My Little Pumpkin

I’m sorry I haven’t written anything lately. I’ve been slammed at work on top of being a new mom and sleep deprived. But I’ve recently taken on a new hobby that I wanted to share with everyone.

With Fall officially here and pumpkins everywhere in sight, it’s always fun to go to the pumpkin patch to choose the pumpkins you are going to carve to place in front of your house for Halloween. This year has been an extra treat because I was able to take my little pumpkin to the pumpkin patch.

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Everyone always sees that my family and I are always taking professional photos whether its just Josh and I, or more recently, Josh, Olivia, and I. Well, recently I was thinking about how much money I’ve spent on professional photos over the years as well as my creative mind and eye for certain things. So, one day I had an epiphany and I got on eBay to see if I could find an entry level DSLR camera to see if this is something I could see myself doing as a hobby, and maybe as a future side business. I was successful in finding a Nikon D3100 DSLR (for an amazing price I might add) and it was finally delivered to me a few days ago. Since then, in my free time, I have done nothing but research photography and photography tips and nomenclature. It makes me very excited because I can already tell that this will be something I am passionate about. I just wish I had realized it sooner.

Today, my little pumpkin, my mother-in-law, and I were able to get out of the house during my lunch break and I was able to put all of my research into action and take some photos of my little pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. Now, I realize that these may not be professional, but I am proud of my first edited collection of photos. Especially because they are of my little one. I know that I still have A LOT to learn and I am so excited to continue my research, learn the trade, and teach myself how to be a good photographer. I am even more excited to save some money and take my own photos now that I’m learning how to. After some more practice alone, I will be offering some free sessions to anyone who wants photos taken for additional practice and to create a portfolio. I will keep you updated. In the mean time, check out my first edited collection below.

The first photo is a comparison of the before un-edited photo and the after edited photo.

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Below is the rest of the edited collection.

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I hope my little pumpkin brought a smile to your face! 🙂

Cherish the Moments

Now that we are all settled in, I have started work back up full time. I work remotely from home in my own home office here in Virginia, so I don’t really get to spend as much time as I would like with my little one anymore (which makes me sad). Just because I work from home does not mean that I have any additional free time or get to experience anything other than working. I am still as busy as I would be in an actual office and rarely get the chance to step away from my desk, even from home. So whenever I get the chance to cuddle with Liv, I really do cherish the moments.

She is already growing way too fast. Everyone always tells me to savor these times while she is so small because you can never get this time back again. She grows more and more everyday and is becoming stronger and learning how to hold her head up. Next, she will be crawling and then walking! It scares me to even think about it because I already don’t want my baby to grow up. So for right now, I need to take advantage of my baby being a baby and cherish every moment I get to spend with her while I can still hold her in my arms.

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Denim, Stripes, Anchors, and the USCG Barque EAGLE – Aaargh Matey!

USCG Barque Eagle – A 295 foot sailing vessel utilized for training future officers of the United States Coast Guard.

This past Saturday my family and I traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to visit and welcome back my brother-in-law, David, from his journey at sea aboard the USCG Barque Eagle.

Naturally, I had to dress up cute and nautical-ish since I was practically going on a pirate ship – LOL

Now bare with me as this is my first post with my outfit and accessories. It may not be the best quality but I intend to improve upon that. So here it goes..

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Chambray Dress: TARGET || Under Tank: TARGET *SALE* || Wedges: Charlotte Russe (Old, but similar ones here) || Purse: Steve Madden – Ross || Sunglasses: Ray Bans || Watch: Betsy Johnson || Necklace & Bracelets: Francescas

I am absolutely loving the denim look this Summer. This chambray dress is casual yet chic and AFFORDABLE! Everything I wear is affordable and reasonably priced. You can wear this on a casual day at the mall, on a date, or on a pirate ship! Haha

Pair this dress with a cute pair of wedges to match the brown belt and cute accessories and you are ready to go! I added the striped tank underneath the dress to add a touch of nautical-ness but you can totally wear the dress without it.

Even Liv looked the part on Saturday with her anchor jumper and white bow!

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Once we made it to Baltimore, we met up with my brother-in-law, David, and his fiancé, Kristie, for lunch at Inner Harbor Baltimore where the Eagle was docked. We were all super excited as this was David and Kristie’s first time not only meeting Liv, but my nephew, Logan, as well.

Inner Harbor was beautiful with its many vibrant colors. There were tons of restaurants and places to shop right off of the water where people are showcasing their talents of music and acrobatics.

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We met up for lunch at Uno Pizzeria where David and Kristie would have their first encounter with Logan and Livi.

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After lunch, Livi and I struck a pose for the camera 🙂

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Once we concluded with lunch, David took us aboard the Barque Eagle for a grand tour. This ship is pretty awesome, let me tell you. There is so much history on this boat and it goes all the way back to 1936. Even Hitler sailed aboard this vessel. Of course the Coast Guard has maintained the ship and has updated it a little bit but most of its interior is original to its construction.

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It was a beautiful day in Baltimore and it was even better spending it with family. The view was absolutely breathtaking from the ship.

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Minus the traffic we encountered on the way to Baltimore, it was an awesome day spent with the best company. I love spending time with family, whether its my side or Josh’s side, and making life long memories. David will be sailing on the USCG Barque Eagle every six months or so traveling all over the world training future officers in the Coast Guard. What a cool experience it must be sailing on such a historical and attractive ship across the world. I am jelly of all the things he will probably get to see! I am so glad Josh and I are now so close that we were able to participate in the family day at Inner Harbor for David so he could meet his niece and nephew. Here’s all of us at the end of our tour!

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Thanks for stopping by!

YO HO YO HO – A Pirate’s Life For ME!

First PCS Move – Interesting to say the least

PCS – Permanent Change of Station.

Living in Tampa, FL was such a wonderful experience. I moved from Texas to marry by prince charming and best friend back in 2012. Josh (prince charming) was already stationed in beautiful Tampa when I made the big move. By this time Josh had already been in the Marine Corps almost 7 years and had experienced multiple PCS’s as a bachelor. Now that we are a family and have been in Tampa since we’ve been married, it came time for us to move onto our next adventure (my first PCS) – Home is where the Marine Corps sends us.

Since we knew we were going to be in Tampa for a while after we got married, Josh put in a package to go from enlisted to officer in the Marine Corps and we decided to buy a house! We bought a small cozy little house as first time homeowners that was convenient in every way to everything we needed/wanted. Since being married, we have already created so many memories in our small cute little house and now it was time to leave it. 😦

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In the military, when you make a PCS move, the military sends packers and movers to come and move all of your stuff. That was nice to hear as I just had a baby and the idea of packing up and moving a whole house did not sound like a fun time to me. On the day the packers came, it was a bit hectic as there were four guys that came and packed up all of our stuff. One guy completely packed the kitchen, two guys took over the garage (which was a disaster), and the last guy took over the rooms. It took them approximately 8 hours to pack up my entire house leaving us with only our bare essentials to make the drive to our new house. The next day (it was a two-day process), the movers came and packed up all of the boxes from the day before onto this huge 18 wheeler looking truck and that took about 5 to 6 hours. All of the guys from the moving company did a great job packing up our stuff and putting it on the truck. They made sure to take extra care in what they were packing and moving and I was pleased to see that.

After all of the boxes were out the house, we were really left with an empty house. We kept our 50 inch TV behind with us to take on our trip with us in a trailer so that we could entertain ourselves for a few days and also for when we reached our destination because it takes a while to get the furniture and boxes to the new house.

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Moving day – When it came time to actually pick up and leave, I didn’t really feel any emotion. I was so tired from getting things ready for the move and taking care of a newborn baby that it didn’t even phase me. But I knew that it wasn’t a goodbye, it was just a see ya later. Josh and I plan to move back to Florida once he retires so we will be with all of our wonderful friends again soon. With the trailer packed up and the car ready to go, we were ready to start our new adventure. This 13 hour car drive included Josh, my newborn baby, my mother-in-law, two chocolate labs, my cat and I all in my Q7. I know…. it already sounds interesting LOL

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My girl chocolate lab, Dez, does well on car rides so we had no worries about her but my boy chocolate, Dallas (yes, my dogs are named after the Dallas Cowboys), and my cat, Kia needed to be medicated for the trip because Dallas gets anxiety and Kia gets motion sickness. We had to give both animals their medication one hour prior to hitting the road. the medication hit Kia immediately and she was a funny cat walking around like she was drunk. Dallas’ meds, however, did not do the job they were supposed to so we still had an anxious pup in the back of my SUV.

The first few hours were okay. Dallas finally calmed down and so did Kia. Olivia did great and slept most of the way. About 4 hours into our trip we made our first stop at a gas station. Olivia is crying because she wants her diaper changed and is hungry, Dallas is going crazy because we came to a stop (which gets Dez all excited as well), and Kia is crying because poor thing has to ride in a carrier the whole time. Lucy, my mother-in-law, changes baby while I run into the gas station to warm her bottle and Josh attempts to take the dogs out to potty. As soon as Josh opens the back door, Dallas storms out without his leash into the area where all of the 18 wheeler trucks are refueling! It turns out Dallas chewed through his leash while he was back there and as soon as that door opened he was going to make a run for it. Dallas was so scared of all of the big trucks that he came running back to the car (THANK GOD). So now we only have one leash to take two crazy dogs out. So Josh takes both one at a time. I let Kia out to potty as well but she still looked like she was feeling a little under the weather and wasn’t really doing much. Now everyone is back in the car and we are ready to finish off this long day.

Its 10:00 p.m. and we are all beat. We finally pull into our hotel, a La Quinta Inn in Florence, South Carolina, and because we have a trailer and 3 animals with only one leash, we had to take up everything pretty much one by one. Baby went first, then Kia, then Dallas, and finally Dez. I stayed back in the hotel room with the animals while Josh and Lucy brought up our stuff we needed for the night. Thank God we can finally get some rest.

Next Morning – We wake up with plans to leave hotel and be on the road by 8:00 a.m. As Josh starts taking our things to the car/trailer, he notices that someone broke off our lock to the trailer and left it half way open. After initially scanning everything, Josh didn’t think that anything looked stolen. Then, after thinking about it, he realized that his rifle was towards the trailer door and he ran back downstairs to check to see if it was there. IT WAS NOT. Josh storms back into the hotel room and he is PISSED. I knew right away this was going to delay our trip. Josh called the police and had them come to the scene to file a police report. After watching the video surveillance, we got a good description of the vehicle as well as the suspect so the officer was confident they could locate the gun. This took about an hour and half and when we packed up the car with animals and baby, we were ready to go, however, when putting the baby in the car, I noticed a huge dent on the rear wheel well on the passenger side of my car. This was the side the vehicle pulled up to steal the gun and HE HIT ME! Now I was PISSED! We called the officer back to have him also put that my vehicle was hit by the suspect on the police report.

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It’s almost 10:00 a.m. and we finally leave the hotel. At this point we only had about 5 1/2 hours to go till we reached our new house. I could see the light! The rest of the trip ran smoothly. As we were leaving the state of South Carolina, we passed up this place called “South of the Border.” It appeared to be some weird Mexican theme park with fireworks, LOL. I had to take a picture of it.

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By 2:00 p.m. we were finally in Virginia and on our way to our new home!

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We made it to our new home and fell in love! We did a good job on finding this home all the way from Florida. It has everything we wanted and more! 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 living rooms, a two car garage, and a HUGE backyard. We couldn’t have asked for a better home for our family here in Virginia.

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Overall, the move was not THAT bad but it definitely had its interesting moments. We are all just glad we made it to our new house safely and that its all over now. Now, we are in the unpacking phase – You never realize how much stuff (and by stuff I mean crap) you have until you make a move! Looks like I’ll probably be having a garage sale here real soon! Ha

Since Josh is pretty much from Stafford/Fredericksburg area, we already have a lot of friends here which will be awesome while we live down here for shortly under a year. I am excited for whats to come on this new adventure. If you have a chance, come on down for a visit! There is plenty of room! 🙂

Hello world!

Howdy! I am super excited to start up this blog. I have wanted to do this for a long time now but have never found the time, which is funny because as of 6 weeks ago, I became a first time mommy. How did I go from having no time to feeling like I have an abundance of time with a newborn? (smh…)

Anyway, I cannot wait to share my life, thoughts on fashion, and when I’m feeling crafty, ideas for DIY with you. We just PCS’d to our new duty station, Quantico, VA,  for my husband’s Officer TBS training so I have a lot to share soon on my first military moving experience and thoughts on how it could have gone a little bit smoother. For now, I am extremely excited to launch my blog, The Elusive Honeybear. Stay tuned for what’s to come!