Sunday, September 23, 2012

Home Sweet Home..kindof..

This post is also a little overdue, but better late than never! Skylar and I were put in military housing. It's off base, but contracted though through the military. It's actually pretty cozy. We hadn't heard a lot of good things about Lord's Walk (which is the name of the housing area). 
Once we had moved in though, we realized it wasn't even bad. There are just a few quirky things that make me a little crazy.. 
 Such as: washer and dryer in the kitchen(as if it wasn't too small already..),
a door on the kitchen,
totally bizarre floor plan.. 
We've learned to just deal with the weird things though and try and see the silver lining. 
Like, we can make pancakes and change over laundry at the SAME TIME!!!
Bet you are SO jealous now!
I was so glad to hear that we could paint if we wanted. So I took the creative reins and went with it. I wanted to make the house my own. We are a long way from home right now, and I wanted a place that we could feel comfortable in. There really isn't a lot of room to go completely crazy with the creativity, but I really like what we've been able to do with it so far. 
We're going to be here for the next three years, so I wanted to have a home that would
make me forget about that fact.

I really am so grateful for a roof over my head that we have the means to make it a nice place to live.  
  Now we just need family to visit! C'mon people...we have two bedrooms!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My waaaay overdue England post :)

Yeah..this has been a long time coming. I've been dreading updating my blog! But here goes nothing...
 Big Ben!

 On the London tube

 Leeds Castle. It's kind of on it's own island
 The White Cliffs of Dover

 From the top of Dover castle

Skylar and I have been here for over three months now, which is CRAZY! Time has flown, which is kind of a good thing. I'm in a weird state of mind about being here. It kind of feels like we're on a super long vacation and it's time to go home. But that's not going to happen for a while. There are a lot of things I love about being here, don't get me wrong. But, I have had a really hard time lately with homesickness. I miss my family and friends. I miss the U.S.. I cannot believe the things I took for granted. Skylar and I made up this little nickname for England...inconvenience land! Not all the time, but it seems like the British do everything the hard way. Everything is takes a lot more effort. This has just affirmed my belief that the United States is indeed the greatest country in the world. Even with a psycho president. But enough sadness....on to the good things! We've been to London twice since we've been here. We also took a trip to Dover to see the white cliffs and Dover castle. We also stopped and saw Leeds castle on the way. I can't describe in words how beautiful this country is. The history is fascinating. Dover castle totally took me back and made me feel like I was in some kind of fairytale! It was amazing. London is fantastic. There is always stuff to do and see. We went the first time by ourselves, which was scary, but we loved it. We figured out the bus system and how to get from place to place, which was the most important thing. The London tube got us from our station in to London and back. The second time we went to London was with friends. We definitely learned from our mistakes from the first London trip, so we got to really enjoy London the second time. We trying to plan some more places to go and things to see. There are sooo many. I am grateful that we get to have these experiences. I don't think it would have happened any other way.