Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Just A Girl In A 2nd Grade World

Remember this photo?

Her last day of 1st grade was just three short months ago.

And this Monday, this same little girl started 2nd grade!!!!!

Still wants to be a teacher, and still rockin' her cowgirl boots.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


 This is a photo of pure vacation bliss.
Chilled pinot grigio looking out onto to Lake Conroe from our vacation home.

Nick and I decided that every other year, we would do a fun vacation with the kids.
Every year in between, we would vacation just the two of us.
This is, of course, until the kids are old enough to take with us on our adventures.
 Of course travelling with our (almost) 3 year old on an airplane just gives me nightmares thinking about it.
So we opted to do a local vacay with our kids this year.
We rented a lake house on Lake Conroe, invited our neighbors, and a friend of mine in Dallas to share our time with.
We brought all of our kids, and all of our stuff, and just had a great time relaxing by the lake.

We had full unlimited access to the country club just walking distance from our place.
Our first night there, we all headed over to have dinner there.

Mattis making himself comfy...

The view from our pretty.

When we were stationed at Camp Pendleton, I met a lovely lady who's husband (at the time) was in the same unit as Nick.
Our girls are just a month and a half apart in age, and have not seen each other since they were two (almost three)!
They reunited, and got along as if they had been BFF's for years!
Here they are...Dannika and Piper!

Nick and I are super morning people/early birds.
While the rest of our crew slept in until 11-noon, we were up at 7 to grab breakfast for the kids (who woke up just an hour after us).
I even got in a workout and a run all before 9!

Playing at the pool by the country club!

Walking back from the pool...

The girls swam in the lake for a little bit.
(photo taken right before Piper felt the "slimy sand" between her toes because the water was shallow)

The boys fished pretty much all day, every day the entire time we were there.
They caught absolutely nothing on the first day.

The girls playing Shopkins on the grass while watching Nick and Greg fish.

Nick took Mattis out on the kayak for a bit to fish.

Piper caught a fish!

By the end of the weekend, the boys managed to catch enough fish for us to have a fish fry!
We had so much fun just relaxing and enjoying the company of our friends.
We couldn't have asked for a better vacation to have with both our kids in tow.

 Afterwards, we headed to Houston, dropped the kids off with my parents, and Nick and I got a hotel room for a night away!
We stayed at the Westin inside the Galleria mall, and I have to give the hotel 5 stars and two thumbs up!

My sister and brother in law got us a gift card to a fancy sushi restaurant in Houston called "Uchi".
We decided to go there for our date night.
We split a six course meal together.
It was heavenly...
Check out the photos of what we ordered!
Don't ask me what it was, because I don't remember!

 Post dinner elevator selfie...because we wanted to...

 Because Nick and I are such exciting people, we came straight back to our hotel room after dinner to watch overpriced movies on the hotel's on demand program.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

The next morning, we ordered room service, then went for a quick swim in the hotel pool (in the rain).
I decided I was Katie Ledecky...
"Would Katie Ledecky get out of the pool because of rain?! NO!"

Everything bagel with cream cheese, capers, tomato, smoked salmon, and red onion.

What our kids did while we spent the night away...
My parents took them to a trampoline park!

 We always make a pit stop at the Godiva chocolate store when we are at the Houston Galleria.

I get a few truffles, and Nick gets an truffleata (a truffle milkshake)

With Dannika officially back in school, and classes starting up again for the Fall semester for Nick and me, our mini vacay was perfect for us.
After a long summer of summer school, it was the perfect getaway to get us mentally prepared for Fall! 

Oh, and if you're on Instagram and are my friend, you can look up the hashtag #romeringaroundthelake, and you'll see all of our lake vacation photos!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Birthday Fit For a 33 Year Old

Nick turned THIRTY-THREE last week!
That is TWO 3's!

One of my "things" is that I love making people feel special on their birthdays.
I go all out...I don't care how old you are turning!
Complete with cheesy decorations and everything!

The night before Nick's birthday, we watched the new Nina Turtles movie, so I felt it was appropriate to throw him "another" TMNT themed party! 

Nick had no idea I bought all these decorations.
I knew he would wake up early (5AM!!!!) to go on a run, so I was up at 0530 to throw up the decorations! (notice it is still dark outside!)
I was sleepy....

Then I ran to our favorite Texas donut place, Shipley's to grab him some cinnamon rolls, and a mocha latte from our local convenience store, Rattlers...

Nick got a new a hunting rifle for his birthday earlier in the summer, but I wanted something special to give him on his birthday.
Nick was EXTREMELY close to his "mum" (she was British), and when she passed away unexpectedly two years ago, he was devastated.
His mom hated taking photos, and the few that we have of her are either bad quality or really old.
I wanted to take one of my favorite photos of them and have it sketched so that I could display it in my home. 
A woman I went to boot camp with (14 years ago...holy cow) is married to a Marine vet with amazing art talent.
I contacted him and sent him a bad quality, grainy photo on facebook messenger to see if he could sketch it for me to place in an 8x10 frame.
And boy did he deliver!
 He is an art major at University of North Carolina Wilmington, and his talent is incredible. 
Here is the finished product!
Here is the original...
Thank you so much Kirk!!!

 Nick is also a big Star Wars fan...
So I got him a 160 piece Darth Vader Star Wars lego set as well...
He spent the entire morning putting him (Darth Vader) together.
He is a selfie of us and ole Darth...

No party hats here...
Just Nina Turtle masks...

And lastly, we ended the day with our neighbors coming over to sing Happy Birthday to him with cake!
They brought him his favorite beers and his favorite chocolate bars (Caramellos!)

Here's to a wonderful year of being 33, my love!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

End of Summa....

I can not believe that today is Dannika's last day of summer break.
Tomorrow she officially becomes a second grader.
First day of school outfit has been picked out, school supplies dropped off, teachers have been met....
We (meaning ALL of us in the Romer fam) are ready for school to start back up, and for us to get back into a routine.

We had "Meet the Teacher" night last week.
In second grade, the students have two teachers.
A primary teacher, and a "switch" teacher.
Twice the love is what I say!

Dannika's primary teacher in Mrs. Aguirre, and we are all very excited!

Her "switch" teacher is Mrs. Taylor!

Since Dannika started Kindergarten, I have always written her a note for her lunchbox with words of encouragement, funny doodles, jokes and riddles, and poems.
I haven't missed a single day since Kindergarten!

To all the wonderful and hardworking teachers who are getting ready for a new school year...
I pray that y'all are abundantly blessed with love, patience, and a classroom full of awesome kids just thirsting for knowledge.
I pray that when you have that "one" (or two or three...) difficult child(ren), that you have the patience to touch their heart(s) and make a difference.
You are appreciated, loved, and way underpaid.
But we love you for it...because you don't do it for the money.
You really just love our little humans...


Monday, August 8, 2016

Bakes Cookies and "Stuff"

Someone posted this on Facebook the other day, and I literally laughed out loud.
If you have followed my blog for a while now, y'all have all followed my journey from transitioning from being a working mom, to a stay-at-home mom, to a mom in college....
Y'all have also gotten to follow my journey from being an active duty Marine for 10 years to being a veteran/civilian.

Those were NOT easy transitions!

If you've got some time on your hands, and you're bored, you can read about my transitions here, here, here, and here.
(There's many many more posts on my transitional periods of life, but those are just a few)
When I look back and read those posts, I was all over the place emotionally.
Some days I was on top of the world, and SO glad to be at home.
Other days, I was depressed about not having a purpose outside of the home anymore. 
Transitioning out of the military is tough, and there are whole studies dedicated to military to civilian transitioning.
They make us go to classes before we get out of the military to help us have a "smooth" transition into civilian life (which is rarely the case, by the way). 
It's why there are websites called "dysfunctional veterans" and "Uncle Sam's Misguided Children" (websites I do not support, but that's a whole another topic).
But the titles of those websites are a direct reflection of how veterans feel when they get "thrown to the wolves".

I always pictured myself as a stay at home mom that "bakes cookies and shit"....haha.
I'm not gonna lie, it was a lot of fun for a while. 
But something I learned about myself during that time in my life is that I need something more for myself outside of the home.
Some people find complete and total fulfillment in that life, but I didn't.
I guess it should have been expected considering I spent ten years of my life (the majority of those ten years) as a single, independent woman making my own money and making things happen. 

I commented on my friend's post (of that photo above):
"I couldn't wait to get out of the Marine Corps so I could be a sahm and bake cookies and I am in school full time...if that means anything to you. Lmao."

 I love my kiddos with every ounce of my human being, and I know that my calling in life is to be working, in school...just doing SOMETHING outside of the home.
That's the best version of me, and my kids deserve the best version of me for them to look up to.

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