To start off this posting, we have arrived safely home. We are exhausted and the 854 mile journey home was painful and long. But alas we pulled into the driveway in time to share tales of the exchange with our swap family for an hour until they left on their way to another swap in Canada. We broke their wine glass, they broke our starbucks tumbler and we considered us even. It was an incredible vacation but lovely to be home again.
Yesterday we celebrated Dh's 44th birthday. We are ten years apart. I am 34 and he is 44. We try not to think too much about those years when I was 5 and he was 15 or I was 10 and he was 20. As we know while I was playing with Barbie and Ken kissing away and then some, he was probably doing the same with a British gal he picked up at the pub. But for the most part I appreciate our 10 year gap. He turned 44 on the 30th of July.
Here is Keiran still in his jim jams (not sure of the correct British spelling and dh is outside chopping wood so I can't ask him-google was no help) at 1pm and dh has just opened up a gift of fresh blackberry jam from Cerys. We celebrated the day by opening the English family gifts early so he could call them to give thanks. He had a fantastic gift of Marmite, Marmite crackers and a Marmite cookbook from his sister. We are both pretty much marmite obsessed snackers here. He received a book on how to build chicken coops from his mum and from his dad a book about JFK. We had a full house this weekend with my brother, SIL and new baby Liora visiting as well as SIL, and two nieces visiting from Germany plus my parents who live a couple hours away. We had a lovely meal at a local Mexican restaurant and then home to a gluten free spice cake and frosting for dh. It was one of those lovely, happy days.
I finished my apron for Tie One On.
Elphaba didn't turn out as well as I would have liked but because this is my first apron, I am pretty happy with it. It was a fun challenge and even more challenging since I took it on vacation to finish.
And here are the photos from my first ever blog swap. I wasn't sure whether to stick to the original 12 buttons or not. Since I was just too excited about being in a swap, I found a few other cute items to send to Stephanie too.
And lastly I thought I would end the post with some embarrassing photos. What's a little loss of pride between blogging friends eh?
This is what a packed Eurovan looks like after 854 miles of having a 4 & 6 year old in the back and full to the brim with thifty finds. There was only just room for the children. Keiran threw up in the mountain passes of Oregon which was fun. This photo is when we arrived home. Let me tell you that this van had been packed neatly and in an organized fashion but that was not the case when we arrived home smelly, tired and ready to get out of the van.
What a summer.....