Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Hubby got home at 7pm last night. I ate earlier, so I reheated his plate. He sat down to eat and check his e-mail. While he was doing that I cleaned up, I ate about 40 minutes earlier. I sat down and he said to me "that was a great article you were mentioned in!" I said, "what article?" Hubby then says "you should check your e-mail."

I check my e-mail and notice a message from Lynn addressed to Joanna and I inquiring as to whether or not we read Babette Maxwell's article. Joanna responded. I had a separate e-mail from Joanna asking if I had seen what Babette wrote, as my name is in an article.

I click on the article link and proceed to read. I see my name listed at #1. I proceed to finish reading the article. As soon as I finish, I start crying and laughing. Babette wrote a funny article in response to an another article. My crying was the result of happiness and guilt. I didn't think my name belonged on the list. There are other Military Spouses who have done a lot of work for and through MSBA, who I feel, should have been mentioned in that article; MSBA co-founder Rebecca Poynter, MSBA co-founder Lanette Lepper, Lynn Carroll, Veronica Jorden, Carolyn LeVering. Without them MSBA wouldn't exist. Without them the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act wouldn't be a law.

I respond to Joanna's e-mail and told her the same thing I am writing here. She responded back. We proceed to collaborate on a Thank You note to post on the MSBA Facebook Page while sharing a link to the article. At the same time I am sharing a link on my Facebook profile and posting a Thank You to Babette, Congrats to the other Military Spouses mentioned and Thanking the MSBA Board of Directors.

The Thank You note is posted on MSBA's Facebook Page. I proceed to respond to Lynn's e-mail. Admitting that I was a crying fool.

While going to bed last night I tell hubby again that I feel guilty. He asks me "why?" "It just doesn't feel right." He responds "you did do a great thing in support of MSRRA and you do work hard for MSBA. I am proud of you." I said "are you sure?" He said "yes!" I smirked and left the conversation with that. There is nothing more wonderful than your husband telling you that his is proud of you.

If you didn't get a chance to read Babette's article you can here.

Thank You Babette, Congrats to All the Military Spouses mentioned in the article and Thank You to all of MSBA's Board of Directors for what you do for fellow military spouse entrepreneurs and for your work on MSRRA!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Vacation In Key West

Nathan's leave for The Keys was approved in April, even though he started a new job in July. I was able to finally let the Tyner family know that we could join them in The Keys for the first week of July planned vacation. Everyone was pretty excited including me! Nathan and I have never been down to Key West so we were looking forward to spending a vacation in a place that we have heard nothing but wonderful things about. It is also in a state that we enjoy/like. You will notice from other posts in the blog that Nathan and I have lived in Pensacola, Jacksonville and have visited Orlando, Gainesville, Miami and Port Canaveral. 

While in Key West we:
- walked Duval Street,
- hung out in Mallory Square,
- Para-sailing for me,
- Jet Skiing and a Jet Pack Adventure for Nathan,
- time at the pool at the Hyatt Beach Resort,
- Smather's Beach,
- 4th of July BBQ at Hyatt Windward,
- dinner at Abbey Road,
- a couple of hours checking out NAS Key West,
- a run along S. Roosevelt Blvd. (both Nathan and I),
- dinner at Abbondanza Italian Restaurant, and
- Southern Most Point.

I am sure you all are looking at this list and asking, what, went for a run? Yes Nathan and I went for a run while in Key West. It helped me destress and relax and it was cooler in FL than it was in VA. It was in the 100's and humid here at home. It was in the 90's and just hot in FL. We did go for a run in the morning when it was 80 degrees.

 The Hyatt Beach Resort was beautiful. Our suite or room had 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, kitchen/dining room combo, living room, balcony and washer and dryer. Mom and dad were able to get two suites. We cooked a couple of meals to feed everyone at the Resort so we didn't need to go out to eat every night. We even cooked out on the grills at the Resort on the 5th. Nathan and I were impressed with the Hyatt Beach Resort and with Key West. We think if you are going to consider a vacation in Key West you need 2 weeks. Nathan and I would like to go back down some day. I am not going to post any pictures here on the blog. I did post pictures on Facebook if you would like to see them.