Road Trip to Our First Duty Station

We did it! We finally made our 2,000 mile, 8 state, 4 day trip across the country to our first duty station in Utah! We vlogged most of our trip and wanted to share them here as well as on our YouTube Channel.

We are so excited to finally be here- now comes the fun part of finding a place to live. House hunting is always a pain but we are excited to finally get settled and explore more of the area. Plus I can’t wait to be out of hotels and have our things back!

Have you ever moved far from home? What is the best piece of advice you have for getting acclimated to a new area? 

I will be posting more videos and updates as we get settled!  Thank you for following our journey and being apart of the McCoog Squadron.

XOXO,

Susan

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My First Trimester

My first trimester was surprisingly and THANKFULLY.. okay! I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t get morning sickness (#BLESSED.)  I can’t thank my Mother enough for her genetics. She had three kids and didn’t have morning sickness with any of us!

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My biggest and most frustrating symptom has been exhaustion. Any time that I sat still for too long I would start snoozing away. I have never been much of a napper- but since I got pregnant, naps have become a regular things for me. But I am slowly feeling more energized. I can even stay up passed 9pm!

One symptom that just came on for me, is food aversions. Growing up, I was never a fan of eggs but ever since college I started to eat them and enjoy them again. I would eat eggs a few times a week and they were GREAT. The other morning, I decided to scramble up some eggs.. only to be completely repulsed the second I put that first forkful into my mouth. It was such a strange feeling because it happened so suddenly. From now on, I will be steering clear.

All in all, I can happily say- I made it out of my first trimester! I am excited for the months to come and am interested to feel and see the changes in my body.

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What I miss: 

  • Fully caffeinated coffee! Since I found out I was pregnant I decided to switch over to half cafe.. which if you know me and my love for coffee was a big struggle.
  • Being able to eat everything and not have to think too much about it. I am constantly googling, “can pregnant women have…” It’s annoying- but as a first time mama, I want to (try to) do everything right(ish)!

What I am most excited for:

  • EVERYTHING!
  • My bump beginning to show more! 
  • Finding out the gender.
  • And being with Justin throughout the rest of this baby adventure! 

 

Keep an eye out for my current pregnancy favorites!

XOXO- Susan

 

We are going to have a BABY!

I am so excited to announce that Justin and I are expecting! We made the announcement to the world on Saturday and I am so excited to finally scream it from the rooftops! It has been my DREAM for to be a mom one day and I am so excited to start this journey.

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I have received a ton of awesome questions since announcing so I though I would share some that have been frequently asked:

How far along are you?  I am currently 12 weeks and finally on my way out of the first trimester!

Will you find out the gender? YES! Justin and I both agree that we would never be able to wait that long to find out and we want to prepare!

How have you been feeling? Mostly exhausted- I will be making a separate post focused on my entire first trimester soon.

Are you showing yet? Sort of.. it’s hard to explain! It kind of comes and goes? But the bump is on it’s way- thats for sure!

Has it been hard with Justin away? It definitely is, but our separation will end soon! I am really grateful that my Mom has attended a few appointments with me. I am really excited to go to the next ones with Justin!

Do you want to know anything else? Let me know! I am excited to document and share this journey.

xoxo- Susan

 

My Husband Almost Didn’t Make It To Our Wedding

On June 16, 2017, Justin and I officially got married/eloped in a small private ceremony in my grandparents back yard. It was absolutely magical and a day I will never forget. We also planned from the beginning to have a larger wedding with our family and friends later in the year after Justin was finished with training. I wanted to make planning our wedding a big focus for me while he was away.

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On July 3, Justin shipped off to Air Force basic training in Texas. We spent the next 8 weeks with VERY minimal communication (I am talking like 3 phone calls and a whole bunch of letters.)  So as a way to distract myself, I started researching local wedding venues and began the whole planning process. As I mentioned in my last post, when he joined we were told that his training after BMT was going to be a month long (this is where the stress comes in) so we figured that a wedding in October or November would be perfect. After visiting a few local venues, I found the perfect one- WITH A LATE OCTOBER DATE OPEN! So we put down a deposit and I continued to plan.

When I went down to see Justin graduate from basic training, I shared all of the fun news. While he was excited, he was nervous. He had been given the dates of his training schedule and it was going to be awfully close to the wedding. If there were any delays at all, he might not make it home in time. But we decided not to worry and relax until we knew more.

Well, fast forward to Justin at tech school.. were we ran into another bump in the road.. orders. Basically, you can’t do anything without them in hand. Justin had them, but they weren’t right.. twice. So more waiting (story of my life.) It was up until the week before our wedding that I still didn’t know if Justin would even be in the same time zone as me. I was SWEATING. Then he called me with the AMAZING news that he would be coming home with two days to spare before the big day!

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We had the most magical day and were blessed to be surrounded by so much love! Even though the stress prior to the wedding was a bit extreme at times, I wouldn’t change a thing because it resulted in a day that we will never forget.

Until next time,

XOXO- Susan

What I’ve learned since becoming a Military Wife

Since Justin joined the Air Force, I have heard some variation of, “It’s not just the Airman who joins, it’s his wife too, you’re serving right beside him.” At first, I didn’t really think that much of it. But, the longer I have been apart of this community and the more military spouses I meet, I can’t help but agree. While our service member is adjusting to adjusting to a brand new lifestyle, brand new job- so are we. We have to learn the lingo (why are there so many acronyms?!), how Tricare works and how the heck we are going to travel thousands of miles across the country to our first duty station. But more than that, we have to learn to do all of this without our husbands. While Justin has been off learning to defend our county, I have been learning a thing or two about myself. So here are 3 major things that I have learned or improved upon since becoming a military wife. mcoog2-77Patience. Patience with your service member and patience with his branch of service. Sometimes your husband is going to get frustrated. It is human nature to have a bad day every once in awhile. The distance makes it harder to comfort him, but be patient and know that it isn’t you. Patience has never been  strong trait for me. Justin could tell you countless times that I have asked him about things I read online and demanded that he know what I was talking about. SURPRISE, he doesn’t have to and he won’t, know everything right away! I think that educating yourself on how the system works is important but don’t expect your husband to have all the answers right away. He’s in a brand new situation and he’s figuring it all out just like you are.

I am sure you have heard the saying, “hurry up and wait,” it’s true so get used to hearing it. Just get comfortable with waiting.. for everything.

Roll with the punches.. because everything can and will (most likely change.) When Justin joined, we were under the impression that his training after BMT was going to be just about a month long…. we were very wrong. Turns out, he had more training after that initial month at a different base..and he would be there for another 4 MONTHS. Needless to say, I was devastated. We had envisioned starting our new life at our first base LAST YEAR. And yet here we are two months into 2018 and one more month to go. It wasn’t easy at first, but I was able to accept it. I have quickly realized that THINGS CHANGE A LOT. The sooner I came to that conclusion, the easier it has been to just move on to plan B… and C and D and E.. you get the picture. My best advice would be to get comfortable with change as quick as you can!

Cherish the little things. Can you believe I miss doing Justin’s laundry and packing his lunch? I miss the way he would kiss me on my forehead and thank me for cooking his favorite dinner. Some days I would give my left foot for moments like that. Often, I get sad missing those small things, but not for long! I always immediately remind myself to get excited because soon we will be back together and we will have so many special memories to share. I will never take those small moments for granted.

I feel as though everyday and every new experience is a new lesson for me. I have become stronger and more independent, because I have to be. I think in turn, that has also strengthened our marriage.  Like I said before, military life is hard (and this is only the beginning for me) but it is totally worth it. I am so proud of my husband and can’t wait to see him reach all of his goals and fulfill all of his dreams. We are a team and I love that I am living this adventure with him by my side (metaphorically and figuratively.) We have a beautiful adventure ahead and I am so excited to see where it takes us!

Until next time,

XOXO- Susan 

 

Meet the McCoogs

Hello! My name is Susan, and welcome to the McCoog Squadron! My husband, Justin and I created a YouTube channel in 2017 to document our journey as he joined the United States Air Force. While will be continuing to make content for YouTube, I wanted to get back into blogging and create even more content to share! I want to make this a lifestyle blog, sharing not only our journey through military life, but also all of the unique things that make us happy! I am a star wars loving, comic book reading, Disney obsessed, nerd who likes to spread a little magic where ever I go!

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2018 is going to be a VERY big year for us. We are moving across the country in just a few months and will finally be living together again! Stay tuned for information on our PCS  journey, nerdy home decor and see how we get acclimated to life in a new city!

So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! This is where the fun begins!