Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cox Arboretum MetroPark

Sunday, we had a lot of work to do in the yard, but when we woke up everything was still dewy and damp from the night. I don't know about you, but I hate doing yard work when everything is damp. So we decided to spend a few hours exploring something new.
So, we went down to Dayton to the Cox Arboretum MetroPark. I've raved about the metropark system here in Ohio, and this park is no exception. It's an oasis of green in a developed area of Dayton. It's completely free to roam around and they even have a butterfly house! Glad we went when we did, it was the last day of their butterfly house season.
 Paths meander throughout the park, around ponds, under trees  and through gardens. There are also trails that go off in the woods, we did one of those too.  


So many butterflies and flowers. It was a very hot day, it got to 90 before we left. But we enjoyed walking around the beautiful gardens for a little while before heading home to work in our own garden!

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Military Move

That's right guys-we're moving!
To the beautiful state of Idaho! We've been in Ohio for two years; that's way too long to stay in one place!
When Andrew decided to enlist again, we decided to put in a BOP (Base of Preference) list just in case. Reenlisting kind of gets you some special consideration for moving. Of course it's all dependent on the needs of the military, your job and the locations you select.
Andrew spent a lot of time researching bases and their hospitals (since he's a medic) and we made sure our favorites had hospitals with a higher chance of supporting a move.
And, holy crap-we got our first choice.
We are so excited! The opportunities in this area of the country for adventure are endless. Not to mention job prospects for an environmental scientist are much better than here in Ohio.
We'll be leaving in just a couple months-but have a lot to do in the meantime-like rent out our beautiful home. (We've hired a property management company).
Anyway, wish us luck-and if I'm absent there is good reason.