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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Grow, grow, grow

  As the days keep flying by I think of more items I want to add to our ever growing product line. Below is the newest addition! They are the first two produced and we will carry them in different sizes and as with everything else they will come in any military branch fabric.


As the week goes on I will be adding other new products and photos. I'm working on the boppy cover right now as well as a new blanket design. Stay tuned!                              

Monday, July 26, 2010

Peanut Butter, Chocolate & a Saturday Night Movie

So, this is a little different from the usual business post...I had originally sent it to a blog for military wives. After reading a post of theirs this morning, I no longer wish to be associated with them....so here is what I had to share for all the military wives out there......

You have your most comfortable pajama’s on, you know the ones I’m talking about! Green sweats with a little black EGA on the hip that are nicely worn in for you by someone else, the t-shirt that has holes but is so soft from years of love…yes those pjs. You’ve got your popcorn, peanut M&M’s (or fill in your favorite candy here), glass of wine and favorite go to movie for nights like this and yet something is missing. Your Marine.

If you’ve been married to your Marine for a while, you know EXACTLY what I’m describing here. It’s the end-of-a-hard-week-Saturday-night-middle-of-deployment (or field op)-me-time of the Marine wife. I’ve done about a hundred of these nights, and will do a hundred more. Sometimes it’s with girlfriends, sometimes alone, and for me, most recently with our new addition, our baby girl. I’m sure when you first married your Marine this was not the Saturday night you thought you’d have. It’s funny that our view of a situation can change after we are into it. It’s hard to remember you were supposed to drain the swamp when you’re knee deep in alligators! Everyone thinks and often says “I know it’s going to be hard, but I love him”. Well you’re marrying him, so I sure hope you love him, but looking back we don’t really know just how hard some of those times will be, do we? You don’t think about how many things he may miss because of a field exercise or deployment when you’re in a beautiful dress and your Marine is standing at the front of a church in the BEST dress uniform of them all, ready to make you his forever. Then the wedding is over and you don’t get a honeymoon until 6 weeks after your wedding because they’re going to (insert your favorite duty obligation here). Or that he’ll miss your pregnancy while "backpacking" across Iraq or Afghanistan, or worse the birth of your baby. You don’t think about him not being there for a birthday, family event, anniversary, or holiday. Why don’t you think about these things? Because you love him and as hard as ALL of those things are, it’s ok. You are a Marine wife; you can handle whatever the Marine Corps can throw at you! PCSing in a month, no problem! Pregnant alone? NO problem! Christmas without your Marine? E’ed Sae’ed! (Happy Holidays in Arabic) You’ll celebrate with other Marine wives. While our husbands adapt and overcome, so do we!

I’m not sure about you ladies, but as for me; I wouldn’t change my Marine Corps life and experiences for anything. These experiences have shaped my husband and me into who we are today. They’ve given us great friends, and taken a few. They’ve even brought us closer together through thousands of miles apart. I hope you all are enjoying this Marine Corps roller coaster ride. If you’re having one of those end-of-a-hard-week-Saturday-night-middle-of the-_____________(fill in the blank) nights tomorrow just remember you’re not alone and we will make it. After all, we are Marine Wives!

(For those who are reading that are Army Wives/Navy Wives/Air Force Wives just insert that where needed!) :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Frank the Tank for baby Frank

I have FINALLY finished tearing apart Dave's FROG suit and finished the blanket for baby Frank. It turned out fantastic...especially since I wasn't so sure about using the material from the FROG suit! I hope you all love it, but mostly I hope our dear friends Dave and Andrea love it for their so very soon-to-be son! Enjoy the pictures and there's a little something extra I've made for them too.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Let the Games Begin

Ahh, another week has come and another week has gone. Is it me or do they go by faster when you want them to slow down and slower when you want them to go faster? Last week was the week my husband was home between his month at Ft. Benning, GA and his 3 1/2 weeks in San Antonio, TX/Brunswick, ME. So naturally the week went by in a flash!

With the husband home to help with our daughter it gave me some time to work on ideas for Baby Battle Rattle. There have been so many new ideas to add to the product line I don't know how I'm going to get them all made up and out of my brain! Being the kindergarten artist that I am, I decided I'd draw them all out so I wouldn't forget anything that I'd concocted in my head as I was drifting off to sleep each night...because seriously, who REALLY works when your husband is home for ONE week and you have a darn cute baby smiling at you to come play with them? This week I have come up with seven new items I would like to add on to the product list.

Now that it's just baby and me again, I'm back to my cutting board. During nap time, of course! Tonight's project was cutting up the fabric for the Big Squares Blankets, that you all seem to love since I can hardly make them fast enough for everyone and a new item, and a Boppy cover. I made the pattern and have already cut half the fabric out, tomorrow I hope to finish it and post some fabulous pictures for everyone.

Monday, July 12, 2010


What a wonderful week! My husband arrived home on Friday night finally. He'd been gone for over a month with training and then Jump School back to back. He'll be home only a week before he leaves us again for more training...but hey, I really shouldn't complain, it's not a deployment.

I have so many wonderful friends having babies right now. It seems like there's a new little bundle due to arrive each month! The next to arrive will be our dear friends Dave & Andrea's little boy in August. I am working on a new blanket design for their soon-to-be son and am making it out of Dave's FROG suit! I can't wait to see how this turns out, it's been challenging to say the least.
I am still waiting on the latest shipment of Desert MARPAT from our new supplier. I can't wait to get it and start getting orders our to everyone! I'm so excited about the new things to come out and am really looking forward to sharing them with you all.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hello Summer, Goodbye Blog-time

Another post, far behind schedule. What can I say? It's summer and our schedule is C-R-A-Z-Y. With my husband home one week and gone five and so on and so on for the summers entireity things have piled up. So, what's new around here? For starters I've added some new products to Baby Battle Rattle's lineup. Along with the blankets, hooded towels, washcloths and binkey slings there are shoes. I'm so happy with the shoes! They are adorable if I do say so myself. I'm also working on dresses. Once I can nail down the pattern I will add them to our sales listings.

Along with the new baby gear comes a new fabric supplier. I've been searching for weeks and I think I may have a new one. We'll see how their quality is when I get the first batch! It's amazing that we're already into July. It feels like it was just Christmas time and Jeremy and I had just come home from the hospital with our little early Christmas gift. Now it's Christmas In July time! I'm thinking about doing a Christmas In July sale in our Etsy store and donating the savings to the Wounded Worrier Project. I'll have to wait to see how the new fabric supplier is, I wouldn't want to jump the gun and then not have the product to ship.
I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July. I will try to be better (as always) about keeping up with the blog...but you know how it goes! :)