Friday, May 31, 2013

My Baby Girl

Lyric Anne...

My world changed on Thursday, November 25, 2010. It was Thanksgiving afternoon that my daughter, Lyric decided to make her debut into the world. Changing my life forever. It was one of the hardest nights/mornings of my life. I went into active labor on Wednesday night. I was having contractions for three days before I finally got the okay to go into my birthing center to have Lyric. My midwife kept saying that my contractions weren't close enough or that they weren't strong enough. Although, I thought that they were close and strong enough to go in. But, I listened to my midwife. I was in active labor all night of the 24th and all morning of the 25th. It was about eleven that morning that I decided that I couldn't go all natural anymore. I wasn't dilating anymore past 9 cm and decided that it was time for me to transfer to the hospital. And, boy am I glad that I did. I got the epidural, fell asleep for about and hour to hour and a half and then about 45 minutes later Lyric made her debut at

1:49 pm.
Weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces
Length 20 and 1/4 inches


I have a relatively easy going two year old baby girl. Although, she really isn't a baby anymore. She is my baby girl. She is a very independent young girl who wants to do everything for herself. She can dress herself and put her shoes on and on the correct feet. She is such a good girl. She goes to bed relatively easy around 9:30 and sleeps through the night and gets up anywhere between 5:30 and 9:00. 

She almost always wakes up and goes to her door and calls, "daddy" "mommy." That is our cue to get up and start the day. Sometimes she will wake up in the morning and just play in her room for a while. I  love just laying in bed awake and listening to her play. She will sing and play with her baby dolls. Then, when she is ready to get up and eat breakfast she goes to her door and calls for mommy or daddy.

She isn't really a picky eater. She loves her fruits and her veggies. But some meats are harder for us to get her to eat. We went to Costco the other day and bought pears and bananas. She ate three pears, yes, three pears in one day and a pear a day after that. She loves her oranges, apples, and bananas as well. She is always wanting to eat fruit. 

Oh, and cheese. She loves her cheese as well.

Although, she is a really good girl, she hates to calm down enough to relax and take her nap. Once she gets settled down though, she goes to sleep and takes a good nap. 

She is going to be a great mommy one day. She sure does love her baby dolls and her baby brother. She seems to not be able to get enough of her baby brother. She is almost always by his side playing with him in some way. Whether it be playing with him on the floor or hiding behind the wall while he is in his bouncer or just sitting beside him playing with him while he is playing in his bouncer. 

She loves to sing, pat, kiss, hug, and dance with her baby dolls and her stuffed animals. Especially her giant Tigger and giant Sock Monkey.

She is one of the lights of my eyes. I love her and her brother more than life itself. I would give anything for them. 

I think that Lyric looks like her daddy. What do you think?

She's got beautiful light brown, and curly hair, dark brown eyes, and skinny long legs. 

My baby girl!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

MilSpouse Quiz

I saw this cute little quiz over at My Marine and Me, and figured that I would join in. So, without further adieu...

The Milspouse Quiz

1. How did you and your spouse meet? 

I was involved in an organization known as The International Order of Job's Daughters also known as Job's Daughters. And Chris was involved in an organization known as DeMolay International. We were together with our organizations for an installation or something like that. And after the ceremony we went into the dinning room for refreshments and I sat close to Chris. While my youngest sister and her best friend sat right beside him. And they had to turn away from him so that they could eat their cake. Funny thing is, that Chris was trying to get with my middle sister before we got together. 

2. How old were you when you two met? 

I was 18 (almost 19) years old. And Chris was 16 (almost 17) years old. I am a little over two years older than Chris and I think that it bothers him. HaHa!

3. How long have you been together? 

We have been married for almost three years and we have been together a little over three years.

4. Where are you and your spouse originally from? 

I was born in Pocatello, Idaho but raised in Nampa/Boise, Idaho area. And Chris was born and lived most of his childhood in Apple Valley/Los Angeles, California.

5. How did you feel about him joining the military? 

I was scared and afraid. I was full of mixed emotions. But it was something that he wanted to do, so I supported him one hundred percent.

6. Where did your spouse go to Basic Training? 

He went to Boot Camp in San Diego, California and then MCT was in San Diego as well. He then went to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for MOS school. 

7. Has your spouse ever been deployed? 

No. Thankfully, he is in a non-deployable unit. Is it bad that I love that?

8. Ever been to his promotion ceremony? 

Nope. Not yet.

9. How long have you been a military wife? 

Since I have been married.

10. Did you marry him before or after he joined? 

We got married the day before he left for MCT.

11. How did your husband propose? 

It was the night of my graduation/prom. On our way back to my place we stopped by the Boise Train Depot and were sitting near the pond. And he asked me if I would marry him. Although, we had already agreed to get married when the time was right. 

12. Where did you get married? 

We got married the afternoon before he left for MCT school. We went to the courthouse, just the two of us. We hope that later down the road we can have a ceremony where our family and friends can be there.

13. How old were you two when you got married?

Chris was 18, and I was 20. 

14. Did he wear his uniform on his wedding day? 

No, we both wore casual day clothes. When we have our ceremony for family and friends he will wear his uniform and I will wear a gown. (Hopefully my dream gown)

15. Where are you and your spouse currently stationed? 

We are stationed in Norfolk at the Norfolk Naval Base. And currently, I love it. I love living near the beach. I just hate being so far away from my family and friends back in Idaho.

16. Do you live on base? 

No, we don't. 

17. How long were you married when you had to go through your first separation? 

The only separation that we have had to go through so far is Boot Camp, MCT school, and MOS school. 

18. What is your favorite base so far? 

We have only been stationed at one base so far and that is here in Norfolk. So, so far, this is my favorite base.

19. Do you think your spouse looks good in his uniform? 

Of course! I love it when he has a uniform on. Whether it be his cammies, his Blues, or his Alpha's. He looks good in Uniform. But who doesn't?

20. Do you think military life is more advanced than civilian life? 

21. Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent? 

I do. I really do like the health benefits that we get. Although, I either don't or forget to ask whether or not they give military discount. 

22. Do you have a lot of military wife friends? 

Locally I spent a lot of time with a wife of a husband that my husband works with in the shop. That was until things went down hill all of a sudden. There was another wife that I hung out with a bit, we hung out a bit, then didn't. She moved to Florida for a little while, then her and her husband got stationed in North or South Carolina. I'm bummed that we never got to see each other before they moved. 

23. What is the hardest part of the military life? 

Them not having a set schedule. It's hard to plan things in the evening because, I never know when he is going to be home for dinner. It's hard to know whether or not he is going to be home late or early.

24. Do you own military wife stuff? 

Not really "wife" stuff. I have a sweatshirt, and a few sweatpants. I do want a Marine Wife license plate border, sticker, lanyard, and maybe a few more sweatshirts. 

25. Do you support your spouse as a member of the military? 

Of course. I am so proud of him and I will always support him.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Me and the Military

1. How long have you been a military wife?  
Since November 15, 2011

2. What branch of service is your husband? Marines

3. Active/Reserve? Active

4. What is his job? Maintenance Management

5. How many deployments have you gone through? None yet, Chris is in a non-deployable unit

6. ACU's or Class A's on your man? Dress Blues

7. What do you like about being a military wife?  I love that my husband is giving me the opportunity to be a stay at home mom since he has a stable paying job

8. Do you live on base? No

9. What is your favorite base so far? Norfolk Naval Base is my first base

10. What is the hardest part of the military life? I don't know. Having to share my husband

11. Do you go to the grocery store or commissary? Commissary

12. Do you work or stay at home? Because of Chris, I get the opportunity to stay at home with my 6 month old daughter

13. Do you have a lot of military wife friends? Not really, I have a few military wife friends, and a few who are in the service themselves

14. Do you prefer Walmart or the BX/PX/NEX/MCX? I like both the NEX/MCX as well as Wal-Mart

15. How did your husband propose? It was a mutual agreement

16. Did you marry him after he joined or before?  After he joined, we had been together before though

17. How long have you been together? Almost three years

18. Any kids? 2. My beautiful and amazing daughter Lyric,and my handsome and loving son, Michael

19. Any kids yet to come? Not yet

20. Is your husband one of those "I am soldier hear me HOOAH" kind of guys?  Heck No!

21. Have you ever done combatives with your husband? Not yet

22. How many bases have you lived at? 1

23. If you could change one thing about the military? I got nothing! They wouldn't have to deploy anyone anymore

24. Do you like military balls?  Never been to one

25. Where does your family live? Both mine and his are in Idaho

26. What do you do for a job? I am a stay at home momma

27. Have you ever gotten in a fight with an NCO's wife? No

28. Name one thing you do when your husband is gone.  He hasn't had to leave yet

29. Do you think other wives do that too? Not applicable to me

Monday, May 27, 2013

A to Z of Me

The A to Z about ME!

A. AGE: 22 1/2

B. BED SIZE: Queen


D. DOGS: Sadly, no

E. ESSENTIAL START TO MY DAY: Get Dressed and maybe eat something

F. FAVORITE COLOR: Colors of the Rainbow plus Pink and Pastels


H. HEIGHT: 5' 3 1/2"

I. INSTRUMENTS I PLAY(ED): I play the Flute and the Piccolo. I can play a little bit of Piano and Clarinet.

J. JOB TITLE: Stay-at-home-Momma' and I love it!

K. KIDS: 2 Lyric Anne and Michael Justin

L. LIVE: Virginia Beach

M. MAIDEN NAME: (Legally) Morgan Janae Bray (Preferably) Morgan Janae Bahr-Bray

N. NICKNAMES: Morgie, Morgie Loo, Sweetheart

O. OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAYS: After having Lyric and Michael

P. PET PEEVES: People driving with their blinkers going non-stop or not using them at all. Aggressive drivers. Chewing with mouth open. Ect...

Q. QUOTE FROM A MOVIE: Neville Longbottom: [discussing a battle strategy] Are you really giving us permission to do this?
Minerva McGonagall: Yes, Longbottom.
Neville Longbottom: Blow it up? Boom?
Minerva McGonagall: BOOM!

Minerva McGonagall: I've always wanted to use that spell!

R. RIGHTY OR LEFTY: Righty but can write with my left as well, but not as good.

S. SIBLINGS: 2 sisters, 3 brothers, and 1 step-sister

T. TIME I WAKE UP: It varies. I will sometimes wake up with Chris anywhere from 4:30-5:30 or when Lyric and Michael wake up which can be anywhere from 6:00-8:00, the latest time I would possibly get up is 10:00.

U. UNDERWEAR: Yes, please.  :)  Most of the time  :P

V. VEGETABLES I DON'T LIKE: I don't think there is a vegetable that I don't like.

W. WHAT MAKES ME RUN LATE: I either slept in late, or it took me longer to get Lyric and Michael ready.

X. X-RAYS I HAVE HAD: I have had quite a few. My hand, wrist, arm, back, and probably more that I cannot think of.

Y. YUMMY FOOD I MAKE: According to Chris and some friends, I am a really good cook.


Memorial Day

Memorial Day: A Day We Will Never Forget
Memorial Day, was originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
I think that we should all remember during this holiday weekend that the freedoms that we enjoy, they come at a cost.
May God Bless The Families of the Fallen, 
Those Who are Currently Deployed Around the World.
I especially remember the memory of my grandfather. Who is one that fought for my freedom. 
I miss you very much Popa. 

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