I think it's been four years or so since I've seen you all or talked to you and now that I'm learning what it's like to be in a really big, local family, I feel sad that we couldn't have been closer to you all growing up. It's funny how life takes people in strange directions... So, while I'm not upset with my parents for staying in Washington, I am a little sad that we were always so far away.
So here's a quick breakdown of what's going on with me:
-Paul and I met in early 2008 and got together for good on Christmas 2008. He was in Iraq at that time, and when he came home last year I was waiting for him. There's a lot of super-complicated inside story to add, but that would take a while to explain...
-Paul has four kids whom I love dearly--we all get along very well. Lilli will be 19 in October, Lauren just turned 14 a few weeks ago, Chloe is 7 and Nicholas is 5.
-We live on the Kitsap Peninsula which is southwest of Seattle, on the other side of the Puget Sound. I can see the Space Needle and the skyline across the water on my way to work.
-I work for NAVFAC Northwest, which is part of a company that supports the Navy fleet across the world, so I'm a federal government employee. Can you say benefits?? Paul's sister in law works here, and his dad retired from here a few years ago. His dad's wife, one of his uncles and one of his aunts also works here on the same base, so I fit right in!
-My job requires that I be a student for the first year, so I'm getting a certificate in Workplace Technology (or something like that) at a local school. I'm almost done with the program, and I can't wait to be finished!
-Paul and I are planning to get married sometime early next spring (nothing official yet), and I would love it if you guys would think about making the trip out here to be with us.
So that's that. Nothing exciting, but that's not a bad thing :). I'm finally realizing that I'm a grown up and my life is in motion. It's a weird feeling and I realize it's come pretty late, but I like it.
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Our little family, minus Lilli. We don't get to see her as often... :(