The Peacock Tale

The Peacock Tale

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Mama and New Blog

Thank you everyone for all of the comments. I appreciate it. Being a mom is everything you have ever heard. Wonderful! I am trying a new style of blog and if you are inclined, please take a look.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Prego Update


This is what has been going on.. growing tummy. Black sure is slimming on the bump! :)
oh.... and .... it's a B O Y!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Finding out the baby's sex

I have been an indecisive mess! I still wasn't sure if I wanted to find out the sex of the baby or not. On the one hand, it's one of life's last surprises. It probably will be a BIG motivator while pushing and in excruciating pain. However, like my husband says, "won't that moment be motivation enough?" Isn't it wise with this military lifestyle to at least be able to plan for something! I am not a big fan of the yellow or green gender neutral colors, but I am also not a strictly pink or blue girl. I do want the option! I am very much leaning towards finding out the sex of the baby. My husband, a full supporter of knowing, has allowed me to waver for days. I am lucky he is such a great guy!

Any thoughts? What did you and your family do?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Love for Yoga

ESP is inscribed on our wedding bands. We promise to strengthen our love each day emotionally, spiritually and physically. It's a philosophy I think everyone would benefit from, even if you are trying to find some inspiration individually. If you are surviving a deployment, coping with a PCS, enduring a BIG FAMILY welcome home celebration, or trying to find balance with every day activities, then YOGA could be for you! There are all different versions! Don't be intimidated by the noises or prayer hands. These are things to help create balance in the body (ESP challenges). My favorite style is very similar to the P90x's yoga. It's called Vinyasa Flow. You are constantly doing planks and getting up from planks. It's a great burn! It's even safe and beneficial for us pregger ladies. Since I began this style, it has completely changed my life.

However, my yoga love began in a peculair way. It started my junior year of college, when my mom had breast cancer. I was away and unable to be with her when she cut her hair and went to appointments; as much as I would have liked. I think I harbored guilt because I wasn't with her, but honestly, I would have had guilt if I spent every second with her. I started stressing during school, in my relationships, and became a bit of a hypochondriac. I had my first anxiety attack when I turned 21. I am pretty sure most people refer to it as a "hangover" but I ended up going to the emergency room. (How embaressing). My dad told me all I needed was a good B.M. Only a dad....
That is when my mom bought me my first yoga mat, block, and dvd's. She could tell, even in her state, that I needed to R E L A X! She was right (like she is most all of the time). I continually practiced throughout the years.

It wasn't until this  December when I attempted Vinyasa Flow. I religiously did it 3-4 days per week. (The first week, it was tough to sit down on the toilet.) February, I went down to Walter Reed for four months. Yoga was my safe place, even in the hospital room I was breaking out downward facing dog! It was the start of me being a "yogi." When we returned at the end of May, I resumed this exercise routine and also added in the desire to run a 1/2 marathon. Adding the yoga, strengthened my legs and core, but also helped my MIND (EMOTIONAL and MENTAL)! I had a new mantra and a clear mind. My rhythmatic breathing led me step by step.

Now that I am preggers, I still am maintaining this lifestyle (when I am not completely nauseous). I have to believe that this routine led to a more stress-free living. I felt stronger and happier with myself. Maybe it even helped me get pregnant? I highly encourage everyone to look into taking a class on base/post, YMCA or even a DVD.... especially if you need to relax, like ME!

First 10K 1:00:03

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blast from Deployment

Picture of my husband in Afghanistan.... seems like it really wasn't 10 months ago since he was hit by an IED. Our life seems to be balancing out for the most part.

At our friend's wedding this September. Hubby was the best man.

 I was going to get my Yoga Certification in NYC this month, but things took a turn....

Finally, we are pregnant! This year has been quite a roller coaster ride, but, then again, it seems most of my army wife life has been...

Sept 14, 2011
Can't wait to share the craziness of the next 7 months. :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Summer 2011

It looks like this summer seems to be quickly ending. I have been busy with becoming the FRG leader, half marathon training and yoga certification. I am definitely not complaining because I thoroughly enjoy being back at the house with my husband. He is finally running!! We are very lucky we can even say that after the year he has been through with his heel. I am extremely proud of him too! I apologize for not writing more recently. I hope to give this blog a little makeover in the coming months. Stay Tuned!

Howitzer Run during PT
5K run on the water! 

Hale Back!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Etsy earrings and girl's hair accessories

WHO DOESNT LOVE ETSY??? I am sure YOU do!!

Who likes to feel beautiful every day? Why not wear beautiful handmade jewelry, made by a milspouse? I know I LOVE IT! Check out me wearing my girlfriend's new shop on etsy! She really is "one of those moms, friends, wives", who know how to balance everything and make time for her own personal growth and passions. Many of you might already follow her blog, Army Soldier, Army Wife, Army Life! Beautiful hair accessories for those little girls with ribbons and curls and for the mama's there are one of a kind earrings!

On a separate note, today marks my husband's third year in the army! Way to go sexy red leg! I am super proud of you and everything you have done. It's been a fast paced life since we joined and I believe we have experienced everything possibly the army could throw at us and we are still ruckin' along. I love you!

Monday, June 6, 2011


FINALLY BACK.... cleaning and happy about it!

What are you happy about today?
iPhone does marvelous things!