Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blizzard Bloghop 2011

I have never participated in a blog hop before so be kind if this isn't the "correct" way to do one of these thingys. I'm relatively new to the blogging world, and I thought this could be a good way to get out there and (cyberly) meet other people who do the same thing I do every day - write about their lives and how they deal with it all. So come on in and read a little bit out me. Be sure to leave a comment with your blog so I can do the same. :-)



Hi. Hello! My name is Lauren and I am the mistress of Young But Not (Completely) Dumb. I started this blog back in June 2010 while I was in my hometown, frustrated with life that my civilian friends couldn't understand my military lifestyle. I needed a place to vent and let my thoughts be heard so that someone out there could understand what I'm going through. Over time this blog developed into a way to keep our family updated on our lives while we're far from home, and to keep me from going insane.

I am a young Marine wife. My husband and I were married straight after he graduated boot camp in December 2006. I was seventeen years old. Yes you read that right. I was a baby.


Fast forward to now: Ethan and I have been married for four years. We've had our ups and down, but we've made it through this crazy life with a few bumps and bruises, but still together and happier than ever. We have a two year old little Monster (also known as Aiden) that is the center of our world. We plan on adding another addition to the family sometime as early as this summer, but we'll see how that goes.


We are deployment survivors! Ethan has been to Afghanistan once, but he has re-enlisted into EOD (for those of you not military, think of The Hurtlocker on a much less Hollywood scale) so we are going to be dealing with deployments a lot in the future. EOD school is in Florida so in about a month we will be moving down there to start the next chapter in the military section of our life.

I'm a southern girl: Texas-born and Tennessee-raised. I'm really into photography, but I don't consider myself a photographer at all. I am a vegetarian, and I share my recipes often. I'm a stay at home wife and mom...for now.

While most girls my age are studying for finals and worrying about who they're going to the club with this weekend, I'm making this crazy military life work for us. I've lived through a lot and I'm learning each day what it is to be strong and creative with the hand we're dealt. I may be young, but I'm not (completely) dumb.

32 comments:

  1. As is the case with blogs, I stumbled upon your blog through another blog, through another before that one and...you get the picture. But I enjoy reading about your daily life, as I ALMOST became a military wife; my husband was getting ready to join EOD in the Navy (his first choice was Navy Seal...yikes! SO glad he was disqualified b/c of his vision), but at the last minute, we both sat down and asked each other if we were REALLY that sure about it. I said "no" and I knew I would miss him. So he stayed. And for now, we lead ordinary, boring lives. Who knows...maybe he'll think about it again (although he's almost 30, so at this point, he probably could only join the Army), and maybe next time, I'll jump on board.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. You are so much stronger than me! I have no idea how in the world I'd ever be able to deal with a deployment! You have such a beautiful family, too!

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  3. I stumbled here too thru the Bloghop...love your title...certainly eye catching! I think you're doing a great job, so keep doing what you're doing!

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  4. Came across your blog through the bloghop… <3 it!!

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  5. You're going do just fine if you keep up that positive attitude! Keep living strong and create whenever you are sent!

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  6. Hello darling! Love your blog and following you from the blog hop! I have a deployment survior button on my blog! Isn't it such an awesome feeling to know that the deployment made you a stronger women!

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  7. Comin over from the Blizzard bloghop! Cute cute family! I married young too. (21)You'll do great with your positive attitude.

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  8. Hi from the bloghop! My brother is overseas right now - I can relate to how youa re feeling.

    Congrats on sticking with your marraige - while 17 might be "young" if you work at it everything will work out great in the end :)

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  9. Nice to meet you! I'm glad you are enjoying blogging. The sense of community is awesome. I'm a sometimes vegetarian ;) I'm visiting from the Blizzard Blog Hop, so come see me at www.simplycintia.com when you have a chance. Blessings on you and on your sweet family!

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  10. I'm a USMC wifey as well! New follower through Blizzard Blog Hop! http://www.sahmandusmcwife.blogspot.com

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  11. Welcome to the world of blogging! From what I can tell off this bloghop, there are loads of military mamas out there, and you're going to connect wonderfully. I'm not one of them, but I think you sound like you have a good head on your shoulders and a great family. Good for you, Mama!

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  12. Love your blog! :) I too find it hard to relate to "civilians" even though I am now one myself....though I like to consider myself a veteran, just like Hubby!

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  13. Hi, I'm from the bloghop as well! Love love LOVE your blog title, I married my military man (US Army) at 18 so I'm sure we heard a lot of the same comments haha! He ETS'd recently but it was definitely an interesting ride. Hope to get to know you better!

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  14. Hi there, nice to meet you! I love connecting with other military spouses. I can learn a lot from you deployment survivors as I am facing my husband's upcoming deployment!

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  15. Thank you so much for stopping by! My first "blog hop" also. So looking forward to getting to know you a bit more about you through your blog take care xo

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  16. Hello, you have a wonderful family and I admire your courage to get married that young.

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  17. Hi, I found my way over from the blog hop. I'm new to the blogging world and have never done a blog hop either. I've been through one deployment myself and it certainly made me a stronger woman, wife, and mom. EOD school sounds rough - I hope everything goes well for you all!

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  18. And oh my gosh, I love the picture of your son's dirt covered diaper in your header! Hilarious!

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  19. I'm here through the blog hop. It's so nice to "meet" you! It looks like you have a very blessed life. I thank you for your husband's service, and for your sacrifice. I'm following you now, and hope to get to know you better.

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  20. Hey Lauren! Loove the title of your blog and I'm so glad that I've found a military wife around my age (I turn 21 in March)! Your son is adorable.

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  21. Hi Lauren,
    I found you through the blog hop, it is nice to meet you! I am excited to see how your life goes!
    :)

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  22. Totally following your blog now!! Can't wait to read more. Hope you visit me too!

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  23. YOU GO GIRL! I love your intro and look forward to reading more!

    Evelyn
    Adventure Of Super Spice

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  24. Stopping by from Blizzard BlogHop! So nice to meet another military spouse! And even nicer, a military spouse who is a vegetarian! Rare breed I know. I myself am a Raw Foodie by day and vegetarian (sometimes Flexitarian) by night. Totally following you now!

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  25. Love your blog! Stumbled on it via the bloghop. I was a young wife once a long time ago ;-), so I understand some of what you are going through. Can't wait to read more!

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  26. Hey hey, My Hubs in in EOD right now :) We live in Niceville currently and it's quite nice! GOod luck on the move and contact me if you have any questions on the area! Tell your husband congrats on EOD, it's quite exciting :)

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  27. Hi! I have been enjoying reading your blog. Thanks!

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  28. Your post makes me smile from ear-to-ear. My husband is in the army and we got married in Dec. 2006 right after he got out of boot camp (I was 18 at the time).

    Where in Tennessee are you from? We are from Knoxville :]

    I absolutely ADORE your blog's name.

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  29. Hi! I'm visiting from the bloghop! I'm a new follower and I can't wait to read more!!

    ~Sarah
    http://confessionsofasailorswife.blogspot.com/

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  30. Blog hopping today and am your newest follower. I hope that 1 of my blogs interests you too.

    http://tawnasplan.blogspot.com
    http://btrbb.blogspot.com
    http://tawnassecret.blogspot.com
    Thanks
    Tawna

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  31. Nice to meet you. It is a crazy life we live but it makes us stronger.

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  32. found ya via a blog hop. following you now! :)wont you stop on over to my blog too and comment to help me build my numbers? (& follow me too!) I have lots of great giveaways all the time, right now, 12 active ones!

    Low entries too! Some VERY low entries!
    I'm a sahm navy wife of a submariner man.
    2 great kids.
    I speak my mind,
    I blog about our life when I have the time, so anyway that's it. Cute blog!
    ty for taking the time to read this! Have a great night!

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