The past few weeks have been busy ones for our little family. With the holiday season fully upon us it seems like the months are flying but at lightening speed.

When Matt doesn’t have duty on weekends, we love to go out and do things as a family. Last weekend we were invited to a block party! It was literally a block party – with thousands of blocks, tunnels and boxes for little ones to play with. This was baby and toddler heaven. Madison loved playing with the blocks, exploring the tunnels and crawling in the boxes. The room was filled with loud baby giggles and glee when Matt pushed Madison around in a cardboard box. Several other toddlers even wanted to try it out!


It’s amazing how much things change when you become parents. This was definitely not the type of block party I was used to, but my daughter’s laughs and smiles made it the best one I’ve been too.

This week was Thanksgiving. This was always a holiday we’d spend with family. When we were living in North Carolina we normally spent the holiday with my family, since they were closer. I always loved when my brothers were able to come home and we all spent time together at my parents. My brothers are so goofy, so I loved spending the day laughing with them until it hurt! Family means so much to me and I think it’s so important to spend the holidays with your family, if you can.


This was the first Thanksgiving that I wasn’t able to be home with my family. I think the first holiday away is definitely the toughest. I hated not being able to be with my family. However, the amazing thing about Kodiak is that we’ve made some great friends here that we were able to celebrate Thanksgiving with. I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy having fun! We had a night of great company, amazing food and lots of laughs. The night left me grateful for our new duty station and our new friends.

On Friday, I skipped black Friday shopping ( I mean I do live on a remote island ha!) and went for a walk with a friend at one of my favorite hiking trails. Black Friday shopping was something my Mom and I always did together. We never went looking for a particular item – but we always had SO much fun together! We usually spent the day delirious from little to no sleep, jacked up and coffee and being silly together. I missed our fun tradition but was glad to have a healthy alternative that helped me walk off some of the calories I ate on Thanksgiving. Plus I might have eaten chocolate dessert for breakfast, so the workout was needed. I love this particular hike because the views are  gorgeous! It was also great to finally get Riley, our yellow lab, out for a run. We had about 10 straight days of rain so I think she was getting a little cabin fever.


Have I also mentioned that my baby is turning ONE on Wednesday!? Where did this year go??? I swear I feel like I JUST had her. This was the fastest, hardest and most amazing year of my life. Madison is talking more and learning something new everyday. I love being her Mom and am so excited to celebrate my baby on Wednesday.

My parents are also visiting this week for Madison’s birthday! I haven’t seen my parents since we moved in June – so it’s been 5 months since I’ve seen them. I’m so excited to have them here and for them to see how big Madison has gotten. I can’t wait to show them around Kodiak!

We’ll be having a little birthday party for Madison on Wednesday. I wish we were going to be able to celebrate with all of our family, but maybe we will in a few years when we’re back on the east coast. Thankfully there is facetime!

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! Have you decorated for Christmas? That’s on my agenda for tomorrow.

I have some awesome posts scheduled for the next few weeks. Stay tuned!



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