January, in my opinion, is always a difficult month -- the holidays are over so we're back to the ol' routine, it's cold outside generally, it gets dark early, etc.
This past week was very memorable and somewhat difficult for us as we were thinking back to a year ago and three years ago.
As most of you know, we REALLY enjoy traveling. We've been very fortunate in the almost six years we've known each other to travel quite a bit.
One year ago this past week, we were down in the Florida Keys with our good friends Tammy, Reynold, and their son, Caleb. It was such a relaxing trip. It was one of those trips where we didn't do too much. We hung out in our condo, visited some local shops, touristy areas, etc. We hardly showered the entire week because we were in the pool each day (the pool was our bath). Plus, the real treat was getting to catch up with friends while we fixed meals in the condo, played games in the evening, etc.
Here's a photo of the five of us -- technically, Luke was with us (in utero). I was around 11 weeks pregnant during that trip.
Though we didn't stay in Key West, we did drive down there one day. I'm not sure what the real attraction was with this photo, but we can say we did go to the southernmost point of the 48 states. Woo Hoo!
Three years ago this past week and into next week, Marc and I were down in Hawaii. My job originally took me there, and then, Marc joined me for another 10 days. It was a FABULOUS vacation -- again, especially in January.
Here's a photo of us at the USS Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor). It was a very moving memorial as on December 7, 1941, over 2,000 of our men were killed during the Japanese Attack.
Here's a photo of Marc in the distance -- jumping in the ocean waves -- you know, something we don't get to do here in Kansas.
I have many Hawaii photos I could post, but I won't subject you to them all. Here's just a neat photo of Akaka Falls on the big island of Hawaii.
We hope to be able to take a January vacation again someday -- hopefully someday before Luke's in school. January vacations typically won't be happening then.
In the meantime, we have some great memories and many more great memories to look forward to.