Wednesday, February 29, 2012


That's right.. yesterday we finally hit that halfway mark through this deployment. It feels so good to see the 50% ticker.

So, 50% down and 50% more to go. This is just looking better and better. I love when we hit these big milestones in the deployment!  It's going to feel great when my ticker says 49% left! Lol So now I will be counting down rather than up because that just sucks seeing how long we've been apart for... and if you're curious, it's been 108 days since last time we were together.

However you want to say 50%, .50, halfway, half, 1/2 ... it will all be fine for me :)

And to add on - Today I removed the last pink link to the deployment chain. We're seeing yellow now...there is a light at the end of this tunnel.  The chain is getting smaller and smaller, so I decided to move it back to my dresser. Just looking at it seems like it's going to be go by quick!

So between working 50 hours a week, going to school, and preparing packages for Matt and daydreaming of us being together on our 3 year late honeymoon getaway  (Ha ha)  I am pretty busy and hope that helps with the rest of the deployment.  And for Matt, he has been hitting up the gym and reading a lot of books to speed up his time.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentine Crafts Overload

Okay, so this blog is going to have quite a lot of pictures just because I had a lot of Valentine ideas to send to Matt.. Even though Valentine's Day is over with, I still thought I would share so you can possibly make these for next year.

Well, this is an easy gift idea if you're planning to give to a lot of people. I bought some Valentine bags and ribbon, then filled each bag with a different candy (conversation hearts, candy corn, jelly hearts, lollipops, m&m's, and peanut butter m&m's) Then I labeled each bag so it's easy to identify what to grab.

I found these little containers at the dollar store and thought they were so adorable. So I filled these two up to put them in Matt's package for himself.

Small gift box/bags make perfect Valentine's gift to put candy in or a sweet little gift. 

  I made some homemade rice krispie treats and then used a cookie cutter to shape them into hearts. I wrapped each of them up individually and then tied it with some ribbon.

 Using my cricut machine, I cut out some hearts and leaves and then I glued the lollipops onto the hearts and taped the leaves on the stick to act as if it were a flower.

Adding to the cuteness, I put a little note saying "you make my heart blossom"

 I cut out some butterflies and then poked a hole in the middle then placed a blow-pop in the hole.

Note reads "you give me butterflies"

 I cut out some large flowers, cut a hole in the middle then stuck a tootsie pop in the hole.

I put them all into a container so they would keep together and wrote "open your heart to love"

I made peanut butter blossoms and instead of using hershey kisses, I used dove heart chocolates. 

 Trace your hands then cut it out and write on the front "I love you.." and then with a long 1" piece of paper fold it into a bi-fold and write "I love you this much" and then glue it to each side of the hands.  I wrote in the inside "I love you this much x10"

 Take a deck of cards and then hole punch 2 hole and tie it together with ribbon or use ring clips.
Then write out 52 different things you love about your significant other, cut and paste onto the cards.

  Box #1 - all the bags and multiple candies for everyone.   the googly eyes are for the message ""eye" love you"

 Box #2
Box #3 - This is Matt's own box.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine's Day

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!  The day of love.. and even though I did not have my husband here on this sweet romantic day, I knew he was thinking of me from a distance because he had these gorgeous 12 red roses and vase sent to the house with a sweet note. I heard the doorbell rang around noon when I was upstairs sniffling and coughing and I went downstairs to see who could possibly be there and all that was there when I opened the door was this box from ProFlowers.  You could only imagine the smile on my face when I saw that! It really brightened my day since we cannot be together and I've been trying to get rid of this cold.

In addition to that, he had chocolate covered strawberries sent to the house!! He really is such a lover.

So, thank you so much sweetie! I love you very much and I miss you.

My best friend knew that I would be spending it alone and that I am sick, so she surprised me and got me this teddy bear, chocolate and giant card. This is totally not her style so I thought it was really sweet for her to go out of her way to do something like this for me.  And if you read the inside of the card, you could see that.. Lol the inside was signed, "From your not so gay friend at all, Sarah"

And also, Valentine's marked 3 months done in the deployment. We are almost halfway through and I couldn't be more excited to get this over with. I just want him to be home already!!
I'll post his Valentine Package whenever I know he receives it.. I hope soon, I'm so anxious for him to get it.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Anniversary Package

Since last Tuesday I have been busy every single day. Whether it's an appointment, school work, finishing up Matt's care package or going to work! Working 12-13 hour days only allows so much in between time to work on anything before having to go to bed and work another 12 hour. But, I cannot complain because I am working now :) I cannot believe it took me so long to get back into a career, although I don't regret waiting to get a job because I have been able to enjoy the time with my hubby when he's not deployed or training.

Anyways, I thought I would post a few items that I made and sent Matt for his anniversary care package now that he finally received it a few days ago and that I made time to finish writing this since it's been in my drafts for the past 4 days haha.

 So one of the crafts I did was embroider this pillowcase for him. It's a boy and a girl long distance sending love letters in a bottle across the ocean between them. 

 Up close detail on the bottle 

 Pillowcase on a pillow and yes it's meant to be slanted a little bit

3rd year anniversary is the year for leather as modern or glass for traditional but since he's deployed I figured leather was the easiest route so it wouldn't be ruined. I made him a picture frame with one of our wedding photos inside. 

 A few things I put in one of his anniversary package. Mainly gifts.
 Anniversary box with some quotes

Another anniversary box but this was filled with all food