Photoshop fun!!!!

This is the very first layout I did all by myself in Photoshop today. For a first effort I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out and just had to show off to everybody. 😀 Yey for my new birthday present!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 Months and Nostalgia

So my sweet little baby Amber turned 5 months old a week ago! It seems like we just brought her home from the hospital–I can’t believe she is that old already! She is a delightful little chunk although she’s been uncharacteristically grumpy lately. Hopefully it’s just because we’re still ironing out the nap issues and I also have the sneaking suspicion some teeth might be thinking about showing up–she crams everything she can reach into her mouths and gums it to death–lol!!!! She loves to “play” with her toys now–aka stuff them in her mouth and fling them around–and as I mentioned earlier grabs everything within arms length.

She’s taking her sweet time about rolling over but I think that’s probably because of how chubby she is–lol!! 🙂 She does this thing when she’s excited that sounds like she’s hyperventalating then laughs–it cracks me up every time! She’s also gotten very fond of sticking her tounge out and last night she was doing them both at the same time and looked just like a little puppy dog. LoL! Never a dull moment between her and Bob!!!! They keep me hopping and in stiches all the time 🙂


Speaking of my wonderful hubbysand he has decided that he is going to get out of the Coast Guard so that he can use the GI Bill to get his degree in Electrical Engineering—Yippee!!!! He has 60 days of leave left (the military is just great about letting you take time off, lol) so that means his last day will be September 26th!!!!!!! Ack!!! So much to do and so little time!!!! Please be praying for us as there are so many things that will be up in the air such as housing, a job for him, and medical insurance. For all it’s faults the military does have some definate good points!!  I know that the next 3 or so years won’t be easy…we’ll have to be pinching our pennies and poor Bob won’t be having much free time at all, but I think it will be all worth it in the end. He pretty much has a job waiting for him from his uncle as soon as he gets the degree or if he does miss the CG a lot he can apply for OCS (officer school) and have a better chance of getting in with his prior CG service and a bachelor’s degree.

It’s very funny because basically ever since we got to NC the only thing I’ve wanted was to be able to move back to Wyoming. I think mainly it was because the first year we were here I had an awful job, was so terribly sick all the time from being pregnant, and all of our church issues gave me a not so great opinion of this state. I’ve been enjoying it a lot more since Amber was born and I got to go do all the fun “touristy” things when everyone came out to visit. I still wouldn’t have said I was crazy about NC though–too hot and humid for my tastes. Now that we’re leaving I find myself becoming incredibly nostalgic about North Carolina and the Coast Guard! Haha!!!! Talk about funny 🙂 I keep thinking about all the wonderful things about NC like the beautiful birds,

our awesome pond by our condo–it has about a million turtles in it!!!!,

all the beautiful flowers everywhere (year round–lol),

Cubbies (our favorite local restaurant, if you ever have the chance to try a “Carolina Burger” go for it!) and, of course, the beach which is only 5 minutes away.

Plus I also will have sentiment attached to here because it’s where Amber was born. All in all I think I’m really going to miss NC and wish I would have appreciated it a little more while I was here! However, I am at the same time SOOOOOO excited to be moving back home–nasty cold wind and all!!! 😀

The Big 2-3


Saturday ushered in my 23rd year of life. To celebrate I got to get up at 5:30 am and spent the day in 100 degree weather watching softball–woo hoo! 😛 😉 LoL, Bob had spent the past several weeks practicing to be in the Coast Guard’s softball tournament which happened to fall on my birthday. At first I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea (those of you who know me know just how much I love the sport) but ended up really enjoying myself all day. They played four games that day the first starting at 8 am and the last ending around 6:30 pm. They won two and lost two but managed to win their last game by enough points to qualify to play the next day. Yesterday they won one but lost two and with double elimination were out. The tournament was very large, all the teams were made up of members of the Coast Guard and there were teams from Charleston, SC to Headquarters in Washington DC present.

Bob’s highlights of the tournament were an in-field home run the first game and scoring the winning point in the second to last game when they were all tied up 🙂 I’d say he’d did pretty awesome considering he’d never played the sport before!

As for me I had a really fun birthday. I got several awesome gifts (thanks everyone 🙂 ) and the Dicksons came to Bob’s 3rd and 4th games so I got to have a nice chat with Lara which is always awesome! It was very nice to get out of the house and fun to watch Bob play. I was the only wife to come to all the games and the only one at all to come watch the team play their first game thus I was dubbed “a trooper” by several of the guys on the team 🙂
Amber really was a trooper because we got her up so early and she barely got any naps all day but remained a happy baby for the most part 🙂 She liked to get her little toes in the grass and rub her feet back and forth, lol.

After the games and showers to wash the sticky humidity off we went to Outback for a late b*day dinner which was delicious as always. All in all it was a great way to spend a birthday!

4th of July

We had a nice fourth of July weekend. For those of you who don’t know I recently had a good friend I met up at Red Cliff many years ago move just 15 minutes away from me when her husband got stationed here with the Marine Corp. We had Nate and Lara and their 16 month old daughter Cadence over to BBQ burgers at our condo and then watch fireworks. From some info I got last year we were able to go to a spot where we could see both Morehead City & Atlantic Beach’s firework displays over the ocean. Amber didn’t like it when some people shot some fireworks right above us but other than that she was a trooper considering it was loud & past her bed time!!

Welcome to my blog :D

Hello everyone!! 🙂 Mary inspired me to do this so thanks Mary, lol. I thought that this would be an easier way for everyone to get “Amber updates” and pictures rather than me sending out emails all the time and clogging up your inboxes with huge pics. Hope you enjoy my ramblings about our little family!!!

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Because of the recent FTC rulings on needing to fully disclose freebies and gain from companies I’m posting this disclosure on here:

I am sponsored through Uprinting, Thomas Nelson, LitFuse, and Tyndalle publishing company, and more companies all the time. What this means is that they send me free products from time to time in order for me to provide you with reviews and giveaways.

Other companies who do not sponsor me also send me specific products to review. On certain occasions they may provide me with an additional thank you in the form of a gift certificate or money or an additional product.

Although I do receive these products for free you can depend on my unbiased opinion of any and all of the products and companies I talk about. I would only accept a sponsorship from a company that I fully believed in and supported. My stamp of approval cannot be bought at any cost. I will be careful to disclose any freebies I’ve received in each giveaway or review, either in the main content or at the end. If I talk about receiving or being sent an item it means I received it in exchange for the review.

My opinion in the end is my own. Obviously everyone has different opinions and experiences so just because I love or hate something it doesn’t guarantee you’ll have the same opinions or experience. I do try to keep this in mind while doing my reviews however, what my not work for me might be perfect for you!

In addition to product reviews I also do sponsored posts and advertising. Normally this will be a company reimbursing me for a text link in a post that I write. I only will do this for family friendly companies, and will keep the posts as useful and relevant as all my other writing.

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