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Movin’ On Out!

Well friends: I’m moving on out of the WordPress scene and *back* over to Blogger.

{hold your shrieks!}

I have thought long and hard about my blog, and how I want it to evolve. Some of you may not know the full story so allow me to go into depth:

A few months back most of my images disappeared from my blogger blog. Poof- GONE! I no longer wanted to be “YoungHomeWifey” and wanted to be The Young Retiree- shop, blog, twitter, mail. I switched over to WP and was starstruck. I have always thought it was so difficult or above my head. It was pretty easy to get the hand of and there are definitely parts I am going to miss, but there are some things beyond my level of blogging and computer knowledge that are sending me back over to blogger to find my happy place. Oh, BTW: www.theyoungretiree.blogspot.com.

One of the things I love about blogging is the community. On blogger it is so easy to bond with people through GFC. I know you are following me and I can easily bounce on over to you to reciprocate! There is nothing worse than a one-sided relationship and while I don’t follow everyone who follows me, I have had some e-mails with ladies here who I genuinely wish I knew if they had a blog, and wanted to follow it! Blogger really is my “Blogging for Dummie’s” little yellow book in that aspect!

I will miss the formatting of images over here on WP, but I will not miss the sidebar being wonky and cutting images. It is a learning curve already over on blogger with formatting the text, but I will get the hang of getting things to look just the way I want, I’m sure, in no time.

I am going to be getting a blog overhaul with the New Year and look forward to a more professional looking blog that makes people happy to come on over, stop for a spot and enjoy a cup of tea (ooooh, which is another great post I have coming!).

I look forward to forming friendships with all my lovely readers, so head on over there, or add my new address to your reader and I promise- there is only one more move in my future, and that will be to my own doman :)

It’s The Little Things Like :: Blog Friends!

This is no exaggeration, dear Friends- it’s the little things like you comments and the relationships I’ve created with so many of you that truly make my weeks better and my down days brighter. This party Lindsay hosts for example, fills my heart when I am able to read up on the things you have all been blessed by during the week. It is a beautiful way to spend some of my free time on the weekends and I look forward to it through the hectic week!

The swaps we are able to take part in may seem awkward or little to others, but to me they have filled my heart this week! I have sent off goodies to three gals I have never met- two ornament swaps and one, to a blogger I am building a relationship, for no other reason than she is living without a Trader Joe’s (which should be illegal to not have one near every person!) and I felt she could use some tastiness! I had so much fun wrapping up the goodies and packaging them for the mail! I can’t wait for my ladies to get them.

Then, there was the AMAZING Cold Hands, Warm Heart swap Sandy and Illene hosted this year. I had the pleasure of shopping for Fiona, from England! I received the cutest package from her:

Awesome goodies from Fiona!

The cutest mittens (which are super warm as well!), some adorable little holiday stamps and some lotion/scrubs! It was so nice to get her little package in! I’ve not seen her post about the goodies I sent her, so it must still be travelling to her :(

The final little thing in my life concerning my blog lovelies is I am the new host of the “Love & Envelopes Birthday Club!” Click on the link to head on over and check it out! We only have a few folks signed up right now and I would love to make it as successful as it was last year! It’s the commitment of one card a month to a birthday buddy, then you get a bunch on your birthday! The more folks who sign up, the more love we get to send to everyone!  

What are little things that are helping you with the stress of the Holidays, friends? For me… it is each and every one of YOU!

Love & Envelopes Birthday Club :: It Will Go On!

Last year a very fabulous club was created by Lindsay and Megan called the Love & Envelopes Birthday Club. The torch is being passed to me and I hope to serve not only the amazing ladies who were a part of it last year, but any new folks wanting to participate in spreading birthday cheer!

Do you want to continue in the club?

Do you want to join in the fun?

It is super simple but please be advised it is a year-long commitment! All you have to do is send one person a birthday card, every month! We all know it is super fun to go out to our mailboxes and find beautiful surprises inside: this is certainly a fabulous way to spread cheer!

You can send your birthday person a small gift *if you want* but all you are required to send is a card!

 

If you are interested::

1: You must have an active blog

2: You must commit to sending one card every month in time for the birthday!

3: Answer the following questions and mail them on over to me (at love.envelopes.birthdays@gmail.com)

  • Name
  • E-Mail
  • Birthday
  • Blog Link
  • Shop Link (if applicable)
  • Twitter Handle (if applicable)
  • Address
  • Favorite Colors
  • Hobbies/interests
  • If you are willing to send to an international birthday friend or an APO/FPO address

Everyone who signs up will receive one e-mail every month with their birthday friend’s information. The e-mail will go out the last week or so of every month (giving you time to get your card to them before their birthday!). On the first of every month I will post an announcement with all of the birthday friends for that month, and link to the blog posts of all the previous month recipients! Make sure you write about what you get and spread the love to those who sent you some! The more folks who sign up, the more love you’ll get in your mailbox, so be sure to spread the word!

I am really looking forward to hosting what was such a fabulous exchange and would love to see it continue and grow! You only have a few days to sign up as I would love to get our first cards out for our January Birthdays! Again, please answer the above questions and send them to me at: love.envelopes.birthdays@gmail.com!

Oh, and would anyone like to make us a super cute button?

I can’t wait to “meet” you all and get this club continuing!

McScroogey

Yes, Folks… I have been slightly McScroogey lately. I am working on it.

My first confession is I can’t stand the concept of the Elf on the Shelf. It creeps me out first and foremost because the little elf is just creepy. Second, I don’t like the fact that we are becoming the type of world where parents need an elf to keep their kids in line. I don’t have kids, so I won’t go any further on this topic other than simply, le gross.

You all know about the parade here in town and how I was in a sad mood last weekend over it.

We got our Christmas cards in yesterday and that was a cheerful moment, but let me tell you: we are only half decorated and our tree still has one ornament on it. I am just not feeling the holidays for the third year in a row. Perhaps next year the military will let Christmas be ours to share in without deployment looming over our heads… and for sure Hubs had better be home and not delayed!

Dr. J reminded me this week that I chose this life- I signed up for it and for the most part I love our life. We get to move and see exciting things and experience things we never would have… and I am beginning to think Christmas I grew up with just is not going to be the Christmas we have, for a long time!

I had a great brunch with some of the Hospital spouses yesterday (Friday) and I think I made a new friend :) That should help some! I am also working on a very neat care package for a special blogger out there (who lives somewhere sans Trader Joe’s… and sans their Cookie Butter!!! For shame!) which is definitely helping me feel festive.

How do you get out of funks when it comes time for holidays and your loved one being gone? Everyday we are getting new (CRAZY) information about this deployment and it seems that is all I can focus on… when I just want to focus on having Hubs home for the holidays. I look at that darn empty tree though and can’t help but think “Ya know what? It doesn’t look half bad that way, let’s leave it!”

Decorating just seems like such a waste to me this year… once again.

It’s safe to say I am at the bitter/anger stage of the emotional deployment cycle. TLC needs to have that as a show instead of the ridiculous homecoming shows. Eh, I won’t go on that tangent right now. End le rant.

I also have been away from blogger but am still over on the twitter and facebook (as well as that foresaken instagram!) so follow me over there! I am so far behind on connecting with you all, it’s just that we have been busy, busy, busy!

Monday Pick Me Up:: Photographing Through December, One Day At A Time

Happy Monday, my sweet friends! I awoke bright and early to call Nan after seeing something a little disturbing on the Facebook (You know, because she is my gossip buddy!). I’m trying my hardest to ask God to help me react well to something completely ridiculous from an old friend from my youth. You all know since I’m an open book, you will hear about it soon enough… I just don’t want to be a snobby wife right now and am hoping to let it go. Let’s just say she is a brand new military fiance and you can use your imagination for the rest! Help me find peace!  

Moving right along though: You all know I am OBSESSED with Instagram ever since I downloaded the app. I have found some beautiful souls on IG, people I don’t even know but that I am getting to know one picture at a time. One of those people is the lovely and talented Julianna Morlet whom I found through another blogger/tweeter/etsier/amazing lady and instagrammer who you all might now as BellaRellaJen!

I digress… Julianna created a Photographing December list for a fun picture everyday and it is keeping me going through what has been a rollercoaster of a month (and it’s only the fifth!)! Here is her list she created (from her site)::

I Have been taking part and it is keeping me motivated to count my blessings throughout the month as we prepare to say goodbye. So far I have the following::

 

Setting up Christmas; Nativity Scene; SCARVES!; our tree (so far, just the one ornament)

 

What is keeping you motivated through the holiday season, friends? I hope you are taking time from the hustle and bustle to appreciate the little things in the season or love and warmth, like todays prompt: JAMMIES!

My various lounge pants. It's how I roll.

How can a Monday be bad when it starts off with such a fun thing? Also, I am working on sprucing up some wreaths today! That should be fun… or frustrating! What is lifting you up today? Share it with your friends and then head on over and share it with Skinnie Piggie!

I think I might make this list a fun yearly thing! How cute will it be to look back through how things change every December? Or, how some things stay the same :) I feel a shutterfly book coming in January, y’all! I wonder if instagram pictures can be used there?!? Stay tuned for my findings!

There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays…

This was made painfully aware to me this afternoon as I drove down Main Street here in Fallbrook. They were preparing for their Christmas parade and the street was already lined with chairs! EMPTY CHAIRS. It was about 1:30 and main street closes to traffic at 3pm.

When I got home and told hubs he said “cue the John Cougar Melloncamp Music ‘I was born in a small town, live and die in a small town!'” It’s no exaggeration that Fallbrook is a small town… it’s not even a town, it’s an incorporate of San Diego County. Who knows who runs all these parades they have if there is no local government in charge of doing it!

On my way home I snapped a few pictures to show Hubs and then I saw a sign “Kringle Corner” It wasn’t Kringle, I forget the name, but it was a family area. It immediately reminded me of St. Patrick’s Day and the parade in Ocean View, VA! Our family had a corner where we would all gather. We would hang out for hours before the parade started and we would have chairs up on the corner waiting for us.

I know this will sound awkward, but last year Hubs was deployed and I guess I stayed in more than I wanted to admit even to myself, because the fact that I was alone for the holidays was not made painfully aware to me until Christmas day when family began calling. This year, there are lights up, and people celebrating, and parties… I HAVE my husband home with me, and I feel more alone than I did last year.

How do adults so it? How do you move away from your hometown and get through the holidays? How do you celebrate in a town where you know no one, but that town is now “your home“? Today I learned Fallbrook is definitely not our home. We have this Christmas and two more in town. Maybe next year we’ll go to the parade and see what the hometown fuss is all about.

Oh, and the chairs? Here ya go::

A Long December… Please!

It is December and I feel like time is running away from us. This weekend we have Hubs’ departments “Christmas Party”. One of the chiefs in the department is retiring, so they are also honoring him and they were going to host it at the Chief’s Club on base. It would have cost $40 per person and the feedback numbers were too low so they are hosting it at a restaurant in one of the local casinos. It will be a change from the command events to just departmental. Such is life in the Hospital, I suppose!

This weekend we are also having a pre-deployment photo shoot. The date is sneaking up on us, friends. I feel like I won’t have enough time with him before he goes. He got a new set of orders, specific to his training. DRUM ROLL PLEASE… part of it is right here at Camp Pendleton, but they are on Lock Down, which means he will be right around the corner and we can’t have dinner or weekends together. I know he will be at training, but it would be easier if he were not right here on base! Word on the streets is they have wi-fi, so we can face time every night! Silver lining? We also have gotten word that there is a “graduation” type ceremony once they get through training that family can go to. Of course I want to be there to help welcome my Sailor to the Army!

Right now he is doing intense training on-line about customs and behaviors to avoid. Things like not giving a thumbs up because it’s offensive. Not accepting cigarettes (which he doesn’t smoke, so no worries there) but never turning down coffee or tea. Different things that can be considered insulting to the people over there.

It’s so much to take in.

We’re trying to enjoy each other right now and the time we have left together. We are booked with exciting things throughout the month to celebrate our first Christmas together as husband and wife! We are planning a pre-deployment get-a-way for a few days, a day trip up to Big Bear, and a night at the ballet to see The Nutcracker (which neither of us have seen live!) so each time I look at my planner, it is increasingly filling up!

For now, I’m off to decorate some more and get excited for our final month together!

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