Charlotte turns three!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My little boogie turned three last week! I'll do a formal update at some point, but for now enjoy these pictures from her third birthday party!

For months Charlotte has been talking about her "Woody Buzz Party" and I have to say everything came together perfectly! Shout out to my mom who did all of the cooking and most of the setting up while I was busy preparing for Jordan's homecoming... YOU'RE THE BEST JACKI! :D

Big thanks to Matt who built this for us!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us! So many of you made the trip since this is our last party in Jersey for a while and we really appreciate it. We're definitely loved! Charlotte had an amazing time and this is one party we'll always remember. Keep your eye out for thank you cards, we'll be sending them out soon with our new address (once we get one)!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Well, it's official. My husband graduated from Tech School on Monday and he'll be home in less than 48 hours! Things are about to move very quickly for the three of us as we start our adventure to North Dakota to begin a new chapter in our lives. We're so proud of Jordan and everything he's accomplished and we cannot wait to have him back!

I'll be making a few posts here and there over the next few weeks (I hope) but for the most part, things will be pretty quiet while we all adjust to having Daddy around and finish packing for the big move.

Thank you to everyone who's been so supportive over the last six months, we couldn't have done it without you! 

See you in North Daktota!

Life lately according to my iphone

Friday, July 10, 2015

Just a little picture dump for everyone, since I just got my computer fixed and I can finally upload pictures again (!!!!!!!!!) after weeks.

Charlotte and I are having a blast trying to enjoy our last summer in New Jersey for a while. Only five more weeks until Daddy comes home! 

Happy Father's Day

Monday, June 22, 2015

“[He] adopted a role called Being A Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.” - Tom Wolfe

Three years ago my husband worked long hours in a warehouse so we could barely scrape by while living with my parents. He started spending his late nights changing diapers instead of playing beer pong and making bottles instead of drinking them. He stood by me through the darkest days of my postpartum depression, even if it meant watching me sleep or taking Charlotte into another room when I couldn’t handle it anymore. 

In three years we’ve lived in four places, he’s had five jobs and we’ve struggled together to figure out how adulthood works. Now he’s made the ultimate sacrifice and joined the military so all three of us could have a brighter future. My husband is not only my daughters protector, but mine and I couldn’t be more grateful for him. 

Happy Father’s Day to the man who saved my life, gave me a beautiful little girl and makes us both feel at home in his arms. Thank you for all of your sacrifices, the laughs we’ve shared and the memories we’ve made. You became a father so seamlessly, and I’m so incredibly proud of you. I couldn’t have imagined a better man to raise our little girl and I know she feels the same. As she told me this morning “It’s not Poppy’s day, it’s my Daddy’s day. Daddy’s yogurt day. I love my daddy."

And a big Happy Father's Day to all the other Dads in our life. Poppy, Papa, my uncles, and everyone else who's had the chance to experience how amazing fatherhood is. Hope you enjoyed your day, we're so lucky to have you all. 

Why I'll always put my husband first

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

As most of you know, Jordan and I didn't exactly do things the conventional way. We tied the knot in 15 days, and just six short months later our couple because a triple. Six months is not very long to enjoy being newly weds, especially not when one of you is a miserable whale trying to grow a human being in the middle of the summer. I'll never regret marrying Jordan, but sometimes I wish I could go back and do things differently. We never had any time to become accustomed to "husband and wife" because we immediately had to go into parenting mode.

I tried at the beginning of our marriage to make sure I continued to make my husband a priority, but as motherhood got more complicated and I suffered through terrible postpartum depression, somehow I let my marriage slip through the cracks. Jordan and I began fighting, over all the normal things that couples fight about - money, moving to another state - it was all too much. I think at some point we began to resent each other just for being in the room. Our marriage got really bad, and there was a point where I wasn't sure we were going to make it through.

One day, shortly before Jordan left for basic training it all just hit me. Is this what I want my life to be like? I married this man for a reason, and when did I lose sight of that? When did I stop making my husband and our marriage a priority? I realized that the second I began to put my daughter first, things starting going downhill for Jordan and myself.

Now, I know what you're all thinking. How could anyone possibly considering putting their adult husband before a helpless, dependent child? It's not like I worry about feeding Jordan before Charlotte, or ignore Charlotte to pay attention to Jordan.

I love Charlotte, and I would do anything for her - but I love my husband more.

I chose Jordan. I fell in love with Jordan. I committed to a life with him, and I made a vow in front of our family and friends to honor that commitment for the rest of my life.

I view my relationship with my husband as an investment in our family as a whole. Charlotte deserves to grow up in a household full of love, with two parents who spend their lives trying to take care of each other. Our kids learn how to treat their future significant others by watching the way their parents treat one another.

With very few exceptions, you'll never find Charlotte in bed with us at night. I try to make it a point to spend the time after she goes to sleep with my husband, and I feel absolutely no guilt about soliciting the help for family so that we can have a date night once in a while.

When Charlotte gets older, she (and potential future children) will leave our home, and when she does I want to be able to sit back and celebrate raising an amazing child with my husband. Children are yours forever but when they leave the nest all that's left for you and your spouse is each other.

I want to Charlotte to grow up knowing every single day how much I love her father and how much he loves me. I'll always show her an incredible amount of love, she'll never feel like she comes in second, but she'll know that her father is the most important person in my life.

When Jordan left for Basic Training, I knew this time apart would either make us or break us. The distance has done amazing things for our us and we've made huge strides not only personally, but in our marriage. We've both realized how much we love each other, and how serious the commitment we've made to each other really is. I cannot wait until my husband is home, back in my bed and we can remind ourselves and show Charlotte why we fell in love in the first place.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Charlotte is on a roll lately. She's the sassiest, silliest, most sarcastic two year old I've ever met. I thought I'd share a bunch of my favorite Charlotte sayings with everyone, just to brighten your day.

"Mama, Woody likes salad with spinach and tomatoes."

She saw a picture of her Uncle Robbie on my Facebook... 
"That's my Uncle Robbie. He ate a bite of my cupcake, it was pink!" 
(We had pink cupcakes at her birthday... 10 months ago...) 

Butt naked on the couch...
"I'm gonna fart mom"

My mom and I were trying to explain to her that Grammy was Mama's Mommy.
"Mommy is my daughter" 
"Oh yeah Grammy! Mommy is my daughter too!"

"Charlotte, I love you" 
"Mama, I like you"

At the park the other day - 
"Charlotte want to go on the swings?"
"That would be AWESOME."

And my personal favorite...
We were at lunch with Krista and Charlotte was being really fresh, I thought this was under my breath but apparently it wasn't as quiet as I thought.
"Ugh, you're such a little shit sometimes"
So naturally Krista and I start laughing and she goes,

Sometimes I think my daughter is smarter than me. I can't wait to see what adventures await us when she turns three. 

The moment you've all been waiting for...

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Jordan and I finally know where we're moving! Everyone's been asking and we've known for a few weeks, we just wanted some time to tell our immediate family before making an announcement. 

At the beginning of September, we'll be moving to Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota. 

Here's a little FAQ for you, since we've gotten the same questions a million times already, hah!

1. Isn't it really cold there? What about snow?
- Yes. It's really cold there. We're only 50 miles from Canada. However, the average snowfall is only 40" a year which isn't much more than it is in Montrose where we lived previously. Also the average temperature in the winter isn't much lower than it is in Montrose either and I tend to live by the "anything colder than 10 degrees is all the same" philosophy.

2. That's so far! How are you going to handle being away from family?
- Obviously neither one of us is thrilled about being so far away, but we're both excited about the prospect of a new adventure. Neither one of us has ever been to that part of the country, so we're both curious to see what it's like. Besides, that's what FaceTime is for.

3. What is there even to do in North Dakota?
- From what I can see, not very much. But we've both lived in rural areas before, so we're used to it. You find things to do. Plus it'll save us money because everything isn't as convenient as it is here in Jersey.

4. How long will you be there?
- This is a tricky one, because we have no idea. I'm assuming somewhere between 2.5-4 years but for all I know we could be there for Jordan's entire contract.

5. Do you think you'll hate it?
- Honestly, I don't know. It's not my first choice, but that's the military. Besides, I just want my husband back I don't care where we have to go.

The time is moving so fast and yet so incredibly slow. I can't believe there's less than 65 days left until I get my husband back. I'm so excited to start this new chapter of our lives! 

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