Moving Out East

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The day that we had been hoping and praying for, for months and years, had finally come.

It’s not like we absolutely hated where we were living at, but we felt as though we were ready to go. With my husband being stationed here for 7 or 8 years and myself for nearly 5, we had outgrown this place. Plus, I don’t like dry heat, so there’s that!

But since we ready for a change and a chance to see family a little more often, we had hoped for orders to the East Coast and that’s what we got! And it’s pretty crazy to think that this is the place that our relationship started, where we started a family, and grew. It’s where we had our first home and this is the house we brought our kids home to. It’s a bit surreal, a bit sad, exiting…emotional. I was quite emotional on the day we finally said “goodbye” to our “home.”

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So, the packers came one day and packed up our entire house. They even brought little boxes for the kids to use to pack up some things they wanted to travel with and crayons for them to decorate them. I thought that was adorable. We filled that house with a ton of stuff over the last 3 years and it was crazy to see it all packed up in less than 8 hours. I think it was even 5 hours if I am being honest!

The next day, the moving truck came and the movers started loading all of our things up. That also didn’t take very long. We spent the night in a hotel on base and the next day, we blew that popsicle stand! We did the final check out of our home and said goodbye to a few friends of ours. Friends of our kids too. Friends that became family.

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I remember, when I joined the Navy, that I always heard about those you served with becoming your family. And it’s so true. But in my own life, it wasn’t JUST the people I had served with who had become my family, it was also the people who were serving along their own spouses that became my family. We know this life and how to be there for each other. And as moms, there are some of us that just…clicked.

Seeing your kids saying bye to other kids is really emotional. At least it was for me. Plus, I am saying bye to my own close friends! All I was thinking about is:

Are we actually going to stay in touch? Or are we just going to say we will talk to each other all of the time and not actually follow through?

Either way, I knew I was extremely blessed to have been able to have those friendships during the time that I did.

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Anyway, enough of the emotional stuff! Ha! We headed out towards Las Vegas but not before we stopped at Old Navy to use our super cash! And sure enough, my best mom friend (that’s what I call her) ended up finding out we were there and met up with us! She was the absolutely last person to send us off. It was so funny and sweet. Her boys are the sweetest and her oldest was crying the night before about us leaving. And her kids asked if mine could sleepover. Ah! I thought I was done with the emotional stuff! I guess not!

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But seriously. It was the cutest. And I was happy to see my friend again before I left.

For those of you that do not know, this is our first time PCSing anywhere. We left our first ever duty station. It’s so crazy to think that wherever you end up, that’s automatically your new home. And you don’t ever know how long you’re going to be there for sure. I mean, I was convinced that I was going to be doing a 20 year career there, but it’s amazing to see what God has done in our lives. And I look forward to seeing what MORE he has in store for us.

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Hearts2Honduras

So, we all know that HeyDarlingLove is all about helping people! Whether it be about health and fitness or just life in general, I love to help others on their mission. When I noticed that my friend, Nina was trying to raise money to go back to Honduras, I decided to ask her to write a little something and I would include it in my blog.

It’s been WEEKS since I have posted anything but I felt that posting this is definitely a worthy cause. Here is what Nina had to say.

“As I was heading to the airport in January with bags full of clothes to donate to families when I arrived in Honduras all I was thinking was: How awesome is this going to be, I am going on my second missions trip and going to be going to another country. Little did I know with in hours of being in Honduras seeing the joy on the childrens faces as we pulled up to meet them God would be telling me I was going back. I am so excited to say I will be going on my second trip back to Honduras May 27th-June 10th to help out in the same community as I helped the first trip where we poured concrete for their church/learning center along with loving on every child that wanted to be there helping us help them. There were so many children loving and kissing on me and even though we didn’t speak the same language verbally we still were able to communicate through God, smiles, and love. I am excited to say that I was asked to go back to Honduras for the 3rd time next January to see these sweet children that I will be able to come back and have them run up to me like no time has past like old friends do, because that is what they are. Please consider making a donation for me to go to them and spend time loving them in January I can’t wait to love on them more and more every time I am able to see them.”

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If you’re interested in helping Nina get back to Honduras, please visit her site!

http://www.gofundme.com/v3v9qk

I’m proud of you, Nina! You’re going out and doing so much! You’re an inspiration. <3 I wish I could go along with you! Good luck and safe travels!

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Travel Tuesday – Raleigh, North Carolina

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Alright! This is week 3 of my Travel Tuesday series! I am so excited about this! You guys, people are actually wanting to write and let me post onto my blog! Plus, I get to learn a little bit more about people’s hometowns! Especially the people who have followed me and taken the time to chat with me, it’s pretty awesome to see where they are from!

So, from last week we were in Portsmouth, England and today we are heading to the states to Raleigh, North Carolina! Miss Madison was happy to write a post for me of the city she goes to college at and I was happy that she was happy! Lots of happiness going around here! She blogs over at http://maddykake.blogspot.com

Here’s what she wrote!
As the capitol city of North Carolina, Raleigh has endless opportunities for both its residents and visitors. With almost half a million people living in Raleigh, the city is bustling with activity. I attend North Carolina State University in the city. Being a large university, our campus itself has a lot to offer. From the beautiful Hunt Library (named one of the most spectacular libraries in the world here)  to Talley Student Union, our campus offers many modern and innovative centers for studying and meeting up.
6bc312cc67ffd3a9a278cdfad2473fcb Travel Tuesday - Raleigh, North CarolinaOne of my personal favorite spots in Raleigh is the Red Hat Amphitheater. Located right in the midst of the downtown atmosphere, this outdoor venue is perfect for fun summer concerts. You can triple the entertainment with our two other awesome concert venues, the PNC Arena and Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Among the three of these locations, Raleigh has hosted countless celebrities. I’ve included a picture of my favorite concert from the Red Hat, the Jonas Brothers in 2013 🙂
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There is a countless number of restaurants and shops to be enjoyed in Raleigh. Cameron Village is home to many of the city’s most unique and trendy boutiques. The Pit is a restaurant located in downtown Raleigh that is famous for its barbecue and has been featured on many TV programs, including Man v Food. The Daily Planet Cafe is a cute and fresh place to enjoy breakfast or lunch while exploring downtown or visiting the Museum of Natural Sciences, conveniently located right next door.
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You can’t go to Raleigh without attending an NCSU football game. You’ll find people tailgating in the parking lot of Carter-Finley hours before kickoff each game. The Wolfpack is the city’s very own pride and joy and the only thing that could possibly top the football games are the ACC basketball games right next door at the PNC Arena.
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Finally, one of the biggest events that takes place in Raleigh (besides First Night for New Years Eve) is the annual NC State Fair. If you’re in North Carolina during mid-October you should definitely check out the fair. With all the usual rides and delicious foods, the fair also offers nightly concerts from various genres. Reaching almost one million visitors yearly, the NC State Fair is obviously an experience to have. If nothing else, just go walk around and enjoy the atmosphere. But for now, enjoy this picture of Before You Exit performing at the fair in 2014. (If it’s not obvious, I love concerts.. and boy bands 🙂 )
6bc312cc67ffd3a9a278cdfad2473fcb Travel Tuesday - Raleigh, North CarolinaAnd here are the State Fair fireworks that closed the night 🙂
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I know that Raleigh has so much more to offer that I have yet to explore and I have only included some of my favorite places and activities in the city, but as a freshman at NCSU, I look forward to getting to know Raleigh better in my next couple of years. One cool thing about Raleigh is that you can drive a few hours and be at the beach, or you can drive a few hours the other way and be in the mountains! North Carolina is truly a state that has it all!

Thank you to Madison for writing this awesome post! I think North Carolina would be a fun place to go sometime! And for me…it’s not going to be too hard for me to get there!! 🙂

What do you all think of North Carolina?! Anyone thinking of visiting?!

Make sure you show Madison some love!!
http://maddykake.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/MaddyKake
http://instagram.com/madisoncarter12/
http://www.pinterest.com/madisoncarter40/

Want to be featured on my Travel Tuesday posts?! Let me know in the comments! OR email me at heydarlinglove@outlook.com

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Travel Tuesday – Portsmouth, England

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So, anyone that follows this blog knows about a new series that I have decided to start on.

TRAVEL TUESDAY!

I know a lot of travel blogs have this series as well (I just found out after I started doing this…man, I thought I was being all creative and what not) but with these posts, I wanted to get the perspectives of those who live there! Plus, it’s a way for this preggo to travel the world without having to leave my seat. 😉

Last week, we were in Melbourne, Australia with Rosie. You can read that post HERE. After I posted her entry, I had the brilliant idea to collect more posts from other bloggers who wanted to talk about their hometowns! So, I went on twitter and posted a few tweets asking people to get involved. Also, I was on the #bdib chat and talked to people about it too. I was pretty excited about it. I even got a bunch of people who were interested in it! Sent some emails and Jessica was the first to reply! So, let’s just to Portsmouth, England with the loved Jessica at http://jessmatthews66.blogspot.co.uk/

Here’s what she wrote!

My 7 favourite places in Portsmouth, England.

I have lived in the coastal town of Portsmouth, located in the South of
England, for the past 2 and a half years, after moving down here to go
to university. When I first looked around the uni, I could never have
imagined how much I would love the place and I honestly see it as my
home now. For this blog post, I have decided to pick out my favourite
parts of Portsmouth and tell you what it is about each that I love so
much. I know 7 is such a random number but I couldn’t pick out just 5!

1.)       The beach
Originally I am from Buckinghamshire, just outside of London, which is
inland and therefore I love going down to Southsea beach in Portsmouth.
I find the sea so calming and whenever I need to clear my head and
gather my thoughts I always head down to the beach, sit on a bench and
just think. I have made some very important decisions whilst down at
the beach and I will genuinely miss it when I graduate from university
this year.
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2.)  The Spinnaker Tower
If anyone were to ask me the one place they should visit in Portsmouth,
I would tell them the Spinnaker every time. You can go up to the top
(it is not too expensive) and the views from up there are simply
incredible. From there, you can see the whole of Portsmouth and the
surrounding areas and it is stunning.
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3.)    Guildhall
A lot of the student areas of Portsmouth are based in and around
Guildhall Square, which means this was the first place I really got to
know as a student down here. During my first week of living here we had
our Fresher’s Ball inside Guildhall and I have been to see a comedy
show in there too.
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4.)  The Kings Theatre
The Kings Theatre is located on Albert Road, which is where a lot of
second and third year students spend a lot of time. The theatre has had
some fantastic shows playing and it is good to know it is there if you
ever fancy spending a night watching a show.
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5.)    The Pier
I absolutely adore Clarence Pier because of the arcades. Perhaps it is
because it reminds me of my childhood holidays, but I love going into
the arcades and spending my loose change on all the machines.
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6.)     Southsea Castle
Southsea Castle is located right on the sea front and has beautiful
views from the top, looking out to sea. However, the best part of the
castle is not in the views but in the history that the castle contains.
It was built in 1544 as a defence mechanism for Henry VIII and was used
as a military base for 400 years. It is free to look around the castle
and it’s very interesting to learn the history behind Portsmouth.
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7.)     Hong Kong Charlies
I wouldn’t be a proper student if I didn’t mention my favourite bar!
Hong Kong Charlies is a vodka bar that sells candy flavoured vodka. My
favourite is probably the refreshers vodka with lemonade. I can’t count
the amount of fantastic evenings I have had in this bar!

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** The photos of the Spinnaker Tower and Southsea Castle were taken by
my friend Aran Mckenna, more of his work can be found on his Facebook
page:  www.facebook.com/aranmckennaphotography.

What a great post, Jessica! Thanks for sharing your home with us!!

Portsmouth looks beautiful! And amazing! And…I WANT TO GO THERE! I wonder, is it even a good idea for me to be doing these posts or am I going to get a case of Wanderlust? I might. haha. OOOhhhh. Just came up with another idea. I love when that happens. haha.

Anyway…make sure you all show Jessica some love on her blog and her twitter!

ALSO, make sure you pop on over next week to see where we go next!!!

If you’re interested in writing a guest post about your hometown, let me know in the comments! OR you can email me at heydarlinglove@outlook.com 🙂

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Travel Tuesday – A Guest Post

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One of my darling blogging friends and I have been talking for a little while now. And I am sure you have seen her name all over my blog as it is! But when she agreed to do a quest post for me, I was ECSTATIC! She writes really well and I have never had a guest writer yet!

She decided that she wanted to write about her home town and it actually inspired me to do a series with other people who want to be guest writers as well. I don’t know how often I will get people to write for my blog, but this is a REALLY great start! Here’s what Miss Rosie had to say!!

Welcome to my home town: Melbourne
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When Abigail asked me to write up a guest post for her blog I was ecstatic and happy to do so but I drew a big, fat blank. I get pretty overwhelmed when I can write about anything. You’d think it’d be liberating, but alas I have a million and one ideas and then NONE at all! I listed down what I wanted readers of Hey Darling Love to know about me, essentially an Aussie gal who’s obsessed with fashion and beauty – and that’s when it hit me; I’m an Aussie, what better topic to write about than my home town of Melbourne.

I can give you all the Wikipedia spiel about Melbourne and how it’s the second largest city in Australia, with a population of more than four million people yadda yadda yadda – you can look that shit up yourself. I want you to know MY Melbourne. Things I love to do and see around the city that I would recommend to you if you were to come and visit – AND YOU SHOULD VISIT!

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First and foremost the weather here is erratic to say the least. Every true Melburnian will pack an umbrella AND a pair of sunglasses. It’s known to have four seasons in one day – an aspect that’s lovely yet totally annoying if you’ve planned an outdoor event. At the races this year we got rained on one day and then 3 days later we got sunburnt, WTF?!

Now I love to shop and lucky for me the shopping here is OFF THE HOOK! People from all around Australia will come to Melbourne to shop. There’s everything from high end boutiques to funky little stores to huge malls. We are very spoilt for choice. If you have a spare day in the city I would highly recommend just wandering around all the little streets and laneways and get lost looking at all the amazing stores.

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Melbourne’s known for its amazing coffee culture (not to mention outstanding food and wine – that’s a whole other blog post!). There are so many coffee shops and cafés and pop up coffee labs that you don’t have to travel too far to get a fabulous latte (or whatever floats your boat). It can be quite funny how people can get very pretentious over their “blend” but it’s well worth it! It’s a time honored tradition to go to brunch on the weekend and find the best cup of coffee in town. Don’t even mention Starbucks here – that shit’s pure sacrilege!

Last, but definitely not least, the art and theatre scene is pure heaven for a self-proclaimed culture nut like me! You can catch award winning musicals on all the time (Les Miserables and Once are on at the moment) as well as amazing exhibitions on at the National Gallery of Victoria – right in the heart of the city.

If you do decide to come and visit make sure to give me a shout out – I’d be more than happy to play tour guide…I just ask that you buy me a decent cup of coffee!

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Thanks SO MUCH Rosie for writing and being my first guest post. Also, thank you for inspiring me! You’re so amazing and I am glad we became blogging friends. Someday, I would LOVE to come to Australia and maybe I will be able to visit you! Who knows?!

Make sure you all show Rosie some love over at her blog as well!!
http://www.aredlipandanudeshoe.com

Much love,

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