July 31, 2017

BMT Graduation: Day Two // Parade and Town Pass

Exactly a year later I am finally getting to part 2 of the Air Force graduation ceremony! In fact July 28th last year was the first day of graduation weekend. Oh my goodness, I am horrible I know! My first post has been getting a lot of traffic lately, so I thought it would only be right for me to finish the series off. Especially if it can help someone out there who is new to the Air Force life. So let's jump into it.
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Friday morning I woke up super early again due to the excitement of seeing my husband. I think I was awake at like 5:30 am. Caleb's mom woke up about 45 minutes after that. We quickly ate our breakfast and headed back to base early as usual. Getting anywhere early is super important, because even though we were almost 2 hours early there was still so many people already there.
Friday's event is at the parade grounds. It's a giant, grass field surrounding by a bunch of historical planes. You really can't miss it. There's also multiple airman around base directing parking, so don't worry about getting lost. When in doubt, just follow the crowds!

By the time we got to the seats, they were already PACKED with families. Thankfully it was just me and Charlotte otherwise finding a decent spot would've be next to impossible.  One thing completely different than the day before was the sun beating down directly on us. If you remember, we chose our spots at the coin ceremony so we were out of the sun. Friday however there was no getting around it. The sun was right in our faces, which made it super fun while we waited for parade to start.

After what felt like forever it was finally 9am and all of the graduates started to take formation onto the field. Finding Caleb in this crowd was definitely harder this time round. The airman are much further away than they are at the coin ceremony. One key tip is to pay attention to the flags! We used our cameras like the day before to check the flags for his heritage flight and then find his face in the crowd. We did find him though!
They'll do a speech just like yesterday, a quick moment honoring MTI's, and after all that the "parade" portion starts. This was the best part, because they walk directly in front of you. We got extra lucky because Caleb was on the side closest to the bleachers whhere we could clearly see his cute face.

 They'll march through before heading back onto the field. The Air Force song is played, planes will fly overhead, and then the ceremony come to an end.
 Then the best part happens...we get to tap them out!!
I'm super squinty here, but it's the only photo I have of us on this day! So I just gotta deal with it...oh well!
Once you tap your airman out, you'll walk back to your car with them and get to head to their squadron for a tour of the dorms! Although it was very brief, I was super excited to see where he had been living for the last 2 months. They'll show you their lockers and their beds. Be careful not to step on anything shiny or knock things out of place. They'll probably even mention that to you, I know Caleb did.

He was so bald! I definitely don't miss the shaved head.

Once the tour is over they're free to go on the first day of town pass. There's a limit on how far from base you can go, as well as the places you can visit, but there's still so much to do! First stop for Caleb was our hotel so he could completely chill out and watch TV without worrying about someone getting onto him. We spent the rest of the day just enjoying each others company, went out to eat, and basically savoring every second of "freedom" before he had to go back for curfew.

Just like every day on this weekend, saying goodbye is hard. Curfew for Friday is 8:00pm, but we got there a little early to make sure he wasn't late.

Day 2 down, 2 more to go!
I promise to get the post for the last few days up much faster than I did this one, so keep an eye out for that! If you'll be heading to BMT graduation and have any questions don't hesitate to ask! I'd love to help and meet other Air Force wives!


July 28, 2017

2nd Trimester Must Haves | Pregnancy Essentials

I'm going to be super cliche here and say it, but I can't believe we're past the 2nd trimester! Everyone says the 2nd trimester is where things get easier and that's definitely true. Although it still had it's problems as well, but hey that's pregnancy for ya.
Most of the things I said in my 1st trimester must-haves where heavily used this trimester as well, but there were a few new things this trimester.
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1. Heartburn Meds
Oh heartburn, how you suck! I've been popping heartburn meds like candy these past few weeks. It only gets worse as the baby grows too. Fun fun...
2. Pregnancy Journal
I bought a journal shortly after I got a positive test. The plan was to document all the little moments of pregnancy as if I were talking to the baby. I thought it'd be something sweet she could have when she's older. I'm already loving how much it helps me remember the little things and would definitely suggest you try it yourself!
3. Flowy, Twirly Dresses
As my belly continues to grow and the sun gets hotter, nothing sounds better to wear each day than a comfy flowy dress. I have 3 dresses that I pretty much just rotate through each day.
4. Bubble Gum
This goes along with the heartburn issue as well. I have packs of gum all over the house, in my purse, the car, etc. Basically try to keep it on my at all times. It significantly helps with all the heartburn and indigestion I've been fighting with.
5. Bralettes
They're way comfier than a normal bra, but still help me feel cute. As you can tell, comfy is basically the most important quality in my clothes lately.
6. Moisturizing Da Bump
Still trying to keep that bump nice and lotioned up! I have yet to have any stretch marks on my belly so it must be working!
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Only one more trimester to go. As of yesterday I'm officially 29 weeks, woohoo!! Anything you'd add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!


July 26, 2017

DIY Succulent Garden | Less Than $10

Hello everyone! 
Today I wanted to share with you a super quick and easy DIY project for a succulent garden. All the supplies are from the dollar tree, except for the bowl which was from TJ Maxx for like $3. In total it only cost $9 for all my supplies. You could totally make it cheaper by using a container you already had or picking up one at the Dollar Tree as well. I was totally surprised by the selection of faux succulents the Dollar Tree had. They're a super cute size and looked pretty realistic as well.

 This garden is perfect for any home and completely customizable for your style. Plus because it's made with faux plants you don't have to worry about killing them, which I know is a positive for many busy people. With back to school coming up I could totally see this working in any dorm as well!
Without further adieu let's talk on how to make it!
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You will need:
• Planter/Bowl
• Faux Succulents
• Small rocks
• Newspaper or Plastic Bags
• Larger Rocks and Decor Pieces (optional)
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STEP ONE: Fill in your bowl with newspaper
You could also use plastic bags. This saves the amount of rocks you need. Don't worry about it being messy, it will be completely covered by the rocks and plants in the end.

STEP TWO: Add your filler rocks
Take the smaller rocks and cover the newspaper, filling up the rest of the container.

STEP THREE: Add in your succulents. 
This was the longest part of the whole project as I messed around with the layout of the plants. Just push the plants down into the rocks until you're happy with how they look!

STEP FOUR: Add some decor pieces
This part is optional, but I really love how it pulled the whole garden together.This is your time to really get creative with what you add. Some examples would be glass pebbles, little figurines, moss, etc. I added a couple of larger black rocks and a cute metal origami crane to the mix.  

And your done! A super cute succulent garden that can survive it all!
I have our laying on ours laying on our coffee table with a real plant. I totally blends in as real itself. I love the pops of green it adds without ever having to worry about not watering it enough or too much.

If any of y'all make one for yourself let me know. I'd love to see a photo of how it turned out. You can send it to me on insta!

July 24, 2017

Weeks 20 to 28 Bumpdate

Wow it's been a long time since I've done a baby update! Blame my body's constant need to get sick. As a result we've got 8 weeks to catch up on!
We had another bad couple of weeks of sickness. Week 26-28 I couldn't keep ANYTHING down; not even water. I lost about 14 lbs because of it and was stuck in bed constantly vomiting the whole time. 
It got so bad we had to go to the ER for fluids. They monitored the baby and hydrated me up. It was my first experience with an IV so that was a bit scary. Honestly, it hurt way less than I thought it would. The anti-nausea shot they gave me hurt more.
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How far along? 28 Weeks & 4 Days
Total weight gain: Oh boy. So we are now down 30 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. Yup that's right, I've LOST 30 lbs. Thanks hyperemesis gravidarum.
Maternity clothes? Nope :)
Stretch marks? I don't think so. There's tiny ones on my hips, but I think they might've already been there.
Sleep: My sleep schedule is all over the place. Some days I can't go to sleep until really late. Others I'm exhausted by the time the sun's down.
Best moment: Finding out her gender and feeling her move A LOT more.
Miss anything? Still missing the days where I was nausea and heartburn free.
Movement: So much. It's reached the point where my whole belly shifts when she moves. I love it!
Food cravings: I was on a cottage cheese & fruit phase for a little bit. That's all I wanted each morning.
Anything making you queasy or sick: At this point let's just accept that I'm gonna deal with sickness this whole pregnancy.
Gender: Girl!!
Labor signs: Nope
Symptoms:Heartburn, Heartburn, Heartburn. Oh and my back/legs are starting to feel achey as she gets bigger.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy :)
Looking forward to: The 3rd Trimester
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I wish I had documented this entire pregnancy better to be honest. It feels like we're so close to being done yet I haven't documented much of anything. That's one of the worst parts of dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum(basically means super pregnancy sickness); I can't enjoy my pregnancy as much as I wish I could've. I'm praying though that last week's relapse was the last and these next 12 weeks I'll get to document and enjoy to my heart's content.