C-130

Casey’s mistress, the gigantic cargo plane he flies all over the world

A Busy Couple of Months

World, it has been about four months since I have posted, and in that time so much has happened in our lives!

-Casey came home from a 6-week trip to Australia, and upgraded to a higher co-pilot status as the last step before making Aircraft Commander.

-My brother-in-law and his lovely girlfriend visited and together we toured mainland Japan

-I accepted a fantastic career opportunity on base, then was furloughed and recalled during the Government shutdown. (Yes, it has been that long since I’ve posted). I am now part of an awesome team and am really enjoying the work I am doing. It has been difficult to adjust to working full time again, but I cannot imagine going back now. I mean, how important is clean laundry anyway? 😉

-I ran my first half marathon! It wasn’t pretty, but I crossed that finish line! I need to start training again now to run another one. I was mostly miserable throughout the race, but the experience was amazing. There were thousands of people running, and people of all ages lined the streets wishing us ‘Gambatte!’ and handing out all sorts of treats, from fruit and candies to shots of awamori! I was lucky to have such a great support group among my running friends and of course Casey, who ran the race as well.

-We attended the 238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, which was the last ball Casey’s squadron will have on Okinawa after 49 years here.

-We hosted our first of many future Oktoberfest parties, serving homemade beer and soft pretzels from scratch!

-We participated in the world’s largest tug-o-war battle in the city of Naha.

-Casey headed off to the Philippines to help with the post-typhoon humanitarian effort. His unit moved tons of supplies into areas hit the hardest by the typhoon, and moved people stranded in those areas into the larger, less affected cities so they could receive necessary medical care. He spent Thanksgiving there, where the locals threw the Marines a massive feast complete with American-style mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turkeys, and a sweet musical performance by a local high school. It meant so much to him to be a part of that effort.

-We passed our 1- year anniversary of living in Okinawa! I cannot believe it has already been a year, as the time has flown by right before our eyes. We have spent much of this year apart, but have treasured the moments we have had together, savoring memories that will last us a lifetime. We have also made sure to enjoy our adventures alone as well, with Casey traveling the globe in his KC-130, and me making new friends to explore this beautiful little island with! There is still so much to see before our move to Iwakuni, Japan, next summer!

-Finally, the holidays have kept us busy this past month. It takes a lot to make Okinawa feel like Christmas, but I am determined to have home-cooked meals, lights, handmade cards, cookies from scratch, and Christmas music! We won’t be seeing any snow this year, but as long as we are together, it will be Christmas!

Wishing you all a happy holiday season, wherever you are. May you find yourselves happy and healthy, surrounded by people you love!

Always, Amanda

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Konnichiwa!

Hello, everyone! After 39 days of living in Okinawa, I have finally gotten the time to sit down and put this together. It will continue to evolve as I update it. Bear with me, as I was not blessed with web development skills! 🙂

Casey and I are doing very well here in Okinawa, adjusting to the change of scenery as best we can. I plan to write individual posts on the major things we have done so far, but I feel the need to do a quick update to fill you all in.

We arrived in Okinawa on October 5th (more on that epic journey here), and it took us less than a week to recover from jet lag. I think Barley had the hardest time, waking up at 2 and 4am every morning ready to begin his day! After a week of living in a hotel, we moved into our 3-bedroom apartment. This is our first apartment, so that has been adjustment… especially for this guy:


We have government furniture and a few hundred pounds of our own belongings which were shipped over to Okinawa in our express shipment, however most of our possessions remain on a ship somewhere on the Pacific. I am sure we will feel at home as soon as we get our things moved in.

We took our driver’s tests to get our Japanese driver’s licenses, learned how to drive on the left side of the road (more on that here), and purchased our cars. In addition to learning to drive a car again, Casey had to step out of the simulator and into the C-130J Hercules! We are so excited that he is finally getting to fly that beautiful beast! He has spent some time flying around on mainland Japan, while I have been busy back here in Okinawa.

In the short time we have been here, we have met some wonderful new people, and we are positive that we will develop some lasting friendships and some incredible stories to tell from the adventures we will have. These, of course, I look forward to telling you all later!

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