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Be Gone, Beard

Goodbye beard.

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The Beard

As many of you know, Chris’ New Year resolution this year was to grow a beard.

That’s not true. It wasn’t really a decision. He just didn’t shave at all over Christmas break, and then just kept letting it grow after he went back to work “just one more month”.  He assumed lots of new identities because of the beard including but not limited to a terrorist, an Amish reverend, a rabbi, a lumberjack,  an Afghan analyst, and Brigham Young. It finally got to a point where he decided he was tired of the beard, so he gave himself until we went home to Utah to keep it growing before he shaved it.

Good thing he did too. Cuz his parents had a special birthday present waiting for him when he got back to Utah….

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The full outfit.

And some lovely family…

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Kayaking

Once we got bit by the sailing bug, we couldn’t wait to get back out in the fjords. Since we couldn’t take out the sailboat on our own, we opted to take up kayaking instead. Chris has been before, but this was my first time. We can’t wait to take what we learned and get back out as much as we can this summer!

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Chris Turns 31!!!

For Chris’ 31st birthday, I decided to forgo the surprise party this year. Mostly because I used up all of my tricks on his party last year and now that Chris is on to me there is no way I’d be able to pull it off this year. So we opted for just a casual party with friends at the NATO boathouse.

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On the menu: The best pulled pork sandwiches EVER, Chris’ favorite Filipino foods (pancit canton and lumpia) and various yummy treats brought by awesome friends.

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Chris designed his cake this year. He loves the Oreo frosting I make for my cake business, so he ran with that idea and we ended up with giant Oreo cookie cakes and a GIANT glass of milk to scale. It was pretty awesome :)

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As a special birthday tribute, Chris’ coworkers all showed up at the party sporting beards of their own!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART!

I plan on doing my part to make your next 31 years as awesome as these past 31 years have been :) I love you!

Sail.

Who has four thumbs and is now officially certified Competent Crew in the Royal Yachting Association?

That’s right… C²!

Spending daily life surrounded by so much water among the fjords, I feel like the ocean is constantly calling out to us. Sooo corny, but really true! Luckily, this summer an opportunity opened up for us to take a 5-day sailing course on the JWC yacht, Aurelius II. Of course we jumped on it! Both the opportunity and the boat.  We spent the days out on the fjords sailing from harbor to harbor with another couple from NATO (Carl and Monica) and Andy, our RYA instructor/skipper. It was a freezing 5 days…but we learned how to tack, gybe, hoist, dock, goose swing, anchor, navigate, and tie knots and at the end came out of it certified Competent Crew members. We still have to get Day Skipper certified in order to take the yacht out on our own, but we are well on our way!

 

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