Sep 6, 2012

A Few Things I've Never Told You...

I'm lacking some real blogging fuel here lately. I don't know if it was the fabulous 4 day weekend we just had or the fact that I've got a million other things to do, but my mojo is quickly dwindling. That ever happen to you guys? I guess it's just the ebb and flow of life. I know I go through this lull every so often...and pulling myself out of it is always worse than forcing myself to go to the gym. No joke. Of course, the hubs is usually the driving force behind that whole gym thing. Can't say no to a military man, now can I? Anywho, I had a few things jotted down that I realized I've never told you. Two fluffy things with one semi-serious thing sandwiched in the middle (because, you know, I can't stay serious for long). So for the sake of being random today...here they are (in no particular order):

I was featured on the Birchbox Blog...MONTHS ago...and I never told you.

Ok, so I think I told D and maybe my sister. But, that's all. Why didn't I mention it on my lovely blog? Would have been EXCELLENT exposure, right? Well, yes, in theory. But I felt guilty. Why, you ask? Because soon after this post went live...I cancelled my BirchBox subscription. Now before you all go throwing poop at me, I have my reasons. Legit reasons. I really did love my first Birchbox. In fact, I was emailing my girlfriends left and right telling them about it! I had only gotten one box, my March box, and everything in it was fabulous. And at the time, Birchbox was BLOWING UP in blogland. I was totally on board, too. Then I got a tweet from Birchbox at the beginning of April after I posted a photo on Instagram of my first box (at the time, I did a major happy dance! It was kind of a big deal). They asked if I'd be interested in doing a Community Spotlight piece with them and subsequently sent me tons of fun questions to answer about myself and my new Birchbox obsession. The spotlight went live in early April, but then I ended up never getting my April box. Or my May box. What the crap, right? It's like they fell off the face of the Earth. Of course, I contacted Birchbox and they refunded my $10 per box not delivered, but offered no explanation. After all the awesome things I said about my first Birchbox, I was floored. So, I never posted about my spotlight. Just didn't feel right at the time. And I was still feeling huffy about it all. BUT, now that time has passed, I feel compelled to show you all my 15 minutes of makeup fame! Here's the link to the post...go knock yourselves out. 

I have a wicked case of baby fever.
And the only cure is more cow bell. Will Ferrell, anyone? No. Ok. So yeah, the baby fever. It's out in full force again. I know I've never really talked about all things baby here on the blog, but there's no doubt about it. We want 'em. In fact, before we got orders to move to Germany, we were taking big steps toward baby making mode. *What, the what?!* I know, right? Insanity. D was deployed at the time, but plans were going to be set in motion once he returned home that February. Only problem was we were STILL waiting to hear where the Air Force would be moving us that summer. D and I made an agreement...if we stayed stateside, babies were to be in our very near future. If we got stationed overseas, babies to be put on hold 'till we were stateside again. So, we waited patiently (well, impatiently, really...the waiting was kill-ing-me!) until our orders came the first week in March 2011. Boom...Germany. No babies. At the time, I was totally ok with that. We were about to move to Europe! So much cooler than babies, in my mind. And there was no way in heck we were going to try starting a family overseas. My mom would kill me...but that's a story I'll save for later.


{I mean, c'mon! How cute are we with a wee one?! That 'wee one', by the way, is our little nephew Logan...who's now almost 3! Time flies, people.}

As selfish as it sounds, D and I want to experience our life in Europe to the absolute fullest. Neither of us want to be hauling around a diaper bag and cursing our hypothetical child for being born every time we have to cancel a trip because of an ear infection. Yep, selfish, I know. But can you blame us? Kudos to the parents to do this baby thing in a foreign country, but it's just not for us. Truth is, even though we've got that decision set in stone (unless some divine intervention happens...dear Lord, have mercy on us!), it still doesn't keep the fever away. And it also doesn't make being practically the only one of my girlfriends without a little babe any easier (my close knit group of ladies is still intact and baby-less, thankfully. We are lone cowgirls, for sure!). What doesn't help is that we're a minority in D's squadron. EVERYONE has kids. Everyone. It's funny, people were taking bets at our wedding on how soon they thought I'd get pregnant. Being the first one of my friends to take the plunge and wed at 20 years old, it made since why they thought that. Jokes on them, I guess. I've made it to 25 sans baby! Take that! Or...is the joke really on me? I can't help but wonder if our constant pushing back of plans could end up biting me in the butt later. Morbid, I know. I'm well aware that being 25 doesn't mean my biological clock has seen better days. I've got PLENTY of baby-making years ahead of me...but if you'd have told me a year ago I wouldn't have a kid right now, I would have laughed right in your face. Funny how life can make a U-turn and take you down a road less traveled. Hence the blog name. Clever, no? 

So, for now, D and I are just enjoying our time overseas and listening to God's plan for our future family (and I'm staying away from Facebook like it's the plague, but that's neither here nor there). I know He does all things in His good and perfect timing. Who am I to question that? Babies will happen post-Europe, come hell or high water! Now, with all that being said, if I see one more pregnancy or birth announcement this week, I'm gonna shoot myself in the ovaries. Seriously. You guys are not making this "standing our no-baby ground" easy! But, I guess I wouldn't expect you to. Babies are too cute and lovable. The fever happens to the best of us, right girls? {In all seriousness, to all you current preggos and happy mommas, we truly are thrilled for each of you and love seeing and reading all about your newest additions! Although I'm dying a bit inside, I really only hate you just a little bit. ;) }

Lastly and most randomly...

I'm a plant killer. 
Guys, it's bad. I don't think there's a plant in this world that I haven't bought, planted, then subsequently killed. Believe me, the killing is never on purpose! My plants do awesome for the first 2, maybe 3, months...then BOOM. Burnt and crusty geraniums. Almost out of nowhere they take a turn for the worse and then there's no saving them. It's a phenomenon that plagues me every year. I want so badly to plant cute little flower baskets and pots that produce beautiful blooms each season, but I know the outcome the second I touch a daisy with what I can only assume is my black thumb of death. Seriously, I'm baffled. What's worse is that my killer black thumb sticks out in this gardener's dream of a neighborhood I live in! Germans are THE BEST at planting and growing everything. EV-ER-Y-THING. I don't know how they do it, but Germany looks like the Garden of Eden year round. And here I am sucking the life out of plants like a a friggin' vampire. It's the saddest thing ever. I'm so tempted to walk across the street and ask my friendly German neighbor to give me a gardening crash course, but seeing as she doesn't speak a lick of English, killing the plants might be less painful...for me at least. Not the plants. My plan is to go buy mums this weekend and plant them. I've been researching up a storm about them and what soil to use, how much to water, etc. If I kill these things before fall is over, I'm throwing in the gardening towel and filling my planters with the fake plants from IKEA. Done deal.  Oh and playing off of random fact #2...if I can't even keep plants alive, how in the world are we going to keep a kid alive? Reason #294 why we're not ready for wee ones. Proof is in the potting soil.



And that is all. Thanks for listening. 
Happy Thursday, loves.

19 comments:

  1. :) I was in the same baby fever boat as you...even down to our friend taking bets at our rehearsal dinner as to when I'd announce that I'm pregnant (come to think of it—I don't think anybody won; I should totally get that money!). And I was nodding along when you said everyone has kids in D's squadron. Same here. I'm the only one without a little tyke running around. I think, once we found out we were leaving Europe early and we'd most likely go back to the states we said to heck with it, and started really trying. Oooh and I felt the same way every time I saw someone announce their pregnancy. Something was seriously in the water about 3-4 months ago, because GEEZ!

    Also, I have a wicked black thumb. I seriously need to throw out all of my dead plants, because it's just embarrassing.

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  2. Plants are way harder to keep alive than kids. Maybe it's because kids have a funny way of reminding you when they need something, and plants, well, don't! ;)

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  3. I always feel that sometimes those with kids don't really understand the selfishness life goes without having that procreative responsibility.

    I'm completely with you in that regard (the baby fever, absolutely not...lol). Almost all but me in the "Wives Group" has kids, but then only one of the Junior Officers does - so while I'm outnumbered by ovaries there, I'd MUCH rather hang out with the JO's than talk baby with the ladies (sorry ladies).

    [Sometimes I swear I'm wired like a man!]

    Because on the selfish note, the body can not be so kind post-offspring (gravity, stretch marks, sag, etc.) - and I'm good with the body I've got. :)

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  4. I don't think you guys are selfish at all for wanting to enjoy Europe as just the two of you. I know the wait is hard, but it will be worth it in the end! How much longer before you are back home??

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  5. regarding babies, you are so young and have plenty of time.

    I think your decision is very wise. I was 18 weeks pregnant when we PCS'ed here, and we haven't traveled nearly as much as we would if we didn't have a child.

    However, I was 35 and it wasn't like I could wait much longer :) Travel with a baby isn't too difficult but it's certainly different thank w/o one. If I was 25, well, we would have waited and really enjoyed Europe sans kiddo.

    Have fun!I am living vicariously through you.

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  6. It's so hard when that baby fever hits and then the timing isn't right. But I think you're making the right decision for y'all, and if the time comes that y'all change your minds, hey, it's not like you signed a contract or anything ;)

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  7. that is SO crappy of BirchBox...I hope they see this post and do something about it! But pretty cool you were featured girl. And baby fever...let's start a club. My sister is due in a few weeks and everyone around me is pregnant!

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  8. I think you and D have made all the right decisions with your life so far...I'm so proud of you both! And look at all of the wonderful memories that you two will be able to share with your little ones when the time comes. Children, however a joy, definitely put a strain on a marriage if they arrive before you are able to build a solid foundation with one another. Enjoy this time with each other while you have it sweet daughter-in-law...Miss you much, Love you more :)

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  9. I can relate on the baby thing! Our plan was to wait too but I got baby fever BAD!!! Too bad actually. So bad that...well..I had a baby! Good for you to wait until y'all get back to the states. That's what we originally planned on doing too. Not to make it worse, but we have actually traveled more with our baby than we did before her! Crazy, I know! But, it definitely was easier without a baby.

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  10. Don't feel bad about not being able to keep plants alive... when I bought my home back in March - the landscaping wasn't terrible but there was room for improvement. Me of course being a brand new home owner had grandiose plans of having a perfectly manicured lawn and flower beds - fast forward six months and my yard looks worse then when I bought the house. I'm going to hire a professional next year. LOL.

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  11. Hey girl! I know what you mean about blogging funks. It'll pass...it'll pass... As for baby fever, I'm child-free (with no immediate plans for any), so if you ever need to vent (or just feel ALONE) holla! I know it's hard when you're in the minority...there are days when I feel like EVERYBODY else is in the "mommy club", and I say to my husband, "Sometimes I just want to have a baby so people will LIKE me!" Ya feel me?! - Anyway, hope your day has been a good one so far...

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  12. Just so you know, not EVERYONE has babies. For instance, I don't have a baby. I know, you are shocked by this news. In fact, I work with 3 girls who are 2 years older than us and they don't have kids. 30 is the new 20, so don't get baby fever too hard yet. I need at least a good two or three more times of reckless abandonment in Chi-town/Germany/New York/somewhere tropical like old times before we have to watch your alcohol intake. :) Love you and miss you! E

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  13. Love all of the confessions here-- and baby fever must be going around... I feel myself coming down with it too. wink wink.

    Aloha,
    I'm so late, late, late but I'm following ya now from the GFC hop. If you're up for a bit of a ride, I'd love it if you'd join me at localsugarhawaii.com where we're riding the wave of life one teensy tinsy adventure at a time. AND this month we're launching our little etsy shop with giveaways galore. 'hope you'll join the fun...

    xo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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  14. I am a plant killer too! I can't keep anything alive! :(

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  15. Haha! I'm awful at growing plants too!

    I'm stopping in from the Friday Chaos blog hop. I'm one of the co-hosts and I'm glad you linked up!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    -Alexis
    www.livingthewifestyle.com

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  16. Great post! We're a former active duty Air Force family turned National Guard family. Jealous you get to have adventures in Europe. We never got there in the military. Oh... I wish!

    Following you from the GFC blog hop. Love to invite you to the Weekend Blog Walk @ At Home Take 2. Hope to see you there!

    Jessica
    http://www.athometake2.com

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  17. You have a very interesting blog! (don't worry - there's always hope for a plant killer - lol)
    I'm your newest follower from "life in a breakdown" blog hop. If you get a chance I would love for you to follow me back: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/
    Thanks
    Angie

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  18. Hi Casey, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  19. Omg we finally got flower boxes and they were all blooming and amazing for a month and one day I woke up and they are all dead. So dead. and I keep seeing people with these balconies full of the prettiest flowers all over the place. Its driving me nuts.

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