Sunday, October 23, 2016

TAMU Marine Corps Birthday Ball

One of my favorite things about being a Marine/Marine wife is our annual Marine Corps birthday celebration.
As a student veteran, I've gotten to meet some pretty amazing veterans from ALL branches of service.
I have nothing but utmost respect for all of them. 
Anyone who chooses to serve our country deserves respect in my book!
I have yet to meet a veteran from the Army, Navy, or Air Force talk about how amazing their birthday celebrations are.
In fact, while hanging out at the Veterans Resource Center on campus a few weeks ago, I asked veterans from each branch of service to tell me off the top of their head what day was their branch of service's birthday was.
NONE of them could tell Navy guy did, but only because I told him happy belated which he told me it was not his birthday.
I told him it was the Navy's birthday the day prior, and he looked surprised.
EVERY. SINGLE. Marine said in unison, "November 10, 1775 devil dog!"
Other branches hate us, and like to talk smack about us.
But the truth is, we are such a different breed of one will ever "get us" unless they get on the "inside".

And our dress blue uniform is BY FAR, the sexiest uniform out there.
I have yet to meet a solider, seaman, or airman disagree with that.
I have met people from different branches who we always have friendly banter with about "who is the more 'superior' branch of service", but at the end of every argument...when a Marine says...
"Our dress uniforms are better..."

The argument ends...the Marines win.
No one ever argues that point.

The Marine Corps birthday is actually November 10th, but units and organizations celebrate it according to where it fits their schedules. 
The Texas A&M Naval ROTC held their Marine Corps birthday/Navy birthday ball this weekend.

It was held at the College Station Hilton, and Nick and I had an absolute blast!

the 2016-2017 Marine Corps MECEP students.
Pretty much the best looking group of Marines out of every University in the U.S.

The two Gunnys....
Nick and GySgt Anderson.
GySgt Adnerson is one of the Assistant Marine Officers Instructors at A&M.

Nick and Chris.
Chris is a senior at A&M (obviously by his boots), and he is a Marine Officer Contract!
He'll graduate next May and commission.
There is a pretty good possibility that he and Nick will go to TBS together.
(he also has a very lovely fiancé)

 Nick and Sgt Johnson

Nick and I collect challenge coins, and I was pretty excited to add a new one to our collection from the ball last night!
I think it is my new favorite one.

From L to R: Regina, me, Mary, and Jill...
Regina is a friend of Jill, Mary is the wife of the Colonel who was the professor of Naval Science before Jill's husband, and Jill is the wife of Colonel Bright, the current professor of Naval Science!

The cake!
Members of the Aggie Corps of Cadets get to wear these boots when they become a senior.
They're a huge deal, and we have lots of former Aggie friends who have them encased in glass and on display in their homes!

Nick and some of the cadets.
These young handsome dudes will be Marine Officers once they graduate (Lord help us! lol).

We had such a great time at the ball, and thank you to everyone who complimented Nick and me!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Quick Thoughts

Dannika has some viral thing going around her school, so shes been home for two days now.
Those who know me hate when my routine is broken, and her being sick has put a wrench in it.
(I am a creature of habit, routines, and schedules...blame it all on the Marine Corps)
Those who know me know that if I miss a workout, I get extremely irritable, cranky, and unpleasant.
I didn't get to go to the gym today because Dannika is sick.

Then I remembered a friend of mine (who is an athlete) post on Facebook a while ago about how hard it was for him to take a "rest day" from working out.
I remember him saying how he literally had to fight the urge to go to the gym (guilty!).
But he wrote about how as an athlete, rest days are imperative in order to get stronger, faster, better.
Remembering that Facebook post from a while back help me find my center, and relax a little about missing ONE day. 
('s gonna be ok)

It also made me realize how much I rely on the gym for my day to anxiety, stress, and overall well-being.
While the gym can be a great thing, it can also control you.
This is not something that I like about myself.
I sometimes plan my entire day around my gym time....not good.
Today reminded me that I need to rely more on God for things like my anxiety, stress, and overall well-being, and allow my gym time to be a supplement to that.

Dannika is missing picture day today, and I think I am more sad about that than she is.
I love cheesy school photos.
I'm pretty sure they'll do a make-up day.

Other than that, life is just peachy!
Our Marine Corps ball is this weekend, and I am really excited for it!

Happy Thursday, y'all!


Monday, October 17, 2016

"I Didn't Ask For This Life..."

"I didn't ask for this life..."

I hear this phrase pretty regularly among military spouses.
I don't hear it when things are fun though.

Military life does have its' perks.
The traveling, the adventure, the fancy balls, etc.

But military life can be taxing and draining, and when things get rough (which they ALWAYS do), people complain.

I am guilty of it, and I find myself complaining more than I should,
Afterall, I should know better than the average spouse.
I'm not the typical military spouse.
I have actually been in my husband's shoes, and spent the majority of my adult life so far as an active duty Marine.
But I still find myself being just as "understanding" about how demanding this life can be as every other military spouse.
We are in this together, y'all!

It hit me today that in two years, I would be leaving my home state, my hometown, and everything I love about Texas.
I am a die hard Texas girl, and I am one of "those people" who believes that the world revolves around all things Texas and all things Aggies.
Everyone has that special place they love, and for me it's College my hometown...

Nick and I always talk about retiring here in College Station, but who knows, right?
We will retire from the Marine Corps wherever Nick can find a decent, low-key Texas.
We are retiring in Texas...that is a non-negotiable.

There are times I daydream about me living here in College Station alone with my kids until Nick retires (in TEN years).
We have many friends who have wives and children who live in one spot while they serve around the globe.
Personally, though, I could never do that to Nick or my kids.
When I married Nick, I chose to be by his side through it all.
I can't imagine raising my kids for 10 years without their father under the same roof as them.

So today...
Instead of being sad about having to move, I chose to think of the positives.

I love this life...(I really do)....

We have dreams of being stationed overseas as a family in the tropical island of Okinawa, Japan, or back in sunny southern California back in Orange County or San Diego.
I can't help but think how amazingly well rounded our kids will be.
In fact, I have met several midshipmen in the Corps of Cadets here at A&M who are military brats, and I am interning with a military brat.....
They are seriously some of the most mature, well rounded, professional, and level minded people I have met.
They stand out among their peers of the "typical 20 year old" in college.
It gives me a great sense of relief that my kids will be that well rounded and amazing.
They're already pretty amazing, but I can only imagine how this life can transform them into amazing humans who appreciate America and all that it stands for.

I dream about the day when Nick retires, and we can settle down and build our own home from the ground up.
I have had plans drawn up (in my head) for years now with the title of "the Romer family forever home".
But I am totally ok with not having a "forever home" until we are done adventuring around the world and meeting amazing people along the way.

This is the life God chose for me, and I am choosing to spread His glory wherever He made send us.
I consider myself pretty darn lucky that God chose me to live this life of adventure and chaos!

This weekend was Dannika's school's Fall Fest.
It's their biggest and only fundraiser of the year!
I love it because after this, I don't have to deal with Dannika coming home with wrapping paper asking me to sell it for her school!
Nick donated a Bell's Old Glory Shop Flag for auction, and it did SO much better than we imagined!

Early morning walks to school...

 This sexy man is "homeroom dad'ing" and helping out for Fall Fest!

They had a karaoke section at the Fall Fest, and I was completely in shock to see Dannika rocking out Katy Perry on stage in front of a huge crowd! (She sang Roar, and that cast is a fake)

Dannika and her friends!

 Nick and I bid on this football signed by Coach Sumlin (the head football coach for the Aggies).
It is the most expensive football I have ever purchased....
I'm sure we could have gotten one for free by chasing the man down on campus, but it was just neat to be able to donate to Dannika's school (that we LOVE).
We will cherish this forever, and I am excited to display it in every home that the Marine Corps sends us to.
It'll be such a great conversation piece among people all over the world who have no idea what "Aggie culture" is.
 Just for perspective...
This football helmet signed by the entire Aggie football team auctioned off for $2000!!!!!!

 Afterwards, we went next door the celebrat our neighbor's (Greg) 32nd birthday with his family!
These are the people that make it so hard to think about having to move...

After ALLLLL of that, we managed to make it to church on Sunday...

My bookworm
This girl loves to read.
At our recent parent/teacher conference, we were told she is at a 4th grade reading level (possible higher, but they haven't tested her higher), and she is excelling in school.
My inner Korean mom is bursting with pride.

Hope y'all have an amazing week!
Make every day count, and make every thing worthwhile!

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