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This is a blog about trying new things, tasting all the good things in life, and making every day an adventure.

Do things that make you happy. Try things that will make you better. Look to your friends for inspiration. Everyone has a talent or a special gift to offer. Sometimes just doing the smallest thing can provide a sense of accomplishment, enhance our wellbeing and increase our self-worth. 

And if you feel uncomfortable...good! That means you're growing. See as many places as you can on this planet. Meet new people and try new things. There's so much I still want to do and try so you're invited to follow my adventures...the big and the bitty. We can enjoy them over Cocktails on Monday...or any day of the week.

Cheers!

The Transition Hokey Pokey

The Transition Hokey Pokey

You know how the song goes... "You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out, you put your right hand in and you shake it all about... You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around...that's what it's all about!" Well, that's a little bit how I feel right now as we are getting closer to our move! I feel like half of my brain is in and half of my brain is out! And I'm getting all turned around! Part of my brain is here in England but the other part is already in California. I want to stay connected with my life here and continue to be "in the moment" as much as I can, while at the same time coordinating and planning for our future. Daily, I think about where we'll be living, having to find a home, getting Mallie enrolled in a new school and gym, purchasing two cars, and you know, all those other lovely tasks like...setting up phones, cable, internet, blah, blah, blah. And on top of that-- flip it and reverse it (shout out to Missy Elliot) -- all those things need to be done here, or I should say UNdone!

We have lots going on and want to do as many fun things as we can while we're still here but also save money for all the before-mentioned expenses we'll be incurring. Kevin is fond of saying, "Well, that's coming off the cost of your car then." So basically, I'm looking at sporting an old paint-chipped Pinto at this point because I can't seem to say no to invites, events, and get-togethers...nor do I want to! I want Mallie to enjoy every last minute of her time here with her friends, too. She has developed some amazing friendships with the most gorgeous girls that she is going to miss very much. Thank goodness for technology and social media which makes it so easy to keep in touch. I don't want Mallie to feel any stress about the move; only the excitement and spirit of the adventure.

I won't even go into the emotions of retiring from the Marine Corps after 23 years, as that will be an entire post in itself. (And I will be in tears when I write that one!) But this is a big move for us since we are, in fact, retiring from the military and making the choice to settle in one place. I told Kevin that California's where he met me and picked me up 26 years ago so that's where he needs to return me! I wouldn't change anything about our journey and have literally loved everywhere we've lived. This will be our 15th move together but this one is much more significant since Kevin is embarking on a brand new career and we're planting our roots.

Our pack-out is scheduled and our flights are booked. Our weekends are full of fun and we even have family coming to visit us in June. I love squeezing out every last drop of Marlow and sharing it with as many people as we can. This has been a perfect place to complete our journey and to enjoy some much-needed family time. And even though I am sad to leave I am so optimistic, enthusiastic, and incredibly blessed to be leaving a good situation for yet another one. All journeys come to an end but this one is bringing us home. And there's no better place than that.

Even though we may be doing the Transition Hokey Pokey, we are on an adventure, experiencing life, and creating memories. And THAT'S what it's all about!!

 

{Since we'll leaving England I thought I'd include a recipe for one of my favorite British summer cocktails...Pimm's! A hot English summer's day, watching Wimbledon or perhaps a spot of village cricket or simply lazing in the back garden, one essential drink must be a glass of Pimm's, an English summer drink through and through. Pimm's is so quick and easy to prepare. Originally, Pimm's No 1 was made using gin, quinine and a secret mixture of herbs as an aid to digestion. Nowadays, the drink is a popular summer drink, so popular it is often thought of as the number two English drink, tea, of course being the first. Pimm's should be available in the States so look out for it this summer! You'll love it! Cheers!}

Indoor Skydiving

Indoor Skydiving

When in Rome...

When in Rome...