two people, one dog, and one baby figuring out life in Hawaii

Saturday, July 13, 2013


I had lunch today with my 11th grade homecoming date and his wife. (And Annie, of course). The fact that 11 years after I graduated from high school and 12 years since he asked me at a cross country meet having never spoken to me before (my response was "I'll have to check my schedule") is reassuring that you will run into people again and you can reconnect.

 I am having one of those days that Navy wives and anyone who moves can relate to. I miss my friends. I miss the community I built back in Texas as small as it was. (The group, not Texas). I miss that crazy job that connected me with kids who desperately needed someone to set boundaries and expectations. I just am missing my buds. Those people who send you random emails at work that get you through the day and who bring you coffee because its Tuesday. Or who take off work so you aren't alone with a newborn or who leave their child's birthday party to come hug you good bye. Meaningful friendships are an important part of life and make life so much sweeter. But damn does it hurt when you have time to miss them. 

So sitting across from a guy I have known for 12 years and who used to drive me around in his gold corvette, I was comforted by the thought that I might be sitting across from many of my sweet friends in the years to come. You never know when and where those paths might cross. And if you are really lucky during this reunion of friends, your child will suck on your arm so loudly and for so long that she interrupts conversations and leaves a large hickey. But only if you are truly lucky. 

Cue awkward 11th grade homecoming pic, mom.... 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

6 months!

This post is a little late because momma got a little emotional with the 6 month birthday. I cannot believe she is half a year old. I spent so much time wishing her to be able to sleep longer stretches so I would feel human and never believing that would ever happen. Now we are there and it's just insane!

We have spent this past month keeping ourselves busy by going to the beach, the pool, target, and stroller strides which is a workout class for mommies. Annie loves the water and will float on her back for a little before realizing her head is damp. She has changed so much this month and has just the sweetest disposition. She is rather attached to momma, but as the pediatrician said, "It won't last forever."

What Annie is up to:
- rolling over from tummy to back
- laughing lots
- being ticklish
- trying to sit up on her own
- saying "momma"
- eating rice cereal, green beans, pears, bananas, prunes and loving them (daisy is also loving them as she licks Annie any chance she gets)
- taking two naps
- sleeping 10 hours at night
- grabbing smaller toys
- enjoying books - especially "Good Night Moon"
- screaming at church (we are taking a brief hiatus to let mom relax about the whole thing)
- eating her toes
- grabbing for daisy
- grabbing mom's hair
- snuggling her owl lovey
- giving kisses to daddy and mommy
- doesn't want anyone else to hold her but mom

These six months have been amazing, stressful, full of learning, but filled with lots of love. When I walk in her room and she gives me a huge smile that lights up her whole face and kicks her legs and wiggles her arms, what more could you want? She has certainly blessed us!

Grabbing for Daisy
Napping with owl (she moves lots in crib! This is her swinging herself 90 degrees)
Hanging out nakey

Practicing sitting up
Keeping it classy at all times 

Thanks for all of you who have loved and supported us especially my mom and sister who kept telling me that it would get easier even if I didn't believe you at the time!