Sunday, April 17, 2016

Why I Hate April (and other stuff)

I really suck at this whole "keeping up on the blog" thing.
Really suck.
In my defense, April is a crazy month for us college kids.
With the semester winding down to an end, finals looming around the corner, big projects and papers being due, and the dreaded registration process beginning for summer and fall, it's a pretty busy time of the year!
Registration actually gives me mouth ulcers.
It's seriously the most stressful thing ever trying to figure out which classes you need take, which professors are good (by good, I mean easy), which classes fill up fast, and if you're gonna even get in the classes you need to graduate. 
I have spent more time than I am willing to admit on Texas A&M's class search schedule and Rate My Professor this month.
I think I've actually dreamed about registration.
But seriously....
Registration is the most awful time of the year. 

So instead of blogging about something meaningful or about some awesome event that has happened in my life, here's just a mish mosh of randomness and photos that I have taken this month.
If you follow me on Instagram, you've most likely seen all of these photos on there.

I'm in love with this Marine Corps flag my husband made for our backyard!

I bribed my kids with snacks to take a photo together on National Sibling day.

Mattis loves lawn mowers. 
He follows Nick around with his little pretend lawn mower and "mows the yard".
I hope he likes mowing the yard when he's older!

Nick working on some flags for our business Bell's Old Glory shop.
Look us up on Facebook: Bell's Old Glory Shop!!

I got these cool shirts from Valhalla Wear
Nick and I wore them to class together on
I think they're pretty funny.

Some random photos of my little man.

We have two nannies this semester who are both in a sorority at A&M.
Lucky Mattis gets to go to the sorority house every week for lunch.
I'm sure he just HATES all the attention he gets from all the pretty girls.

Nick went to "the field" for one night this weekend with the A&M Corps of Cadets midshipmen (you could hardly call a 24 hour overnight stay in the woods an actual field op).
 But with him being gone, it was just the kids and me.
It was kinda nice to have some special time with just the kids and me.

Dannika was asked to participate in a photoshoot for A&M this weekend for an advertisement.
She was pretty excited.

It was some serious business!
Watch out Gigi Hadid!

 We ended our Saturday night with a visit from our Rachel (one of Mattis' nannies).
It's always a fun time when she comes to hang out with us!
Oh, and the other baby in the photo is our neighbor's adorable baby, Kylie.

So there's my April in review!
Hopefully after April is over, I can hope back on the blogging train more!
Hope y'all had a great weekend!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Why Must They Grow?

We recently just got Dannika's 1st grade school photo. 
I actually forgot it was picture day, but luckily, she had just gotten new clothes.
Her picture turned out pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.

This was her Kindergarten school photo...
And her first grade photo....
Umm...why does she look SO old in just a year?!?!
Do they really change that much so fast?!?
You never realize just how much your kid's change and grow until you see a before and after photo.

It's hard for me to even grasp that she will be a SECOND grader in the fall!
I mean, I am still imagining my bald little baby that didn't take her first steps until she was past 20 months old!

I vividly remember doing this fun Father's day photoshoot in Laguna Beach when Nick was deployed!
I can't believe how fast they grow!

I am trying my hardest to slow time down a little bit, but it just seems to speed up more.

But really...
Why must they grow?!

Friday, April 8, 2016

I've Kinda Been Sucking...

At blogging.
School, kids, and life....
I feel like my life is pretty well documented on Instagram (@domesticatedcombatboots) and on Facebook.
But it is nice to get on the old blog and explain things better.
I'm actually thinking about changing the name of my blog. 
When I first got out of the Marine Corps, I really wanted to blog about my life as a former Marine turned Marine spouse.
That's how the name "Domesticated Combat Boots" was born.
The transition phase was tough for me, and I had a lot to blog about.
I mean going from "war fighter" to "Marine spouse/stay at home mom" was not the easiest thing.
I feel like I am finally done "transitioning" out of the Marine Corps, and I have somewhat adjusted back into the civilian population (somewhat....haha).
I also don't feel so "domestic" anymore since I am in school full time.
Ask me the last time I baked....I don't remember.
So I'm thinking of a title more fitted to where my life is right now.

Did anyone else find it weird to have Easter in March?! 
I feel a little cheated because my Easter decorations didn't get to stay up as long.
I managed to snap some photos of the kids in their Easter attire.
I didn't get any good ones of them together because Mattis refuses to cooperate because he hates me.

This shot was taken totally randomly, by accident, and he ends up looking like a dang J.Crew model.

I know I have said many many times about how awesome our cul-de-sac is.
But here is just another reason why it's so awesome.
On Easter Sunday, the entire street collectively put together an Easter egg hunt for all the kids.
It just so happens that we have a College Station Firefighter that lives on our street, and he just happened to be on duty that day.
So he brought his fire truck on our little cul-de-sac for the kids to see and play on!

The "Easter Bunny" brought Dannika a new bike!

We had an activity table for the kids...

Our "cul-de-sac mafia"

Confetti eggs (cascarones) were a big hit!

It's so sad to think that we only have another year and a half left here in this wonderful town.
I seriously can not imagine my life being anywhere else, but...
I fell in love with a guy who fell in love with a job that uproots our family and takes us all over the world every three(ish) years.
But I will be forever grateful to God for letting us live in "heaven" for just a little while on this wild ride called the "Marine Corps".