As the May 2nd due date of our first baby slipped further into the past day by day, we grew more and more impatient and anxious for her arrival. We had passed 41 weeks and it was beginning to seem we would make it all the way to the induction scheduled at 42 weeks. [Read more…]
When Sarah and I got married, we decided, as many people do, we wanted to take a few years to enjoy life as a family of 2 before having a child. We wanted the freedom to roam for a bit, untethered. So that’s exactly what we did. We roamed and traveled lots, sometimes with friends or family, but often just the two of us. And when we felt the call to go even further into parts unknown, we were incredibly fortunate to be able to put life on pause for 4 months and travel through much of South America. Afterward, we came home, went back to work, got a dog, bought a house, and reacclimated to the rhythms of normal life. After a year or so of being home, we decided we were ready to add another human to our small family.
It didn’t take long to feel frustrated by our unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant. [Read more…]
Sometime in 2016, Sarah and I began planning a tropical December getaway in Mexico with our friends Chris and Claire. Unfortunately, the zika virus spread into Mexico, and we decided to change plans since we were hoping to get pregnant. Since nearly every warm, tropical location was at risk for zika, we made plans to head north instead and visit British Columbia during my birthday week. Though the frigid, snowy days in Canada were vastly different from our original plans of sipping on tiny-umbrella drinks in Cancun, we had an incredible time. In August we found out Sarah was pregnant and this trip turned into something of a babymoon for us, our last international trip before becoming parents. [Read more…]
Normally this blog is a place for me and Sarah to record our memories of fun trips and new projects. All that is well and good, but there is much more to our lives than the peaks, there are also many valleys and long stretches of plateaus. And somewhere mixed into the vast geography of a life is the spiritual journey. I’ve never written publicly before about my beliefs, but lately I’ve been feeling a sense of readiness to do so, if only to clarify the internal noise. [Read more…]
In September, we had the great joy of visiting our good friends, Austin and Kaytee, in their new hometown, Seattle. [Read more…]
One of the things that make marriage so interesting is that you suddenly have a whole new, second family with all their own traditions, stories, and norms. For some, this can create a whole host of problems and tensions, but for others, it can be a source of joy. I have been fortunate enough to fall into the latter group and have enjoyed becoming a part of Sarah’s family’s culture. One of my favorite Kurisu traditions is the annual Father’s Day trip to Mammoth Lakes. Each year Sarah’s dad, uncle, aunt and their respective immediate families pack up their Toyota Siennas (Siennas seem to be another unspoken Kurisu tradition) with fishing gear and meet in Mammoth for a long weekend. During our marriage, I’ve come to love this trip and look forward to it each year. I’m not an avid fisherman like the rest of their tribe, but I deeply enjoy the quiet peace of the mountains and the way the broad skies seem to lighten one’s burdens. [Read more…]
In early June, we left San Diego for Paris where we had plans to meet with Sarah’s parents and sister for a 2 week trip. [Read more…]
Earlier this year Sarah and I were at our friends’ house and they mentioned they were planning a trip to Iceland. Upon hearing this we half-jokingly invited ourselves to go with them, but what started as a half-joke quickly turned into a plan and before we knew it we had booked flights and a string of Airbnb rentals throughout the Western half of Iceland, and in April we left for a whirlwind road trip through the land of fire and ice.
It’s astonishing how quickly life slips into the rearview unless you slow down and look back. Here are some photos from the past few months. [Read more…]