Back on the wagon

So it’s technically morning here in the first state and I am too heavily caffeinated for my body to allow me to sleep. Until recently, I was so proud of myself for keeping this blog up to date. After C graduated Tech School he finally returned to Florida, we married less than a week later and a week after our wedding we moved a thousand miles away from home, well 998 to be exact. If that’s not an excuse to abandon blogging for a few weeks, I don’t know what is.
Fortunately, too much has happened since my last post for me to squeeze everything into one tiny blog. In time, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on our journey. It’s definitely been a trip I never want to forget.
As of today, C & I have officially been in Delaware for one month & I haven’t blogged in exactly two months. So far we love it here, but I’ll fill you in on that sometime throughout the week. I wouldn’t want to warrant any spoiler alerts. Oh, and just as a fair warning, you’ll be seeing a lot of me this week. Good luck!

xS

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True Love, True Heroes, True Story.

You can find the original article HERE. This story melts my heart and makes me truly thankful for everything I have. It has helped me learn to never take anything for granted.

They say every picture tells a story. In this case, times that by 22. I came across this series on Buzzfeed and was moved beyond words. Thanks to photographer Tim Dodd, the world can see what sacrifice and love means to a couple in Iowa. Warning: It’s a tearjerker.

Tim Dodd has been chronicling his friend—and war veteran—Taylor Morris’s amazing journey on his blog. Here are just some of the photos he has taken of Taylor and his longtime girlfriend Danielle over the course of their inspiring relationship:

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Military Life Thus Far

When I first began this journey, I stumbled across a blog that claimed military life is “a bunch of hurry up and wait,” months later I find this statement shockingly accurate. I have learned to never set anything in stone; all dates and plans are bound to change at any given moment. I have changed the date of our wedding roughly five or six times in the last three months. However, last night we were able to set a date that we actually have a teeny bit of faith in.

I have also learned that the needs of the Air Force come first –always. I believe this statement may be the hardest to grasp, but once you accept it your life will be much easier. Many people have a hard time coping with the fact that they are no longer their significant others top priority. It may be hard, but keep in mind that you have their heart and that is all that matters. It is easy to say that you know your place in your partner’s life however; it is another thing to truly believe it. It is much easier to understand this coming from a military/law enforcement upbringing and for that I am extremely thankful.

Acronyms and Abbreviations will be the death of me. I know I am still new to this MilSO thing, but I feel as if I need to walk around with some sort of dictionary in order to have a knowledgeable conversation. I am nearly positive C. gets tired of having to stop in the middle of every other sentence in order to explain to me what exactly he is talking about. Sometimes I have a suspicion that he is fabricating parts of his stories. There is a slight chance that he is just singing me his ABC’s and constructing new acronyms as he goes along… it’s not like I would know the difference. All kidding aside, I am slowly working on this AFKGHJSDTLY nonsense. It is my mission to decode all of these acronyms. One day, I too, will speak fluent gibberish and I will be pretty darn proud.

I believe that the most important aspect in military life (as well as ANY strong relationship) is communication. As for C. & I, our relationship is currently 85% text messages and 15% phone conversations. Oddly enough, I love him now more than ever. How is that possible? Easy. Effective communication. Honestly, before C. left our communication skills were subpar. As I have said before, I didn’t fully realize what I had until I no longer had it. C. leaving made me understand that I hadn’t fully given 110% towards our relationship; it was more like 98%. I spent the past five years keeping all of my emotions locked inside, thinking that C. knew how I felt. With that being said, I realized that I needed to give more in order to receive more in return, especially considering the distance between us. Men are not genius’s, they cannot read minds – we have to tell them what we want or how we feel in order for them to be on the same page as us. Every day I make time to explain to C. just how much he means to me. I never pass up a chance to tell him that I love him and I am constantly sending him uplifting quotes and messages as well as reminding him how proud he makes me. I take into consideration all of the things that he is going through and approach him accordingly (school should be his first priority and I do my best not to add any additional stress to his life or take up too much of his  time.) As of today I no longer keep my feelings bottled up inside – I am open, I am honest.  In return, (without being asked) C. has willingly begun communicating more effectively as well. Our relationship has blossomed into one big ball of awesomeness. I would not trade it for the world.

Although I would prefer to not have to go months without seeing C, I love this new life. I feel as if C. & I were made for this life and it molds to us like clay. We each have certain quirks that this type of environment emphasizes in great ways. I still have quite a bit to learn, but our journey has only just begun. I look forward to the path that lies ahead of us. As for now, I will continue packing and house hunting as we inch toward our first PCS and C. graduating Tech School. There are no words to accurately describe the amount of excitement that is swirling through my veins.

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PiYo, my new favorite workout.

These past few months have seemed like a decade. I have so much going on, I often don’t know how I am going to make it through the day without my head spinning off my shoulders like a cartoon character.
With the wedding right around the corner, it is now my mission to get in shape. I am currently blogging from my elliptical. That’s dedication, right? Hah! If only it were that easy…
Anyway, a couple of girls from work asked me if I wanted to participate in a PiYo class with them twice a week. Although I had no idea what PiYo was, I am not usually one to pass up something new. Yesterday I drug my little sister along with me to figure out what this “PiYo” was all about.
Well, it turns out PiYo is actually Pilates and Yoga mixed together with upbeat music and fast movements. Pilates helps tone your body & yoga improves your balance, posture, strength and aids in unclogging your blood vessels to assist with weight loss. Apparently I am not your typical female. I have never been a cheerleader, dancer, ballerina or anything of the sort. PiYo was truly a unique experience for me.
It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized how truly horrible my balance is (especially when trying to balance on my left foot, that is a funny sight.) I had an amazing time learning all of the yoga poses and the fast movements have my muscles screaming today! The warrior poses are by far my favorite, I feel a tad hardcore when holding my “Warrior 2″ stance.
I think PiYo just may be the coolest thing to enter our small town and it is also my new favorite past time. Watch out Miley Cyrus! I didn’t even mention the best part! During our cool-down our instructor used two songs from the movie Brave – if that’s not enough to make you want to take a PiYo class, I don’t know what is. I can already feel the results. I have never felt more limber in my life. I also feel the nice post work out burn in my butt – that is an awesome feeling! It felt great to finally allow my yoga pants to live up to their full potential, you know, doing something other than lounging on the couch.
I am looking forward to going back. It feels good to go out, leave work and stress behind and do something for yourself. Personally, I think that everyone deserves a little “me” time, especially if you are devoting that time towards a healthier lifestyle. If you haven’t already, you should contact my good friend, Google or your local gym to see if there is a PiYo class near you – you won’t regret it!

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