Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 in Review

Here are a few highlights from 2009.

January 1, 2009 - The first annual Baghdad Bowl in the Green Zone.

February 2009 - I traveled to Madagascar (above) and Tanzania (below). What an amazing experience.

February 2009 - Playing tourist in the Green Zone with a couple friends, we get our picture taken with a squad of Iraqi soldiers.

March (or was it April?) 2009 - Meeting Secretary Clinton during her visit to Baghdad.

June 2009 - My final R&R started with a few days exploring Jordan. This picture was taken on a mule ride to a monastery above Petra.

June 2009 - On a dream vacation - a Mediterranean cruise starting in Barcelona and traveling to Monte Carlo, Italy, Greece and Croatia, ending in Venice (above, St. Mark's Basilica).

July 4, 2009 - Independence Day, Baghdad style. The DFAC staff always does an amazing job decorating for the holidays.

August 2009 - Leaving Baghdad after a 13 month assignment. I really enjoyed depositing the flak jacket and helmet for the last time!

August - September 2009 - Home Leave in California. I spent some time with family then finally got to enjoy the cabin I purchased in January. Big Bear offered lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The photo above was taken during a hike on the north side of Big Bear Lake.

November 2009 - After a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, my family and I stayed at the cabin for a few days. It snowed like crazy, but we managed to have fun.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2010.


Megan said...

What an amazing year, Heather! Here's to 2010!

Lee said...

Merry Christmas Heather - See you in the new year. Wait, what are you doing for new years?

Mom said...

Your flight from DC is taking off, hopefully, right now. See you later today!

Allyson said...

A belated Merry Christmas and a wish for a wonderful 2010.

Anonymous said...

Hi Heather:

It was so nice to meet you at Thanksgiving! Glad you are enjoying Big Bear and good luck with all your tests in 2010!

Your BB Neighbors, Diane + Pete

Katie said...

What, no picture documentation of the scenic FSI campus?