Monday, September 24, 2012

Care Package #1

Jake finally received his care package so I can post the awesome pictures (I forgot to take pictures of it before I sent it so he did it for me!) You will have to enlarge it to get the full effect. hehe. So this was the first one I sent him so it didn't really have a "theme" per say  Let's just say it was a "I love you and miss you like craaaazy" theme.

So I started out decorating the inside. I coated the bottom of the box with blue duct tape because it looked cool. Then I lined the rest of it with various pieces of scrapbook paper in different shades of blue. Let's start with the inner sides and leave the flaps for later.

Side #1: This side consisted of various someecards because we find them hilarious and yes, we do have perverted minds. Life's more fun that way.
Side #2: I had to add some "overly attached girlfriend" memes in there because yes, they are funny and yes, one of them is inappropriate deal with it. I also stuck a picture of us on there and a little quote about waiting for him while he's away (see I can be sappy sometimes).
Side #3: Some more sappy quotes about missing him and another picture of us.
Side #4: Darth Vader exclaiming "Jake, I am your father." Classic (slightly edited) Star Wars quote. He's a Star Wars nerd, and I have to admit I have never seen a single Star Wars movie in my life but he says he will soon change that! I also had the Tardis from Doctor Who on there because he and I are both fans of that show as well. (I just started watching it this season and I love it! Oh and the "Don't Blink Creepy Angels are going to kill you" episode was awesome too!)
Now onto the flaps...

Flap #1: Summer/beach theme since it's a depressing desert where he is now. He likes the beach and scuba diving and the likes so I thought it made sense.
Flap #2: Various Marine Corp stickers. I mean he is a MARINE after all. Kind of fit the circumstances!
Flap #3: My very own handcrafted Star Wars ship origami (even flying through the starry sky).
Flap #4: A simple I LOVE YOU!!! because it's true and 100% necessary.

  1.  A picture frame I crafted with a picture of us. So he won't forget my beautiful face (haha yeah right)
  2. Applesauce because it is yummy and healthy.
  3. Kleenex for when his allergies act up.
  4. Pistachios for protein and because they are just wonderful and delicious.
  5. Five Hour Energy Shots because he works long hours and is always talking about how sleepy he is.
  6. Pringles for when he is craving something salty.
  7. Batman Pez Dispenser because sugary pills are yummy and Batman is the shit!
  8. Monster Fighters Lego kit so he can keep himself busy, constructively.
  9. My little sister also wrote him and note and drew him a picture and my 18-year-old brother felt the need to add the note "Don't drop the soap" to be a smart ass.
  10. There were two other things that were somewhat personal that probably shouldn't be discussed. Use your imagination.
I am currently finishing up his next box, which does have a theme. Stay tuned for that! Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Phone Calls

I never thought something like a simple phone call could make me instantly super happy. No matter how bad of a day I have had, getting a phone call from my future hubby always raises my spirits. I wish it could happen more often and for longer amounts of time but I will take what I can get and I am grateful for every second I get to hear his voice. I believe a lot of people take things like getting phone calls from their boyfriends/fiance's, or husbands for granted. I know people who get upset when their men don't call them every night or reply to their texts right away. Trust me, it can be a lot worse. I've read military wife blogs and many of them go weeks and/or months without hearing from their significant other. The great thing about it is these women are so strong about it all. They don't get upset (I'm talking anger) because of it. Of course it makes them sad, how could it not? But they stay strong and because they love their men and understand that this is their life and their duty and they wait for them. Now I know not all the women do. I know there are some who betray their men and cheat because they are soo desperate for attention and love. To me, these women are weak and selfish. I don't need to go out and seek attention from other men to feel loved. I don't need to sleep with other people to feel loved. I know I am loved by the way Jake treats me, by the way he talks to me, and by the butterflies he gives me in my tummy when he looks at me. I will go through any amount of time and distance away from Jake because I know one day we will finally be able to be together. He is worth the wait. I cannot punish him or make him feel guilty for doing what he loves and what he was put on this earth to do! He is a United States Marine and he is a damn good one too! I look forward to spending my life supporting his career and helping him make his dreams come true, for I know he will do the same for me. It seems as though I got a bit off topic. Which tends to happen a lot when while I blog! All in all, I love it when my man takes the time out of his busy schedule to call me!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Honestly, I think I am one of very few people who can say they love their job and not have much to complain about (besides the 45 minute drive there and wanting to be paid a wee bit more). For the most part I don't wake up every morning saying "UGH I REALLY DON'T WANNA GO TO WORK!!!" I work at a Group Home through the company Opportunity Matters, inc. Though frustrating at times, my clients are pretty easy to get along with and because they are higher functioning we can actually have conversations with them and learn about their lives, play games, and take them places outside of the house. It's kind of comparable to babysitting but a little more fun.I have learned a lot about certain psychological disorders and various behavior plans which is extremely interesting as I am a Psychology major. I enjoy my fellow employees but there is honestly one thing that bugs the crap out of me. I pick up basically every open shift I can that avoids me going into overtime and shifts that don't conflict with my classes. As a result I am working every weekend and pulling a double at least once a week. I rearely ever take days off. When I have it has been to cut overtime or to go see Jake in San Diego. If a fellow employee needs to switch shifts on the weekend. I do it and rarely ever have to say no to them. On September 30th we are having a family reunion and I have not seen my family in months and months because I am ALWAYS working on the weekends we go to see them. My grandma lost her husband (my grandpa) earlier this year and she is extremely lonely and sad. I would like to have this day off so I can go see her and the rest of the family I have not seen in a very long time and some of the family I have never even met. However, do you think anyone could return the favor and switch shifts with me? Hell no they can't, but if one of their good friends asks them sure it's no problem. I get this feeling that no one at my work really likes me which doesn't make sense because I have done nothing to any of them. I'm at the point where the next time they ask me for help I'm going to say no not until they start returning the favor. It's so frustrating. In order to pick Jake up from the airport when he came home for his predeployment leave I had to bribe someone with $15 and beg them to take the shift for them to agree.  I shouldn't have to pay people to do me a favor when I am doing the same favor for them with no bribe.

I cannot wait to graduate and get a full time job, hopefully with weekends off, and vacation time. Even if it's just a administration job while I continue with my schooling I would be more than happy with that. I could work the 8-4 or the 9-5, be home in time to cook dinner for my husband, get some cleaning done. Have weekends off to go hiking, biking, bowling, or go on a date night, or take the dogs to the park, sit on the front porch and sip chocolate milk with a straw, or go to family reunions, take scuba diving classes, catch up on laundry, work on homework, read a book...I just want to be able to enjoy two days of the week. I have been working weekends for the past six years and I just need a break. I know people have it worse then me, I know I don't have much to complain about and I try to avoid whining about things but the whole never being able to take time off thing is frustrating and it's been building up for awhile now.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Busy Bee

Sheesh have I been busy lately!! School and work have been completely dominating my life! I am so glad I only decided to take 12 credits this semester instead of my usual 16 or 18. I absolutely love my classes but there is a lot of work involved considering they are all at the 300-400 level. Last week I handed in my minor application and my Senior Capstone application and I am hoping they let me do an internship because I am in no way shape or form good at collecting and analyzing data to make a research project. I'm doomed to fail if they make me go that route instead. I have also completed my application to graduate in May (I'M SOOOO EXCITED!!). I have to wait until my minor application goes through to submit it though. I am also appauled that they make you pay $25 just to "apply" to graduate. It's ridiculous if you ask me. I pay an arm and a leg as it is just to take classes here. Oh well though. It needs to be done.
While browsing the Facebook this weekend, as I sat at work wasting away, I stumbled upon a friend's recent honeymoon pictures. Boy did they make me excited to start that chapter of my life. I know I will not have a honeymoon anytime soon and I have no idea where I want to go (just somewhere warm and sunny), but I look forward to spending that week or so away from the demands of every day life. I look forward to spending that time relaxing and growing closer to my husband and experiencing new things in a place I have never been before. I look forward to doing fun romantic things with the one I love with no distractions. I plan on going this week without any technology to get in the way. I want to devote 100% of my love and attention to my husband and the experience. I know that sounds really sappy but it's something that I cherish. I think cell phones and Facebook have the potential to get in the way of enjoying a relationship and can potentially ruin one.  
In all honesty, there is nothing I want more at this moment then to be a loving supportive wife. There are days where I doubt myself and question whether or not I have what it takes to be a "good wife." There are people who tell me not to rush it and enjoy the single life (non married) while I can. To enjoy my youth and not try to grow up too fast. I can understand this. I know that this past year has held a lot of BIG changes for me. I got engaged which I didn't think I would be ready for until my mid-twenties. I soon came to realize that it doesn't matter how long you have been in a relationship with someone before an engagement. I've learned that when you love someone time doesn't matter. I never thought I could fall for anyone as quickly as I did but I found THE ONE. When you find THE ONE trust me, you know it and it is the most amazing feeling. I'm constantly getting comments from people that they could never make it in a long distance relationship. That it would be too hard and too emotionally exhausting. I'm not going to lie it is hard and it is emotionally draining. I do experience moments of weakness. Moments where I just want to crawl into a ball, hug my dogs and cry (I have a couple times). But then I think of Jake's handsome face and I think of his giggle when I tickle him (which happens pretty much anytime I touch him, he's that ticklish), and I think of all the sweet romantic things he has said and wrote to me, and I think of all the dreams that I have for my future. He is the only one I see in my future (ok I will admit last night I had a dream I was dating Christian Grey but that's a fictional character. Doesn't count). He makes me want to be a better person. He believes in me like no one else does and encourges me to never give up on my dreams. I couldn't ask for a better person to spend my life with because I have already found the best.


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