The Best of 2008

I thought it would be amusing to make a collection of all the “best” blog posts from all my other blogs I’ve run since 2008. This post is backdated, but I’m writing it in 2017. 😉

And, now…copied verbatim from the original “Mike & Sydney” blog:

Figuring This Out

August 1, 2008

This seems to be the thing to do now, so I thought I’d give it a try. Plus, now I don’t have to try to keep 300 people individually up-to-date on wedding plans. 🙂 I also thought it’d be a great way to keep in touch with family all over the world after we’re married. Who knows where we’ll all end up…Mike gets back into town tonight after a week of camp. He’s had the “tough” position of Archery Assistant, but I bet he’s still working hard in other ways. There’s been no cell phone service or internet, so I can’t wait to see him tonight! Tonight will also be when I tell him I created this blog and see what he thinks. 🙂 I’ll try to upload a picture or two this weekend.

Answers to the Top 10 FAQ

September 3, 2008

1. Yes, the registries are complete.
2. October 18th, 2:00 pm.
3. Navy and silver.
4. 4 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen:
……….Janna Mitchell (Maid of Honor)
……….Jessica Gossett (Matron of Honor)
……….Roxanne Mitchell
……….Tracy Drinkwater
……….Dave Lund (Best Man)
……….Mark Scacewater
……….Sam Mitchell
……….Jon Drinkwater
5. My dad.
6. Eastern Caribbean 8-night cruise.
7. Yes.
8. No.
9. Fine.
10. Super.

We Are Married!

October 30, 2008

Mike and Sydney are officially married. We’ve been off on a fantastic honeymoon in the Caribbean for 10 days. We’ve been internet-less, so I’m catching up on everything. I promise to write soon about wedding and honeymoon adventures. Lots to do this weekend before work starts up again on Monday for both of us. We’re happy to be back!


November 14, 2008

Haha what are my excuses now? We’ve got the wedding, honeymoon, and the Eugene Quiz out of the way and, still, I find myself busy. Those of you who know me well probably have the word “duh” written on your face. I’m sorry! I like being busy! Anyhow, some updates:
We won’t have wedding pictures for a while, because the photographer will need some time to edit them. But in the meantime, I have honeymoon pictures!
On the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
On the cruise boat — preparing for our mandatory practice of an emergency.
Getting ready for our first formal night on the cruise.



Breakfast the next day.


The dock in St. Maarten.


Taking off from St. Maarten (there were 4 cruise boats there that day).
Mike frolicking in the distance on the beach at St. Lucia.
When it came time to go, it was difficult getting him out of the water! This was by far our favorite day. We went shopping a little in the morning and then took a taxi to the beach for the rest of our time in St. Lucia.
Recovery time from the sun for this blue-eyed redhead.
View from our private balcony of St. Lucia.



The St. Lucia Navy, according to Mike. I never figured out if he was kidding or serious.


Our room steward, Clive, always left us towel animals. It was a Carnival thing. This is a scorpion, if you can’t tell.
The water on the left is the Atlantic. The water on the right is the Caribbean. This was taken on St. Kitts as we were on our way to our kayaking excursion.
Yes, long sleeves in the Caribbean. And it definitely saved me from being miserable the rest of the week. I also completely covered my legs when we went kayaking, so only my face and hands were showing. 🙂 
Mike getting ready for his first snorkeling experience. 
In the front of the kayak. It took us a while to learn to row together, but we figured it out.
That night back on the boat.
Last dinner on the boat.
Our dinner group. We were assigned that table and ate together all week. It was super fun getting to know them.
Trying to make him smile for the picture. We are sitting on the cruise boat waiting to depart for our Everglades tour we signed up for. We got priority to depart, because our tour was beginning. It was nice to not have to wait very long. 


So, the day we arrived back in Florida, it was a freaky cold day. Even the locals thought it was crazy. The sad fact was that we had turned in our luggage for security/customs reasons the night before, and only had t-shirts and shorts for the next whole day. It was supposed to be warm! However, we got a quick chance in the parking lot to open up and grab our jackets. It was still super freezing cold. …..So this is us on the airboat in the Everglades. They go up to 55 mph so we were double cold.


The tour guide said there were about 1.5 million alligators in the northern Everglades, but they don’t like the cold (that’s why they live in the Everglades! haha). So we only saw a total of 2 that day, because they were all buried in the mud, keeping warm. It was still pretty neat. Kinda scary, too, because we’re sitting a couple feet off the water and were a few feet away from the alligator swimming here. That’s when the tour guide told us that they could jump very easily.

The other one, half in the mud. 
This guy did a little show for us afterwards with a couple alligators. It was crazy. He actually put his whole head into the alligator’s mouth.

Yes, it’s alive!


So, yes, we tried the Gator Bites. It was real alligator and it was real disgusting. Actually, it probably wouldn’t have been so bad, but we don’t think it was fully cooked. It basically made us both sick for a while. Pretty gross. 🙂
Now that we’re back, our routines are returning to us, and we’re getting settled into the house pretty well. It’s pretty fun redecorating Mike’s old bachelor pad. Hope you enjoy the pictures. I’ll post wedding soon after I receive them.

The Short and The Long

December 2, 2008

Short Story: Mike and I are moving to Peru in January.

Long Story: We have been called to serve as missionaries in Arequipa, Peru with the organization Extreme Nazarene. This is such an exciting opportunity God has given us, and we are thrilled to finally be able to share it with all our family and friends. Mike has been accepted to fill the role of Short Term Events Department Head, and I will be filling the Accounting Coordinator position. I will be doing some various kinds of bookkeeping and assisting the Financial Head for the program. Mike will be the head over all short-term work & witness teams that come down from the U.S. and coordinate their experience in various locations around the country. We will be attending Language School for the first 3 months, through which we will live with a Peruvian family to become truly immersed in the culture and language. After that, we move into our own 3-bedroom home for our remaining time there. If you have more questions or would like to know how you could be more involved in this project, please let us know! We’d be more than happy to talk to you about it. We are so excited about this new chapter of our lives and are planning to maintain this blog very regularly with stories and pictures of our Peruvian adventures.

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