DC, orders, & a reason to celebrate

Thursday, August 9, 2012

This week has thankfully been very successful, busy, and has zipped by! Tomorrow is Friday and I am so ready for the weekend and for Marshall to come home. I am so thankful that my mom was in town for the past couple of days to make the weeks go by faster. I was so relieved when I had very short shifts at the pool for the 90 degree days we've surprisingly been having up here in Stafford. And I am so happy that we now have the answers we have been waiting for!! Though, Marshall won't be here till most likely Sunday to celebrate - our orders/answers as well as our Anniversary, since he'll been on an overnight that day/night on Tuesday as well.

Besides the point, let me recap that Marshall recieved 0402 - Logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps. I am so proud of him for doing so well here at TBS, and we are so relieved that in just one short month he will be graduating from the stressful school. With this, we will be moving to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, come September, depending on the start date for his next school. This part is still up in the air, but it is 56 days - weekdays, mostly - so it should turn out to be about a 5 month school. That makes sense, because we also just found out our first duty station - Camp Pendelton, CA (About an hour from LA and Disneyland!!!) We will be moving there after the holidays, as Marshall will report to Pendelton early 2013! That is still crazy to think about, a new year. Based on this date, I assume that Logistics school will be 5 or so months, with no weekends and of course all of the holidays in the Fall season. With this, we will be moving to Camp Lejeune (near Camp Johnson- where his school is - a part of Lejeune, but really Jacksonville) in mid-September. It is so nice to at least have this information. Now the only thing we need to know/figure out is his report date for the school, getting out of our lease/signing new ones via phone, getting Scruffy back, and the CA moving details with a company, packing, TMO, etc. There is always too much to do and so little time... But either way, we are so excited to be moving to the west coast!!! I looked at Google Maps and we will be surrounded by so many beaches, national forests and parks...It's about time to sign up for our free national parks pass. I know we will do so much exploring when we get out there. And we will be so close to DISNEYLAND and can take advantage of the military package rates they are offering now!

Back to the previous subject: the past couple of days my mom has been in town and it was a lot of fun. We went on a river cruise/tour of DC, we saw all the monuments, memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, Air and Space Museum, National Geographic Museum, American History Museum, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Georgetown.... we were pretty hefty tourists the past couple of days. Here are a few select pictures:

Front of the White House

Sprinkles Georgetown

Arlington National Cemetery

National Geographic Titanic Exhibit

Thomas Jefferson Memorial & Washington Monument

Replica of the Liberty Bell, outside Union Station

William S. Hancock and his horse (US Army general during the Civil War)

Capitol Building

An original Dumbo car from the ride at Disneyland's opening in 1955

Presidential Seal & American flags at Hard Rock Cafe

Lincoln Memorial

Well, since we found out our first duty station, I also went ahead and finished that part of our "home is where the marine corps send us" sign. Pictures to come later after I attach the boards together with string and hang it back on the wall. I guess that will be a little surprise to Marshall when he gets home..

Our first Anniversary is also coming up in a couple of days. We really should have thought about the length of TBS and brought our anniversary tier of the cake with us, but alas...We should get it in the fall when we move out to CA or get Scruffy, whichever comes first. With that, we will have to celebrate our anniversary when Marshall gets home Sunday..during the week is too busy, and he will also be on an overnight that day/night. Bummer. This upcoming Thursday though is the Charlie Co. spouses' visit to Generall Mills' house. I am so excited! I still need to pick a dress for the occassion..I have too many to pick from, but I love my dresses!

Also coming up this next week - I have quizzes and a paper due Monday, and then two finals and a project due that Friday. Then I will be done with 15 hours this summer! To celebrate everything that is going on, we are going out to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg with my parents that weekend. My school is done, we finally have answers, our anniversary, Marshall's upcoming birthday (which he will be gone for as well) among other things are ample reasons to go out to celebrate. I am planning on making a birthday cake for Marshall to take along for all of us. Once that weekend passes I will only have a couple more days at the pool and will have a couple weeks to enjoy my summer before the crazy moving season starts...

I am so excited for these next steps in our life. I think we'll be happy spending 2 years in California..the beaches and parks will be worth it. Not what we were expecting, but it really never is. I know we will get that free national parks pass for the military soon and take advantage of it out there - I cannot wait to experience the Grand Canyon with Marshall, as we are planning to on the move out there. We're planning on making a vacation of it - we will have about 2 weeks for it, after all :) This move will be a starting point for an epic road trip we've wanting to do to see all of the wonders of Creation in the Southwest on the way out, and I am so excited to share with Marshall that we will finally be able to do this together. Camp Pendelton is also the place I will be finishing my degree at (Though we will probably be living at Oceanside or Carlsbad.. both very close)!

I am seriously going to stop watching movies and painting and get finished with all of my homework now. It's kind of nice having these weeks to myself to be able to finish my schoolwork and do whatever I need to do on my own schedule. I am dying to get Marshall back though, and I can't wait to celebrate all of this new, exciting and good news with him!

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