#thegreatgriffithmigration2017 34 Posts

I'm working on hand sewing a maxi dress style swimsuit coverup today, days one and two of the road trip were a little boring since I didn't plan well and bring any hand work, so yesterday we stopped into Hobby Lobby and I bought 2 yards of rayon gauze, some needles, thread, an embroidery hoop, and some flosses, so I can at least have something to do on the last day of the trip! Now I just need to decide what to stinking embroider. 🙄 #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #embroidery #sew #sewing #handsewn #sewn #maker #makersgonnamake #makeitwork #blankcanvas #roadtrip #innewmexiconow #designonthefly #thisistheshoulder #sewcrafty #crafty #hobbylobby
My first workout since the move got into full swing. I've gone running, but it felt so good to get some SWEAT time in. Paul and I also tried BBG Stronger for the first time, since we're at the hotel gym, and it was awesome!!! I've actually decided to reset back to week 1 adding in the Yoga and heavier weights, just because I've taken some time off for the move and I feel like I need a butt kick. #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spainherewecome #bbg #bbgstronger #militarymove #militarylife #militarylife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #militarywife #militaryfamily #ilovemyairman #iworkout #bbgmoms #bbgmomsover30 #bbgmums #bbgmumsover30 #sweat
It's raining like crazy, but Tiger is sleeping like a champ. The sedatives seem to make her sleepy, but capable of waking and eating and playing every little bit, which is such a nice change from the crying and panting frenzy, car trips usually throw her into. It's so nice for her to not have to be upset, and makes me worry so much less for the flight to Spain in a few weeks. #catsofinstagram #catpeople #bengalkitten #bengalcat #bengal #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #roadtrip #militaryfamily #militarymove #airforcefamily #pcslife
And we're off! The cat has just taken a sedation pill, (as a test for the flight to Spain) so we'll have to see how that goes, and we are off to Iowa to visit some good friends on the first leg of our road trip. #airforcefamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #militarywife #militaryfamily #militarylife #pcslife #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #goodbyeohio #spainherewecome #viaarizona #roadtrip #bengal #bengalcat #bengalkitten #catpeople #catsofinstagram
We're in a hotel right now, Paul checked out from his current job this morning, and the kids spent the day at a local amusement park, using up free tickets we had from Paul and Isaac placing in the Race and Ride run we did last fall. Our sweet baby has been so good with all the change, and instability, I've been so proud of her. We've had no potty accidents even though her litter-box is moving every 10 seconds, and she's being just as good as gold while we all sleep in the same room as her at night. We were able to find an empty dog run on our walk this evening, so she could run around and play off leash and she loved it. (And refused to walk home, she had to be carried because she kept trying to go back 😹) She has started laying in front of the hotel room door though, when she can see us collecting our stuff to leave her to go run errands. (And she ignores you and refuses to look at you while she does it.) 🤣🤣🤣 #shefitsrightin #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spainherewecome #moving #bengal #bengalcat #bengalkitten #catsofinstagram #catpeople #goodbyeohio #pcslife #ourbabytiger #militarylife #militaryfamily #militarywife #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily
My face is numb from a last second filling replacement, I'm tired from our 5:00 in the morning finish in the house, and I haven't eaten anything yet today. How do I feel? Like a huge weight has been lifted, and like a million bucks. All that needs to be packed, cleaned, painted, donated, sold, attended, signed off on, etc. has been packed, cleaned, painted, donated, sold, attended, signed off, and generally done stamped. It's the kids' last day of school, so tomorrow I'll have a junior and a senior on my hands! 😱 we're going to our favorite movie theater and Indian food one last time tonight, and are one foot out the door! #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spainherewecome #goodbyeohio #donezo #moving #militarymove #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #pcslife #pcsproblems @diffeyewear #parentingteens #highschool #summervacation
If I go bald you'll know why. I was emptying out the master bathroom, and stuck every bottle of half used, sample sized, leave-in hair, whatever into a single bottle. Alternatively, if I spend the next few months with the most glorious locks you've ever seen, it will be utterly unreproducible as soon as the bottle is gone. #onthemove #moving #pcsproblems #pcslife #haircare #donttakemybeautytips #theyarentsohot #militarywife #militarylife #militarymove #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #goodbyeohio #spainherewecome #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #maker #makeitwork
Emmie's birthday isn't until June 11th, but Paul took some of her friends to an escape place as an early birthday party, since we won't be here with her friends for her actual birthday. They escaped with 5 seconds to spare! Afterwards they went to our local gourmet market, and Emmie picked a cheesecake out of the bakery, and they went up to the mezzanine and ate it there. I'm always so torn about our moving. It makes me so sad for them, to take them away from their friends, but the trade off of our adventures is pretty special too. #breakout #theyescaped #happybirthday #verymerryunbirthday #dorothylanemarket #moving #militaryfamily #militarylife #militarymove #airforcelife #airforcefamily #pcslife #pcsproblems #goodbyeohio #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spainherewecome
Moving problems, my breakfast today is at 10:30 in the morning and consists of stale popcorn, yoghurt, and watching wall compound dry. #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #pcslife #pcsproblems #militarylife #militarywife #militarymove #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #goodbyeohio #ieatlikeatoddler #makeitwork #noosayoghurt
Isaac got a silver medal in the national Spanish test today (he was the only student that got called up for that, this is the honor roll line) and he got another pin for his varsity letter, for being on year long honor roll for the 3rd year in a row. I'm so glad they had the ceremony before we left, so that he was able to get his pin! Now I just need to make him a letterman's sweater! #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spainherewecome #goodbyeohio #moving #pcsproblems #highschool #parentingteens #airforcefamily #militaryfamily
The packers will be here in about 5 minutes, and I'm not ready. 😳 Being someone with pretty extreme anxiety and a military spouse is a constant stretch for me, but never quite like it is during moves. I have anxiety around my home being disturbed, things being touched by strangers, instability etc. so move days eventually leave me walking in circles having no idea what to do next. Paul usually kicks me out of the house, but that's not going to work here because we still have so much left to do. We stayed up until 3:00 a.m. making sure there wasn't anything in the basement that we don't want to take with us, and we moved all of the decorative items from the first floor to the dining room and hallway, so pretty much I just have to finish organizing my studio, the master bedroom and bathroom, and the upstairs closet that has all my fabric in it. (Oh, and the kitchen.) Paul's going to get the garage/gym, and the tools, and he supervises the packers to reduce my stress. The kids have their rooms 99% ready, but we are going to try to push the packers off until day two for their rooms, just to give them a little more time to be ready. Well, poop. They're here. #moving #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #militarymove #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #pcslife #pcsproblems #spainherewecome #goodbyeohio
The first floors throw pillows and blankets, all staged and ready for the movers, I like to pair like items together in a move, so when they get unpacked on the other end, I don't find random boxes of stuff, and it's easier to "shop" our things for setting up the next place. #moving #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #pcslife #pcsproblems #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #maker #makersgonnamake #nevertoomanypillows #iheartpillows
No, you didn't finish your chair until 1:30 in the morning the day before the movers come to your house......Okay, I 100% should have gone to bed by now, if not for my physical, at least for my mental health. But either way, I finished the office chair I was working on. I bought this chair for $35 at a thrift store when we first moved to Ohio, without having done anything more than wheel it around and sit on it. It was only AFTER I had paid for it and needed to lift it into the van that I realized it's the world's heaviest chair, and a horrible idea for a military family to own it. 😩 anyway, I got it into my head this morning that I was going to refinish it anyway, so it wasn't an unfinished project if we do move it, (or sell it,) and I have had a strong vision for it ever since I saw it that I wanted to do in real life. I knew I wanted a Union Jack on the back, and a leather seat, and I wanted to keep the wood, just refresh it a little with a swipe of stain to touch up the nicks. Anyway, it took $50 in materials to make it over, so I'm now $85 into it, but I think it looks like a million bucks! The Union Jack is pieced out of 3 different upholstery velvets, which took forever and some swears as the Union Jack is harder to get right than one would think looking at it, and the upholstery nail heads on the back took even more time and swears than the Union Jack. (Every time I use nail head trim I swear I'll never do it again, I always stink at hammering them in.) anyway, I have no full handle on how much weight we have actually managed to get rid of, so I won't know until tomorrow or the next day whether we are keeping it, or if I need to list it on Craigslist, but at least it's not an ugly 70s chair anymore. 🇬🇧 #vintagefurniture #joannfabrics #furniturereupholstering #furniturereupholstery #furnituremakeover #upholstery #upcycledfurniture #upholsteredfurniture #sew #sewn #sewing #sewcrafty #sewcialists #maker #makersgonnamake #unionjack #procraftination #procraftinating #velvetfabric #vintagestyle #thriftstorefinds #thriftedfurniture #thrifty #thriftydecor #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
Waiting for the weather to get nice this week, so I can take good pictures of the patio furniture doesn't seem to be working, so here's a rainy, wet picture of the finished love seat. The 2 accent pillows are from Joann fabrics, and they were the perfect bridging color to tie in all my fabric choices between the chairs and the love seat, (I just wish it had been sold in yardage.) I'm hoping the weather does let up asap though, because everything needs to be dry before the movers come on the 10th to pack everything up. 🙄 if we get too desperate I may need to move them into the garage, but I don't want to make the floor mats in there wet either. #joannfabrics #maker #makersgonnamake #sew #sewn #sewing #sewcrafty #sewcialists #patiomakeover #patiofurniture #slipcovers #outdoorsfurniture #upholstery #recycledfurniture #recoveredfurniture #pineapplepillow #rainraingoaway #pcslife #pcsproblems #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #moving #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #spainherewecome
The corpses of my patio furniture pillow covers, and the newly recovered pillows. (Because like always I never remember to take a before and after, or more accurately in this case, I did remember, but I was inside of the house, locked in the living room with the cat, as movers ransacked the house, and I didn't want to open the door and have her freak out, just to put the pillows back and have a before picture.) anyway, we were going to get rid of the patio furniture set until I got too sad about it, since in reality we won't buy a new one for the 14 months in Spain, which would mean we didn't have anything for a sunroom or patio while there. The covers are pretty dead though (and they were the 3rd or 4th incarnation of covers on these pieces too) I have a few more cushions and pillows to sew this week before the movers come for all the household goods. #maker #makersgonnamake #sew #sewn #sewing #sewcrafty #joannfabrics #patiofurniture #slipcovers #upholstery #recycledfurniture #makeover #furnituremakeover #recover #recoveredfurniture #outdoorsfurniture #patiomakeover #sewcialists #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spainherewecome
Chaos is reigning supreme in my house right now; tomorrow the second set of movers come to take away all our long term storage goods (so anything we don't think we will need for 14 months in Spain) and we are sending about 80% of our wall decorations with them, since it seems silly to hang that much art for such a short period of time. I have been taking things off the walls, but couldn't help myself, and had to tear into my exciting new package that came while I was out of town. Paul surprised me by selling his marshal arts stuff, and his armor collection (Paul has spent a lot of time in museums with me over the last 17+ years, so he looks at the swords, and armor while I study clothes, and that interest had turned into a small collection of reproduction pieces) and buying me 4 new harnesses for my loom with the money. I've wanted them for years (so I could have an 8 shaft loom rather than just a 4 shaft loom) but I just couldn't justify the cost (it's A LOT.) He didn't tell me he was selling his stuff until after he had already done it, so I couldn't protest, and it was one of the most thoughtful gestures ever. Anyway instead of packing, Paul and I have now been putting the new warp beam and harnesses and treadles onto my loom, and making a big mess. 😍 (the second picture makes me laugh because it's Paul's weapon pile that he kept. It has been taken down from the walls, pulled out of various closets and the basement, (in preparation for being put into storage.) I don't know that I quite knew he had this much because it's not usually all in one place. These are all museum reproductions, not fake or decorative ones.) #pcsproblems #pcslife #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #besthusbandever #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #weaving #weave #weaver #maker #makersgonnamake #weaversofinstagram #handwoven #textileart #textileartist #fiberartist #fiberart #spainherewecome #swords #weapons #preparedforthezombieapocalypse #illmaketheclothes #youllfightthezombies #ilovemyairman #macomberloom #macomberlooms
I miss these little rats already today, luckily I know I only have a few weeks before I'm able to see them again, but I'm going to be a total wreck after that, since we don't know exactly when we will see them again in Spain. (I guess that's the problem with loving someone else's children as if they were your own, they don't get to live at your house so you can see them everyday!!!) 😘😘😘 I love you and your beautiful babies Bear! #nephews #nephewlove #cutestlittlefaces #luckyauntie #militarylife #militaryfamily #militarylife #pcs #pcslife #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
Our last Disney treat of the trip was to try the grey stuff, which was delicious 😋 (it was a moose covered red velvet cake, on a pie crust base) and then to catch a few last rides (poor Scott was sacrificed on the teacup alter for the sake of the little boys who loved it, Sarah and I opted out. 😬) We literally high-fived Pluto on the way out the door (the little boys are wearing their beloved Star Wars pants I made them a few trips ago) and spent the evening driving back to Phoenix, getting back home for midnight. It was so lovely having the chance to go on this trip with Sarah, Scott, and the little boys, as my last trip before the move. I'm going to miss not having the chance to come see them at all while we are in Spain, but luckily Sarah and Scott have been saving since they found out we were moving, and have plans to come and see us! Our extended family missed out on so much of our kids being small, because of our moving, I'm grateful for any chance I have to not miss out on Charley and Ezra, (and Scott, and Sarah too obviously!) I also feel so lucky to have a husband who holds the fort down at home too; he has been taking care of move prep, the first set of movers, the kids, the cat, and yesterday while I was in Disneyland, he drove from Dayton to Baltimore in the new van, dropped it off at the vehicle transport depot, got himself to the airport, and flew home in time to be back with the kids again, all in one day. 😩 he had even dropped the other car off at the Dayton airport the day before leaving (and because of a bus problem had to run the last few miles home!) He genuinely doesn't skip a beat or complain when I go and do fun things without him, and neither do the kids, which is so sweet and amazing of them. #nephewlove #nephews #disneyland #disneylove #teacups #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spainherewecome #pcslife #pcsproblems #moving #ontheroadagain #ilovemyairman #maker #makersgonnamake #sew #sewn #sewing #sewcialists #sewcrafty
We're all being bad and having a lazy Saturday today (well "all" except Isaac. He's at work.) Our official orders to Spain came through yesterday, so we have been listening to Delta's hold music for about 4 hours as we try to get in touch with someone so we can buy our plane tickets (we have to actually talk to people to get the correct military rates.) and since the orders came through late in the day, we can't book the movers until Monday either. So instead we are living in limbo and maybe a little denial, since until Monday we don't have a firm date to have the house ready to go, so instead of packing and purging I'm getting a back massage from Paul (it's part of my pain maintenance,) and getting the occasional dirty look from the cat when I gasp in pain while she tries to sleep. #movingsucks #moving #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #bengal #bengalcat #bengalkitten #painmanagement #chronicpain #deardeltapleaseansweryourphone #catnap #catsofinstagram
I'm so, so tired, but I've finished the boy's costumes except for their trolls vests, I've worked out BBG legs, and now I think I want a nap. Except I can't take a nap because of the mess behind me, and I won't sleep at night in an even worse way than it is now if I do. (Is it possible to get worse than not falling asleep until after 05:00?) I haven't eaten yet, so I guess brunch should be step next since it's almost 4:00 in the afternoon. 🙄 I'm a mess over here guys. #bbg #bbglegs #bbgmoms #bbgmums #bbgmomsover30 #bbgmumsover30 #sadclown #iworkout #insomnia #insomniaproblems #toomuchstuff #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #epiclgbox #homegym #garagegym #imdying
I'm letting the baby have cone break, so she can clean herself, while protecting her stitches with my hand, luckily they come out tomorrow, so she will be home free. Also I'm supposed to be purging and packing my bedroom. 🙄 #catpeople #catpeopleproblems #coneofshame #coneofshameproblems #bengalcat #bengalkitten #kitten #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #movingsucks #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcefamily #militarywife #airforcewife #madridorbust
Is it just me, or are passport photos specifically designed to make you look like a shady person? (I would like a little flattering color and light please.) Today I had my dental clearance (so I can go to Spain with the DoD feeling fairly certain I'm not going to be a dental liability while there) and tomorrow we go in to finalize our medical clearances, and apply for our government passports. (Hopefully, there always seems to be someone with a roll of red tape somewhere.) After all that gets done, then we can get orders cut, book the movers, (all 3 shipments) get our visas arranged, etc. I think I'm still in denial of how much there is to do to get the house packed up, so having those dates 100% firmed up will hopefully be the kick in the pants I need. #militarywife #militaryfamily #usaffamily #usafwife #internationalmove #mugshots #redtape #militarymove #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spainorbust