As I was FaceTiming with the Spawn girls over the weekend at their agency holiday party, it dawned on me that I met Clayton at the very same party … two years ago. So much has happened in those two years — so much has happened in the past two months and I haven’t even had a moment to blog about it.
We celebrated Clayton’s birthday a little late (okay, a month late) with a guided fishing trip on Caddo Lake. The 25,000-acre lake is on the border between Texas and Louisiana and home to the largest cypress forest in the world. It was the second coldest fishing trip I have ever taken (the first obviously was in Alaska) and after five hours, we didn’t even have a bite… I like fishing at home much better.
The following weekend, we traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for Thanksgiving and it became an opportunity for Clayton’s fam to meet my parents. The weekend flew by too quickly but we enjoyed an Alaska seafood Thanksgiving dinner (salmon, crab and halibut – oh my!) before we kicked off a jam-packed few days — complete with an outdoor arts market, hike up Camalback Mountain, trip to the shooting range and visit to the Phoenix zoo — by far my favorite was a night at Top Golf. If you haven’t been, it’s a combination of a driving range, bowling and video games.
We returned home for a few short days of work and then jetted off to Tampa, Florida for Clayton’s company holiday party. We toured Ybor City and had brunch at a killer Cuban restaurant before walking around the various cigar shops, bars and boutiques. Saturday night, we dressed to the nines for the holiday party. These guys work long, intense hours for 2-3 years together and after the project is complete are usually sent to different jobs, so it’s nice for them to reunite at least once a year and catch up.
We’re leaving for Jupiter, Florida tonight to spend Christmas with Clayton’s fam – my first year away from home. So bittersweet to be spending the holidays away from my fam but exciting to be building new memories together. I’ll take a couple days at the beach over freezing temps any day. What can I say, I have acclimated quite nicely to the south.