Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Oh hello there...

...Well I am back. Where do I start?

I had some very valid reasons to delete my old blog. It had lost meaning to me and had become a burden which is far from what it was meant to be but yet I miss writing. I miss the blogging world and the support that it can bring with it and so I decided to start fresh and give it another go.

When I initially started The Sand Is Different Here it was October 2009.... I was pregnant with my first child and my husband was deploying for 12 months but a LOT has changed and so here I am ready to redefine my blog and reintroduce myself to you all again.... are you ready?!


***I am a (far from perfect) wife to an amazing soldier. He is my Hero and I adore him and worship him but sometimes he only knows that because I gush about him online. We have been together five years and marries for almost four and I need to work on being better in my marriage every day. Doesn't everyone?!

***I am a Stay At Home Mum to two little girls. They are my princesses and they make me laugh every day and sometimes cry every day. This is the toughest job in the world and I am very honest about how I am not always cut out for it. If you are friends with me on Facebook you probably want me to stop posting hundreds of photos of them every day!

***I am far from "crunchy" but don't judge those who are. I think we can all learn from each other and I simply choose what is easiest for my girls and I every day which includes formula, disposable diapers and sleeping in their own rooms from two weeks old.

***Did you see how I said "Mum" there?! Yep, I am not American hence the name Expat Girl. I was raised in Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Marbella. I may not be from here but having served this country as a military spouse I tear up at the National Anthem every time.

***I was a straight A student through school and college and yet I don't know what I want to be when I "grow up"!

***I don't have a huge group of girlfriends because hey life is busy but I want to work on that and be better at setting up social outings for my own sanity.

***I shop A LOT and my husband would back this statement up quickly. He would probably prefer I was working in an office so that I didn't have naptimes to shop online or rainy days to take the kids to the mall. Hell he would prefer a double income too!

***I was raised Catholic by Irish parents but I haven't gone to Church consistently since I was in school and so I am looking to get back to that routine and fill that void in my life but I still need to work on my cursing!

***I never had weight issues growing up and so now that I am still 17lbs away from my pre-baby weight I complain about it A LOT and yet have not 100% committed to a weight loss journey yet. I like pizza and wine too much.....

***I have an 85lb German Shepherd who I don't walk enough because I don't have time but we sure do love her and adore her.

***I want to redecorate my house every day of my life.... but when I am not doing that I would be happy to lie by the pool every other day. Who's with me?!

So what category is this new blog going to fit into? I have no idea....Wife, Mum, Army, Going Back to Work, Fashion, Leaving The Military, Toddler Meltdowns? I guess it will be all encompassing as life happens and I hope to build back up the network I once had online. Thanks for coming back!


  1. Omg we're like the same person (minus being from Europe and all). I too love pizza and wine and some days, question why I am at home with these two people who were clearly sent here to make me insane. ;) We also went back to church for the first time in a while this past weekend and I reeeeeeally need to go more often. Looking forward to reading more of your new blog! :)

  2. So happy! And proud of you for starting this blog on a new and different course! I'm so excited to read more and for you to start this wonderful journey again!!!! Aren't I glad I didn't remove your tab from the top of my blogs list on my phone - HEYO!

  3. My blog existence has been patchy recently but I can't imagine blog life without you in it! glad you're sticking around!