Sorry it has been a couple of days since my last update.
Sunday Jesse and I got professional pictures done in Tacoma (by downtown Tacoma & by Point Defiance). We did half of our pictures with him in his ACUs, and half of them in his civilian clothing. The photographer is awesome, if you are in the Puyallup/Tacoma/Seattle area I highly recommend her. You can see some of her work here:
I will post more about the photos, she's going to be putting them online after she's done editing them (which should be on Sunday). If you're on my Christmas card list you'll probably get familiar with those pictures!! :)
Monday Jesse worked most all day, and while he was working he ran into like four NCOs (non-commissioned officers) that he had served with previously with third brigade. He had a great time catching up with them, and was psyched when he called me after work to tell me all about it.
Yesterday Jesse and I went to the Newcomers Orientation on North Fort Lewis (which was mandatory for him), and something I did go to when we got to Ft. Benning. Nonetheless, Jesse and I learned lots of information (like Ft. Lewis has about 35,000 soldiers and over 23,000 of them are currently deployed). We also learned a lot of new information of what is available to us through the police and through recycling (I thought it was interesting at least! I don't know about Jesse...). They also had lots of booths which had information services that are available to military families and the surrounding area (which, for the most part, we know already). It still was very helpful, and I have to say that I recommend going if you are coming out to Ft. Lewis! They had a LOT of information on childcare and information on what is offered for them. None of which I knew, because of course, we don't have any children!
We have decided also that we are going to be moving on post very soon. We get our keys on the 19th. I will e-mail out our address to everyone when we start our moving process. I do have the address now, but will let you all know closer to the date. If you happen to send mail to my parents address, that is okay, we can still get the mail of course.
I finished my day yesterday with working, when I got home my very sweet adorable husband decided that he would surprise me with a new jacket (before I left I was saying I didn't have a jacket with a hood to wear to work) and a couple of movies to watch this weekend. It was very sweet of him!
Also, this weekend Jesse and I will be going out to the wine country (Rattlesnake Hills, Yakima Valley area) on friday. We will be staying there for the weekend, to spend some much needed time together before deployment. Sunday we're going to meet up with a couple people we met at Ft. Benning and that are currently stationed at Ft. Lewis. Jesse was in IBOLC (Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course) with him at Ft. Benning, and his wife was in the FRG. They also have a dog, which is a white german shepherd, so we often ran into them at the Ft. Benning dog park (I visited that park religiously). They are very nice people who bought a house in the Olympia/Lacey area, and I know Jesse is looking forward to showing him the ropes.
In other news, there was a tsunami warning on the west coast (for those who are non-west coasters that may not have known) which was very interesting to hear about last night! The earthquake in American Samoa had caused most of the west coast to have this warning. I feel like since we've been back I've noticed more of these tsunami warning signs than I had before (they're posted EVERYWHERE around here it seems... We do have a lot of water!). Also, fall has officially come as of yesterday. It has definitely cooled off! I officially feel cold all the time. I guess that's to be expected from a desert baby!
I'll probably post more tomorrow, I did get my hair cut and am going to post pictures soon. The weekend is probably going to be pretty busy, but I will post pictures of Eastern Washington when I can! I do work more next week, nearly full-time hours, but after that I'm working next to nothing since Jesse's going to be leaving soon. Please keep Jesse in your thoughts and prayers as he prepares for deployment!
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