Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sweet Summertime.

Well y'all it is getting hot... the afternoons have been spotted with periodic storms... and the lake is sounding more and more like the perfect escape. Unfortunately... I can't say I have been missing from this blog space because I've been soaking up sun rays from sun up to sun down.

So where have I been?

Working.  That's right...
I got a job!

I'm doing basically the exact same thing I was doing in Kansas City... I'm a chiropractic assistant.  Almost the same hours, same line of work.. but I get to wear scrubs!  I'm so happy I was offered this position and get along great with the doctor.

But I HAVE had some time to think about some summer goals.  So today I am going to link up with Whitney from Black Little Button to share with you all what I have planned!

First off I want to be as healthy as possible this summer.  Drink more water.  Eat less junk.  I want to laugh and treasure each moment this summer.  Life is short folks.

I also want to launch my website for Amanda Dawn Designs.

In August I will finish my last session towards my college degree.  So I want to finish... with A's.

This summer I hope Rob and I can really work on training the dogs.  Training them not to jump.  Training them to listen better.  Just overall training them.

I want to have a big July 4th celebration.  A BBQ. Some boating.  Fireworks.  All with our closest friends here in Georgia!

Finally... I want to enjoy my time back in Kansas for two weeks later this summer.  See my family on both my side and Rob's.  And make tons of new memories.

So what about you?!


always,
amanda
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

My military spouse sisters.

This day is for you.
To be honored.
To be praised.
To be acknowledged.

Our service members are the heroes of our nation.  They go out and do the unthinkable to make this country the land of the free.  The home of the brave.  They work endless hours, spend countless days away from home and go out knowing that they may never come home.  I firmly believe there is no greater honor than knowing one of these individuals.

Their spouse is without a doubt their biggest fan.  The one who mans the home front, raises the children, takes care of the house... the one that does what needs to be done to just keep going.  The one who stands with pride during the National Anthem, homecomings, promotions and more.  The one who empties the uniform pockets before washing, pins on a new rank, waits anxiously for that end of a long road hug.  The back home hero for putting one foot in front of the other when the road gets bumpy and the travels are unknown.

It truly takes a unique and special woman to be a military spouse.  I am so thankful to be able to call these women my friends, my acquaintances, my sisters.

Today I celebrate you.
Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!
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If you are stopping by today... I welcome you to the land of Somewhere Over the Camo.
I'm Amanda.. I write here.  I'm 23 years old and I've been an Army wife for 3 years.  My husband Rob is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, thing to ever happen to me.  He's opened my eyes to the world outside of Kansas and filled my heart with more love than I ever could have imagined.  Everyday I find myself proud of all that he has accomplished.

Being an Army wife is only part of my identity though.  I am also a fur-mama.  I have 2 beautiful dogs--Piston, a rambunctious 3 year old boxer and Klutch, an almost one year old [we think] pit/lab mix puppy [fun fact.. our dogs are named after car parts!].  I run my own design company for small businesses.  Amanda Dawn Designs.  I am 18 weeks away from finishing my Bachelor's degree for multimedia design and development.. aka graphic design.  I read sometimes.  I craft sometimes.  We own a boat, so sometimes I even fish.
Other than that... I'm a sassy redhead that loves to focus on life and all of it's opportunities.

So kick up your feet, and stay awhile.
Oh. And don't forget to celebrate YOU today.
You.
Deserve.
It.



always,
amanda
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Monday, May 6, 2013

A Few Of My Favorites [1]

Finally it is Tuesday May 7th.

I am excited to debut an awesome new link-up... A Few Of My Favorites... with Janna from Faith, Hope and Love!!  Join us for this once a month party, on the first Tuesday of every month, where we will discuss a few of your favorites.  Every month the topic will be different and hand picked by each month's co-host!

This month our topic is favorite childhood books!  Perfect timing since my second to last 8 week session in school started yesterday.

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So rules?
Follow your hosts.
Grab a button.
Discuss.
Link-up.

Janna  from Faith, Love and Hope // Blog // Facebook // Twitter
Amanda from Somewhere Over the Camo // Blog // Facebook // Twitter
Co-host Bekah from Re-Solve // Blog // Facebook // Twitter

This topic is EASY for me.  Growing up my absolute favorite books were written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  That's right.  I was a Little House on the Prairie princess.  As in.. we own the whole collection.  We visited at least one of her homes.  I did school papers on her when I briefly majored in elementary education.
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When my sister and I were younger, my father started a night time tradition.  Every night he would read us a chapter or two.  Even after that tradition slowly faded with age, my sister and I picked the habit up on our own.  Sneaking around at night with flashlights and hiding under the covers.  To this day I'm still a book worm when I have time to get into a book.  I owe that all to my dad.

And Laura Ingalls Wilder.

So tell me, what's your favorite childhood book?


All posts not related to the topic will be removed from the link party.
Link-up open all month.

Next link-up: Tuesday June 4th.

always,
amanda
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Do it again, I dare you.

Klutch [the dog] just barked.
I responded with "do it again, I dare you"...
His response?
A soft bark.

I feel like I have kids already.
And that my friends, is my life.

It seems like life is just repeating "story of my life" over and over again right now.
But I'm not complaining.
I thrive on routine.

With that being said, it hasn't all been repetitive.

Like my husband got promoted yesterday.  A quick ceremony that had me laughing, bursting with pride, welling up with tears and happy all at the same time.  I don't think there is a better feeling than your husband's superiors saying how bright his future military career is.  He is a smart one that husband of mine!

Like one of the hardest, if not the hardest, session of school being OVER.  That's right folks.. another session down.  Leaving two to go.  The end is in sight!

Like getting a billion and one things accomplished on Spring Break... because hello it is a break from school. In the spring.  Time to add some black cross offs to that to-do list.

Like joining bloglovin'.  What?!  Yeah.. I did it.  [[It's all Jane's fault because I can't read her blog on blogger, so I had to find another way to get some Poppiness action!]]  So if you are on there... add me!!
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Like deciding to take over a board position for the Fort Gordon Spouse's and Civilian Club.  I never imagined I'd be that wife.  But I am.  I like being involved on Fort Gordon.  It's afforded me some priceless connections.  And since my husband plans on doing this military thing for awhile... why pass up the opportunity for some great connections?

Like since launching my Facebook page for my personal design business less than a week ago.. I've had two new projects added to my plate.  That's a good sign folks!!  Have you liked Amanda Dawn Designs on Facebook yet?  Every like is much appreciated!

Like planning a new link-up with Janna!  Join us on Tuesday May 7th for the first installment of "A Few of My Favorites..."!  Each month we will select one co-host to choose a topic that falls under that category.  On the first Tuesday of every month the link-up topic will go live for the following month!  This month's topic is: favorite childhood book(s) [or your kids!] with co-host Bekha!  I can't wait to read what everyone has to say!
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And that's a wrap y'all.. I've got an overdue library book halfway finished calling my name pretty loudly.  Happy mid-week!!!



always,
amanda
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