Tuesday, May 31, 2011

the SURPRISE party {or how i lied to my husband for months}

the last few weeks the lord has blessed us in so many ways,
we have had much to celebrate and be grateful for

In the beginning of the year I knew I wanted to throw Scott a graduation party. 

the trouble was he was not so into a celebration {modest he is, a party pooper he is not}

so I decided a surprise party it was...for months I planned a surprise party, invited friends from out of town, and lied to my husband.

I told him I would be having a end of year spouses club party, so with 20 or so ladies in the house he would have to take a hike...

after a day of golfing with Rik he came home to a house full of people to celebrate his graduation from college!

{I did not get nearly as many pictures as I had hoped, but I was running around being the hostess}

the theme was nautical inspired

of course Khloe had to get dressed up too

those oreo cheesecake cupcakes to the right were the hit of the party!

a hotdog bar

For the food I did a hotdog bar, all the fixings to make a chicago dog, a detroit coney island dog and a west coast LA dog.

the hotdog bar was a hit!!

we also had my yummy mac and cheese, cheese and crackers and the usual plethora of chips.

I really wish I would have taken more pictures, but such is life
{I have plenty more then the ones i posted here so I guess I mean better pictures}

tons of drinks

cute godsons who had their first road trip

the surprised hubby
{this picture was long after he was surprised}

<3 <3 <3

you can't see the banner very well but it says congratulations graduate

outside nautical decorations

Scott was so surprised to see so many people from out of town in our backyard when he arrived home.

I was beyond shocked no one ruined the surprise.

Many friends from SD made it up,
our Hatzung cousins from the dessert made it out,
and friends from scotts work.
{should have taken a group shot}

a super special thank you to rik and liz who were my partners in crime for this entire celebration.
all three of us were lying to scott left and right to get the party off the ground!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My amazing husband {the newest First Class in the Navy!}

I was going to save this post until next week, since one of our wedding anniversaries is next Sunday, but in light of the amazing news we received yesterday I think I'll do it now :)

Yesterday, thanks to the wonderful world of social media
{so loving the Navy got on board with social media}
we found out bright and early at 6 am Scott advance to the next rank in the Navy!
Hello AS1 Hatzung, welcome to the world of being a First Class Petty Officer!

So proud of my husband.
His rate is very had to advance in and most that advance to
First Class in his rate to so around 11-13 years,
my bebe did it just after 8 years!

of course this wasn't just luck, this boy studies like the world is going to end
 {is that joke too soon after the whole rapture fiasco??}

He was in such a state of shock yesterday morning after seeing
 his name, he couldn't find his wallet, once he did he headed out the door
and realized he would need his keys in order to start his car and drive to work :)

I am so lucky to have married such a wonderful man:

he is my rock, my strength and the calm to my crazy...

the beginning of 2011 has been interesting to say the least, he has
 supported me in every decision i have made {more on this soon}...

he works so hard to advance and do better to take care of our little family

{how funny is it that as i write this post our wedding song comes on??!}
{I run to you by Lady Antebellum}

isn't he just so handsome in his blues {loooove that uniform}

i love this pic of him putting on my wedding band
{it has special meaning, and worthy of separate post :)}

how flipping awesome is this blue door???
thank you museum of man in SD for having such an amazing look

his kisses are always so passionate

a little old Hollywood look

so much happiness is captured in this photo

how amazing is this shot??
as we were headed back to jump into the limo our amaze-ball photographer
realized the hallway was empty and knew how much I looove arches so we
hurried to get the shot

I am so proud of my husband and so thankful God gave me such an amazing man!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

girls weekend {hello chicago: part I}

After six work events in three weeks I was in need of a mini vacation. About a month ago my BFF decided she was going to go Chicago for a few days when her sis went for work {conveniently my BFF's are sisters}. I immediately jumped on board, I knew I was going to need a getaway after my crazy events. The hubs so awesomely decided my birthday gift should be the trip, woohoo!

Saturday afternoon after my sixth event Scott and I jumped in the edge and headed to lax {I hate that it takes 1.5 hrs to go 40 miles to the airport in LA, damn traffic}

I had been to Chicago a few years ago for work and as a kid, so I was super excited for a girls weekend in the windy city. {the name was in true fashion as then winds were killer and cold!}

I arrived laaaaaate Saturday night, Kate and I got up early on Sunday to explore. We were staying in the financial district so out location was pretty close to lots of fun sites and stores!

We started the morning with a walk to millennium park. While the weather was cold on Monday and Tuesday it was gorgeous Sunday morning. We stripped off a few layers and took tons of pictures in front of the beautiful tulip gardens and trees that had begun to bloom.

{i loooove tulips, scott gets them for me every year on v-day}

We of course had to stop at the "bean". I know this is not the proper name for it but anyone who has been to Chicago or is from Chicago knows exactly what I am talking about. So much fun taking pictures of you reflection in the bean.

After the park we headed towards Navy pier. We walked along the water since the winds were on hiatus for a few hours. Along the ways we saw these adorable ducks in the water. {I always have to remind myself this is a lake and not the ocean, two very different bodies of water}

We walked all around navy pier, but did not do any of the rides. What can I say, I am a scardy pants, I did not wanna pee my pants on the ferris wheel and have to go back to the hotel to change, we would have lost valuable eating and shopping time!

{i loooove this pic of us!}

We had a drink and an appetizer to tide us over until we met up with Kara for lunch. Nothing like a strong drink at noon to remind you you're on vacation and can do whatever you want!

After some walking and window shopping we met up with Kara and headed to the cheesecake factory at the John Hancock building. A few glasses of wine and tons of appetizers later we ready for shopping on the magnificent mile! Shopping after having a few glasses of wine is an interesting experience. I did not do a lot of damage, I bought a few accessories and called it a day in the shopping department. A quick power nap at the hotel and we got ready for dinner in the windy city.

We decided on a tapas bar. Before dinner we did a bit of exploring on Rush street, which has a bunch of bars and restaurants. I am sure in the heat of summer on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night these places would be hoppin' but on a cold Sunday night it was a little dead. We headed back towards the tapas restaurant. On the way we stopped into a pub for a quick drink, hello cider! We got to the tapas place just in time, we had an hour before they closed.

We walked inside and this little hidden gem was hoppin'! Almost all the tables were full and the vibe was fun and yet a bit romantic {hey, we can have a little romance among BFF's, no??} a pitcher of sangria and we were ready to order. I looooove tapas because you get to try so many amazing dishes. We had dates wrapped in bacon with an ah-maz-ing dipping sauce. Yummy spicy potatoes, an amaze balls little opened face sandwich of manchago cheese and Spanish ham, omg, it was good! The risotto was beyond Delish! Crab stuffed mushrooms and for the life of me I can't remember the 6th dish we got. Regardless it was beyond amazing, the best food I've had in a long time! A perfect end to the night.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

shake hands with a hero

Thank you to Procter & Gamble, Kroger and the USO for sponsoring this blog post and the Shake Hands With A Hero initiative. Please click here to learn more about this program. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Over the last few weeks, for various reasons I have been thinking a lot about being married to a military man. While I did grow up in the military and consider myself a military brat, being a wife is a brand new ball game. Even after almost six years as a girlfriend turned wife I still struggle to figure it all out.

Part of the struggle is how I see society viewing the military. I have come to realize it really makes a huge difference where you live. Spending most of my young adult life in San Diego I lived in a city that has a huge military community and really embraces the servicemen and women and their families. I cannot express how huge it is for your community to show it's gratitude for what these fearless and selfless individuals do every day. While you might not agree with the war I think it is safe to say we all can appreciate the sacrifices these men and women make for us to continue to have these wonderful freedoms and rights in America. These men and women made an oath and commitment to defend our freedom and country so we can continue to live our lives the way we want.

I truly love the idea of "shake a hero's hand". This is our opportunity to let every sailor, soldier, and marine we appreciate the sacrifices they make.  A simple gesture to say thank you and let them know they are not forgotten.

I love that Procter & Gamble and Kroger and have partnered together to support the USO.  The USO is an amazing organization that provides hundreds of free entertainment events to servicemembers and their families each year. The USO does a ridiculously crazy job giving deployed sailors/soldiers/marines an opportunity to have a moment where they can forget the stress of being away from their family and defending our freedom.   

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Kroger and its family of stores have partnered together to support the USO – an organization that provides an extensive range of programs at more than 150 centers in 27 countries and at hundreds of entertainment events each year to support the morale, welfare, social and entertainment needs of troops and their families, free of charge – in its mission to help American troops and their families. Through the partnership Kroger will donate $250,000 to the USO.

As part of the partnership Kroger and P&G have created an opportunity to let consumers virtually “shake hands with a hero” – the proper custom to show your gratitude to US soldiers in uniform to thank them for their service to our country. The first 50,000 people who utilize the microsite application (at www.honoringourheroes.com) to shake a soldier’s hand will receive a coupon (loaded to their Kroger Plus Card) for $1 off P&G products.
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