I have a long standing relationship with the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, and an especially close relationship to the baby sister I haven't spent much time with, since I moved out when she was almost 2. Walking into the ride hand in hand with her is not something I ever thought I'd do in my lifetime. I love looking at this photo now, with her in her too-big borrowed winter clothes, me carrying mom's purse full of snacks so we'd be fed throughout the day, and the uncle who brought us along on this trip leading the way into the ride--it was pretty much perfect.
It took Angel and I being together for 4 years before my parents finally had the chance to meet my in laws, but it finally happened this year. It was fun to see them in the same place at the same time, if only for a very brief visit.
This photo is in honor of something I really hope to never experience again: Winter in Michigan. This last one was pretty bad as far as snow and ice go.
This has to go up, because the World Cup characterized a good chunk of my summer. I'm not exactly pro-soccer, but it meant spending a lot of time with good friends when the games were on, so it wasn't a bad thing. I don't know why Angel is holding the flag, though, he definitely wasn't supporting Italy!
In July, we realized that our time in Michigan was quickly coming to a close, but we'd never been to Grand Haven! For some reason, this prompted us to quickly take a day trip up to check out the boardwalk and the beach, and it was fun. Funny how the prospect of leaving causes you to do and see things you've never felt any need to do before....
Angel quit his job a few days early to make sure that we could both go to the Riverbend Show and hang out with the family and play with tractors and engines all day. This was back when he could wear his green hat without fear of rebuke. I love this photo of him and grandma!
I feel so loved when I see this photo. Angel and I went out swing dancing with my sister and two of my cousins on our last night in the US. We later returned home at about 10 p.m. (we had to wake up at 2 a.m. to leave for the airport) to find that our house had been disarranged. There were partially eaten bowls of oatmeal on the kitchen table, and worst of all, these beings had already taken up residence in our bed! Some relatives who happened to know where our spare key was hidden decided that our last evening was the perfect night to prank the prankster (Angel).
We had the whole bus to ourselves as we were headed to Waikiki Beach one morning in Hawaii, so Angel said, "Quick, take my picture!"
This photo from our month of TEFL training is currently the background screen on my computer. Wow, August was a whirlwind. Learning how to build lesson plans at the same time as being put in front of a classroom every single day at the same time as learning that China has BOTH 5 "dollar" bills and 50 "cent" bills and vendors will laugh at you if you confuse them....all of that made for a pretty fast adjustment to a completely different lifestyle! We also lived in a hotel for 3 solid weeks, so there's an experience I can check off the bucket list, because I'd never experienced full-time hotel life before!
My first day of teaching at our school, ever! We were so excited to finally settle down into our new home and new jobs at our high school. The first day and week were exciting--if occasionally confusing, and the rest of the year have continued on in the same manner. Our coworkers have done a great job of making us feel welcome, and our students never leave us bored!
Taken during our trip to Malaysia in October. This is what happens when Angel puts the camera on the ground and yells that we all have to pose for a family photo. I love it!
And let's finish off with a selfie from our anniversary pictures at the park. By the way, if you've ever really wanted to be the center of attention, just be an expat who puts on a wedding dress and takes a point-and-shoot camera to the neighborhood park to snap a couple of anniversary photos. You will get all the attention you crave, and more. :)