06 August, 2012

Virginia Living

Wow, it has been since Feb since I wrote on this... first off we have been pretty busy, second I kind of forgot the log-in:)  Well, here I am, ready to write down some thoughts and share what the Morrissey's have been up to. Of course if you follow me on Facebook you already know!

So, we have now been in VA for almost 5 months, I can't believe it!  We are loving it here too, contrary to popular belief it is not the worst place to be stationed... with that being said, we are in a great location, close to Chris' work, very close to the kids school and close to all the places I go on a normal basis.  Yes, getting on 64 to go up to Williamsburg or DC is a PIA, I won't lie, but you know it is going to be bad so you just deal with it if you want to go to some great places!   And boy have we been to some great places.  With only being here for not even 5 months we have ventured out to Williamsburg quite a few times, whether it be to go to the Colonial areas, or to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.  Also, have made it up to DC on three separate occasions.  We have also headed the other way and went camping down at North Landing Beach, just by the North Carolina boarder.  We have made it to the beach a couple of times and spent some time on our new boat as well.  Of course this summer we have spend lots of hours in our very own pool, the kids swimming has improved greatly because of it.  Even with Jacob's broken wrist (that was casted) keeping him out of the water for 6 weeks, he is becoming quite a fish!
My Fishes

The kids finished the school year great, Leia made the B Honor Roll and Jacob excelled in Kindergarden.  They are very excited to head to 3rd grade and 1st grade in just a few weeks.  AND Elijah got in to the Pre-K program here so he will be attending school this Fall as well, we are all very excited!
Leia and her new glasses

My business is doing well, I have 7 agents that work with me so that is fun!  I hope to grow and get more business this coming year since I will have more time to devote to it with all the kids now in school.
Chris is now back to a real Navy shore duty, his time at the academy is up and that easy schedule is gone, not that his schedule is bad here it is just he can't take off like he used to.  He will put his lateral transfer package in again in a few week and some time by the first of the year we should hear news (fingers crossed). Though I do have mixed feeling about him getting pick up, we just moved here, will we have to move again next Spring?  Who knows, time will tell!  I just pray it all works out.

As the Summer winds down we are trying to fit in as many activities as we can, this weekend we will be horseback riding with the Cub Scouts, the next weekend we are heading to Disney (YEAH) for a little trip before school starts, the weekend after that we will make a camping trip with Cub Scouts and the weekend after that Chris and I head to Disneyland to run our 1/2 marathon over there, Coast to Coast Challenge, we are so excited!!  We return on Labor Day and the kids start school the next day, we are packed, but that is the way I like it... living our lives to the fullest!

07 February, 2012

New Beginnings!

So, I left off last talking about our move to GA, for the second time... since then so much has happened!  Chris and I completed our first 1/2 marathon (Disney Style) in Oct.!  It was amazing and now we are addicted!

Disney's WIne and Dine 1/2 Marathon

Jet Skiing in Cabo

We got dooped by some scammer on Craigslist when we were trying to rent out our timeshare in NY... glad I figured it out sooner than later!  Chris and I went to Disneyland and we sailed the Mexican Riviera for the first time (just the two of us), surprised by how much we enjoyed it.  Then Thanksgiving came and I announced As You Wish Vacations, my new travel agency I began after being an agent with another company for so long... it was time to take the leap of faith and move forward with my dreams.  It has been a struggle in some ways but worth it, it is great to be my own boss and see the inner workings and meet some amazing people who are so willing to lend me advise and guide me!  Christmas was a busy time, we sailed, we played at Disney and we met our newest addition to our family, our nephew, Grant William Flowers.

 Christmas came and went and we still had no news about Chris' future, we were quite anxious you can imagine!   Then, right before we left to Disney for our second race, we got word Chris was not selected for a lateral transfer... what a letdown! But you can't fret so we went to Disney ( just Chris and I the first two nights, then the kids came the last day after the race) and had a great time!  We drank around the World in EPCOT, in about an hrs time (I suggest any one who is thinking about doing this to use more than an hr... just say'n).  The next day I wasn't feeling so hot, needless to say.  Sunday was race day, we ran the inaugural Marathon Relay, I ran the first 13.1 and Chris ran the second, it was amazing!.  The next day Chris left back  to NY after being a family for just about a month, that was tough!  But knowing when he got back to NY he would be getting answers to what our future held, it was OK.  By the end of the week we found out we were headed to Norfolk, VA... never thought we would want to end up there but we are very excited.  We will be close to family and friends who are stationed there, YEAH!  Chris found a house already, thanks to Lynn and Geoff for hunting it down first for us.  Contract for the lease is signed and we will be moving in the second week of March.  The house is quite larger than what we have, on a waterway and has a... wait for it... POOL!!!
  So excited, this summer is going to be great!  It is bittersweet leaving GA, my best friend is here, we are close to my parents, and close to our second home... Disney... what did you think I was talking about?!?!  But now we will be close to new adventures that await us and Chris will be in a new position that could help his chances for when the next board comes around... here's hoping at least.  The last 7 months have been crazy, I think I have spent more time traveling away from my home then actually living in my home, but that is fine with me!  I do look forward to being a little more stationary, at least for a little while (I am sure we will do small little trips here and there a bit). Before we leave here we still have one more trip to Disney, it will be our last one for awhile which is a little sad.  We will also be doing our last race for awhile, Princess 1/2 Marathon. I can't think of a better ending to our "Year of Disney"...
Here's to our new beginnings: my new business, Chris' new job, kid's new school, and our family's new life!!
Once again, living our lives to the fullest!!