Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Millinophile brought these home from the grocery store yesterday. "Milky" is a pretty accurate description, since they're little vaguely vanilla taffy things. Chickadee and Millinophile both thought they were pretty good.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Our Apartment!

Finally! We managed to take some pictures of our apartment to share with you.
 Our entryway. As you enter our apartment, the kitchen is to your left and the living area is directly in front of you.

 Our kitchen. It's pretty large, with tons of counter space. My only complaint is that both outlets are next to the sink, which means that counter gets really crowded with appliances (that's part of why the toaster is on top of the microwave--don't worry, we take it down before we use it).

 At the end of the kitchen, we have this large pantry. To the right is the pantry cabinet and to the left (not pictured) is a large bookcase. Also, this pantry is freakishly tall. 

 Our living room.

 A plant by the window that's next to our table (you can't see it in the above picture). This plant keeps trying to hide these icons.

Chickadee's nesting dolls. The king and the egg-shaped lady are from Chickadee's grandmother. The rest are from Millinophile's mother.

 The hallway leading from the living area to the bedrooms (exciting, I know). The cabinet to the right is a huge linen closet. 

 On the left side of the hallway is our laundry room.

 Directly across from the laundry room is the bathroom. Yup, it's tiny. Chickadee keeps dropping things (such as her toothbrush) into the tiny chasm between the sink and the bathtub.

 The smaller bedroom, which is our office/icon corner.

 This is the first time our icon corner has actually been in a corner! We also finally have icons for all of our parents and siblings (except the Apostle Philip--icons of him are particularly scarce for some reason).

 Our bedroom. That lump is Millinophile. Chickadee gave up trying to take a picture when the bed was both made and unoccupied. This quilt is from Millinophile's grandmother, and it's the perfect weight for the summer months. During the fall/winter, we use a heavier, larger quilted bedspread that we received for our wedding. Oh, and Chickadee made those curtains--they're semi-blackout and totally necessary.

The other half of our bedroom. Things on the wall above the dressers: Millinophile's commissioning document, both of his bachelor's degrees, three post-graduate certificates, and a master's degree. Chickadee's bachelor's is notably absent, since it's a weird size and she hasn't bothered to buy a frame for it yet. That door leads to a fire escape, and makes furniture place awkward.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Marriage Enrichment Retreat

Millinophile and Chickadee went on a marriage retreat a few weekends ago. Run by the Chaplain corp, the retreat is offered free of charge to active duty military members and their spouses. We were able to spend 2 nights at a Japanese beach front resort.

It took us a little bit to figure out that this card reader right next to the front door had to have a key card in it, or we wouldn't be able to turn on the lights or the AC.

Because you need your own tiny teapot when you're brewing your morning cup of green tea.

Balcony complete with obligatory outside slippers.

The view from our balcony.

One of our friends in Charleston had a blacksmith make him something like this fire basket (though this one is gas instead of wood-burning).

The pool, which we never actually swam in.

The retreat was nice, though the Japanese have a very different idea of what a resort is. For example, you had to pay extra to use any of the pool or beach chairs. On the plus side, the onsen (Japanese bathing house) was free to use.