Friday, July 31, 2009

happy friday!

Happy Friday- Another amazing weekend is here! I am about to grab my book and my new pink beach chair and head out into the sun! Hubby will be here any minute. We may take our little Coachy on a boat ride. I took him to the sandbar yesterday and loved it. He loves being on the boat too. I was going to take him this morning again and then I got a call that hubby got off early! Yay. So, I'll wait. It's kinda hard to drive the boat and make sure the dog doesn't jump out after something at the same time anyway. lol. Mom and I made all the curtains and pillows and seat covers for my classroom. They are so cute! I love all of the fabric we picked out. I've started getting my ABC's of 1st grade ready and worked on my school website some. I also got a few of my BEE folders ready for the kids. Only a few more weeks 'til the kiddos are back and someones gotta teach them. Haha. Went to Mexican last nigh with Bodie, Anita, Cecelia and mom. It was good, but nothing special. I was awarded a degree from Bodies school of "tell it like it is," They say I am just like him. Sounds good to me. :) Anyway, I just wanted to say that we only have 83 more days!!! EAS here we come! :) I can't believe the 4 years is almost over, and I couldn't be more ready to live the dream we have been waiting for! A few more years of teaching, then maybe a baby? Maybe not... lol. Civilian life, get ready! Here we come! :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

mom/daughter day out & a big scare!

Happy Tuesday blogger world! Today, Mom took me to get a manicure and a pedicure. Before I begin the blog about my "day off the island" I have to tell you my scare from this morning- No, I am not pregnant!

I sent Michael a text to see what time he was getting off today since I knew it would be early and we needed to get our lisence plates and titles taken care of... I got a text back as Mom and I were on the way off the island... "11:00... Ssgt ___ is trying to convince me to extend and go on a 4 month deployment until March."
Ummm.. HELLO? HUSBAND- since when do you send your WIFE this kind of information in a TEXT MESSAGE?! All I asked for was what time you were leaving base!

What is going through my head at this point? Well, he isn't answering his phone and no response to my "wtf" text back! So, finally when I get in touch with him and find out they are not MAKING him do this and he did not plan to extend his time, I calmed down. Come on people... We only have 88 days left of all of this after four loooooong years, two of which were spent in Japan!

So, after I was a little bit reassured, mom and I finished up at the salon and went to a super cute dress shop in Wilmington and she bought me a new pink dress! Michael got off early, so he met us in Wilmington to get the car stuff taken care of and we are now proud owners of a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer! =] And they even let me put my personalized plate on it and put a new one on the Honda. After the licence agency, we had lunch with Tyler at the mall. We shopped around a little bit, but not much. I did get a cute cover for my phone to keep it protected.

As we were shopping around, Michael got a phone call from base. I knew this because of the ring tone... I was scared. --- When he came back in, he was laughing. Ssgt ____ had called him and told him to not get in a heated conversation with his wife because the spot wasn't open anymore. I guess since he was laughing the whole time and wasn't planning to put Michael's name in this spot, we were OK.

I just thank God each night for keeping my husband safe and sound. We have been through so much in the past 4 years of the military life and we are ready to move on. We have so much going for us and are so lucky to be able to say that. I think about the men and women over seas and the families they have left behind so often. It takes such strong souls and hearts to do what the military requires from those who serve as well as their spouses and children. Through this long journey I have met so many Marine and Army wives. It is so important to stick together because no one else out there really knows the exact feelings we each go through. Just the thought of deployments are scary. Especially with 88 days left. Thank you, Ssgt ____ and thank you, God for allowing us to move on in life and allowing Michael to begin his career elsewhere. I love my husband and everything he does. I am ready to have him home now!

Thank you, God.

Goodnight world.

Let go laughing!

Monday, July 27, 2009

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven

Another Monday... Only a few more left with the freedom of no work. Sad face :( It was another wonderful weekend here on the island. Friday night we went to dinner at the Thai resturaunt. It was Michaels first time there. It was sooooo good! After dinner we went to Homeport. I sang a few songs and we danced and had a blast. On Saturday, my husband and I woke up early and were lazy for a while. Then we got up and packed the coolers to head over to the canal for the day. Michaels friend from base, Sean came to visit as well as my old family friend, Patrick. Michael and I took them out on the boat for a ride and then we spent the rest of the day relaxing on the dock and in the canal. Saturday night we went to a cocktail party across the street on the water. We hung out on the dock chatting with all of the southenders until it was time to crash! Yesterday was a lazy day. Michael and I drove up to the North end to see Lee Ann and to just drive around. It was nice and relaxing. We came back and took a nap and then went to hang out on the dock at Jamies house. As a nice end to our weekend we took the boat to dockside in Wrightsville for dinner. Unfortunately, the wait was quite long and it was dark before we even left to come home. Yes, I was very nervous because my daddy wasn't driving the boat and he is my "safety net" so to say. But when I asked Mike if I could hold the spot light and point out all of the markers for him to follow and he said yes, I was back in my safe zone. My daddy has taught me well and I navigated us right home! We went very slow and it would have been a nice cruise, but my hand was killing me from holding that spotlight the whole time. haha. But, it was absolutely beautiful out and we had a great time.

So, there it is. Another amazing weekend with my husband and family. Next weekend is Bodie's birthday. Then the weekend after that could potentially be my last weekend down here for a couple of weeks. I want to get back into the groove of things the first week or so of school and then I will be back down on weekends while it is still pretty out! Well, that's all for now. Mom will be back home tonight, and that is good because my husband is on duty today.

Time to take care of some stuff and go lay out on the dock- Hopefully the lisence agency will not be such a pain and we can get this car stuff taken care of in the next two weeks! If so, Michael and I will finally own the mountaneer and be able to out our tags on it!


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

shopping trip =]

What a wonderful day I had with Anita and Cecelia! We went to Myrtle Beach outlets. Wow! The deals were AMAZING. Everything at the outlets is already priced less and we just happened to go on a day where almost everything was 40% off! I got a beautiful Coach bag with a scarf to go around it. I also got the Coach shoes I have been looking at since Christmas! They were only $40!!! I also got a super good deal on a Kate Spade makeup bag. It is so cute! And of course, I had to get Coach a new leash since his old one was destroyed by Ringer!

Moral of the story- if you are in love with Coach and Kate Spade like I am--- GO TO THE OUTLETS! I also got a few cute things for work at Old Navy, Banana Republic and J Crew! =]

Michael met me home last night after my big shopping day. He left this morning at about 4:55 and I got a call about 5:15 that scared me to death. He never calls and wakes me up until he gets there. A deer ran into the side of his car! It is pretty bad. Hopefully it wont be too big of a fix. The only thing that matters is that he is OK. I will see the car tomorrow when he comes home after work. Today, I am going to spend the day with Brenda and Hannah and Ms. Jewel. Another beautiful day at the beach!!! Simone and the kids come in today too! I'm so excited to see them. I havent seen them since last July!!! I love aunt Simone!!!! Anita and Bodie are coming friday too!!! :) I love my life. Still a few more weeks of summer freedom left!

Let Go Laughing!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I have only one month of summer vacation left. It is a pretty bittersweet reality. I am a true beach bum and love my life here at Topsail. Yes, I am spoiled to be able to live here all summer long. Unfortunately, this summer was off to a late start with some events. Don't get me wrong, the wedding and concert were so worth it and I had planned to head straight to the beach.. but nooooo. Of course, I got the swine flu. Mom called today and was talking about making my chair pockets and painting bookshelves and making curtains to match them all for my classroom... AHHH! I don't know if I am quite ready to start talking about all of this yet. I am trying not to get sad looking at the calendar with only 4 weeks of my summer freedom left. Then, back to running records, the new math adoption, meeting my new class, getting into my new classroom... meeting the parents, etc. I love my job and I know once I get into the swing of things it will be ok. But honestly, I am really going to miss Ashley Howey this year. I can't believe she left me! :( She is such a wonderful teacher and was an amazing help to me during my first year of teaching. I was so lucky to have her there for me and have made a great friend. I will be on the first grade hall this year though, and that is definitaly a plus. OK- enough school talk...

I am very lucky to be where I am and be fortunate enough to have what I do when it comes to the beach house and amazing summers for the past 15 years of my life. I wouldn't trade it for the world. But, I will admit, I miss that college schedule when I was out of classes the first week of May and stayed here through the very end of August. We go back to work on August 17th, the day before my big 2-4! Wow! Almost a quarter of a century! I'm gonna make the best of this last month of my summer and count on the weekends that I will continue to come back down here until at least October---[WHEN MY HUSBAND IS A CIVILIAN AGAIN!]

My husband left to go back to work today. Tonight, we are celebrating Darvy's 1 year anniversary being adopted into the Soignet family. I don't know if Michael is going to be back tonight or not. I know he had his school work to catch up on and will definitely be home tomorrow night while I stay with Hannah and Haley so my parents can take Brenda and Page out for Brenda's birthday. These are some of the same things I do each year and love doing.

Again, I truly am blessed and I wish I could show just how appreciative I am of my family and friends. This summer, I have come to realize that life is what you make it... not just from watching Hannah Montana... lol... "Life's what you make it, so let's make it right!" But, it is SO true! Brian taught me a lot in our friendship before he passed away after such a short life. He always had fun, no matter what he was doing. He made the best out of everything and always appreciated what he had. I miss my best friend dearly and only hope to have as much fun in my life as he did.

Off to hang out with my mom. She finally made it back down here! Ringer is here for Coach and Coach has already started marking again. LOVELY. I guess he is showing Ringer who is boss. lol.
Let go laughing!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kilian Jude

Kilian Jude Fidero was born early Monday morning at only 28 weeks. He weighed less than 3 lbs. At this time, there is no bleeding on his brain, just bruising and he has gained 4oz. What a miracle it is for this little boy to be alive. Our prayers are with Shannon, James and Kilian as this tough journey continues. He is at a Children's Hospital in Texas with his mom and dad. Please keep this miracle and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to fight so strongly for his life. We cannot wait to meet the new member of the family!

July 2009

Well, everyone else is doing the blog thing, so I figured I would try it out! What an amazing month this has been. My husband and I have spent some wonderful time together at the beach where we fell in love. He took 2 weeks off and it has been amazing. We had a fantastic 4th of July, as usual. It was definitely the best one for me in the past 3 years since Michael was here. Bodie had shirts made again and we started the parade at 10am like always. It gets bigger every year. Mom says we might need a permit if it keeps growing every year!

I wish everyone could live the life I do. I don't mean to sound like I am bragging or being stuck up, but I honestly wish the happiness and luck that I have upon everyone. I have the most amazing family a girl could ask for. My parents are always there for me whenever I need anything. My husband is absolutely the best. I have wonderful in-laws as well as friends. I have the dream job I have wanted since I was a little girl. I completed my first year teaching in June. I had such a wonderful class of 1st graders and am so lucky to still have my job for this year. I love teaching first grade. Don't get me wrong, it is not an easy job. People tend to think teachers go home at 3pm with the kids and do nothing else--- wrong! =] I love it though, and it is so rewarding to see how much those little kids grow throughout the year. I couldn't believe how far they had come! I still have a month left before I get back in the grind of school though.

My husband and I are doing great. We have been married a little over a year now and are loving our puppy and home! Just 3 more months left of the Marines! I can't believe that! It seems like yesterday, I was writing 4 page letters each day/night while he was away in boot camp. Then, in Japan the day after Christmas for 2 years in a row... scared out of my mind in the Tokyo airport all alone! Wow- time flies! Our [4 legged] baby boy turned one a couple of weeks ago. I can't believe I have had him for almost a year now. He had surgery yesterday and will not be able to have puppies... sorry ladies! =] He is doing very well and just as smart and sweet as he was pre-surgery.
As I sit here waiting for my husband to get back home from helping his dad for a bit, I almost feel like a civilian wife and not a military wife for once. These past two weeks have been fantastic and even for the rest of the summer as he travels back and forth from here at Topsail, (our home away from home each summer) I can finally get that feeling of what life will be like VERY soon. I love my husband very much and I appreciate the military and the men and women who serve. I am so proud of the time my husband has put in and always will be. It is time for him to say his goodbye to the Marine Corps. He is taking online college courses right now and will begin working as soon as he gets out. Things are really looking up and we couldn't be happier.
Today we took a boat ride to Wrightsville to eat lunch at Dockside. Michael drove his dads boat and his Dad met us there by land. When we got back, we caught some shrimp in the canal and I cooked them in some pasta for dinner. So good! Here's to another month of summer! Boat rides, sand bar, beach and sun! =] We truly are two lucky souls and without each other, our family and friends, we wouldn't be where we are today.