Friday, August 6, 2010

Starting off our last year

Can you believe we have been here a little over 2 years? Actually I can, it feels like 5 to me! We have less than one year to go until we're back in America; as my cousin once said, "Land of the free, home of the brave...and Target!"
I did have the pleasure of celebrating my 28th birthday two weekends in a row. The first weekend (the weekend of my actual birthday) didn't go as well as the second. My wonderful husband took me out to dinner and we had a great time.
The next day we had a scheduled power outage in our neighborhood. One of the joys of living on base is they control things like that. Our power was going to be out for 10 hours so we ran all of our errands and then decided to spend the rest of the day at the beach.
We have been wanting to try stand up paddle boarding for a while so we rented a board and headed to a little marina where the water was calm. I paddled out first and was really proud of myself for staying on the board. It took a few minutes to figure out the whole paddle thing, but it was really fun. I paddled back to John, he held the board as I jumped off and as soon as I got into the water I felt one of the most horrible pains I have ever felt in my life. It was like someone took a huge whip and snapped it around my ankle. When I lifted my leg out of the water there were jellyfish tentacles stuck to my leg. Let me tell you that being stung by a jellyfish is something I hope that none of you ever have to experience! I am so thankful John was there to take care of me! The next day my ankle swelled to epic proportions! Fortunately I can walk normally now and the swelling has gone down! I still have a pretty crazy scar though.
The following weekend we invited our friends to a cute little restaurant that we rented out for my birthday.
Everyone had a great time. I had to rock the jellyfish scar with my sparkly shoes!
We are so blessed to have such great people in our lives. Here's to one last year on this island! Hopefully it is a good one, but goes by quickly!