Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Favorite Moments of Summer

With the end of the three day Labor Day weekend, I can't help but think of how quickly summer passed. Maybe there should be a scientific study to double check if the world isn't spinning double time or something. Just to make sure we aren't getting scammed on our summers :) I'm not too sad about summer ending and my favorite season beginning. Can't wait to get some cool weather here! While I wait I have to admit this summer was surprisingly awesome for a few reasons. Here are a couple of my favorite moments:

#1 Our trip to Iowa. Not the best circumstances to take a trip but it worked out in the end. For the first time in years, nearly all our extended family was together. Most days were spent crammed in a small hospital room or waiting room. After visiting hours, we would stay up till 2am being silly like kids. The time together seemed to change so many of our relationships. Such a blessing!


#2 Hiking in Colorado. I love hiking. I love Colorado. Enough said!




#3. Biking Coronado. We were all back to school and work but it still happened in the season of summer :)  I would rent a double surrey again in a heartbeart. Preferably with at least one other adult this time!


Fun times! I can't imagine what next summer will bring. The kids will be so much older and who knows what the military will bring our way. It's hard to believe our mellow summer in California could be replaced by a summer on another coast or another country. The magic of military life :)


Nicole

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WIWW 47

Last week of August is always the last week of summer in my mind. I'm not quite sure why I feel that way. It must be the Midwestern buried down deep in me :) There are no signs of fall in this part of the world. Sadly, there never is. I'll try not to be too sentimental over my seasons this week.

Here are my What I Wore outfits of the week.


Suit- Express
Top- Banana Republic

I know the girls (staff) at work always wonder what's on the schedule when I come in business attire. It's called a big laundry pile at home! No one ever touches it. But I let them think it's an important meeting ;) This is my "interview" suit. I bought it a few years back for my very first (and second) interview after finishing my schooling. The red top is new-to-me from Thred Up. If you haven't checked out this website, you need to head over. If you are a first time buyer, then be sure to find a coupon code for 40% off. Killer deals!


Scarf- Stitchfix
Dress- Ann Taylor Loft (ATL)
Boots- Corso Como

This dress is an oldie but goodie. Here is 1 and 2 ways I've styled this baby.


Top- Stitchfix
Jeans- Old Navy
Shoes- ATL

I'm loving my new Stitchfix top. It's just so different than anything in my closet. Plus it's lightweight and perfect for work in warm weather.

Speaking of work, there are three more days left before the holiday weekend. You know how deployments go... We count down by holidays. Mostly because those are the family times and it's pretty obvious your family isn't all together. But this is the last holiday before he comes back so it's down hill now. At least I keep telling myself that!

Nicole
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Biking Coronado Island

 Sometimes you need to drop everything and enjoy life. That is what we decided to do this weekend. I'm so fortunate that we live so close to San Diego. It really is one of my favorite places to spend time. The kids and I have always wanted to rent a surrey to ride along the beach. I thought it was about time to check that off our list. I'm proud to say we pedaled that beast around the perimeter of Coronado Island. It wasn't easy. It took us 2 hours. But I know we will never go to Coronado again without thinking of this day. That is all that matters.






Coronado Island view from the bridge



He had to know that was going to happen, right?


San Diego skyline in the background.



Teaching Kyli the Rule of Three in photography. She rocked it!




We made it past the Hotel Del without pictures. I mean really if you've seen it once then you've seen in a million times. Pshh! Who wants to see that architectural masterpiece anyways? Oh but that sign! Never pass up the opportunity for a pic of the sign! *sad face*




In my opinion, Coronado's best feature is the neighborhood. The houses are so quaint and unique. I'm not sure if you can tell in this picture but the roof is not flat. It has a wave to it. It like a storybook cottage.  I want to live here! 

Nicole

Saturday, August 23, 2014

ShopKick Therapy

It was inevitable Friday night would be a Shopkick kind of night. After the week I had I really wanted to flatline in Target for an hour. My happy place. My husband texted from his faraway location "Are you home?" And I thought 'Yes yes I am. My second home. Where everything is neatly in its place and color coordinated in every nook and cranny'. I wish my home looked like Target.

Have you heard of Shopkick? It's an app you can use to earn gift cards by scanning items in stores. Sometimes, all you need to do is walk into a store to earn points for gift cards. To give you an idea of how fast things add up, I have been using Shopkick for 4 months and I've earned $55 in gift cards. Not too shabby!



After our Target Shopkick spree, we headed to Kohls to spend my $30 of free money. A bonus from our Back To School shopping. I was hoping to finally check those gray Converse off my Must Have list.  But my big boats were not having it. No Converse for this girl. My feet are a little too large ;) So I settled for a new cutting board and measuring cups. Both  items in dire need of replacing.

Oh and I have to share my big win from Airing My Dirty Laundry. A bug exploration kit. My kiddos at work will be so excited. We will definitely have a nature walk soon with our new goodies. Thanks Orkin!


Now I've got the whole weekend ahead of me. My goal is relaxation!


Nicole
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sunny

A litte over a week ago we brought another little dog home with us. Sunny was our second foster and we couldn't wait to start working with her. She was such a ball of energy at the shelter. Just the happiest little thing. Charlie seemed to approve so we decided to take her home.



It didn't take long for us to realize something wasn't quite right with her. She ended up being a pretty sick pup. Given our family situation right now, I made the executive decision to bring her back to the shelter last night. The kids understand so no tears were shed. I feel the vet/vet techs are more capable of nursing her back to health than we are. I think it was best. On one hand, I feel like we gave up too easily or should have given it a couple more days. On the other, I know my limitations and I don't feel confident enough to judge how well or not well she was doing. Our foster coordinator is taking her under her wing to make sure Sunny gets better. I hope things work out for her. She is such a sweet dog.  We have decided to take a break from fostering. This particular situation was a little taxing. I think we will do much better once the hubby returns and our schedule calms down a little.

Nicole
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