I got that summertime sadness

I feel like I’m much too young to feel that time is going by so quickly, but it is.  I can’t believe it’s almost September already and that we’ve been living in Pensacola for almost a year.  I would say  I’m sad summer is coming to a close, but let’s be honest – summer in the Panhandle kind of blows!  Most days have been rainy (and it’s not an afternoon thunderstorm, it’s an all day thunderstorm) and the days that aren’t are way too dang hot to want to be outside.  It’s recently started to get a bit sunnier and staying around 90, which has meant more beach days for me and more flying for the hubby.   I’m definitely looking forward to the fall so I can spend more time on my paddleboard and on my screened-in porch!  Sure, there will probably be a  few hurricanes scattered in there but we’ve already survived tornadoes and flash floods so I think we can handle it.

After a lot of cancelled flights from thunderstorms, D finally got to complete his first solo in the T6!  The schedule is so inconsistent for him that it’s really nice to have him reach this milestone as a reminder that he’s making progress! Now he’s doing aerobatics i.e. barrel rolls and loops which goes a little quicker than the first phase.  It’s insane how much and how quickly they have to learn.  I’m pretty sure my brain is not capable of holding that amount of information.


I’ve been working hard to play hard myself.  Since I’ve finally opened up some Saturdays off of work, I’ve been squeezing in some quick out of town weekend trips.  So far I’ve visited Birmingham and Atlanta and had a great time getting away and exploring.  It feels good to cross things of my bucket list for the year.

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Home isn’t too shabby either though . . .IMG_5117






Last days of freedom!

We headed to San Diego this month for our last vacation before entering the Navy world, but that doesn’t mean our vacation wasn’t loaded with Navy stuff! We spent a day touring the USS Midway aircraft carrier museum (5 hours and still didn’t see all of it!) – it was cool (and kinda scary) to get an idea of where D could end up living for a good portion of the next few years. D absolutely loved watching the Navy helicopters and planes land in Coronado and fly by the coast.  I don’t think we’d complain if D ended up stationed there in the future, although we may have to just pitch a tent on the beach with the crazy expensive housing!






D testing out his future digs:

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D at his happiest:DSC_1087



One of the unexpected fun parts of the trip was all the wildlife we saw. With our whale watching tour, we were kind of expecting just a three hour boat ride but we actually got to see gray whales and tons of dolphins up close, which was really cool.  We also had a fun (albeit smelly) time cozying up to the sea lions at La Jolla Cove.  And springtime at the zoo meant baby animals everywhere!!! Of course my favorite was the baby gorilla – if you didn’t know this about me, I LOVE gorillas and actually spent my childhood planning to become a zoologist and work with them. A dislike for science and viewing of Hotel Rwanda made me rethink whether that was the right path for me (luckily working with families is not all that different than monkeys). My heart still flutters when I see a gorilla however, and seeing a baby for the first time was probably one of the highlights of my life. D graciously let me spend probably a good hour taking photos and marveling.

That lump is a gray whale – two mommas and two babies.

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D caught this awesome shot of a hummingbird in actionDSC_0888

Chillin with Jeannie, she seemed like a sweetheart.DSC_0936 DSC_0955 DSC_0962 DSC_0967

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And the adorable star of the show:

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Chillaxin gorilla style:DSC_1061

The weather was PERFECT and thankfully we came home to sunshine to make the transition easier.  I think I’d be a very happy camper if I could spend my life paddleboarding, doing yoga on the beach, enjoying gorgeous sunsets, and eating lots of heavenly fish and chips and Mexican food.  I guess a few days will have to do for now!

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