Well, let me start with Halloween...Effie was a kitty cat and had so much fun dressing up and trick-or-treating. Although she hasn't had the luxury of eating candy, (I'm a sugar natzi and won't even give her apple juice,) she still had lots of fun! She spent Halloween with my family in Alabama, while I met Bobby in Cali to get everything ready for the big move back to the west coast. It was sooooooo hard for me to miss her very first Halloween, but Bobby and I had so much to do and we wanted to make sure that we had everything ready to bring our daughter home.
|In Vegas for the USMC Battalion Ball|
|Being interviewed by Fox 6 News|
|Dinner on the Bama Belle|
My family definitely rolled out the red carpet for Bobby and wanted to make his homecoming really special. My Mom, Nonna, and a very special family friend named Marsha, went above and beyond the call of duty. No pun intended, haha. Everyone enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Bama Belle, and spent the beautiful evening cruising down the Black Warrior River. Rollin' on the river!
There was also a very special event planned on Veteran's Day at Englewood Baptist Church honoring Bobby and all of the service members and veterans of our church. It was so touching to recognize the people that have defended our rights as Americans. Everyone had such an amazing time, and it was so neat to learn about the accomplishments of these very humble heroes.
|Veteran's Day party|
After having a wonderful time in Alabama, we headed to the west coast to begin our lives together as a new family. Bobby's post-deployment leave came to an end and he reported back to work. It was only a short stay at home until it was time to head to Idaho Falls, ID, to spend Christmas and New Year's with Bobby's parents. It was so beautiful there and we enjoyed a lovely white Christmas. I wish that I could say that New Year's was as enjoyable as Christmas, but unfortunately it was not. I had to have emergency gallbladder surgery on New Year's Eve and spent New Year's Day in the hospital in Idaho. I am recovering well and feeling much better. It seems like the holiday season flew by. It was a wonderful time and we continue to be blessed beyond measure and so thankful!
|Our snowman : )|
As for now we are back in Twentynine Palms and doing well. Bobby picked up another rank about two months ago and is slated to get promoted again very soon. He is doing so well in his career and I have often been told that he is one of the best marines to ever come through the program. He is currently working toward completing a leadership training course and is expected to graduate in the top of his class in March. Effie Rose is 10 months old now, has six teeth, and is trying to walk. She is the joy of our lives and we are having so much fun watching her learn and grow. My Nonna has been here helping out with the baby while I've been recovering. Nonna, Effie, and I will be flying out to Alabama for a visit on Monday. Miss Effie Rose is quite the little jet setter!
I'm so sorry that this post is so lengthy, and that it has taken me this long to post. I promise to do a better job!!! XOXOXO