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Chris Hill: The King of Awesome

We interrupt our tales of my family’s visit to Norway to bring you this important announcement:

Chris is coming home tomorrow!

He has been away in Germany for 4 loooooong weeks, beating his previous record of 21 days. I have missed him dearly and he has missed me. Not only that, but he only gets to be home for 5 days before he has to go on another work trip for 2 weeks! He loves his job, but times like this tend to wear a man down!

This particular trip has been a very long, very dull, and very lonely one. So to welcome him home in style, I’d like to brag about a few of the reasons why he has been sorely missed here at home.

 

5 REASONS CHRIS HILL IS THE COOLEST EVER:

  1. He remains suave and debonair while rocking manly facial hair like nobody’s business.
  2. He speaks like a gentleman with impeccably correct and proper grammar.
  3. He has finished reading 11 novels since he left home.
  4. He knows everything about computers. Go ahead. Just ask anyone we know.
  5. He looks super cool when he walks away from explosions.

I know I’m not the only one who considers Chris to be pretty much the King of Awesome, so if you have your own reasons please help give him a big WELCOME HOME and share them in the comments below!

 

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3 Years and Going Strong

On August 14, Chris and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary.

3 whole years ago, Chris and I knelt across from each other in the Las Vegas LDS Temple and were sealed in marriage for time and all eternity.

Sometimes that still blows my mind.

It blows my mind that I found such an amazing man to share forever with, and it blows my mind that he picked me too. And that he still picks me every single day, especially when I'm a less-than-perfect wife :) These three years have been wonderful, full of joy, full of challenges, and most of all full of adventure! Looking back on all that we've shared together so far, I'm all the more excited for the rest of our lives and beyond!

I love you Chris!

 

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Chris Goes to Poland

At the beginning of summer, Chris went to Bydgoszcz, Poland (read like bydajflagkfjd. Pronounced like “bid-gosh”) for work.

“Chris, do you have anything to say about Poland?”
“Poland is…..Poland.”

And with that vivid word painting, here are some photos of a very Poland-ish Poland.

 

Training in the Czech Republic for deployment to Afghanistan.

Can you guys believe it’s May already?? Life needs to slow down just I bit I think!

I’ve been wanting to tell you guys about Chris’ trip to the Czech Republic for about a month now. As I was searching for the photos I realized it was all the way back in March! I feel like I barely blinked and April came and went! Poof! Gone! But I’m still going to tell you about his trip anyway, because it was pretty cool.

So here it goes.

Once upon a time NATO sent Chris to the Czech Republic for a week for Civilian Pre-Deployment Training. That’s right. Pre-deployment. As in pre-deployment-to-Afghanistan. Apparently sometimes working for the military means being sent into a war zone, despite not actually being in the military. He’s most likely be going in 2014. Bummer. In a weird twisted way though it’s kind of exciting. I mean…Afghanistan will forever be in the history books. and Chris will get to be there! Especially since Chris won’t actually get sent to the really crazy combat zones, so he should be fairly safe.

“Fairly” is the key word there. Hence why he had to go  to a week of vigorous training. Because even though he’ll be “fairly” safe… there’s apparently still the risk of roadside bombs and civilian hostage situations. Eep!

He had a blast though! They learned a bunch of survival skills, escape and evasion techniques, how to find and destroy mines, how to deal with chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear warfare, radio communication skills, and kidnapping and interrogation survival. They simulated a whole surprise civilian kidnapping and hostage situation and everything! Oh.. and it was all in the snow and freezing temperatures. Chris came home a bit roughed up, but definitely feeling mighty hardcore.

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Searching for “mines”

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I love a man in uniform!

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Chris and his coworkers.

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Socks hanging to dry in the barracks after a hard day of tromping around in the snow.

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The barracks.

At the end of the trip, Chris got to spend a day exploring Prague! His thoughts after his time in the city: “We definitely need to go back and see more of it!” Ummm… ok!

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Behind Chris is a lady in a dress, leading a donkey with a carrot hanging from a stick. Just another day in Prague… ?

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(Click for a better panorama!)

A German Funny

In honor of Chris only having 5 more days left in Germany, we present to you this funny:


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We hope you have a fabulous day today!

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