hi, i'm jess!

I'm a work-at-home mama, an Air Force wife, a woman consumed with wanderlust, a foodie who loves cooking up something scrumptious, and a morning person driven by that first cup of coffee. I'm so happy you're here! Learn More
  • 💛 P E R S O N A L post 💛
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Sorry, not sorry for the picture of a tombstone as you scroll through your feed. You see, today is my dad’s birthday, and if there ever was a day to miss him, it’s today.
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If he was still here, his phone would’ve been attached to his ear as friends and family would call to wish him a happy birthday; I probably would’ve stayed up until midnight just so I could “win” and be the first one to call.
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He would’ve driven down to “visit” with his family, taking donuts to everyone, giving flowers to his mom (if she were still alive), since without her, he wouldn’t have been born; and, on his way back to town he’d stop to get a Benny burger for lunch—with only mustard and lettuce on it, of course.
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Then it’d be time for his favorite part of any birthday day: dinner out. We’d all probably go to Pelican’s. We’d sit at a super long table, and he’d sit at the head of it, watching over his family and soaking it all in with his classic smile on his face. He’d be so proud.
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Sure, the food there is fantastic, but it’s the ginormous Mud Pie he’d be waiting for at the end of the meal. He would sit there, spoon in hand, eager to take the first bite; and he’d be kind by passing it around so everyone could try it, all while waiting for it to come back around to him.
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He would be happy today. Oh, so happy. Because his whole family would be there. .
We’re all missing you today…I’m missing you today. Happy birthday, Papa.
  • 🌈 That one time we searched for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow 🙌. No gold for us, but this was easily one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen in real life. 🌈Have you ever see a rainbow this close before?
  • During a deployment, every day basically feels like a Monday 🤷🏻‍♀️ (especially during the summer ☀️).
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I literally have no idea if it’s a weekend unless someone tells me, or if I look at a calendar. 🐢...Time just kinda crawls on by.
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Thankfully the kids don’t have a clue, and are somewhat entertained and having fun...even if it’s doing something as small as eating breakfast outside 🥣.
  • When your “little” brother tries to steal your little girl’s Mickey Bar. Not today, Chris. Not. Today.

What’s the ONE treat you would try to steal a bite of if it was near you?

Throwback to the awesome Disney Cruise 🚢 we went on a few months ago. Take me back there! #throwbackthursday

FYI: I have several Disney Cruise blog posts in the works...just counting down the day for the kids to start school so I can write again 🤣
  • ✌️Two months down, 10 to go...and clearly we need to work on how we all hold numbers up with our fingers next time🤣
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How did this month feel? Julia said it best the other day: “He’s gone for 10 more months? That’s like forever!”
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It feels like this month was fast and slow 🐢. We moved to a new(ish) city, a new house, and we’ve been working on getting settled, making friends, and seeing family.
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We celebrated one more month down at one of my favorite places in the world: @dionspizza!
  • Albuquerque monsoons are simply the best 🌈
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My mom and I went to a beautiful wedding last night that got caught in a rain shower. Thankfully the rain held out until the couple said, “I do,” and the tents they had up kept us dry from the rain.
  • Real talk: I worked out today for the first time in four months 💪.
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Double real talk: I’ve gained 20 pounds in those four months since I last worked out😱😥😭.
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I know I technically had some pretty big, legitimate excuses (two awesome vacations, deployment anxiety, packing up a house, deployment see ya laters, hotel living, moving, solo parenting, etc), but I’ve just felt like crap lately, and I’m tired of letting excuses become my norm.
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I worked SO hard to get where I was before all of those BIG changes, only to get to this point now, which made me feel like a failure.
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But today is a new day, and it’s the start of new habits and taking back control of my life.
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......Please, don’t leave me any fast fixes to lose the weight. I’m working with an awesome trainer, and plan on doing this the old fashioned way 👍 with hard work.
  • 🔥How do you like YOUR s’mores? (Don’t hate me, but I actually like it without the 🍫🤷🏻‍♀️)
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Throwback to this time year when we were soaking up the California life with a s’mores fest in our driveway.
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☀️ Gimme s’more of that summer lovin’! Swipe for more of our s’mores fest.
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If you’re jonesing for your own s’more/fondue sticks you can get a set ✨FREE✨by having a Pampered Chef party (on FB or IG) before July 15! Shoot me a message or comment below and I can get you more info—they’re fun, there’s nothing to lose, and only s’mores to gain!
  • 🙌 I am B R A V E!
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I introduced our mantra to the kids this morning for this new season of life we’re in. #positiveaffirmations, right?!
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Julia’s doing a summer reading program and picked out a book that talks about being brave, so we’re putting that practice into action.
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My middle kid doesn’t do well with change (sorry, darlin’), so trying new things is scary and intimidating...something like church hopping and meeting new people isn’t just a fun adventure to her—it’s sometimes terrifying in her eyes.
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So teaching them that we ARE brave is something I want to instill in them (and me, too).
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I’m thankful these three literally get to walking along next to each other and help each other in this journey.