Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Site

I've moved to Wordpress and would love for you to stop by! happyhereblog.wordpress.com 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

::Insert Cliche 2012 Title Here::

It's been a long, long time since I've done any real blogging. I started this blog after doing some research into military life when Eric left for basic training in 2010. There are so many wonderful military spouse blogs on the internet and although many of them don't focus solely on their lives as milspouses, I got a great glimpse into what would lie ahead for me when Eric and I were married.

Writing has always been something I loved and I had even attempted a blog or two before this one. But the milspouse blog community was one I could connect with and have mostly stuck with it since. I don't write as much anymore because Eric and I are finally married and living together but I still read blogs every day and follow many of you on twitter (follow me, I'm much more active on there haha! @happyhereblog).

Eric and I have been very lucky when it comes to the Army so far. We had no issues with him getting leave for the wedding, for our honeymoon, or for the holidays. Sure, there's been a few disappointments along the way but so far so good. Sadly, 2012 looks like it might be a little different as his unit will be going on a month-long training trip this spring and then most likely deploying come late spring/early summer.

Since moving here in June I have made a few friends and (thankfully?) all of them will be going through their husband's first deployment at the same time as me. I'm sure my blogging will pick up once Eric is gone but until them I am enjoying the time we have together.

And what would the first post of 2012 be without some goals!?!

  • work harder on creating a budget and sticking to it
  • build up our savings account
  • continue to work on my heath but don't worry when I miss a workout or two
  • complete my first two, of three, nutrition courses I am taking at home
  • get a real job by March (especially since they are trying to kill me @ the Y...post on that to follow)

I hope everyone has had a great start to 2012!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cheater Post

Blogging has been sporadic lately so I thought I'd do this quick before bed so I don't hit the one-month-in-the-dark mark (haha, dark mark. Potter nerd!)

1. How did you and your spouse meet? 
I was lifeguarding at the Y and him and his best friend came in to swim.

2. How old were you when you two met? 
I was 22 and he was 24.
3. How long have you been together? 
We have officially been in a relationship since March 18th, 2010.

4. Where are you and your spouse originally from? 
We're both Wisconsinites. 

5. How did you feel about him joining the military?
He was getting ready to leave for basic when we met so I honestly never thought we would be in a relationship so I didn't have any negative or positive feelings towards it.

6. Where did your spouse go to Basic Training? 
Fort Jackson

7. Has your spouse ever been deployed?
Not yet. 

8. Ever been to his promotion ceremony? 

9. How long have you been a military wife? 
Since June 11, 2011.

10. Did you marry him before or after he joined? 

11. How did your husband propose? 
At dinner in the Dells, my ring came on top of our dessert.

12. Where did you get married? 
 In our hometown.

13. How old were you two when you got married? 
I was 23 and he was 25.

14. Did he wear his uniform on his wedding day? 
He sure did, it was the first time I saw him in his Class A's.

15. Where are you and your spouse currently stationed? 
He's stationed at Fort Benning, any other Benning ladies out there?

16. Do you live on base? 

17. How long were you married when you had to go through your first separation? 
He left for 10 weeks for basic 3 weeks after we started dating, then we did long distance for over a year until we were married.

18. What is your favorite base so far? 
I've been on 3, Fort Jackson, Fort Gordon, and Fort Benning. I've only lived near Fort Benning but it's my favorite. Fort Gordon is near Augusta,GA and I hated that city.

19. Do you think your spouse looks good in his uniform? 
Military men never caught my eye because of their uniform but the first time I saw Eric in uniform I was hooked, he looks so handsome in both his ACUs and his Class A's. 

20. Do you think military life is more advanced than civilian life? 
Ha. Ha. Ha. That's quite the loaded question. The Army isn't exactly on my love list after a ridiculous lock-down Eric's unit was put on this past weekend. The way it was handled was the opposite of advanced so no, I do not think it is more advanced.
21. Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent? 
Of course I do, I am very very grateful for them.

22. Do you have a lot of military wife friends? 
 I have a few, and oddly they all call midwest home :) I have a lot of military bloggy friends too, and they are pretty awesome

23. What is the hardest part of the military life? 
Since Eric has yet to be deployed I'll go with the inability to plan ahead. Sine June it has been back and forth on whether or not they will deploy next spring and they still don't know. The smaller times apart, while they are in the field...or on stupid lock downs, aren't very fun either. 
24. Do you own military wife stuff?
I have a few things - a sticker on my back window of my car that says I <3 my soldier, and an ACU patterned-fabric bag I use for my gym stuff occasionally.

25. Do you support your spouse as a member of the military? 
Of course! I'm also supportive of his decision to return to the civilian life when his contract is up ;)



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Very Long Overdue Wedding Post!

Yey wedding recap! Thanks to Nicole over at Flip Flops and Combat Boots for this great recap idea. I think she got it from someone else but we'll just give her credit :) We were married on June 11th, 2011 and had the best day, here are some highlights...

Attending: We invited over 300 (I think, I have a terrible memory so I should have done this right away) but ended up with somewhere between 200 and 250. 

Bridesmaids: I had 6 bridesmaids. My best friend Sarah was my maid of honor, along with Sara, Ally, Alyssa, Megan, and Megan. 

Me and my bridesmaids

Catering: My mom and I both work where I had my reception. It was held at a ballroom on a college campus in my hometown and was catered by our chef and food service staff. It was so yummy and everyone kept saying how great the food was! 

Dress: I love love loved my dress. I wore Maggie Sotero's Kendra and still say to Eric how I wish I could have worn it longer. 

Engagement: Eric proposed on November 9th at Fields Steakhouse in Wisconsin Dells while he was home on leave after graduating AIT. We had only been dating for about 7.5 months when we got engaged and 1 year and 3 months when we got married. 

Before going to dinner where he proposed

Flowers: I'm so bad at flower names. We had flowers, end of story :)

Groomsmen: 6 as well. Eric's best friend Jason was his best man along with Mike, Adam, Christen, Greg, and Joseph. 

Eric, his groomsmen, and the ring bearer

Honeymoon: We leave for the Bahamas on December 4th!! We delayed our honeymoon because I had to move down to Georgia after the wedding and we wanted to get settled in before we went on a trip. 

Invitations: My friend Ally did all of our stationary and it turned out so perfect!

Justice of the Peace: Nope, we were married in a church with a pastor. 

Keepsakes: For our guestbook we had guests "leaf their thumbprint" on a picture of a tree that we now have on display in our home. My mom was so skeptical of the idea but it turned out perfect and in the end she thought the idea was awesome.

Picture to come, Blogger is being a pain

Ladies Night: What a fun night! I had my bachelorette party the same day as my shower. We all got together at my friend Sarah's house where we had some yummy pink champagne punch and other fun treats and then all headed out to the bars.

Music: The signs of a good time are the people on the dance floor and it was packed all night. I think everyone had a great time!

Picture to come, Blogger is being a pain

Newlyweds: Uhm..yes? Haha, I'm not sure how to answer this one. 

Old, new, borrowed, blue: I carried the same handkerchief my mom, grandma, and aunt carried on their wedding day, I wore a new dress, I borrowed...my friend Sarah's purse for all my things, and I wore a blue Duke basketball garter in honor of my hubby's favorite team. 

Photography: We had a photographer who took a million pictures and our package came with an awesome "modern" wedding photo book but we still need to pick out the pictures we want in it...oops.

Question popping: This will break Eric's heart (though I kind of spilled it to him recently) but I knew it was coming. When buying an outfit for the night the girl that worked at the store asked me if it was for anything special and I said "I think my boyfriend is going to propose". She laughed but he did :) Eric had the waiter at the restaurant bring out our dessert and it was on a plate with a silver lid and he set it down in front of me and took the lid off - my ring was sitting on the top :)

Reception: Held in the new ballroom at a local college in our hometown.

Shoe game: Didn't play this, I hate games at weddings - not for other people, but I didn't want to play haha. 

Trash the Dress: I love how everyone else's pictures turn out but I love my dress too much to do that. I know, I know, I'll never wear it again..actually, Mateya over at The Best Is Yet To Come tried her's on her 1st wedding anniversary and said she would do the same the following years to see if it still fit. I think that's a great idea! 

Unique: I think our guestbook was pretty unique. And we did a lot of things on our own to cut down on costs, my mom even bought all of our linens since it was the same exact price to rent them. It was a good money saver but it was a pain in the ass ironing all of them the week before. 

Vows: We wanted to write our own but our pastor would not allow it so we went with the traditional Lutheran vows. Is it sad that I don't even remember what they are? Omg, that is really bad. I need to look them up haha.

Wedding Woes: The only thing that went wrong that day was our slideshow at the wedding ended up playing in slow mo. No one else noticed and I had quite a few people tell me it made them cry (in a good way) so it ended up not being a big deal. 

Laughing at a picture of me in a penguin costume when I was little

X-rated: Haha, the DJ had Eric dance for me and I had to say whether or not it was good enough to allow him to take off my garter. I was sitting on his best man who told me to say no. He then did a little c-walk and litterally slid on his belly under my dress.

Young Kids: We had a few kids and it was not a big deal. All of the little girls were telling me how pretty I looked, it was so sweet. 

Zzzzzz: I was so tired from wedding planning but we didn't get a break because I was moving to Georgia the week after the wedding. It was exhausting but a great time!

My mom tying up my dress

 Eric and my dad
 My mom, sister, and I
 So handsome <3

 When we did this my dress picked up a ton of garbage haha

 Our cake table

 First Dance
 Father-daughter dance

Having a blast!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Georgia in October

It's 88 degrees outside right now and I LOVE it! Everyone down here always asks, "ooo, you're from Wisconsin, how did you like the summer?" Uhm, I loved it. Some summers in Wisconsin are cold with only a few 80 degree days sprinkled in so the excessive heat doesn't really bother me.

Things have been a little busy around here, I've started taking an at-home Nutrition and Wellness Consultant course, will take a Weight Management Consultant course after that, and a Sports Nutrition Consultant course after that. There are six months alloted for each course but I'm hoping to take less time than that to finish, though the "suggested schedule" has me reading over 150 pages in a week so we'll see.

I've also been hanging out with some awesome ladies I've met here and am going to SpouseBuzz Live at Fort Stewart with them at the end of October! Well, that's if one of them remembers to look at the website to see what it's all about :)

Eric and I have been quite the sports fanatics around here and headed to the Packers-Falcons game in Atlanta last weekend. Yeah Packers!!!! They won (obviously haha) and there were so many Packer's fans there, I couldn't believe it! I'm not sure if that's how all away games are or it was an Atlanta thing but it was definitely way cheaper (and easier to get) for tickets here versus Lambeau. If you're not a sports fan here's the skinny on Wisconsin..Packers are 6-0 and Superbowl Champs, the Brewers were on their way to the World Series (sadly that attempt ended last night) and Badger football is 6-0. It's a great time to be from Wisconsin :)

Now it's time for a pizza and wine and woodchuck night with Eric because it's his birthday today!! Tomorrow I have to be up bright and early because I joined the local Master's swim team and practice is at 5am..yikes!