Living the adventure

Last night, on the eve of our big 3-year adventure in Japan, a good friend gave us a beautifully written card:

“Chuck, when you proposed to Nikki – could either of you imagined how the next years would lead you to Japan? Surrounded by cherry blossoms, your decision that day led you down a path that could never be known to either of you in that moment.”

Ironically, last night was the 4-year anniversary of our engagement, which took place the midst of DC’s Cherry Tree Festival (albeit in a quieter part of it!) Now, we are headed to the land that gave us those cherry trees, starting a new phase of our lives across the world.

We have had a fantastic time here during our break. We spent quality time with family, friends, and the city we call home. We celebrated our democracy with a private tour of the Capitol, honored our history with visits to the Air and Space, Natural History, and American History Museums, and just plain had fun by trying new restaurants and enjoying respective girls’ nights and guys’ nights out and about town (with a side trip to New Orleans!)

Now, I am simultaneously excited, nervous, and a little bit sad as I prepare to fly to the Far East later this afternoon. I will miss everyone, and I am sure I will have moments of nostalgia, but Chuck and I both have a sense of adventure that will ensure we make the very most of our time in Japan…

“…I hope the same thought applies to the time in your new home – letting things come one day at a time, knowing that the next adventure is right around the corner.

Actually, scratch that – you’re living the adventure today!”

Family Reunion in the Sunshine State

This past weekend, Chuck and I met my sister, her wife, and my Dad in Florida to see my extended family for the first time in – I don’t know – 4 years? It was a great visit, and Chuck met most of my relatives for the very first time. (I think it’s safe to say that he was a hit!)

We also drove a few hours north to visit members of Chuck’s family, and stopped in adorable St. Augustine for lunch along the way. As luck (and my Facebook habits) would have it, one of Chuck’s old platoon sergeants noticed one of my check-ins while visiting my family, and called to let us know he happened to live right in the area! So, we got to reunite with him and his family too.

All in all, a fun (albeit exhausting!) weekend down in sunny Florida.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!! I hope you are celebrating a very joyous season with your loved ones 🙂

Annie’s definitely got the spirit of something… That’s for sure.