Wednesday, June 29, 2011

14.2 % done!!!

Okay... So I am updating again relatively quickly. Go me! I just had stuff to say today so I am updating.

I went to a specialist appointment for Aubrey today. I have pictures but until Jack sees them I will wait to post them. Everything is great. Aubrey's heart looks perfect according to her doctor. That was a huge relief. The doctor thinks that Aubrey will be here no later than October 19th. Who knows. She is on her own schedule. Right now she is breech. Apparently her feet in my rib cage are fun to her. The doctor also said that he thinks she will be at most 8 lbs and that is if she stays on the track she is and goes all the way to her due date of October 27th. So thats a lot of ifs. The good part about all this is that I got to talk to Jack today and let him know all this.

I can't even begin to tell you how much of a relief it is to know that Aubrey is growing on track and healthy. I don't know that I really let myself get excited about her arrival until today. I wanted to make sure that everything was okay. And it is. It is such a relief. Jack and I feel so blessed.

Now on to the pictures of the day.

Day 6 - Tuesday June 28th

Our patio. Definitely need to do something with that.

Day 7 - Wednesday June 29th
had the carpets at the old apartment cleaned. They look so much better!

Second picture for today... couldn't help it

My little dinner guest - Bentley. Isn't he adorable?

The new apartment is awesome. I love it. And I have an awesome neighbor. A girl that has a dog named Bentley, likes crafts and Lil Wayne and likes to eat. Could it get any better? I can see Lacey and I becoming fast friends. We had dinner at my house today. Next week we are going to have dinner at Lacey's and then a craft weekend date. How much fun. I know I am a geek but its okay because she likes the same things. I can see this deployment going by a lot easier if I have a friend right next door.

So yeah.. the title. We are already 14.2% done with this deployment. That's exciting. Time is flying by. I love it. Each day is another day closer to Aubrey's birth and then another day closer to homecoming. I can't wait.

Hope everyone is having a good week.

JMS - ilu and i miss you! I love that I have gotten to talk to you as much as I did the past few days. I am a lucky girl. Stay safe and stay strong my heart!



Monday, June 27, 2011

Picture a Day.

So I am starting a picture a day while you are gone project. I decided to start it on Thursday June 23rd. Thursdays are the days I start a new week for the pregnancy so that made it easy. haha.

Day 1 - Thursday June 23rd

22 Weeks pregnant with our little girl

Day 2 - Friday June 24th

Old apartment all packed to move

Day 3- Saturday June 25th

Moved into the new apartment. This is Aubrey's room in progress

Day 4 - Sunday June 26th

Kobe testing out the crib.

Day 5 - Monday June 27th

Getting stuff together for the first care package.

So this is the start of the picture a day while you are away. At the end I will make a scrapbook like I did last time.

Hope everyone is having a great week!!

JMS- ilu and miss you. I am so proud of you!!!



Thursday, June 23, 2011


Moving is never fun. I mean really who wants to pack up all their stuff, lug it into cars or trucks, lug it into a new place and then unpack everything. I mean really its a pain.

Now add on to that Jack being gone. So now I have to pack alllll by myself. I have been working on it for about a month. As of today about 39 hours before move time, I have everything packed minus my bedding, shower stuff, and a few dishes, as well as the cat and some clothes to wear. I feel pretty accomplished. I found people to help, when said people were unavailable due to work commitments, I found other people. Thank you to the amazing friends that have stepped up to help, regardless if you are actually able to Saturday or not. It was awesome of all of you to offer.

Then I turned off the utilities at the old apartment, turned them on in the new apartment. Only to get a call 2 days after I did that and changed our address that the complex is putting us in a different apartment. So I called and fixed all that.

I got the cat carrier. I will bribe the cat into it. That will not be successful I am sure but I am going to try.

So yeah moving is not fun. But I am excited to be done with it. I think I have a good plan. Once its all said and done I will take pictures. I am going to start the picture a day while you are away thing as of today. So come Sunday I will upload this week's pictures. Thursdays will always be belly pictures. So at least I have some guidance. haha.

Hope all is well with everyone.

JMS - I miss you tons!! Stay safe. Ilu!! I'll see you in my dreams my amazing man!


Sunday, June 19, 2011


So Jack reminded me that I needed to write in my blog more. I know this but have been crazy busy so I am going to try a 10 on Sunday to update some and come back and add pictures later. So here goes.

1. Work is keeping me insanely busy. In the past two weeks I have been home 2 days, much to the annoyance of Kobe, and have been to DC, Baltimore, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester and Erie. Yeah busy.

2. Kobe does not enjoy me being gone all the time. He is just now coming to say hello and I have been home 2 hours. Finicky cat.

3. I got to see Bentley when I was in Buffalo. I cried when I left him. That dog is my baby. And he can be a brat at times. He stole Chester's bone. Silly B.

4. I miss Jack insanely much but I am finding this deployment easier than the first. Maybe its because I am so busy.

5. Things are coming along for Aubrey's room. Her crib and swing and dresser are here. While I still have to go and pick up her dresser, it apparently came while I was gone.

6. My sister is due a month after me. Its awesome to go through pregnancy with my sister. I love it.

7. We are moving in less than a week. I have to finish packing. Packing tacks awhile and its a lot of work. Whew.

8. I saw Amanda when I was in Buffalo. Amazing. Definitely made my week.

9. Jack and I are really getting a lot accomplished during this deployment. I am super proud of us and whats happening.

10. My dvr is insanely full. I need to work on getting that down. haha. Oh and I got Jack Netflix... hopefully that is good.

So yeah a quick update. I promise to write more later.

JMS- so proud of you. ilu and i miss you.

Hope all is well with everyone.


Sunday, June 5, 2011


Oh Facebook. That website however good intentioned can be so drama filled. It cracks me up. Is there such a thing as facebook ettiquite because I think we need some.

First you have the people that you went to elementary school with that friend you but you haven't talked to in years and you feel bad not accepting. Then you have people that are friends of friends that send requests. I am never quite sure on those. Then there are the people that friend you and delete you at a moments notice and you are never quite sure why. I try not to pay too much attention but when I get a friend request from a person I was pretty sure I was friends with I wonder what happened.

Then there are the statuses. You know the ones that say repost if so and so. Those drive me nuts. I get we all have issues in life but do you really think that by reposting a status it is going to do something. I actually don't care much what people put in their status. To each their own. Its just those repost ones that drive me bonkers. Oh and the people that Typ3 LiKe thIS.

And then the pictures. The people that put up 18 pictures of the same exact thing. We got it the first time. I mean seriously your one strand of hair moved an inch so you took a picture...awesome. Or the constant mirror pictures people take of themselves and then say " I look ugly". I know they are looking for compliments but I refuse to give in. On a side note I am not in any way talking about pregnant women taking pictures of baby bellys, those are super cute and really can only be done in the mirror for some.

Facebook can be such a cause of drama. Its hysterical. Why block people if you think they don't matter? I mean is it really that important to you? Or why talk crap about other people on a website? It definitely isn't cool.

I just find facebook to be entertaining because it is more drama than high school. It cracks me up. That being said I know I am never going to give facebook up, it entertains me too much.

Hope everyone is doing well.

JMS - love you and miss you....alot...

Amanda and Baby A

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Week 1

So Jack has been gone for about a week now. I think I took it much better this time. The first time I fell apart, like literally fell apart. I cried all the time and was just a complete mess. This time I did better. Granted I was busy for work and I have some other things to concentrate on as well. I really think that helps. This deployment I am going to be busy.. very busy.

So in the past week I was out of town for work, experienced some ridiculous airport drama, packed more of our house to move, and continued to research things for Aubrey's upcoming arrival. All of these things kept me busy enough that I didn't cry nearly as much as I did the last time. I am proud of myself for that. Don't get me wrong its still hard and I miss Jack with everything I have, but on the outside I am handling things much better this time.

So during deployment #2 I have a lot going on. I have work which keeps me insanely busy. I was in CT this past week, next week I will be in DC, then the week after Buffalo/Rochester. I am busy. My next 2-3 weeks are jam packed. I drive to Miami monday, fly to DC Tuesday, fly back on Thursday, fly to Buffalo Saturday, fly back to Orlando Father's Day, then spend the next week making day trips to Tampa, having dr's appointments and oh moving to a new apartment. So yeah I am busy. Not to mention I am growing a baby as well.

Speaking of growing a baby, things are going well in that case. Aubrey is finally making an appearance and I have a bit of a baby bump. She moves whenever I am on the phone with her Daddy. Its like she knows. She is so smart already. I am excited for her continued growing and her arrival in October. Her Daddy picked out some adorable clothes for her and I can't wait to dress her in them and show her Daddy how beautiful she is. Jack and I are both already madly in love with our little girl.

Things are going. I won't say I am completely happy with what's going on because honestly I would be so much happier if my husband was here and was with me. But that is life. I miss him and will miss him for awhile. But I will get through it. I am going to kick this deployments butt... just to put the deployment on notice again. haha.

Hope everyone is well.

2.3 % done with this deployment!!! Getting there. Every little bit is good.

JMS - I miss you and I love you. I am so insanely proud of you and am the luckiest woman alive to have such an amazing husband. Stay Safe my love.

Amanda and Baby A