by Koko on April 10, 2015 · 2 comments

in Army, Travel

Moving House; Shutterstock ID 91899812; PO: aol; Job: production; Client: drone

Moving is a pain. Since we found out we were officially moving, Q and my brains have been spinning. There just feels like there is SO much to do and there sort of is.

*Preparing our house to go on the market. That means packing up our closets so they don’t look packed. And that means spending hours packing up clear crates and dragging them into the attic. (UGH). It also means keeping our house clean at all times. (double UGH). For the next two weeks we are pushing through with some final renovations (tile in the master bath, painting some cupboards) and hope to list it after that (by the end of April). We aren’t concerned that it won’t sell (maybe we are being optimistic), but just want to be under contract by the time we move in June.

*Buying a new house. We have spent hours on Zillow and Trulia. My dreams are all about homes. We have learned SO much from our first house. We sort of lucked into a fabulous neighborhood with fabulous neighbors, but don’t want to depend on blind luck this time around. We are doing our research. And asking SO many questions. How far from Nashville will our new house be? How far from post? Is it near a park? Distance to the highway? Do we want to renovate? Do we want to do a TON of work? What about a new kitchen? How many bathrooms do we really need? 2? 3? Do we want a fabulous master suite like we have now? What are the closets like? (this is mainly asked by ME!)


*We are headed to Clarksville this weekend to check out our list of a zillion homes and start the process. It’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Where will we settle next? It was much easier buying our first house in Columbus since we had already lived there a year (on Fort Benning) and generally knew the better neighborhoods to live in. This time around we are moving without any personal knowledge of Clarksville, which makes the whole thing a little scarier.

It’s stressful this whole buying and selling houses thing. I stay up at night wondering when our house will sell and what if the new house is not what we imagined. But Q always tells me it is all going to work out. And I know it is. In a year from now, 5 years from now, 20 years from now, I will look back and think “Oh remember that time I was so stressed out about moving and it all worked out so well?!?”  

Can’t wait to keep you posted on how it all turns out. 


A Move

by Koko on April 2, 2015 · 1 comment

in Army


Well folks, some big news: the Bahler family is moving to Tennessee! This crazy Army life gets us every time.

We are set to move the beginning of June, which seems SO darn soon!

So in the next 8 weeks, we have to finish the remodel, put the house on the market, find a new house, sell our old house, move our things and settle. Easy right?

But honestly, it definitely IS a time crunch, but we have been working on the house for the past year. We have done some major upgrades including installing hardwood throughout the home, gutting and redoing the hallway bath, new paint throughout, and a brand new kitchen/dining. We feel that the house is going to be a great home for another family and are so proud of the work we put into it. Q and I (mostly Q) have learned so much about plumbing, tiling, hardwood, painting, etc. It was a great first home.

Are we sad? We always knew the Army could throw us a curveball. There was a chance we would be in this house for 3 more years or 3 more months and we got the 3 more months. Of course it is a bummer to leave our new kitchen, but it’s exciting to have a new project to work on. And I’m excited for someone else to love this home.

I’m bummed to leave a job and a school system that I adore, but there are always more schools and more kids to teach.

Our new town in Tennessee, Clarksville, is 45 minutes from Nashville (hello dream city) and has a lot of potential and tons to explore. We are already on the house hunt and are heading there in a couple of weekends to really narrow our choices.

As always, thanks for the love, the support and the smiles! So many new adventures to come!



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One Week

by Koko on May 27, 2014 · 0 comments

in Army, Cooking

Q has been home for a week and it has been fabulous.


There has been a very small amount of adjustment, mostly with Q living in a brand new space that he has never lived in before. We joked that when he came home, I gave him the house tour of his own house!

Carl fell right back into loving his dad and sleeping in between us each night. Although when Q moves an inch, Carl quickly takes up any space in between us.

I’ve loved cooking for two again and spoiling Q with fresh food and dessert. I’ve been going with our old favorites (Mexican Chicken Bowls, One Pot Farro, and our Friday night pizza nights!)




June throws another curve ball our way with some training, but in the meantime, we are SO happy to just be our little family again.


He’s Home

by Koko on May 19, 2014 · 5 comments

in Army, Deployment


Yesterday, after 4 months deployed to Afghanistan, Q came home. It turned out that he was going to arrive in Georgia the same day I was supposed to fly home from LA after graduation. Of course, this caused me SO much anxiety about changing flights, getting to Q on time and working out the logistics of getting us both home. But, in the end, it all went so smoothly and we both arrived within hours of each other and reunited at the airport.

There is no better feeling than being hugged and kissed by your husband after months apart. Complete joy. Although, I think Q’s complete joy moment was when we picked up Carl from boarding and they shared their own hugs and kisses.


We are SO happy to be together and Q can finally see his new house (he had never seen it with all of our things in it). Today we shared breakfast on the patio and Carl and I showed Q around our sweet neighborhood. I can’t believe it is over and we are together. There is no better feeling in the world.