April’s End

Well, we have had a whirlwind week so far and it’s only Wednesday. The weekend was nice despite the windy behavior at the beach. Torii Station (the Army installation here) had its beach Grand Opening. Saige and George were not around so the boys and I ventured to the beach anyway, JD was determined to get on the waterslide, plus they had a treasure hunt that afternoon. Too bad it wasn’t sunnier, but we still had a great time together…

That pirate guy yelled “AARGH” right in his face and he freaked out…bad pirates!


JD in the mix of the hunt…

He was fascinated by the parasailing…


Then, Spiderman made an appearance. Teage was showing him his “strong” pose. He does this every time we take his shirt off!!

Also, the beginning of the week marked George’s Change of Responsibility. He has been the First Sergeant for 18 months and usually it is a one year rotation. So, it was time to move out and give another the same opportunity. It was a great ride, but as I have been saying to everyone….HE’S FREE! He was fortunate to get the position, and he did so well. I’m proud of him…time to venture on to something new. The ceremony was very nice and the speakers had nothing but great things to say about about him and our Family. It meant a great deal to us. I guess selfless service does pay off in the end!! Seriously, thanks to everyone who made this experience unforgettable. Check out the pics…

CPT Dressel, Hubby, & Incoming SFC Thomas
The kids and I receiving our gifts and Roses :o)

Saluting the Colors during the National Anthems

The passing of the Sword signifying change in leadership
Isla Family…freedom :o)

Love Ya…

Spring Break…the end!

Well, the time has come that all little children must go back to receiving their education. WOOT WOOT!! I love them of course, but DANG it can be hard to please/entertain a 13 year old a 2 year old at the same time. But we did it and had a fun week all around. Saige got in her sleepovers here and at her friend’s, while Teage fulfilled his eagerness to have outdoor play every single day. JD is so easygoing…except when he complains that he’s missing out on his lego fix. So, the previous post was all about the first few days of Break and this will cover the latter part.

We had a few more stops on our week adventures and one of them was Shuri Castle. The oldest child has already been here on a field trip for school, but it holds a lot of history about Okinawa (specifically the Battle of Okinawa which destroyed most of the castle in 1945) so I thought it was a must that we go as a familia. It was fun and I could feel the historic energy as we sashayed the halls of the biggest Okinawan castle. There were several areas where we could not take pictures and had to walk barefoot, mostly because of the ancient artifacts and conserving the restoration. JD was hilarious…he kept asking the whole way…”Where is the KING?” Of course this was the home to many of the Ryukyu kings centuries ago. But, we finally found the throne, the crown, and the quarters where the royal families lived. It was very regal….

The random tour guide practically cut off Teage’s head in this pic…poor baby :o)

There was a nice mini display of what the castle would have looked like in its day….notice the king…hiding away!

Along the way through the castle, there were podiums where you could get your map stamped and if you received all the stamps you got a reward…JD took that as a mission. He was excited to see that the reward was stickers of all the stamps. So all the kids got their stickering on…

…map complete!!

Our next stop was Kokusai Street. This reminds me a little of NYC where there are just tons of shops/restaurants lining the street complete with the usual peddlers, starving artists, and your occasional photo cutout spot. We all had a blast…Saige brought a friend to this one!! “You gotta have a shopping buddy”, she said!! She’s pretty much right!!

JD ran up and put his cutie face in this one so I immediately snapped and then sissy says…”I’m not putting my head in that slaughtering pig thing”. I didn’t even notice. That is all wrong!!

Ok I had to do it….

Lastly, “One of these things just doesn’t belong here” LOL LOL LOL!!!

We picked the sunniest day of the whole break (thank goodness we had one) and high-tailed it up to Okuma Beach Resort. We have been there before, but it has some great amenities that we wanted to do again. Gotta love a beach day…

This is all Teagie wanted to do…throw rocks in the ocean!! He wasn’t too big on getting sand all over him…it was cute! And of course we had to go pod racing…

In addition to all the out of school fun…we celebrated Easter on a very low key this year. We did the good old egg hunt (well two of them did…the other one was telling herself she was too big to hunt LOL), ate Thai food and went shopping before heading in early to prepare for a school night’s sleep.



It was a very relaxing day and I have to say the whole week was a fabulous one.

Now, I have some news that just got brought to our attention today at lunch (yes I said at lunch where George and I were minding our business…when a co worker of his walked in and burst my bubble). Our extension to stay here has been officially disapproved!! It made my stomach turn. Not just because it means I have to think about once again packing up my whole life and changing locations…that is part of the job. But mostly because of the kids’ education. It is so hard to make the kids move and ask them to make all new friends and adjust to a new school. It hurts, but I know they will be ok no matter what happens. I am not sure of what will happen now….since it is still so fresh! We have some other options (maybe Tampa…that would be awesome, or Germany would be ideal choices). I just hope we can lock in a location before we are TOLD and placed and in some jacked up state. Let the anxiety begin….

I’ll keep you all posted as I learn new information! Please keep us in your prayers for a good assignment…

Hope everyone else had a great Spring Break, too!!! Love Ya!!

Balled into one Blog

I am back and will never desert you again…ok don’t quote me on that! It has been a BUSY couple of weeks here and if this week didn’t go back to normal, I might have lost my cool soon. Let’s see…Both big kiddies finished their seasons to include parties, I worked at the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference, I published a 13 page Newsletter, I had a paper due in Creative Writing, I am planning our St Patty’s Day house party, working on a PowerPoint presentation on Europe for Geography, and the kids start testing this week. I know there is more I am forgetting, probably intentional. I was starting to feel a little stretched thin and so this week it is all about getting things back to normal. I did take some test shots on the new camera a while back and let me just say…it’s awesome!! My new toy is off the chain (I am not usually into electronic thingys, but I have found my very own lil treasure). CAUTION: this post’s gonna be picture heavy!!

Flower in the neighbor’s yard
Poquito looking curious as always
Kids pizza creation
My gorgeous girl

Aren’t they good for just the auto mode?…I am still tying to learn most of the fancy features.

Here’s a couple from the conference…lunchtime of course.

As I mentioned before, the kids’ seasons ended for basketball and cheerleading. They both finished 1st place Champions of course :o) Here are some pics from the parties…

Saige’s Party


She thought she was bringing back the robot…

JD’s Party

JD’s party was at this place called “US Land”. For a set price it is all you can eat and free play on all the games/services the have (fishing, bungee trampoline, batting cages, video games, etc). It was nice…I just thought it was funny how they decorated for the Americans to come to their place of business…check out the US flag motif:

George and I think it’s only fair that we have a date night squeezed in as well…We went with some friends to Salsa dance and it was interesting! I am in no way on the up and up when it comes to doing salsa…but I’m always up for a challenge. Here’s a few pics…P.S. George did not even TRY to dance!!









Fun Times!!

When the week was over (and the rain finally stopped), we decided to take advantage of the little sun that did come out Sunday, head over to the seawall, and dip our feet in the water. It was cold of course, but I love the smell of saltwater. Teage was napping and missed it all though. No worries, he will get his fill this summer for sure.



















It was a busy, yet fun past couple weeks. I am all set to move at a steadier pace now and will be blogging more hopefully. I hope everyone is well and I will leave you with Saige’s final Cheerdown routine (the best part is during the third song…’Boom I got your boyfriend’…she has a major solo in it).

***OK CRAP…the video is taking forever to download. I will post it when it’s done!***

Love Ya…