Our next move

The military is a funny thing. Just when you think you have your life “kinda” planned out, they have an interesting way of rocking the boat ;) When I first married the Pilot, it was my first real glimpse into the military lifestyle, as no one in my family had been in the military. I had quite a few friends with dads, moms, brothers and sisters in the armed forces, but you never really know what it’s like until you’re there. I quickly learned how important it is to go with the flow and be flexible, as things often change.

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When we found out we were due to PCS (change stations and move) this upcoming spring, we decided to just wait, see what what opportunities were presented, and go from there. The Pilot could technically opt out of his assignment if we didn’t choose to accept it, and potentially join the reserves or try to find a position flying commercial. The unstable future of the A-10 put a twist on things. The the A-10 may not be around for much longer (and could be replaced with the F-35), so there’s the chance that we could move, find out the Pilot has to fly another jet, and move again. 

So, we just decided to wait and see what we were assigned. We put in our dream sheet (Las Vegas, San Diego and… Valdosta), crossed our fingers and figured it was out of our hands.

We found out the news last week and decided to accept the assignment to….

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SAN DIEGO :)

The Pilot will be doing some work with the Navy/Marines and we’ll be there for about three years. Not only will we love being close to family and close to the beach, but we’ll be there during the potential transition phase of the A-10. Then, after our assignment, maybe the Pilot could go on to fly another jet, but there’s no way to even start to think that far in the future ;)

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While the location is definitely a perk -driving distance from the family!- the most important thing is that the Pilot still gets to focus on a mission that’s close to our hearts: providing support to the boots on the ground. The A-10 provides close air support, and the Pilot will be working with the Navy and Marines to teach them similar tactics to support men and women fighting on the ground.

There are a ton of pros and cons about the upcoming move. The fact that we were able to be in Tucson with the family was a huge blessing -it’s rare in the military to be stationed at home, and something we’re extremely thankful for- so we thank our lucky stars that we were able to spend time here and have our first baby in Tucson. 

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We don’t leave until spring, so we’ll get to soak up the holiday season and her second birthday before continuing on to our next adventure. Of course, there are some hard parts that come along with it, but it’s all part of the package when you’re a military family. I’ll be strong for myself and Liv, look forward to this next piece of our lives, and can’t wait for lots of visits from the fam. Thank you so much for all of your love, virtual hugs and support during the past 5 + years. It’s been a wild and crazy ride and I’m so thankful to have you all along with it. Having this blog has helped me through some of my toughest times, whether you knew they were happening or not, and I just wanted to say you’re amazing. 

Maybe now I’ll be able to fulfill my goal of hugging a seal? ;) Heh heh.

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xoxo

Gina

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Comments

  1. So excited for you and your family! My hubby is a navy pilot and we were there for the past 3 years. We absolutely love SD and are hoping to get back there this summer! You are going to LOVE all the amazing yoga they have there!

  2. Congratulations! So glad you’re getting to go somewhere that you already love and is close to family!

  3. So exciting! San Diego is incredible.

    I’m sure I’m jumping the gun here but wanted to get your take on Seaworld in light of this move and the recently aired Blackfish documentary. Personally, I was equal parts horrified by this film and excited that the issue is getting so much more exposure. Now that you will be a “San Diego blogger” I hope to see you address this.. especially since so much of your blog is about the good examples you set for Liv. <3

  4. thanks for sharing babe! I LOVE THE WAY YOU WRITE! I just can never get over how much I love your word and positivity :) can’t wait to meet you some day <3 i am so happy you'll still be at home for the holidays! lots of hugs to you and if you need anything i am your girl :) ;) hehe

  5. Jessica A says:

    My hubby and I are both in the Army! As both a military spouse and a soldier, I think people underestimate just how hard it is to be a strong and supporting spouse and family in the military community. There isn’t much in your control. You are faced with long distance moves, deployments, big career choices, etc. You are a ROCKSTAR and an incredible example of a positive attitude! Thank you to your whole family for your service!

  6. San Diego is an area I wouldn’t mind moving to. My husband is also in the military but he’s in the Air National Guard. He’s full time. He started out with active duty Air Force and then settled in with the Air Guard.
    Enjoy San Diego and thankfully you’re still on the west coast close to family.

  7. You’ll do wonderfully, Gina! I’m certian of it!

    I know, this may be somewhat random, but today was somewhat of a down day for me and then I stumbled across this little motivational story. So I thought maybe it can prove usefull to you on one of those tougher days :) xoxox Without further adu, here comes the story :)

    One step away

    If you were just one step away from reaching your goal, would you take that step? How do you know, right now, that you’re not?

    What a shame it would be to stop making the effort, when just a little bit more would make it all worthwhile. What a shame it would be to have taken all those steps, only to miss the very last one.

    The next step you take may very well be the one that makes all the others count. You owe it to yourself, and the efforts you’ve made, to keep going.

    No, the next step may not get you there. Yet what about the one after that? If you keep moving ahead, a little at a time, you will indeed arrive. When you take that final, triumphant step, you’ll be so very thankful you persevered.

    At some point success is just one step away. Keep going and you’ll be there.

  8. Hi Gina! I am a newbie to the blogging world as of six months ago, and yours was the first blog I really connected to, so thank you! I opened Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy in 2007 and we have two locations in Hawaii. We have been doing some research and haved looked at expanding into southern California actually :) I am sure you have support and connections in most places, but if you need some fitness/healthy living/work connections or partnerships, I would love to start a conversation about it! We also have fitness DVD’s we’ve put together, and our clients love getting new home workouts. I would be more than happy to review your DVD and put it out there to our Hawaii folks!
    Aloha and thanks,
    Jessica

  9. I would have totally chosen San Diego too!!! So awesome you’ll still have more time with family, but moving there in the spring will be such a nice new chapter :)

  10. How fun! San Diego is such a fun place :)
    My husband and I ar e both Navy and he has done training there.
    I know how hard it is to completely change everything but it’s so awesome how supportive you are.
    Hope the transition is smooth as possible!

  11. It’s funny. It sounds like life as a military wife is similar to the wife of a person in academia. My husband moved us to get his PhD, now his post-doc, and up-next a job. We are hoping some things fall in line and San Diego will be where we end up!!!

  12. Hi! I have been reading your blog forever and have never left a post. I do really enjoy it… So thank you!

    My husband I just moved to San Diego this past July with our now 5 month old daughter. We are not military but we do have experience having to move a bunch in the medical field… Hence our last move again. :)

    I am still new and San Diego is a big place but if I could be of any help please let me know.

    Thanks again for the blog! Best wishes in the move.

  13. San Diego will be amazing!! Congrats and I’m happy that you will be close enough to family within driving distance still. Livi will love the beach, I just know it!
    xoxo, Pam

  14. San Diego was our last duty station. We loved it :]
    You’ll be able to enjoy things outside all year long!

  15. Hi Gina- I have been a reader for a few years now, and I love your blog! I have been living in San Diego for the past 4 years and I am so excited to hear about your move. Please message me if you have any questions! :D

  16. I love San Diego! We got engaged on La Jolla beach :) Happy for you!

  17. How exciting! I’m born and raised in SD and know all the in’s and out’s – feel free to shoot me an email if you wanna chat. I actually worked in Coronado for years (as a nanny) and now live in Downtown SD. Any who, it’s a great city with plenty to do with your daughter… great places to run, hike, and just be out and about!

  18. Congrats! I’m just catching up on blogs after moving myself – I just moved across the country to Oceanside, which is right outside of San Diego. It is absolutely beautiful here and any fitness/food lover’s dream!

  19. We’re PCSing to San Diego too! In 3 weeks to be exact. :) exciting times!!

  20. Hey there- I’m a brand new reader! I moved to SD when my husband was stationed here with the Navy. We love it so much we decided to stay when it was time to transition to the reserves. We’ve been here for about 10 years now :)
    Please let me know if you need any help figuring things out!

  21. Gina! I have been reading your blog for years and lived in FL when you were moving there, and now I live in San Diego!

    You are going to be so spoiled. It’s such a great city for families. You can contact me if you have any neighborhood questions, it can be overwhelming! It’s a great fitness city as well!

    April

  22. I’ve recently gotten into fitness and in two months, I’m marrying a US Airman so I’m so happy to have found your blog!

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