Hello, everyone! I'm back from vacation. Last week Mr. Stranded and I went to the beach with my family. Now when most people hear family vacation, they think: mom, dad, siblings, and kids...but when I say family vacation, I mean grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, siblings, great-grand kids, even extended relatives. Basically, the whole kit and caboodle.
We had an amazing time! Internet access was a bit spotty, so there was no blogging and minimal checking of e-mails. And I have to say, having limited access to the outside world was exactly what I needed for a week. Instead of spending my time in front of a computer, I spent it going on runs with Mr. Stranded, reminiscing with my family, staying up late with the "young adults" aka hubby, brother, sister-in-law, cousins and their spouses, playing with my nieces, reading on the beach and eating until I couldn't possibly eat any more!
One night, my nieces wanted to go to the beach after dinner. So I took them and managed to snap the photo above before the sun set. It was a magical feeling being alone with the girls, a gentle breeze blowing through the air, playing tag in the sand, collecting shells, singing songs, and watching the sun set together. It was one of those snapshots in time where I was overcome with pure happiness and thought, "I hope I never forget this moment."
And then the week ended and I had to say good-bye. By the time Mr. Stranded and I started our drive back to Cleveland, I was choked up and teary-eyed already missing the girls. The twins went back down South and the older girls move to Paris in two weeks. Yes, Paris. My sister-in-law's job is relocating them there for the next two years. The older girls, 9 and 6, are my little pals. So a two year stint in Paris seems like forever. On a positive note, at least Mr. Stranded and I know where we'll be vacationing next year!! Additionally, my eldest niece in the teal t-shirt will be launching her brand new blog soon! She is going to review Paris's cafes and bistros. Once it's officially live, I'll share the link with you.
I have a ton of posts that I'll get around to later this week: Week 8 Insanity Review, Chipotle Baby-Back Ribs recipe, Blueberry Pie recipe, the 7 Links Project that Sara Louise at Sara in Le Petit Village nominated me to complete, and lots more!
So stay tuned. More to come!