Tuesday, September 25, 2012

...on Happy Moments

This past weekend was spent in Raleigh visiting with friends and family - it was an amazing couple of days!!  We went to Roth on Friday and had a bang up time!  Their Cinnamon Porter was on point - it tasted like I was drinking an oatmeal cookie!

Saturday was spent tailgating with great friends.  There was so much food and brew!  It was an amazing time and seems like the 4 hours we spent together just flew by.  We were there for the NCSU v. Citadel game, which was a good game! NCSU won by a landslide. :)

Sunday, David and I visited with my family in Garner.  We got to spend time with Grandma, and we even read her a birthday card.  She took a fall last week and fractured her shoulder.  Her hip and head are bruised as well, so she's in a bit of pain.  It was sad to see her looking so frail, but it was awesome to get to laugh with her again.  She's such a silly lady and I love her very much.  Julian loooooves David because they play together.  David can lift Julian up and toss him around in the air.  Julian just giggles and laughs :)  It's so cute.  I know David was getting tired of doing the same thing over (and over and over), but that's how a 3-year-old's brain works.  We spent the day with my fam, had dinner, and then went to Goodberry's.  What a great day!

Monday, poor David didn't get the day off.  He had to go to work to print something off, have a dentist appointment, and some other stuff.  I went with him since it was just a short day and he wanted me to spend time with him if I could.  It was sweet that he wanted me there.  We came home mid-day, had a delicious lunch, snuggled on the couch, watched David play Pokemon, and then we went out for Yozio and a walk on the beach.  While walking on the beach, we ran into a couple of people David knows from his unit and we stopped to talk for a while.  Then we continued our walk on the beach, when David started talking about how great we get along and he's the happiest that he's ever been.  He stopped our walk, got in front of me and held my hands.  He told me more awesome beautiful things about how if he could marry me again, he would do it all the same.  Then he got down on one knee, took a box out of his pocket, and held out a necklace to match our wedding rings.  It was beyond sweet - I cried.

He didn't have to propose - we are already married.  He didn't have to plan it all out, get me jewelry, take me to the beach, and he didn't have to get down on one knee... but he did it.  It was a most perfect proposal and I love it.  My dreams have already come true because I'm married to such a loving, caring man... but today another dream came true and I got the proposal of a lifetime :)  I dreamt about it last night and woke up with a smile. When I hugged my husband before he left for work, I was thinking about how lucky I am.  And right now, I'm documenting the evening that we had together so I can read about it when I miss him the most.  I'm sure thinking about it will bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

...on Pre-Deployment Leave

David and I just returned home from a long and needed vacation.  We spent the first week traveling north to see family.  Our final destination was to spend a few days in CT with John, Allison, and our new nephew Ian.  Since the trip is 13 hours long, we decided to split the trip exactly in half by stopping in VA to visit extended family.  The first night was spent with Grandma and Grandpa Alden.  Aunt Kathy, Uncle Tom, and the boys all came over for a delicious lasagna dinner.

We made it to CT successfully, where we had 4 days of bonding fun with our brother and sister.  Oh, and Ian is simply precious.  He is a work of art!  Whenever we went out to eat, he was simply content in his stroller/carrier and wouldn't make a peep!  The week with John and Allison was filled with activities like visiting a winery, going to a Submarine museum, going to Boston, and Tastes of Mystic.  It was awesome!  I like them a lot and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet "Baby E."

On our trip back to NC, we stopped in VA again.  We spent a few minutes in Occoquan then headed to Tom and Kathy's house for dinner.  Grandma and Grandpa Alden came over and we had an AMAZING meal of meatloaf and potatoes.  It was simply marvelous!  Because there was a big storm, Grandma and Grandpa Alden lost electricity to their home.  We stayed the night at Tom and Kathy's house instead.

We got back home to find that our kitty feeding system hadn't worked like we had hoped.  I fixed the problem by putting out several bowls of cat food for them to last through the final week of our vacation.  We left for our flight early on Mon Sept 10.  We got to Florida by plane, then took the Florida public bus "LYNX" to get to our hotel and later to get to the parks.  It worked out well, except for the one glitch that I didn't notice in the initial planning of the buses... after David sorted it out, we were good to go :)

Monday was spent shopping for groceries and at a fun Irish Pub near the hotel.  We walked to/from those places because they were such short distances away.

Tuesday "Day 1" was spent at Epcot.  David and I loved being immersed in different cultures - it was like we were traveling around the world!  We had a blast and spent easily 6-7 hours at Epcot that day.  We had Norwegian chocolate, Moroccan kebabs, French pastries, and German bier and brauts.  I met Snow White again!  She's by far my favorite Disney Princess actress.  The way she moves her hands, walks, poses, even speaks is simply perfect.  I also met Mary Poppins that day... I wish it had been Julie Andrews.  We saw a British cover band called British Revolution and had tons of fun dancing to their classic rock!

Wednesday "Day 2" was spent at Hollywood Studios for the most part.  We enjoyed The Tower of Terror twice in a row :)  That was my second time conquering that ride and I'm still proud of myself for doing it!  We had a good time looking at the candid photos that the ride took - I was screaming in sincere horror and David was laughing and relaxed.  In the pictures, he was always looking at me with this expression of, "What is she screaming about?"  Like he had no cares in the world about a 13-story free fall!  After Hollywood Studios, we headed to Downtown Disney where we spent the evening eating and drinking at Raglan Road Irish Pub.  How do I even describe the most amazing food that I've ever had??  I got Shepherd's pie, David had Fish&Chips, we both had a "Flight of Dublin" beer tour, and we indulged in Bread pudding for dessert.  The "Flight of Dublin" consisted of a Harp, Smithwick's, Kilkenny, and Guinness.  The Kilkenny was my favorite because of its creamy consistency- it is a typical amber ale, but uses nitrogen when drafted.  Man, it was good!!

Thursday "Day 3" was spent in Magic Kingdom, but there wasn't much for kids our age.  We spent a very short period of time there and headed BACK TO EPCOT!  hahahaha, can't you tell how much we loved it there?  We had dinner in Germany where we had free reign over a delicious buffet of German food.  There was a live musical performance that was silly and fun!  We did a "Flight of Germany" beer tour, but I can't really recall what it consisted of.  The beer was all very delicious, but none of them are dark and malty, which are the beers that stand out to me.

Friday "Day 4" we spent in Animal Kingdom and... you guessed it... went back to Epcot afterward!  In Animal Kingdom, we enjoyed walking around the zoo/safari type setting they created.  We rode the Himalayan Yeti ride twice and the park was pretty much spent after that.  We ended up going back to Epcot that evening for more drinking and food.  We started with a "Flight of Tequila" from Mexico (we shared it!), David got a Modelo and I got a margarita, then we headed to Britain for a Black and Tan, stopped in Morocco for a gyro, then ended up in Mexico for dinner.  We missed the evening fireworks, but we didn't mind.  That was our final day at Disney and I really think we lived it up!