Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Here is a quick year end review for the Huffman family. Michael and I feel incredibly blessed at the end of 2015 and look forward to the adventures on the horizon in 2016. I went into labor late on the 11th and by 3:31 AM we had our newborn son. Jacob has been such an amazing blessing to have for this Christmas celebration. We were hoping he would arrive before Christmas and now I can’t imagine celebrating Christmas 2015 without him.
We had a lot of fun adventures in 2015, most of them occurred close to home as we explored our newish home of living in LA. One of the fun local adventures we did was go to see the Rose Parade Floats under construction at the end of 2014. We also made a quick trip to San Diego and visited Old Town, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo.
My parents came to visit for our anniversary and Michael and I spent the night in Temecula and then got up early the next morning to go in a hot air balloon over the grape vineyards in the Valley of Temecula. It was a really fun experience and a fun way to celebrate our anniversary.
In late June/early July we decided to travel up and down California. We drove up to Monterey and visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium and various other spots downtown. Next we headed North to San Francisco. We walked around the Wharf, had dinner at Boudin and stopped in at Ghirardelli for some ice cream for dessert. The next morning we got up, rode a Cable Car and walked around the streets of San Francisco. We also headed to one of my favorite and lesser known locations, Fort Point, located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then we headed to Michael’s Uncle and Aunt’s house in Fremont. We spent the following day with them and headed from Half Moon Bay up to Muir Woods and ended the day at Pier 29 in Alameda for a great dinner watching the sunset over the Bay. The next day we visited Michael’s parents in Mariposa and spent the 4th of July with his family in Merced before heading back to LA. It was a fun trip.
We spent a lot of 2015 at Disneyland as our passes expired in August 2015 and with our new addition and other life changes we did not renewing our passes. One of the coolest things we did on our numerous trips to Disneyland was head out to the park on the actual 60th Anniversary, July 17th 2015. There were free cupcakes, a few extra photo spots and we got buttons and a special map showing the way the park was when it first opened. Such a fun adventure and really a special event to attend, we likely won’t be at a Disney park again for such a special occasion. My mom also came to visit a few times over the summer and she was able to visit Disneyland with us. We had a lot of fun.
Although my pass to Disneyland expired in August I still made a trip out to Disneyland in September. Labor Day weekend I ran the Disney Dumbo Half Marathon with my friend Lindsay. We ran through both parks, down the streets of Anaheim and through Angles Stadium. We finished in 2 hours 28 minutes. I was 6 months pregnant, but since I trained for this half marathon, opposed to the one Michael and I ran in Dayton in 2012 it actually was a lot easier and more fun. I am signed up to do the Tinker Bell Half in May with some local friends and friends I still keep in contact with from my deployment to Afghanistan. I’m really looking forward to doing another half.
Thanksgiving should have been a relaxing week, but Luke ended up getting a cold and his asthma was so severe we ended up in the hospital for a few days. Luckily, once he got to the hospital and started getting treatment he started to make a quick recovery. By the afternoon he was off oxygen and continuous albuterol and working his way to moving out of ICU and out of the hospital. We were able to go home Thanksgiving morning and were able to make our Friendsgiving planned for that evening. The whole experience taught us how blessed we are to have amazing medical care right at our finger tips and the out pouring of love and support made us feel extra special as we were stuck in a hospital. The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing and recovering. We were able to get a few things done in preparation for baby #2 and the house decorated for Christmas.
We plan on spending Christmas in LA, my parents and sister will be in town to celebrate and maybe we will have our new blessing or still be patiently waiting. Either way this Christmas will be memorable as Luke’s joy and excitement are overwhelming and I am lookiAng forward to all the special activities that will take place in the coming weeks.
We look forward to 2016 and the new adventures it will bring!