M&M Holzmann

MLH & Matt Holzmann are growing a family. We welcome you to follow our progress.

Category : Friendly Visits

Birth Story

MMommy is healthy after giving birth to our daughter, Sequoia Rae. She is also healthy. She weighs in at 6 lbs 10.5 ozs & is 19.5″ long. Pictured below:

UPDATE: Had a great message from “Aunt Jackie”, “MATT AND MMommy,  YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A  GIFT, A BEAUTIFUL BALL OF CLAY FELL TO EARTH TODAY AND YOU TWO ARE THE SCULPTORS.”

WESTPAC ‘08: Update Singapore 2

Today, about 40 Marines and Sailors headed out to Paula Ubin to do a beach clean up. The island was a quick boat ride, ~15 mins, from Changi Village. We then spent a good 3 hours cleaning up the beach, before stopping for some lunch, and heading home. The island had a cute little village with a dramatically different feeling from the island of Singapore. It was far more laid back, absent of technology, and only a few motorized vehicles…none of which we saw in use.

After the beach clean up, we headed back to the ship to clean up. Then, we headed out to Sembawang, another Singaporean military base, for a unit function. I was able to ship off some gifts & holiday cards. We had some lunch/dinner at the Terror Club – named after the HMS Terror, an old British vessel.

Johnson and I promptly headed out of there for less militaristic climes. We headed down to Marina Bay, a bad choice since there’s NOTHING there. Then, we hit up Raffle’s Place…um, cool if you need a gym or a mall. Then, we headed toward Boat Quay (pronounced ‘key’), where I had a beer or two while catching up on all this Internet stuff. Pics have been posted on my Facebook account.

Singapore is clean & fun, but very far from what I thought an authentic Asian experience would be.

Times They Are A Changin’

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve written, and since then MANY things have changed quite a bit.

  • I’m married (to the wonderful woman I used to write about – 3 July)
  • We’ve our respective in-laws
  • I’ve ’sold’ my Vespa to Jonathan, for safe keeping
  • I’ve been to FL to visit my mother, and up to NoCal to visit my father
  • I’ve purchased a Mac
  • My wife will be moving out to San Diego this weekend
  • I’ve been in the field* since 3 Aug
  • I’ve turned 30

**Field: Currently a hellish part of the Mojave Desert known as Ft. Irwin. We sleep in refugee style tents, work in a portable command center, enjoy temperatures in the 110’s, fly kites (namely us) in the nightly windstorms (a.k.a. sandstorms that coat EVERYTHING in a thick cloak of sand), go without bathing for weeks, and try to maintain network connectivity over several satellites and through several hops of another force’s gear (ahem). Oh yeah…and our battalion plays GI Joe everyday in a ‘notional’ campaign against desert-going insurgents. This is practice for some desert-like place, in which we may be expected to perform our duties. Gee, wonder where that could be?

Getting married was great, but I’m really looking forward to our ceremony in San Diego, 27 Oct, 2007…yes VERY soon. Turning 30 was kinda a non-event, but I was fortunate enough to live the day for 39 hrs before finally getting to sleep – we moved our unit out of the ‘rear’ and into the field the day after my birthday.

Currently, I’m typing through a satellite connection w/ downloads of glacial speeds, which seems to impact the loading of pages to the point that simple buttons, like Reply and Delete, often don’t work. So, if I haven’t replied to your email, it’s b/c I haven’t been able to do so.

I love and miss my wife. I miss talking to friends and family. I can’t wait to take a shower.

THIS WILL BE THE LAST ENTRY CATEGORIZED UNDER ‘DATING’!!!

Engaged

I’m engaged.  MMommy and I have chosen to get engaged with one another, this past weekend. As part of the engagement, we are working through the process of Imago Therapy, which we both feel is bringing us into a far more mindful relationship.

During the weekend, we went sea kayaking around the La Jolla Caverns (Hike, Bike, & Kayak Tours – great military discount available) where we saw sea lions and seals at play, to the batting cage at North Island Naval Base, ate great food at Fogo de Chao with my future sister-in-law – MiRo, enjoyed the Japanese Tea Garden, and found a wonderful engagement ring made by a local artist (pics soon).

All-in-all, a wonderful weekend.