Dan loves his work and as a spouse, that means the world to me. He goes to work happy and he comes home happy, and (you can see where this is going) that makes me happy. For his hard work, he was given a trip to Punta Cana, spouse included! There are only a few pictures because we spent more time relaxing than using our camera, and that’s just what we needed after documenting every moment of our trip to Europe.

If you are having a wintery holiday, first of all — I’m jealous — and second of all, hope you can soak up some sun from these photos.


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Photo on the right by Jessica Peterson

This brunette has wanted short blonde hair for thirteen years, ever since I saw one of my friends unravel curlers from her shoulder-length natural-blonde locks. I’m like that with a lot of things. I can’t describe what I want but I know it when I see it, and that image stuck. I just needed a little nudge, or as life would have it, a sudden jolt, courtesy of a handmade zipline in a small village in Guatemala.

Dan and I spent a weeklong charity trip there with the company he works for. We built a school by day and went on local excursions each evening. We signed up for the zipline — something we had done before in Mexico — along with friends Courtney and his wife, Brittany.

We ascended the course on a rickety rope bridge straight out of an Indiana Jones film, swaying side to side, stepping over missing planks of wood. I began second-guessing our decision and wondering about government-regulation laws for tourist attractions in a village so remote, we were building the local school with non-electrical equipment. No bulldozers or drills, just shovels and hammers. Roads cankered with potholes. So what, I wondered, had they used to build this rope course?

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