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a different kind of love

this little boy made me a mama almost nine months ago.

my life has changed so much since then and in only the best ways.

just after he was born and everyone was fussing with him, my own mama came over to me with the biggest smile on her face and said “it’s like a completely different kind of love, isn’t it?”

it was such a beautiful moment because i knew exactly what she meant, but also because i got to see a glimpse of my own mother, as a 23-year-old woman, experiencing that feeling for the first time in her life. i got to watch her re-live one of the most moving experiences she’s had.

this weekend i will celebrate being a mama, and i will celebrate my mama with a kinship we’ve never had before. i know now. and i appreciate her so much more.

so to all the mamas, new and not-so-new. to the soon-to-be-mamas who don’t quite know of the love i’m referring to:

happy mother’s day. you mean so much to someone.


things i love: boxes

one of my favorite things in the whole wide world is getting mail.

i feel like a little kid – the anticipation of getting something special is reminiscent of the night before christmas.

now mostly, i just get bills and other such un-fun things. but once a month i can count on getting something special in the mail thanks to birchbox and bluum. {i guess technically, it would count as twice a month.}

in a nutshell, they are wonderful little companies that send you samples every month. birchbox is for any woman- they send samples of beauty-related products every month. bluum is for mamas. they send samples of things for mamasandbabies. anything from beauty products to floor cleaner to rattles.

the best part? the price – you can get a birchbox for just $10/month or a bluum box for just $12/month. with both companies you can earn points if you review the products {for other birchbox or bluum members} you receive and the points can go toward purchasing products or getting a free box.

the added bonus is finding a product that you fall in love with and will use for all eternity.

even if you don’t want to undulge for yourself, they make great gifts. what woman do you know who wouldn’t love to get beauty product samples every month from birchbox? and what about the new mama in your life? i think you other mamas would all agree that a little treat like a bluum box would be a real pick-me-up in the midst of a newly-sagging tummy, sore nipples, and a special place that doesn’t feel so special.

plus if nothing else, it feels great to have your name on something that isn’t the electric bill.

the best waffles ever

i’m a breakfast food kinda girl.

because luke’s schedule isn’t that of a normal 9 to 5, i really get to have fun planning different meals and making breakfast a bigger deal than just cereal, or grabbing something quick from the kitchen.

i got a waffle recipe from my sister-in-law after we first got married, and i’ve tweaked it some, and it’s just spectacular.

you know, if i do say so myself.

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick of butter melted and slightly cooled
3 eggs {i use extra large, but use what you have}
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract

in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In a medium-size bowl, beat the eggs, and whisk in the cooled butter {make sure it’s cool, you don’t want scrambled eggs!}, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and stir in the wet ingredients being careful not to over-mix. the batter will be lumpy. spoon the batter  onto your preheated waffle iron {the amount will depend on your waffle iron – mine takes a 1/2 cup} and after the waffle irons stops steaming, you’ll have some incredibly tasty waffles for breakfast. yum!

and….we’re back


that describes my last 2 days perfectly.

just, ugh.

we had to cut our trip to georgia short, quite unexpectedly.

i can’t go into the details, but we’re home. back to maryland.

after being in {and loving} georgia, we’re not happy, but there’s nothing we can do about it.


i’m exausted.

traveling 1,600 + plus miles in just 5 days will do that to you. i’ll be returning next week.

until then, i’ll be sleeping.

into the wild

since luke had a couple of days off over the weekend, we decided to take a little day trip to a zoo.

the only problem was that the closest zoo to us is in atlanta, and that’s outside of the 50 miles that we’re allowed to travel. {some silly policy that the army has}

but. the bright side was that there was a little animal safari not too far from us. it’s one of those animal places where you can drive your own vehicle through {yeah, right} or take a bus tour through {that’s more like it}.

so we went, and had a grand old time.

even marcus enjoyed himself {he really liked looking at the animals} until it was way past his nap/lunch time.  but we couldn’t rush the tour bus through. something about us not being the only ones on the tour and, oh yeah, when there’s cattle on the road, you kind of have to wait for them to cross. but whatever.

{i thought this little pot-bellied pig was so precious – and you could buy them. hubs vetoed that idea. bummer.}

{this is a male liger – a lion/tiger mix. he weighs 820 pounds. in comparison, a male lion weighs about 250. he was huge.}

{losing it}

{marcus got the “wear your stripes” memo that day.}

so. what’d you do this weekend?

we made it

2 days, 800+ miles, 1 overnight stay at a best western {one of the best hotel experiences we’ve had, hands down} countless stops to change diapers {marcus’} go to the bathroom, eat, and look for starbucks.

and we’re here.

i think we both lost our minds a little bit on the trip down and when we crashed into bed last night at 10:30, i remember saying to luke before i drifted off to sleep that i was not staying in this room for three weeks and that i would be leaving the next morning.

i’m still here.

hubs, the nugget and i will be spending the weekend exploring {within a 50 mile radius, and no more, says the army} the area.

but i’ve got something fun planned for the ol’ blog while i’m here, so stay tuned.

close quarters

the military is my favorite.

especially because my husband got orders on saturday that tell him we have to be in georgia by thursday. {to be fair – we knew it was coming, but a 5-day warning is a little less than we were hoping for.}

we’ll be in georgia for a month – the first 3 weeks for some training the hubs has to do and then the last week, we’ll be vacationing on tybee island, before we mosey back up this way.

not bad, except that for those first 3 weeks we’ll be staying in a military hotel room. a hotel. room. with an 8-month-old. for 3 weeks. i’m going to have to be very creative with my days, {anyone live around fort benning and want to help keep us occupied?} so that i don’t lose my mind while i’m there.

to be fair again, i chose this.

i didn’t want to be away from luke for another month so close to his impending deployment.

so i can only complain so much.


i’ll be busy over the next couple of days packing, and making lists, and packing, and cleaning, and packing, and crossing things off my list.

and packing.

wish me luck.

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