Oh happy day!

D worked his tail off and passed his RLP this morning!  I am so proud of him for passing this huge checkpoint, I nearly burst into tears when I found out.  This means email and phone privileges!  D should be transferring to a room in the next few days with email access, so if letters aren’t your thing, please send an email his way.  I’m sure he’d love any congrats as well as continued encouragement.  (Also be aware there’s a high likelihood you won’t get a response, he won’t have much free time until, well, graduation day!).

Unfortunately I burst into tears for another reason today,  I experienced what I’m sure will become a normal part of military wifeness – my first missed phone call.  D tried calling me while I was at yoga class.  Yoga has been a large part my saving grace these past few weeks, but I gladly would have sucker punched yoga in the face if it meant I could hear D’s voice.  Oh well, its just part of the package and I know staying home by the phone won’t make me feel any better.  I’ve had a great few weeks spending lots of time with new friends and old friends.  Today I had a great time with some our good friends at the zoo.  We love this family and are so bummed that they’ll be moving away before D gets home 😦 I’m so grateful to all the wonderful people in my life who’ve reached out to me and spent time with me while D’s been gone.  I am a very lucky lady!

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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!

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D testing out his future digs:

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D at his happiest:DSC_1087

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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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Babies!!!

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And the adorable star of the show:

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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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