8.25.2011

Earthquakes & Rainboots

As most of you have already heard, we experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia on Tuesday, August 23rd.

I was at work, standing in the kitchen, watching the my lunch in the microwave. The twins were upstairs in the nursery napping as usual. As I was lazily watching my lunch I felt a slow rumbling, and over the course of about 30 seconds it grew much louder and stronger. I could literally SEE the house and all of it's contents shaking in front of me. I called down the hall to Chad (the twins' daddy), "Um...Chad???" and we both rushed upstairs to the nursery. The second we blew threw the nursery door, we both assumed we'd find the precious boys screaming in terror. Instead, they were still sound asleep.

Living in the Midwest my whole life, I've never experienced anything like that before (not that VA gets earthquakes often) so I was quite obviously confused and a tad spooked. Seeing my little angels safe and sound was just what I needed to calm my heart.

Now we're preparing for another uncommon occurrance here in the Nova area. A hurricane. All week people have been buzzing about, getting ready for the storm.

Tonight, my dear friend, Cortney and I finally made our trek out to Wal-Mart and Target to gather a few supplies like non-perishable foods, bottled water, and flashlights. Everything was pretty much gone except anything you CAN'T use with zero power. But we got what we needed and headed home to avoid being out while there were tornado watches in effect.

When I got home, I caught up on the weather, tracing the path of the storm and Joshua and I talked about our plans for the weekend in case weather did turn extra sour. Josh has been told that his platoon is on call all weekend in case of an emergency evacuation (which is apparently becoming more and more possible as Hurricane Irene picks up speed). I told him that if Alexandria evacuates and he has to stay, so will I. Even if I have to hide out in the barracks, I'm determined to stay here with my husband.
He told me, very sternly, otherwise and that was the end of that. I've been ordered, by my loving husband, that if we evacuate I'm to drive straight on through to my parents' house in Illinois. No arguments. =(

Needless to say, this whole week has been full of unexpectedness and I'm not scared, but very uneasy about it all. Especially Irene. I've never had to worry about a hurricane before, so I'm not quite sure what to expect and I hate that there's a possibility that I'll have to leave my husband behind if we need to evacuate.

I'm not sure what else to say. I know this post has been mostly rambling about the weather and I haven't written a whole lot lately, so I apologize for that. But between work, car shopping, and preparing for the storm, things have been a little more hectic than usual. Not to mention my stomach is in knots thinking about all of the damage this hurricane has already done and will continue to do. I wish it was possible to show emotion more effectively through text, but just know that I'm very nervous/bummed/depressed/scared/etc. about all of this.

Is anyone else going to be experiencing Hurricane Irene this weekend? What are your thoughts/any advice on having to leave a spouse during a natural disaster?

P.S. On a much lighter note...Joshua and I have been married for 6 months today! Best six months of my life...so far. =) I love you, Josh!



Which reminds me, I should proooobably start posting about our wedding one of these days...

8.19.2011

Late Night Date Night {1}

Josh and I have been attempting to keep up with our Friday Night Date Nights and we've been doing pretty well. Most of the time it's either dinner or a movie, but occasionally we take it down a notch ('cause we're boring like that) and stay at home.

Because of a recent, unexpected $1,800 spent to repair Josh's beloved Infiniti QX4 and now having to abandon our poor money pit baby and purchase a new vehicle, date night was definitely on the cheap this week. But we most definitely enjoyed ourselves!

Today was meant to be relaxing on my end --- painting my nails, reading my new book, and listening to the gentle hum of the laundry running, but it didn't quite turn out that way.

As soon as Joshua got off work for the day around 1pm, I get a phone call from a very depressed hubby letting me know that the problem Infiniti supposedly "fixed" 2 days ago was most definitely NOT fixed. Now let me tell you...when I throw $1,800 at someone who told me the car was fixed, I expect it to be fixed. So needless to say, I was pissed and marched my booty straight down to the dealership to scratch some eyes out work this thing out.

All together, we spent about 3 hours at the dealership arguing that we didn't have the money to buy a new Infiniti, but weren't about to dump any more of our hard earned cash into the QX4. They definitely weren't happy when we walked away without spending more moola, but oh well.

So the hubby and I headed home to try some homemade BBQ chicken wings (not a good experience, by the way) before heading out to the Ford dealership to test drive a lovely Focus Hatchback. I LOVED driving it. Kinda sporty, kinda not. But I definitely felt comfortable driving it (even though it would primarily be Josh's car). We're not ready to make a decision quite yet, and want to test drive a few other vehicles when we get a chance on Sunday, but we've got to have a car for Josh by the end of the upcoming week, so we'll be buying a new baby sometime very soon!

After driving home in a superstorm (literally pouring cats and dogs...well...not literally), Josh and I settled in, drank some delicious, fresh fruit smoothies (compliments of my awesome hubs), and watched Arthur. I wasn't a huge fan of the movie, but it was fun to watch with Josh.

All in all, I'd say today was good, although stressful. Thankfully, when you're facing the unexpected, having your best friend by your side makes things a whole lot more enjoyable. =)

Did you do anything exciting (or not so exciting, like us) this Friday night? Do you have a regular date night with your significant other? Do tell!

Friday Confessional

Today I'm starting a little something new (to me) by linking up at Dandelion Wishes for Friday Confessionals!

I've seen a few people jump on this linky-train and really liked the idea of getting a few things off my chest, in a hopefully light-hearted way. So here goes!


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I confess...that I've been a very bad blogger lately. I've been meaning to post more and to plan more, but just haven't gotten around to it quite yet.

I confess...that our lives are very, very, VERY unorganized right now. With both of us officially working full time, finding time for each other, and spending time with friends, our apartment, meal plans, dates, etc. have gone completely haywire.

I confess...that because of the previous confession I also haven't cleaned our bathroom in...3 weeks. Ew. That totally grosses me out just thinking about it.

I confess...that I actually used Easy Off (very toxic and harmful to your body) to clean our oven on Wednesday. Very. Bad. Idea. I will never use it again. Any other (preferably healthier, non-lung-burning) suggestions for cleaning an oven are welcome!

I confess...that the first year of marriage is MUCH more difficult than I expected. Don't get me wrong...I knew it wouldn't be all sunshine and rainbows, but it's been a tough, but wonderful (almost) 6 months of marriage.

I confess...that I pack Joshua love notes when I pack his lunches. And I confess FOR HIM...that he genuinely enjoys them. =)

I confess...that my new employer is driving me up the wall. But I don't do my job for the employer. I do it for the kids.

I confess...that I'm feeling very "large" as of late, but that I have zero drive to actually get off my butt. Eating healthy = not too much of a hassle. Getting off the couch = too much effort.

I confess...that I have absolutely NO idea what I want to do when Josh and I move back to IL next fall. Go to school (for God knows what) or work full time (God knows where)? HELP ME!

And last, but most certainly not least, I confess...that, despite my disgusting bathroom desperately needing a deep-clean, I will be sitting on the couch today on my day off and pampering myself. If you need me, I'll be slow-cooking BBQ chicken wings, reading The Help, painting my toe nails, and possibly wearing a chocolate strawberry face mask. =)

8.18.2011

WILW #13

*Disclaimer - Blogger was being stupid ALL day yesterday and wouldn't let me post this. So today, Thursday, I'm posting about what I loved on Wednesday.*

Whew! It's been a very long week, Blog Land!
I haven't had much of a chance to blog since last Wednesday, so I apologize for being behind on my posts that I promised. Because things tend to flip flop a lot around here and sometimes I just can't post, I've decided to stop making empty promises and just blog when I get to it. =)

So here's today's post (now that I'm "getting to it"), linking up for WILW ... a little late!


Yesterday Today I'm loving...That Josh and I BOTH had the day off! That never happens (except a few times on weekends), so we definitely enjoyed the day together.

Yesterday Today I'm loving.....PRODUCTIVITY!


Between the two of us, Josh and I got done this list of things...
- (Josh) went to PT, showered, and picked up a few things from the commissary and Harris Teeter
- Made the bed
- Deep cleaned the kitchen and the inside of the disgusting oven
- Washed and put away dishes
- Unloaded and loaded dishwasher
- Completed 3 loads of laundry
- Deep cleaned the porch and grill
- Hung 3 things on the wall
- Vacuumed the whole apartment
- Organized half our files
- "Raided" our whole apartment to get rid of centipedes
- Vacuumed again!
- Made my momma's pasta salad (which I'll share soon!) and grilled brats
- Got rid of a few unnecessary items via Freecycle

After all of that we still had time to do the next thing that I loved yesterday!

IMPROMPTU DATE NIGHT!
I'll be working on Saturday, so we didn't want to stay up too late on Friday night. That AND Josh has a courtesy car all week from Infiniti while his car's in the shop, so we wanted to take it out for a joy ride. We drove out to Tysons Corner and hit up Cold Stone for some delicious ice cream and then walked around the mall, just browsing and enjoying each others company. =)

All in all, I'd say yesterday was a lovely day. =)

8.10.2011

Recipe Rating: Chicken, Zucchini, and Prosciutto & WILW #12

Here's Recipe Rating Numero Dos for the day. I found it on Real Simple's website, but made a few additions/changes of my own based on what Josh and I like. This was definitely an A+ in my book, but only a B+ in Josh's.




INGREDIENTS
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Lemon-herb seasoning
Olive oil
1/4 lb. prosciutto
1 yellow and 1 green zucchinni, cut into half moons
1/2 package fresh mushrooms
2 cups baby spinach
1 clove garlic
1/2 lemon

DIRECTIONS
1. Put frozen chicken in baking dish and sprinkle with lemon-herb seasoning. Bake according to directions on package.
2. In skillet, heat prosciutto until crisp, then shred into bite-sized  pieces and set aside.
3. Using same skillet and olive oil, sautee all veggies and garlic until just softened.
4. Squeeze lemon half over veggies and mix thoroughly.
5. Add cooked chicken and sauteed veggies to prosciutto and mix.


 Simple, easy, quick, filling, and healthy. Just the way I like it.

Now, for WILW! I'm linking up with Jamie (although, it's a little late).

Today I'm loving...

*That I got to cuddle with my husband on the couch after a long, stressful day while eating pizza and watching Quantum of Solace.

*That I get to sleep in tomorrow.

*That SPC Jergens had a clear CT scan today! He's been taken off sedatives, but is still not awake, so pray that he'll wake up soon! He's also been transferred to a hospital a little closer to home (location can't be shared due to OPSEC protections), but it's one less hurdle he needs to cross until he can come home. Remember to check his wife's updates on his conditions and please share this hero's story.

Recipe Rating: Crock-Pot Cashew Chicken

Some of you are probably wondering why I haven't vlogged about our apartment yet, when I totally promised that I'd do it MONDAY. Well, let me explain myself.

Monday = Me working from 8:30 to 6:30, making dinner, taking a walk with the hubster, and going to bed.

Tuesday = MUCH more important post about our brave hero SPC Jergens, a post about the twinsies, a HUGE to-do list around the house, and the lights in the dining room AND the bedroom going out (which maintenance has to come fix on Friday).

I can't show off our apartment very well without any light...so...the vlog will just have to wait a little while longer.

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Anywho, today I promised that I'd have TWO Recipe Ratings for you, so here's Numero Uno.
(P.S. I apologize for the lack of pictures on quite a few of these upcoming Recipe Ratings. I made a lot of them during my blog break and didn't think to take pictures. Sorry! I promise to do better.)

Without further ado, Crock-Pot Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice!

Ingredients
6 thawed chicken breasts
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
10 3/4 ounces cream of mushroom soup, canned
1 cup celery, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 cups cashews
 
Directions
1. Combine all ingredients (except cashews) in slow-cooker and stir well. 
2. Cover; cook on LOW 6-8 hours, or on HIGH 3-4 hours. 
3. Add cashews during last 30 minutes for a nice, even crunch. 
4. Serve over brown rice.

I love scouring the Crock-Pot website for recipes and when I found this one, Joshua MADE me experiment with it. We've had it 3 times since trying it about a month ago and LOVE IT. It's got such a good flavor and texture. I've even had it taste-tested by a few of Josh's friends who love it as well. 

Crock-Pot Cashew Chicken served over brown rice definitely gets and A+ in my book!  

A+, hubby's fave aside from jambalaya.

8.09.2011

Aidan & Adam

*Sigh* Today I have a day off (this week I'm only working Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) so I thought I'd write about the twinsies today so I don't miss them so much.

I'm not really sure what to say about them, so I'll just describe them each separately, then tell you about what our days together look like.

AIDAN


 I call Aidan "The Gentleman." Of the two of them, Aidan is much more relaxed and polite than Adam. He's got this adorable, natural comb-over and a sweet side smile that makes you melt. He loves dancing to the music from his mobile after a nap and can't stand to be left in his bouncy chair unless you turn the music on. He's such a great eater (we call him Piglet), but sometimes he tries to get out of it by smiling sweetly. =)

ADAM


Adam is "The Flirt." This little man is almost always smiles and coos. He loves to talk and if you respond, he'll mimic you or just open up a huge, toothless grin. He enjoys tummy time and interacting with other people (including his brother). When it comes to eating, he's almost always passed out after only 3 ounces (see first picture).


Here's a rundown of what our day typically looks like (for now)...

9:00am - Meagan arrives and the twinsies wake up. We change our clothes and diapers, then head downstairs for breakfast.

9:20am - We eat about 6 ounces of super-fortified formula for our little growing bodies. Meagan burps us and tells us how cute we are until we're done eating and fall asleep.

10:30am - We usually nap from the end of our feeding until about 12:00pm. But sometimes we wake up and want to play, so Meagan busts out the Tummy Time mat.

12:50pm - She changes our diapers again and takes us downstairs to start our next feeding.

2:15pm - By this time, we're usually done eating and fast asleep. Meagan takes us upstairs to our crib and attempts to eat some lunch.

4:00pm - Sometimes we're awake by now, and sometimes we're not. If we're awake, we play. If we're still sleeping...then...

4:45 - Meagan wakes us up for our final feeding until bedtime. She changes our diapers again and we go downstairs to eat. By the time we're done eating (around 6:15) we're fast asleep and it's time for Meagan to head home.

So that's what our day looks like, for now. As they get older it'll change, as it does already everyday. Pretty basic baby care. 

Care to see a few more pictures and videos of the munchkins? I'm more than happy to share! =)

Two months old, just home from the NICU. Picture taken by Mommy.

Look at how tiny they were at two months!

Just home from the NICU. Cute little newborn booties.

Now look at my big boys!!! They had just turned 4 months in this picture.

Aidan sleeping.

Synchronized sleep movements.

Adam testing out the Bumbo = Not so much.
Ignore the high-pitched voice and ridiculous baby talk. =) When I finally vlog you'll be able to hear the real me. Also, please ignore the crappy quality of some of the pictures and video. Phone cameras are no where near as good as my Nikon.


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Thoughts And Prayers For A Hero

Please keep SPC Brian Jergens in your thoughts and prayers today. A few days ago he was critically wounded by an IED in Afghanistan and seriously wounded. He lost both of his legs, fractured both arms, and has hemorrhaging in his brain, blood clots in his lungs, and his face is full of stitches. This man is a hero, a combat medic, one of Ft. Myer's own, and we're just praying that he makes it home to his wife, Jennifer, and his family and can recover the best anyone in his situation can hope to. 
Right now I'm completely shaken and heartbroken. This is a man that my husband knew and worked with before he deployed. Brian was a crazy guy, always laughing at everything and making trouble (in a good way)...I can't even begin to imagine how damaged his lively spirit might be after all of this and it would be such a shame. I'm praying that if God could give Brian one thing when he wakes up, that it would be his strong personality. He needs it to recover. Without it, he'll make it home, but won't be "all there." 

His wife, Jennifer, is keeping a small blog and updating it with every chance she gets, but it's difficult because Brian's still being treated in Afghanistan. I can't even begin to imagine what she is going through. Her best friend and husband is unconscious and critically wounded half way around the world and all she gets is a phone call every few hours letting her know a few details about his condition. Please pray for her. She needs as much strength and support as possible both now, and when Brian makes it home for recovery. 

If you'd like to follow the blog she created for updates on Brian, please click the link below. So far, there's no new news on his condition today, but I'm sure she'll tell us when she knows. But for now, all we can do is pray that our hero can make it home to his family. 
Pray For SPC Brian Jergens

8.05.2011

On The Agenda

HEADS UP, BLOG LAND!
This is what's on the menu for the upcoming week, so stay tuned!

MONDAY: My very first Vlog! I'll be showing you around our 550 sq. ft. box...As. Is.

TUESDAY: Today will be all about the new loves of my life, Aidan and Adam.

WEDNESDAY: TWO Recipe Ratings in addition to WILW.

THURSDAY: Another TWO Recipe Ratings!

FRIDAY: I'm thinking about starting a Friday confessional with Dandelion Wishes  in addition to my Late Night Date Night posts. Whaddya think?

SATURDAY: Yet ANOTHER TWO Recipe Ratings!

Whew! That wears me out just typing it...and thinking about typing it. This week is gonna be a busy one with work and a few doctors appointments, but hopefully I can hold on to my sanity.

I'm so excited to actually have a PLAN for this next week. Anyone else got anything interesting up their sleeves for their blog? Do share!

IKEA Loot

As you know from this post, today my dear friend Cortney and I hopped on down to IKEA "just to look around."

Yeah. Freakin'. Right.



You can't just go into IKEA and "look around!" No! If you go to IKEA you're bound to walk out with something. Even if it's just a bag of their famous Sveedish meatballs. Or maybe a yellow box of double A batteries for $1.99.

Anywho, so we "just looked around" and I came home with all THESE goodies! YAY!

First, I got this plastic baggie dispenser to put in our laundry closet.
I also bought a bottle of their sparkling peach cider, a bag of their famous meatballs, and 2 of these jars to store frozen fruit.
Now THIS bundle is what I'm TRULY proud of. I'm in love.

Duster, cork trivets, paint brushes, scented tea lights with glass cups, 4 of these frames, 2 of these silicone oven mitts, this adorable frosted lantern, and 3 of these awesome ice cube trays.
All together I spent a little over $70...so my next Shaklee order is going to have to wait until the next pay check. Oh well. Money well-spent in my opinion.

Next on the "home shopping list":
- A new pillow for Josh
- A red accent pillow cover (or just a new pillow altogether)
- Another Ikea container for fruit (why I only bought 2, I have no idea)
- A cabinet to replace our ugly "pantry" and another to replace our "office storage"

P.S. Typically I'd be on a date with my hubby tonight, but his platoon had an all-day mission to Pennsylvania. So instead I'm revisiting old episodes of Glee and catching up on all your lovely blogs. =) Happy Friday!

8.04.2011

Goof

Let me play this scene out for you...

Last night, Josh went to bed around 8:30. Yup. Eight. Thirty. Normally, I'd call him an old man, but he had to be up at 2:30 this morning for a mission to Fort Bragg.

Anywho, OOOOOBVIOUSLY his loving wife was SO not tired at 8:30 and just wanted to spend time with him. So what did she do?

She ran into the bedroom, jumped on top of him, and started bouncing and yelling, "Wake up, Joshie!!!" like a five year old. And then I smothered him with kisses and pinches and then... THIS HAPPENED. {Josh was the "puppy"}.





They cut off my favorite part where he acts like a puppy with his neck snapped. Haha! Anyways...back to the story.

So I snapped my puppy's neck over-loved Joshie sooooooo much while he was trying to get his beauty sleep that he actually woke up for work about 5 minutes early just to get me back! As soon as his alarm went off he got ready for work like he always does, so I thought "Good. I'm safe! I can keep sleeping."

WROOOOOOONG! 

When he was finished getting ready for work, guess what the little crazy pants does...just guess...

Yep. He jumped on top of me, combat boots and all, and started bouncing and yelling, "Wake up, Meag! Wake up!" 

I couldn't help myself. All I did was laugh at him and kiss him with my staaaaanky morning breath.  
I love that man. 
Psh. Marriage.
 

8.03.2011

WILW #11

Today's WEDNESDAY!!! You know what that means, right? If you don't, you should. I'm linking up with Jamie over at This Kind of Love!


Today I'm loving...

*That today I have a day off.

*That I'm going shopping at Ikea with Cortney on Friday.


*That the hubby has a four-day weekend coming up.

*That the original Teen Mommers are back. And just for the record, I hate Amber. Just sayin'.


*Playing Words With Friends with Josh and my mom.


*Having people over on a regular basis for dinner and games.

*My sweet, handsome little men (who I plan to tell you all about soon!).

Aidan.

Adam.

*Talenti Belgian Milk Chocolate gelato. This stuff is the tits. And for someone who's lactose intolerant, I've gotta say that THIS is more worth it than Coldstone.


*All the rain we've been getting to cool us off (98 degrees is much better than 107)!

*The feeling of (slowly) paying off my student loans!


*All of the amazing recipes I'm going to share with you next week! Next week will be ALL. ABOUT. FOOOOOOOD! My dream come true.

*Valium. 'Nuf said.

The "V" looks like a heart for a reason, people.

*That there's another TOG marriage retreat coming up in September! It's at the same place as the last one, but this time we know more people that are going! Yay! Should be a fun time. =)

*Making plans for Christmas and our first anniversary already! Can you say, "Chicagoland and NYC!"

*That the hubby and I are learning new things about each other and about how our relationship operates. So far, the first 5 (almost 6!) months of marriage have been TOUGH! Thankfully, my husband is gracious, forgiving, patient, and loving.

KIDDING!..........Kinda. =)
What are you loving on this dreary, but beautiful Hump Day?

8.01.2011

Happy Monday!

This weekend was so fun! We had a great time with friends on Friday, BBQ'd at a friend's house on Saturday, and spent Sunday grocery shopping and watching movies - just the two of us.

There was one part of the weekend that was not so fun though. On Saturday Josh and I spent a good 3 hours in the ER. It's nothing too serious, just  a strained/bruised lumbar (lower back).


I'd been feeling the pain progress over the course of a few weeks and just thought it would go away, but on Friday night I couldn't sleep because I was in so much pain. So on Saturday, after struggling to get dressed and in the car, they prescribed some Valium, Motrin, and good old-fashioned stretching to get my back in tip-top shape. It's high time I threw some yoga into my lack-of-exercise routine.



So far, so good! I've been on the meds for 2 days now and the pain has reduced drastically. But the Valium is having some really tough effects on me. Dizziness, nausea, and lack of appetite to name a few. Because of this, I can't take it while I'm at work...which is when I'll need it the most! But I'll put on my big girl panties and deal with it until I can get home and drug up. =)

Other than that, our weekend was very refreshing! It was great to spend so much time with Josh, something that's been rare since we're now both working full time.

Speaking of working full time...today I'll be spending the day with these adorable little men. I still can't believe that they'll be 4 months old this week! It's crazy how time flies.

Aidan - The Gentleman. Adam - The Flirt.

Anywho, I'd like to give you guys an overview of what's on the agenda for the month of August!

*Unfinished apartment tour.
*Job update.
*Wedding ABC's, recap, pictures, etc.
*Honeymoon recap and pictures.
*TONS of recipes!
*Pinterest Challenge --- Summer Edition.
*Friday Night Date Night recaps.
*And any random updates I feel I should share. =)

Is there anything you'd like to see more/less of? Any topics you'd like me to talk more about? Anything at all? If so, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email (snoopys_sweetheart@hotmail.com) and I'll do my best to make my readers happy. =)

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

P.S. I've read all of your amazing comments from the past week, but being so busy this weekend has kept me from responding. Please don't be offended! I plan on responding to you all when I get a free chance today. Love you all!