And then there were 4...

And then there were 4...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hot Mamas do Keramas

The past few weeks TJ has been pretty consumed with him FMF boards that he has coming up.  This means that I'm home alone with the boys...all. day. long.  I also started watching Danny again 3 days a week, so to say that I'm a little tired would be an understatement.  I love my babies, but sometimes mamas need a break.  So when the opportunity presented itself for an overnight girls trip to the Keramas, I jumped at the opportunity.  TJ graciously said that he could put studying on the back burner and I could not have been more excited.  There was a group of 10 women and all of them were really easy going and laid back.  The perfect way to head into my last month on the island.

The ferry left at 10 am and was a great way to start our relaxing vacation.  The view was incredible and the weather was perfect.  Our stop was the first stop and we were waited by our drivers to take us to the bed and breakfast.  Ask island is pretty small but the pristine beaches more than make up for it.  Our first stop was to drop off our luggage and then we headed straight for the beach; turtle beach to be exact.  We were optimistic we would see a turtle and within the first five minutes we could see a large turtle head poke up out of the water.  We all hopped in the water quickly and were able to see it for a few minutes before the turtle swam quickly away.  About 30 minutes into snorkeling Michelle signaled me over to see something cool.  I had an underwater camera and was happily snapping as we went along.  All of a sudden she pointed and as I looked in that direction I saw a HUGE manta ray.  I promptly screamed, swallowed a ton of ocean water, and then swam away as fast as I could.  When we were a safe distance away Michelle asked me if I got a which I replied "no!!  I was too busy swimming away."  Whoops...probably should have put on my big girl panties and got a picture!!

After turtle beach we walked own to main beach and relaxed on the beach.  Some of us snorkeled around and checked out the beach before our ride picked us up to take us back to the B&B for dinner.  We were all quite tired and very hungry so the sight of a delicious dinner waiting for us upon our arrival was very much appreciated!  Dinner was served on the balcony looking out over the water and coming from someone that doesn't really like the beach...the view was breathtaking.  The sun was setting and the sky looked like cotton candy with shades of blue an pink.  Once we were all completely full and satisfied we headed to our rooms for some fun games and good conversation.  We were all pretty set on powering through and staying up late to hang out...but by 10pm we were all completely exhausted and ready for bed. 

The next morning we were served a delicious breakfast and then we headed straight for the beach.  Everyone was pretty sun burned from the day before so instead of swimming we opted for a nice shaded beach relaxation time.  Some napped, some beach combed, and others laid out their towels and just visited with a fun friend.  I'm so thankful for the opportunity to call these women my friends.

This was yummy!!

Before we knew it the day was coming to an end and we were on the ferry ride home.  What a fun weekend I had and was able to spend some fun time with some great friends.  However, the saying that distance makes the heart grow fonder is an understatement in this case.  I was so ready to see my boys!!!!!  TJ not only kept the boys alive, but he cleaned the house, and had already fed everyone dinner!!  What a guy he is!!  Definitely a keeper!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

3rd Dental Batallion Dining Out

About once a year TJ and I get to attend a military sponsored event where we get to dress up all fancy and have a fun night out.  This year we didn't get to attend the Dental Birthday Ball due to visitors being in town so I thought we had missed our chance.  However, the commanding officer of 3rd dental is about to PCS so the command decided to throw her a dining out.  A true dining out has a long history of tradition for the US Navy.  There is also a dining in for sailors and Marines, and a dining out which is extended to spouses.  The whole evening is surrounded with tradition, rules, and procedures.  They are mostly outdated and meant to be fun and lighthearted.  There is a Mr. Vice and a Mr. President that all questions and answers must come through and if anyone makes an egregious offence against the mess than they must either pay a fine or drink from the grog.  The grog is an alcoholic beverage (there was also a non-alcoholic version) mixed with every single kind of hard liquor imaginable; I heard it was quite disgusting.  There was a parading of the beef and a wine tasting that Mr. President deemed pleasing to the palate and appropriate for the people in the mess.  All throughout dinner there were rules to follow and if you broke a rule and were found in offense than you either had to pay a fine, or drink from the grog.  Some of the rules included, no elbows on the table, no scratching your head or nose during dinner, no smoking, no using bathroom without permission, no referring to Mr. President without permission, and so many more. There is so much more to a Dining Out event but the above is all I can remember at the moment.

The event itself was mandatory and if you were unable to come for any reason other than you were already on approved leave, than you were charged a day of leave.  While the event was quite expensive to attend, I still enjoyed the fact that we were able to get all done up and go out on the town.  I love seeing TJ in his uniform good looking!!  I even paid to get my hair done, so I was feeling extra pretty!!  We took TJ's convertible, dropped the kids off with the babysitter, and were ready to go!

The dining out ended up being a great way to participate in a long upheld Navy tradition.  The commanding officer was farewelled and there were some fun videos lightly "roasting" her and all she did for the command.  They took forever to play and were filled with inside jokes so TJ thought they were hilarious.  Definitely not how I would have preferred to spend my "night off," but I enjoyed seeing TJ being able to let down and have a good time.  They also farewelled the officers who are leaving this summer; one of them being TJ.  They said some nice words and gave him a lovely Kokeshi doll.  The move date is looming closer and closer and seeing all the great friends we have made here in Okinawa makes everything seem that much sadder.  Hopefully we will run into each of them again; maybe at another dining out!!