, whether it's from the government or a local business giving out discounts, especially when your significant other is far away.

22. Do you have a lot of military wife friends?

  • I have WAY more since we've moved out here to Hawaii than I ever did before.  It's great to have people around you going through the experiences you are!

23. What is the hardest part of the military lifestyle?

  • The separations, whether they be from your significant other via a deployment or from family and friends back home.  The whole "having to uproot your family and life every 2-4 years" thing kinda sucks too, but it does have perks.

24.  Do you own a lot of military wife stuff?

  • Mainly t-shirts!  But that's about it.

25. Do you support your spouse as a member of the military?

  • 110% percent =)

Do you have any loved ones in the military?  Tell me about them below!  =)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekly Menu - February 12 through February 18

Mr. L is back from his trip, so that means the weekly menu is back, too!

  • Sunday - Dinner with friends (yay for homemade pizza!)
  • Monday - Sloppy Joes with garlic french fries
  • Tuesday - Valentine's Spread:  Steak and grilled honey teriyaki salmon with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes
  • Wednesday - Baked Creamy Beef Taquitos with chips and salsa
  • Thursday - Bacon Wrapped Chicken with green salad
  • Friday - Off Night/Leftovers
  • Saturday - Off Night/Leftovers
I am so excited for Tuesday night's dinner!  I can't wait for Mr. L to show off his grill skills once again =)

What's on your menu for this week?  Are you going out for Valentine's or staying in?

Friday, February 10, 2012

P52 - Week Six: Drink Up!

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There's not many things out there better than a glass of sweet tea in the perfect weather on your lanai with views of Hawaiian mountains in your background.  Except maybe a photobombing Schnauzer.


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Five for Friday

1.  I'm so happy to have you back!!

2.  Thank you for our nice dinner last weekend =)  I love our conversations!

3.  I missed having you around this week.  But it was good practice for when you really start leaving!

4.  I also missed the little things that you help me with around the house -- did I mention I'm glad you're back?  ;)

5.  I am super excited to see how dinner goes on Valentine's and to eat one of your awesome steaks!!

ily <3

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Weekly Menu - February 5 through February 11

Since this week will be an underway week for Mr. L (meaning he won't be here!) I'm giving myself the week off until I can find some decent "cooking for one" recipes!

I'll be back next week with a full menu that -- surprise! -- will feature Mr. L cooking on Valentine's!

What are some of your favorite one- or two-person recipes?  I need ideas!  =)

Friday, February 3, 2012

P52 - Week Five: Shadows

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I love Schnauzer shadows.  =)


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Five for Friday

1.  Jello legs!!!

2.  New computers = totally, totally awesome.  Thank you for setting everything up =)

3.  Thank you for being my calm-under-pressure-knight-in-shining-Mandalorian-armor.  You really saved our butts with your quick thinking!

4.  I know you secretly giggle to yourself and think "I'm glad it's not happening to me" when Liam crashes on my pillow before bed and will.not.get.up.for.anything.

5.  I love your matter-of-fact attitude and opinions on the world around us =)

ily <3

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Three Months!

Today marks exactly three months that Mr. L and I have been in Hawaii.

Three months!!

Time has absolutely flown, and I don't think I ever really expected it to.  I just assumed it'd be a miserable one-day-at-a-time experience at first...but it hasn't.  It's actually kind of strange that I haven't been as homesick as I thought that I would be.

Don't get me wrong, though, it's not as if I don't miss home at all.  I miss my family and friends every day that I'm over here and I've already shed my share of tears, but it really isn't as hard as I imagined it would be for me.  Who knows, I could be right around the corner from a massive meltdown, but I actually am feeling happy over here in Hawaii.

I think I can attribute it to a few factors.  Mainly the fact that I have my husband with me, and he hasn't left (yet).  I told him the other day when we were discussing our lives that when he's with me, it's easy to transition to a new place.  He makes anywhere we go feel like home.  I'm worried about what it will be like when he starts leaving, but I know I'll be in a good place with good people around me, and I'll be taken care of until he gets back home.

I think still being in the States is a huge factor as well.  We still have familiar things around us, like restaurants and stores, and it doesn't make me feel so far away.  Even just going to Target makes me feel like I'm just in a Target back home on the mainland, which is awesome.  I feel lucky, knowing that things could be very different and I could be worse off.

Not to mention being around a military community with spouses going through the exact same things I am is a huge benefit.  I think my life would be much more difficult if I weren't close to a base, and I feel blessed that we are.  It makes me feel a little more positive, and it's so wonderful to have friends to talk to that actually understand being a military spouse.

It's been an interesting ride so far.  We've gone through a lot, and are going to go through even more in the future.  But for now, since apparently I am super horrible at posting Hawaii pictures (what else would people come here for if not for pictures?!), here are a few lovelies from our time so far on the island.  Enjoy!

Words can't describe how happy we were to get this little mutt back in our house =) 
Beach at Hickam Air Force Base
Cheesy heart hand pic!
Our first Hawaiian sunset at the beach (still Hickam AFB) =)
View of Diamond Head from our whale watching tour boat!
Honolulu from the water
Whale waving hi =)
Watching whales!
Mokule'ia Beach on the North Shore
They filmed LOST on this beach :D :D

I love how dramatic Hawaiian clouds are =)
Ka'ena Point State Park
Gorgeous water and beach!
The waves were pretty intense!
I can't wait to get started visiting more places and finally getting around to blogging about what we've already seen.  I promise I'll stop slacking!  =)

If you've been to Oahu, what are some of your favorite places on the island?  If not, what kind of changes (if any) have you been dealing with lately?