Sunday, August 29, 2010
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Saturday, August 28, 2010
Emotional: Drained. After traveling all day. I'm done. I can't think straight. I'm relieved to be home though.
Physical: Tired. But besides that I'm alright! I haven't lost as much as I wanted....but I haven't been trying as hard as I should be.
Communication: Phone calls! They left......I was ready to not talk to him for a while. Then, while I was packing for my flight on Thursday I got a surprise phone call! It was so amazing! He was so happy to talk to me.
What's something fun you did this week: I went to lunch with my cousin. Her and I have always been close. It was nice to go out and it just be the two of us. We also all went to the Zoo in Seattle. The kids loved it!
What are you looking forward to next week: Landon starts school on Wednesday! He's growing up so fast!
What made you happy this week: Coming back to CT. I've missed my friends and my home. It's nice to be back.
What made you sad/mad this week: Honestly? Facebook. Or more the people on facebook. I'm rather annoyed more then mad, but still. Immaturity reigns supreme. People need to grow up.
What do you miss this week: Justin being here with me. Bing in our home again with all of his stuff makes me a little sad.
How's Landon this week: Ready for school! He's excited that he has a male teacher this year! I'm excited that he got into PM half days not AM! We still get to sleep in! Lol.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Here in Seattle they have one of the most amazing zoos(I think I use the word amazing way too much. sorry). It once again was something I told everyone that I really wanted to do while I was here. We waited till the last minute, but we did it. We got there at about 11 AM and didn't leave until 630 PM! We were there all day! But we had a great time and we saw just about everything they had there for us to see.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
My hubby has been in port this past few days. So my time has been filled with amazing phone calls and skype dates. Sometimes it's hard only getting to talk to him when he's in port....but something is better then nothing.
He's done with Bahrain. He was there 3 times last deployment(once with me! yay! but he hated it when he had to go back and see places I was just at with him) and now he's been there twice this deployment. It was so hot while he was there...I think he said it was in the 130's? But we got a good chunk of time to talk and I got to see him via Skype (when it wasn't acting up).
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I'd never been to Mt. St. Helens. Living so close, you sometimes never go see the things that most people think are amazing. I knew I wanted to. It was one of the "Quad" that I wanted to see. So while we were staying down with my Uncle, we took a day and went. We hiked for hours, saw all the sites, listened to a few talks, watched a movie, read everything in the discover center and even had a picnic! We had a great day and I'm so glad we got the chance to go.
For those that don't know. Mt. St. Helens is an active volcano here in Washington. It's one of the only really active ones around. Here is a little article from the website that I found.
At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted.
Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits. At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.
In 1982, the President and Congress created the 110,000-acre National Volcanic Monument for research, recreation, and education. Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance.
The May 18, 1980 eruption was but one more event in the volcano's 50,000 year long eruptive history. During the 4,000 years preceding 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted enough lava, pumice and ash to build the entire mountain we see today. When you know what to look for you can find evidence of these eruptions all around the volcano. Look along exposed riverbanks for ancient mudflow deposits or along steep roadsides for the layers of ashy and pumice that drifted northeast of the volcano.
Here are just a few of the pictures from the day.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Technically Seaside is in Oregon not in Washington......so I will post Washington ocean pictures later just to prove all 4 are in fact in Washington but this is just to show that I did all 4 on my trip.
We went down to stay with my uncle and cousin for a few days. While we were there we went to Mt. St. Helens and Seaside Oregon. I haven't been to Seaside in years and was so excited to get to go again and even more so, to get to bring Landon down there.
They have a really great beach that stretches for miles with this powdery white sand. We walked around and I let Landon play in the water (I brought him a few changes of clothes because I figured he would get soaked...and he did). Landon and Sean ran in the water and jumped over waves for almost an hour before we decided to go walk around the strip. Landon had a blast and I'm so glad we took him down there. It's so different then the beaches we have in CT.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
While I want home I wanted to do the quad. I wanted to put my feet in the ocean, hike a mountain, walk in the desert and the rainforest. So I did. Washington state is the only one that has all four. It has the only Rainforest in the United states!