Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Learning's Hard!!!

I graduated from college 3 years ago this December, but this August I started back to school. Nick on the other hand didn't get a break and went straight into Flight School right after college graduation. Now we are both studying in our free-time, which is no longer "free." We both work and then come home to study! I teach children in the day how to learn, then go home to learn how to teach children! Ironic!

Besides studying to be a teacher (me), and how to be a helo pilot (Nick), we have decided to get ready for our big move to Japan by learning (or trying to learn) how to speak Japanese! And darnit if that isn't a very very tough language to learn! We purchased Rosetta Stone so that in the next few months we can prepare ourselves for life in Japan! I know that you can get around Japan without knowing how to speak Japanese, but how much easier will it be if we at least semi-know what they are saying???!! However, when the computer tells me how to say something in Japanese, I continually mess up the words and they come out of my mouth in a jumble of jibberish! Boo! I must get better! Luckily, we still have several months to keep learning!

So the learning goes on! (and on and on)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bad Blogger!

It has been a crazy last couple of weeks! It feels like we have been here longer than we actually have because we have been so busy! All I do is work, study for school, and occasionally run (considering Nick and I are running a 1/2 marathon at the end of November, I need to run more, I just don't have the time!). Also last week, I found out who my mentor teacher is for my student teaching! I get to observe a 4th grade class and teacher each week for 7 months. Next Friday I am going on a field trip with them! And I can't leave out Nick, he is still training and studying daily how to fly the HS60 Bravo.

On top of all the above business, Nick woke up sick this Tuesday morning with a fever, sore throat and aches all over! Of course that only led to me getting sick a day later as well! So besides in-taking as much meds and fluids as we could, we attempted to get as much sleep (with NyQuil) as possible in an effort to get ourselves better! Why didn't we go to the doc you ask? Well because they told us they couldn't get either of us in for 2 WEEKS!!! Thank you Navy! Nick even went on base to sick call early one morning to see if he could get in, and after 2 hours of sitting there, he was still number 20 on the list! Needless to say, we are still both sick! Oh yea, and I still had to go to work every day this week and teach kids with germs! Boo for being sick!

On another note, today was OU's big rivalry football game! For those who don't know, (which is crazy cause it's totally common knowledge! Haha...kidding!) our big game is versus UT and it is played every year at the Texas Stadium on the Texas Fairgrounds! Of course we couldn't go this year which is a total bummer, considering so many of our friends and even family were there. But, thanks to ABC, we got to watch it. Beretta watched it too, she sported her OU bandana in support of the SOONERS!!! BOOMER!
She says, "let me it time for the OU game to start yet?"
Such Sooner Pride!
She loves this OU ball! Until today, when you bounce the ball it started playing OU's fight song and then it said, "Boomer Sooner". Beretta loved this, and she would get excited every time the fight song played. However, she got a little too excited and now it doesn't play the song anymore! :(
Intense! Watching the Sooners play some football!
Boomer Sooner!
OKLAHOMA!!!! was an intense game! We were up for the first half of the game 6-o. We were tied for the 3rd quarter and then the Longhorns pulled through in the 4th quarter and ended up winning by 3 points. The final score was 13-16! So close, yet no win!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

Last weekend was my 26th birthday, and boy do I feel OLD!!! Ok, so I know that 26 is not really that old, but I wanted to be 22 forever! The years just keep passing me by and I feel like there is so much more that I want to do while I am still "young". So, I am training to run a 1/2 marathon again, so that I can run the Tokyo Marathon when we move to Japan. There is a 1/2 marathon in less than 2 months here in Jacksonville! Nick is going to run this one with me! Yeah! (Technically, we won't be running together, because he is faster than me, but this will be his first, so I am still one up on him!)

Last Saturday we had a BBQ at our house to celebrate both our birthdays. It was exactly 2 weeks since we had moved in to our new house, so it was a house welcoming party as well! We had over 20 people show was a great turnout, considering we just moved here!

Audra and Grant moved here on Friday, so they were staying at our house a couple of days until they got their furniture. Therefore we had some help getting ready for the party, and their dog Bosley was there to entertain Beretta!
Luckily for Nick, there is a little "pedestal" for his grill in our backyard, so the men enjoyed hanging outside while Nick made the burgers and dogs! Of course he had some help! (Look at little Liam Clement, hanging out with the men, being a big boy!)
It was quite a dog party, four people brought their dogs! Beretta was in dog heaven! As my mom put it, it was BYOD (Bring your own dog)!
Mark, such a dog whisperer!
Nick surprised me with a purple cake! Seriously, this thing was PURPLE!
Nick smiling for the camera, and me being shy...I was still shocked that he picked out the cake all by himself, in my favorite color and I didn't know about it!
2 and 6....ughhhh! (Todd called it the Barney cake, but I loved it!)
Thanks Nick! I love you!
Yeah for being stationed in Jax with Stacey for a few months at least!
All the flowers, plants and balloons people brought us for our party! We feel so loved!
Yeah also for Audra being stationed in Jax with me as well! It is so nice to have your girlfriends there for your dreaded birthday! Audra and I went shopping that day and bought our very similar long dresses to sport at the party! We have a Forever 21 here in Jax...whoohooo!
The next night, (my actual birthday) we went out to eat at this delicious little wine bistro called The Grape! It has these mini appetizers and a huge selection of wine, it is very quaint and adorable (and the best part was it was all decorated in PURPLE!)
We ate there with another couple who is stationed in Jax, the Ellers. We met them over 2 years ago in Pensacola, and are stationed in the same place again! Gotta love the Navy for that! Jackelyn and I have the same birthday, September 27, 1983! We had decided to celebrate our twin b-days together! It was such a good time!
Note: I felt the need to post these pictures before I lost them forever! I had a major accident this weekend...I dropped an entire cup of water onto my open laptop! It would not turn on for me for the last 2 days, and I was so scared that I had lost all of my pictures and information indefinitely!!! However, my Engineer hubby took my MacBook apart (and into a million pieces) and we let it dry out all weekend. Luckily, this morning, just before my appointment with the Apple technician, Nick put it back together and it miraculously turned on! I however am so worried that it is not going to stay on, and therefore am trying to back up as much info as possible!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Finally, pics of our new house!

Our house...1607 Beverly Bay Court, Jacksonville, FL 32225Boomer Sooner Baby!
Welcome to the Holman House!
Our room is off of a little hall to the right of the front door. Of course Beretta's kennel is next to our bed, she is still a baby and can't sleep by herself.More of our room...we have a double sliding door that leads to the Florida room. The doors are perfect for letting Beretta out, but we HATE the blinds!!! So annoying!
Double closets!
The infamous Florida room!
Living room.
More of the living room, and entry hall
Other side of the kitchen
View from the hall...and our cute little antique table, it's perfect for when it's just Nick and I
Bar room...leading into the dining room
other side of the bar room

One side of our house

Our dining room...these are the awesome placemats and napkins that Rebekah Butterfield made us! She is very talented! Thanks Rebekah, they look great with all of our kitchen stuff!
It opens up on the left from the bar room, which you can't see in this picture, and I am standing in the doorway which opens up to the kitchen on the other side. It's very big and open!

Nick's's never clean and this is the cleanest it will probably ever be! This is where he spends all his time studying to be the amazing pilot that he is!!! (Of course we have our Sooner pride all throughout our house! Boomer!)
More office...the door across is the guest room and in between the doors is the guest bathroom

Guest room. Very plain...Nick won't let me hang anything in there, considering we will only live here less than a year. (I am still trying to convince him!)
More of the guest room...Beretta likes to follow me around when I take pictures.
Guest bathroom.
More guest bathroom.