Friday, December 05, 2008

My first longies

I finally finished crocheting my first pair of wool pants for Marlie. Not only was it my first time crocheting any type of clothing, but I've never used a pattern before either. Here they are right after I finished.

This is her wearing them before I put the edging on the bottom.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

He's back!

Bryan arrived home "for good" the night before Thanksgiving. (Yep, I'm that behind with my posts!) I have enjoyed having him back and having some help. Marlie has had a lot of fun finally getting to really know her daddy. Bryan has enjoyed falling into our daily routines. People often ask how Marlie is taking to him. I think this says it all.

We were in our bed a few morning ago and Marlie wanted to read her book. Bryan started trying to read it to her and she climbed up on him and sat right down on his chest! Apparently that's a good spot for reading!

Monday, November 17, 2008


I originally posted this at My Military Life but wanted to post it here too. I came across the following in a military spouses forum that I participate in. Like the author of the message, Sears is usually not my first choice. However, I am going to pledge to buy at least 1 gift there this holiday season just on principle. I hope you will do the same. All of this information can be verified at:


Sears - Christmas shopping has already started

I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn’t always my first choice. Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and they haven’t withdrawn from their commitment.

Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up.

Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.

I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.

Pass it on.

Decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:

I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it’s cheaper at that store.

This is their answer to my e-mail:

Dear Customer:

Thank you for contacting Sears. The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.

Bill Thorn
Sears Customer Care

Please pass this on to all your friends. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!

I think we all should shop there, and again tell the store manger why!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Halloween costumes

Here is the highly anticipated debut of Marlie & I in our Halloween costumes. After buying Marlie cow, lamb, & rabbit costumes, I ended up choosing the butterfly. Of course by now you know that I made my Rainbow Brite costume. I love it and will probably continue to wear every year!
The first picture is one we had taken of Marlie by a local photographer.

Fleece Pants!

My newest sewing creation is a pair of fleece pants for Marlie! I had some fleece leftover from making my costume so I attempted to turn it into pants. I was/am so excited about how they turned out! My goal was just for them to be wearable and they certainly are. The inseam ended up being way too long but I shortened it some today. Here's a picture of the pants before I shortened them.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Marlie was finally chosen as a winner for the photo contest that I hoped she'd win way more than the diaper one.
Game Day Giveaway
Now she has a free pair of UGA leg warmers on the way!

Friday, October 31, 2008

My Diaper Model

Marlie was chosen to appear on the GoodMama site again this week. She wasn't the winner, but I'm proud that her picture was picked to be on a page again.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Baby leggings

Today was my first attempt at making a pair of baby leggings. They were made from a pair of women's knee high socks. It was pretty easy and I'm pleased with how they turned out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Video of Marlie

I made this video so Bryan could see Marlie's walking progress. She prefers crawling and isn't the least bit eager to walk. She is getting there though!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Marlie on the web

One of the brands of diapers that Marlie wears does a weekly photo contest. Goodmama is one of the most popular cloth diaper brands. People are all about entering the contest and take it very seriously. I entered a picture of Marlie for the first time last week. It was pretty poor quality so I didn't have any expectations for it. After going to the trouble of trying to get some shots of miss busy body, I figured I'd submit one anyway. Marlie didn't win the contest but I was pleasantly surprised that she was featured on the website! Here is a link to the page that she is on:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Harlem Voters Interviewed

My dad told me about this and I decided to search for it and hear it myself. This was another one of those things where all I could say was "Wow..."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I want to be Rainbow Brite - help me!

I was invited to a Halloween party and was racking my brain trying to come up with a costume. I came across Rainbow Brite and decided I MUST be her! My friends and I, who were all little girls during the 80s, love Rainbow Brite. This is definitely going to have to be a do it yourself costume though. Please share with me any ideas or tips you have on how I can pull this off.

I found this at my parents house last night and I think it would be a great foundation. That is if I can turn it into a dress. Do I look cute in it or what?!? I think the look on Marlie's face is funny too.
In my hands are a pair of baby leggings that I could incorporate somehow.

For reference, here's RB.

Here is also a link to some other homemade RB costumes.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Family & Birthday Pictures

Jessica has uploaded all the proofs from our family and birthday pictures to her site. To see them just go here:

Monday, September 22, 2008

R&R - Last Recap

The day after Marlie's birthday party, we celebrated my dad's birthday. We joked that Marlie's smash cake was his birthday cake since it was still almost completely intact.
On Monday, Bryan, Marlie and I went down to Savannah. Bryan and I haven't been since we were kids so we thought it would be a nice short trip to take. The first afternoon we visited River Street, went to Forsyth Park, and had dinner at a restaurant overlooking the river. Marlie had a great time at the playground at the park.

Marlie loved sitting on the deck at the restaurant and being able to see the street and river. There was also a man playing the guitar and singing and Marlie enjoyed him too. She danced and would clap along with everyone each time he finished a song.

The next day we went back down to River Street for a while and then went to the mall. We took Marlie to Stride Rite and she got her first pair of real shoes. After the mall we went to a restaurant that we read about in Southern Living. It was described as a dive and it certainly was. The food was good though so that's what was important. As a plus, Marlie could be as messy as she wanted and it really didn't matter!
On Wednesday we drove back home in time for Marlie's 12 month check up. She has now moved up to the 50th percentile in weight so that was good to hear.
On Thursday we to my sister's softball game and on Friday night Bryan and I went out to a nice dinner. Saturday of course consisted of watching the UGA football game and Sunday we just tried to relax.
Bryan had to be at the airport by 1pm on Monday. Once we got there, and he checked in, he was told that he had to be at his gate by 7pm! I had planned to hang out with Bryan for a while, but we were surprised that he had to wait for 6 hours. Bryan said he would be ok just sitting at the airport but I didn't want him to be loosing his mind after a few hours. I convinced him to go to a nearby shopping center. He agreed but only if we got him some civilian clothes to wear! We went to that shopping center and I ran in Old Navy and bought him some shorts, a shirt, and flip flops! We hung out and ended up getting something to eat late that afternoon. It ended up being a fun time and I'm so glad we got to spend those extra hours together. He is back at his FOB and very busy. We're ready for him to come back home again!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Pictures of Bryan's arrival

Last night I received a cd from the photographer who took pictures for us at the airport. Mark Turner volunteers with the Operation Love Reunited program to take pictures for military families. His website is and the OpLove website is
There were over 80 pictures so I uploaded them to Facebook. Here are public links where you can view them. Because there were so many, I had to separate them into 2 albums. I love them and hope you'll enjoy them too.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Birthday party!

We started Saturday, the 30th, by doing our second family photo shoot. After Marlie took her morning nap, we continued to prepare for the party. We went out to my parents' house and they gave Marlie her birthday present from them. Here's a picture of Marlie in her new 'Dawgs' rocking chair. She was already in her UGA dress and diaper since that day was the season opener for the Bulldogs.

While Marlie was taking her afternoon nap, Diana brought the birthday cake and smash cake to us. Not only were they BEAUTIFUL, they tasted good too!

Once Marlie woke up from her nap, we brought her to the party where all her guests were waiting on her. With her being sick, I didn't want to cut her nap short so hopefully everyone didn't mind.
She had a birthday dress that my mom bought for her, but I put a cupcake applique on a onesie for her to wear when she had her cake. I had no doubt that she would dive right into the cake but for some reason I think she was scared of the actual cake and not everyone looking at her. The rest of the pictures are ones that were sent to me by the Duvalls. Thanks Erin!

Although the cake didn't go well, Marlie wasn't hesitant at all when it was time to open presents! I would unwrap the gifts initially and then hand them to Bryan to truly open them for her. Once she spotted the toys, he could not work fast enough!

One of my special requests of Jessica was to get a picture of Bryan and Vince with their baby girls. Vince & I grew up together and he and Bryan became best friends in high school. They went to college together, along with Erin. Now we're both Army families!

Hopefully my next R&R post will be in the next few days.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hair clips!

I know I said I would do another R&R post next, but this will be short and sweet.
I have been wanting to get Marlie a few hair clips. The only ones I've been able to find have been expensive so I decided I would try to make my own. Here's the end result! Now I just need some more ribbon so I can make her a whole variety of clips!

Friday, September 12, 2008

R&R Recap Part 1

Bryan arrived on Saturday morning and we spent most of that day just hanging around the house. On Sunday afternoon we went to a family reunion for Bryan's relatives. Here is Bryan feeding Marlie her breakfast that morning. This was a new experience for him as she had just started solids when he left in February. Her typical breakfast these days is toast and banana.

On Tuesday we went to Athens to buy a few things for Marlie's birthday party. We had lunch at Chick-Fil-A and the highlight of Marlie's day was definitely playing on their indoor playground! On Wednesday evening we went to the country club for their annual meeting and barbeque. I took Marlie in the pool for a few minutes since it had been a while since we had last gone swimming.

Thursday was Marlie's first birthday! She woke up with cold that morning so we started the day by giving her a good steam in the bathroom.

She got a bib from our cousins for her to wear on her big day!

My family had to attend an event for my sister that evening so we went out to dinner for Marlie's birthday. Bryan's mom joined us, and Marlie enjoyed getting to eat off of all of our plates!

We tried to take a family picture of ourselves but it was a challenge with nobody behind the camera to get Marlie's attention.

I did manage to get her to look while I took a picture of her and Bryan though.

On Friday afternoon our friends Jessica, Grant, and their baby Kiera came up from Ft Benning. They have their own photography business so we hired Jessica to take some family pictures for us and shoot Marlie's birthday party. We took them out to my uncle's house where they were going to stay and ended up doing our first round of pictures there. They were the ones that Jessica posted on her blog as Part 1. That night Bryan & I went to our old school to watch a football game. We had a good time catching up with some people we (especially Bryan) haven't seen in a while. My mom was kind enough to stay with Marlie so that we could go since Marlie goes to bed early.

That's all for now. I'm sure Marlie's birthday party will need it's own post!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Good and Bad

I always want the bad news first, so I'll start with that. Bryan left again yesterday. He had to be at the airport at 1pm. Once we arrived there and he checked in, he found out that he wouldn't be flying until after 7pm. He was ok with just sitting at the airport all that time, but I talked him into leaving for a while. We rode over to a nearby shopping center for a few hours. We just walked around and got something to eat. I took him back to the airport around 4:15 so that I could try to get out of Atlanta before traffic got bad. It seems like it should get easier to say goodbye but it really doesn't. The hardest part for me these days is seeing him say goodbye to Marlie. Last time he left she really didn't know the difference but now I'm sure she does. I'm ready for him to come back home again!
On a more cheerful note, Jessica has posted a few pictures from Marlie's birthday party. You can see them on her blog at:

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


We just got back from spending a few days in Savannah. It was a good trip with the exception of losing my cell phone. It is now in the possession of some guy named Don who apparently decided to keep it for himself.
While we were gone, Jessica uploaded some pictures to her blog of the MANY she took of us last week. Go check them out at:

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Marlie is 1!

Today is Marlie's first birthday! She was born at 10:38 am Oklahoma time last year. She is fighting a cold (or maybe allergies?) and we are trying our best to help her feel better. For the past few years, EVERY first birthday party I've been to, the child has been sick. I was hoping that wouldn't be the case with Marlie, but look what has happened! Hopefully she will be back to normal by her party though.
We started the day by steaming up the bathroom real good and sitting in there for a while. Bryan and I sang her 'Happy Birthday' and she has been wearing her "It's my Birthday" bib for each of her meals. She received a present from a friend yesterday morning and has been playing with it a lot already.
I am a little sad that our baby is already a year but I'm not going to get as upset about it as some people do. I always try to enjoy Marlie just as she is at the moment. I don't wish for her to grow up faster, but I don't wish that she was younger again either. We're going to prepare for her party today and tomorrow. On Saturday we will be having her party and I know it's going to be so much fun for all of us!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

He's here!

Bryan did indeed arrive on Saturday morning. It seemed as though he was the last soldier to come to the arrivals lobby but once we saw him that didn't matter. We have been enjoying being a family again and Marlie has taken to him wonderfully. I'm anxiously waiting to see the pictures from our reunion that were taken by a photographer from Atlanta. I will explain more about that later, but for now I'm off to enjoy my family!

Friday, August 22, 2008


Bryan should be arriving tomorrow morning! I don't expect to post much over the next couple of weeks, but I will post an update that he has arrived!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

He's coming!

Bryan is officially on his way home for R&R! He left his FOB and is at his first of probably two stops. I feel like I'm more anxious this time than I was last deployment. Maybe it has something to do with Marlie?!
Please pray that he has a safe trip home and that I will be patient enough to survive the rest of the week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

David Letterman at Taco Bell

My aunt sent this to me and it is so funny!

Friday, August 08, 2008

I love being a mom!

This is what I found when I went to get Marlie up from her morning nap yesterday.

Thursday, August 07, 2008


I wanted to post about this show after watching last week's episode, but I decided to wait until today. Hopkins comes on tonight on ABC at 10pm EST. This is an AWESOME tv show and I just saw where tonight is the season finale. Every show is it's own story so you don't need to have seen previous episdoes to know what's going on. It is a documentary set at John Hopkins Hospital. You can find out more information and watch previous episodes at the website.

Go to Dairy Queen today!

Here's the perfect excuse to eat some ice cream today!

Buy a Blizzard on Miracle Treat Day, Thursday August 7 at a participating DQ location and 100% of proceeds will benefit your local Children's Miracle Network hospital!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


I am a Republican and I will be voting for McCain, HOWEVER, I'm not saying I agree with all of these. I have just received them via email and decided to post them all on here. Do what you want with them.

Why I'm Voting Democrat
I'm voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending my money than I would.
I'm voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.
I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're good people.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe the people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.
I'm voting Democrat because I'm not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the GOVERNMENT sees fit.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe three or four pointy headed elitist liberals need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the voters.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe that when the terrorists don't have to hide from us over there, when they come over here I don't want to have any guns in the house to fight them off with.
I'm voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I've decided to marry my horse.
I'm voting Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't. Makes ya wonder why anyone would EVER vote Republican, now doesn't it?

Obama Without a Teleprompter

Subject: His own books, his own words
From Dreams of My Father: 'I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.'
From Dreams of My Father : 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself , the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'

And FINALLY the Most Damming one of ALL of them!!!

From Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'

I know that some of you don't like to read long drawn out here's the executive summary.........

John McCain Congress:26 Years Military:22 years
Barack Obama Congress:143 days Military:0
Summary Concluded.

Subject: Nancy Pelosi
Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people,"You're so darn stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you". That's what the Speaker of the House is saying. Read below...............

Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. In other words, tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement. This woman is a nut case! You aren't going to believe this!

Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds). Alas, it is true-- all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities!

This woman is frightening!
She quotes..." We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income in our country and, at the same time, limit the amount the 'rich' can invest".

When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she replied:
"We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as 'Americans'."(Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.& nbsp;"Lower your retirement and give it to others who have not worked as you have for it."

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Uga VI Funeral

I've been meaning to post this for a long time. This is a slideshow from the funeral of Uga VI.

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Adventures of Marlie

My last post showed how mischievous Marlie can be. Here are a few more pictures of her adventures around the house.
She loves to pull up on the toilet and is very interested in the water in it.

When I open the refrigerator she comes straight to it. I usually let her pull up and she never makes much of a mess. Well, I made the mistake of putting a basket of cherries on a shelf that she was able to reach. I didn't see her grab a cherry, but I did notice her little chipmunk cheek. The second picture was of her after she finished eating the cherry.

She loves climbing up on the dishwasher door when I open it.

and she plays with these goggles almost every morning!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Marlie is 11 months old

Marlie is 11 months old as of today. She's crawling all over the place and pulling up on anything she can. She has apparently realized how to "run" away from me because each time I see her doing something she's not supposed to, she takes off crawling away from me! She is full of energy and loves playing and swimming. She is always babbling. She says mama and dada (though not with a purpose) and tries to say baby and book.
I'm trying to start getting the house ready for Bryan's arrival but she's not making things easy. If I'm not following behind her picking things up that she's gotten into, she's following behind me messing things up. Here's a perfect example. I had all her cloth diapers folded and arranged in the far left slot and all her book in the middle slot. She pulled up on the changing table and pulled out all the cloth diapers. After that she scooted over a bit and pulled out the books. The good thing is that I usually secretly laugh at her rather than let it fluster me.

Here is another picture I took of her when we were playing in her room a few days ago. I love her big blue eyes and hope they stay the color they are.

Right before we left for the beach, her nursery letters arrived. I ordered these from another military wife who custom makes them. I love the letters and think she did a wonderful job. She matched them to Marlie's bedding. I haven't taken a picture of the whole crib and the letters but I plan to soon. Here are the letters after I put them up a few days ago.

And here are a couple of more photos while I'm at it. The first one is of Marlie wearing her new watermelon print diaper and the second was after she had just woken up. She's a wild sleeper and this time her hair showed just how wild!

Friday, July 25, 2008

5 Years

I'm a little behind with my posts, but last Saturday was a special day for our family. It was mine and Bryan's 5th wedding anniversary. It is actually the first one we haven't at least seen each other on, which is a remarkable thing when it comes to the Army. Even though he's been deployed for 17 of those months and been away for training about 7, we've always been lucky to spend July 19 together.
I miss him everyday and the world never seems quite right when he's not here with me. We are so excited to be approaching R&R though, and can't wait to once again enjoy every moment we can spend together as a family.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Traveling Girls

Marlie and I have just finished doing quite a bit of traveling. On the morning of the 11th, my mama, M and myself headed up to Greenville, NC. My dear friend, Laura, who was also my neighbor in Baumholder was visiting her parents. They are still stationed in Germany so I was very excited about getting to see her and her daughter again and meeting her son for the first time. We had a great weekend! We've stayed in touch via the internet, but it was so good to spend some time together. We tried to take a picture but it's pretty difficult to get 3 small children to look at the camera. Here we all are though - Laura, Hunter (6 months), Tally (2 years), me, and M.

We got back from NC on Sunday afternoon. We washed clothes and repacked so we could leave Monday for the beach!
Here's M "helping" me pack

We spent almost a week in Daytona and had a lot of fun. It was a much needed vacation for me and M LOVED the beach! She spent most of the trip covered in sand. I was very nervous about how she would do with her naps and sleeping at night but she was perfect. I think she wore herself out so much everyday that when it came time to sleep, she just crashed. Here are some of my favorite pictures from Daytona.
Playing under the tent with Mackenzie

All decked out in pink

The infamous point!

Eating a lemon - she did this voluntarily!

Always thinking about him :)

On our last night - M, me, and my sunburn