Sunday, January 29, 2012

Doing Better

So, the last few days have been pretty rough. My grandparents left after two weeks, so the house seems pretty empty now. It's nice to have things back to normal again, but I definitely miss them. Husband is in the field this week, so I'm extra lonely. In a way, I think it will be good for me though. I've got loads of reading to do for school. The house needs some deep cleaning since we have our first home inspection next week. That's the downside of renting; owners can call for inspection at any time, and we can't really say no. We can postpone it for up to a month, but we have to let them inspect. I don't really have a problem with it, we haven't broke our contract in any way. I'm just weird about people coming in to inspect our home. I don't like my job as a wife being judged. If the owners don't like anything we've done, I'm pretty sure they can make us change it. We haven't done anything really. The only thing that worries me is Mia's digging mess. Our backyard somewhat resembles a mine field.
I should have updated a while but I've been pretty busy. Couponing has started to pick back up. Last week I went shopping twice. Once I saved 9%, not my best but nothing to complain about. The second trip I saved either 17% or 18%, I don't remember. Either way, I saved over $20 last week. I think it was close to $30 actually. I was pretty excited about that. I've gotten three bottles of Pantene shampoo for free. The commissary has bottles for $2.89 and I had a coupon for $3 off 2, one for free, one at a discount! I've also got three bottles of Old Spice body wash for about $.50 since I have $2.00 off coupons and they're $2.50 normally. Sweet right? Today I saved 20%, finally getting back to where I was a while ago. I feel like $13.65 isn't that much, but I only spent $50, so I guess it's pretty good. I wish I would have used a few more coupons because the cashier didn't check to see if I was doubling, dang it! Oh well, I should be an honest shopper right?
The baby is doing well. I have another appointment in a week and a half. I was half hoping that I'd find out the sex, but I know it's still a bit too early. My random weight loss is coming to an end I think. I'm now 3 pounds under what I was when I found out I was pregnant. That means I've lost about 7 pounds this week. Stress and school definitely got to me, but I'm starting to feel a little better. I'm still having trouble eating big meals, but I can keep most of it down now. Before, I was terrified every time I hiccuped or burped. Excuse the mismatch clothes in the picture, I took it right before bed when I realized that I'd forgot earlier in the day. 
Today has been very productive. I finished an entire unit on my online Economics class. I cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen, did laundry, and played with Mia. I brought Hubby and a few of his coworkers lunch because they hadn't left for the field yet, it was nice to see him one last time this week (if you can't tell, I hate being away from him). Then, I braved the dangerous crowd at the commissary. I don't think I've ever seen it so busy before. Either way, I'd say it's been pretty great. Tonight is movie night with my Mia monster. We're going to watch Dolphin Tale. I've got oodles of reading to get started on, so I'm off for now! Have a great week everyone.
God Bless ♥ Vi.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Let Me Be Me

Today, I decided something. I'm done with people telling me what to do and how to be. All I hear lately is "You need to do this. You need to do that." Or, "You are going to get so fat and big. You're not going to believe it." No kidding, I'm pregnant. I'm going to gain weight. I'm tired of hearing, "You need to relax." Really? I thought it was good for me to stress out beyond all belief. By you telling me this a million times, I stress out more. So, stop. Stop telling me what to eat, what do do, how to behave. If I ask for advice, please feel free to put your two cents in, but other wise I don't want your money.
I realize that I don't know everything there is to know about pregnancy, or parenthood for that matter. However, that does not mean that I want to be lectured by everyone I talk to. Certain people, that's all they'll talk to me about. Believe it or not, there is more to my life than the baby growing inside my belly. Yes, that is the biggest part of my life now, but I still have a husband, I still have a dog, I still go to school, cook, clean, and do everything else I did before. This baby has not eliminated every -- or for that matter, any -- aspect of my life. I'm still the same Army wife, daughter, puppy owner, student, and everything else I am.
People telling me how to live is something I'm just not okay with anymore. I'm tired of telling people, "Okay, I will," or "Sure, no problem," when all I want to say is "SHUT UP! I don't want to hear it!" Just because you've had a baby doesn't mean that I'm going to be just like you. Just because you gained 80 pounds when you were pregnant doesn't mean I'm going to. In fact, you've got me so stressed that I've lost 6 pounds in the past two days. Oh wait, I shouldn't post that because I can hear it now... "You need to eat!" or "Losing weight isn't good for the baby." or "Why are you losing weight? That's not good for you." Again I ask, really? You act like I'm stupid or something. I know that I shouldn't be losing weight that fast. I know. But when I can't keep anything down, I can't exactly maintain the weight I was before. Please, I just don't want to hear it anymore. If people keep telling me what to do every minute of every day, they will be cut out of my life for a while. I'm sure that I'll hurt some feelings, but frankly I don't care.

I'm sorry for the rant again. I'm extremely hormonal and have been for a week or so (oh, another thing... don't tell me "I'm not that bad." If I'm acknowledging it, I probably am. Especially if you're not in the room or general vicinity of me when I say it, you don't know). I hope that next week will be a little better for me, but in the mean time, WATCH OUT!
God bless ♥ Vi

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Photography Business

For those of you in the Fort Stewart area, I'm trying to start a photography business. Today, I got an email saying that Picnik is closing in April. I'm not ashamed to say that I use Picnik to edit some of my pictures. It's not the only software that I use, but it is a major one. Some people are claiming that it makes me "cheap" and just an "average joe photographer." Okay, now comes the rant:
This pisses me off. Just because I use a free, or inexpensive, service does not make me cheap or unprofessional. Until now, I've kept this blog free of any profanity but I need to get this of my chest. This will (hopefully) be the only time I ever curse on here. So, if you've got a problem with it, skip to the next paragraph.
What the hell?! I'm effing resourceful. I'm not sorry that I can't afford to buy all the top of the line editing software. I'm not sorry that I'm not good enough for you to consider me a "professional." If you don't like the work that I do, don't hire me. My pictures aren't pieces of shit. I know what I'm doing. All this being said, don't go on my page and bad mouth me. That's kind of rude, don't you think?

Okay, that wasn't as bad as it could have been, but I pride myself in keeping this page clean. I'm just extremely upset with how people are reacting to this. Picnik is a great resource for people who can't afford to buy expensive editing software. I've got two other programs that I use, that are expensive. To be totally honest, Picnik is one of my favorites.

I'm sure that part of the reason I'm so upset is the hormones, but I'm really worked up right now. Anyway, I'm going to continue to build my business, so if any of you would like to book a session, please consider me. I really do know what I'm doing.
God Bless ♥ Vi

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Addicted to Communication

One thing I've noticed that the Army has done to me is causing me to be completely addicted to communication. For about a year, communicating was all Jimmy and I had. We didn't really get to spend time together, aside from Skype dates and the few trips I made to see him. We did watch movies on Hulu or Netflix together. We'd start it at the same time and watch together. I know it's cheesy, but it worked for us. We also didn't get to cuddle or hold hands (something I value a lot). There's nothing I love more than walking around town with my husband at hand. I like showing him off.
All that being said, I am completely addicted to my phone and computer. Hubby makes fun of me because I can't go more than an hour without checking my phone and email, but it has become my way of life. I feel like I need to be available at all times in case (God forbid) something happens to part of my family or someone needs to get hold of me. It was my biggest fear to miss one of my husband's calls while he was at basic, as it will be when he deploys. Luckily, I never missed his call. There was one time, my phone rang once and said I had a missed call. Sure enough, it was from Jimmy. But as soon as I read his name as a missed call, it rang again and it was him. It was the absolute worst feeling in the world seeing the missed call come through. I knew how much his weekly phone call meant to him, as well as me. It was always hard when they didn't get phone time and we'd go a few weeks without talking.
Letters always made things a little easier. I practically stalked the mail lady from July to November. On days that I was expecting a letter and didn't get one, we weren't very good friends. Yet, on days when I wasn't expecting one and got a big envelope with my name on it, she was my second favorite person in the world, next to Jimmy of course.
After he graduated basic and AIT we were able to talk every day. It made things about a million times easier. It was still hard to be away, but I was so much happier since I actually got to talk to him. What's sad, or funny, is that I think we talk less now that we live together than when I was in Michigan and he was here.
I love being with him though, don't get me wrong. I'd chose being able to see him walk through the front door every night over getting a letter any day.
Even now, though, I still keep my phone attached to my hip at all times. If I forget it at home, I will come back to get it. It's my obligation, right? At least, that's how I see it.

Overall, I'm still feeling pretty good. I did three of the 10 minute Pilates workouts this morning. I'm sure I'll be feeling that tonight. There are some days that it's clearly evident that I'm pregnant (my baby bump is huge, or at least it is to me). Other days, like today, I look normal. It's pretty crazy how much it fluctuates from day to day. My first week of school went well. Other than the minor payment issues, and forgetting to verify my Biology lab when I was supposed to, everything went smoothly. I had to make an extra trip to college yesterday to go to my lab, but it wasn't too big of a deal. I got my Kindle Fire yesterday and I'm loving it. Life is great. Have a great weekend everyone.
God bless ♥ Vi

Oh, one last note: The Facebook page hit 300 followers today! I was rather excited.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Testing my Temper

The last two days have been pretty crazy. My classes are great but life has been hectic. Bank of America messed with my deposits and held my money from Saturday to Wednesday. So, I couldn't buy my books. It was pretty fantastic. Anyway, I ended up buying a Kindle Fire and will buy my books for that. I'm pretty excited about that. Anyway, I'm closing my account with BoA Friday because they're just awful.
Today hasn't been as bad, I'm just hormonal. I did experience something Army that I never had before. I've been on post plenty of times at 5, but I'd never been driving. When Retreat plays on post, all the soldiers are supposed to stop and salute. That includes when they're driving. I was driving and all of a sudden all the cars stopped and soldiers got out to salute. It was breathtaking. I don't know why, but I just loved seeing all the soldiers salute at the same time. It was really cool.
Other than that, not too much has happened. My belly is growing slowly. I've been doing more workouts too. I'm still loving the 10 minute Pilates workouts. It's really working for me. Everyone has 10 minutes to spare each day.
Well, I'm going to go read the 180 pages due for tomorrow. Sounds like fun right?
God Bless ♥ Vi

Monday, January 16, 2012

Last Day of Freedom

Today is my last day of freedom until spring break in March. I know it's not too far away, but I'm still going to miss spending lots of time with Hubby and Mia. I'll be at school from around 10-3 or 11-4 everyday except Wednesday when I only have one class, and Friday when I am free. It should be easier than last semester, I'm hoping. I do have two online classes too, but I think I can work ahead in them. I'm thinking that I should be done with two classes by the end of March, if I can work ahead... Otherwise, I want to be done with them by Wednesday every week.
My grandparents called us on Thursday night saying they were on their way to see us before they made a cross-country trip in their new camper. They arrived yesterday. It's great to see family, even though it's only been a few weeks since we were home. Family is always a good way to feel at home again.
This weekend has been pretty productive. Saturday we went to Savannah with a friend of mine since she'd never been. Hubby and I hadn't been to downtown since we moved out of Savannah 3 months ago so it was nice to be back. We did a little shopping and some site seeing. I always love River Street. We took Mia to the dog park again yesterday. I like socializing her with other dogs, it gives me a chance to meet new people too. The dog run on post is really nice, especially since I get to meet other Army wives. Yesterday I met a girl from Germany.
One of the parts of the Army that I love most is how much of a cultural melting pot it is. It's so cool for me to have close friends from every part of the country. It's a great way to learn about different parts of the country and how things work there.
Tonight is game night with some of our best friends down here. We've been meaning to do it for a few months, but today we're going to make it happen. Tonight should be a great way to spend my last night of freedom. I don't really have to wake up early tomorrow, but I still haven't bought my books yet so I need to get up early enough to buy them before my first class at 11.
I'll keep everyone posted with how my new semester schedule works out. Oh, and I can't forget:
Pregnancy update: I'm 11 weeks today! My prenatal Pilates completely kicked my butt on Friday. I could barely walk on Saturday because my thighs hurt so bad. I'm determined to be in great shape before the baby comes though. I have to keep up with a baby, so I need to master fitness. I wanna be a hot mamma!
God Bless ♥ Vi

Friday, January 13, 2012

Working my Butt Off

I've really been working on my New Year's Resolution this week. I got my Pilates (okay, now I can say it's Prenatal Pilates) DVD on Tuesday. Oh. My. Gosh. It's seriously kicking my butt. I always thought I was in pretty good shape. With soccer training and playing... I could always do yoga and Pilates without much of a problem. I now realize how out of shape I've gotten since I stopped playing soccer. I figured that my self defense class last semester, along with walking a few miles cross campus every day, I would stay in pretty good shape. I didn't gain weight, maybe five pounds throughout the whole semester. I figured it was just because it wasn't as hot anymore so I wasn't sweating everything out like I used to.
Well, after my first 10 minute Pilates workout I was dying. I definitely recommend the "10 Minute Solution" workouts. I bought my DVD, not realizing that it's available online HERE (that's the link to the YouTube video. On a note to that, there are 5 parts... This is only part one but the rest should show up in the suggestions bar). I do like the DVD though because I can mix and match each of the five different 10 minute workouts in the order and quantity that I want.
The first workout I did was for buns and thighs. My legs hurt so bad the next day. Today I did both the standing workout and the flexibility workout. The standing one got my heartbeat up a little bit, but the flexibility one was more soothing. I think I'm going to start doing that one after every workout. It really does make a difference in how I feel throughout the day. I might be a little sore, but I have way more energy.
I'm really liking this New Year's Resolution so far. I feel great about myself. Another plus is that my first Army Ball is coming up in less than a month now. I really want to look sexy in my dress, baby bump and all. I've been doing a few extra arm workouts so *hopefully* I'll have some guns to show off. I want to make my husband proud to show me around.
I'm hoping that you will all see improvements through the pregnancy pictures I post for the next seven months or so. I'm loving how I feel so far. I hope all of your New Year's Resolutions haven't fallen off the calendar yet! We're two weeks into the new year, but it's never too late to start.
Well, that's all for now. God Bless ♥ Vi

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Huge Thank You

I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for the positive responses my husband and I received. We're ecstatic about everything that has happened so far.
Let me start by saying that I was extremely nervous to tell everyone. I feel like my life is a giant stereotype. Girl meets boy, falls in love, boy joins military, they get married right after her high school graduation, they run off to another state for the military.... She gets pregnant. I feel like I'm living in a Lifetime special. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love living my dream love story. All this being said, I was scared that people would judge me because I'm young and newly married. At the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I planned to wait until I finished college and he reenlisted to try to have kids. All was good and gold until about October. It kind of hit me that one day, Mia won't be around anymore... Granted, that's a while away, but it's going to happen. God forbid it, but if something were to happen to my husband while he's deployed, I would have nothing but pictures and memories to remember him by. After much discussion he told me that he's always wanted kids, but he didn't want it to interrupt my schooling because it's extremely important to me. We talked it out and decided that we would try for two months. If a baby happened, it was God's will. If a baby didn't happen, we would go skydiving in March.... Best of both worlds? Just kidding, it would also be God's will. We would be happy either way, even though we both wanted a baby more than anything.
Sure enough, about a month later we got a positive. I know that I sort of explained this yesterday, but I just wanted to make it clear that this baby is planned. I can honestly say that this is what we wanted in life. We have never been happier! Life is treating us better than I ever imagined.
I must say, a few people whom I thought would be extremely happy for us.... well, haven't been. All of our families (I was scared of telling them most. First a young marriage, now a baby! Was I trying to kill my father?) took the news great. Some of our friends have yet to say congratulations to us though. It makes me sad because I know some people have seen our news, but didn't even feel it necessary to call, text, comment, or even "like" the Facebook post. When my husband and I have been nothing but excited for other couples, I must say that we kind of expect the same from them. I feel completely childish saying that, but it's true. If I'm going to be happy for you, I'd like it if you were happy for me.
Since I've been married, I've really learned that life is too short to put up with crap from people. If you don't like what I'm doing, don't involve yourself. That doesn't mean sit there and complain about us, it simply means to stay out of it. In the last month, I've deleted about 100 people off of my Facebook because I'm tired of seeing them complain about stupid problems. Instead of going to them and complaining more, I just unsubscribe, or unfriend. Life is much simpler that way.
I've also become a much more positive person. I've learned that it's much healthier to focus on the good in life, rather than the bad. I feel a million times better about myself and my life since I changed the way that I think.
Anyway, I think that's the end of my rant for today. To the 95% of you who expressed pure happiness for my husband and I, thank you so much! We look forward to keeping you updated about the blessing God has given us. 

Oh, one more thing. I have an itty bitty bump! Check it out! The left is six weeks, the right is ten.
I know it's not too big, but I'm not complaining. I've got 7 more months to be big! Thanks again for your happiness!








God Bless ♥ Vi

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Our Big News!

Look! It's a baby! That's right, this proud Army wife is mom-to-be!  My hubby and I couldn't be any more excited. We went in for our first official ultrasound this morning. Now, I can finally update everyone on the past ten weeks.
Where do I begin? Thanksgiving day, we got a pretty good positive on a home pregnancy test. My mom and brother were here and it was the hardest thing not to tell them right then. We decided to wait just to make sure everything was going well before telling people. The Monday after Thanksgiving, I went in for blood tests and it came back negative. I was absolutely crushed.  I was still getting positives on home tests though, so I though it might have just been human error. Sure enough, that Friday I went back in for more blood tests and it came back positive. I went in for my initial appointment on December 9th.
When we were home on leave for Christmas, I ended up in the ER due to severe cramping. However, was still good. Apparently not drinking much water can do that to you. Anyway, that's when we got the first glimpse of our little one! I don't think I'm going to post that picture because baby is just a bit too little to tell what the ultrasound actually is of.
The rest of the pregnancy has went pretty smoothly so far. I've been a little sick, but I'm not too bad. I have a little bump but not so much that I can't hide it. It has been so difficult not to tell everyone and post updates about it. Now that we know baby is healthy, I'm free to post as I please! Thank you everyone for understanding why we waited. I'm just so happy!

Thank you in advance for your excitement and support! We are extremely happy to have a little one on the way!

God Bless ♥ Vi

Monday, January 09, 2012

One More Week!

Today marks the beginning of my last week of freedom for a while. School starts back up next Tuesday. I'm extremely happy that I had a whole month off, but it's going to be hard to get back into the swing of things. Last semester I took 15 credits, now I'm taking 17 and two of the classes are online. I am already worried about Facebook, Pinterest, and this becoming major problems this semester.
How am I spending my last week of free time? Today I'm working out with a few friends at the gym on post and doing some more housework. Tuesday or Wednesday, I'm headed to Savannah to meet up with a friend for lunch. Thursday, I have zero plans, but I'd like to work out again at the gym. I've been trying to do my yoga every day but it's just not quite enough. Friday, one of my friends from college is coming down to visit and we'll be going to Hilton Head Island with Mia to see what she does in the ocean. That should be pretty interesting.
I'm trying to avoid making a trip up to college this week. I need to pay tuition at some point, but I really really don't want to. I'm hoping it will just go away.... I know it's doubtful, well, impossible. Books too, I checked Chegg.com because I've heard they'll save me tons. Not the case. In fact, all of the books were maybe ten cents cheaper to rent that they were to buy from the GSU bookstore. I can also sell my books back at the end of the semester... So that's what I'm doing. $645 + tax, here I come! Let the tears roll, just kidding.
Yesterday, Hubby and I did some yard work. Mia's favorite hobby is digging and it's gotten kind of bad. We used 120 lbs of top soil to fill half of the holes. We put her back outside for less than ten minutes; sure enough, everything we'd done was undone.... Hubby could have killed her. Thank God he didn't! We also trimmed out hedges in the front of the house. They look about a million times better. It turns out, we actually have 6 bushes in front of our picture window, not just one (again, I'm kidding)!
Well, I'm off to go work my booty. Have a great week everyone!
God Bless ♥ Vi

Friday, January 06, 2012

The Cost of College

Welp, I got online this morning to see what my tuition would be for this coming semester. Keeping in mind that I only paid $550 last semester because of scholarships and a military waiver (both of which I still have), I was expecting it to be around $800 because I added extra credits and a meal plan... To my surprise, it's over a grand. Wonderful right? On top of that, I have to pay for all of my books this semester. Last semester I only paid for books for 3 classes and it was about $500. This semester, I'll be buying books for all of my seven classes... $657 for all used. Joy! ONE class totals to $300. World History will be the death of me, I'm sure. I seriously can't believe how much I'm going to be spending this semester.
Why does college have to be so expensive? It's incredible to me how people without scholarships and grants make it through college. I currently have $2,500/semester on a Presidential Scholarship, over $3,000/semester on a military waiver (waives the out-of-state tuition fees), and $272/semester on Pell. If I didn't have these scholarships, I'd be paying over $7,500/semester. I honestly don't think I would go to college if that were the case.
I'm switching to fully online this summer and finishing out my schooling that way. I know it's going to cost me more, which scares me, but I won't have any gas costs. Right now I'm adding about two grand each semester just getting there and back.
I'm working on getting MyCAA, a scholarship for military spouses. That only amounts to about $2500, but it's better than nothing! I remember how everyone was talking about how paying for college is hard, but I was stupid and overlooked it all... I figured my Presidential was a 4 year scholarship, and didn't take into account how much it would cost getting to and from school. So, now it's hitting me hard.
I'm trying to find more ways of making income. Thirty-One isn't making a dent in my finances at all... We'll see what I come up with!
God Bless ♥ Vi

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Updated Look

Many of you are probably thinking, why the beach background? It's January, not June! Well, it's a little inspiration for me. I really want my beach worthy body by the time it's actually warm here... That means I have about three months really. Spring break for GSU is the week of St. Patrick's Day, so it will be about 70 most of break. That's beach weather for this girl!
This morning, I took Mia for a 1.5 mile walk which was pretty nice. I did my yoga last night and I am pleasantly surprised because I'm actually feeling it in my legs today. I did a "firm butt" workout I found on YouTube and a "Goodbye Love Handles" workout I found on Pinterest. Mia looks at me like I'm crazy when I stand in the middle of the living room and dance around like a fool, but I feel fantastic today!
Don't laugh at this next part... I've been eating Activia again. I used to eat a cup every day like the commercials say and I felt really good. When we moved into the house, I stopped for some unknown reason. I really don't know why, but I did... Well, when we were home on Christmas leave, I started eating it a little bit and felt a little better, so now I'm back to my cup every day. I'm feeling really good now. It's pretty crazy how much a little cup of yogurt can change how a person feels.
I'm going grocery shopping this afternoon and I'm not buying any junk food. The "junkiest" food I'll probably buy is crackers. I want to start eating really healthy: lots of fruits and veggies, even though I hate them. I really want my new year's resolution to happen.
Well, I'm off to get ready to go shopping! God Bless ♥ Vi

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

Everybody has them, not so many keep them... Why does a new year prompt so many new goals? I'm not exactly sure. It's pretty crazy to think that one digit can completely change a person's life, but maybe it can!
The year 2012 brings a lot for me. I've been married for over 6 months (and away from home for 6 months as of today...). I get to go to my first Army ball (February 10th here I come)! I'll be a junior in college by the end of summer. My Mia Monster will be a year old and done growing for the most part. Hubby will probably deploy. There's much much more than that as well, but I can't post everything, right?
Along with everyone else, I really would love to set a few goals for myself this year. I am hoping that this blog will keep me accountable for these goals. *Hopefully* I'll help some of you as well by asking at least once each month how the resolutions are going. That's the plan anyway! I also think that it will help for me to document my goals too. I've heard that it's good to write down your goals on the 1st of every month on your calendar. It's even better to post them someplace you look every day, like the bathroom mirror or refrigerator. I'm going to do that, but I'm also going to post them on here. So, here goes nothing!

New Year's Resolutions: 2012
  1. Get/Stay in Shape:
       I know it's totally cliche, but I really want to! I've ordered a yoga DVD (that came today and I LOVE it!) and a Pilates DVD that should be here by the end of the week. Between this and walking Mia more often (I don't have an excuse now since I don't have early classes), I want to tone my body. This goal is NOT to lose weight; it's simply to look better. I think my husband would kill me if I said I thought I was fat (I know I'm not...), but I could definitely use some toning and definition.
  2. Learn to Cook 
       I feel so bad for my husband.... He jokes with me and complains because "all we ever eat is chicken and pasta." I hear it every day... When I think about it though, we really do eat it quite often. So, this goal is basically to become Rachael Ray. I want to be a genius cook!
  3. Get Back on the Dean's List
       At the community college I went to back in Michigan, I never got anything below a 3.5 in any of my classes. This past semester at GSU, I got a C in my History Class... I got two 3.0s in my other classes.... So this coming semester, I'm getting back on track. All A's is the goal for this chick! 
So there it is... My goals are out there for the world to see. Followers, keep me accountable. If you want me to check in on you all, post your resolutions as comments and I'll do my best to keep in touch with you through the year! Now, I'm off to make dinner (you guessed it, chicken... It's not my fault though, we haven't been shopping since we got back to Georgia...). Good night all!
God Bless  ♥ Vi

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Business

I've come to the realization that selling Thirty-One is probably not going to put any sort of lump in my checkbook.... As much as I would like it to, it's probably not ever going to happen. That being said, I've decided to start a photography business. Granted, I don't plan on making hundreds or thousands every month.... I think that I could make a little bit of extra cash though.
So, basically... Here goes nothing!  I'm going to start doing photography on the side.... It's decided. If any of you are in the Hinesville area and would like to schedule a session, please CLICK HERE! That link will take you to the Facebook page. Please excuse the mess on the page as it is still under construction....
January 8th I'm doing a $50 special: 1 hour session and at least 10 edited pictures!
An Army wife has to make a living somehow... I figure that I'll give this a chance for a while.
Thanks everyone!
God Bless ♥ Vi

Sunday, January 01, 2012

What a Year

Happy New Year! To all of my followers, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for inspiring me to keep this blog going. You are the reason I do this! You're all amazing and I love you all dearly. 2011 has given me more than I ever imagined. Looking back, I can't believe how much everything has changed. Here's the summary of my year:

January:
I spent New Year's Eve with my family in Michigan, while my husband (fiancé at the time) sat alone in Georgia. My first plane ride ever was in January! I was 17, can you believe it? It was incredible though. I got to see my wonderful man, go to the ocean for the first time, and visit the college I would later decide to attend. I took our engagement pictures at Tybee Island, one of my favorite places in the world. Then, I said goodbye.... well, "see you later," which is always one of the hardest things for me. I bawled like a baby the entire flight to Charlotte. My flight from Charlotte to Michigan was a little easier, but still rough.

February:
I made another trip to Georgia! I had to interview with my college for scholarships and to get into the Honors Program. I got both! I received a $5,000 Presidential Scholarship and was accepted into the Honors Program. My visit was amazing, yet very short. Yet again, I cried the whole way back to Charlotte. By the time I got to Michigan I didn't care about anything except going back. I was also playing indoor soccer to prepare for my last Varsity season at my high school. It was a bitter sweet thing. I knew bigger and better things were ahead, but I do love my team dearly.


March: 
I didn't get to make another trip to Georgia this month. Soccer began it's usually consumption of my life. I can't complain though since I miss it more than anything. Other than soccer, not much happened. I made our wedding website (even though I stopped using it like a month later...) and ranted about how whores who claim to be engaged but sleep around piss me off. It was pretty great. March was actually a rather boring month over all.... I won't complain though. Nothing bad happened!

April: 
This was a great month. I got to make a week long visit to see my soldier! His family took me along on their spring break trip. It was fantastic to see him for a whole week! Even though he had to work, we still saw him every night. I couldn't have been happier. We toured base again and went to the museum. We also went back to Tybee Island for a day. That was a fantastic day! Even though I got slightly burned, I loved being able to lay in the sun. I'd lost quite a bit of weight in the last six or so months, so I was happy to show off my "beach bod." I was so tan! Sadly, that's not the case now... I still love Tybee. Soccer also continued to consume my life and I loved it.

May: 
Prom. That's all that needs to be said. I loved getting dressed up and going out with my friends. I hated not going with my soldier. I cried every time a slow song came on. I felt rather pathetic.... I carried his picture around with me all night so he would be able to be with me in some way. I loved my dress though! It was (almost) my dream prom dress. I also finished up my last semester at our community college and all my classes at the high school. It felt so good to be done.
The biggest thing that happened in May was the creation of this blog. May 26th is a day that I will always remember. For the month of May, I only had 106 page views... I never imagined that by the end of the year I'd be having over 1,200.

June: 
This was the best month yet. I graduated! I was sixth in my class with a GPA of 3.9. In the picture with me is my fat cat Lou Lou. She's such a witch, but I love her. Graduation was June 3rd, and June 4th I headed to Georgia for college orientation. Even though my visit to Georgia was only a few days, it was great. This was the hardest goodbye I'd said yet since we didn't know when we'd see each other again. There was a chance we were getting married in July, but maybe not until the end of August. It was so up in the air. Gotta love the Army, right?  I also had my Graduation Open House. That was fun! The love of my life came home June 28th for our wedding! Excited? YES!


July:
Best. Month. Of. My. Life. The Army came through on this one! As I said, he returned home on June 28th and we married July 1, 2011. This was the best day of my life. My dress was all I imagined and more. We spent three days in Michigan after the wedding then headed to Georgia to start our new life together. I also got my first tattoo in July. We spent a day at River Street and enjoyed the rest of his time off before he went back to work. I also did something rather drastic. I chopped 14 inches off my hair. You can see in the other pictures, my hair was rather long and beautiful. Georgia heat was just too much for me though, so goodbye it went! I did love it for a while, but now I'm miss it.

August: 
I turned 18! Finally! For my birthday, we adopted the cutest little puppy in the whole wide world. My Mia Monster became ours. She's grown so much now, I can't hardly believe it. I love that dog though, even though she's eaten about $1,000 worth of our stuff. I also started my first semester at GSU. It's pretty great. We signed for the lease on our house. August was another big month for us. Summer came to an end and I started a new chapter in my life. This blog was still only getting about 150 views in a month, but I wasn't going to lose hope. We also went on our marriage retreat to Hilton Head, SC. This became my new favorite place in the whole world. As much as I love Tybee, Hilton Head wins.



September: We moved into our house! School continued, work continued.... Nothing too major happened. My grandparents came down and brought us furniture to fill the house. It was great to see family again. I missed everyone dearly, even though I love my life in Georgia. I really do love my life. I started couponing. I also went to my first college football game. GSU has done great things for me.  

October: 
My mommy came to visit us for the first time! It was absolutely wonderful to see her. Other than her visit, October was kind of boring. I was really sick for a lot of the month, but I finally beat the cold with the help of a lot of medicine. I had some ups and downs with school. My History class was kicking my butt... It was okay though. I wouldn't let it get me down. My couponing was getting even better. I love doing it. For the first time, the blog had over 1,000 views in a month. I was so ecstatic. I also started selling Thirty-One!


November:My mom and brother came down to see us for Thanksgiving. I think my brother really liked seeing all the tanks an other stuff on post. We saw the statue of Sadam Hussein. That was pretty cool for me. Mom and I went Black Friday shopping and got some great deals. Hubby was out in the field for most of the month so I stayed with one my friends for a while. We had fun together. Hubby qualified at gunnery and earned his tanker boots! We also took our Christmas pictures. I loved taking our pictures. Mia continued to destroy things, but we've finally almost beaten that battle. We also got some great news this month. We couldn't be happier. 

December: 
We went back to Michigan for the holidays. It was so great to go home. I missed our families so much. I loved seeing all of our family and friends again. We had about six Christmases. I also got my ice skating date that was promised two years ago.  On our way back to Georgia, we stopped in Tennessee and went to the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. My husband LOVES sharks. It's kind of funny how excited he gets. We went in the longest underwater tunnel and had sharks swimming above us. I think he thoroughly enjoyed that. We spent New Year's Eve with our best friends down here. As bitter sweet as it is, I'm glad to be back in Georgia. December was also the high point for page views this year: 1,255! Thank you everyone! 

Overall, I'd say that it's been the best year of my life. So much has changed. I've been madly in love with the best man I could imagine for 2 years now. I went from living with my parents to being married and living a thousand miles away. Live is great. Love is amazing. I love our happy little family.

So, here's to the new year. Let's hope it brings just as much happiness and love as 2011. Happy New Year everyone!
God Bless ♥ Vi