Destination: Pacific Beach, WA

Before we moved up here from Texas, we Google’d the area to death. I didn’t find much online when it came to reviews of good areas to work, live, play, or eat in Kitsap County. So, once we got settled in, I joined a few Facebook groups and began to explore and learn more about the area. We have been here a year now and I have a few reviews of my own to add to the world wide web. Let’s start with Pacific Beach, WA.

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I love the beach! Any beach! All beaches! I have my favorites. I grew up near the Texas coast though, so I never really understood the need for a sweater or jacket while at the beach…now, I get it. Even in the late summer you will need a coat! We went to Pacific Beach Resort & Recreation Center. It is designated for military/DOD personnel and their families. The rate was $70 for the night in one of the family hotel rooms. I am a list person, so I will break it down like this:

The Pro’s-

  • The price was good in respect to the beach access and views.
  • The drive was under 3 hours (even with stopping for a potty trained toddler)
  • Free movie theater room with multiple showings per day! We saw Avengers!
  • Game room (Bring quarters)
  • Hot tub
  • Bowling alley on premises (I think it had 4 or 5 lanes. Bring $$)
  • Nice playground
  • Gift shop (just in case you forget your jacket)
  • The staff was nice

The Con’s-

  • I expected more from the hotel room. I am pretty sure it was once a barrack and they just added some old bed quilts from a $29 a night kind of motel. It was kind of dingy and moldy.
  • No bathtub, and the TINY single shower stall made it hard to wash the sand off of the toddler.
  • No elevators, but I needed a workout, so I am not sure if that was a pro or a con.
  • They were understaffed
  • The quality of the food in the restaurant was not comparable to the price.
  • The wait for our food would have warranted a visit from the restaurant manager had it been any other place.
  • The food was just plain bad. This was a $16.95 plate of surf n’ turf. And it tasted worse than it looked. Unfortunately.

However, after we figured out NOT to eat at the hotel/resort, we did find a nice little bakery/coffee shop down the street, where we found…

And this.

After all is said and done, we had sand between our toes and had a great time! We will for sure go back to Pacific Beach! However, we will opt for one of the cottages if we stay at the “resort” or contact one of the local rental agencies and inquire about their daily rentals in the area.

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Destination: Proceed Along The Current Route.

The world seemed to stop for one day. The sea bag was packed and sitting by the door. Our family stayed up very late and woke up early just to spend as many minutes together as we could before he went to the ship.  The time came. We cried. We kissed. We smiled. We prayed. We watched. 

 

A few car loads of family gathered with us and we had a picnic. And we watched some more.

See you soon Daddy! God Bless the men and women aboard this fine ship! Fair winds and following seas!

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Now, the current route/plan is to stay busy and be productive. Which obviously means shop therapy! May I introduce my very first ever pair of skinny jeans!!!  You see, last  year was the first time I had ever tried on a pair of skinny jeans, and I had a full blown anxiety attack. Seriously, I  scared  freakin’ scarred myself.  After looking in the mirror I began to get short of breath. I had to sit down and get enough courage to run past the mirror again and into the dressing room. I am starting to embrace them though.  I didn’t end up with this blouse, it just didn’t fit right or something. The jeans and black boots are all mine though.

The rest of the day was spent shopping for school clothes and supplies for the kiddos. Found a great consignment shop in the next town over where I am sure I will frequent and waste even more time. Oh, and I had the most amazing food truck tacos for lunch. It was a good day.

Destination: Don’t think about it…

You know the game at baby showers or wedding showers where there is one word that guests aren’t suppose to say? Like baby or bride. Each person gets a clothespin at the beginning of the shower and if you say “The Word” and someone notices, they take your close pin. The person with the most clothespins at the end wins a prize.
Yeah. So the forbidden word right now is D E P L O Y M E N T. Don’t say it. Don’t think it.
So we do this.

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And this.

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And this.

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Destination: Be bendable, not breakable.

Finding a starting point for this blog was not the easiest thing for me to do. So I decided to just  begin with where my life is right now.

My little family of four is facing another deployment. Last summer my husband left for a seven month-long deployment and this summer he will go out to sea again for another long one. We sat down to discuss what we wanted to do differently this time with the kids, each other, the budget, care packages, holidays, and so on. It is easier having a similar experience to compare to, but it also totally sucks because I know some of the challenges our family will face once again. The last deployment I feel like I held my breath through it and rushed it to be over. I over planned, well more like obsessed, about holiday plans and what we would do to make our life perfect when Daddy came home. I lived for the next activity, event, trip, holiday to take my mind off of my reality. I truly only enjoyed a few moments of life last year. Maybe I felt guilty to have too much fun without my husband here with us. He had already missed out on so many “firsts” in our kids lives, I felt like I had to save some for him. I am one lucky lady though! This guy I have is so understanding! I want to handle the emotions and challenges of this one, and I guess just life in general, with a more flexible attitude. So when the strong winds of sick kids, car trouble, snow storms, and limited communications blow I bend, not break. Yeah, that’s what I want.

Destination: Enter world of blogging.

 

Wow, I am actually doing it! Well, I know it won’t be fancy, I will invest in a thesaurus and catch up on some blogging etiquette, but here I am!