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Thursday, October 21, 2010

What's New On My Camera Memory Card.

Carrick was in a Chili Cook-off for a unit competition with the Air Force. He took 2nd place! That was kinda cool!

The judges.
We took Yoshi to the "pet plunge" day at the local pool. He was not a fan. It was kind of cold.


I made this garland from dried oranges, pecans in the shell, bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks.
I saw one similar on another blog and just happened to have a bag of oranges that did not taste good. (The Commissary does not have the best selection of fruit here). I didn't want to waste them so I tried this. I think it has a country/fall vibe and it smells great.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thanks Mom!


I got this awesome table decor in the mail yesterday! The leaf and pumpkins were a gift last year. I think they go perfectly together.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1,007 Stairs

That's how many we ascended and descended in order to see this beautiful scenery.

Carrick counted on our way out.

This is Hiji Falls.
Lovely.
My calves will never be the same.
On a side note: See that Mt. Dew in his hand? He makes me laugh, can't even go into the wilderness without a Mt. Dew. He's seriously addicted. When we are out of Mt. Dew at the house it is referred to as a "Dew Emergency" which is promptly followed by a trip to the store. He gets anxious when he's driving if he doesn't have a can with him.... sometimes he doesn't even open it, just holds it like his security blanket.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Three Years ago Today!




I ran off to North Carolina and got hitched in the Jacksonville Courthouse by a lady in sweatpants with a witness that I had just met 20 minutes prior! I wouldn't change any of it, and I'm amazed how I love my husband more each day.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Putting off a History Project

That's right... I should be working on my project, a power point about U.S. and world history, but I keep just staring at the computer screen and nothing is coming from my mind, so I'll update here :) It has been a while.

We're still no closer to getting a job or orders for Carrick. I'm still plugging away at school. I'm already done with one class this semester! Yeah!

We've had two weekends of staying inside because of typhoons, and another one coming this weekend. It's silly because the Japanese don't even blink an eye at these storms, and nothing really happens except rain, but the military has rules that we have to follow.

Last weekend was typhoon free though, and we got to go to an eisa festival. Eisa is a style of Japanese drumming. It also involves dancing and music from a stringed, guitar like instrument (I don't remember the name, and probably couldn't spell it anyway).

We had a great time with our friends, who are amazing. I feel so lucky that I got hooked up with these people. Even though they've lived on the other side of the world, we still have so much in common. We're all kind of crazy and weird at times which has made my life here so much better.

video

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Coming!


This could get interesting. We've never been in a typhoon/hurricane, so we're not sure how it's going to go, but we're safely camped out in our cement bunker of a house and waiting.... Carrick gets today and possibly tomorrow off work depending on when Kompasu decides to show up so we're cuddling on the couch watching tv because there's not much else to do!


Friday, August 20, 2010

Re-purposing an old sheet

My other project this week: I took this old sheet from this....







to this! Now I have more places to store my shoes, and it didn't cost me anything!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First *Successful* Clothing Item

I did it! I finally conquered my fear of sewing actual clothing! I have sewn clothing before, but always with my Grandma's help (who taught me everything I know about sewing). This was not my first attempt, however. That occurred when we were living in Jacksonville, and I had just bought my machine. I was really ambitious and thought I could sew a dress. I bought a pattern and material, which turned out to be my downfall. It was a satin/silky mess. After I cut that pattern it just started unraveling, and I gave up.

But not this time!



I used two patterns out of a book and made up some of it as I went. The top is part of another dress pattern, but I didn't care for the bottom, and the bottom is from a skirt pattern.




Don't laugh too hard at my completely obvious zipper ;). After searching this island for a zipper and finally finding one I just wanted to be finished. I ignored the directions about an invisible zipper (I don't think I have the right pressure foot anyways), and I hand sewed this bad boy in. I'm happy with it. Also, it looks like it's separated at the top, but there is a hook there. I couldn't latch it by myself.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Expo Park Day

We went to Expo Park....

It was REALLY hot that day....

We saw old style Japanese houses....




There was this scary guy....




And a botanical garden....






We climbed to the top of a spiral building (or rode an elevator to the top)....





It was great, even though Carrick won't ever take a good picture........





Wednesday, August 4, 2010

In this life....

I'm starting to realize that in reality I don't have a whole lot of say in what happens, or where we live, or go, or do..... and that's ok. I'm learning to let go.... which if you know my personality you can imagine it's been hard because I'm a super planner. I have lists for Everything, including my life... although that one is more in my head, not written down. But things happen that remind me that life isn't always about having control and knowing where you're going, but about living, and loving, and letting it be what it is.

I was listening to these songs while I was getting ready this morning and I was reminded that even though we think we're in control we're not. God is. My life is planned for me, I just need to have faith in that. As a military spouse, where things change in an instant, these words really resounded with me...

Francesca Battistelli Lyrics – I’m Letting Go Lyrics

My heart beats, standing on the edge
But my feet have finally left the ledge

Like an acrobat
There’s no turning back

Chorus
I’m letting go
Of the life I planned for me
And my dreams
Losing control
Of my destiny
Feels like I’m falling and that’s what it’s like to believe
So
I’m letting go

This is a giant leap of faith
Trusting and trying to embrace

The fear of the unknown
Beyond my comfort zone

Chorus
I’m letting go
Of the life I planned for me
And my dreams
Losing control
Of my destiny
Feels like I’m falling and that’s what it’s like to believe
So
I’m letting go

Giving in to your gravity
Knowing You are holding me
I’m not afraid

Feels like I’m falling and that’s what it’s like to believe
Feels like I’m falling and this is the life for me

Unpredictable - Lyrics

Album: My Paper Heart
Artist: Francesca Battistelli

Got my thoughts
I got my words
Got this head full of answers
Got You wrapped up
Got You under control
See my future like the past behind me
I think I know where You’re leading
Don’t need no questions
Don’t need no rocking the boat

But I just forget all the mystery
I just forget who You are


When I know that I know
What You have down the road
When I’m sure that
I’ve figured You out
Help me see that I’m small
That I can’t know it all
‘Cause You’re so unpredictable
‘Cause You’re so unpredictable

You said the foolish
Would shame the wise
To put my faith
In what’s beyond my eyes
And to believe You
I have to come as a child

So help me to rest in the mystery
Of what I can’t understand



Can’t wrap my mind around You
Can’t put You in a box
Can’t keep You safely contained
You’re gonna move the way
You wanna move today
Just let me follow along

Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Personal Touch to our Decor


Today I was inspired to fill some frames I had purchased for pictures from my sister's wedding. The pictures aren't even ordered yet, and I just can't stand having an empty frame, so I thought about what I should put in them. Our house is kind of photo heavy. We have some pictures that are cherished gifts from Carrick's parents, but all our other wall hangings and such are photographs. I wanted something that was old looking and special to us.... so I thought of maps. I'm drawn to old vintage-y documents and maps are some of my favs. I google image searched for old maps from places that are special to us. I found these three.
The large one is an old railway map of Northeast Iowa. It's my fav of the three. It has Dorchester on it, which is the mailing address for the Girl Scout camp I went to and was a counselor at. I thought that was great because now Dorchester is a tiny one street town with a tavern and a few houses. Many of the towns on this map have little illustrations next to them too which I thought was cool.
The small horizontal map is of the North Carolina coast. This is where Carrick and I first lived together, and where Carrick proposed to me on Topsail Beach.
I'm sure you can guess the location of the third map. It's Okinawa! This one appears to be made by the Marine Corps during World War II.
Carrick came home and said "Hey! Where did you find these?" He thought is was a great idea and really likes them. I'm thinking they're going to stay, and I'll have to make a trip back to the store for frames for Meagan's wedding photos :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010