You know what’s more fun than a Holiday sweater?! A husband that sports one too! HAHAHA! We managed to squeeze…
You know what’s more fun than a Holiday sweater?! A husband that sports one too! HAHAHA! We managed to squeeze…
You know what’s more fun than a Holiday sweater?! A husband that sports one too! HAHAHA! We managed to squeeze in a quick breakfast day date the other day and decided it was a must to rock our Holiday sweaters. Because, why not?!
We went to our go-to breakfast spot down in Manitou Springs, Good Karma Cafe. It’s this cute little hole in the wall place that serves locally grown food. Their biscuits & gravy is to die for! SO FREAKIN’ GOOD!
Plus, they’re cute and that helps. Look at the mirror in their bathroom. Full disclosure, they do have an ACTUAL mirror too, but this was too cute.
There’s also a quote about growing your own food but not knowing where to find bacon seeds that makes me giggle every single time I’m in there.
That’s all I’ve got today, folks. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the sweaters.
David & I celebrated our TENTH anniversary in the end of July. I think I forgot to actually share that though, so here I am today ….sharing.
We tried to plan a nice celebratory evening but ultimately decided we wanted to see Despicable Me with the kids. haha. So that’s what we did. We went out to eat as a family, then caught a movie. We played Dance Dance Revolution, ate lots of candy, wasted lots of money on tokens for the mini arcade and had a really great little afternoon out.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary than this.
I would also like to note that we’ve known each other since 1999. We’re going on 18 years here, people.
We tried to count how many anniversaries we’d actually spent together…. we got 3. Haha. Deployement, feild time, army life…
We were pretty excited that TEN was actually all together!
People keep asking me how we’re doing, and how life is now that David’s out of the Army.
I thought I’d take today to just update you guys on our new life.
It’s weird. It seems surreal. It seems like David’s just on a vacation, or on leave still.
Yesterday was his last official day in the Army. (He had 2 months of leave saved up and took full advantage of that PAID time). But it’s officially official. We went yesterday morning to get our new I.D. Cards. His is blue, blue = retired!
Life so far for us has been … interesting.
Again though, it doesn’t seem like he’s actually out of the Army, it just seems like a long mini vacation so far.
We’re in that weird month of no paychecks coming, so that’s TONS of fun (read: VERY stressful for Amber, the bill payer, and money controller) but other than that, I’d say we’re doing OK.
College is going well.
The only class he’s not loving is the “Welcome to college/ how to be an adult” class, but he’s an almost 32 Combat Vet and it’s full of 17/18-year-olds that are fresh out of High School. And it’s taught by a former Mil spouse that emphasizes that she’s a FORMER Mil spouse (divorce that left a bad taste in her mouth about Military members). That’s been interesting to say the least, but overall classes are going well for David.
As far as the kids and I adjusting… well, the kids are excited that Daddy now takes them to school in the mornings & they don’t have to ride the bus. Otherwise, I think they’re enjoying having him home for longer periods than what they’ve ever been used to.
I have witnessed my children approach him and say, “Daddy… can I blah blah blah” <-- Do you know how HUGE that is?! Usually, it's "Mom! MOM! MOM! Dad, have you seen Mom?!" because I've been the main parent for so long. I've been the parent that they rely on, that they know will be there. It's so weird now that David is that parent too. We like share responsibilities, you guys. If you're a Mil spouse with kiddos, you totally get how huge of a deal this is! They keep asking when Daddy has to go to work again, or if Daddy has to go to the field anytime soon, or if Daddy's gonna leave again soon which breaks my heart, but I excitedly get to say, "Nope! Daddy isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Remember, he's OUT of the Army now, so doesn't have to do that anymore" and they skip off happily. Seriously, it's a dream, you guys! IT IS SO NICE HAVING HIM HOME STEADILY!You guys, I like our new life. While we definitely have our struggles with David's medical stuff, life just seems a lot calmer without all of the day to day Army life stressors. Don't get me wrong, life is far from perfect, but I definitely am enjoying spending more time with my husband. That's a huge bonus.And in case you're wondering how he keeps in shape....
Haha. Bo is loving all the extra attention he’s been getting as well. (Missy too).
Even the cat seems happier. <-- THEY GET ALL THIS NEWLY DISCOVERED LOVE AND ATTENTION!I don't really have much else to update with. We've honestly just been enjoying having David home and just hanging out as a family.
This post is a bit difficult for me, so please just be patient while I ramble my thoughts out.
Well, it’s officially a retirement. If you remember this post, I didn’t know much details. We do now. If you remember, we were a bit worried that it wouldn’t be a retirement and it’d just be a severance check. While that check would be nice, losing health insurance, dental, and access to on-post amenities would’ve sucked.
It’s definitely Medical Retirement, which is great because we’ll keep all on post access (Owen’s preschool, commissary -where we grocery shop, PX -the Army’s Walmart, etc etc), we’ll keep health insurance & dental (Thank God for that), and he’ll get a monthly amount instead of just getting booted out with a big ole severance check.
David is a combat soldier. He’s definitely seen combat. He has 3 tours under his belt & each tour was bloody, gory, and hard on him. It’s always been a bit challenging living and dealing with David’s ticks, but it’s a whole nother world when those ticks are put into the form a diagnosis or two.
The main three things that equaled up to the retirement: His back, PTSD, TBI (Traumatic brain injuries) 7 documented ones. This is really hard for me to open up about. I’m usually very “keep things private” which is weird since I have a very public blog and public social media accounts. Those things rated high enough to kick him out of the Army. Can we just stop and focus on that for a second? My husband suffers from PTSD and has brain injuries… enough so that he can no longer do his job. Aside from his brain, his body is failing him too. He has arthritis in every major joint, his shoulders, his back, his knees, his ankles, his hearing… the list goes on and on. (On his Medboard papers, he has 27 different claims that the DRs found). It’s really sad to think about. He’s 31 yeras old. But he’s a trooper. He’s always just toughed it out, worked through the pain, and he’s always been good at his job. Ask anyone that knows David and they’ll completely agree with that statement. David has always been damn good at his job.
Up until now. For the past few months, he’s taken soldiers with him to meetings because “my brain isn’t what it used to be”, he constantly thinks he says things that he didn’t, he can’t walk for very long without hurting, he can’t even bend over to pick something up without his back screaming at him. It’s hard to see him going through this. Part of me wants to barf just typing this out. It’s so personal and really hard to share.
After 13 years, he’s almost done. He was a “Lifer” meaning he’d reenlisted to go Indef (Til retirement at 20+ years) We’re not sure the exact date that he’ll be out, but it’s coming quickly.
They don’t expect him at work anymore and get shocked when he stops in to check on things. Aside from DR appointments and wrapping up the MedBoard, he’s basically already done. A few weekends ago, we sat in the basement going through all of his Army gear and sorting it for keep/turn in.
It’s just so weird to think about… as long as we’ve been together our life has revolved around whatever Uncle Sam has told him to do. I’m really excited to see what life is going to be like for us. It’ll be a weird adjustment, that’s for sure. The first few months will be a struggle, financially as well. We’ve heard a lot of “this will start up 45-60 days after such & such” and “they usually hold your last Army paycheck”… great, right?! Yikes. I’m freaking out a little bit, but we’ll be fine. Things will be tough for a bit, but once everything kicks in and adjusts, we’ll be fine. His finaling out should fall around tax time, so our tax return will help hold us over until things kick in. Financially we’ll be fine 6 months from now… getting there though might kill us.
He enrolled in college (classes start in January). He’ll be going from an aggressive combat soldier to a college kid. He’s going to be surrounded by young people all day that won’t at all understand him or the way he is. But we’re working on that as well. He’s taken up Yoga (because he had to), he’s going to college for photography (and a backup in case things go south – we’re smart people, we have backup plans for backup plans), he even started a blog of his own. We’re working on bringing out his inner hippie self. You can follow him on Instagram or Bloglovin’ to keep up with his transition. I’m not sure how active he’ll be on either, but he’s giving it a go
Just the very idea of him not being in the Army anymore is so strange. It’s just such a foreign concept. He still had a good 7 years of Army until retirement… We had a plan for that… we had 7 years still living our normal day to day life… Now… now we have a few months to figure out our plans and set things into motion.
Life is about to get really interesting, guys.
I’m excited and I’m completely terrified.
Have you heard of or tried beard oil or balm from Lovely Beards? When David grows a beard, he really grows a beard. His plan for our new life (after the Medboard when he’s out of the Army) is to grow a Viking-like beard. And it will be awesome. He says that he will keep his neck free from hair and keep his beard nice and healthy. Have you guys ever seen a David beard? Just look at these photos. I am so excited to see what it’s going to look like after a longer no shave period.
(This one below is after almost 2 months)
Since our after Army life is coming SO quickly, (I have an update coming on that next week) I’ve teamed up with Lovely Beards and I ordered him the Bourban scent balm and oil. You can check out all of the other scents for yourself. I was a bit worried that the scents would be too strong, but they’re pretty perfect.
And they’re handmade and organic. That’s a win in my book. When you place your order, be sure to use the code “Beards10” It’ll save you 10% off your entire order & score you free shipping. Seriously, take me up on that code. These are going to be stocking stuffers for David and I know he’s going to love them. I’m sure your bearded man will too!
So, what scent will you choose for your bearded man?
Happy Friday, friends. I have five things to share with you today… ready?
1. I won a gift card from a photo in an old post & just bought the Christmas presents with it! We managed to get gifts for my nephew, a friend, all three kids’ want, read, wear. (We skipped Need, they don’t need anything), we chose dog gifts and stocking stuffers, a stocking stuffer and gift for us, and checked out! Still have $4 on that card. That’s a win, guys. We don’t go overboard on gifts, but that was a HUGE chunk in our Christmas list. Yay!
2. If we’re friends on Instagram, you probably saw this picture
The size medium sweater I'm wearing has sat in my closet with (clearance) tags on it for TWO years. I've never donated it in all of my closet purges and today I was REALLY thankful that I've held on to it for so long. Do you see that stack of tops next to me? They're all mediums. I have apparently dropped some major pounds over the past few months without giving it much thought…. until the past couple of days when I've tried to find clothes to wear and they've all fallen off of me. David laughed at me this morning when I was frantically searching for this sweater and told me to go shopping and get some clothes that actually fit. ? Don't have to tell me twice. ?? Being the super frugal person that I am, I went to Goodwill. $15 later, in now the proud owner of 4 new size medium ? tops! Also these pants didn't fit last year, now they're slightly too big. I'm not complaining, but I have no clothes. What the what is happening right now?! Also, there's a book review on the blog. Link in my bio. ? That's my ramble for the day. ?? #ootd #lotd #thrifting #ImJudgingYou #CG
So I’ve been cleaning out my closet. I let my sisters have first dibs on anything they liked, but I have NO idea what to do with the rest. Do I just donate them? I donate a TON throughout the year, and I could really use NEW clothes now, so I’m wanting to sell them or like swap them out, store credit… I know there are tons of places, Plato’s closet, Thredup, etc etc… but I need personal recommendations. Who have you consigned with? What do I do?
3. David and I woke up this morning at different times. We got ready at different times, left the house at different times. I get home, he’s changing clothes… he comes downstairs, we leave the house. We’re wandering around the store and I looked down at my outfit and noticed his boots… I looked at his outfit and laughed. We totally matched. He was wearing brown shoes (not the boots pictured below – changed to ride the motorcycle). Beanie. We’ve been married for a long time, guys.
4. Today’s outfit is brought to you by a too big shirt that is oversized now, and LulaRue leggings. I own a few pairs now. I’ve always been super weird about wearing leggings as pants, but I bite the bullet today. I felt weird and self-conscience all day, but was really comfortable and still felt cute. That’s confusing, isn’t it?! Either way, I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit, and felt sort of confident.
5. What are your weekend plans? I’m not sure what we’re up to. I think we’re going to head out to mom’s house and visit her while we can before the snow comes… if it ever comes. It’s been REALLY dry here. Other than that, I think we’re going to be homebodies and just relax. I sat that now, but David gets bored quickly so we’ll probably end up on a hike or wandering around Bass Pro Shop or something like that.
See you guys Monday! I hope you have a great weekend! <3