Before we said goodbye to the summer we had a few more beach days (ok, make that a lot) and got to spend time with our nieces who came from AZ to visit and escape the heat. They had a blast at the beach! I swear they spent more time in the water than out of the water. Aunt Sasha was acting as lifeguard because as we all know, I'm a wuss when it comes to the water. Don't worry, their dad was in the water with them.
|Love these lil munchkins so much!!!|
Before Easton was born with Courtney at his ultrasound (left) and a day after Easton was born at the hospital (right)
Another lovely lady I met because of the deployment, Lindsay, moved with her husband Tyson back to Omaha, NE after Tyson got out of the Marine Corps. I got so close to these girls over Josh's last deployment and I am so thankful for the time I had with them. I've said this a lot but as much as I hate deployments I'm so thankful for this last one because without it I probably never would have met these amazing women. California just hasn't been the same since they left. Before Lindsay left we all did a little wine tasting in Temecula. I love that SoCal has its own "wine country" and I love that it is only a 45 min drive from us. We've been there a couple times this year and each time it never disappoints. I LOVE a good day of relaxing in wine country, sipping on a glass of wine, eating fine cheeses and enjoying a picnic with good friends; it doesn't get much better than that.
|Lindsay and I|
|The Temecula Wine Tasting Crew|
|Vino with these beauties|
The concert was amazing!! The best part was a surprise appearance by Jason Mraz!!! He sang his song "I Won't Give Up" and man oh man does that song get me everytime. I was able to get a video below, but excuse all the background noise. If you listen carefully you can hear Josh singing along ;). Josh's 1st concert = success! I think it will be hard to top this one though.
With the change of season, or I guess I should say with the "change of calendar months", because there really are no true seasons here, came the fall: my favorite time of year. Josh and I got to celebrate our 2nd anniversary, but really it was the first anniversary we actually got to spend together. It was very special. We made a nice dinner at home together and got to enjoy each other's company; something that we now never take advantage of thanks to a few deployments.
|Nothing better than having my hubby home for our 2nd anniversary celebration|
|"Coelho" Wine and cupcakes from the bakery that baked our wedding cake seemed very appropriate for the occasion|
Our anniversary, Nov 6 also falls very close to the Marine Corps birthday, Nov 10, which means the Birthday Ball. I'm not sure what the opinion of other Marine Corps spouses is about the Birthday Ball but I happen to love it! It's an excuse to dress fancy, get your hair done, and dance the night away. How many times do you get to wear a ball gown in your life? Well I have a reason to wear one once a year which I think is pretty lucky. Oh and did I mention my Prince Charming escorts me to the ball each year; so yes it truly is every 5 year old girl's dream.
|Being Christmas Elves at the hospital|
We wrapped up 2013 with a trip to San Fran to take a New Years Eve Cruise on the San Francisco Bay. I've always wanted to do a big extravagant New Years celebration and since Josh and I have been checking off a lot on our bucket list ever since he came back this seemed to be the perfect time. Josh and I are definitely not night owls. The last new years we spent together my parents woke us up at midnight because we had fallen asleep on the couch trying to stay up. If it hits 10pm we call it a late night. Lame, I know. We are old people at heart.
|A New Years celebration deserves a sparkly dress. Josh and I on the yacht.|
|The dapper gents|
|The City by the Bay|
It's good to start the year off with my husband home. Here's to many more adventures together, good health, good times with family and friends and many many more happy memories. Happy 2014!! May every day be happier than the last.