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9 Month Check-In

9 Month Check-In | Keating & Co.

First off, can we just give my “baby” sister, Alex a round of applause for my awesome new blog images (pictured above, in my sidebar and in my about me!)? I finally got to upgrade my Nikon this past month so we’ve been out playing with my new lenses this week and I couldn’t love the new photos more. I’ve taught her well!

We are finally on the 9 month check-in! The closer we get to Zack’s homecoming, the more emotional I become. I’m now just two short months away from being in his arms again and I can’t even begin to explain how amazing that feels. It’s making me tear up just thinking about it. We’re SO close!! It’s crazy.

*cue the tears…I’m feeling all the feels lately*

So many awesome things have happened this past month. First off, I finally graduated college. I thought it would never happen. Like seriously. I graduated high school in 2010, so I was supposed to graduate college in 2014. It’s been kind of a rough road, college-wise (like that time I got kicked out of school). But I now have my BA in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and it feels so awesome to finally be done with it…well, almost. Graduation happened to fall in the middle of my final semester. So I won’t actually be done until June 8th. But it’s only a couple weeks away so it’s super exciting! It was really hard to not have Zack there cheering me on, but I managed to get through it.

Next, Zack just took his final course he needed for his next promotion. I’m typing this post a little bit in advance, but assuming everything went as planned, he should have graduated from his class yesterday and then he’ll be promoted to Sergeant any day now. WHOO!!! This promotion is loooong overdue so it’s super exciting and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He works so hard and he really deserves this promotion. I’m very upset I wont be there for it though. Like devastated. I’ve missed every single promotion and this will be his last one while he’s in the Marine Corps. So it’s a bit upsetting that I can’t be the one to pin him. I feel like it’s my job as his wife to be present for those types of things so it almost makes me feel like a bad wife for not being there. But I guess there’s nothing I can do about it. Spending $1,200+ to fly to Japan isn’t really a logical option since he’ll be home in just a couple months so I’ll have to get over it.

In addition to my own graduation, I also got to attend my “baby” sister, Kendal’s graduation (on the same day I did!) as well as my best friend, Chelsea’s graduation the following weekend. Kendal now has her BS in Business Administration and Chelsea has her MFA in Photography. I couldn’t be more proud of them and I am so thankful I got to be present for both of them! My sister, Alex also had her Junior prom this month (same day as mine and Kendal’s graduation…it was a rather long day). So it’s been a crazy month.

Lastly, if you follow me on social media, you know that my super awesome husband let me upgrade my Nikon this month as my college graduation gift (he also purchased a new laptop as his promotion gift so that we’d be even…that’s how it works in our marriage. We each get something off our wish list!). I couldn’t be more excited about it!! I upgraded from a Nikon d3000 that I’ve had since September 2010 (my first dSLR!) to a Nikon d7000. I also got a 35mm lens as well as a 70-300mm lens. I love them all.

It’s insane to think that I used to shoot weddings with a d3000 (I used to own my own photography business). If you know anything about cameras, shooting with a d3000 isn’t too much of an upgrade from shooting with an iPhone. No joke. At the end, my iPhone actually took better photos so I never even touched my Nikon. My upgrade is so much bigger and better and it really makes me want to get back out there and take on some new portrait sessions and weddings. Keating Bartlett Photography may be making a comeback this summer. We shall see. But my husband is seriously amazing for letting me upgrade!

These next couple months are going to be pretty busy around here. I’ll give more details later as everything unfolds, but I will be moving back in with Zack’s mom next week. We have our dog, Jack in training right now to prepare for our move so it’ll overall be so much better for him to be in an environment that really promotes his training. Plus I’ll only be about 15 minutes from work rather than an hour AND we won’t have to pay rent. More money in our savings to prepare for our move!

Once we’re settled in at his mom’s house, we will then be getting ready for yet another move. His mom just found out she’ll be moving into a bigger place sometime in late June so we’ll be getting the new place situated and ready to move in. By the time we’re actually settled in at the place, Zack will be just about on his way home. Isn’t that crazy?! I have a few events and trips planned for this summer as well so I’m reeeeeeally hoping it goes by fast.

As of right now, life feels like it’s at a standstill. My countdown says I still have 2 months, 2 weeks left until he comes home, but I feel like the countdown has said that for a month now. Regardless of everything we’ve had going on this past month, it’s still been a bit of a rough month around here. I just feel so drained right now. I feel like more and more things are being added to my plate. It’s one thing after another and it’s exhausting. I just want to not deal with any of it. It’s been nine months of stress not having him here, plus the ten months prior to this, trying to get me approved to move overseas in the first place only to have it denied. It’s really just been a hard past couple years for us and I’m more than ready for it to be over. Our move this September is going to be so good for us so my fingers are crossed that our fourth year of marriage is a bit easier than these last two.

Don’t miss our other updates from the past 9 months!



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