Monday, June 29, 2009

Next: My purchases

Here is what I bought at Next for Chloe:

The yellow top (I didn't see these pants there, but if I had I would of bought them to match):

This cute t-shirt and some cotton pants to match (I couldn't find the pants online).

I also bought a pink long sleeve t-shirt with a windmill on it, that look similiar to this.

After looking online I wish I had bought so much more.  I went into that store about 3-4 times over the course of my trip and kept picking things up and putting them down.  It was so hard to resist buying more.  

On Holiday: Day One

We arrived at Heathrow Airport in London on Tuesday morning.  I was so happy that the 7 hour flight was over.  Chloe was a saint.  We planned it so that we flew during her night time hours, so she slept for most of it. PERFECTION!!!  The flight attendants were so nice to me because I was a mom who kept her child quiet for a 7 hour flight.  I gave myself (and Chad) a little pat on the back for that one.

Dan picked us up at the airport bright and early that morning.  He drove us to Cheltenham where he lives which was about 1.5 hour drive.  We were exhausted, we all napped for a little while,  and Dan stepped up and entertained Chloe when she got up so Chad and I could get a little more rest.  Actually I think Max and Molly did most of the entertaining.

We were rested and ready to go out.  We headed out to the center of their town straight to the cute shops and pubs.  

Chloe took a brief snooze while I made my first shopping trip to Next.  I love this store, they have the cutest kids clothes.

I took this photo in Boots, which is like a Walgreens only much better.  I got a kick out this self tanning lotion called Holiday Skin.  

We all sat down for a drink at a local pub before we headed back to make dinner.

After dinner Chad and I took Chloe for a walk around their neighborhood.  Chloe bent down to pick something up off the ground, lost her balance, and went face first on the gravel. 

Saturday, June 27, 2009

What a fabulous trip we had!

We're back!  I know you missed me!

United Airlines delivered us safe and sound, but really tired, back to Washington D.C. last night.  We returned from a truly awesome, once in a lifetime vacation in England and Ireland. We did and saw so many cool things that I don't even know where to start writing about the adventure.

My younger (and smarter, if you asked him) brother and his wife live and work in England. My brother took a job with the government after college and a fews years later came upon a really cool opportunity to go on a 3 year tour in England.  So off they went and haven't looked back.

A year ago we decided we were going to make this trip with Chloe before Dan and Kelly moved. This summer was the only time Chad could take 2 weeks off from work, so we started planning. We figured since we were going all the way to England we could go a little further to Ireland too.  We went BIG!

Dan and Kelly helped us make this trip possible and without them we could of never have had this amazing experience.  Thanks for putting up with us, helping us carry all our stuff, making all the plans, driving us around, and accommodating the little one.

And we can't forget their crazy little fur-children, Max and Molly, who happily licked and played with Chloe as well as ate her food.  They made us feel right at home. 

We are still in Maryland today and will be heading back to Norfolk tomorrow. In between loads of laundry and naptime I will be blogging all about our travels. Much more to come...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

We're outta here!

No posts for 2 whole weeks.  I know you'll miss me and my hilarious self.  Pray that the video is working when we get back or else I'm gonna be MAD!

See ya soon.
The Team

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I am pretty sure...

she grew a few inches last night!

Navy Life Side Effect

There is this phase you go through between sleep and consciousness.  You feel yourself coming out of dreamland, but you aren't quite there yet. Do you know what I am talking about?  

I started having these strange panicky wake-ups when we moved to Japan.  In that phase of not sleeping, but not awake, I would think "am I really in Japan."  It wasn't like a pinch myself moment like "yay, I am in Japan!"  It was more like, "holy crap, am I really living on the other side of the world where they eat raw fish for breakfast and where I can't get a real job."  I am sure some of this is contributed to my anxious personality, but I haven't had a grounded feeling since we left our home and my job in Jacksonville.

In this moment of coming to consciousness I have to remind myself of who, what, where, when, and why.  As in, is Chad here, what state/country am I in, is Chloe ok?  Once I figure all that out, I lay there just praying that Chloe will magically lay herself back down and pass out for 3 more hours. It never happens.  It is kind of like wishing I would win the lottery. 

I am positive that most people probably don't have this state of confusion when they wake up.  I am pretty sure this is a side effect of Navy life.  I am wondering if other military people experience this?  

I would think Chad  would have it worse than me because he goes from one travel to the next, sleeping on a boat, sleeping in our bed, but I think he has learned that when that alarm goes off he needs to get up and go... most days.  If he doesn't do this, he ends up hugging his alarm clock curled up on the edge of the bed trying to spoon the dog.  It's a funny sight.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Evening Play

Playing house with Daddy

Daddy is silly

I want to run and run...

and run and run

Don't make me come home

Please don't make me

Daddy laying down the law

Just an innocent bystander

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

With 4 baby teeth...

Chloe's appetite amazes me.  
She has only 4 teeth at 16 months.  I hope they're in there somewhere!

What's the deal?

I don't know what the deal is, but I can't seem to get any of my videos to upload on this site. I will keep trying, but sorry for the lack of action on the blog!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Brad arrives home in Jacksonville

Eileen posted these photos on Facebook, so I stole them (not really), and posted them here because they were just too cute not to share. We're so happy he is FINALLY home!  These photos put a smile on my face, hopefully they will for you too.

Here comes the ship!

Madison and Dad

Reagan and Dad

The Happy Navy Family

Can you see the 2 ton burden being lifted off Eileen's back? 
I know that feeling all too well! 

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Uncle Brad Visits

Chad's brother, the Commander and XO, paid us a nice visit this past week.  His boat docked in Yorktown so we were able to get together 2 nights while he was here.  We got to have a few drinks together and Chloe got to play with Uncle Brad. 

Poor Madison and Reagan have been without Daddy for 2 months now.  He will be arriving home TOMORROW to reunite with Eileen and the girls.  


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Chloe digs my new cake making skills

Smoky Eye Makeup

Yesterday, I saw this clip on how to give yourself a smoky eye on The Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee. I thought it was a really pretty look and have never really known how to get it properly. 
Here is how:

It will probably be 2015 before I need to get dressed up and where makeup like this, but I have bookmarked this video so when it does happen I can try it!

Army Wives is BACK!!!

I just heard Army Wives Season 3 is starting on Sunday, June 7th at 10pm on Lifetime. I can't wait to see what happens this season.  I love this drama because I can relate to it.  It does get really cheesy at times, but I like that it portrays what military life is like.  Although theirs is a whole lot more glamorous than mine!


I have gotten a few questions on how to make the icing, so here it is.

We used 2 types of icing, buttercream and royal icing  Buttercream is the soft stuff that we used to ice and decorate.  Royal icing is what we made all the flowers from.  Royal icing hardens and then you can lift and place the flowers on the cake as desired.  

Buttercream Icing:  Annabelle's Recipe
1 cup shortening
2 tbsp milk or water
1 tsp of butter vanilla flavoring
1/2 tsp of creme bouquet flavoring
1 lb of confectioners sugar

Mix the shortening, milk/water, and flavors in a mixer with the paddle attachment until it becomes creamy.  Then add the powdered sugar.  If you want the icing creamier add more milk/water, if you want it stiffer add more sugar.

Annabelle told us to use Walmart's generic shortening because Crisco has removed the trans fat from their shortening which makes it not hold up as well when used for decorating.  Using butter actually tastes better, but when it comes to decorating, the shortening is easier to work with.

Buttercream can be used for all decorating including roses.  I would recommend the royal icing for the small or intricate flowers, like the ones I did on the hat cake.

Royal Icing for making flowers: Recipe from the Arteco
1/4 cup meringue powder
1/2 cup water
4 cups of sifted powdered sugar

Beat the water and powder until it peaks, then add powdered sugar.  I had to add another cup of powder sugar to get the icing stiff enough to work with.  

Happy Decorating!

All about cake class

Here is where the magic happened, 6527 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk. You can find information on their classes on their website at

This is me with Annabelle, she was a really cool lady, a real firecracker.  She was also a military wife and has lived all over the world.  Her class was a blast.  I don't think she is offering anymore classes till the fall, she wasn't sure when I asked her because she was having trouble with her knee and may have to go in for surgery. 

The Finale

Tuesday night I finished my last cake class. 6 weeks and I have completed Cake I/II/III and have my Wilton Certificate. I feel so accomplished, ha ha! Our last cake was a 2 tiered small wedding cake. I personally think the pillars are a bit cheesy, but am glad I learned how to do them.

Now onto my next project, planning and packing for our first family European vacation!  "Look kids Big Ben."