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Monday, November 30, 2015

We had a lovely Thanksgiving with lots of food (of course!). That evening we went Black Friday shopping (it should be called Black Thursday). We grabbed a few Christmas gifts and new Fitbits for us. Our old Fitbits are falling apart. We got in and out and were home by 930.
Saturday we went to our friends' house for Friendsgiving. It was a lot of fun. There were about 12 people there. Instead of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, we had a taco bar. We spent the night playing games such as Concept and Cards Against Humanity. We had a lot of fun. Although, I got called white trash because I don't like the show Good Eats. It's just a very slow moving show  and isn't really my thing.
Now, the rest of the week  I will be finishing up the last of our gifts for our Homemade Christmas. I'm pretty excited about it. In two weeks, I get to see my family!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I'm Blessed

Throughout my entire life I’ve heard people talk about how God has financially blessed them, but I never understood how that made sense. That is, until yesterday. 
They took Cody’s BAS out to make up for when he was gone a few months ago. We didn’t know it came out Thanks to that, we had a check bounce for our car payment. We’ve never had that happen. That meant next month we’d have to pay $600 total (each month we pay $300). We wouldn’t have money to go home for Christmas, or to pay for food. We were devastated and absolutely terrified. 
I called the  credit union we have our loan through. I told them what had happened and that we’d make it up next month by paying double. But we’d have to separate it between paychecks. The woman asked if we were just trying to pay to get caught up. I said yes. She said “Oh, well in that case.. You’re car payment is only $289 a month. You all have been paying ahead every month and that goes towards the next month. So you only owe $72.98. That’ll get you until December 31st.” I was so happy. I knew we could afford that. I got off the phone with her and cried. It was such a relief. A huge weight had been lifted. 
We now didn’t have to worry about next month’s finances. We would be okay. But as I said, this month our account was wiped out because of bills and the BAS pay cut. We only had roughly $30 left in our account to buy food and get gas. 
Right after Cody got home, he started to change clothes. There was a knock at the door. It was a man from a local church. He handed us a huge bag of food and said “We’d like to help you with your Thanksgiving. Here’s a bag of food and a $25 Food Lion gift card.” We have never met this man, and for some reason he stopped by our house. In the bag was absolutely everything you’d need for Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, we now have enough money to last us until next paycheck. 
I honestly believe that God blessed us with all this. We were so scared we wouldn’t be able to afford our bills next month, but now we don’t have that fear.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Just An Afternoon Vent

Have you ever just hated the way your life is going? Or felt like no matter what you do, things just never seem to get better? Well, I'm at that point right now. It's been an awful week. I got some bad news and am currently waiting to see the outcome of it. Plus, I just got told Cody will be working on Thanksgiving. We had plans for the holiday and as well as Black Friday ( I was going to do some Christmas shopping). But now those have been thrown out the window.

It irritates me because they chose him to do it, instead of a single soldier. None of the single soldier's have plans for Thanksgiving, but they choose a married soldier who does. This kinda thing always happens to us. Always. Cody always gets screwed over, thanks to his stupid, spiteful chain of command.

It's times like this that I wish he had never reenlisted. Work will always come before anything, while he's in. And that is a super crappy feeling. I know we'll never be able to have a normal, happy life until we are no longer military affiliated. That's still so far away.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How to Make Cute Washcloth Reindeer

Christmas is approaching quickly. If you're like me, you're trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Why not make some cute gifts, that are super easy and quick to make?

I think these washcloth reindeer are absolutely adorable. And I'll teach you how to make you're very own!

I think these reindeer are absolutely adorable! And I'll teach you how to make you're very own! So grab a cup of hot chocolate or eggnog, turn on some Christmas music and get crafting!

You will Need: 

  • A washcloth
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Pom poms (I chose red. You can do brown or black)
  • A rubber band
  • Ribbon
  • A bar of your favorite soap
  • Googly eyes
  • A hot glue gun
How to make it: 

Lay your washcloth down so that it's in the shape of a diamond. 

Place the bar of soap near the center of the washcloth, but not quite in the middle. Like this 

Next you will fold the bottom corner up to the middle, covering the bar of soap. 

Fold the top corner down and around the back of the soap. You should see the corner at the top again, but on the back.

Now, fold up the sides so they meet in the middle. Tuck the top corner underneath. Tie with a rubber band, making ears.

Fold a pipe cleaner in half and set it aside. Fold another pipe cleaner in half, and cut it in the middle. Fold one of the halves in half and cut it again. Twist the two small pieces around each side of the pipe cleaner you have set aside, making antlers.

Put hot glue on the bottome of one side of the antlers. Secure them between the two ears.

Now glue on two eyes and a nose and use ribbon to tie a bow, hiding the rubber band. 

You now have an adorable reindeer that you can give someone or keep for yourself! 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Handmade Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. It's my favorite time of year. We've already started listening to Christmas music.

We decided this year we're having a homemade Christmas. So we're making all the gifts we're giving this year. I've spent the day working on my sister's big gift. I'm pretty excited about it. It's completely handmade and it's definitely going to take days to complete. But it'll be worth it! I'll post what I made her after Christmas. I don't want to take the chance of her seeing it beforehand.

I've also been working on my dad's big gift. His isn't exactly handmade, but it is hand assembled. I'm pretty stoked to see what he thinks of it.

Over the upcoming weeks, I'll be spending most of everyday working on gifts for everyone. I honestly think a handmade Christmas, was a great idea.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

At Home Date Night Ideas

It can be expensive to go out on dates every week. $20 for the movies, not including popcorn. Another $20-40 for dinner. That adds up, and quick.

So as a way to save money, especially with our PCS coming up, we started to have some at home date nights. But that doesn't mean that they have to be boring nights at home watching the evening news on TV.

I've put together a list of some of our favorite things to do when we have a date night at home.

  • Dinner and a Movie- Dress up (or not) and fix a nice dinner. I usually make a steak dinner, it's cheaper than getting one at a restaurant. Then pop some popcorn, rent a movie, turn on netflix, or watch your all time favorite movie.

  • Game Night- Grab your favorite board games and spend the night playing, with no tv, no distractions. Just enjoying each other's company. 

  • Paint Fight- Grab some bottles of washable paint, go outside and throw it all over each other. It's so much fun and will keep you laughing the whole time. 

  • Gone Dancing- Put on some music and enjoy an evening of dancing around your living room.

  • Cooking Date- Pick out a new recipe to try. Spend the evening cooking the meal together and then sit down and enjoy your creation. 

  • Gettin' Artsy- Buy some canvases, pick a picture and paint. It's so much  fun to see what the other person's looks like. You could even paint, or draw each other. It'd bring some laughs.

  • Blanket Fort - Build a blanket fort in the middle of your living room, just like when you were a kid. Fill the inside with pillows and blankets and cuddle or play board games. You could even get a small constellation light and shine it on the roof of the fort to do some indoor stargazing. 

  • Karaoke Night- Turn your living room into a concert! 

  • DIY Photoshoot- How many pictures do you have with both of you in them? Set up a tripod and take pictures of both of you. You could even create your own backdrops.

  • At Home Wine Bar- Buy a few bottles of wine, have a plate of meats and cheeses, light some candles, and play some music. 

  • Stargazing- Lay a blanket out in your backyard and spend the evening looking up at the beautiful night sky and talking. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween Adventures

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. So it's no surprise that we decided to spend our Halloween out on the town with some friends. We went bar hopping along River Street in Savannah. It was a lot of fun. Towards the end of the night, we decided to go to a bar that we always call the nerd bar. It's basically a bar that has a menu with food items named after videogames and movies. Plus they have two big projector screens and three or four tvs that you can play videogames on. They also have like 200 board games you can play.

While we were at this bar, a friend (the one dressed as Louise) and I started singing Bohemian Rhapsody. The entire bar started joining in. It was awesome.

Our little family. I was trying to be super serious like Wednesday Addams is... 

Obviously that didn't work.

                                                 Our Ace Ventura, Scarecrow and Lumberjack

Louise, Ace Ventura, A Scarecrow, A Lumberjack and Wednesday Addams

We had a ton of fun. It's sad to say, this will be our last Halloween together. PCS season is coming upon us. But we made a lot of memories.