Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

16 December 2013

DIY: Christmas Ornament Wreath

One of my favorite things to come out of my pinteresting (yup, it's a verb now) is all of the creative wreaths that people make!  I made myself one for the Christmas season.

 You'll need:
  • Plastic ornaments (do not use glass... easier to break) I found mine at Walmart.  You're going to need more of these than you think!  I ended up using around 35 large ornaments and 35 small ones.
  • Hot glue & gun
  • Wire hanger
  • Plyers
  • Wreath hanger


  1. Separate ornaments into color so that you can decide how to make your pattern.
  2. Hot glue ornament tops into ornament.  Despite reading blogs that did this and said to make sure you do this, I didn't.  Ended up taking it apart and doing it later. 
  3. With your hands or plyers straighten wire hanger and form into a semi-circle.
      4.  Begin stringing on the ornaments.
     5.  When complete, twist hanger ends together to secure.
     6.  Hang on your front door and enjoy all your neighbors oogling it!


10 December 2013

DIY Rolled Paper Wreath


Every book lovers' best friend!

You'll need:
  • A couple of old books you won't miss, or free ones (this wreath took about 3 books)
  • Hot glue & Elmer's glue
  • Styrofoam wreath
  • String for hook
  • Scissors


Using a pen or pencil, draw a spiral beginning at the center of the page and cut spiral out, using as a marker for 2 or 3 pages.

Roll up spiral, beginning at the center and holding it tight.  Slowly let the spiral loosen until you have your desired shape and size.  Using 2 or 3 pieces of paper in 1 spiral with make bigger roses.  An assortment of sizes makes it easier to piece together as a wreath.  Glue the ends and add a few drops on the inside to keep steady with Elmer's glue.  Glue bottom to a backing of paper or felt.





Arrange roses and hot glue to styrofoam wreath.  Leave the back bare so that it hangs even to wall.  Hold wreath up to wall to mark any areas that you see need covered.


Attach a small piece to twine or string to hang your wreath using hot glue.

Enjoy!

04 December 2013

Charlotte, NC Visit

After Thanksgiving, we took a 3 day trip to Charlotte, NC for a little getaway for my early birthday.  Neither of us had ever been there before.  We stayed right near downtown in an amazing bed & breakfast... the Duke Mansion.





 The mansion was absolutely beautiful!

We spent our 3 days doing a little shopping, walking downtown, checking out the Discovery Place (a great place for kids... although, we may have been a little old for most of it.), and Eric got me a surprise hour massage and we had a romantic & delicious dinner on the 27th floor at Bentley's and got to see Charlotte all lit up.



It was pretty chilly while we were there, but hopefully we get to go back this summer and check out Carowinds amusement park and go white water rafting.

22 November 2013

Knitting Christmas Stockings



You can find this patter for FREE here at millamia.com.  
It's a great pattern if you're just learning to add on and decrease stitches and you knit on straight needles.

Currently in the process of making another!

16 November 2013

In My Grandmother's World...

My grandmother used to write stories at home on her type writer for fun. Since she’s passed, those stories have become more of an impact on me than I would have ever thought. I sat at work with a stack of them to read in my free time, and it was interesting to talk about with co-workers as she shared with me through her writing her time growing up on a farm in the 1920’s with an outhouse, no heat or air conditioning, no electricity, no refrigerator, and her memories of getting their first vehicle, the Ford Model “T”. 

This is what she had to say about it:


Our car was a Model "T" Ford, invented by Henry Ford in 1915.  Our was secondhand, of course, and I remember it when I was possibly three or four years old by estimating my age on an old photograph of our family.  New cars only cost around $500 so if ours was secondhand, imagine what it cost!  It was black, as all the cars where black in color then.  It was considered a touring car.  The only protection from the weather was the windshield unless the curtains were installed.  There was a windshield wiper on the driver's side that was operated manually with a crank about the windshield.


A crank was used to start the engine which had to be choked to get the gasoline flowing.  A wire-like thing with a ring on the end was near when the cranking was going on.  The gas tank was under the front seat so everyone had to vacate to get gas into the car.  Tools and curtains were stored under the back seat.  Seats were made of black leather, so hard and cold on an evening when we were going home from our grands across the creek.  I think it would have been a good idea for mom to have supplied some kind of cover for us… boys wore overalls, but girls didn’t.
The curtains were black and taken off in the summer and the windows were izing glass, called plastic now.  It was rather brittle and eventually turned yellowish.  I think the tires were solid rubber, which made a pretty bumpy ride on roads.  We had roads that went by the contour of the land and I remember of us telling our dad to go over the bumps fast to get a thrill.
The radiator was filled with water and had to be filled each time we went out.  In cold weather, the radiator was drained from the bottom of the car.  I remember my dad warming irons in the oven of the coal stove in the kitchen to place them on the motor to get it heated up before he tried to start the engine.  Later on, we graduated from rubber tires to tube tires.  Ours came from either Sears or Montgomery Ward, and they were stored under our kitchen table.

It’s amazing to think what our generation has already gone through that our children will not know about… VHS tapes, cassette tapes, life without a GPS or cell phone, home phones, CDs, taking your film to get developed…    It’ll be exciting to see what will happen when our generation is the grandparents!

10 November 2013

Disney Kitchen Supplies

I'm a HUGE Disney fan and I'm super excited about my new grown-up Disney kitchenware
 & have to share it.










05 November 2013

Pumpkin Carving & Apple Cider Sangria



Carving pumpkins & drinking apple cider sangria... a fun Sunday afternoon.





On Halloween night, we spent the evening driving up the coast to Beaufort, NC and ate dinner at a local restaurant called Clawson's that was delicious!

 Apple Cider Sangria



Ingredients:
  • 1 box of classic white wine
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 6 cut up apples, red
  • 4 cut up pears
Allow apples and pears to saturate over a few hours or over night!








29 October 2013

My Best Friend's Wedding

One of my best friend's from college got married on October 12th this year and I was lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids!  Ashley, I hope your day was as perfect as you wanted it to be!






Kim looking fabulous as always



Walking down the aisle with my 2nd love, Ashley's little brother!
Wes, "Watch what's about to happen. Just wait!"
Ashley, "Oh no, I  don't know what he's going to do.."

Me & my hubs
Can't touch this
So much love from their families!



24 October 2013

Halloween Decorations

I found some good stuff for Halloween this year :)