Monday, December 28, 2015

Introductions and Overview

Hello readers; welcome to my first blog post! Exciting stuff!

In case you don't know me, I'm Alicia. 

25 years young. 

Been married to my husband, Alex, for 4 years. Together for 7 years. Known each other for 9. (Our "how'd you meet" story is a fun one, but I'll save that for another day.)

I have two wonderful young children, Landon and Evelyn. 

Landon is 2 and 1/2 and too smart for his own good. He's stubborn, bright, oh so clumsy, and has a ferocious appetite for books.

Evelyn (or "Evie" to most) is a 2 month old sweetheart who I like to call Sleeping Beauty. She's calm, relaxed, loves to smile, spends most of her day enjoying music of any kind, and is growing into one tough cookie. Her patience with her rough and tumble older brother astounds me. I can only hope she keeps that trait as she gets older.

Alex and I also have our "oldest child." Our fur baby, Buster. He's a 5 year old Maltese/Yorkie mix who has never met a stranger he didn't love and was programmed not to understand the concept of "calm down." 

If I had to describe myself in one sentence, it would be: A Disney loving bibliophile who's journeying through life as an Air Force wife. 

That right there sums me up pretty darn well. I have a lifelong love affair with the written word and a magical passion for all things Disney. 

If you took those two facts and combined them with the knowledge that I have an ongoing mission to collect as many giraffe tchotchkes as humanely possible, and that I'm addicted to every kind of television show you would pretty much know everything there is to know about me. 

I'm a pretty simple gal. 

But if that's all there is to know about me, then why open a blog? Why commit to a personal url? Well, let's get to it. The nitty gritty...the goal and purpose of this entire project...


Why I Started this Blog:

When I first found out my husband had PCS orders, I knew two things. The first was that I was going to have a lot of tasks and chores to do in a little amount of time. The second? 

That I was about to be in way over my head. 

I haven't moved out of state in 8 years, have never made a PCS as a spouse (not a child), never lived overseas, never even flown on a plane before. So many firsts are about to come my way, and if I don't have some place to keep track of it all then I might lose my mind. I need someplace I can organize my thoughts, a place to write about how amazing, insane, stressful, exhilarating moving a young family across the world can be. 

And once the dust settles at our feet, I hope this blog will be a record book of my family's adventures in Germany. I already know it's going to be easy to keep the past in the forefront of my mind. If I don't try, I'm going to get preoccupied with the memories of my beautiful Florida beaches, with the shadows of my favorite haunts I can no longer visit, with the screaming loneliness I'll first have without my familiar family and friends. 

I know myself. 

I'm a natural introvert and homebody. 

I could make my peace staying in the safety of my home and the base with my books and my kids' activities and fail to see the world around me. 

So I need something to keep me accountable. 

Having this blog, having a public forum where I need material to prevent it from going under, will make me more willing to go out and see Europe. Visit sites I used to envision in my head when I was young, experience new cultures, discover places and things I didn't even know existed. 

It's easy to stay in your comfort zone. 

But what kind of life is that? 

Everyone needs a little adventure, a little excitement, a little unknown in their life. 

"To live would be an awfully big adventure."  

These next 3 years are going to go one of 2 ways. Either, it's going to be sad and boring and monontonous....or it's going to be fulfilling and exploratory and enriching.

The decision is up to me...

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