We're back

*2006 post*

We're back from vacation! It was the first time on an airplane for these two, and they loved it.

We flew to Indiana to spend a week with these friends:

And where we did the following vacation-y things:

We spent time together, in person! This is very fun since Michelle and I have only actually seen each other twice prior to this trip. I know… sounds crazy. We met Michelle (and her husband Chad) in Guatemala a little over a year ago, both traveling to visit the sons we were each adopting. Then we spent months emailing and IM-ing each other, with an occasional phone call. She flew here in October and we spent a few days together. More emailing, IM-ing, and more frequent phone calls, and then this trip. We love this family, and I especially love this friend:

We ate good food. Michelle is a great cook and not only that but she stocked up beforehand on Coke with Lime (my favorite!) and ice cream (a staple in our own home). Not to mention all the salsa and guacamole and yummy desserts we ate a lot of. (Recipes to follow in future posts, once I get them from Michelle.)

We played games. We played Monopoly- twice. (You know it's vacation when you have time to play that game at all, let alone twice!) We also played Carcassonne, a favorite game of ours that we introduced to them. And a card game they taught us called Frustration.

We rested. I wouldn’t say this was our most restful vacation since I’m pretty sure we went to sleep after 1 am each night, but I managed to get in a nap twice during the week and Mark let me sleep in (till 8:45 one morning!!!) a couple of times.

We also played pool, ping-pong, a little baseball in the yard and we jumped on the trampoline. We caught frogs and lightening bugs. We walked out back to visit the pigs, goats and the cows that were in the field next to theirs,

and our daughter spent hours playing with the kittens.

Mark and our 2-year old went to a Reds game with Chad and Brock, (where he did NOT get to see Ken Griffey, Jr. play. Gr. That is THE reason he wanted to go.)

We went to their church. We met their friends and their family. We had a great time living life with their family for a week. (Thank you Timmons family for your generous hospitality!)

It is always nice to be home and settle back into routine, but we are grateful for our wonderful friends in Indiana!

1 comment:

  1. Jul. 26, 2006 - welcome back to the
    Posted by Anonymous
    west coast aka God's Country! Isn't that what you Washingtonian's call it?
    (Side note: I was born in Tacoma - and have a very large number of family up there. They are forever gloating!)
    Oh crafty creative one!
    Amy braggin' on you and all.
    We leave for our Yellowstone trip next Tuesday.
    I am knee deep in prep - good times!
    Happy unpacking!


    Jul. 26, 2006 - Untitled Comment
    Posted by Rebeca
    It looks like a wonderful time! Glad you made it home safely.


    Jul. 26, 2006 - Wait
    Posted by Dana
    the first comment was from ME - Dana


    Jul. 26, 2006 - WE MISS YOU!!!!!
    Posted by Michelle
    Stacy...what sweet pictures of your trip here to IN!! Our home feels empty without you guys! You were wonderful guests, by the way!! What a blessing to our families together for an entire week!! Thank you for you sweet friendship!!


    Jul. 26, 2006 - Glad you are home
    Posted by AussieinAmerica
    Hi Stacy,
    Glad you had a good time and are home safely. You all look like you are having lots of fun!
    The Australian Stacy


    Jul. 26, 2006 - By the way...
    Posted by AussieinAmerica
    I wanted to tell you that I am seriuosly, seriously considering adoption! It was on my heart and reading your blog helped the desire to grow. I'll keep you posted.
    Aussie Stacy


    Jul. 27, 2006 - Dana, Rebeca, Michelle, and the Australian Stacy :)...
    Posted by reformingmama
    Dana- I read the comment and was wondering, "Who is this?" And then I read it again, and about halfway through that read-through I had you figured out! :) You confirmed it with your second comment! :) I hope you have a wonderful time in Yellowstone!

    Rebeca- Thank you! :) It's always nice to come back home...

    Michelle- We miss you, too! I love you, girl!

    Stacy- THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS that you are considering adoption! :) Thank you for telling me! Keep me posted, would you? I'd love to hear how things progress in that area!

    Blessings to all of you,


    Jul. 27, 2006 - :)
    Posted by Sara
    I am so glad you had a wonderful vacation with the Timmons! :) Also, EXCELLENT hat choice for Mark. GO STEELERS! :D Training camp is here...are you guys excited?!
    Love you


    Jul. 27, 2006 - Sara!!!
    Posted by reformingmama
    :) Yeah, I'm pretty sure Mark got some comments about his choice of hat, being in Indiana and all... they're not too fond of the Steelers after this past season! But, fond of the Steelers WE ARE!
    Oh boy, would Mark love to be with ya' in Pittsburgh right now. Maybe we should plan that one for our NEXT vacation? I'm sure there would be nothing better in Mark's book... :)
    Good to hear from you!
    Love you!


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