Monday, February 6, 2012

Homecoming, holidays and what's been happening

Have I really not blogged since November?! Bad girl. Sorry for the break in the blogging. I feel like I blinked and months have gone by. I have so much to catch you all up on. If you're still there, thank you for sticking around! Life's been busy!

After 6.5 months apart my husband is HOME from Afghanistan! I will totally blame him on why I've been sucked into a black hole since December. In a good way. His homecoming was pretty high stress for me, even though I was so happy he was coming home. I was really nervous standing in the hanger watching his plane come in for landing. Seeing those wheels hit the ground gave me such a feeling of relief and then seeing him walk towards me was a whole new emotion that is really hard to describe. When he was back in my arms all was right in the world again. He said something funny like "Hi, remember me? I'm your husband."

Then, a few days after Brad got home my sister Mary flew in for a 3.5 week visit for Christmas and New Years. My sister is my best friend and having her here was amazing. We went around and did a ton of touristy stuff around the island, ate a ton of yummy food, and laughed a lot. I absolutely loved having her here. Time went too fast.
We celebrated our first Christmas on Okinawa (last year we celebrated in Australia). Mary was here making it extra special. On Christmas Eve we went to huge Christmas light display and show at the zoo. Christmas morning we all opened up presents, we had a big breakfast of my moms baked french toast and we spent the day making a big Christmas dinner, watching movies and drinking wine. It was lovely.

Even the kitten and hedgie had a great Christmas!

For NYE, Brad, my sister and I celebrated with a bunch of friends up at the O-Club. We went to a big dinner then moved over to the bar for drinks and dancing. (Unfortunately the duck-face-peace sign was out in force that night.)Fun night to kick of 2012!

Brad and I celebrated our 4 year marriage anniversary Jan 5!

Brad and I took a post deployment/anniversary trip up to Nagano in mainland Japan. Separate post on this soon!

So on top of all this stuff, I've been working a crap-ton. I'm working on an upcoming show and all the workshops that come before it. I love my job! And I've been doing some really great work with Makoto these days. I started him in the double dressage bridle and he is going great in it. Fancy-shmancy. My friend and co-worker Alexis also started Sky in the double too. Makoto and Sky happen to be best buds. Cute.

My kitten is doing great! After skin infections, ear infections and eye infections she finally got a clear bill of health a few weeks ago. Yay! She's getting big. I kinda miss her being coffee cup size. 4 months old already.

Remember Lucy, the adorable baby piglet? She is HUGE now. But still as adorable and sweet as ever.
And, I'm blogging on my new MacBook Pro! I am kind of obsessed with it. And, if you couldn't tell from the pictures above, I have brown hair now! See ya, bleach.

So, there is 2 months in summary. I'll try not to be such a stranger around here in the future!


Mary said...

Hooray, blog post!

You just made me get all emotional in a coffee shop. Hard to believe that a month ago at this time I would be packing to leave!

I wish I was back there with you.

(Oh, and hey -- email me a pic of Tattoo Boobies since I never did geet one. :D)

Dad said...

Tattoo Boobies?

Kate Armstrong said...

Are we scandalizing you, Mr. Rogers? :)

How much do I love your brown hair right now? Let me count the ways.

I miss you! Loved reading about your adventures.