I can't believe that it's been two weeks already. We're back from our vacation; our time away was so relaxing, just what we needed after all the stress at work and with the house the weeks prior. But even though I was off the net for those two weeks, there were plenty of things to be thankful for, many more than ten, because of the many wonderful things we got to experience during those weeks. The top ten:
1. The journeys to and from the States being so smooth and relatively painless. Lily's definitely become an expert traveler!
2. The truly relaxing time we got to spend in San Antonio. I read two books, everyone got plenty of sleep, hubby and I had a lunch and book store date, and the kids got to spend tons of quality time with all their American cousins.
3. Greatly improving my relationship with my in-laws. I don't know if it's baby boy's influence or just some expansion of horizons on all sides, but I am sure glad we took this trip alone for this result!
4. Not returning to work to find a mailbox stuffed to the brim. My colleague definitely must have worked her butt off during those two weeks.
5. Having awesome neighbors and friends who go to the house twice a day to open and close windows while we're on vacation. Wouldn't know what to do without them!
6. Ordering the flooring for the house and getting it installed the week after the painter is finished. It seems as if we start moving by the end of the month!!
7. Having a really good meeting with the midwife. Things are definitely different here, as I will have to get once again a different midwife to care of us the weeks after little baby boy is born because the birth center is too far from our home and the midwives have to remain within 20 minutes of it while on duty. Really miss my midwife in Belleview, WA, but at least baby boy will not be born in a birth center again!
8. Whole-rye bread. Makes even Nutella wholesome!
9. Sleeping in our own bed. Even though I slept good and much at the in-law's house, there's nothing better than one's own bed!
10. Department lunch at the manager's restaurant at work. Believe me, listening to your team head and the department head share stories of their neighbors doing "it" in plain sight (imagine windows without blinds and green fences that do not take multi-story buildings into consideration) was priceless!
I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!! We're going to try and get over the last bits of jetlag still lingering around.