Monday, 31 August 2009


As many of you know, and for those who dont, I LOVE the musical Wicked! It is my favorite ever...I've seen it in New York, LA, and Charlotte and will soon see it in London.

Well... a couple of weeks ago I get a phone call from one of my friends in NC telling me that some guy that has something to do with Wicked is at Barnes and Noble in Hickory. Guess who it is... Stephen Schwartz!!!! He is the man who wrote the music to Wicked and he is a genius (he also wrote Godspell, Pippin, and a lot more)... now let me remind everyone that I was JUST in NC! I barely missed him! So, I was pretty upset that I missed out on meeting him.

So, I'm sitting on the sofa, griping about how nothing good happens in NC til I leave, when I get a phone call from my friend Amanda. She tells me to hang on a second as soon as I answer and then this guy says, " Hello Jessica"....ITS STEPHEN SCHWARTZ!!!!!!!!!! He was soooo nice and talked to me for a couple of minutes! And Amanda got a CD cover signed for me and mailed it to me and it got here this, major shout out to my amazing friend Amanda...many many many thanks for such an awesome surprise!

Without further ado....

4 years!

On Thursday, August 27th, Christopher and I celebrated 4 years of wedded bliss!!! It is so hard to believe that 4 years ago we got married...its also so hard to believe how much has happened in the last 4 years...

We've loved, laughed, cried, been through our fair share of heartache, traveled the world, said goodbye for 2 deployments, met some AMAZING friends who have become family, and so much more and I can safely say that with all that's happened in our first 4 years of marriage, I cant wait to see what life has in store for us for the next 100!

And now....

Me with our seafood platter for 2 at Loch Fynn in Cambridge!!!
And again, for the 3rd time, we got each other the same card!
And here's to many more!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Dad's trip!

Since its been a while since I've made a proper blog, this one is going to cover a lot of ground in one post... Dad got to come back to England with me from NC and stay for like 10 days. While he was here we did TONS of stuff! We were all over England!

The first day we went to Duxford to the Imperial War Museum. It was pretty interesting

At the Imperial War Museum
Me and Dad!
Dad and Christopher
Nose art

inside one of the Naval museums in Greenwich... GORGEOUS stained glass
Dad standing on the Prime Meridian line
Christopher's turn
Where time and measurements started and are all taken from in Greenwich


HMS Victory!
The spot on the Victory where Lord Nelson was killed.
Dad and Me
South Sea


The British Museum (AWESOME)
The Sutton Hoo Helmet
China Town!
Dad checking off one of his bucket list items... standing in Trafalgar's Square
Dad and I in Trafalgar's Square
Dad, Parliament, and Big Ben

Dover & Canterbury

ME at the white cliffs!
Dad making faces at France
Me with my feet in the English Channel!
Dad and Christopher at the White Cliffs of Dover
The coast
The White Cliffs
Dover Castle up close
Dad and his Churchill face
The inside of the Canterbury Cathedral
The Canterbury Cathedral...this is where people make pilgrimages...and Geoffery Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales was written about it!

Monday, 3 August 2009

I havent forgotten...

I haven't forgotten the Dad's in visiting and we've been running all around like crazy! We've been all over England! Dad leaves on Thursday (which is the day I have my intro to my new, wait for it...JOB). Yep thats right, I'll no longer be a lady of leisure...I got a job working with the Child Development Center on base. So, as soon as Dad leaves and I get settled into the working world, I'll make a huge update with tons of pictures from Dad's visit!