Life really changes when you get out of the military, even for spouses. My husband got out of the Marine Corps officially on May 1st, but went on terminal leave in April, so we have been living the civilian life for going on 2 months now. In this short time I have noticed so many changes, BIG & little. Getting used to being in the civilian world will take a bit. Here’s a list of the 10 things I’ve learned about being out of the military.
Laundry. It has doubled! Now my husband picks out his clothes every morning, and then I have to wash them! He doesn’t wear the same uniform everyday anymore and my washing machine notices!
Grocery Shopping. It’s a strange feeling to walk into the grocery store to see there are hundreds of carts available, the aisles aren’t bombarded with families, and best of all no check out lines!
Insurance. We may have taken TRICARE for granted before. Insurance isn’t free and there are way too many options.
1st & 15th. They are just days out here in the civilian world. Not days to avoid going shopping or eating out either. Just regular days.
Traffic. It’s not all going the same direction at the same time, for the most part. People complain about traffic, and I just think to myself… try to get off base at 4:oopm.
Dress Code. No more worrying if I’m covered up enough (not that I want to bare all). I can go to the convenient store in a bathing suit if I wanted (living in Florida now, this is acceptable). My husband doesn’t need to worry about a change of clothes if he wants to grab dinner on the way home or do anything on the way home for that matter.
Hair cut. I used to wait in the car on Sundays while my husband ran in to get his hair cut. I did this one afternoon while we were running errands in our new civilian life. I was waiting for over a half hour! What used to be quick 15 minute trips to the barber have been replaced with an hour of pampering, but at least the barber now knows my husband’s name. Oh, did I mention the cost is nearly double! $18 for a hair cut! Good thing it isn’t mandatory to get one every week.
Neighbors. We moved into a cute neighborhood, in a college town. Not one of our neighbors have introduced themselves, without reason. We’ve met 2 of our many neighbors out of necessity. We’re not in base housing anymore (clicking my heels).
MOS. Huh??? Out in the real world, they don’t use acronyms for everything! You actually have to ask someone, what’s your job or career? No more military acronyms, terminology, and slag. I can’t say that I’m sad about it. I will say, it will take some getting used to.
Last names. People have first names, too??? Who knew! Calling people by their first name is a new one. Or better yet, not having name their last name on everything (uniforms, gear, equipment, even underwear).
These are just a few things I’ve noticed so far. Care to add your own to the list? Comment below, I’d love to hear yours.
Semper Fi. xo
PS. I know this isn’t photography related, but I’m sure you won’t mind.
This is a fabulous session I had the honor of doing last year for a dear friend of mine. Ashleigh’s husband was deployed and she wanted to surprise him with some fab photos of herself, and I was just dying to photograph her with their antique truck. We had such a fun time doing this, as always! Take a peak… Continue reading →
Ohh bittersweetness… My last session in North Carolina! Ironically, with my very first clients. I’ve been photographing this adorable family since 2011 & have loved watching these kiddos grow. Even if I have to chase after Parker every session. hehe! The girls make my job super easy. They ought to be models! I will certainly miss The McBride Family but I hope to see them when they visit Florida.
Once I get settled & unpacked in Florida, I will do a THEN&NOW comparison (their first session is packed away on my external). They aren’t the only ones that have grown leaps since our first session together.
Are you ready for some double trouble? This was my second opportunity to photograph these adorable twins! I absolutely LOVE returning clients, not only does it remind me I’m doing something right, but I LOVE watching munchkins & their families grow! Mama utilized my What Should I Wear? post when choosing their outfits for this session. I think she nailed it! And how cute are the matching converse? Preshhh!
Did I mention that this family took advantage of The March Special to receive a FREE 8×10 print with their mini session!
In lieu of introducing my new Senior Rep Program, I would like for you to meet Colby. I had the pleasure of photographing her senior session last year when her & her mom came to visit Colby’s big brother who serves in the Marine Corps with my husband. I was flattered that she traveled from Maryland to have her senior portraits captured by yours truly, Christina Z Photography. Colby & I had a great time playing on the beach, couldn’t she be mistaken as a model? She’s simply gorgeous!
If your interested in booking your Senior Portrait experience please contact me today! & Take a moment to read about my 2014 Senior Rep Program, you just might be the perfect senior to fill the position + earn your session free & other discount & cash opportunities!
Yes, it’s that time! North Carolina has treated us well, but we are heading back to our roots. My little family is moving back to Florida where we belong! With that being said, I want to remind you that March is the LAST month I am booking sessions in Jacksonville, NC. I am now starting to book sessions for Florida. We are actually going to be living in the Orlando, FL area, but I do plan on booking Bradenton, FL area sessions frequently. So please inquiry.
With all this change, what’s in it for you? Well… good question. ha. I am not going to be holding an Easter Mini Session event, because I am already booking up quickly for regular sessions and my weekends are filling up. But how does a little special sound? I usually only do mini sessions as events, but I’ll make an exception this once.
Advance payment is due at the time of booking.
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What about my Florida friends?! … I’ll be holding a fun contest very soon, keep an eye out. In the meantime, refer a friend that books a session and earn $25 off your next session or print order! Easy peasy!
I had a fun time with this sweet family! Even though the little ones were over it fast, we got some great photos out of them and I just adore their outfit choices. Lanessa purchased the girls’ outfits from OshKosh B’Gosh, aren’t they fab?
Meet Jon & Brandi. They had me laughing the entire session! Seriously, this guy is a riot. I had such a great time with these two, I was giggling the entire time I was going through their photos. Jon is getting ready to deploy again, and even though he was not thrilled to be getting photographed you couldn’t tell from photos. Between their joking, laughter, freezing cold temperatures, wind, and perfect golden hour… their photos are beautiful (if I do say so myself). I’m so glad Brandi chose me to photograph their pre-deployment memories.
How cute are they? Seriously though! So glad I could capture these moments for them. Hoping for a safe & speedy deployment.
Happy Valentine’s Day lovely! One of my most favorite thing to photograph is LOVE! It really warms by heart to capture two people in love, and I have had plenty of opportunities to do so. I thought I would share some of them with you on this day full of love! Prepare to say “awww!”