Monday, August 18, 2008

Goodbye to Summer

Wow, what a wonderful summer I had. From the beginning it was amazing, I really don't think I will have a summer like that again. As I said before, 30 is great! The end of the summer always makes me a little sad. Especially after a summer like this. I shouldn't complain because what other job can you still look forward to summer vacations? Once I am back into the swing of things, I get over my post summertime blues but it takes me a good two weeks. I just want to look back on my amazing summer.

It started out with my big 30th surprise party. It was absolutley amazing and a very big shock! The surprise party was followed closely by my b-day trip to San Francisco and Napa. If you have never been to Napa, put it on your list. Amazing!! I have never been to Tuscany, but I can imagine this is what it looks like. Vineyards that seem to go on forever, sunsets to die for, little boutique hotels that have been around forever, and delicious wines. San Francisco was also incredible. I had no idea that it would be as beautiful as it was. I remember sitting at the top of the hotel, looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean thinking what could be better than this? Unforgettable.

I also got to spend the summer with my family. It is so hard for me to be far away from my family and it was wonderful that I had them with me the whole time. My husband is also amazing because he truly enjoys when they come and invade our tiny home. I feel so blessed.

It was also a summer of babies and there was some cute babies born! One special baby born was gorgeous Skye. It was the first time for me to be in hospital, so anxious to know if Steph and Joe were having a boy or a girl. When she told us it was a girl, that was incredible moment. What an angel!

The summer ended with my trip to England. Seeing my sister, Sophie, Matthew, and Jason was great. I fell absolutely in love with Matthew and even more in love with Sophie. They are such wonderful babies and it was such a great experience.

In between all of that excitement and vacations were the small moments. Lunch with friends, hanging out with family, dinner dates with my husband, having time to read books.

So goodbye to summer. I will see you next year. Who knows what this year may hold for me. I do know that a summer like this doesn't come around often and I feel blessed that I got to have the experiences that I did.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Long Overdue

Okay, this post is long overdue. I think that it was hard for me to put into words my trip to England and coming back home. I did get very homesick and was ready to come back home, yet I was very sad to leave my family back in England. The worst part was the day I left, my niece wrapped her body around my legs so I couldn't leave. It was pretty emotional. Thank-you Lisa and Jason for having two amazing, beautiful children. I am blessed to have Sophie and Matthew as my niece and nephew. Now we just need to get you guys to move here so I can spoil the heck out of them!
Being in England did make me appreciate a lot about home. I think it is always good to go away a little bit because there is no feeling better than coming home. These are the things I missed while I was gone:

1. My husband

2. The girly days

3. My king size bed (slept with my sister in a double bed while I was in England)

4. My cat

5. My in-laws (yes, I am very fortunate to have great in-laws)

6. Being able to drive on the right side

7. All my friends babies

8. Air conditioning

9. Modern conviences (dryer, dishwasher, showers, etc)

10. City living (compared to where I was, Naples is NYC)

Things I will about England:

1. My sister

2. My niece and nephew

3. Jason (sorry, you are number 3)

4. The best grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches (I am hooked)

5. Afternoon tea

6. My daily walks in the forest

7. The unbelievable views

8. Being with my family

9. My evening drink in the pub

10. Again, my family!!! (That warrants two spots on the list)

Here are some more pics that I haven't shared yet. Cheers.

Mom and I after lunch.

The outside of my sisters pub.

Please forgive the weird noises I have to make to make him laugh. Anything for a smile!

Another amazing view of Wales. This was at the dams near my sisters house.

Mom and I after seeing the 'Jersey Boys' in London.

Mom and I in front of London Bridge.

Sophie and I laughing at the wind blowing us around.

There's Big Ben kids.