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It has been some time since I’ve posted, I know. I have taken many photographs in hopes to elaborate in words and it’s not as if there has been nothing so interested that I haven’t felt compelled to share,  just that I’ve been a bit pre-occupied with life. If you are interested in checking out the photographs most of them are uploaded to my Facebook page. Since my last post, I have experienced saying goodbye to my job, home and dear friends in Okinawa; visited with family in Sweet Home “Indiana” where I was introduced to three of our family’s newborn boys; reunited with my best friend I’ve had since I was 7 years old, Lara; temporarily lived in eleven different hotels and homes; experienced 8 different airports; driven over 4000 miles; successfully moved with a husband, three pets and over 5000 pounds of belongings from Japan to the panhandle of Florida; had my precious Doobie Boi go MIA for 12 days; watched Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Doobie Brothers, Fuel, Pop Evil, Josh Turner, Long Reef, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Better Than Ezra, 311, 30 Seconds to Mars and Stone Temple Pilots in concert; submitted approximately 40 job applications; met with one of America’s top modeling scouts, Linda Bennett, who has provided me with modeling contract opportunities at Wilhelmina Models and Ford Models; ate at many new and wonderful restaurants; watched fireworks blast off a barge on the Boggy Bayou, as patriotic music blared from a boat on the 4th of July; spent a wonderful Labor Day weekend in New Orleans as the Southern Decadence Festival went on; celebrated my 25th Birthday; explored Panama City from the back of a Harley; watched the sunrise and sunset on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico; experienced wild dolphin sightings while boating with new friends; and have embraced a new military community. As you can read, I’ve been extremely pre-occupied! I hope to get back into keeping up with my blogging as it’s a creative outlet for me. Also, I have hopes to keep all of you, my friends and family, up to date on the many exciting life changes that will be happening in the near future. You will have to check back often or subscribe to see what exactly I mean!

Thanks for reading, I’ve missed this!

 

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Preparing for PCS

Of course, we still have not received our flight tickets and have no idea what day we’ll actually be leaving Oki. I only know it will be sometime in-between March 29th and April 7th, and that time will fly so we’ve really got to get on the ball!

In attempt to help support our PCS move I will be doing a few select photography Mini-Sessions before we leave. I had started my own photography business two years ago and decided to quit once I started working full-time with Verizon. It’s been a year since I have done any paid portraiture photography and now that my work hours have been cut, I’m going to take advantage of the beautiful backdrops Okinawa has to offer. So if you or anyone you may know would be interested in doing a Mini-Session with me please send them my way!

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29 Presents and 36 Cards... not including for each other or friends, family ONLY!

Seth and I both come from divorced families so we basically have more than a Brady Bunch family. We watched the movie “Four Christmases” the other day and it has got to be my favorite Christmas movie just because it hits so close to home. Living in Japan we have to get our Christmas shopping, wrapping and shipping done quickly so they can get to everyone in time. This year we bought our family all Christmas presents from our trip to Thailand in October so we had a nice head start. I didn’t realize how many gifts we had until I put them all in gift bags, 29 in all! These 29 gifts are not including any gifts for friends, co-workers or each other; these 29 gifts are for family alone! I had to line them up and take a picture because it was just amazing! I mailed them out last week so I hope you all get your presents on time and you enjoy them! We thought everyone needed something from Asia before we left here; that is, something purchased and made in Asia and not just “made in ___” Asia. LOL! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our gigantic family!

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November 10, 2009

November 10th is Seth and my anniversary as well as the USMC Birthday. So Happy 4 Year Anniversary, Seth and Happy 234th Birthday, Marines!

This year we attended our third USMC Birthday ball and I won’t lie, it was as boring as usual. LOL! But it’s always nice to get dressed up and to see my honey get dressed up in his “Prince Charming” uniform. A small explanation to that comment, I have this whole view that most of the military’s uniforms are dated and the Marine’s Dress Blues remind me of something Cinderella’s prince would have worn. It’s only missing the little mop-like, brush things on the shoulders. No offense intended, you’re all very handsome in your Dress Blues!

Our first ball Seth was part of the Color Guard and this year he got to be the Adjutant or I guess you could say, the guy who calls attention to start the ceremony. You can see a small video clip of this below if you’re interested.

My dress for the Ball was one that I had ordered to wear two years ago but it wasn’t shipped on time, then I was supposed to wear it last year but Seth was deployed so, I finally had a chance to wear it this year. I had it altered and dry cleaned only to, stupidly, try it on only the day before our Ball and realize it didn’t fit. It looked like they only took it in from the sides, leaving a saggy part in the stomach area, making it look like I was wearing a maternity gown. I should have known the thing was cursed but it took me three years to realize it! Anyway, we went dress shopping about 20 hours before the Ball actually started; luckily I found something to work (see pic above). The best part of the ball I am proud to say is that I did my own hair and make-up (see pics below).

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EOD News…

Well, I’m sure most of you have heard the news that Seth is selling his soul for another 4 years to the Marine Corps and he’s doing a lat-move into EOD, so April/May we’ll be moving from Okinawa to Florida where he’ll attend EOD schooling for 8-9 months. For those of you who aren’t familiar with military acronyms EOD stands for Explosive Ordinance Disposal. It is pretty self-explanatory and some pretty scary stuff, if you ask me, but it’s what he wants so I’ve got to do nothing short of support him. I’ve experienced some negativity when this has been mentioned so I can’t lie; I’ve had my doubts about how this would all pan out. However, I’ve become good friends with an EOD wife from work, Cassandra, and she’s helped me out a lot by offering helpful advice and showing me plenty of Internet sites. She even invited us to her and her husband’s going away party where we were welcomed by all of the EOD techs and family, no matter what rank they were. The wives gave me helpful information about EOD school in Florida and the guys joked with us all night long. It felt as if I had known these people all of my life. I’ve got to say nearly all my doubts disappeared on that night because of these great people. I cannot wait to become part of the EOD family!

Bobby and Cassandra's Going Away

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8 years ago…

I was one week away from turning a 16 year old. I was a Sophomore in high school, sitting in Mr. Coy’s homeroom class taking the yearly placement tests along with the rest of the school. After we completed that certain section of testing Mr. Coy starting rambling off some words I can barely remember because I almost thought he was making a sick joke, among them I remember “killed, twin towers, maybe an accident, maybe an attack”. Then he turned on the television for us to watch planes crashing into the twin towers over and over again until we were sent home early. To say the least it was a somber, quiet day that I’ll never forget.

I can’t believe this was all 8 years ago and yet we’re still fighting for it. My heart goes out to all the friends and families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks as well as the friends and families who have and who continue to lose their loved ones to the war.

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