First of all, we need to apologize for our prolonged absence. So much has happened since our last post and we’ve been a little preoccupied with all things life. Let’s give you a super brief recap of what we’ve been up to over the last four months.
First things first, THIS.
We had a baby! A real one. A real CUTE one. We are thrilled to formally introduce you to our precious son, Holden Brave. He was born on May 18th (two weeks early) weighing 7lbs 4oz. He’s pretty much our world at the moment and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Holden is a natural born traveler. He loves being in the car (although he loses.his.mind. if we’re not moving), sleeps like a champ in hotels, and is such a charmer when meeting new people. He hasn’t gone TOO far yet but we have a few HUGE trips coming up in a few weeks.
This guy definitely keeps us on our toes. The first six weeks were a real doozy but now that I feel like a human being again, we are starting to resume life as usual. Or at least adjusting to the new normal (AKA life without sleep).
And then, as if having a new baby wasn’t crazy enough, we decided to start yet another business. We officially launched Pretty Gritty Tours mere weeks after Holden was born. Pretty Gritty Tours was a dream that Chris had years ago but it took a lot of convincing (and a legit, tangible dream board) for me to finally jump on the party train. We partnered with our good friends and local Tacomans, Jackie and Paul, to bring some of the coolest tours to Tacoma.
We love living in Tacoma and have wanted to share the city in all of its pretty, gritty glory with visitors and locals alike. Pretty Gritty Tours currently offers a number of unique walking tours around the Tacoma area. Our biggest seller is our Tacoma Ghost Stories Tour with our Tacoma Antique Row Tour following close behind. In a few weeks we’ll be launching our Booze and Boos tour which is our popular ghost tour coupled with stops at a few of our favorite local breweries. That is already my personal favorite tour.
So, aside from popping out a baby and starting a new business, we’ve also done a little bit of traveling. We haven’t strayed too far since having Holden but we did manage a trip to the San Juan Islands, a brief stay in Coeur d’Alene, a night in Bavarian Leavenworth, a camping trip to Scottish Lakes High Camp, and most recently, a trip to Spokane for our annual archery tournament.
Speaking of archery tournament, 2016 marked the 10th annual Castle Staudinger Archery Tournament. That’s right, the revelry and debauchery has been happening for ten years now. This year’s festivities included a holi powder castle siege, a newly invented drinking game called Key to the Valley, and bagvakken (AKA our attempt at making “bag whackin” sound German). The latter is probably my favorite spectator sport ever. We might have made up the name but we first witnessed this sport (should we call it a sport?) while scrolling through Facebook.
The original looks like this…
Our version is just as hilarious, maybe more so since everyone had to say the “call and respond” in a German accent. I’ll have to get Chris to upload one of our videos to YouTube so that you can watch us hit each other over the head with stuffed pillowcases. Apparently, in the original game, the bags are loaded with salted fish. I think I like our version better.
Our two-day event ended all too quickly but we’re already making plans for the 11th annual Viking-themed tournament.
And that’s basically what our life has been like in a nutshell. The next few months are going to be absolutely BANANAS. October starts our big travel season and we’re packing up Holden and taking him across the pond to Germany. We’ll be attending The Video Summit Leipzig and can’t wait to be reunited with some of our favorite travel videographers. We’re going to kick around Germany for a week and then spend some time in a new destination for all of us: Prague.
After Europe we’ll have two weeks to hang out at home before we hop on a flight bound for New York. We’re going to spend Halloween in Sleepy Hollow. As in, the legit Sleepy Hollow. Chris has been wanting to celebrate Halloween in Sleepy Hollow since I met him and I’m glad that we’ll get to do it as a family. After Halloween we’ll head to NYC for a few days where we’ll stay with my sister-from-another-mister, Carol of Girl Gone Travel. THEN we head home for a grand total of two days before getting on a Hawaii-bound plane. Yes, you heard that right. We’re flying from New York to Hawaii in a matter of days. We can kiss goodbye the insanely awesome sleep schedule that Holden is on now.
Aside from severely messing with Holden’s schedule, I’m pretty excited to be traveling again. The past six months of being grounded have really taken a toll on me. I’ve had itchy feet for a while now and can’t wait to see the world through Holden’s eyes. Now that we’ve pulled ourselves out of the newborn baby haze, we’re ready to get back to blogging, vlogging, and social media-ing. We’ve missed you guys and can’t wait to share our new adventures with you.
Thanks for bearing with us as we get our lives together!
-Captain and Clark (and bebe Holden)