Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

15 December 2015

ICE!

Our holiday kicked off with a visit to the National Harbor to see Ice!  The traveling ice sculpture set, which this year happened to be Santa Claus is Coming to Town-themed, based on the movie.  I'm loving all of the special events that are so close to us now!







25 October 2015

Looking to 2050

If you missed Back to the Future Day, well shame on you!  Your nerd status must be called into question.
Sure, we didn't get the totally awesome hoverboards or leashes that walk the dog by themselves, and luckily we didn't have to experience Jaws 19.  We did get video telephone calls though.
Back-to-the-Future-II-Hoverboard
Even if the iconic film's predictions of what we would have by October 21, 2015 didn't exactly pan out as we would all like, it had me reflecting on things we DO have, especially what my generation's grandparents and parents have seen in their lifetimes already... how about not having to crank your car to get it to start? And from records to 8 track tapes to cassettes to VHS to DVD to digital.  Do you remember how much space 20 VHS tapes would take up?  Stores selling CDs will be practically non-existent soon, and then DVDs (RIP Blockbuster).  Although most advances have been purely for human entertainment (TV, video games, e-books, movies), I'm making my predictions (and hopes) for 2050.

The newest wave I hope will continue to be on renewable energy and environmental impact (here comes my tree-hugger side).  I would hope in 2050 that all cars no longer ran on gasoline, either electric or renewable products.  Sure, if cars could fly like the Delorean, that would be awesome.
635578216029089301-826320879_delorean-back-to-the-futureI want to see fields of wine turbines and solar panels on every home.
I want everyone to recycle the basics and all the landfills to be disappearing and using methane gas.
I want to be able to tell my grandchildren, "When I was your age, we had to stop at a GAS STATION to refill our cars and you had to pay for a service called AAA to come pick you up because sometimes you would run out of gas and your car wouldn't work," and have my grandchildren gawk at that.

18 October 2015

Madame Tussaud's DC Wax Museum

This weekend's DC museum trip was to Madame Tussaud's wax museum.  Again, not one of the many free museums that DC has to offer, but one neither of us have done before, and we had a lot of fun!







The museum had a wax figure of every president, plus celebrities and other famous historical figures.  The wax figure of Benjamin Franklin was actually cast by Madame Tussaud herself.

11 October 2015

Halloweening

It is definitely fall in Maryland now and I'm trying to get myself to pack my shorts away still even though fall is my favorite.  Our home has some added decorations this year and these are my favorites.





 I painted these paints this year at Color Me Mine. I had been searching for Halloween plates for a while.

Fresh apples & apple cider everywhere!

06 October 2015

International Spy Museum

It's nice knowing that we have the next 3 years to visit all the museums and monuments in DC, which means I can actually take my time reading everything I want to in the museum and we don't have to cram 3 or 4 sites into one day and be exhausted and cranky at the end.

Our first museum was the International Spy Museum, not part of the Smithsonians, but worth the entrance fee.

 The museum had a big exhibit on James Bond and all the gadgets in the movies compared to real life.  They had some of the cars too!


 Invisible ink and how to find it

Single shot lipstick gun!
  

What Bond display wouldn't be complete without a tribute to the Bond girls?!

29 September 2015

First stop... Pandas!

I was overjoyed when finding out that Mei Xiang, one of the pandas at the National Zoo, was pregnant this summer!  Right before we moved, she gave birth to a baby boy, now named Bei Bei.  Since finding out we were coming to DC, I was excited for the pandas.  I could watch them for hours.

Our first adventure after getting settled into DC was to the National Zoo!  Although we can't get in to see the baby panda yet, I look forward to the day we can and I will be there waiting in line for sure!


 Show off



These little kids started to annoy the silver back gorilla until he started banging on the cage on the opposite wall of the glass.

24 September 2015

Moving in, DC style

We've now almost lived in DC for a month!  Our apartment is slowly coming together and we are starting to discover some good spots in the area.  It's a new experience for the both of us... being able to walk to the grocery store, restaurants, metro, and having unlimited access from the metro.  We can go days without driving.

Our apartment here is a little bit larger than our home in North Carolina so I feel like we have so much more space in the closet and kitchen!  I can actually take some things out of boxes and put them out to enjoy.


Enjoying this built-in desk!


WINDOWS!


Fireplace!
Our view

My top 3 things about our place:
1.  Walk-in closet
2.  Balcony I can sit on with the pups without being eaten by bugs
3.  Large windows that let sun in all hours of the day

11 August 2015

I want to go back to Italy...











It's been almost a year since this once in a lifetime trip, but I want to go back!  Sincerely wishing we were getting stationed there for the next 3 years instead.

06 August 2015

Welcome Great Pumpkin!

There are 22 days until we move!  Which means 22 days till the start of my fall season, as we will be moving north.  I'm so excited to start the next adventure and doubly excited for autumn, being in a location to see the leaves changing colors, and eventually Halloween... Thanksgiving... Christmas!!!!

I made this quick and easy sign for some outdoor Halloween decorations because I love Charlie Brown & the Great Pumpkin!


It took 1 nail, a little paint and 2 wood pieces from Michael's to make in a quick half hour.


I also painted these wood letters for above the cabinets in the kitchen to add to the Halloween festivities.


& I made this 2 years ago!

28 July 2015

1 month till PCS

In exactly 31 days we will have our house packed up and I'll be getting my orders stamped to change duty stations after 3 crazy years at Camp Lejeune.  It's a good time for reflection and for looking ahead to the future.

A lot has happened in those 3 years... a marriage started, our family grew to accommodate another fur baby, we moved 500 miles away from home, started new jobs, started my nursing career, switched nursing jobs, traveled internationally and domestic, survived a deployment, and spent holidays and special events away from family.  

3 years ago I was a different person than I am now.  I'm stronger, more confident, more family-oriented, and less selfish.  I went from being a poor, broke college student to a financially independent nurse with some experience.  I believe the nurses I've learned from, first on the postpartum unit and then on labor & delivery, have taught me not only how to be a good nurse, but a better person, wife, and someday a mother.

So here's a shout out to the crew I've spent half of my week with for the last 3 years and the faces I'll always remember.


North Carolina will be missed.

09 July 2015

New Around the House...

I've been working a lot on random crafts lately, including sewing scrub hats and knitting newborn baby hats as usual, but I busted these new pillow cases out in one afternoon since the other ones were a bit too 
spring-y.



03 July 2015

Happy Independence Day!

A new wreath to rush away Memorial Day and welcome Independence Day.



All it took was a foam wreath, yarn, and some felt stars!