This one's for you, husband

Up until now, I've never really known what it felt like to be proud of someone. Of course there have been times when I was proud of my mom for doing something difficult, or proud of my dad when he got the job, or even proud of the students I help for doing well on a test. But being proud of my husband is completely different. Sometimes, I want to jump on the roof, shout at the top of my lungs and tell the entire world how awesome, loving, talented, and amazing he is. And it's not just the proud wife in me speaking, because he really is all of that and more. So consider this my roof and imagine me shouting ;)

Chris left for California yesterday because he landed an internship at his dream studio, Pixar! The one who made Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Brave. You know, THE Pixar. And I'm SO happy! When Pixar offered him the internship, part of me thought, "Well, of course they want him. He's good at what he does!" My sweet, humble husband was much more surprised and obviously, super happy.

Even before we started dating, Chris worked really hard for his future family by always pushing himself. Since being married, he works even harder but faithfully comes home to eat dinner with me instead of staying on campus until midnight ;) Everything he does and all that he creates is for our future family. And I'm fiercely proud of him for that. Even though he's going to be gone for a bit, I don't consider this opportunity bittersweet. Of course I would rather be with him, but Chris deserves this and I know he will excel during his time there.

Best of luck, love! You're going to be great :)

p.s. If I'm like this now, what is it going to be like as a parent!? Yikes!


It's Fall!!!

Hi this is Chris (The Husband),

Today we drove into the mountains and had a little fall photo shoot. It is so fun having someone to take pictures with. I can't tell you how many times I've been driving and wanted to stop to take a picture, but I didn't because I didn't want to be a burden on anyone else. Well, Liz, the best wife in the world, told me Hey you can stop whenever you want and take a picture! I said Sweet! and believe me, I stopped many a time to take pictures. So here is a shout out to my favorite girl. Love ya!
And here are some of the pictures we took.


Japan Part I: Fukuyama, Hiroshima, and Miyajima

School started two weeks ago, our jet lag is now gone, and I'm slowly making my way through hundreds of pictures (when you're gone for a month...). This is part one of who knows how many parts haha. So here you go!

Our trip was everything we wanted it to be, plus a few inevitable bumps. Chris and I had gone on lots of road trips but hadn't gone on any long vacations before this one so I was extra excited to travel with him! We started out by flying to Tokyo and the plan was to fly to Hiroshima after a short layover. Technical problems caused a cancelled flight, so the airport put us up in the "Prince Hotel." It sounded fancy so we joked that it would probably be the most expensive place we stayed at our entire trip ;) The outside of the hotel and the lobby were gorgeous but when we opened the door to our room...two twin beds. We laughed at our fancy hotel, went to sleep, and then enjoyed our free breakfast in the morning before catching our early morning flight.

Our first week spending time with family was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was so nice to be able to have a few laid back days adjusting to the time and hanging out with people I don't get to see very often. One of the purposes of this trip was to introduce Chris to relatives he hadn't met yet. And since he's my husband now, we figured it was kind of important he meets the family ;) He got to meet my Obaasan, aunts, uncles, and a few cousins! We also took lots of pictures of my nephew, played lots of board games, and somehow survived the ridiculously humid heat (bless you AC).

^^Riding the train to the hotel. We were bummed but we were trying to be optimistic! 
^^Freeeeee breakfast. The wine glass has chicken broth in it. And I thought they were bringing coffee when they brought the teapot by haha. 

^^I don't know why, but I think this photo is hilarious. I had a major jet lag headache and my brother was checking out the honey that I brought him haha. 

 ^Meeting two cousins! They came over for okonomiyaki, games and of course, to meet Chris. They were impressed with his chopsticks skills ;) 

^We walked through the Fukuyama castle for a few minutes while my dad sat in the air-conditioned lobby. It was just a preview for other castles we would see, since it was tiny! 

We also played tourist for a day by going to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park and Miyajima. We spent a thoughtful morning at the Peace Park and museum and then we headed to Miyajima in the afternoon. I've been to both places a few times but never in the summer. It was so hot and so crowded but it was still fun showing Chris these places. 

^^My little nephew was a great little traveler the entire day. 
^^The critical historian in me reading the newspapers articles that were hanging in the park. Definitely didn't believe everything I read but it was interesting. 

^^My sister-in-law had to work so she couldn't come with us, which was a bummer. 

 ^There are deer everywhere on Miyajima!

 ^It was kind of too bad that the tide was out. It's cool to walk out to the torii but it's so much prettier with water! 

Chris and I (...mostly Chris) put together a video of this portion of our trip. We're still learning to remember to bring out the camera for little moments, so some of the best parts of our trip didn't make it into video (like playing board games every night!). Hope you like it!

Here's a post from the last time I went to Miyajima! I can't believe it's already been three years.
*This was our first big trip with our new camera and it was definitely trial and error. So, some photos are better than others :)