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
  • 🌟 Insider tip: I HIGHLY recommend watching Toy Story 3 before the new one comes out this weekend, especially if you have kiddos!
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The cousins spent the morning outside playing with water, and now they’re relaxing, eating some homemade lunchables for lunch, and prepping for the movie of the summer, aka #ToyStory4.
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What are your kiddos up to today?!
  • 🏠 Home. We made it!

I always heard about military spouses PCSing alone, and I couldn't grasp my mind ever around doing something like that. Moving alone with kids? That’s CRAZY talk 😜. Like, seriously crazy.

But I somehow did it. Actually, “I” didn’t do it—WE did it. I didn’t do this move alone by any means.

That whole, “it takes a village” phrase? Well, my village came through…big time. My friends in California saved my sanity more than a few times and sent me off feeling loved and welcomed back any time; my family in New Mexico literally helped put my home together before we arrived; friends (new and old) in Albuquerque watched our precious dog, and then my friends from around the world prayed for us and sent me words of encouragement.

And now we’re in our new house, and working on getting unpacked, and settled. ❤️ It’s time to make this new house into our home.
  • Arizona is hot 🔥 Like, 108° hot.

I miss San Diego already.

That is all.
  • 🚗 Off we go! New Mexico, here we come!
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I wrote something sappy on my personal Facebook page, and we’ve all cried lots of tears over this move, so I’m hoping we will have more smiles than sadness for the coming days.
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Moving is hard. Moving with kids is really hard. Moving without my husband here to help is really, really hard. But we’re doing it, and thanks to my mom (being amazing) and helping us, and my family and friends on the other end helping us there...we’ve got this.
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It takes a village, people. Even if that village is spread out.
  • 😲Actual depiction of how I feel about moving tomorrow.
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I’m part nervous, part scared, part excited, part sad, part brave, part ready, part anxious...part ALL THE FEELINGS.
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Whew. Ready or not, here it comes 😬
  • Yesterday was an awesome day filled with smiles, tears with friends and my church family, and an overall good time. The day before? Not so much.
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It resulted in one kid walking around without pants (per usual if I’m being honest), another one walking around wearing no clothes except for a “baby” diaper (because of yet another accident), and the oldest one helping me wrangle the other two while I pulled a suitcase, a cooler, a laundry bag, and a snack bag.
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Solo parenting and moving at its finest.
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Oh, and the man who just pointed and chuckled as we walked by? Sorry, not sorry for giving you the evil eye. What would’ve been nicer is if you offered to help🤷🏻‍♀️
  • ☝️One month down...11 to go! We celebrated with beary delicious ice cream sandwiches from @thebakedbear.
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This was basically the fastest month ever; we moved out of our house, stayed in a hotel for three weeks, dealt with a stomach bug for all four of us, and endured several rainy days; we stayed in a friend’s house for 10 days, and today we head back to the hotel for a few more days.
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Oh, and Julia lost her first tooth today (see my stories)!! Whew!
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My game plan for deployments has always been to stay busy, but I’m actually looking forward to finally getting to this next stage of our move when we head to NM later this week.
  • June gloom? Nope! Just some good ol’ California fun!
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As soon as my daughter got out of school yesterday, we drove straight to the beach for some fun in the...clouds⛅️.
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It was sunny ☀️ and hot just before we got to the coast, and then the marine layer took over, giving us some awesome shade.
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Thankfully we didn’t mind, and it ended up being a really fun little beach trip.
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It’s most likely our last time at our favorite beach 😭, so it was a fun way to spend a Wednesday evening.
  • 🍿Pass the popcorn, because I just checked another thing off my #SanDiego bucket list!
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My friends and I sang 🎵 along to Grease on a rooftop downtown for a little going away shindig, and it was SO much fun!
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I’m so happy we got to check out the @rooftopcinemaclub @grandyattsd, and I only wish that I heard about it three years ago, because now I want to see all the sing-along movies there! (If you’re in Los Angeles, Houston,
New York, or London, they have this there, too!)
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They had games set up, comfy lounge seats, food, snacks, drinks,and headphones 🎧 to listen to the movie. Then we all sang to our off-key hearts content!
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Thanks for an awesome night, ladies!