WOW, three weeks have been gone since I’ve been on here. It feels like such a long time. Here’s the catch-up:
I went to Tennessee to check on the house and do some Army wife business. While I was there I found that the outlet that our basement freezer was connected to had stopped working during the last thunderstorm three weeks earlier. It was pretty much the worst Deployment Murphy’s Law moment that could have happened since I had a flight to catch and had to clean out a freezer full of spoiled food by myself. It was one of those “I can’t believe this is happening to me” moments. But I pushed through and handled it like a champ.
I went to one of my best friend’s weddings in Pittsburgh, which was a blast. It’s always fun to explore a new city with my girlfriends and adventures like this keep me busy while Q is gone. The rehearsal dinner was at PNC Park where the Pirates play, which was a beautiful and fun location.
Carl turned 4 and Q turned 31!
And per usual, I’ve been enjoying a lot of good food, particularly breakfasts.
Mom and I made a delicious pan-fried chicken and arugula salad for dinner tonight and I’m going to prep the recipe for later this week.
Hope you missed me because I missed you!
I may be from LA, but somewhere deep down I think I am truly a Southern girl. I love me some gingham! I got this cute jacket from J. Crew earlier this month on super sale and haven’t stopped wearing it since. Ps white on white is my jam these days.
Jacket: J. Crew / Shirt: J. Crew / Jeans: Frame / Sandals: Gap
Here are some other fun gingham picks I love:
Bag / T-shirt Dress / Green Dress / Slides
Dress / Shorts / Heels / Top
Memorial Day is meant for us to take the day to reflect, remember, and appreciate the heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Let’s not forget what this weekend means and celebrate and remember those soldiers who have fallen so that we can enjoy the life we live today.
An organization that Q and I fully stand behind is the Special Operations Warrior Foundation which provides scholarships to children of fallen Special Operations Forces.
Things have been a little different around here lately. As some of you may know, Q left for a 9-month deployment a few weeks ago. Carl and I spent the month before he left at home in Tennessee spending time together as a family. Now we are back in LA, living with my parents (Carl’s grandparents) and working at the job I have had for the past year. We will stay here for the deployment, which is wonderful as I get to be surrounded by friends and family, and then move home once Q returns.
Some say that each deployment gets easier. I think each deployment is just different. New location, new means of communicating, a new role for Q. All which are exciting and empowering for him. As a spouse, I’m just so proud of him and what he is doing. I am SO lucky to have a husband who loves his job, is passionate about what he does and does whatever it takes to get it done.
During Q’s first deployment, I wrote this post. I reread it today and smiled. Much of it is still true and much of it has changed. I certainly stay informed, but I try to limit the amount I read/listen/watch, since it can create more anxiety than soothing. I have strong coping mechanisms that are sort of second nature at this point. I hate being without my partner, not doing the simple things we like to do together, but I know that in 8+ months we will be back to normal again. So I just continue to keep my head up, keep busy, and snuggle Carl each night knowing that this to shall pass. Thanks for all of your well wishes/prayers/positive thoughts. xoxo