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Why I Started A Blog

It was fall of 2009 and we were almost at the end of our 2nd deployment. I was in Germany with an almost three-year old and a five-year old.

I was stressed out and ready for my husband to get back home. I didn’t know too many other Army wives at the time. Only a handful I had met over the few years in Germany. I knew I wasn’t the only one who felt tired and worn down from deployments with no real end in sight.

Awifehad tried starting a similar blog before but I didn’t really do much with it. I also had a blog for just friends and family that I started when I was pregnant with my oldest. Now that Facebook was getting more and more popular, I didn’t think I needed a blog to update friends and family anymore.

So when I decided to make this new blog, I wanted it to be different.  I wanted to share my stories and connect with other Military spouses. I had no idea how big the Milspouse blogging community was.

I found myself on Twitter and met a few other spouses and started visiting their blogs.

Within a few months I had several followers and I loved where my blog was going.

It’s been almost five years since that time. My blog has changed names, remember when I was Julie the Army wife? We have been through two more deployments, we left Germany and my husband got out of active duty and is now in the National Guard. We even had another baby.

Looking back over the changes in my life I am so glad I blogged through all of them. I can look back and read about it and remember those times.

When it comes to why I still blog, it is because I enjoy having a place to express myself. I also hope my readers can relate to what I am talking about whether it is something about having children or something about a deployment or a new book I read.

At this point I am not sure what the next three years will look like Military wise. Most likely we won’t be going through any deployments. Because we still live near Ft. Campbell, we still have a lot of Military in our lives. From the Commissary to the people I meet and hang out with. It will be interesting to see how my blog changes during these post Active duty years.

Do you have a blog? Why did you start it and what keeps you going?

Watching Them Grow

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As I sit and watch my boys play at the end of this summer of 9, 7 and 3 I can’t help but think about how much they are growing up.

Each summer they are a bit older and we are doing something new. Each summer is somehow a reminder of the years passing and watching them grow.

This summer I have seen some big changes in my oldest who will be 10 in September. He is more responsible and is able to do more around the house. We set up a new chore system for him and it seems to be working well.

My middle son is 7 and the one with Asperger’s. This summer has been better than I would have thought for him. He has had his frustrations but we are seeing more and more how he is figuring out what is expected of him. This is huge and I hope carries over into the school year.

Our three year old has been potty training and growing into a little boy. He cracks me up with some of the silly things he says. He tries to keep up with his brothers and wants to do what they are doing, which is understandable.

In the last year we have stopped using a crib, any type of special chair at the table and sippy cups. I need to go through toys again and get rid of some of the more toddler like ones. It’s Legos 90% of the time in this house.

I went to a few yard sales this past weekend and realized how many things we simply don’t need to look at anymore. From bouncy chairs to ride along toys. My boys are all too big for those.

As I think about this and how the baby stage is pretty much behind us, I feel pretty happy about it. Don’t get me wrong. I loved having little babies. Even though you don’t sleep, you are always tired and they depend on you so much, I cherished that time.

But we are moving on. I have always tried to enjoy the stage we were in as much as possible. Some stages have been difficult and that was hard. Others have passed us by without much thought.

Having a 6 year age group between #1 and #3 meant that while our oldest was in school, our youngest was still a baby. But that is changing. As we enter this post baby season I am excited about what it brings and how it will change things.

Daniel will be a teenager in just about three years and I know the time between then and now will go fast. Before I know it he will be asking to take driving lessons and then wanting to borrow the car.

As I look back over the years I am not sure what we have done right, what we have done wrong or if we will ever really know. We did our best through the baby years and I am sure it will be the same in the future.

Ten years ago this summer I was hot and pregnant with Daniel. I didn’t know what it meant to be a mother. I didn’t know what parenthood was really like. And here we are a decade later…still trying to figure it all out.

Anyone else leaving the baby stage forever? How are you feeling about it?

 

The End of Summer

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Less than TWO weeks and the boys go back to school. This summer FLEW by! Fastest one yet.

We had a big change this summer. I went from full-time SAHM/part-time WAHM to full-time WAHM. It has been quite the adjustment and I am still trying to figure it all out. What do I do from home? Well right now the majority of my time is spent working as a freelance writer for an Internet marker. I also make money from Scentsy and from blogging. It is a mix and hard to juggle sometimes.

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I think with the boys going back to school it is going to get easier. I have my own office which I am in during the day but I can still sometimes hear them. It will be nice to have them away from home while I am getting my work done. That being said, I couldn’t have asked for a better summer. After having a deployed husband last summer, this one was the opposite. We have been able to spend a lot of time together which has been great. We have been to the water park a few times, went camping and did some other random things.

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Ben has already been away for one drill day. It wasn’t bad at all. Then again, it was just for a day. We have been through so much more in the past that 1-2 days once a month doesn’t seem bad at all. Two weeks will be challenging but I don’t know that it would bother me too much. We will see when the time comes.

For the last few weeks we have been potty training my youngest. Oh my! What a chore! BUT he is now at the point where he usually takes himself. We just need to get him used to using the regular potty instead of the little one. We have about 2.5 weeks before school starts and I hope we can do it before then. This is HUGE because he is our last which means…no more diapers for us! After almost 10 years of them I am almost done!

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Gwen, our dog, has been with us about three months now and it kinda seems like she always has been. She has made friends with the two dogs that live next door which is super cute. They play along the fence together. She will hang with me when I am working sometimes and loves to just chill with us at night when we are watching tv. I am so glad we decided to get it. She has really benefited out family.

My mom has had a rough summer and I have hated being so far away from her. She developed Guillain Barre in June and was in the hospital and rehab center for about two weeks. She was home for two weeks and then it came back. She is now in the rehab center again and hopefully will be home the end of the month. We made the decision for me to fly out there and help for about 10 days. I will be doing that in August. I talked to her for a while this morning and she is doing a lot better. She is very happy that I will be there soon.

I had a fabulous time at the Scentsy Family Reunion and I miss all the girls I spent time with there. Thank goodness for Facebook!

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How was your summer? Do anything fun?

My Trip To St. Louis And The Scentsy Family Reunion

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I just got back from St. Louis and had an amazing time! I was there for the 10th anniversary Scentsy Family Reunion!

I had SO much fun!

I got to spend time with Scentsy sisters, see a new city, learn about new products and get inspired. I was also able to go to lunch with a high school friend I had not seen in years!

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I arrived on Tuesday and met up with one of my roommates. We hadn’t met before but had connected on Facebook. Since our other two roommates were getting in later, her friend picked us up and took us to the hotel. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and it was great. I was impressed by the free breakfast that they had each morning. We dropped our stuff off and headed back to the airport to pick up the other two. One of them was my Scentsy “niece” I had met last year and the other was a friend of our other roommate.

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Later that night I got to go to a Sarah Bareilles concert. Now I knew some her of songs but I didn’t know a thing about her. I loved the concert. She was a lot of fun. Found out she is exactly my age and from California too. I am claiming her song Brave as my theme song for the rest of the year :)

On Wednesday morning we had a 5K put on by Scentsy. My group walked and made it in about an hour. We all had to wear silly socks which was fun. After the walk I didn’t take the bus back with everyone else. I waited for my friend Heather to come pick me up. I met Heather in high school. We were both on the swim team but she moved to Rhode Island when we were 16. We have kept in touch and my mom and I got to visit her when we were 19. We also got to go to her wedding in 2005 and that was the last time we had seen each other. I am so glad it worked out to visit with her. She is now a mom of three kids too and I love that. It is a great feeling being friends with someone for so long.

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We went to eat at Fitz’s which was great. You can watch them bottle the drinks while you are eating. We then walked around a little and went to the Arch. We didn’t go inside but it was nice to see it up close.

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She dropped me off at my hotel and I met up with my Scentsy friends again. We had a dinner together and then went to the Scentsy pep rally and Train concert. We got to see a lot of the new warmers and scents coming out in the fall. In Oprah like fashion, they gave everyone in the audience a set of mini testers for the fall. That was super fun and exciting! Train was amazing too.

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Thursday we started all the sessions. This year in addition to the general sessions we had “breakout” ones too. We got to pick which classes we wanted to go to based on what we wanted to learn about. It was great! Thursday was free night but I had gotten some free tickets to the Cardinal’s game so me and three others went together. After the game we decided to hit the Scentsy store again and then a friend and I went to have a very late dinner at the pub under our hotel. We sat there looking through the new catalog which was nice.

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Friday was a bunch of inspirational speakers including John O’Leary. If you have not heard of him, go like his page. He has been through a lot but he is so encouraging and has a great sense of humor too. We got to listen to a few consultant speakers as well. I love that. I love hearing from people who have had so much success with the company. It really inspires me.

After the last session it was time for me to head home. I had to go early because Ben had drill the next day. It was hard to leave but in the end it worked out okay. They still hadn’t announced where the new Reunion was going to be and what our incentive trip was. I was waiting to hear from friends and got the news right before I boarded the plane. It was pretty much all I thought about on the flight.

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Next year the Scentsy Family Reunion will be in Las Vegas! I am SO excited about this!

Our incentive will be a cruise in Puerto Rico which is super exciting! I love cruises so I will be trying my hardest to win this one.

I would really encourage anyone in direct sales to try to attend their annual conference. It is investing in your business, allowing you the opportunity to meet and bond with others and inspiring you for the next year. And learning about the new products ahead of time is also a big plus.

I also loved that I got to visit St. Louis. My Mom lived there for a few years and it was great to see party of a city that my Grandparents called home for a time.

 

 

 

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