Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Still time to swap!

We just got back from a week on the road with the kiddos and so I'm extending the swap signups for a couple days to give folks a chance to jump on the ship o'fun. Yes the swap is still going on, I'm just {as always} a bit behind, but come on! Join the fun!!!


SWAP TIME!

Spring is coming, Easter is around the corner, pretty soon trees will be budding and flowers a bloomin.  But you wanna know what makes me the most excited?  Easter candy hitting the shelves.

Cadbury eggs, Brachs marshmallow eggs, robins eggs.  Be still my heart.  And my growing backside.

So I'll about an Easter Candy Swap, are you?

Like I always say, I like to keep my swaps simple, so this one is much the same with a small twist.

The theme is Spring/Easter, but there will be a little twist, for this swap along with Easter goodies you think your partner will like {I'll send you their answers to the questions} you send AT LEAST one of YOUR favorite easter candies.

Here are the main points:
-$ 10 dollar limit {excluding postage} as always you can spend more but you DO NOT NEED to
- think festive, maybe use some easter grass, hide things in eggs, think outside the box basket
- get your box to your partner a few days BEFORE Easter {those of you mailing to APO/FPO take this into consideration when mailing}

Wanna join?

Sign up by sending an email at tryingourbest at yahoo Sign ups will be until Friday April 1st.

If you wouldnt mind answer these few questions in your email:
-Any food allergies?
-Favorite part of spring?
-Food/candy likes and dislikes?
-Are you willing to ship to an APO/FPO {for those of you who are nonmilitary, it cost you nothing extra, its the same as mailing within the US, only a customs form needs to be filled out, easy peasy.}
 -best email to reach you at {also if you want your blog address and twitter info}
and anything else you want to add.

I'll email partner information, including their answers a couple days after the sign ups end.  

As always, I try to do my best to make these swaps as much fun and as painfree as possible, please please please, only sign up with you really are going to go thru with it! It stinks, to put it mildly, when someones partner craps out on them. 

And don't forget to spread the word, tweet it, blog it, blab it.

top 2 relationship lessons

Since I'm slacking in the blog department lately {although I did just put up the swap post if your interested in spring time fun} I figured I would do something to get back in the game.  I saw this, Top 2 Tuesday and had to join in, although in 8 years of marriage, a military marriage at that, I have learned way more than 2 things but I'll just stick with 2.

Without further ado here are the top 2 things I have learned in a relationship:

1. It takes work.  Lots of work.  Lots and lots and lots of work.  This really was a revelation to me in the beginning of our marriage.  My parents made marriage look easy, but I realize now what I didn't see was the behind the scenes hard work that they each put into it.  It takes work not to annoy the other person, it takes work to not let them annoy you, it takes work to make time, it takes work not to be angry and upset, it takes work to forgive, sometimes it takes work to just be.

It's easy to fall into a cycle, especially in a military marriage, of just doing your own thing, going thru the motions and not putting in the added effort to really make it special.

 And its because two people are willing to put the work in that at the end of the day it all works out.


2. You will annoy your love and he will annoy you.  I love my husband as he loves me.  However, and its a big one, he annoys the living bejesus out of me.  Granted a lot of this comes from the fact that we rarely live with each other longer than 2-3 weeks at a time.  Case in point, I have a habit of leaving EVERY. SINGLE. cabnet door open in the kitchen, all 15 or however many we have.  I don't know why I do this, dammit if I don't try, I really do, to close them as I use them, but inevitably I will forget.

This drives my husband insane.  Crazy right down to the core of his inner being.

On the flip side, my husband likes to leave his toothbrush resting on his bathroom counter well within arms reach of our small children who have, many times, used it to swirl around in the toilet.  {But being a good wife, I always get him a new one and try to put it away when I see it out and remember.}

This shouldn't annoy me but it does, he doesn't do it to annoy me {I mean who wants their toothbrush in the toilet?} just like I don't leave the cabnet doors open to annoy him.  Its just ingrained in who we are I suppose.  But again, at the end of the day it is what it is and we love each other in spite of it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

And the winner is.....

Sorry about that folks, I didn't quite factor in the craziness that would be returning to the school routine after break {again why do we get an entire week off for Presidents day?}, a quick visit to my folks, and getting registration packets ready to go for dash2's pre-school. 

{I'm now the registrar if anyone is looking for a great pre school in this area, I can hook you up.}

But I finally got my head out of my arse and drew a name, thanks to random.org, its.............

KATIE

Shoot me an email at tryingourbest at yahoo {or a tweet} letting me know that you saw this and what you think you want to get. If I don't hear something in 48 hrs I'll draw another winner. 

Congrats and thanks to everyone who entered! I do love a giveaway.... look for more in the future....