It was definitely on or bucket list and I'm so glad we got to do it together.
This was no average mountain. The terrain was far different from what I imagined and was tough to climb. The typical climb is 9-12 hours round trip just depending on your ability level. We did it in 6-1/2 hours up and 3-1/2 down! Needless to say it was a LONG day. Left the house at 330am and got back at 9pm! Exhausted!!!
But so glad we completed such a unique accomplishment
Today marks 12 years since we said "I do" to each other!
And tomorrow he comes home after another 2 months away.....
We have had many amazing homecomings since this Navy life began!
I always look forward to each one the same, eager to see him walk out of that plane, and now I love watching the girls run and embrace him! We have resilient kids who are stronger than many around them, but they love their daddy and get so excited to welcome him back each time!! The goodbyes are hard because the welcome backs are amazing no matter how long the deployment.
The kids are my focus these days during deployments and I can't imagine doing it without them. They are the greatest challenge and the most valuable distraction.
Wedding July 2004- beginning of it all
Our first Navy ball October 2003 (just us)
First homecoming Nov 2008 in California (one kid in tow; Abby was 13 months)
Homecoming in Virginia 2012 (two kids)
First homecoming in Japan 2015--how did they grow up so much!!