autism, our second daughter

Shine Leila Shine

I could never really describe to you our Leila. There's so many layers to her personality; her being. She is my infinite happiness, my heartbeat. When I dig deep into my heart in search of words that I want you to know about my girl is that she's hilarious, she's the most kind person I've… Continue reading Shine Leila Shine

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family, living the military life, my smoking hot husband, our first daughter, our second daughter, Spain, travel

Grazalema: The Hike

This past weekend, I got the hankerin' for a change of scenery.┬áBeing Navy, our life usually brings us near the ocean. After almost 8 years of living near the sea, we've grown accustomed to beach life. The sand, sun and tan lines are wonderful, of course, but this Missouri girl sometimes misses spending a day… Continue reading Grazalema: The Hike

family, just for fun, motherhood, our first daughter, our second daughter

Embracing a Good Mess

In my pre-Mom years, when I saw a sticky-fingered, snot-nosed, messy child, I vowed that I would never be that Mom who would ever let that happen. When my oldest, Aliana was a toddler, she was the epitome of a girly girl. She was neat and tidy. I have saved the majority of her clothing… Continue reading Embracing a Good Mess

our first daughter, our second daughter, Spain

Feria: My Girls

Lately there has been much ado about Feria in Southern Spain. Don't worry; if you're not familiar with Feria, read on, my friend. There is much to learn! Since we live in Southern Spain, our household did not escape the Feria hype. Each town hosts their own Feria on different dates so there is much… Continue reading Feria: My Girls

church, close to my heart, friends, living the military life, motherhood, our first daughter, our second daughter, travel

Oh, Florida.

We did so much traveling in 2011, brought our kids along and it made for one exciting year. We started out 2011 with a trip to California visiting DisneyLand and SeaWorld, then Minnesota in February to see my sister, moved to Spain in March with trips to Portugal and Barcelona and now here we are… Continue reading Oh, Florida.

friends, our first daughter, our second daughter, travel

My Afternoon With Wild Worses

Confession: I used to be a fan of (dramatic pause) Jon & Kate Plus 8. I know, I know... I'm without a doubt losing whatever cool points I had by admitting this. I assure you, I'm still cool (er, I hope). Anywho, on one of the episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8, Jon &… Continue reading My Afternoon With Wild Worses

EOD, family, friends, living the military life, my smoking hot husband, our first daughter, our second daughter

The Meal With Turkey and Stuff

Sometimes, as a military family, the location for a Thanksgiving dinner is less than ideal. In my 7 years of marriage, I have never cooked a turkey. Thanksgiving, to me, is a time to challenge my siblings and cousins to relentless games of Mario on the Nintendo for hours on end. And I guess, if… Continue reading The Meal With Turkey and Stuff