As I mentioned earlier, I’ve got 10 hours to entertain myself in the Amsterdam airport today. Luckily, I have internet access and 786 posts in my Google Reader. Before I visit the life of the others, let me tell you a bit about my fantastic trip back home.
I was able to see all but 5 families on my list of people to visit. Being home is just wonderful. Family. Friends. Pets. All were much enjoyed over the past 2 weeks.
I went on a quilting/ sewing project date with my mom. We ate at a great restaurant and picked up some adorable fabrics for future creations.
Veggie wrap and sweet potato fries.
One day I was able to visit three different groups of friends.
First, to my best friend from high school, Shana. She was due with her second child on Easter day… but the baby didn’t come. In about 7 hours from now, she will be induced. Hopefully a happy baby will come quickly!
Shana and Keira. I love this photo!
Keira is the cutest kid and Shana is an amazing mother.
When told that Keira could come out for this photo in her bare feet, she responded that she didn’t have bear feet so she’d come out in her people feet.
Later that day, I met my friend Christina for Chicago style pizza.
Thick, cheese, and delicious!
We all had a good time talking about the days that I lived with Christina’s family while in college.
After dinner, I met another old roommate, Katie, for a concert. The band consists of people who were involved in the theater department with me. It was fun seeing them in a different setting.
Other fun get togethers included:
Hanging out with my friend Whitney and hearing about her awesome adventures in Cape Verde from the past two years while she was in the Peace Corps.
Visiting my high school buddy, Sean, and gasping at the amazing views from his apartment.
Gathering some of my favorite people from high school and college in one place for an awesome (yet unphotographed) dinner.
My mom, brothers and I hit it up in the big city.
Goofing around with the bean.
We also learned about new gizmos that can help people in need at the Design Revolution.
Like these glasses that can create a prescription using water. No optometrist required.
We went to The Art Institute of Chicago- one of my favorite places!
I thought I lost my Mom… but she was just camouflaged.
Notice anything familiar? Renoir must have envisioned a very handsome man while he was painting.
Camera chatter with my brother Ben.
Ben, Chris, Mom, and Pat. I wish Dad was there too.
Family glamor shots.
Mom- I love that I can hear her laugh through this photo.
Many family dinners also took place.
Enjoying the beautiful weather on the front porch with my Grandpa and his girlfriend.
Getting lots of love from my Great Grandma.
Although I felt like my camera was out the entire trip, I now realize that I missed many photo opportunities. Next time, the camera won’t only be out… it will be in action the entire trip! I just love my family too much to not capture the time together.
The 10 hour wait is almost over. I’ll be boarding my next flight in about an hour. You, my beloved friends, will hear from me again tomorrow! I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things. I hope you had a lovely 2 weeks!
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