Memorial Day Flags

Remembering the lives lost.

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“Each Flag, a life

Row after row, flags flutter on the former battlefield of Asan Beach. A display of American flags is a familiar sight on Memorial Day in national cemeteries to remember service members whose lives were taken in war. Yet on Guam, remembrance is uniquely deeper as the war between 1941 and 1944 tragically took the lives of more than 20,000 Americans, Chamorros, and Japanese. Read more

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On this Memorial Day, and every day, we Remember, Respect and Honor our fallen military Heroes. We also honor and thank the surviving military families for their sacrifice and strength. We will never forget. Memorial Day: USS Thresher | JessicaFawn.com

We remember the 129 souls lost on April 10, 1963, when the USS Thresher (SSN 593) sank.

“There are no roses on sailors graves, Nor wreaths upon the storm tossed waves, No last post from the Royals band, So far away from their native land, No heartbroken words carved on stone, Just shipmates bodies there alone, The only tributes are the seagulls sweeps, And the teardrop when a loved one weeps.”

-Royal National Lifeboat Institution

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Now vlogging…

Hi there!

After a bunch of thought, I decided to jump into vlogging a bit. I’ll still be writing here as well, but thought some posts might be easier with video.

I’ve been wanting to give a tour of our house for a while. Why? Well, there may be someone moving to the area with a boat coming to the yard or a new Coastie family moving to the Coast Guard station and a bunch of other reasons. I’m the type of person that wants to know as much about a place as possible before I move there and videos always help. Hopefully mine will help those trying to decide whether they want to live in the Military/Privatized housing or out in the economy.

Now, I’ll be honest, and I’m always honest here… If I had to do it over, I would not have moved into this house.

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Feedback for new series needed

I’m working on putting together a series of posts about the military housing we’ve lived in.  The series will include pictures, layouts, and info about the housing offices, the move-in and move-out process and much more.

We’ve lived in housing in the following locations so far;

  • Groton, CT
  • Santa Rita, GU
  • Pearl Harbor, HI

and coming soon, Kittery, ME just across the river from Portsmouth, NH.

I’d love your feedback about the series.

Do you have any specifics you want covered?  Questions?  Concerns you’ve heard about a specific place?

I’d love to hear it…  All of it and I’ll do my very best to address all of your comments.
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PCSing… again.

Hi there…  It’s been a while since I’ve written and thought, while I have a moment I’ll get right on that.

We’re in the middle of PCSing.  The house is a wreck and I’m currently sitting on “Aloha” furniture.  It isn’t our comfy couches but it’ll do.  It’s certainly better than the floor.

While I’ll miss my friends here tremendously, I honestly can’t wait to get to ME.  To have seasons again.  To have family an hour away.  To have change again.

Sadly it’ll be short-lived since Matt will be with the boat in the shipyard for about a year.  After that we’ll be making yet another move when she comes out of the yard.  She… yup, boats are always a “she”.

I’m really, REALLY, looking forward to getting back to a boat.  I’ll miss having time with the hubs of course, but there’s nothing like the close-knit family you always make with a boat.  Shore duty never EVER has that.  Being the COB’s wife will be different, but I think it’ll be great.  It’ll have its challenges, but everything does.  I hope to be a great COB’s wife and hope spouses will look to be as I have to all the COB’s wives I’ve known and loved.
Looks like the little guy is waking up from his nap.  Back to Mommy duty.

 

I hope to write again soon.  If I don’t, Merry Christmas & Happy 2014!!!!
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7 Rules of Life

I’ve recently stopped going on Facebook as much as I used to.  I find it a big time waster but I HAVE to have a FB page for my business, so my personal page stays.  I rarely post to it and the only time I log in and see anything on my newsfeed is when I log in to access one of my clients FB pages or my biz pages.

Today the first thing I saw was a post by my Grandma and I thought I’d share because every word is full of wisdom.

 

7 Rules of Life

  1. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  2. What others think of you is none of your business.
  3. Time heals almost everything, give it time.
  4. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  5. Stop thinking too much, it’s alright not to know the answers.  They will come to you when you least expect it.
  6. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.
  7. Smile.  You don’t own all the problems in the world.

 

Most of the rules, I follow, but one I need to do a bit better with, number 5.  It’s hard for me sometimes.  I’m always thinking to the future and wondering where we’ll be.  Clearly all the moves and changes that come along with them are always on my mind being a military family.

Do you follow these rules?  Do you have problems following any of them?

 

Happy Wednesday.
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… if you’re PCSing to/from Oahu!

*UPDATE 8/31/13*  We’ll be PCSing off island soon and needed to make reservations again. Unfortunately, the phone number I had, had been disconnected.  BIG SAD FACE.  So I made a trip over to the Lodge and asked for the new number and if I could make reservations in person.  Two things have changed in addition to the phone number. (1) You MUST have orders in order to make reservations for the town homes as they are ONLY available to families PCSing in and out.  (2) Reservations are limited to 30 days for families PCSing in, and 10 days for families PCSing out.  I wanted to make sure everyone knew… 🙂  I hope this post will be helpful to all families PCSing to and from Oahu.  The new phone number for the front desk is (808) 260-1212.  You can make reservations using that number, or you can call the following number, just be sure to ask about the Town Homes at the Royal Alaka’i.  1-877-NAVYBED

 

Now onto the original post… Enjoy.

 

Matt and I are finally in Hawaii… well I say finally, but we’ve been here since Tuesday evening.

We landed at 5:55 PM after 7+ hours of flight time and 3800+ miles traveled.  We weren’t able to pick up Jack and Tess (our pups) until the next day, which made me sad, because the customs office was already closed.

We were greeted at the airport by Matt’s sponsor, our friends Marlo & Brandon with their daughters, and another friend, Phil.  Each of them had beautiful leis for us and placed them around our necks.  They smelled soooo good.

We soon were off to check into our hotel.  I made reservations at the lodge on the Air Force base but forgot we were a day ahead in Guam so our reservations wouldn’t start until Wednesday.  So we had to make a one night reservation at a different hotel.

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My boy and his new toy.

The next day we checked into the Air Force Lodge, picked up our dogs, and Matt’s new Jeep Rubicon, aka his Rubi.  Needless to say, he’s in l-o-v-e.  Since buying the Rubi, when talking about the “Jeep”, we have to specify which one we’re talking about, since he has his Rubi and I have my Jeep Commander.

The lodge has several different sizes of rooms and when we knew we were moving to Hawaii, Marlo highly recommended the Royal Alakai.  While it’s still part of the lodge system, it’s significantly different from what we’ve stayed in before, which was like any other hotel room, a bed and bathroom.  How different?  Well here ya go…

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This is what our building looks like from the street.  It consists of 4 townhouses, yup, townhouses.

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This is the pretty tree-lined street we’re on.

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This is us… there’s actually four entrances into the townhouse, which is kind of strange.  There’s these two (one on the far left and one on the right next to the windows) and there are two in the back.  We don’t use either of these entrances.  We use one of the two in the back, since it’s closest to the parking area.

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When you walk in the door above (the one on the right) this is what you see.  It’s so quaint.  The door in the picture goes to the back yard, which is small but fenced which makes it perfect for the pups.  That’s the door we use.
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Here’s a view from the other side of the room.  The kennel was in one of the closets.  The lodge requires pets be in the kennel when you’re not there, which is understandable.  Both of our dogs fit in this one which is perfect.
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You take two steps up onto a landing and then two steps down and you’re in the dining room.
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The table seats 6, which is more than enough for us.  The door on the right is the closet I mentioned before that held the kennel.  If you go to the end of the room, on the left is the other front door into the townhouse.  If you walk to the right, you’ll enter the kitchen.
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The kitchen is fully equipped.  It has a microwave, oven, dishwasher, fridge, washer/dryer, silverware, plates, bowls, pots, pans, cooking utensils, kitchen towels, even dish washing soap.  All you need is food.
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The door on the right is the fourth entrance into the townhouse.
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This is an alternate view of the kitchen.  The door that the shopping bags are hanging off of is a huge closet that goes under the stairs.  It has an iron and ironing board.
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Now lets head upstairs.
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When coming up the stairs and to your right there’s a bedroom and bathroom.  You can see Jack and Tess have been up here too, because their toys are everywhere.
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This room has two twin sized beds and three, yes, three closets.  The door on the left is one of the three.
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This is it.
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To the right of the beds is this one.
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And here’s the third, complete with a cot, should you need it.
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Here’s the bathroom at the end of the hall.  There’s a large linen closet behind the door.
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At the other end of the hall, at the top of the stairs, is the master bedroom.  It has a queen sized bed and a bathroom.  It’s huge.
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Here’s another view of the bedroom.
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Here’s the bathroom.
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And another view of it.  🙂
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And the closet.

Isn’t it great?!  Are you PCSing to/from Hawaii anytime soon?  If so, you’ve got to make reservations at this place.  It’s only $65 a night or $75 a night if you have pets, which is well below TLA.  There are only 8 of them available and they fill up fast.  You can reserve them for up to 30 days, which we did because the housing wait list is horrendously long.  If you don’t know how long you’ll be staying, reserve it for the whole 30 days.  If you don’t end up needing it for the whole time, they’ll just charge you for the days you’ve used it.  Be sure to make your reservations as soon as you know you’re moving as they get booked quick and don’t forget to mention you want the townhouses.  Here’s the number for the reservations desk, (808) 260-1212 or 1-877-NAVYBED.  I hope you enjoy your stay, like we are, if you’re PCSing to/from the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu!

 

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God Bless America and our Freedom of Speech

This post is hard for me to write… I’m very passionate about it and yet I also have to hold my tongue, or typing fingers rather.  That very act of having to watch what I write, has been on my mind a lot lately.

Politics is a very interesting and frustrating subject.  While politics affect every American in some way, they affect military, and their family a great deal.  Our pay, our housing, how often my husband is home… I could continue to list ways politics affect us, but that’s not my point of this post, so I’ll get to it.

Freedom of Speech.  Simple enough right?  Not really.
While freedom of speech is part of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, it is an extremely important part to me.

My wonderful father-in-law recently sent me an email after my post about the possible Government Shutdown.  He wrote, “I know you’re venting, and you certainly have every right, BUT .. remember that he is still active, still very much involved in a career, that still very much depends on the winds of politics.  As such, anything you say or do (both of you) in public, may very well reflect upon and impact that career.”

His concerns are valid and it’s unfortunate that the right to freedom of speech, which my husband defends everyday, is restricted.  After all the grief Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham has gone through I’d hate to be in the same situation.  While I’m not the one in the military, what I write could influence his career.  I’d hate to be a contributor to anything negative in his promising Navy future.

While my husband is a member of our wonderful military, he is also a citizen of this great country and a proud American.  I love what former Navy Secretary James Webb wrote.  “A citizen does not give up his First Amendment right to free speech when he puts on a military uniform, with small exceptions.”

In the same post about my concern with the shutdown, I wrote, “…I pray that each and every American that votes come 2012 remembers all of this shutdown mess, and remembers that parts of our government were gladly using our great nation’s military as bargaining chips.”.  I wasn’t bashing the administration.  I think some may have assumed I only meant the presidential election… while the presidential election was certainly included, I also meant the Senate elections, House of Representatives elections, gubernatorial elections, and state legislature races.

 

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Come November 6th, 2012, we’ll not only elect a new president & vice president, but also 33 senate seats will be contested, elections will be held for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, seats will have to be filled for those retiring and then there are all the elections in US territories too.

I can’t say I’m a democrat.  I can’t say I’m a republican.  I don’t even call myself an independent.  I’m a proud American and proud military wife… Politics aside, I’ll continue to write, because its one of my favorite things.  I’m not sure I’ll write much about politics and if I do, I’ll be sure to mince my words very well.

God Bless America and our Freedom of Speech.

 

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I hope our pay isn’t completed wrong come the 15th.

While all the talk of a government shutdown has slowed significantly and panic is no longer a factor for millions, there’s still something wrong with this picture.

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His base pay, alone, should be at least $2,165.55.  Now take deductions away, and only pay us for eight days, and we’re left with $899.09?  I don’t think so.  What about Sea pay, Sub pay, COLA, Special Duty pay…  I could go on and on and on.  But I won’t…

Before coming across this lovely mid-month LES (above), MyPay stated this…
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… and then this, after logging in.
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Forgive me for saying this, or writing it for that matter, but WTF.  Seriously.  Why all this, when the shutdown didn’t even happen?  Who pushed the oh-sh*t-it’s-going-to-happen button before it was officially done.  Now they’re telling us that we have to make sure our pay is right?  Well, hell, I do that every payday, because it has been messed up before.  How many mid-month, or EOM for that matter, paychecks will be truly messed up?  I’ll bet more than they’re anticipating.  And to make it an even bigger cluster… we’re moving so all of our pay is going to be screwy anyways.
UGH!!!  Now that I’m done venting, I pray that each and every American that votes come 2012 remembers all of this shutdown mess, and remembers that parts of our government were gladly using our great nation’s military as bargaining chips.
Oh boy… I hope our pay isn’t completed wrong come the 15th.

 

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MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

milspouse-friday-fill-in{What are some of your ideas for staying connected with family… you the know, those people we moved thousands of miles away from?  Submitted by Live it.  Love it (or not).  Write About it.}

That’s a hard question to answer.  Facebook has been a savior for me at times. With such a huge time (and day, for that matter) difference, it’s very hard to call because we’re soooo many hours ahead of everyone.

{What’s the most romantic gift you have GIVEN?  Submitted by Painting My Canvas}

I had some pictures taken of me… I’d say in the nude, but I wasn’t really… I was covered up by a sheet.  I put them into a little album for him and gave it to him to take to sea.

{Would you encourage your child, if they came to you and wanted to join the military?  Submitted by Perfectly Imperfect}

ABSOLUTELY!!!!  I would be so proud to have our son, or daughter, be part of our countries wonderful military.  It would be hard to be away from them, like we have been away from our family, but that’s part of the military life.

{What is your least favorite bill to pay and why?  Submitted by A Little of This, A Little of That}

Can I say all of them… I don’t really have one specific one.  If I had to choose I’d say our credit card… it’ll soon be paid off though, which is great.  We spent a good amount of money traveling so if I had to do it all over, I still would have spent that money… and knowing it’s almost paid off makes me very happy.

{What is the proudest moment you’ve had as a military spouse?  Submitted by Our Okinawa Life}

The day I pinned anchors on my husband when he made Chief.

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Pinning anchors on one of the US Navy’s newest CPOs, Matt.

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Me, Matt, & Dad.

 

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