Monday, July 20, 2015

Wow, it's been a while!

Hey! This is a big shoutout to all you awesome people still following my blog!

It sure has been while since I've posted anything. Here's a rundown of life these days.

  • Chase graduated from welding school.
  • We moved back to Texas.
  • We celebrated our 4th anniversary!
  • Chase turned 23.
  • Chase's truck got hit with lightning as he was driving it home one day during a really bad storm. What a scary experience it was.
  • My grandma took a turn for the worst and I went home for almost 3 weeks because she was dying. She died on October 11th, 2014. 
  • Chase got a new job back in February and we moved about 100 miles from where we lived previously.
  • I flew in an airplane for the first time in 15 years (scary!)
  • My nephew turned 1, so being there was worth the scary airplane ride!
  • My sister got married and I was the Matron of Honor! <3
  • We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on July 13th. :)
  • Chase turned 24.
  • I stepped out of my comfort zone and joined the amazing company that is Younique. I'll add some information and my link in this blogpost if anyone wants to have a look at it. 

I'll also add some photos for anyone who wants to see.
(They're not in the right order because I added them how I uploaded them lol)

5th anniversary! 

Sister's wedding back in May!

Nephew's 1st Birthday in April!

Emergency trip home when my grandma was dying, I turned it into a mostly happy time, even though I knew the end for her was near.

 My grandma was one of my best friends. I loved listening to her talk about pretty much anything. I miss her more than anything in the world and I'm so sad that the world is missing her amazing, kind soul.

Now, onto the Younique stuff! If you're not aware, Younique is make-up, they're famous for their AMAZING eyelashes!! I just got my 3D+ Fiber Mascara today and I am IN LOVE WITH IT. I don't think I'll be using anything else. I also love how it comes off, it makes my eyelashes feel like there was never anything on them in the first place and that's awesome! I'm having my launch party right now and if you want to check it out, here's the link! :)

Anyway, until next time!

-Haylie :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm an aunt!

So it's been a while since I've blogged here in the 'ol blogosphere.  Since the last time I blogged, I've became an aunt to a sweet little boy! Camden Russell Wade was born on April 3rd at 7:44 PM, weighing 8 pounds 7.6 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long! He's so awesome and I love him so much!   Now the fun part, PHOTOS! :)


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Beer Battered Onion Rings!

I made these the other day and HOLY SHIT. They were so good! 
This is the recipe I used:

1 large Vidalia onion, sliced into 1-inch thick slices with rings separated
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup self- rising flour
1/2 (12 ounce) bottle of New Castle beer (or substitute with your favorite ale)
1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided plus more for seasoning after frying
1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder, divided
¾ tablespoon pepper, divided
2 1/2 cups vegetable oil

In a zip-top bag combine flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1 teaspoon pepper. Shake to combine.

In a medium bowl beat eggs and add the remaining seasonings.
 In a second medium bowl pour the beer.
In a large skillet add oil and bring to 350 degrees F. 
Dip onion rings into egg mixture, about 6 rings at a time. Then put rings into  the zip lock bag and shake until well coated. Remove rings from the bag one at a time and dip into beer then into hot oil. After two minutes turn rings and cook  until a little darker than golden brown (about 2 more minutes). Remove onion rings to drain on a paper towel lined plate. While hot, sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve immediately.   

I didn't have a cooking thermometer so I just winged it. I turned my burner to about 7, so the higher side of medium and then waited about 6 or 7 minutes for the oil to get hot. I then put my onion rings in there, I did a few at a time, and then waited until they were slightly browned and then turned them, then waited until they were a little darker than golden brown and took them out and sprinkled with salt. I tried the way the recipe said and when I did it for 2 minutes on each size I had REALLY done onion rings, probably because I didn't know for sure how hot my oil was. I also used Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale. OMG, they were amazing. Here's some photos! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Chase and I had a motorcycle accident.

Chase and I had a motorcycle accident on October 26th, around noon, in San Antonio, Texas. We were going to go see The Alamo and go to a Harley shop or two. We got into San Antonio, drove by The Alamo and then were heading to the Harley shop, I was giving Chase directions using the GPS on my iPhone. We were getting ready to merge, Chase is looking over his shoulder to be able to merge us safely onto the interstate and when he looked ahead again traffic was completely stopped and he had little to no options but to slam on the breaks. Slamming on the breaks caused us to fishtail, Chase had a hold of it for a few seconds, but thinks that we hit a patch of loose gravel or something because his rear break locked up and caused us to go over the bike (says the witnesses.) We landed on the pavement about arms length away from each other. It was the craziest, most terrifying experience I've ever been in. 

After I landed on the pavement I took off my helmet, moved my fingers and toes and then felt the blood dripping off my face as I stared up at the blue sky. I teared up a little because I was so scared. I was scared for my husband because I could hear him screaming in pain next to me. Immediately after the accident we were surrounded by people, people that wanted to make sure we were okay and conscious, people that were talking to us, asking if we knew what happened and telling us that help was on the way. There was even an off duty EMT that happened to be in the immediate area that came to my side, asked me some questions and looked at my injuries and then told me that we were both going to be okay. A few minutes later the firefighters showed up and they cut my clothes off and started pressing on my body to make sure nothing was injured that they weren't able to see. They started talking about the gash on my face, the road rash on my hands and arms and then put a c collar on me and strapped me to a backboard. I was loaded up into an ambulance and whisked away to the hospital. Chase went before me because his injuries were more severe than mine were. 

A few minutes passed and I was wheeled into the trauma room of the University hospital. I was hooked up to many monitors and machines as they checked all my vital signs and did more pressing on my body. They took off the rest of the jewelry I had on, which was a lot, and soaked up some of the blood coming from my face. After I was deemed well enough to lay in the room, I was moved there to stare at the ceiling and listen to the sounds of the trauma room for the next ten or so hours. I was taken to have an MRI done to make sure there was nothing broken in my neck or back and then I had x-rays done on my left arm and hand. I finally got the c collar off at about eleven o'clock PM. It was THE most uncomfortable thing I've ever worn. 

I had gotten to talk to Chase once for about ten minutes while we were both waiting in the trauma room, then I didn't get to see or talk to him until the next afternoon and I absolutely HATED that. I knew that he was okay, but I wanted to see him for myself. I knew that he had a lacerated spleen and they talked about having to do surgery to remove it and that scared the hell out of me, even if it was a routine surgery. They didn't end up having to do surgery because his spleen clotted on it's own and that was great! After getting the c collar off I got to sit up and that was AMAZING, but then the ENT team had to come and stitch up my face and after that a PA had to come and scrub my road rash wounds clean of all the pavement and dirt that was in them and that was terrible. It hurt SO bad and I cried a lot. I was so ready for it to be over. Finally it was over, I got some more pain medicine and was admitted to the sixth floor, mostly because I didn't have anywhere to go or any family close, so they admitted me for the night. 

I got to my room and got settled in around one-thirty AM. I slept on and off for about four hours because I was in pain and because I was worried about Chase. I got to go see him that morning, he was in the ICU as a preventative measure in case something happened to his spleen. He was pretty banged up, but hell, so was I. My face was swollen and there was dried blood all over it. Chase's was bloody and bruised, but we were alive and that's all that matters. 

I had a deep gash to the side of my face by my left eye that needed eight stitches, pretty nasty road rash on my arms and hands and my left forearm needed five stitches. I have a bruised finger that I think might be broken and a possible fracture to my left elbow. Chase had a lacerated spleen, an orbital fracture of his left eye and mild road rash. 

As for the question that's on everyone's mind. Will I ever get back on a motorcycle? My answer is: I don't know. At first I said I wouldn't get back on again even if Chase decided to get another one someday, but the more I think about it, I just don't know. I really LOVE being on the back and I love taking photos of everything as we ride. Only time will tell. I'm not really scared of being on the back of another one, but as of now I think I'll wait a while before I think about getting back on one, but I'm not going to rule it out. I will for sure wear a helmet like I had on and I will wear more protective gear if I decide to get back on someday. 

All in all we are blessed to be alive and to have all of our limbs in tact. We are blessed that in comparison to other motorcycle accidents our injuries are pretty minor. I will forever be thankful for my life and I will never take anything for granted again. I'm glad I had on a helmet, because I KNOW it saved my life. It was a terrible, scary experience that I wouldn't wish on anyone. I would not want anyone to have to go through listening to the one person they love more than anything in the world lay on the ground next to them and scream in pain. I'm grateful that my husband and I are going to heal and be okay. The wounds will heal, the bruises will fade, the scars and memories will remain, but we ARE ALIVE and that's what I am most grateful for. 

 My face a couple of days later.

 Chase's face the day after.
 My broken phone because it was in my hand.
 The front angle of my face.
 My helmet.
I'm so glad I was wearing this.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Long time no see!

Well hi! It's been quite a while! I'm here to update y'all on my life now! Chase is out of the Army on SUNDAY! OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!! I can't believe the day is finally here. We are living in a tiny town in south Texas. I got here mid August and it has been pretty awesome. It's been nice not dealing with all the BS from the Army anymore. :) It's super hot here, but I really enjoy it. The sunsets are TO DIE FOR.

OMG I NEVER TOLD Y'ALL THAT CHASE GOT A HARLEY! It's an '06 red Road King and he LOVES it. We have been riding a lot since he's been on terminal leave. I have a lot of fun, but of course always wear my helmet.

I also got a new car! A BRAND NEW CAR! A 2013 Chevy Equinox. :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

We also got a puppy on Labor Day! She's a full blooded Beagle and her name is Gemma and we love her so much, even if she chews on shit.

AND I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!!! My sister is pregnant and due on April 1st! I'm so excited!!! :D

Now, to the good part, the photos!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Well well well..

Well, we meet again Blogger. It's been a few weeks since I've blogged. I've been REALLY busy. I have been packing and cleaning my apartment for move out!! YAY!! Chase's last day at work is... TOMORROW! Woohoo! He's technically still going to be in the Army until the 29th of September, but he saved a lot of leave up and he gets to take it and that starts on Monday! It's a little bittersweet. I'm very happy that he's getting out of the Army, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sad about leaving this place I've called home for the past 3 years. We lived in the same little apartment the entire time we've lived together here in Kansas. I'm probably going to cry at the move out inspection I'm doing tomorrow morning. :( It's sad, but happy and I'm sure as soon as I'm in Oklahoma I'll be extremely happy since I get to hang out and see all my friends and family. :) Apartment 7 in building 1015 will always hold a special place in my heart. It was my first home with my husband and we made a lot of memories in there. He almost made me cry earlier when we went in there and he started talking about some of the stuff we did and said. 

Our anniversary is on Saturday! This will be the 3rd one in Kansas! Woohoo! I don't know what we're doing, probably nothing much. Then on Monday, it's off to Oklahoma for a while and then on to start our new adventure in Texas! This is so exciting and I can't wait to be married to someone who's not in the military! I'm so glad that part of our lives is over, I'll miss the friends I've made, but that's about it about the Army I'll miss. 

That's the only updates I have, so I'll see y'all when I see y'all! :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Random Thursday: 5 Items I'd take on a desert island.

RANDOM THURSDAY! YAY! :) I almost didn't get it in time because it's 10 PM, but I did! Anyhooters, here we go! 
you're meaghan me crazy

1. Chase.
He's in infantryman so he knows how to do like everything, he can build fire, sew anything, knows how to find food/water/shelter etc etc etc. He's awesome and he's the first thing I want with me on this island. 

2. My friggin MacBook
I mean there's going to be electricity and wifi on this island right? I sure hope so! 

3. Unlimited supply of drinking water and kool-aid water enhancer
I don't like water but if it's made into kool-aid flavored water, I'd be just fine. :)

4. A machete
You can use it to fend off animals, kill animals to eat, cut down trees, and there's numerous other reasons to have one.

5. My camera with unlimited battery
I mean I'm assuming we'd get rescued off this island at some point so I'd like to document my time on said island. :)