I feel like getting used to military life is a constant progression. Some things in this "world" are just so different than the civilian world. From the people to the lifestyle to the day's activities in and out... it's just it's own little culture.
And I love it.
My lover & I recently moved into base housing. It's something we've wanted to do for awhile, but there is always a long wait list to get in. We've heard all sorts of extremes about living on base— that it's terrible and restricting, or that it's wonderful and inexpensive, or that it's just plain dirty, or that it's simply a great way to save money as a military family.
Taking all this into consideration, we decided to "give it a try" since we don't have kids yet & the housing here at Quantico just looked really nice. We figured if we didn't like it, no harm no foul. Lucky for us, it's working out well!
In terms of saving money, I'll be honest... it's only a hundred or so a month we're saving. We lived in a nicer place out in town though, so maybe that's why the difference is so little. It only took a few months for housing to open up for us (your name gets put on a list with the military and it's either first-come, first-serve or based on your rank & family status). Then they just take the money they were giving you for housing out in town right out of your paycheck each pay period. The best part? All utilities are included. We only have to pay for internet & cable out of pocket. :-)
The first photo above is on our front steps of Joshua & my mom when she came to visit. We moved into our house in October and didn't waste any time getting pumpkins and an American flag to liven it up a bit! The other photos are a few details of the rest of our house. Don't mind the crazy blinds in the one pic... that's when the previous family lived here and we did a drive-by and snapped a photo!
Another significant event was Joshua's promotion to Sergeant! He's worked really hard for this promotion and I was a very proud, happy wife to be able to go to his ceremony and watch him get pinned. Such a cool experience!
The ceremony took place early in the morning (before I had to go into work, luckily!) and 3 other Marines were also promoted. Doesn't he look so serious? Love it.
Next: the 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball! Every year, the Corps celebrates their birthday on November 10th, and a ball for every unit is held throughout the month. Our ball just so happened to be the ball Justin Timberlake attended. A lot of the Marines thought he was going to take away from their evening, but he was very respectful and tried to stay out of the limelight... despite us crazied wives who wanted a photo of him!
I got shooed away when I tried to catch a photo, resulting in a blur that is barely recognizable as Justin's head. My friend Mel had her nice camera with her and was able to catch the shot above, of Justin dancing with his date Cpl. DeSantis!
I had fun getting ready for the ball, even though I was pretty rushed because I ended up helping a friend with her hair and makeup... which took away from my time getting ready... but it ended up okay. My hair was a bit of a hot mess, but at least all my accessories coordinated, right?!
Finally, here are just a few pieces of our wonderful military lives lately. Our red, white, & blue themed Christmas tree; Lady the Marine Westie dog; poker night at the Ploscik house with friends; working on a project for Military OneSource from home on a Friday for my new job (check out the page I designed!); and lots of camo.
Have a great week, lovelies.