Monday, August 18, 2014

I Think We're Obsessed

This weekend Hal's best friend Sam and his friend Matt came into town. On Saturday while Hal was in Idaho for his grandma's funeral we decided to have some fun and check out King's Dominion in Virginia. It was really fun! I haven't been to an amusement part in over 6 years, so the first roller coaster was a little scary, but then we all had a blast.

Yesterday we took them to our absolute favorite place this summer. We might be a little addicted.

We took them to Assateague Island, our favorite beach spot. Having the beach only 3 hours away seems like a miracle compared to the 10+ hours we had in Utah. Although my co-worker told me I was really white for someone who has been to the beach a bunch this summer.

If we're going to go to the beach this much next year, I may have to invest in a sand proof/water proof cover for my phone. How do you take pictures at the beach without worrying about ruining your phone, or it getting stolen? Boo.

It was the most gorgeous day, and after a relaxing afternoon on the beach, we took them crabbing for the first time.
These are both females. You can't keep females.
 It's fun to see how much the crabs have changed from the start of the summer. They're generally now bigger and their shells and claws are so much more vibrant blue.
We also lucked out and the ponies were both at the ocean and over by the marsh. Normally we don't see them in the water at all. It was so amazing to see them come walking out of the water during the sunset.

I tried to take a picture with the horses and Hal. I learned that Hal is a scardy cat when the horses are near, so I ended up with this.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Two Years Home

Yesterday marked two years since Hal and I left Cambodia. Two years, can you believe it?! I certainly can't!

In the last two years we've moved 6 times. Bleh. In the last two years I've had 4 different jobs. Hal finished his degree and is about to start his career next week. Needless to say, we've had a lot of change happening in the last two years.

We've come a long way since living on $250 a month each in Cambodia; in a small village on the "smoothest road in all of Cambodia."
this is not the "smoothest road in Cambodia" this is my route to my school            

Cambodia has been on my brain so much lately, so it's hard to feel like it's been 2 years since we left.

About a month ago we met with a married couple from DC who have now started their journey as Peace Corps volunteers in Cambodia. It was so fun to share our knowledge of serving and living in Cambodia with them.

I've also been helping my boss plan a short vacation to Cambodia while he's in Asia. My host uncle is going to be his temple tour guide, and I couldn't be more excited for my two worlds to collide a little bit.
As mentioned in my last post, I was a doula for some friends of ours who we served with in Cambodia. Kind of crazy that two years ago we were kicking it together in a third world country and now they're parents.
I also recently watched a wonderful movie called The Missing Picture, by Rithy Panh, which is on Netflix, and if you're interested in learning a little bit more of what the Khmer Rouge was like, I highly suggest watching it.
We may have been state side for two years, but it is a little comforting to see we haven't totally left Cambodia behind. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life is Funny

Life is funny how it works. Also, these pictures have nothing to do with this post.

This weekend was a little crazy.

Friday I met up with two of my favorite people who were kind enough to let me be their doula and take part in their birth. We all served together as Peace Corps Volunteers in Cambodia. After being with them a good portion of the day we all decided to try and get some sleep and hopefully labor would keep progressing.
The next morning Hal found out his grandmother passed away.

I then met up with the couple again and participated in their wonderful fully natural birth. It was my 5th birth and my final one to be able to finally certify as a doula.
One life enters the world as another exits.

Things don't always happen at convenient times. Things don't always go according to plan.

But I guess that's the point of life, how we handle those unexpected moments.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Google Auto Awesome

You're all going to wish that you have an android phone after this post.

Have you heard of Google Auto Awesome? It's pretty much my favorite thing about my phone. It not only automatically backs up all the photos I take into my google + account, which is perfect for blogging, but it also does magic. It turns my photos into gifs, it edits them for me, makes collages automatically, and even adds twinkle lights or snow to photos.

Basically, it's magic and it's wonderful. I've had people ask me how I post gifs here on the blog, and Google Auto Awesome is how. On most phones, if you hold down the capture button, it will take a series of photos. Well, Google Auto Awesome turns those into gifs automatically, like this one I took this weekend. Also, my cat's are weird and lick each other for about a minute before they start fighting.

Here are some of my favorite photos thanks to Auto Awesome.

And my all time favorite, it turned my life into a video for last year.

And just in case you're feeling jealous, you can actually download it as an app on any phone.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Assateague Island National Seashore

Hal and I love Assateague Island so much, that we've gone two weekends in a row. And that's saying something because it's about 3 hours each way.

We've been a few times before, and have loved it every time we go.
The ponies are always a nice welcome when getting onto the island. They roam freely around the island and most of the time, they couldn't care less about the people and cars, unless they're after your marshmellows.

Two weeks ago it had been storming and the waves were so crazy that when Hal got caught in a wave and was slammed down into the ocean floor, his back started bleeding from where it had hit the sand.
Last weekend couldn't have been more different. The waves were more like rolling waves and we kept stepping on horseshoe crabs.

The crabbing also couldn't have been more different between the two weeks.

Two weeks ago, we didn't catch anything big enough to keep. Granted, we've never caught anything big enough to keep, most are just slightly under. But it's still fun to feel that tug on your line and slowly pull them up to the surface and scoop them up in the net.
This last week we caught THREE that were big enough to keep. Once again, granted I accidentally knocked one back in the water so we only ended up with two, and we put them all back since it wasn't enough to eat anyway; but it was the best crabbing we've done yet at Assateague, and it was the most beautiful day.
This was the first female we ever caught. You aren't allowed to keep females, but their red claws are beautiful.
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