Independence Day

For the Fourth we took the ferry over to Bainbridge Island to visit John’s Aunt Cheryl and family. We truly had a blast while we were there! It was good to spend time with family. I’ve missed community so I was particularly excited for the weekend! While there, we went to the parade. It was a great time. Baindbridge really has a small town feel; half the town marched. They also had both active and retired military in the parade which served as a good reminder of why we really had the day off of work.



After the parade, we headed over to the boat building booth fundraiser for the island’s high school sailing team. This guy had a blast building and floating his boat. (He is staying with the Harrison’s for a month). He was a treasure to meet. He has the most joyful heart and quite the story to tell.


Then, we went back to the Harrison’s house to help make food for the potluck we went to with them that evening. At the potluck they had a recreation of the revolutionary war with water balloons! it was a fun tradition to join in on with each family representing different countries for the fight.

Saturday we made it out to Wallace Falls to enjoy the day and get some hiking in (we’ve been doing a lot of that)! It was, once again, a beautiful hike. The trail takes you past three different falls. Each of them were uniquely beautiful. I wish I was better at taking pictures so you could really see the beauty of it all :/




This selfie we took was at middle falls. Yay for self timers or we’d never have any pictures with both of us in the same shot!


Until next time,
John & Ashlee

Honeymooning at Sandals St. Lucia

Well we are married now! Whoo! Honestly, the details of the wedding are already becoming a distant memory. We did have a lovely wedding and wish to say thank you to all those who helped us with it. It was even more beautiful than we dreamed it would be! Hopefully, we’ll be getting the photos back from the photographer soon so we can share those.

For now, St. lucia:

After leaving the for the airport around 3am, we boarded our plane and headed for St. Lucia. We spent the first few days just relaxing and enjoying the island.






The later part of the week we spent our days mastering the art of windsurfing (easily the most exhausting sport ever).



Don’t let these pictures fool you (you know because we look like pros and it seems so easy) the sails weighed a ton, two once they were covered in water. It took a lot of balance and strength. By the end of the week, John was pretty good and could actually make it go where he wanted it to. I, obviously the more athletic of the two, was a pro from the start had to be rescued by the employees because they were afraid I was going to drift into the rocks.

There was so much good food to choose from. We had everything from an authentic french meal to hamburgers. Here are some pics from our meal at Kimonos, the hibachi restaurant on our resort.




Nightly, the resort provided entertainment. The ones pictured here were from the limbo and fire breathers night. It was pretty cool, even with the smell of kerosene lingering in the air.








Overall it was a fantastic trip and we had a blast!


Until next time!

-Ashlee & John