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Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Lonliness of Being a Military Spouse





I'm coming up on my thirteenth year as a military spouse, almost fifteen as a military "significant other". It's a milestone on both parts, and it really cool and makes me very happy. But there's something else that lingers. In the back of mind, as I go through the day it sits there weighing heavy on my heart. It creeps up in the quietness of the evening and is even hidden in the laughter of my children. It's loneliness. There's so much I would tell that me, thirteen years ago. Then again, maybe I wouldn't. Maybe it was something she had to learn along the way.

I am so proud of being a military spouse. I'm proud of my husband and his career. It's a unique one, full of a lot traveling and long hours. Unpredictability is par for the course and for as long as we've been together that is how it has been. There's never been a 9 to 5 or days off you can predict. I've never not known loneliness, from the moment I got back from my honeymoon. Dealing with it has been sometimes good, and sometimes very bad. Thrown in depression and anxiety and sometimes its been down right horrendous. Its the thing about this life that you can't really explain; and its even harder to be mad at the job when the job is to protect our country and the lives of other service members. Sometimes I wish he'd simply travel for some kind of regular job. Then at least I could channel my anger at something. It's not his fault and he's doing something I really admire. He selflessly gives of himself, but sometimes I just don't freaking care!



I wish I could say that I simply pray, read the Bible, do my devotional and I'm able to shake these feelings. While I will honestly say that I don't know how people go through life without God, sometimes I wish I'd let him help me more through this. But this is the secret price of being a military spouse. Its the one that you think just comes with the territory and its not big deal. He or she is gone, you miss them, you're sad. You remember your friend, the military spouse. Think about her while their service member is gone. You invite them for a playdate or over for dinner. You give them an extra squeeze when you see them. But after they've gone home and they are alone in the quiet, what then? I'd rather take the kids out for errands, cook dinner and do all the cleaning then sit in my house alone one more night. Sometimes I want to kick the wall, throw a plate and scream at the top of my lungs....all at the same time.

That's the part I ask that you remember. The quiet nights alone. After awhile its not nice to be alone, have control over the tv and stay up. So I take a deep breath, shed a few tears and search my bookcase for nice story about true love to lose myself in.

So if you are a military spouse, I'm thinking of you in the quiet hours of my evening. I sending you love during those particularly difficult times of the evening. And if you aren't a military significant other, but you have some in your life, I'm asking you to think about those spouses. Take them out for a late night, have a girls night in, offer to have a slumber party. For its these quiet hours of the late night that they need you the most and they may not even realize it.



Rheanna
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Take a Trip to Lovely Steamboat Springs Colorado!! *Discounts*




I'm so excited to share with you about the beautiful Chateau Chamonix, Mountain Resorts' finest Ski-in/ski-out vacation property in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Chateau Chamonix offers the ultimate convenience of ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Sitting directly on the slopes of Steamboat's Mt Werner, Chateau Chamonix is the ideal location for a Rocky Mountains vacation just steps away from the Steamboat Snow School, the Kids' Vacation Center, and Gondola Square where you'll find an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, fitness center and a complimentary shuttle for a quick trip to the grocery store or downtown Steamboat Springs. Choose a luxurious 2, 3, or 4-bedroom condominium, each with a full kitchen, gas fireplace, washer/dryer and wireless Internet. There's on-site check-in, complimentary hot beverages and pastries, as well on-slope ski valet and storage to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. 



What a beautiful place to visit and having the options it provides. You could be as active as you want, or just relax!





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Rheanna
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Getting Smart with Hive Smart Home Techonology

Its not oft that I fall in love with a new product like I have with this new product in my home. You guys, it is really the coolest thing that I've come across in awhile and I am so excited to be a part of the company's US kick off. Smart technology is everywhere, people use it for their home safety and to get in their door. The closest we've come is our doorbell and I was excited about the concept of upping the technology in our home. Living in an older home might make a little more difficult, but I am anxious to keep my cute, quaint home and add a little modern flair to it.



So what is Hive?



We ran into a slight hiccup when we were connecting our HIVE thermostat, but all it took was figuring out the wiring (old house problems), but it ended up being a color issue. As long as your home has been updated with a central heat/air program with continuous power you should be all right. The only problem will be the wiring color, but you should be able to figure it out in no time.

Mr. Air Force was the most excited about the programmable light, that he promptly added to our security lighting that we had trouble controlling with a switch (again, old house problem). I'm excited about the fact that I can now turn on my coffee machine from my bed, and I always can make sure my curling iron is in fact turned off.





What do you need? What do I get?

All you need is a broadband/wifi connection and to chose your Hive plan! Its as simple as that.
Pick a monthly plan of 9.99, 24.99 and 39.99. Each plan comes with a different number of products that can all be controlled from an app on your phone. You can be alerted with your door or window opens and control the thermostat from your can on your evening commute.

What do I think?

So far we've loved it. I'm excited to really experience over the next few months and share with you our experience with these products. Stay tuned for a full video and written review in the coming months! But I encourage you to check out the products and ask me any questions.



Rheanna
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Friday, July 14, 2017

DC/NoVA Adventures ~ Boonsboro Inn; Boonsboro, MD


This year with everything being so crazy in our life we decided we needed to get away a little earlier than our anniversary. So we decided a mothersbirthanniversaryjustbecause trip was in order. I love planning these little getaways with Mr. Air Force. We decided a long time ago that these were a crucial piece to our military life puzzle. So even if its to the Holiday Inn down the street, or my amazing friend here taking the kids to her house for the weekend, we try to spend some time alone together. It is incredibly important to carve out that time, no matter how you do it. We decided to do something a little fancier this year in lieu of gifts for the above mentioned holidays.

I had heard about the Boonsboro Inn from my romance writer friends, and a couple girlfriends who are Nora fans. I have read exactly two Nora books, all a part of the Inn series. However, you do not need to be a Nora fan to love this place. And it was the vintage, literature feel of this place that made me want to go. You have a choice of eight rooms to stay in (seven named rooms and one penthouse): Elizabeth and Darcy (Pride and Prejudice), Marguerite and Percy (The Scarlett Pimpernel), Nick and Nora (The Thin Man), Jane and Rochester (Jane Eyre), Titana and Oberon (Midsummer's Night Dream), Eve and Roarke (In Death novels) and Westley and Buttercup (The Princess Bride). It is truly an Inn feeling, with a sprinkling of a Bed and Breakfast. The staff is sweet and lovely, it is relaxed, the food is amazing, and if you can get your hands on the homemade chocolate chip cookies and cranberry scones you will have lived a complete life! Breakfast in the dining room is amazing!!!!!!!!


 
 

 

If you are a fan of Romance Novels (they are very reserved and not super risqué) or reading a good fiction novel, I would definitely recommend The Inn at Boonsboro series. The writing is lovely and the stories are as well. I long the small town part of it, with a little bit of mystery and drama. They are just a nice read. I picked up the second book in the library of the Inn and got about halfway through in our three days there. You know what else is really fun? Watching the movie of the room you are in!!! I wish they had had some of the other Thin Man movies, because I would have popped those in. Instead we watched a Nora Roberts movie, called Midnight Bayou, which was really good!

The whole town is quiet and there's not a lot to do right in the square. You can drive to some other cute small towns with antique stores and little shops. On the weekend we went a neighboring town was a having a strawberry festival. There are several local wineries that we never made it to, but will be on our list when we go again. Antietam is also really close, and that is a must see if you are in the area. We've been twice and I would go back again (you can find a post here).




 


The two main restaurants in the area (owned by Nora and/or her family) are the pizza place and Dan's Tap House. The pizza I think is good, its not the greatest, but its fun place to go. If you do, check out the Warrior Pizza. It's a local favorite and pretty darn good. Dan's has some really good drinks from the bar, including Mule's, which are my favorite. We ate dinner there once and then went back and sat outside and had drinks and dessert one night.

All in all Boonsboro is a nice place to go if you're looking for some relaxation. It's not busy and if you like to be busy and not drive anywhere this would not be the place to go. But if you are looking for a truly lovely, romantic and quaint place to be GO NOW!!! And if you are from the DC area, drive through Frederick and check out the Cuban food. You can thank me later.







I saved this picture for the end because LOOK AT THAT LAMP!!!! You guys, I was seriously obsessed with it. And it was coolest thing in the world to read about them buying it and setting it up in the second book in the Inn Boonsboro Series. It was like a reader's dream guys! Nerd alert


Adorable reception area


First time eating Cuban food!!! It was amazing!!! Thanks Frederick, Maryland!!!





we kept forgetting to take picture together, so we snuck one in at the end of our trip.
Thank you Boonsboro, Rohersville and Frederick for such a great time






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