Thur. 16- I was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off all day!!! I had so much to get in order before my flight... do all my wife chores to make sure hubs would be ok for the couple of days while I was gone... run some errands... make some phone calls for house stuff... pack for me, pack for hubs... all together a lot of boring things that just needed to get done. But I did manage to squeeze in some fun. I signed up for the Race for Life 10K in London (I did Race for the Cure in NYC twice for my aunt). I also popped into the Central Saint Martins Degree Show and saw some very inspiring work! I then shimmied (literally) over to The Vintage Emporium that hubs and I found the other day and continued to use their wi-fi while munching on yummy scones and sipping their exquisite hot chocolate... did I mention some guys started playing a guitar, banjo, and violin while singing some good old folk and stomping their feet??? It was magical!!! Then hubs and I went home to spend some quality time before I departed.
Fri. 17- My journey began really early today and lasted pretty much all day!!! I stumbled out of bed and kissed a sleepy hubs goodbye for the next 12 days. This is our first official time spent apart since we've been married (not counting the 4 months after our wedding waiting for the visa). What I mean is that this is the first time that we are choosing (well kind of) to be apart after so many years of the dreaded long distance. But I am happy to be going home and see my family so I can't complain. So after an hour and a half of the tube, 9 hours and 4 movies on a near empty flight, and 30 minutes of waiting around for delayed luggage, I was finally home and in the arms of my parents!!! Which was then quickly proceeded by me falling asleep due to severe jet lag.
Sat. 18- Not many people know this but my grandfather passed away on April 8th of this year. I've been struggling with whether or not to write about it on here and decided it would be healthy for me to share and talk about it some. One of the biggest reason's I wanted to come home now was to help in the clearing of his house and basically have some closure... living far away, I don't think it had really set in. I will be dedicating a post to him in the future but for now I just wanted to share some shots of the tons of cool pictures we found in an old vintage suitcase of his. They are amazing, black and white, sepia, 70's orangey, and just plain amazing. I discovered a whole new side to this man I called my abuelo for so many years. Two things I'm certain of: 1. They traveled a lot... and 2. They were madly deeply in love! The cousin's and I went to The Local for dinner that night... it was nice to be with family.
Sun. 19- ahem... Happy Father's Day to my daddy and all the other wonderful father's out there!!! It was so nice to be home for this... I haven't been home for an actual one in years! I actually can't remember when the last time I spent father's day with my dad was! He is just the absolute greatest and probably because of this, I am such a daddy's girl!!! We had a great day cooking up a storm and playing board games... with my dad and aunt backseat playing lol. Check out this past Sunday Link's I dedicated to my papi... it's all Beatles and there are some great pictures of us too!
Mon. 20- I did a lot of random things today... non of them worth mentioning really... except the highlight of my day... seeing my nephew after so many months away!!! I got to visit little Joshua along with my cousin and godmother for some much needed catch-up! Can you tell this aunt's slightly obsessed with him??? How can you not be... look at those big eyes, cheeks, and smile! He is just the sweetest baby and I am so sad I won't be around to watch him grow up more regularly... thank goodness for facebook and twitter!!!
Tue. 21- I have definitely been enjoying myself at home!!! Nothing but good food and even better company!!! To illustrate I thought the below pictures would be appropriate. My lunch, in what I like to call an eclectic collection of all things I love... that my mom got for me! What to eat first... why I chose??? I'll just sample it all: grapes, cream cheese shusi rolls, multi-grain tortilla scoops with spicy salsa, multi-grain crackers with hummus, pistachios, and freshly squeezed orange juice... yum! And the company, well you've heard me talk about the family a great deal already this week... but these guys are two of my favorites and just as important as the rest... Caramel and Jamba. Caramel is a chihuahua mix we've had for 13 yrs, but don't let age fool you! He's as feisty and lively as he was years back. And Jamba is a german-shepard we've had for 5 yrs... she is lovable and has so much personality you wouldn't believe! Glad to have them around for this week... a girl's best friends =)
Wed. 22- Remember these cuties??? Well I got hang out with them all evening long! I had dinner at my godfather's and the whole gang came over to greet me. I got to mingle with all of cousin's and their adorable little gang aka my models. We had a blast catching up (the adults) and playing all kinds of gun games (the kids). There was even a new version of arm wrestling I'm pretty sure that we made up and I got to see a really cool video that Jenny (one of the mommy's) put together during the shoot. I have to figure out how to upload it, but don't fret... it shall be done real soon!
So to wrap it up some... it's obviously not Thursday anymore but we can pretend... just as obvious, not all of this post was lived in London so the title should really be Friday London/Miami love... I have seen a lot of family... eaten a lot of good food... and gotten my complete fill of babies/toddlers/kids until my next visit at Xmas!!! What have you been up to???
***Today I am thankful for the wonderful babies, toddlers, and now kids in my life... who needs kids of their own when I can just spoil these***