|At the top of Crystal Mountain for our 3 year anniversary!|
Crystal Mountain had a military appreciation day on our anniversary so we got to ski for half price! That's one awesome thing about living in Washington. We are about an hour and a half away from really great skiing. We went two different days with James' family that came to visit us. I love skiing.
Then the day after his family went back home to Chicago, we left for our cruise. Let me just say this... a cruise is wonderful for a post-deployment vacation. We had no phones or internet (well.. we could have but it was really expensive), which was amazing after being attached at the hip to my phone for the entire year.
At that cove behind us, we went exploring through some of the rocks and found a 30-foot long cave-tunnel. With our backpacks and clothes still on, we ventured through knee-deep water to get to the beach on the other side, thinking we might get our shorts a little wet. On the other side, we were all the suddenly met with a wave that literally swallowed us both up. While James swam off into the Pacific to try to recover his hat, he told me to take both the backpacks back to the dry beach we came from. His prescription Oakley sunglasses were nowhere to be seen, and my camera was completely drowned inside my backpack.
A few minutes behind me, James got back with his Oakleys, hat, and my hat (that I didn't even realize I'd lost). He was actually giddy because he thought for sure he had lost his glasses until he saw them floating by next to his hat. "My Oakleys float!" was what he got out in between bouts of giggling. It was one of those times when, standing there soaking wet, all I could do was laugh too. In different circumstances, I might have almost cried for the loss of my camera. But seeing James's carefree reaction after such a hard and stressful year made it all okay.
There's nothing better than a week of paradise and a little adventure with your love. Really it was a great finale to a long long vacation. He's been entirely off work for almost a whole month. It's been amazing and I feel so blessed that we've gotten this. If/when he is deployed again, I'm not sure I would be able to take that much time off work with him. That's why we had to make the most of it. Really, and especially with the Army, you have to take it one day at a time.
Next week, he goes back to work and I start my new job. I'm a little sad that this long vacation is coming to an end, but I'm excited for what comes next.