Monday, December 31, 2007

Ire, Mon!

"ire" (a popular Jamaican word meaning good, happy, okay).
We planned our second trip to Jamaica over a whole year, and it came and went in a heartbeat. It was truly spectacular. We did so much, here it is in short form:
-Ate, ate and ate!
-Swam in the ocean and in the three pools and I believe 3-4 hot tubs they had around the resort.
-Visited the Y.S. Falls (pictured above with us jumping into them).
-Went on a boat tour to the Black River.
-Attended a Pirates of the Carribean themed dinner.
-Went on a glass bottom boat ride and got to handle star fish.
We took professional sunset pictures on our one year anniversary, but I can't get my scanner to work right now. Hopefully they'll be posted later.
We arrived back home at 2:30 a.m. Christmas Eve only to find ourselves locked out of the house. We had a key to enter the garage, but not the actual house. Collin ended up knocking the doornob off with a hammer. It still needs to be fixed...
Christmas Eve was spent with my family and Christmas Day with Collin's. We worked for three days and then hit the road again to drive 16 hours in 3 days. Collin's favorite mission companion got married and we drove up to Muncie, Indiana to attend the reception. It was fun because Collin hadn't told anyone we'd be coming. They were definately surprised.
It was a tough weekend, but I think it was worth it because Collin really enjoyed seeing three guys from his mission. We told everyone we are planning a trip to Utah to revisit some of the families Collin became close to while there. One guy (who wasn't a companion of his, but who served in the same area with Collin) told me that it will be a really good trip because everyone loved my husband.
It was neat to hear them all reminisce about the past, and to hear that even though some of the people there had never met Collin, they knew exactly who he was when he walked through the door because of pictures they'd been shown and praises they'd been told about him from the groom (Ryan Shrack).
Collin was also excited to see his Grandma and Dad who live in Louisville, KY. We stayed there Friday and Saturday night. His dad gave us a lot of unexpected gifts in the form of Kentucky gear and toiletries. We may never again have to buy soap, shampoo or tooth paste!
Now, we're back in town awaiting 2008. I hope everyone had a great Christmas.
Happy New Year!


Debbie said...

I can't wait to see the professional sunset pictures!! I love the picture of you guys jumping in front of the waterfall! That's cool that you surprised Collin's mission companion at his wedding reception. We've been thinking about taking a trip to Utah this spring. Jared would like to see some of his old mission companions, too. When do you think you guys might take a trip out there?

Happy New Year!

(Oh and my engagement ring is actually princess cute, so we won't be twinkies, but it might be close! I'm still waiting for them to finish sizing the band!)

Ashley said...

We're not sure. In the spring sounds the most reasonable. Either then or next winter sometime. The trip is still in the works.

Anonymous said...

It was fun to hear more details about your trip. I didn't really get to talk to you much at Christmas with everything that was going one. Ya'll are the most traveled couple! But, ya'll always look like you have so much fun together. Do you ever fight?:)

Ashley said...

We do fight sometimes, but not for long. I guess it's more that we have disagreements. Collin can't stand for me to be upset with him, so it usually gets resolved very quickly.

Thanaglim said...

looks like fun