Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The rest of our summer

Well, I did it again. I let a month pass before I updated the blog. Not a great start for this new blogger. But, I'll try to make up for it by catching you up on all we've been up to since I last posted.

First of all, we're back from Sweden. We got back in late June and spent a few weeks just enjoying being back in our little casa. We really did love our time in Sweden, but there's nothing like being back in our home, sweet home. The jet lag was a little rougher coming back than going there. I think for at least the first week we crashed each night around 9:00 and woke up around 6 or so. I was hoping that I'd suddenly become a morning person who would always wake up at 6. But, nope, that didn't stick at all.

About a week after we got back, Josh headed to Kansas for a wedding. I didn't go this trip because we're both going in September and it was such a short trip this time. Josh's friend Jeremiah got married and he had a great time getting to see friends in Manhattan (the Kansas one, that is) for a few days. And he got to see the fam while there too, so it was a great trip. I can't wait to see everyone when we go back in September! Here's are a few pics.

In July we were supposed to go to a big family reunion with my mom's side of the family. It was in Gulf Shores, AL so alas, we did not go due to the oil spill. We ended up going with part of the family to Cape May, NJ instead. Although I didn't see Snooky or The Situation, we still had a great time. Ok, I've actually never seen Jersey Shore and who knows if I even spelled those names right. Anyways, we got to see some family we don't get to see very often and had a great time hanging at the beach and exploring the cute little town. Here's the fam we got to see...

We drove to NJ and stopped in Baltimore on both the way up and back. We even got to take a tour of Camden Yards while we were there! Here is Josh, my mom and I at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore.

After our beach trip, we spent some time at home and in Charlotte working on support and getting things ready for the school year to start. It seems like usually we don't have much time at home in the summer because of summer projects and conferences. So this summer was really great getting to have so much time after Sweden to actually be at home. We got to do some fun summer things like going to a Durham Bulls game, spending some time at our neighborhood pool, checking out some new restaurants and hitting up the Carrboro farmer's market. That last one was a fun adventure. We brought a plastic bag with us to carry our stuff home and I'm surprised we made it out of there alive, not being "green"and all! Should probably bring a tote bag next time.

We ended our summer with a trip to North Myrtle Beach with my dad and stepmom. Ah, we love going there! We ate great seafood, had some chill time on the beach and good time with the fam. Josh even got to utilize his techie skills loading and hooking up their new TV. While he was doing that I was being super helpful watching the finale of the Bachelorette. Sorry fam :) I have no pictures from this trip. Envision a tent set up on the beach, 4 chairs under it, lots of books and magazines and me taking a nap. That's pretty much what it looked like.

So that's what we've been up to since Sweden. Congrats on making it through this long update! Hopefully I'll keep you up to date a little more regularly from now on!