Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Semester, Done Sir Done!

WOW, I've really been sucking at blogging lately!
I thought that once the semester was over, I'd take some time to catch up on this thing.
Instead, I have been taking naps, drinking wine, binging on Netflix.....
I finished the entire Gilmore Girls series in a month (theres like a million seasons and like 20 some odd episodes per season), and have started One Tree Hill.
I watched One Tree Hill when I was deployed to Iraq in 2007, and remember really enjoying it.
So I decided to rewatch it. It's so good!
I've basically become a recluse, but that's ok.
I've also enjoyed just spending time with Nick and the kids.
I have about 3 more weeks before I start summer school, so I am enjoying what little time I have off the best I can.
I ended my semester with 4 A's and a B. 

Random selfie of me in my car on my way to my very last final of the semester at Texas A&M!

The B was inevitable, and I'm actually surprised I managed to pull off a B in that class.
Either way, I consider that a pretty good semester at A&M, considering I was raising two children while doing it.
Patting myself on the back.

This is my Ag Leadership professor, Dr. Rotter (with Mattis and me).
I made an A in his class.
His last class, we did a potluck, and he let me bring Mattis since our childcare was sorta messed up that day. 
Dr. Rotter's class was my favorite class ever, and a class I did the most growing in as a person.
I'm actually a little sad that I won't have him again my my future ALED classes I need for my degree.

My Mother's Day was pretty awesome.
I told Nick I just wanted some alone time to binge on Netflix, wine, and dinner cooked for me.
Oh, and I also casually mentioned that I did not want to hear the word "mom" all day.
But my two year old started following me around calling me "pretty lady"...well played, Nick, well played.
The kids and I before church :)
They make my heart so happy, and as "unpretty" motherhood can be at times, I am so grateful that I get to be a mom.

This was a fun little photo boot our church set up.

With summer fast approaching, we decided to give little man a shorter hair cut.
I'm digging it.

My sweet friend and neighbor Kayla (brunette on the right) has not been out without her precious 7 month old baby since she was born!
Our new neighbor Jana (the blonde) suggested we bust her out, leave the daddies to watch the kids, and go have dinner and drinks.
It was much needed for Kayla, and it was nice for me to get to spend time with my friend without a baby attached to her hip! lol.

 I took little man to Chick Fil A for a mommy/son date today.
He is definitely a handful and our most difficult child, but he definitely has his sweet moments.
Those sweet moments can melt anyone's heart, and make all the craziness become a distant memory...

 I haven't done much blogging, but if you keep up with me on Instagram (@domesticatedcombatboots), you can follow my crazy life!

Happy Monday, y'all!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Not the frilly rainbows Mother's Day post

I have a broken relationship with my mom.
The details are long and boring, but basically, I don't have the "Loralei and Rory Gilmore" (Gilmore girls reference) relationship with my mom.
I've never had the relationship that I thought every mother/daughter relationship should be.
My ideal "mother/daughter" relationship would be a mother and daughter who can talk about anything and everything...and mother and daughter who WANT to spend time together without it being forced...a mother and daughter who doesn't judge each other.
My mom and I fought a lot...and actually, at 32 years old, we still fight a lot.
I don't agree with a lot of things she tells me, and her advice is almost always unwarranted and unwelcome.
Sometimes, I feel like I am still 16 years old and still being constantly judged by my "poor decisions".
What is ironic is that ever since I married Nick, I think my decisions are pretty sound, well thought out, and for the most part....good decisions.
I have turned out to be a pretty awesome woman despite all that life has put me through.
I love Christ, and He is the center of my life, and because of that, the "ups" of my life are amazing and the "downs" of my life are bearable.

I think a big barrier in between my mom and me, is our past and the language barrier.
I'm also a first generation American, and I can only imagine how difficult it was for my parents to raise children in a foreign country.
Although I am fluent in Korean, there are feelings and emotions that I just can't fully convey to my mom.

Despite all of this, I have learned many things about love, life, motherhood, and God through my mom.
I have broken my mom's heart more times than I care to explain, and I have done the same.
However, it was never intentional.
When I became a mother, i realized that everything my mom did (good and bad) was because she thought it was for my best interest.
She's always had my best interest at heart whether I agreed with it or not.
I get it now.
The one thing that my mother has never ceased to do for me is pray.
She is literally the woman on her knees, crying to God, church at 5am every morning...praying mom.
Mother's day is more than flowers and brunch to me...
Mother's day is about how God can take a broken relationship, and turn it into something beautiful, desirable, and loving. 

So this isn't the "frilly rainbows" Mother's Day post.
I'm not here talking about everything wonderful about motherhood and my mom.
The truth is...
Motherhood is ugly sometimes...
Motherhood is sad sometimes...
Motherhood can be gut wrenchingly painful sometimes...
But what true motherhood never is (with God as your guide)...
Is the love that a mother feels for her children.

So with that...
Happy Mother's Day.

The kids and I before church this morning!
Mattis' face pretty much sums up how my relationship with him is!

My family at church!
All I asked Nick for mother's day is 1)A photo of me and the kids (check) 2) gym time after church and not feel rushed to come home (check) 3)dinner cooked by Nick (check)  4)I don't want to hear "mom" all day.......
My kids have been calling me "pretty lady" all day...
Well played Nick...well played....

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Why I Hate April (and other stuff)

I really suck at this whole "keeping up on the blog" thing.
Really suck.
In my defense, April is a crazy month for us college kids.
With the semester winding down to an end, finals looming around the corner, big projects and papers being due, and the dreaded registration process beginning for summer and fall, it's a pretty busy time of the year!
Registration actually gives me mouth ulcers.
It's seriously the most stressful thing ever trying to figure out which classes you need take, which professors are good (by good, I mean easy), which classes fill up fast, and if you're gonna even get in the classes you need to graduate. 
I have spent more time than I am willing to admit on Texas A&M's class search schedule and Rate My Professor this month.
I think I've actually dreamed about registration.
But seriously....
Registration is the most awful time of the year. 

So instead of blogging about something meaningful or about some awesome event that has happened in my life, here's just a mish mosh of randomness and photos that I have taken this month.
If you follow me on Instagram, you've most likely seen all of these photos on there.

I'm in love with this Marine Corps flag my husband made for our backyard!

I bribed my kids with snacks to take a photo together on National Sibling day.

Mattis loves lawn mowers. 
He follows Nick around with his little pretend lawn mower and "mows the yard".
I hope he likes mowing the yard when he's older!

Nick working on some flags for our business Bell's Old Glory shop.
Look us up on Facebook: Bell's Old Glory Shop!!

I got these cool shirts from Valhalla Wear
Nick and I wore them to class together on
I think they're pretty funny.

Some random photos of my little man.

We have two nannies this semester who are both in a sorority at A&M.
Lucky Mattis gets to go to the sorority house every week for lunch.
I'm sure he just HATES all the attention he gets from all the pretty girls.

Nick went to "the field" for one night this weekend with the A&M Corps of Cadets midshipmen (you could hardly call a 24 hour overnight stay in the woods an actual field op).
 But with him being gone, it was just the kids and me.
It was kinda nice to have some special time with just the kids and me.

Dannika was asked to participate in a photoshoot for A&M this weekend for an advertisement.
She was pretty excited.

It was some serious business!
Watch out Gigi Hadid!

 We ended our Saturday night with a visit from our Rachel (one of Mattis' nannies).
It's always a fun time when she comes to hang out with us!
Oh, and the other baby in the photo is our neighbor's adorable baby, Kylie.

So there's my April in review!
Hopefully after April is over, I can hope back on the blogging train more!
Hope y'all had a great weekend!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Why Must They Grow?

We recently just got Dannika's 1st grade school photo. 
I actually forgot it was picture day, but luckily, she had just gotten new clothes.
Her picture turned out pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.

This was her Kindergarten school photo...
And her first grade photo....
Umm...why does she look SO old in just a year?!?!
Do they really change that much so fast?!?
You never realize just how much your kid's change and grow until you see a before and after photo.

It's hard for me to even grasp that she will be a SECOND grader in the fall!
I mean, I am still imagining my bald little baby that didn't take her first steps until she was past 20 months old!

I vividly remember doing this fun Father's day photoshoot in Laguna Beach when Nick was deployed!
I can't believe how fast they grow!

I am trying my hardest to slow time down a little bit, but it just seems to speed up more.

But really...
Why must they grow?!

Friday, April 8, 2016

I've Kinda Been Sucking...

At blogging.
School, kids, and life....
I feel like my life is pretty well documented on Instagram (@domesticatedcombatboots) and on Facebook.
But it is nice to get on the old blog and explain things better.
I'm actually thinking about changing the name of my blog. 
When I first got out of the Marine Corps, I really wanted to blog about my life as a former Marine turned Marine spouse.
That's how the name "Domesticated Combat Boots" was born.
The transition phase was tough for me, and I had a lot to blog about.
I mean going from "war fighter" to "Marine spouse/stay at home mom" was not the easiest thing.
I feel like I am finally done "transitioning" out of the Marine Corps, and I have somewhat adjusted back into the civilian population (somewhat....haha).
I also don't feel so "domestic" anymore since I am in school full time.
Ask me the last time I baked....I don't remember.
So I'm thinking of a title more fitted to where my life is right now.

Did anyone else find it weird to have Easter in March?! 
I feel a little cheated because my Easter decorations didn't get to stay up as long.
I managed to snap some photos of the kids in their Easter attire.
I didn't get any good ones of them together because Mattis refuses to cooperate because he hates me.

This shot was taken totally randomly, by accident, and he ends up looking like a dang J.Crew model.

I know I have said many many times about how awesome our cul-de-sac is.
But here is just another reason why it's so awesome.
On Easter Sunday, the entire street collectively put together an Easter egg hunt for all the kids.
It just so happens that we have a College Station Firefighter that lives on our street, and he just happened to be on duty that day.
So he brought his fire truck on our little cul-de-sac for the kids to see and play on!

The "Easter Bunny" brought Dannika a new bike!

We had an activity table for the kids...

Our "cul-de-sac mafia"

Confetti eggs (cascarones) were a big hit!

It's so sad to think that we only have another year and a half left here in this wonderful town.
I seriously can not imagine my life being anywhere else, but...
I fell in love with a guy who fell in love with a job that uproots our family and takes us all over the world every three(ish) years.
But I will be forever grateful to God for letting us live in "heaven" for just a little while on this wild ride called the "Marine Corps".
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