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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Blogmas starts in T-5 days!...

Our Cross-Country Road Trip | Day 5

Our Cross-Country Road Trip Day 5 | Why Hello Lovely

Start: Oklahoma City, OK | End: Flagstaff, AZ
Distance traveled: 864 miles | Time: 12 hours
States driven through: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Cities driven through: Amarillo, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Flagstaff, AZ.

We officially started the second half of our drive yesterday! Oklahoma City was about the halfway point for us so now that we’re in Flagstaff, we’re pretty much there. Today was kind of a big day as we drove through four different states and into a whole new time zone. The time zones are still a little strange for me since I’ve never been off the east coast before, but at least it’s not 13 hours like when Zack was overseas (thank God).

Our original plan was to drive to Williams, AZ and visit the Grand Canyon first thing in the morning before we finish the drive. After a lot of discussion, we decided that was something we’d rather do when we have a whole weekend to explore and the money to stay at a nicer hotel closer to it. We also want to make sure Jack is comfortable while we’re exploring too rather than hanging out in the car. So we’ll plan that out a little better and do it at a later date. Maybe I can convince him to go for our anniversary next month since it’s only 7 hours away. We’ll see.

Our Cross Country Road Trip: Day 5 | Why Hello Lovely

We made our first stop when we arrived in Amarillo, TX. First off, there wasn’t much in the part of Texas we drove through. Lots of windmills though (right? Do they still call them that?). Amarillo had a huge mix of races and people which I really didn’t expect. SO much diversity. But I really wasn’t a fan of Amarillo. We were both a little disappointed by that one. Sorry to anyone who’s from there but we won’t be going out of our way to go back. Texas wasn’t too bad to drive through but I’m glad we only drove through the top portion rather than the middle. That literally would have taken a whole day. Our attention spans don’t last that long so I liked seeing it for a few hours and then heading into a new state.

Our Cross Country Road Trip: Day 5 | Why Hello Lovely

Next we drove through New Mexico. For some reason, I was really looking forward to this state. It was probably the biggest change in scenery so far this drive. And although there wasn’t much there, the views were gorgeous. It was a weird change going from endless fields to endless desert but I loved it. Again, I couldn’t live there but it was a cool change of scenery compared to the east coast and mid west.

We also loved Albuquerque. Like all the other cities we’ve driven through, it came out of nowhere. But there was so much to do there. I saw practically every store there. So many shopping plazas, hotels and restaurants. And the whole city is surrounded by mountains too which makes it even better. We detoured from the highway for a bit into downtown to find a gas station and even downtown wasn’t too bad. I’d love to see what it looks like at sunset because during the day, it was gorgeous.

Our Cross Country Road Trip: Day 5 | Why Hello Lovely

By the time we left Albuquerque, we were pretty bored with New Mexico. The views confined to be amazing but we were ready for Arizona. When we stopped for gas, I made sure to grab my macro zoom lens from my camera bag so I could have it with me to take pictures. I upgraded my Nikon and lenses back in May and really haven’t had the chance to play with my zoom lens much. So I was beyond excited to test it out. I spent a good hour doing nothing but adjusting settings and taking photos. I’m sure Zack is sick of hearing the camera click at this point…and my singing.

It’s been relatively easy to keep me happy on this drive. Everything is new and exciting to me. So even though there was nothing out there, I was happy as can be.

Our Cross Country Road Trip: Day 5 | Why Hello Lovely

Finally we arrived in Arizona around 8 o’clock. Fun fact: did you know that Arizona doesn’t participate in daylight savings? I didn’t. So going into New Mexico, we entered into Mountain Time which is an hour behind Central Time and two hours behind the East Coast. Well then we entered into Arizona and went back one more hour because they didn’t change their clocks ahead in the spring like the rest of us. Super strange! So we kind of gained two hours. It made the day seem super long even though it was about the same number of hours as the past couple days.

This day of our trip seemed never-ending. I’m not sure if it’s because of the two extra hours or because we’ve literally been in the car all week. But we were both very excited to crawl into bed and fall asleep. As you’re reading this, we are in the car, finishing the last 7 hours of the trip. Stay tuned for the last update!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE REST OF OUR JOURNEY!

DAYS 1 & 2  |  DAY 3  | DAY 4

XOXO
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