Monday, January 19, 2015

Something Greater Than Yourself

Something Greater Than Yourself, What an honor it is to serve in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard

Since joining the Air National Guard in November of 2013, I haven't had a moment of regret. In fact, it's one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself, my family, and my future.

There's something amazing about the transformation that takes place when you put on the uniform. There's a huge sense of overwhelming pride... of gratitude... of honor. To think about all who came before you and all who have given up so much to defend their country—it's truly something so big that I'm so honored to be a part of.

I feel this way whether I'm in or out of uniform. Now that I'm a military member, I hold myself to a higher standard. I not only show integrity, courtesy, respect, and service during drill weekend, but it's expected of me 24/7. And that's a standard that I am proud to uphold.

When you're a part of something so big, something so much greater than yourself, saying that "it's an honor" just doesn't do it justice. It's real. I have never been so proud to be an American, a member of the Idaho Air National Guard, or a citizen who has the opportunity to serve our country. And getting to do it alongside my husband? That's the icing on the cake.

I am an American Airman. What an honor.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Sparkle Christmas Tree

To celebrate New Year's Eve, we watched the Boise State Broncos barely eke out a victory over the Arizona Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl. And of course, I was cheering for my Broncos. BOISEEE! STAAATE! We celebrated the three-time Fiesta Bowl champions (I was a BSU cheerleader and was on the field at the first go-around in 2007) with a fiesta party, complete with fajitas, tacos, dips, and salsas to rival the best Mexican spreads. And I cooked and prepared the meal—which was a victory in itself! After the game, we battled it out over a couple rounds of Trivial Pursuit, Daniel's mom taking the cake each time. What a stinker! We turned in, like we always do, around 11:00pm. What bums we are!

Last year, my big resolution was to grow as a person. I'm pretty sure I can check that one off my list after all the craziness that ensued during 2014. And as far as a resolution this year? RELAX—in every aspect. While good stress is a good thing, too much of it can be a bad thing. And I had a lot of it last year and didn't always handle it as I should have. So this year I just want to let it go. I want to enjoy things instead of always being on the go. I want to be more easy-going at home. I want to fly under the high-pressure radar that seems to be so common these days. I just want to relax. So I will.

As 2014 was beginning, I was anticipating lots of change with the Air Guard, my job, and my life with Daniel. I was convinced I was going to become a mom last year. But this year? I'm just not sure. I have no idea what lies ahead except for some definite consistency compared to last year. So 2015, no matter what you have in store for me, I won't say I'm ready, but I'm going to take it as it comes. Let's do it.

Past Happy New Year posts: 201220132014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014

Aunie Sauce 2014

For the past two years, on New Year's Eve I've come on here and stated, "Last year was the best year ever!" But this year? I think this year really did it. Actually, it may not have been my best year (being that I was apart from Daniel for so much of it), but it was a year filled with excitement, travels, adventure, new jobs and learning experiences, and so much joy. Here were some of the biggest highlights of 2014:
  1. February: I posted about becoming sober. Going alcohol free during 2014 was a life-changing decision.
  2. April thru June: I attended Basic Military Training in San Antonio, Texas. Among some of my greatest accomplishments were finishing as an Honor Graduate, achieving Warhawk and Top PT Female, winning a 5k with a time of 19:17, and setting a record for the 5th fastest female run in BMT history, with a time of 8:47 for the 1.5 mile run. 
  3. May: My dad got married! I wasn't able to attend the wedding, but this has been a long time coming, and I couldn't have been happier for him.
  4. Daniel and I took several small vacations, exploring San Antonio, Texas and Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho in June, McCall, Idaho in July, Whidbey Island and Seattle, Washington in September.
  5. October thru December: I attended Personnel Technical School for the Air Guard at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Some of my biggest achievements included finishing top in my class as the Distinguished Graduate, winning a base-wide 5k with a time of 19:07, and singing on the worship team at church each Sunday.
  6. December: Upon coming home from Tech School, I transitioned to a new job as a Wellness Coordinator within our hospital. Finally—the job I went to school for!
2014, it's been a busy year. Many changes, many travels, many new experiences. It's been a year filled with lots of stress, actually, though "good stress," is the more appropriate term. I'm so grateful for each day that I had, but also grateful to move forward! 2014—whoa... and that's all I have to say about that.

2015... we'll see you tomorrow! Happy New Year's Eve!

Past NYE highlight posts: 20122013

Friday, December 26, 2014

29 Years of Santa Photos

29 years of Santa Photos, Family Santa Christmas Pictures

You can't really say "We've taken Santa photos every year for the past 29-years" and not do it justice by posting an example. I mean, look at that—matching Norwegian lusekoftse's (sweaters) and all.

My mom has a book that makes the rounds on Christmas morning each year that is filled with our family Santa photos for the last 29 years. Twenty-nine years... that's 29-years of coordinated outfits, waiting in ridiculously long lines, and paying for over-priced 5x7's to fill this little book of memories. But the memories—oh the memories. They're worth every penny, every minute, every bad and embarrassing outfit and hair style that's contained in that book.

We've told our mom that we'll keep this tradition up until we have kids of our own. And by the way things have been going, that doesn't seem to be happening for any of the Driflot kids anytime soon. So Santa still may get a few more years of wrapping his arms around us while we sit on his knees and smile for the camera. Lucky, lucky Santa.

Family Candid Christmas Photo

Hope you all had a Christmas filled with love & celebration yesterday. Sending lots of holiday cheer from our family to yours!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas striped Christmas card, Rowe Christmas 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Love ♥ The Rowe's and our favorite moments together after all the moments spent apart in 2014

Past Christmas cards: 2011 │ 20122013

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