Coffee Date

Wednesday, April 5

Hey friends! Please forgive my long absence and join me, at your leisure, on my “coffee date” blog post. I hope you can take a break, sit down with a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and catch up with me...

First of all, a month ago, my husband, Daniel, earned and received his Wings of Gold. After almost two years of training, Daniel is officially a Naval Aviator. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the aviation community, earning one’s “Wings” is a milestone accomplishment (I have a timeline posted in my earlier blog post). During this same timeframe, our wonderful parents came down to visit us and celebrate the occasion. It was so much fun because we got to venture around Pensacola and play “tourist” with them for a week! It was a great time showing them around our “home town” before we moved. Also, they were very helpful with everything around the house, which made the stress of moving much easier! That same weekend was also Mardi Gras so we all celebrated that as well. If you want to experience Mardi Gras, without the New Orleans craziness, I’d recommend Pensacola. There were three different parades with massive floats, lots of awesome live music, and a multitude of bright and colorful beads. Additionally, in Pensacola, these celebrations were all family friendly.

Next up, we received orders to move to San Diego, California. Daniel’s orders gave us two weeks to move. We were fortunate in that the movers were able to help us pack everything and then transport almost all of our belongings across the country. At the same time, Daniel and I drove our cars, Jack (our dog) and Nala (our cat) from Florida to California. Along the way, we saw some fun towns and landmarks which made the drive more fun and interesting. As for Jack and Nala, they were out of their crates and comfortably slept in the back seat of Daniel’s truck most of the way. Jack was a little restless at times but for a six-month old puppy, he was great. We were very proud of our furry babies!

When we arrived in San Diego, we had a hotel room but no house. Finding housing here is very difficult because the average home is only on the rental market for about five days. Nevertheless, upon arriving in San Diego, we scheduled five home viewing appointments. After just viewing the first home on our list, we learned that we qualified (early) for coveted base housing! We also had the pleasure of having my brother, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Hannah, come to visit us during our first week. In between house hunting, we got to explore San Diego with them and go to Disneyland, which made our first week in the area that much better!

Fast forward to now. Our movers delivered our furniture and boxes, the furniture has been set up, the boxes unpacked and now we just have to organize things. So far, we are loving our new home and are very grateful! Daniel is beginning his next phase of the Navy flight program and I’m enjoying being a stay-at-home wife while looking for jobs. I would like to get back into blogging since there are so many things I’d love to share. I’d love to know what y’all would like to see on the blog in the future so if you have any input, please email me or comment below. 

Thanks for joining me on this crazy “coffee date!” I hope you have a good week ahead and I'll do my best to write more soon.

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