Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 Recap - Part 2/2

June of 2012 held in store a trip to California for J and lots of work for S.

But luckily, July 4th was a different story. Though the month was still very busy, we did get to spend the special day together, watching both Seattle and Bainbridge Island's fireworks from our spot on the beach. We made a picnic of some sandwiches and dried fruit from a local market and wrapped up in blankets to enjoy the holiday.

July 4th, 2012
August was a BIG deal! The highlight of which was finally getting to do the wedding weekend we've been needing to do. We made some amazing memories that we'll always treasure with friends and family.

Pre wedding park time

Stag night

Wedding Awesomeness
Road Trip Honeymoon  

S and Odin Playing
September flew by pretty quickly, with lots of work filling most of the time. But the highlight of October was probably the Mud Run we did with S's shipmates and the addition of Odin to our little family.
Poulsbo Mud Run
    November flew by as well, but we did get to spend Thanksgiving together, which was fun, very low key, and relaxing, even if we didn't do the feast most are accustomed to when you think of Thanksgiving.

December was packed! S was out "Finding Nemo" for most of the month, but we were able to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day together with J's family. After that, it was back to the sea for S and back to the work-a-day world for J.

And thus it brings us to 2013. What we're looking forward to? Well, our first meal together in 2013 would be a great start.

2012 - A Recap part 1/2

Wow - 2012.. What a year it was! So what did 2012 bring? I'll try to sum up!

S making calls to family when he finally was back on land.
Our first HOMECOMING! It was a cold, rainy, night when we finally met up again after skipping every major holiday from October to January. But it snowed on J's birthday (her first real time living in snow) and Clydas got to check it out for the first time too.

J's 32nd birthday dinner - Hot Pot in Tukwilla

February didn't bring any major holidays or outings for us. S went to work on the night shift for a few weeks upon his return, so we saved up for our own "spring break" instead. 

In March, we went to Michigan to visit S's family, hometown, and some friends. A few days just wasn't long enough.
Michigan 2012

And after Michigan came a few days in Disney World (a place where a few days REALLY aren't enough time) with more family -
Disney World Spring 2012

The weekend after we came back from here, we found our house and started the process of buying it. But Easter brought one more little get-away to the Salish Lodge beside the Snoqualmie Falls. It was a great get away. Cashing in a Christmas gift certificate, we had a couples massage by the fire, and enjoyed one night away talking and breathing through the challenges coming our way.
Salish Lodge- Easter 2012
This was also when we learned that J's dad had cancer and we immediately starting making plans for the wedding celebration in California. In May, we moved into our first house!

In June, J took a quick weekend trip to California to solidify arrangements for the wedding. But we were very excited to spend July 4th together two years straight! In 2011, we spent it watching from the deck of a barge. S had to work that night, but the Navy was kind enough to sponsor a little get together for the families of the working guys and let us spend some quality time watching movies and fireworks together. This year, we spent our July 4th on Bainbridge Island, watching the fireworks of Bainbridge and Seattle from our beachy vantage point. I think this beach might just turned into a tradition for us.

To be continued...