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Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's Almost Official!

You see this gorgeous-ness?  Yeah, the Navy is sending Mr. L and me there.

Oh hello, Lanikai Beach!
Okay, okay, technically, they're not sending us exactly there, since it's on another part of Oahu.  So maybe this picture is a better representation:

Definitely not as glamorous as the picture of Lanikai Beach, but hey, at least it's on the same island ;)

It turns out Hawaii was the most logical choice in order to advance Mr. L's career, so it is the option we've chosen for our next duty station.  We are pretty excited about this amazing opportunity, but at the same time we are sad that we'll have to leave our families behind for a destination that's so far away from them.  I really hope they can visit at least twice, and I hope Mr. L and I will be able to come home somewhat frequently!

We broke the news to our families this past weekend at a dinner on Sunday night.  We bought little Frommer's travel guides for them to open when it was time for the big reveal!

My mother-in-law was pretty excited about the botanic gardens opportunities, and later on in the evening I noticed my mother flipping through the book and getting a feel for the location.  She's already started searching for apartments for us in case we aren't able to get base housing (which I really hope we are!)

I'm feeling a little confused at this point, though.  I just don't even know where to begin!  I have extremely limited knowledge of what it's like to be a Navy wife, so I'm not sure when we need to get the ball rolling on this moving stuff.  I'm assuming it won't be until we have hard copy orders, which Mr. L says won't be until 120 to 90 days until we ship out (he's estimating we'll leave Florida around June of 2011).  We have plenty of time, though, so I'm not too worried about it.  I know we'll figure out what we need to know when we need to know it.  Until then, I'll be scoping out awesome sights in Oahu (and the other islands!) and daydreaming about the amazing experience we'll be having :)

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