30 December 2010

2010 in review

Well, I thought I would write on here one more time before the new year. We just got back from Oregon late last night and are meeting up with some of the Clydes later tonight so we're having a good break! Two weeks with family flies by way too fast.
In honor of the new year here's a little looksy of some of our favorite 2010 memories

January-February 2010 - Massive snowstorms in Virginia - shut everything down
February 2010 - Ryan and Coleman's first Duke basketball game - many more to come

March 2010 - Ryan's trip home for WA state championship - Yay Hornets!

March 2010 - Wicked in Richmond!

Summer 2010 - Washington D.C. - Ryan working, me taking the summer off :)

Ryan pretty much researched Elena Kagan constantly but we had some fun too!

Bit by the golf bug....

Harpers Ferry w/ Cindy
June 2010 - My trip homeSilver Creek Falls w/ Mom and Jen


Fourth of July in Dallas with the Clydes!

August 2010 - Disneyland trip



August 2010 - Lindsey's wedding
Seeing Erin and Brad in Provo
End of August - Bree's wedding
Fall 2010 - Lost, lots and lots of Lost. (try writing that 5 times fast)

Pretty sunsets atop Afton

Fun at the Apple Orchad



















October 2010 - Finally getting into the pumpkin carving spirit

October 2010 - surprise NY trip


December 2010 - Christmas Break at the Curry's - Silver Falls again

Family photo op
All in all it's been a great year - Some pretty incredible experiences and fun times intermingled with a lot of hard, long work and study days. We're so fortunate to get the fun parts mixed with the sometimes not-so-fun parts.
Looking forward to 2011!

05 November 2010

Disneyland

Disneyland

The Happiest Place on Earth


I'm too old, mature, and sophisticated to enjoy Disneyland. Disneyland is for little kids and for people who like acting like little kids. It's a bloody waste of time and money. Why waste your vacation on kiddie rides when you could be educating yourself on American history in Gettysburg, Boston, or Washington D.C.?

This has been my silent, and sometimes spoken attitude toward Disneyland for years. It turns out that I was dead wrong except on this one point: Disneyland really is for people who like acting like little kids. That is, Disneyland is for everyone who on some level misses the innocent, care-free, and imagination-filled days of their childhood (and for those little tykes who are currently living those days, of course).

I loved my 5-day visit to the Magic Kingdom this summer and can't wait to go back. Some of you may chuckle at the thought of me loving Disneyland (in fact, that was the response of many when I told them how much fun I had), but it was the most fun I've had in quite a while. One of the blessings of marriage is having your horizons expanded by your spouse, and Meghan has definitely had a positive influence on me in this way. I'll always love visiting Civil War battlefields, national monuments, and other places of historical interest. But I'm glad that Meghan has introduced a whole new world (excuse the Disney pun) of fun and enjoyable activities and vacations to me.

And a note about kiddie rides - they all make me queasy. So much for being too grown-up.







California Adventure/Mickey








We were really excited that Chris and Tasha were able
to join us for a day.








Chip and Dale - Meghan apparently knows which
is which, but I have no clue.

Meghan was really excited to get a big hug from T-I-double Ga-ER.













Splash Mountain is hands-down my favorite ride. We rode it twice a day. And in case you were wondering, yes my brother-in-law could beat the snot out of you.


Word to the wise, if you are going to sit in the front, do it in the morning so the sun can dry you off.













The Tower of Tower is Meghan's favorite ride. Chris made an insightful observation - it is nearly impossible to ride the Tower of Terror without laughing. Go ahead, try.



Meghan wasn't too scared to ride the Maliboomer, she just wanted to get a picture of me. I think that's what she said.













My initial post actually had a picture of me holding the sword after I had pulled it out, but Disney forced me to replace it with this one.


"A" for effort.









I'm not usually a huge fan of fireworks, but this firework show was pretty cool.










The shows at Disneyland are spectacular. The new World of Color water show was quite impressive. My favorite was Fantasmic, but I don't think we got any pictures of that one.











Tarzan's treehouse.


















"C" for Clyde. And Curry. And cute little wife. I didn't post my picture with the "C" because if you look closely, you can find me in this one.


Woody.











There are too many places I haven't been yet,
but I think Disneyland really might be the happiest
place on earth.