Happy New Year!!

This year has been amazing! We have been so blessed to live in the northwest. I cannot wait to have a few more years to enjoy out here! This year we....
  • had some awesome visitors,
  • enjoyed God's creation,
  • and got involved more in church.
    • Ben became our Community Group leader
    • We are in the Deacon process
    • We are leaders of the Connect Desk 
    • read How People Change by Paul Tripp and Humility by C.J. Mahaney

We had an amazing time in 2012 and we cannot wait to ring in the New Year, embracing 2013!!

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Birthday Weekend!

This weekend Ben and I decided to have a mini-vacation weekend to Long Beach, WA.

Thankfully the Army deems Columbus Day important enough to have Friday and Monday off so we had a full 4-day to enjoy our trip :) Long Beach is about 2.5 hours south of where we live so the drive wasn't too long at all. The weather over the weekend was absolutely perfect, around 75 degrees or so. From what I've been told, the beaches are usually 15 or so degrees colder than the Seattle area, especially in October. I was not prepared for the nice weather. I brought only pants and long-sleeved shirts...oops! Thanks to LivingSocial we found a great deal for the Adrift Hotel, which was right on the beach.

Our hotel room

The view from our room

And a shot of the ocean.

The hotel was really cute and had great perks (besides being right on the beach). They offered complimentary cruiser bikes, games/dvds, and with our deal with LivingSocial we received two free beers at the local brewery and a free dinner. Score :)

On the path of the 9-mile Discovery Trail we biked to the North Head Lighthouse. Unfortunately construction was supposed to be done on Saturday when we were there but alas, they weren't. Sigh. But here's a picture, blue tarp and all....

On our last day we enjoyed sunsets on the beach, Cape Disappointment State Park, and just a great weekend together :)

self-made photo shoot
Bunker on the way up to the lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

What did you do this weekend? Enjoy a sunset, put your toes in the sand, or just relax?

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Happy Fall Y'all

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Fall is definitely here and I couldn't be more excited. I love the change of color in the leaves and the cool, crisp air. This also means things like pumpkin spice lattes (YUM) and apple picking! The only thing this fall is missing is C-L-E-M-S-O-N football. It feels weird not to be able to get up on a Saturday morning and get ready for a game. 


This Saturday we had a girl's day at the Uncorked Canvas, enjoying an afternoon of wine and painting.

 The artist with their beautiful paintings :)

In what ways are you embracing fall? Or are you still holding onto the few days of warmer weather remembering those hot summer days?

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Labor Day Weekend

How was everyone's Labor Day weekend??

Mine was both awesome and sad all at the same time. Saturday Ben and I went on a small hike with some people from our community group. The day was absolutely perfect. It was only a 2.5mile round-trip hike, the river views were so pretty.

Holding up the boulder :)
Squeezing into a tiny hole.
Huge Salmon swimming upstream. Way cool.
View of Lake Cushman on the drive back.
Here comes the sad part... 
Sunday I had to drop Ben off for another training session. Ugh.

On the bright side, at least he is staying in the state this time:) Sunday after church several of us went out for lunch in downtown Olympia. Afterwards a few of us walked around something called Harbor Days.It is a festival in downtown that celebrates maritime heritage. It's been going on every Labor Day since 1973! There were so many different tug boats. It was a lot of fun!

On Monday, 7 of us went hiking in Mt. Rainier. This hike was on the opposite side of the mountain then the hike Ben and I had done on the Monday before.  We were so blessed on this hike not to see any clouds in the sky. Such a perfect view of Mount Rainier!! The hike was a 2.5 mile round-trip trek up to two different lakes. The first was Bench Lake where we got amazing reflection views of the mountain and also stopped for lunch. The second was Snow Lake. A very beautiful lake made from the snow surrounding it melting in to form the lake. For some absurd reason, We decided that we would ignore the name of Snow Lake and swim in it! (: It was by far the coldest I have ever felt! My feet literally felt like they were on fire. Such a weird feeling. Strangely, immediately after getting out of the water it felt good. Almost like my bones were warming up. I would so do it again though. Great memories!!

Reflection of Mt. Rainier off of Bench Lake
Our lunch view! How lucky were we?!

Saw snow......had to play in it :)

Who needs a sled?!
Snow Lake
Getting ready to jump in...maybe debating on not jumping at all!
Warming up in the sun afterwards.

 What did you do to enjoy your Labor Day weekend?

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Take A Hike!

Ben and I decided to enjoy the gorgeous weather by going hiking on a trail in the Mount Rainier National Park. The trail was called Tolmie Peak Trail. It was a great hike, about 6.5miles round trip! A little more strenuous than I anticipated HA! I guess I need to get myself in shape. To be fair, it was the first hike we had done out here :) I'll stop typing now and let you enjoy the pictures!! 

Map of where we hiked
Eunice Lake
Our end goal -- fire lookout tower 0.9miles away
Another view of Eunice Lake. It was absolutely gorgeous!
Amazing how clear it was!
Surprise photo :)
Representing with my Clemson Nike's

BEAR!!! and her two cubs apparently even though we didn't see them.
Messing with the 'macro' settings on the camera...pretty meadow flowers

View of Eunice Lake and Mt. Rainier (which is behind the clouds) from the fire tower
Inside the fire tower
Other half of the fire tower
Another view from the fire tower
Looks like it's blowing it's top -- just a ton of fog :)
Such a pretty view of the mountains
One last picture of Lake Eunice :)

 What exciting adventure have you taken lately?

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