There were some specific things I wanted to do this trip. Getting to see the beautiful trees of the Redwood forest has been a bucket list item for me for as long as I can remember. The forest and evergreen trees in particular draw me in like a magnet. Much the like ocean, being in … Continue reading Trees Please!
When the rep walked up to the house we were about to turn back over to the military housing company, I bristled at her container of Lysol wipes. The wipes wouldn't have been a big deal, but paired with her attitude, I got a little defensive. I get that they have to make sure the … Continue reading Adventure Awaits!
The kids have the same English teacher at our school. All year long they have a weekly contest called “Giggles”. This contest involves writing a sentence and correctly placing all commas. First one done wins for that week. At the end of the year, the student with the most wins becomes a “Comma Master” and … Continue reading What a Year!
Eric and I scanned the last of our earthly belongings comparing it with the quickly deteriorating space in the truck and had to make some fast decisions. "The chairs are going, aren't they?" I asked, knowing full well the answer. "'Fraid so," he said. All of our belongings in a 26' truck I turned away … Continue reading The Magic of Home
There is tired, and then there’s tired. The kind of tired you feel when you have done way more than there is time for, more than you’d planned, and are sleep deprived on top of it all. It’s the kind of tired you feel when you have to tuck your chin down, keep your feet … Continue reading Gratitude, Always
When people ask, "How do you do it?!" while shaking their heads in wonder, I typically answer something to the effect of "We do what we have to do," or "Home is where the military sends us, so we make the best of it," or something along those lines. It's heartwarming to have lived in … Continue reading Transitions
We have recently moved for the 9th time in about 12 years. It's been a chaotic few weeks with packing and unpacking, and then for good measure we threw in a dog CCL surgery! We are loving the new digs and the ocean of cardboard boxes is slowly diminishing. San Diego doesn't get winter weather, … Continue reading Changes
We always say it's not going to happen. We'll be there for each other, even after they move. Or we move. Or we both are flung to opposite sides of the world. And we swear, "This time. This time will be different. This time we'll really stay in touch." Military friends are a special breed. … Continue reading Resilience
To say I hate bugs would be an understatement. I've dealt with cane spiders (the size of my hand!), centipedes, and B52 bomber cockroaches in Hawaii, large and small spiders that crawl up the bath drain in Washington, water moccasins and fire ants in Florida and of course the beloved scorpions, mutant mosquitoes, crickets, wolf … Continue reading Ready
I wrote this post a few weeks ago as a submission to another blog. They have passed, so I am posting it here. Sitting in the Navy Lodge smack dab in the midst of house hunting in our new duty station, it would be so easy to have a pity party. I want to have … Continue reading PCS Like a Four Year Old