And then there were 4...

And then there were 4...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Vacation in the Biggest Little City in the World

Since I was born my Grandma has always lived in Reno, NV.  To be more precise, she lives about 5.6 miles outside the biggest little city in the world.  Since TJ had Martin Luther King Jr. day off of school TJ, Dominik, my mom, and I packed up the mid-sized SUV and headed to Reno.  We left pretty late in the day on Thursday, so needless to say we were a bit leery as to how Dominik would do.  While he did do fabulous initially, he did have a bit of a hard-spell in between Medford and Susanville.  Luckily Grandma was sitting in the back and came to the rescue!  Overall the trip wasn't too bad; however, it's much easier to say that as a passenger, so for a more detailed report you will need to ask TJ. 

My Grandma has a great house, but since Dominik needed his own room we opted to get a hotel in downtown Reno. The hotel was pretty nice and definitely provided accommodations for our very spoiled little prince.  We had a great view of a motor lodge (just like it sounds...they provide the parking lot, you provide the car to sleep in), and one night TJ even saw some intoxicated teenagers get into a fight.  Did I mention that we were very glad to have TJ there as our protector! 

The trip consisted of a lot of family time at Grandma's house, which is exactly how we wanted it.  We did get to celebrate Bill's 74th birthday party, Grandma treated us to TWO all you can eat crab leg buffet's, and we enjoyed a whole lot of R&R.  My Grandma is one special lady and I'm sad that we live so far away.

We had to say our goodbyes on Monday, and take the long road back to Portland.  We just missed the storms that were headed in and other than the drive being way too long, it wasn't bad at all.  Again, for a more detailed report you may want to ask the person who was driving. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Accepting the Call

So for the past three and a half years we have been wondering where the Navy would send us.  TJ and I have prayed (probably more me) that we would be sent to San Diego, and much to TJ's dismay I pretty much told myself and everyone else that San Diego was pretty much inevitable.  Well it just wasn't in the stars for us I guess because about a week ago TJ accepted the GPR residency in Bethesda, Maryland.  This is pretty much as far away from home as we could have possibly gotten while still staying on the continental U.S..  When TJ told me at first I had my reservations, (which I was not too good at hiding because he had to ask me if I would still come with him) but I'm now rather optimistic.  The residency is a one year program and after that we could be sent anywhere. 

Yes Maryland is REALLY far away (1 day 21 hour drive...yes I google mapped it), but it will be a great opportunity for our family.  The east coast is rich in culture and experiences and I can't wait to get started.