Continuing on the subject of changes, I have another big one to share. Rewinding back to September, not long after Spaz’s passing, we traveled down to San Antonio for Alamo City Comic Con. It was pretty cool. We attended panels for George Takei, Halo, Horror icons (Freddie Krueger, Mike Myers, the crypt keeper, etc), and, my favorite, The Walking Dead (with Scott Wilson, Brighton Sharbino, IronE Singleton, and Kyla Kenedy).

While that was a fun weekend, this post isn’t about that. It was a busy and exhausting weekend. We made the mistake of not bringing the stroller, and the kiddo did not want to be worn in the ring sling I brought, so we carried her most of the time. When it wasn’t as crowded she got to walk while holding our hand, but most of the time there was just too many people. After we got home I was so sore and tired. I woke up still feeling exhausted. I figured it was from over doing it over the weekend and not sleeping much at the hotel, but it wasn’t getting better as the week went on.

What started out as severe exhaustion turned into feeling unwell and loss of appetite. I just felt blah and thought I was coming down with something, but an illness never developed. I started thinking that at I may actually be pregnant.

If you have read some of my past posts or know my story, I have PCOS and dealt with infertility. It took 3 years to get pregnant with my daughter and required medication. I had restarted my medication in April and took it through May because we were ready for baby #2. Life then decided to throw us a curve ball. We decided that I would stop taking the medication and hold off on trying to get pregnant due to my husband possibly getting out of the military. Since I had not taken my medication, I was doubtful that I was actually pregnant, but my symptoms were pointing to that possibility.

I told myself that if I wasn’t feeling better by the first of October, I would test. I was actually feeling worse by then, so I picked up a box at the store. Being impatient, I tested right after I got home instead of waiting for the morning. The positive popped up almost instantly.

I am now almost 28 weeks along and we found out it is a little boy! Dave is pretty happy about that. I didn’t anticipate how difficult picking a name would be. I have a bunch of girl names I love, but I’m still on the fence for boy names. I want something that isn’t too popular but not too “out there.” Hopefully we will have one picked out before my due date!

This pregnancy has been a little rough. I didn’t have morning sickness persay (I never threw up), but I felt nauseous and generally unwell through the beginning of December. Thankfully, that finally subsided! I am feeling pretty good now, aside from being more tired than usual. The move was pretty rough on me. I wasn’t able to do as much as I would have liked and I couldn’t handle carrying anything too heavy. Poor Dave had to most of the grunt work. Oh, and sleeping on an air mattress was HORRIBLE! I would wake up so sore and barely able to get up. I felt like a turtle stuck on its back haha! I am so relieved to have my bed back!

My due date is May 15th. I am in the process of finding a new doctor here. I am really sad that I have to leave my other doctor, but driving 3 hours one way for an appointment isn’t feasible. I am hoping to find a doctor that I will like just as much. Bonus points would be if they deliver at the hospital two blocks away from where I live.

So there is the rest of our big changes. I think everyone I know IRL knows about this already (I announced on Facebook on Christmas day), but I still wanted to blog about it. It’s still kind of surreal for me. I am a bit overwhelmed trying to get our place unpacked, decorated, and get ready for a newborn, all while chasing after a toddler in my third trimester. I am taking it slow though, and I’m sure everything will get done.

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Changes

As I mentioned in my last post, the past few months have held a lot of changes for us. One big one was that my husband separated from the military after 10 years serving.

We are originally from California, but decided that we would like to remain in Texas after he separated. After things being in the air for a little while, D landed a job in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which is approximately 3 hours east of where he had been stationed.

We took a few day trip over to apartment hunt and get our affairs in order. Let me tell you, apartment hunting, especially with a little one in tow, was not a fun experience. I had done research ahead of time, but online pictures can be deceiving. The first place we visited was nice, but had five million (or so it seemed) stairs that you had to go up, then down, down again, then up just to get to the front door! Others looked nicer in photographs, didn’t have availability, were too small, etc. It was so exhausting. We finally found a place that had most of what we were looking for, so we put down a deposit and set our move in date.

Since my husband was getting out of the military, they will move you to wherever you choose. We decided to do a partial DITY move (where we do some of it ourselves) and made an appointment with the movers to come on January 27th. We were so busy trying to go through stuff to get rid of, separate the things we needed to keep with us, and cleaning up until the minute before the movers were at the door. (We stayed up all night.) When they got there, I got miss Evie out of bed and took her out for the day. She was not a happy camper, but we made it through.

We had a few days between the movers and our final out, so we spent the next few days cleaning, and slept on an air mattress. We were going to final out on the 31st, but we came to the realization that we were not going to be ready. Between not having enough space in the bed of our truck for everything and the fact it was raining L, there was no way to get this all done in one trip. We also had to get to our new place before the office closed for the day, so we postponed our final out to the 3rd of February.

The next few days were pretty hectic. We had the movers bringing the majority of our stuff on the 2nd, and the next day we drove back to Abilene to finish packing and cleaning before the final out. I also had a doctor’s appointment that I decided to keep, since we happened to be back in town. It was such a relief when we were done and had all of our stuff in one place.

Now I’m just dealing with the “fun” part of unpacking everything. The good thing is that I can go at my own pace, especially since the little one makes things a bit difficult. She is like a tiny tornado. Honestly, I can’t wait to have everything unpacked and things back to normalish. The mess is driving me crazy, but I keep telling myself to be realistic and not over do it. I have also come to the conclusion that we have way too much crap and that I never want to move again. (Or at least for quite awhile!)

Whenever I get everything unpacked and decorated, I will post some pictures. I have a few before our ton of stuff was in, but the afters will have to wait a bit. I also have another post I started about our other big change/news. It is something that definitely complicated this move, at least for me, but that will have to wait till another time!

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Hello again

Holy crap, it’s January. Another year has passed by, and I have been awol on an unplanned hiatus from blogging. I have planned on writing many times. I actually had planned it out in my planner, but I just couldn’t get myself to sit down and actually put my fingers to the keys.

It’s been a rollercoaster the last couple of months. The ride started maybe a week after my last post. Baby girl and I got up after sleeping in. We did our usual routine of getting her changed and dressed. We headed out to the living room and I went to turn the tv on while I made us some lunch. I noticed our cat Spaz partly under the couch. I thought he was playing with a toy or something and I noticed his tail was all fluffed up. I stepped over him and gave him a little nudge with my foot and then I knew something was wrong. He was stiff.

I immediately froze. I stood there staring at him looking for him breathing, but it didn’t happen. I went straight back to the bedroom with Evie and called Spooky, our other cat, in with us and shut the door. I called my husband, who was on his lunch break and told him that I though Spaz had died. I was shaking and having a hard time staying calm. He headed home and I sat on our bed with Evie and cried.

When D came home he check him and confirmed that he had passed. He was very upset. That was his baby, afterall. We don’t know what happened.  He was acting like his normal self the night before. He hadn’t had any illnesses and he wasn’t very old (6 years old). D saw him before he left for work at 6am and he appeared to be fine. We think he may have had a heart attack, but we will never know. I feel so bad that there may have been something wrong that we didn’t know about, and maybe he would still be around had he been treated.

It took awhile to adjust to Spaz being gone. I kept a close eye on Spooky for a long time to make sure he was OK and was coping with the loss. I will admit that I was a bit traumatized by the whole thing and avoided sitting on the couch near where his body was for awhile. I have lost pets in the past, but never like that.

So, that basically started out the crazy last few months. Many unexpected things were thrown our way, both good and bad. It has been stressful, that’s for certain. I have much more to share about, but that will have to wait a little longer as my battery is almost dead.

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RIP Spaz

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Voices of PCOS

It is PCOS awareness month, and The Infertility Voice is doing a series of guests posts in honor of it called “The Voices of PCOS.” I found out that I have PCOS 10 years ago and it has had a profound impact on my life. So many women have it, but every case is different. Additionally, not all doctors know how to treat it, which I experienced first hand.

What Voices of PCOS is all about is sharing the many experiences of women with PCOS and people who treat PCOS. They can range in subject from trying to conceive to diet to pregnancy with PCOS. Each story is unique.

I decided to be brave and share my story this year. It was such an emotional and stressful time of my life, and it makes me feel vulnerable sharing that with complete strangers. In fact, most people, other than close family, don’t know all of the details of my experience. I am not a fantastic writer, but I put my heart into it. I just wanted to share my story in hopes that it may help at least one woman with PCOS.

If you would like to read my story, you can check it out HERE. If you are someone with PCOS and would also like to share your personal story, please check out the Infertility Voice and how you can participate in the Voices of PCOS!

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One year Anniversary!

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I just wanted to make a quick post to share that this little blog is ONE year old now! I am so happy that I kept up with it, and I plan to continue to give it lots of love and attention. I do this just for fun when I have a little spare time. I enjoy writing because it can be really therapeutic. This is my place to share a little about myself, what I’m up to, and what I’m interested in. I don’t care if anyone actually reads it, but, if people do, that’s awesome. If you are reading this, thank you!

Now I am off to sleep because it is way past my bedtime!

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Guilty Pleasure Thursday

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Welcome to another Guilty Pleasure Thursday! Everyone has a guilty pleasure (or two!). Maybe it’s a tv show that you binge watch on Netflix or a yummy treat that you sneak eat after the kids are in bed. Well, it’s time to come clean and proclaim your love loud and proud!

So, my guilty pleasure of the week has to be watching beauty youtube videos. I love watching reviews of different makeup, learning different makeup techniques, and just generally ogling over makeup hauls. There are some awesome channels out there! Like I mentioned before, I usually watch on my iPad in bed when I can’t sleep haha It’s a total bad habit because then I stay up later than I should, which makes the mornings kind of rough, but I have lovely dreams of makeup and Ulta shopping sprees πŸ˜‰

I have subbed to a lot of different channels, but I do have my faves, so I thought I would share a few.

Vintangeortacky
I love her sense of style and she does beautiful makeup looks. She is also plus-sized, so I really enjoy her style videos.

Victoria Donelda
She is so entertaining to watch, and I love her personality! She does unboxing videos for things like ipsy and birchbox, which are always fun to watch.

NikkieTutorials
I love, love, love her tutorials! She has recreated many looks from celebrity music videos that are fantastic!

MadeYewLook
Like wow is all I can say. She doesn’t do traditional, everyday wear makeup on this channel, but holy shit her videos are a must see! She also has a regular beauty channel that is awesome as well.

While I probably could go on, I better not or this post will never end! My addiction is serious! Come back next Thursday for another Guilty Pleasure Thursday and feel free to share what your guilty pleasure is.

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Late Night Blogging

Well, it’s officially after 1am and I am up on the computer. I am trying to take some time every few days to dedicate to this little blog, and the best time I have found is when everyone else is in bed. There’s no video game back ground noise and my little computer helper, aka Evie, isn’t around to pound the key board for me. She’s really good at that though!

So what’s new? I’m working hard to get myself more organized. It’s a constant battle I face. I finally found a planner that had what I was looking for, so I’ve been working on using it everyday to keep my day organized and keep track of my goals. It isn’t anything fancy, but it is basically daily planner with a whole page for each day, along with the standard monthly overview. I was really eying the Erin Condren life planner, but I didn’t want to drop that much money if I wasn’t sure I would consistently use it.

Since my planner is just simple lined pages, I’ve been breaking up each day with different sections. I have at the top the “to dos” for that specific day. Next is the blog section, which I plan out what I am going to work on for that day (if anything). After that I have my daily tasks, which are different than the daily to dos. These would include washing dishes or picking up Evie’s toys. Under that section is Dinner. It makes my life so much easier if I plan ahead which day we are having what meal. Lastly, at the bottom of the page, is my FitBit section. There I will write my daily step count, just to get myself motivated to be more active.

Besides trying to be more organized, I am really getting back into makeup. I used to love putting on makeup, not that I was very good at it, but I still did it in high school and for work (usually when the guy I liked at the time was going to be working haha). I am the sort of person that doesn’t usually wear it, especially if I am just going to the store or something. I don’t think I ever wore makeup to class back in college, but I was pretty much exhausted and was practically dragging myself out of bed for my 8am classes. I barely managed to get dressed most days. I am not a huge fan of my appearance (still working on that one), but I don’t feel like it’s necessary to put on my “face” before going out. That being said, I am really liking just doing it for fun. If I don’t have the time it’s no big deal, but if I have some time to spare, like on the weekend when my husband is home to watch Evie, I will play around with it.

I am really enjoying watching all sorts of beauty guru youtube videos. It’s such a guilty pleasure to lay in bed watching makeup tutorials with my earbuds in when I should be sleeping. πŸ˜› These ladies are really inspiring. If I had the confidence (and skill), I would love to make makeup videos. I’ve watched beauty guru videos in the past, but I guess I wasn’t too into it. I probably wasn’t watching the right people.

Well, I better wrap this up and head to bed or I am going to be one tired mama tomorrow (er, today). I have lots planned for upcoming blog posts, including another Guilty Pleasure Thursday, my favorite makeup/beauty products, and starting up something new: Tuesday Tips and Tricks, hopefully beginning next week!

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Back to reality

Well, here is the long delayed post about our vacation in July. I cannot believe it’s been over a month since we returned. It was really nice to go to some new places and just get away from our boring little town for a little while. Most of this was written the day after we got home, so keep that in mind when it says yesterday.


 

Well, our vacation is over. We arrived home yesterday evening. Whenever I think about going on vacation, I think of having fun and relaxing, but it always ends up being more exhausting (but still usually fun). I think we had a good time, for the most part.

We made the long drive down on Tuesday. We actually managed to get the truck packed and on the road earlier than we thought we would. Evie did really well. We ended up getting a bit of rain just over the half way mark, in College Station. We made a pit stop there to have lunch and get out and stretch our legs. Evie was not a fan of the idea of getting back in the truck, so she was rather cranky. I ended up riding in the back with her the rest of the way to our destination to help keep her occupied.

Traffic in Houston was a beast, as usual. We made it through right before rush hour. We arrived in La Porte and found our hotel. This was one of the more unpleasant aspects of the trip. I reserved a king sized room, non-smoking. They said that the reservation did not specify smoking or non (I made the reservation on their website). All they had left was smoking or I could switch to 2 double beds. That would not work well for us since Evie sleeps with us on vacation. We would either have to al squeeze into a small bed or I would sleep with Evie and D would sleep by himself. No thanks.

So we took the smoking room. Luckily it didn’t smell. The place was no where near as nice as where we usually stay. Really out dated with a loud ac that ran non stop. We were also sharing the room with some spiders in the bathroom. Luckily, the bed was comfortable and it was a place to sleep. It was defiantly not a destination hotel. It served its purpose though.

It was about dinner time when we got settled in. We went just down the block and visited a little beach. Evie got to walk in the sand and put her feet in the bay. From there we made a run to the grocery store for milk and yogurt and picked up some dinner. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing in our room before bed time.

The next day we talked about visiting Space Center Houston. I was a little on the fence about it since Evie is so young and the activities are geared towards older kids and adults. I spent some time reading different reviews and made the decision to wait. There are many things for teens/adults that we couldn’t do with her and other stuff for kids a bit older. I would like to go when she can enjoy it as well.

Since we scrapped our plans for the space center, we decided to drive down to Galveston Island. We got a little bit of a late start, so our first plan was to grab lunch. We really didn’t have a set plan so we made it down to Seawall and drove for a little to see where we wanted to stop. On the drive down, we ran into some rain in the Kemah area. Luckily it didn’t last very long, but it was pretty dreary looking the majority of the day.

One place we were interested in checking out was the Pleasure Pier. When we visited Galveston last, they were beginning to work on tearing down the old Flagship Hotel. Now it is totally redone with rides. We parked in the lot across the street and decided to eat at Bubba Gump’s, since Dave has never been to one. We got a nice table that overlooked the ocean. Evie was pretty excited to watch the waves. We played trivia with our waitress and found that we suck at Forrest Gump Trivia. Lunch itself was pretty good, albeit expensive.

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We headed out after lunch and found that you had to pay to just walk out on the Pleasure Pier. It would have been nearly $30 for us to just WALK around. Since we weren’t planning on riding any rides, we decided to pass on walking on the pier. We headed down Seawall to go browse around Murdoch’s. We bought a few souvenirs and D met up with a local Ingress player while Evie and I hung out. I love that Murdoch’s has a little breezeway with chairs that you can go out on to watch the ocean.

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After we did our shopping, we decided to go over to The Strand, where we did some shopping. Evie was pretty cranky since she hadn’t taken a nap, so luckily she feel asleep for awhile in her stroller. Shops were starting to close up so we decided to hit the road back towards our hotel. We made an Ingress stop for Dave in Texas City, where we visited a bunch of portals and drove out to the dike. From there we had dinner then went back to the room for much needed showers and sleep.

The third day of our trip we headed back to Galveston. Like the day before, we hit rain on the drive over, but it let up by the time we made it into Galveston. We were hungry so we hit up Joe’s Crab Shack for lunch then drove down to the ferry port to ride the ferry to Port Bolivar and back. I think Evie enjoyed it. On the way to Port Bolivar, we rode in the “front” on the bottom deck. After we came into port, we went upstairs and stood at the “back.” I was hoping we would get to spot some dolphins, but no such luck.

After our ferry ride, we went to the beach. I got Evie changed into her swimsuit and coated in sunscreen. We spread out a beach blanket and let Evie check things out. At first, she wouldn’t step off of the blanket. She would go to the edge but never further. She finally worked up the nerve to step out in the sand, and then she running was all over the place. She was a little off balance walking in the sand, but even falling face first into it didn’t phase her!3

We brought a little bucket and some shovels for her to play with. She mostly carried them around, but Dave got some use out of them (probably more than she did!). I gave her a little space to explore a bit, reeling her back in when she tried to get too far away. She seemed to really enjoy herself. I took her down to the water to put her feet in. I had to walk through several feet of sargassum, which wasn’t the most pleasant thing. (They are having a huge influx of seaweed this year, so all the beaches have a ton. Some are better taken care of than others. The beach we visited wasn’t bad at all. Other beaches, like along the seawall, have huge piles that are rotting and smell disgusting.)

After our little dip in the water, we went back to play in the sand. Evie was COVERED in sand. She also spread the wealth by getting sand all over me too. She was starting to get grumpy, partly because it was past nap time and partly because of the sand. We took her back down to the water before we packed up and headed to the truck. Everything was sandy, and because the parking was on the beach, it was impossible to get it off. There weren’t any near by showers, so we did the best we could to get the sand off with the baby powder I brought and headed back to our hotel for showers.

Unfortunately our drive back to the hotel took longer than we anticipated. There was an accident on the bridge getting off the island so traffic was at a stand still. Evie fell asleep for a bit but woke up crying. I’m sure it was because she was still sandy and uncomfortable from that. As soon as we got in the room, she went straight into the shower and was a much happier kiddo.

The next day we had scheduled ourselves to visit the Battleship Texas. It was a short drive from our hotel. Unfortunately the weather was looking dreary. It began to rain as we arrived. I put Evie in her Boba 3g carrier and we went to explore the ship.

Since it had rained (and was still drizzling on us) everything was very slippery. I was kind of nervous that I would eat it while wearing her since I am not the most graceful of people. The ship was really interesting to explore. I didn’t go below deck since, like I said above, fearful of falling, but Dave checked it out.

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Once we were done on the ship, we walked around the grounds a bit before a swarm of mosquitoes attempted to eat us alive. The drizzle had stopped and we could feel the temps and humidity rising, so we went back to our hotel for Evie’s nap time.

After little miss was nice and rested, we got ready to go out to the Kemah Boardwalk. We walked around for awhile checking out all of the rides and such. We also wondered over to the lighthouse district. We bought some yummy fudge and explored some little shops. By then we were really hungry, so we went to Saltgrass Steakhouse for some dinner.

After our delicious dinner, there was a lot of waiting for the firework show. I got us a spot right in the front so we could have a good view of them over the bay. Finally it was dark enough and the show began. I was a little nervous that Evie would be frightened by the noise, but it didn’t faze her one bit. In fact, she was more interested in watching a guy with a camera, thinking she was going to get her picture taken, than with the fireworks. It was a nice show, but not too long. I enjoyed it since we didn’t make it to our town’s for the fouth.

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That was our last day down in that area. The next day we packed the room up, checked out, and headed to Austin. We got there mid-afternoon and relaxed in our room a little while.

I had really wanted to visit the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, so that was the first stop we made after we rested. I can say that I was really excited to see all of the graffiti art, since I had discovered it on instagram. It was hard to find parking on the crowded residential street. Since it was so packed, Dave stayed with Evie in the car while I went to get some pictures.

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There was so really cool graffiti, but overall I was disappointed. Not at the art, but mainly how poorly people had treated this area. First of all, there was trash EVERYWHERE. It was awful! Second would be the fact that many visitors left their marks on the walls, sometimes going over other art. Art changes there on a regular basis, but much of it was messed up because Johnny thought it would be great to spray paint his name over a bunch of it. If you go to HOPE’s facebook, it clearly states:

INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT HAVE PROPER CREDENTIALS MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE OR ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING.

You will be asked to fill out a question form, provide proof of ID, submit a sketch or mock-up of the art intended, and sign a waiver in order to receive credentials.

HOG Paint Passes are available for participating artists and volunteers that are 18yrs. old or accompanied by an adult.

All participants must respect the existing art, be courteous to the neighborhood and dispose of all your trash.

I just wish people would be more respectful. A few inconsiderate people can ruin things for everyone, and that’s sad.

After I got some pictures, we headed down to South Congress. We went into D’s favorite store Monkey See, Monkey Do. Since we were there he had to add to our vinyl figure collection, of course. After we were done there we went over to Noodles and Co for some dinner. Dave was in heaven since that was his favorite place to eat in Utah, while he was stationed there. We defiantly don’t have one where we live, so we had to hit it up for him.

The next morning we hit the road again towards home. We had a great time, but it was really nice to sleep in our bed and see the kittys.

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Herbal Essences Naked Update

It’s been just over a month since my Herbal Essences Naked review, and I thought I would write a quick update about how I am still feeling about the products!

I went out and purchased the full sized bottle of the shampoo and conditioner, and I am still thoroughly enjoying using them. I have had to use a dandruff shampoo about once a week, but other than that I am using the HE shampoo. I use the conditioner each wash, sparingly on the ends on my hair. My hair tends to feel too greasy if I get it on my roots or bangs. It makes my hair nice and soft and really helps to detangle my unruly hair.

The Dry Shampoo is a little bit of a different story. As you may have read in my previous review, I loved it. It really worked well to revitalize my hair, especially since it is so hot and humid right now. Well, I went to use it one day, right before we went on vacation last month, and it wouldn’t squirt! I thought it might be clogged, but nope! It was as if the bottle depressurized. It is over half full, but feels different than before when I shake it. I was totally sad. I posted about it on twitter and got a nice response from HE giving me the number for customer service.

Well, mama brain and all that I keep forgetting to call πŸ˜› I probably will just go out and buy a new can. Hopefully it was just a fluke. I’ve had this happen once before in the past with another product, but I had the can for awhile before it happened. I still love the product, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to use it.

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Heyo

I’ve been sort of absent the last 2 weeks and I apologize . I’ve had a lot going on and I’ve been a bit stressed out because of that. Things are hopefully calming down, and I hope to get back into the groove of blogging. Our family is about to embark on a new adventure: life after the military. I will be doing quite a bit of writing about our journey in the coming months, so stay tuned for that.

In other “news,” I am almost finished with my vacation post, which is a good thing since it’s almost been a month since we went on vacation! It was a really fun trip. I miss the beach already. 😦 We are also planning on another trip next month, this time to good old San Antonio for Alamo City Comic Con! It should be a nerdy good time!

I also will be working on a guest blog post for The Infertility Voice “Voices of PCOS,” which I am really excited to get started on. September is PCOS Awareness Month and lots of Cysters will be sharing their stories and experiences throughout the month. PCOS has had a huge effect on my life and I can’t wait to share my story.

Well, my kiddo is up from her nap, so that means that mama duty calls!
xoxo

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