Thursday, September 30, 2010

My wake up call

I woke up this morning to rain being hurled against my window by the wind. It honestly looks like a tsunami outside. My first thought was roll over and go to sleep. So I did that. Then it woke me up again so I got out of bed. As soon as I walked to the back door my jaw dropped. I couldn't even see through the glass door because the rain was constantly being thrown against it.

My next thought was "OMG I have to go out in this today!" Yep. I have a dentist appointment to get my last 2 teeth filled. I considered canceling but I really just want them done already. If I wait any longer I'm scared they wont stop being sensitive by Thanksgiving and I'll have to pick and chose what I eat and well that's not happening. So I kept my appointment.

My next thought, which probably should have been my first, was to check on the water stain above our bed. My husband noticed last night that there was a dripping noise and then we looked up and saw a nice sized water stain. So he got up into the attic and put a bucket over it to catch the water. Well we could still hear the dripping so he went back up and put a towel in the bucket. Much better.

Thankfully it didn't grow or collapse on us over night. Still a nuisance. That just shows how much rain we have had this week. It's ridiculous.

I let my dog out to go to the bathroom and he found all of the puddles. The whole strip next to our back fence is flooded. He does laps in it. He runs through it turns around and runs back. Repeatedly. It's kind of funny but annoying too.

Anyways, my day is going to be awful. Between teeth drilling and torrential down pours. Yuck.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I got the job!! The family is awesome and their little boy is very sweet. I am so excited!! :-)

Potential job

I was contacted yesterday by a woman who needs someone to watch her child before and after school. Her son has Asperger syndrome which is like a high functioning version of Autism. My brother has Asperger syndrome so I grew up with it and I am very comfortable around people who have it.

I have a meeting tonight with the family and I really hope they like me and want me to care for their son. I am really excited about being able to help out a family going through the same thing my family did. The only difference is that my brother didn't get diagnosed until late in life. Now people are more aware and diagnosing this early gives the children a better chance at a normal life.

This job is perfect. They will only need me for a couple hours a day and I will have the entire school day off unless there is a holiday or early dismissal. That means I can schedule my doctors appointments around work without having to take time off. Plus I will get to rest if I need to during the afternoons.

Lets keep our fingers crossed that I get the job!!

Rain, rain, more rain...

It has been raining for days here in North Carolina. I don't mind a rainy day. I don't feel so bad about laying around all day. When it's an entire week of rain it gets a bit dreary. I can't do anything because it's down pouring. I can't even let my dog out to go potty because my back yard is flooded and he has to swim to the high spot to poop.

Another downer is that we have Direct Tv. Which means we have a satellite. For those of you who have cable or time warner cable like I wanted, it means that when it rains our tv can't get signal and the shows pretty much just pause or stutter. It's ridiculously annoying and makes the day that much more boring.

I've never been a big tv watcher but when I don't have anything else to do all day it becomes a little bit of a habit to see whats on tv.

I try reading but I have to be in the mood to read and I can't find the motivation. I hate sitting on my computer because thats just as bad as watching tv all day.

I can only clean so much and I'm a fast cleaner so I can pretty much do my entire house in an hour. I don't have any hobbies like drawing or anything to keep me occupied that way either.

What do you do on rainy days?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

So about the ball...

We aren't going now. For a couple reasons actually. There was only 100 tickets to be sold for the entire company. That means it was sold out before my husband ever found out about it. Awesome number 1. Awesome number 2 is that the tickets are $50 a person. REALLY? They know what kind of money we make, they know that is a little ridiculous. The worst part is they are less expensive for officers. That one makes sense lol.

So it being expensive doesn't matter since it's sold out anyways. I actually decided I wasn't too upset about it because the more I look at my dress the more I realize how fat I'm going to be. Also, I'm already in pain every day all day so what made me think I would want to be all dolled up in uncomfortable shoes on my feet for an entire night? NO IDEA! haha. That's why it was an easy decision when my husband told me that they are going to have a platoon ball so that everyone who didn't get tickets for the other one can still have a ball. Although the tickets are half the price the previous reasoning had me pretty much begging my husband not to make me go. That was easy since he's not much of a dress up and dance kind of guy anyways.

So long story short, no ball for us. I am COMPLETELY ok with it though. It really didn't register to me that I was pregnant and going to look nothing like I did in high school at prom until I went to the dress giveaway. I tried on so many dresses and everything made me look huge. When I tried on dresses before I didn't really have a huge belly. Now I'm definitely showing and the dresses are making sure I know it.

I had this image of me looking so glamorous and beautiful next to my husband and then I realized I'm not having one of those kind of pregnancies! There are two types of pregnancies ladies; the glow and the "get this baby out of me already." I am not having the glow type. That would be the ones you see on tv and of course nothing can happen that wonderfully. Instead I am 17 weeks pregnant and already so uncomfortable all the time that I am finding myself wishing this baby was out of me already.

Anyways, that means I would not only be uncomfortable through the entire ball, but it would be a miracle if I looked anywhere near glamorous that night.

So the next step is giving away my dresses that I have. I have posted 2 on lejeune yardsales already. I have 2 more that are from my proms but not only do not fit me anymore and probably never will again, but one is more of a high school homecoming dress. I haven't decided if I should post those too or not.

Any girls in the Lejeune area that needs a dress for the ball? Let me know and I will see if I can help you out!

Monday, September 27, 2010

You don't cook?

I have a question. Why are there women who don't cook? No wait let me rephrase. Why are there WIVES who don't cook?

It doesn't make sense to me. Do you order out every night for dinner? Or by frozen food that can just be popped in the oven? I am all for the quick dinner like chicken nuggets and fries but I can't imagine eating those every night. I absolutely love cooking. It not only smells delicious in my house every night but we have healthy meals for dinner.

Maybe this is why America has an obesity problem? In previous generations the wives made dinner every night and cooking was a necessary skill. Now we have such fast paced lives that maybe it's just too convenient to grab the Digiorno or call up some chinese.

When you cook a homemade meal you know exactly what you are eating and exactly what is going into your bodies. It feels great to be able to create amazing recipes or recreate favorite recipes. It really is a great skill to have.

When I sent my husband to work with left overs for lunch he actually has guys ask him where he got it from. When he said dinner from the night before that his wife made they are genuinely surprised that I cook for him. Can you believe this?

I don't know. Maybe I am a little old fashioned. I just believe that there should be a home cooked meal on the table whenever possible. I love going out to dinner so doing that once a week or so is great too. I also understand busy schedules and feeling like there isn't time. I had a faced paced childhood with lots of late sports games and dance recitals and my mom still made dinner most nights. We just ate a little later sometimes.

I never cooked as a kid. I watched my mom cook and I always knew that when I got married or lived on my own I would cook too. It's not something that you need to learn as a kid in order to do as an adult. If you can read a recipe you can cook.

So go cook for your man! Make him his favorite dinner and I promise you he will have a new twinkle in his eye. After all, the easiest way to a man's heart is through his tummy!

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

My weekend.

This weekend was absolutely awful and then really great. I posted a little while ago about how my husband seems incapable of being able to use patience with me and how our communication stinks. Well it finally turned into a huge battle.

It started out with the dress event. I didn't expect to be gone all day. Maybe 2 hours tops but not like 6 hours. That apparently upset my husband in some way so by the time I got home he was in defense/payback mode. I got home around 4 and we barely talked from then until 7 or 8ish when he decided to go to the neighbors for a fire.

Well that annoyed me because he had a fire with them the night before and I didn't attend because the idea of sitting in a lawn chair made me want to cringe. (Pregnancy is doing a number on my ability to be comfortable anywhere). We hadn't seen each other all day and I thought the only reason we weren't talking once I got home was because he was watching football. Apparently I was wrong. But anyways, he went across the street with captain morgan in one hand and beer in the other leaving me livid.

So what did I do? Complained to my mom of course. I should have known when he asked me to buy coke at the grocery store that there was going to be some drinking going on this weekend.

Anyways, into the good stuff. Earlier he had made a comment along the lines of I didn't want to go to the fire because it's a huge headache for me to be social or something like that. That ticked me off because I assumed he should have known it was the fact that I can't sit on a couch and be comfortable there was no way I was going to suffer  for 4 hours outside in a lawn chair. BUT he's a man and doesn't think like we do.

So when he got over there he text me saying there are lots of people here you should come. I said no I'm good. Then I asked him to be quiet when he got home because he slams doors when hes sober and I didn't want to think of how bad he would be trashed. He said ok and was nice about it.

I then asked him if he wouldn't mind trying to sleep in the spare room to see if that made a difference in how I slept at night. That pretty much started it all. He didn't understand that it was because I can't sleep with him in the same bed because of his habits. He took it as the beginning to the end of our marriage.

After that it turned into a huge argument and I could tell with every text that he was getting drunker and drunker. That made me madder and madder. I was telling him what we need to work on and that he is an awful drunk and he told me that I should just leave since I am going to leave him on deployment anyways. STOP RIGHT THERE. That was my last straw. That made me so angry.

He said a lot of things that I knew he was only saying because he was drunk which stinks. It ended with him coming home and slamming all of the doors. I got up out of bed and went into the spare room to yell at him. That led to me grabbing his cell phone and chucking it at the wall and walking out. I then packed my suitcase of clothes and was fully prepared to leave. I should probably add that the things he said that I knew he didn't mean, well actually I was wondering if he really meant it at this point, was telling me to just leave over and over again.

So I was packing and he came in to stop me. I should mention I have never been that angry in my life. I have never thrown anything or raised my hand or anything along those lines. I am still embarrassed about how angry I let myself get the other night.

I ended up collapsing on the bathroom floor balling my eyes out and he came in to held me. I did fight him at first to let me go but I gave in after a while. It all ended with both of us sitting on our bed crying and talking.

He pointed out how this always happens with us. We always get to a point where we can't stand one another anymore and we just lash out. In the past we just left but each time we have been slowly getting stronger through it. I think this was our final realization that something needs to change. We actually talked and discussed what we need to work on to fix this.

We both have a problem with letting each other know when something is bothering us at the time it's bothering us. That is a huge issue we are going to fix now. Another one is him opening up to me a little more. He doesn't show his emotions and it leaves me wondering way too much. Also, his patience. Obviously mine too but I have been using all of my patience that is why I snapped so badly. I had none left.

Our biggest problem is communication. We are aware of it and hopefully going to work on it. We have talked about it before but never really done anything about it but I feel really good about it this time.

Anyways, if you made it all the way through this thank you for reading. I wrote this to hopefully make someone aware of their problems too. We both really hate that we let it escalade to what it became and I hope that before you let it get there you think of this and remember to step back take a breath and just talk!

Talking is so important.

I love my husband with everything I have. He really is an amazing person and an awesome husband. We just have some things to work on.

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dress giveaway

Today I went with one of my friends to a dress giveaway for all military wives. How awesome is that? All we had to do is show our ID's and we got to select a dress from like 1500 dresses. FOR FREE!! It was so awesome.

What wasn't awesome was thinking it started at 10 and whoever got there first got to go in first. Well it was more like show up at 8 am and get a ticket and then when your number is called you can go in. We didn't know that so we showed up at 9:30 and our number was 223 and 224. SERIOUSLY!!

At first we were optimistic thinking it will go by fast. Then we were told there was a number on the back to call and see what number they were on. We got there at 9:30 and didn't get in until 2:45. YEA!!

We ended up going back to her house for a while and just calling the number to see where they were. It wasn't so bad after we did that but waiting around would have been miserable.

In the end I got a really pretty, but very plain, yellow dress. It fits really well and has room for a bigger belly and boobies. I don't know if I like it more than my previous dress yet though. I think I am going to see about altering my other one and if I can then I will probably give the new one away for free. Unless I put them both back on and end up liking the new one better. We'll see.

Anyways. It's been a long day. I'm exhausted already.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekends!

Semper Fi<3

Friday, September 24, 2010


My husband asked me if I was getting annoyed by him being around today. I didn't realize just how crabby I have been lately. He said that I have been distant lately. I haven't said I love you as much and he feels like I don't want to be around him.

I felt horrible :-( Of course I love being around him! He's my everything. My problem is that I don't sleep anymore. I don't sleep anymore because I'm NEVER comfortable. I'm never comfortable because my back always hurts and I have cramps or my legs hurt. Between the complete exhaustion and constant discomfort I've lost any and all happiness. Basically I'm miserable and I didn't even realize how bad I let it get.

After he said that I thought about how I've been acting and I realized that I just sit on the couch and instead of talking to my husband I just think about how everything hurts and how I wish we had more comfortable furniture or that I could take medicine to get rid of the pain. I guess I take it out on him because not only is he the only other person in the house but I kind of sort of hate that he doesn't have to go through any of this  and I have to constantly suffer. It's really not fair at all.

Not to mention I married a guy who doesn't show emotion all too often so when I would love for him to show me how excited he is all the time by the simplest things he doesn't. I know it's just his personality but the hormones are taking over and it's starting to really get to me. Before we got pregnant he always talked about how he can't wait to have a baby and start a family and now that we are it's like he's ignoring it or something.

I guess if I wanted a more emotional person I should have married a girl. Men are so complicated.

But anyways, this is the start of my attempt to not let the discomfort and exhaustion get to me. I can't let it make my husband think I can't stand him. That's just awful.

I really might have to consider a different sleeping situation though. If I finally fall asleep at night I am ALWAYS woken up with my husband grinding or chomping his teeth directly in my ear. I swear I almost pushed him out of the bed last night. I just don't understand how I can stay in one area all night and he has to move so much! If he's not moving he's snoring or talking or chomping or grinding. I'm starting to lose my mind at night. I think it didn't bother me before because I could easily sleep through it. Now I can barely fall asleep all night let alone over and over again because he constantly has to wake me up.

Twin beds? haha.

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3 I swear I do, you just drive me nuts at night<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I just realized that it is almost October. I have nothing to look forward to in this month at all :-(
November has all of my attention. The Marine ball, Thanksgiving which means going home for a week, having my baby shower!, the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the first part of Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Hello activity!

October however only holds my husbands birthday. I would get excited for it but he doesn't get excited for it and it's hard to be excited for someone else's birthday when they aren't. Am I right?

One thing I COULD be excited for would be seeing the Tosh Tour Twenty Ten in Greensboro the 23rd BUT tickets are super duper expensive so I doubt that will happen.

I need to come up with something to be excited for during October or it's going to be such a long month.

Hey, maybe I will actually have my next appointment sometime in October instead of having to wait until November. That would be awesome enough for me! haha.

Anyways. I've complained enough. Hopefully I'll actually have something to talk about tomorrow.

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fun tagged questions

I was tagged in this post . I have to answer these questions and then make 8 new questions and tag 8 more people. Here it goes. 

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
I don't have much of a memory which stinks. But I guess I would say all of my dancing days. They were fun I'm sad sometimes that I gave it up. 
2. What do you do for a living (if you work outside the home or if you work at home)?
Right now I don't do anything. I am hoping to find a part time job soon until the baby comes. Then I will be a stay at home mommy<3
3. What is your favorite song at the moment? What is your favorite song ever?
Tough one. I'm not sure. Whether I like a song or not depends on my mood. 
4. What is your favorite TV channel to watch?
In the mornings it's ABC for Good Morning America, Ellen, and Dr. Oz. Then I usually move to HGTV. 
5. If you could have any job/profession, what would it be and why?
I would be a physical therapist. Preferably working with veterans who are injured or lost limbs. I would love the opportunity to not only extend my gratitude but to be able to get them to be able to live as normally as possible. 
6. What is your favorite outfit?
Right now it's one of 2 dresses I have. They are incredibly comfy and I really wish I bought all of the colors instead of just 2 lol.
7. If you could tell your teenage self something, what would you say?
I'm not sure. I would have to make a list because there is a lot I wish I could tell my teenage self. But I wouldn't want to alter any events so maybe I would just keep my mouth shut. 
8. What is your biggest blog pet peeve?
Umm, I don't really know. I have a lot of little things I don't like but in the end a blog is so you can write whatever you want right? I have to remember that more often. 

As for my 8 questions Here you go!
1. Who is your hero? Why?
2. Where are you from? Do you like it better there or wherever you are now?
3. What is your favorite TV show? 
4. If you had a choice would you be a stay at home mom or have a career? What career?
5. What is your best tip for new mothers?
6. What is one thing a lot of people or no one else knows about you?
7. Where is your favorite vacation spot? 
8. What is your favorite book? 

I'm not going to tag anyone for this. I want everyone who wants to answer these to answer them. Have fun with it :-) Sorry I'm awful at making questions haha. 

I've got to go get ready and then go get my teeth drilled again. yippie. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's Autumn!!

But it doesn't feel like it :-(

Ever since I went home I have been home sick. I think it's partially due to knowing in March I will be moving back and once I have plans set I get all antsy.

The bummer about being down here? The closest apple farms are around 3 hours away. If I ever got really motivated I might do that drive but 3 hours of driving for like 30 minutes of apple picking doesn't seem worth it. Boo.

Another bummer? It's still 90 out! It's a little breezier which is awesome but it's still hot.

Want one more? I know the leaves are changing up north and they aren't here. Ugh.

I miss New York. I can't wait to go home with my hubby for Thanksgiving.

BUT today, Nicole over at Flip Flops and Combat Boots and I are going to Wilmington for some shopping :-) Yay!

Have a great day everyone<3

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Monday, September 20, 2010

Baby update

My doctor appointment today was disastrous. First we checked in and were told the dr was backed up a little. So we waited just about an hour and 1/2 to see our doctor. Great. Then what made it worse was the appointment was pretty much just to hear the heartbeat. We didn't get an ultra sound or anything. He just waved a wand thing over my belly and called it a day. He didn't even tell us the difference between the baby's heart beat and mine so all I really heard was my heart beat I am pretty sure.

But wait it gets even better! I then had to wait another 30 minutes for the appointment lady to get back from lunch so I could schedule my 20 week appointment. Well not only did I have to wait an incredibly long time but she was a huge bitch. Sorry for my words but the aggression has to come out. You could read this lady's face and all it said was I hate my life and I am going to make yours miserable too. And boy did she!

She told me that since my due date was in march there wouldn't be enough available appointments to accommodate me and I would most likely have to wait until November. NOVEMBER!!! It's not even October yet! That means I have to at least wait 6 weeks for my next appointment. That's if I get in the first week of November which I am sure they won't be nice enough for that. 6 weeks puts me at the 22 week mark. I was informed today that because of my condition it is possible that I go into preterm labor around 24 weeks. As in 2 weeks after my next appointment.

I am trying not to freak out. I really can't help it though. I was told by the crazy lady that she would call me at the end of the month sometime to schedule my appointments. I plan on calling in 2 weeks to make sure I get an appointment within the next 4-5 weeks. If this is how they treat the high risk patience I don't want to know how they treat regular pregnancies.

Needless to say we did not find out the sex of our baby which at this point is really the least of my worries or aggravation. I now understand why people talk so badly about Naval Hospitals.

Ugh. Stressful day.

Today's the day!!

I am so excited!! My morning started with my husband's alarm going off. Thankfully he woke up around 7 so I just stayed up anyways. His alarm is that silly tiger song from The Hangover. What do your men wake up to? I bet it's not "What do tiger's dream of when they take a little tiger snooze?" haha

Hopefully I will be following this post up later with a post about whether we are having a boy or a girl! Every please keep your fingers crossed for us! :-)

I have another question for all the mommies and soon to be mommies out there. Since the beginning of this pregnancy I have gotten horrible break outs on my face, chest, and shoulders. I never really had great skin but I have never had anything like this! I have no idea what to do! I feel like I've tried everything. I've tried all the store face washes, ProActive and even just regular soap. Right now I am testing out Clinique which my cousin swears by and it doesn't seem to be doing anything. Did this happen to any of you? Did you find a solution? It's such a pain :-( Maybe I'll try asking my Dr about it today to see if he can recommend anything.

Anyways, just a couple more hours!! Yay!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My personal task

For a while now I have wanted to learn how to sew. I can do the little things like fix my hubby's clothes and replace buttons but I want to go further with it. I want to be able to work a sewing machine and be able to make really awesome creations.

I usually pick things up pretty quickly so I'm hoping if I just mess around with it for a little while I will eventually get the hang of it. It would be awesome to be able to make clothes or quilts or really anything!

I'm excited :-)

I think I need to learn to chill

I am a planner. I like to have everything planned out and thought through so I make sure everything goes smoothly. Well at least attempt to have things go smoothly.

Here is my problem. I am going absolutely crazy not knowing if we are having a boy or a girl! I have done as much of our registry as I possibly can without knowing the sex of our baby. I am I guess what you would say is ocd. I need things to match and I need to have extras of everything. I have our play yard, swing, stroller and all of that good stuff matching and it's gender neutral which normally I would not be ok with but the pattern is just so adorable I couldn't resist. Plus it actually works out so that we can keep it for future babies. Those are about the only things I can have be gender neutral though. Which presents my problem. I can't finish a huge chunk of the registry without knowing if we are having a boy or a girl.

It's really pathetic I know. But that's how ocd I am. If I have a girl I have to have pink or purple burping cloths. BURPING CLOTHS!! Something the baby is just going to spit up all over. It is ridiculous.

And I know I know, we still have the majority of the pregnancy left for things like that. The downer is that we have to do the baby shower November 27 because we are having it back home in NY and it might be the last time we can travel that far. I really want to have a baby shower knowing what we are going to have.

Ugh, I hate being so obsessive. I guess it's really good for other things though. Our house will never have clutter and will always be clean. It wont look like someone threw a bunch of mismatched furniture into a house because I think my head would explode if my house didn't flow ascetically. This goes all the way down to the fact that things have to be symmetrical in the house.

I'm so strange.

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3 Thanks for loving me even though I'm crazy<3
Love you too Little Sykes<3 Whether you're a boy or girl, you're still amazing already<3

Semper Fi<3

Friday, September 17, 2010

Our beach adventure

The past couple of days my husband has gotten out of work around 12 thanks to a class he has to take. So yesterday I took advantage of that and dragged him to the beach with our dog. It was a really nice day for the beach. It was warm enough but had an amazing breeze. We sat on the beach for 3 hours which we never do. Usually 2 hours is the max for us because he has very fair skin.

So anyways we both have pretty bad sunburns after but it was still a good day minus some little things. Lets just say my husband really has no patience with me when it comes to little things I do. For instance, I was walking the dog at first and he was so excited to be at the beach that he tangled Jon and I up together and I thought by following him around in his little circle that we would get untangled but it just made things worse. So instead of my husband just saying "babe if you stop walking in a circle I can get us untangled" he said "BABE STOP RUNNING IN A CIRCLE!" In that tone where you can tell if you don't stop he might just burst. So then I get upset because I've told him over and over again the way he says things to me sometimes really makes me feel like he's reprimanding me instead of just simply speaking to me.

But that was over and done with I didn't want to ruin our nice day together so I just hand him the dog and we continue down the beach. THEN we see recon marines in their little boats speeding out to a much bigger ship. I said I wonder what they are doing and my husband said they are probably loading onto the ship. My thought is they are loading themselves onto the ship. Well apparently that was absolutely wrong and the were in fact loading the boats. Let me explain. I said "Well they should just do trips to get everyone onto the ship instead of taking 12 boats." My husband then looks at me and once again in his "your aggravating me"tone says "No their loading the ships onto the bigger ship. Little ships are going on the big ships." Like I'm 5 or something. But that one wasn't even the worst one.

When we were leaving the beach we had the dog off of his leash at first and I would call his name ever couple seconds to make sure he knew to stay a certain distance from us. Then we saw another couple coming onto the beach with a little dog so we put him on the leash and once they passed my husband just let the leash go. I continued calling his name but this time because he hates running with leashes attached if no ones holding it. Especially the retractable ones because they snap up on his paws. SO I was calling his name so he would stop and I could unhook the leash. This time my husband pretty much just yells at me telling me the dog isn't going anywhere and I can stop calling his name. Well if he had just been polite and had patience with me like I've told him OVER AND OVER again he would have realized I was just trying to take the leash off our dog who look terrified of this thing chasing him.

Anyways I think I owe all of this to the marine corps. I should really start making  a list of things that they have changed about my husband and write a letter of complaint if he doesn't get his original qualities back after he EASes. You know, like after prison they can collect their original belongings? Something like that.

I'm just upset by this all not angry or anything. I know he will get it right eventually. It's not like I'm going anywhere.

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Know what that means? Only 3 days until Monday! Only one day left of this work week and then the weekend with my hunny<3 I can't wait for Monday. That is our next doctor appointment and hopefully the appointment where we find out if we are having a boy or a girl! :-)

I try to make every day go by super fast but since I'm not working again it pretty much is just me around the house with the dog. Today puppers and I are going to the beach! We aren't leaving until 12ish probably though because hubby got out of work early yesterday and we are hoping he does again today thanks to this new 2 week long class. We haven't been to the beach since his mom and sister were down so it's well over due before the weather gets chilly again.

Who had plans for this weekend? My husband said he wanted to go do something this weekend because the weather was supposed to be really nice. So I suggested Myrtle Beach because I love it there and we haven't gone in a while. His response? "That's a great idea! We can go to the outlets down there and hopefully get you some maternity clothes." How sweet is that? Keep in mind he HATES shopping. So for him to say that really made me smile. He is always thinking about me<3

Have a great Thursday everyone!

I love my husband, my best friend, my soulmate<3
Forever and always Mr. Sykes<3

I Love you too little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Baby Registry

This post goes out to all of you mommies out there. I thought putting a baby registry together would be a cinch. Man was I wrong. I am registered at Baby's R Us. I have some basics like the car seat and stroller, playard, swing, vibrating chair, diaper bag, 3 sizes of diapers, baby bath, high chair, health care kit, monitor, bottles, and baby shampoo.

Since we don't know the sex yet I have put off putting clothes on there and some other things that really end up being related to the sex.

I want your opinions on what I need to have on the registry! I feel super overwhelmed about all of this. It seems like there is a ton of things recommended to put on that seem ridiculous to me but then I am like well what if I really do need that or what if that would be an awesome help?

So, ladies, what would your recommendations be? What are those essentials that I might be overlooking?


Feel like I'm just waiting.

 I feel like I am just sitting around waiting to get more pregnant and eventually feel pregnant and then eventually actually have this baby. I am only 15 weeks as of yesterday lol. I don't feel pregnant. Yea, I have a little belly but nothing ridiculous where people are running up to me touching my belly (thank god).

It really stinks not to feel pregnant. I want to be able to feel the baby moving. Then I will be a super happy mommy :-) Right now it feels like people tell me I'm pregnant but I still don't believe them haha.

Monday is our next appointment. We are praying that we find out what we are having! Either way, boy or girl, we will be super happy and excited. BUT being the mom of course I would love a little baby girl :-) haha.

I am around the time where I should be getting bigger and maybe just maybe I will be able to feel him or her moving around soon :-) I already can't sleep, why not add on some internal kicking?

Anyways, I need to go get ready to have lunch with my hubby<3 He needs his cell phone charger so I get to bring him a sandwich too. lol. I'm a great wife.

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Middle of the night attack.

Ever since my husband has returned from boot camp he has been sleeping like a crazy person! I miss the old hubby who would sleep silently and still through the night. Anyways, let me tell you about the recent events that have taken place.

Last night my wonderful husband woke up in the middle of the night (the one portion of the night where I am sound asleep for a change) and proceeded to yell WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? Twice. Yes, normally I would have jumped sky high and screamed but he actually does this regularly. So last night all I did was tell him to wake up and shut up. My heart only raced for a split second before remembering he is sleeping.

He has done this I would say at least once a month since we've been married. The first time was a couple days after moving into our home and I could have killed him for scaring me half to death. This was the first time I immediately knew he was sleeping so it didn't bother me too much. Instead I just laid there thinking about how I should blog about this.

He also has conversations in his sleep which can sometimes end up being funny. Except nothing is funny when you are a pregnant woman trying to sleep and only really fall asleep once a night. Once I get woken up it's so hard for me to get comfortable again. The talking I can put up with though. It's the teeth grinding and biting that drives me nuts!

He chomps down on his teeth sooooo loudly and then proceeds to grind them ridiculously loudly. Oh, and he doesn't just do this on his side of the bed. He has to roll as close to my ear as possible and then do it. I swear I have considered separate beds. The pregnant me just can't take this!

Do your husband's have any ridiculous sleeping habits? If you tell me you might make me feel a whole lot better about mine :-)

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3 Even if you sleep like a bulldozer.

Semper Fi<3

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dress Swap?

I was just on Lejeune Yardsales (slightly addicted) and I saw a post for a dress swap! So I figured I would tell my bloggy ladies about it. If you are in the jacksonville area and have a dress that you are interested in swapping for another dress then get ahold of me! I will get you connected with the lady in charge and you could end up getting an amazing dress simply for your old dress :-) How awesome is that?

Don't have an old dress you can part with but still need an inexpensive dress for the ball? Still check out or (or if you are near another base you might have one of your own, look into it!). There are dresses for practically nothing and they are really gorgeous.

The ball

So apparently we are definitely going to the ball although hubby still doesn't know the date. All I can get out of him is "Well last year it was the weekend of November 10 so it probably is this year too." So whatever. We will just go with that since he is soooooo sure of himself lol.

He tried on his blues jacket today to make sure it fit for his inspection and well lets say I'm not the only one who can't afford to gain weight. I retried on my dress again today to try and get  a better picture for you ladies and I literally cannot gain a pound or I don't think this dress will fit. (In my boob area anyways). I guess all I can do is pray that either I fit in this dress come ball time OR I find another perfectly priced great dress on lejeune yardsales that's a size bigger. EEK!

Here are a couple pathetic pictures of me actually in the dress though.

Sorry about the crappy quality once again but since I can barely breath in this dress we're glad I got any at all. 

I may still be on the lookout for a dress... BLAHHH. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I got my dress!

I got my dress for the ball! We still don't know the date because heaven forbid my husband do the one thing I've been asking him to do lol. I have a crappy pic for you right now but I promise to post a better one eventually!

Did I mention I got this dress for $30? Oh yea. As long as my boobs don't grow too much I should be fine haha. It has room for my growing belly and looks amazing next to his dress blues. SCORE!!

I Love you Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I think we have a plan

I posted previously about how my husband and I couldn't agree on a place to settle down after his term is over. Well, after a lot of thinking and discussing yesterday I think we've figured it out.

After bickering back and forth about what we each wanted in a home town I started feeling really distant from him and he felt like I was trying to change who he was. This shook me. It made me realize that where we live isn't important in the slightest. All I want in a home is my husband, our dog and our children. Then I'll be a happy wife and mommy. This is a long way of saying I let him win. haha.

Before the Marine Corps my husband worked on race cars in Nascar. Lets just say he is amazing when it comes to mechanics and really anything to do with anything mechanical. He could get back into that if he wanted to but he left it for a reason. So, the new plan of action is to open our own motor sports shop.

Mr. Sykes has asked one of his really good friends to join us as a partner in this endeavor. I whole heartedly agree on this decision because not only will we have his expertise as well but since we plan to set up shop near his home town we will have connections. His hometown happens to be in Maine right on the border of Canada. Apparently there are only 2 shops in Greenville so if we can bring a variety to the area then we have a good chance at success.

We talked a lot about it last night and since I only have a year or so left on my bachelors in business that I should focus on finishing that before Mr. Sykes gets out of the marine Corps. This is fine with me since I have been trying to decide what to do with my education. Now the solution has fallen into my hands :-)

I am really excited for this all to happen. Since my husband and our friend have the mechanic expertise and I have the business and finance expertise we have a really good basis for being able to make this a family run business.

All the details obviously aren't smoothed out or even figured out yet but we have a really strong idea and will hopefully I will be able to draw up a business plan by the end of the year. Then it will be easier to see what we are lacking and what needs attention.

BUT that is my update and ramble. What this post should really be about is today. September 11, remember?

Nine years ago today our world as we knew it was shattered. Many lives were taken, many given, and all changed. We need to pray for the families who are still suffering from losing loved ones as well as for those families who are sacrificing theirs to the war.

The attack on 9/11 was horrible and losing loved ones to a war is too. Keep everyone involved in your prayers and keep your loved ones close today if you can. If your loved on is over seas thank you for your sacrifice. You will be in my thoughts.

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Friday, September 10, 2010


My husband and I don't seem to be very good at this little thing called compromising. The problem is we are both incredibly stubborn. Why am I telling you all of this? Because it's making decisions for our future stressful and frustrating.

You all know that we have a baby on the way. This little detail has started to change my husband's mind about reenlisting. He doesn't want to be the dad who's always gone and I respect that. The problem now is that we are discussing our options once he gets out. We can't decide where we want to move. We really are 2 completely different people.

What I would consider a nice seasonal camp he would love to live in all year round. What I consider a village or town he looks at as a city. He would love to live where there is a ton of snow and preferably lake front since he is a big snowmobiler. I love snow but only on a mountain. I hate driving in it, shoveling it or walking in it.

Another issue? He doesn't want to live home and I would love to be close to family. His first choice is Casper Wyoming. Which is around 1,800 miles away from our home town. I think I have convinced him to at least stay in NY so it's not a bad drive home.

Has this happened to anyone? How do you come to a compromise when your personalities and tastes are so drastically different? How can we incorporate both of our needs without forcing one of us to live somewhere that will make us miserable?

HELPPPP!!!??!?!?! lol

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm back :-)

It's been a while since I've written. I took some time to go back to NY and enjoy my family and just relax. I renovated my room at my mom's house and got it ready for next year when I move back home. I am actually really excited about it now. It will be awful to be away from my husband for a year but everything will be so much better at home. Here is a picture of me working hard :-)

That is abut 1/2 done. We replaced the ceiling, painted the walls and mantle, painted the doors and those white boxes, put up new ceiling molding and floor molding, and put in a new carpet. Lots of painting, lots of construction, and it looks amazing now! It puts my mind at ease knowing that my room at home is ready for me to move in and is exactly what I wanted. It will be a little strange moving back home after living on my own for so long. It will be so great having all the help with the new baby though. Definitely super appreciative of that. 
My husband and I are from the same town so his family will all be close too which is awesome. If he can't he around I'm thankful that both of our families will be able to be. 
BUT, that's all in the future. 

I am back in North Carolina now. My grandma and I drove through big bad earl to get here in time for my husband's return from 29 Palms. I am so thankful she came with me because I was really sick for the entire drive down and I probably wouldn't have been able to drive. She drove the whole first day and a good portion of the second day. That made everything so much easier. 

I have had really bad sinus congestion for about a month now. It's been awful. I finally feel a lot better today. I have a little bit of pressure in my head which is a pain but I can breathe which is great!

I had a dentist appointment Tuesday which didn't go so well. I have 6 cavities and I need to get my wisdom teeth out once the baby is born. 6 cavities!! I have been seeing a dentist twice a year since I was a child and I only had 2 cavities until i got pregnant. Now I have 6 damn cavities!! Geesh. I had 2 cavities filled today and it stunk. I love getting my teeth cleaned but I HATE getting them drilled and that  one tool that vibrates your whole jaw. OH, and the damn needles that numb your mouth. YUCK. 

But, other than all of that my husband is finally home after 3 long weeks!<3 It's so great having him here. I don't need to tell you ladies how it feels to have your man home though :-)

Our next doctor appointment is the 20th and hopefully we will be finding out what we're having! Sooo exciting!! We have started our registry but we can't finish it until we know the sex of the baby. I can't wait to know what we're having. My fingers are crossed for a girl but of course we are excited either way :-)

So anyways, that's my catch up wrapped up in a little post. I think it's nap time now. My head hurts and this baby loves her sleep lol. 

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Mr. Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Friday, September 3, 2010

I told you so

This entire week I have been lectured about coming home Wednesday because of Earl. I just kept saying give it a rest. I knew that there was nothing to worry about. I watched the weather channel religiously and not once did it say it would hit Jacksonville directly. Then you have the people on Facebook going crazy with evacuation routes and worries. I thought it was supposed to be so much worse than it was here because of that! I guess it was a "OMG it's going to snow in NC" situation. You know, everything closes and there are 12 accidents within a mile because of an in of snow lol. I don't know if it was because there wasn't an option for me or what but I wasn't worried. My hubby comes home tonight and no way was I missing that! Haha.

I am praying that the hurricane stays nice and doesn't do too much damage up the coast though. I know how horrible it could get and let's hope it doesn't get that bad.

So today I am preparing for my husband's return! I probably wont be blogging until next week sometime. Stay safe and have a great holiday weekend!

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's been a while.

I've taken a much needed break for a couple weeks. I went home to visit my family and now I am back to face this hurricane. My grandmother came with me and I am so thankful for that. We left yesterday around 10:30 am and I was sick the entire way here. Boo. So she drove which was amazing. I am exhausted now and still not feeling good so I will fill everyone in later.

Lets pray hubby's flight isn't cancelled due to big bad Early. I need him here with me<3