Saturday, November 26, 2011

Step 1: Buy a House

Once we decided we were staying here for the long term. It was time to start house hunting. I was so happy my parents were here in the midst of this life altering decision making. Because let me tell you, buying a house is definitely exciting but for us Type A's it is equally as stressful. The idea of buying a house here was not appealing. (Hey, just because I am being a supportive wife it doesn't mean I had to be jumping up and down over houses that just weren't my style.) Then we went to Suffolk.

I think I fell in love out there in Suffolk.

Suffolk is the "country" of Hampton Roads. It has wide open spaces and is just now starting to get developed, which means everything is brand new. And, because it is just now gaining popularity you can get a lot more for your money.


We got to buy a house that was new construction, so we got to pick everything that went in it! It's still under construction but I have a few pictures.

Meet our new house.
Putting our "sold" dot on the map.
4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2100 sq ft of happiness!
You can't see it underneath the cardboard, but the whole downstairs is hard wood!
Look at the amazing surroundings! You can't get that in the city =)

We are so excited about this next step, overwhelmed, but excited! Our closing date is set for December 22. Nothing like a new home for the holidays!

Big, Huge, Crazy News!

Let me start this post by saying this was unexpected, even for us. But it just goes to show that when you or your spouse is in the military you adjust your life to suit them. NOT the other way around.

Jacob and I fully expected to moving the heck out of this place in the summer of 2013. A mere year and a half from now.

Then we had "the talk" about our future.

I'll save you the frustration, tears (from me), and disbelief this conversation entailed and skip right to the good stuff.

Essentially, if Jacob is going to stay in the Navy (which he is) then he needs to be able to move up the ranks as quickly as possible. The work he needs to complete for these promotions is here. In Virginia. For the next 6ish years.

We've been living here for almost a year and a half now. And I will be the first to admit that I spent the majority of that time complaining.

I hated being so far away from family, and quite frankly, I just didn't like this place. It is crowded, the drivers are terrible, and it just isn't "home".

But, with this new information, it was time to put on my big girl panties, stop complaining, and grow up and support my husband.

And that is exactly what I intend to do.

So this is the official news bulletin. We are staying in Virginia. For quite a while.

Thanksgiving 2011

Our Thanksgiving this year was very low key. We basically spent the day cooking, watching football, and playing with Zoey. I hope one year soon we'll be able to spend Turkey Day with our family, but for now we just enjoyed spending some uninterrupted days together!

Please Don't Leave!!

On my parent's last day we took them and Zoey to the Fort Story Beach

After that Zoey did not want them to go home!

DC Weekend

While my parents were here we took a weekend trip up to Washington DC!

Mom and Jacob on the road!

WWII Memorial

Fall Colors

Dad's Version of "Occupying" DC


After a week with my mom, my dad arrived! First stop, Williamsburg!

Mom Gets to Virginia!

Right before Halloween my mom got to Virginia! I was so excited for her to finally be here for her annual visit.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

So what if I love my dog like a child?

Zac Brown Band

Jacob got me tickets to the Zac Brown Band. It was our first date night for awhile and it was really fun to be able to spend some time together.

Pumpkin Carving 2011

As per our traditionAdd Video we carved some pretty stellar pumpkins with the Zinchini's this year!
Jacob did the Yoda, I did R2D2, and Kellie and Jake carved the scary face!
We had some pretty awesome pumpkins last year, but I think we measured up!

And just look at these babies...
When we were carving our pumpkins last year we didn't even know these sweet babies were twins! Crazy how time flies...but I sure love those Zinchini kids!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

fleet fest

On Saturday Norfolk Naval Base (the base Jacob works out of, and the biggest one in the world) opened its gates, and two battleships to the general public for the first time since 9/11.

Getting ready to board the USS Dwight D Eisenhower!
Just chillin on the flight deck.
My battle scar from tripping over the arresting wires.
Me and my navy man!
On the USS San Antonio. They can flood that room with water and hovercrafts can sail right out of there.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Decisions, Decisions...

What should baby Zoey be for Halloween??

I was leaning towards the bumble bee...until I saw the hippo.

Monday, September 26, 2011

and finally...The Milk Paint, Dry Smeared, coastal cottage dresser!

The dresser is finally finished!
Although, I could say "finished" is a relative word, because I keep seeing things I want to do.
But I'm forcing myself to stop.
{must. forget. the. pull incident.}

I was inspired by Julia's rustic 3 drawer chest over at 551 East. She is insanely talented in this department. I don't know how she even came up with the idea of dry smearing. But she did. And it's amazing.

But enough she is!
And the Before and After
{I know, I know. I need a nicer camera ASAP!}

I love it! It says "Coastal Cottage" to me...and who doesn't love that??

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