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The dial-up connection at my mom's is killing me. By the time I get email checked it's been over an hour online and I just don't have the gumption to write a post. We've been busy, busy, busy, and time is flying by. The weather has jumped from lovely high 60s and low 70s to high 80s and low 90s and I'm sweltering now.

The kids were great on the plane trip and we had a yummy, though very pricy, sushi lunch at Amsterdam airport, and we arrived with no problems.

The day after we got here my sister and her family and my brother arrived, but his wife never made it as she had to fly directly home from their camping trip to Yellowstone as her father's cancer has worsened and the prognosis isn't good, which put a damper on things.

My mom held a family reunion party the day after that and I got to see my aunt and uncle (whom I haven't seen in 6 years!) several cousins and lots of relatives. Fun! I miss these family get-togethers. We also spent a day at the Detroit Zoo, but had little luck seeing animals as it was a hot day and they were all indoors or sleeping.

John, and Sarah's husband, Tom, left after a week. Sarah and her 2 kids stayed but our plans got a bit derailed since one cousin's kid got pinkeye so we couldn't go see them again and then my uncle decided to move my grandmother this past week instead of in 2 weeks, so we spent most of this week at her home packing her up, getting her moved and unpacking in her new place. Plans to see my college roommates also got postponed so our last week here will be a hectic one. We did see Toy Story 3 which was GREAT.

The kids, at least, have had several days at the beach (while we were packing, taking turns standing lifeguard) and we've gotten the majority of the shopping done as well. Yesterday we celebrated Independence Day by taking in the Lexington 4th of July parade (on July 3rd...ALL of the parades and fireworks were yesterday, what's up with that??) and had a great time. It was everything I could have asked for in a small-town patriotic parade and the kids gathered lots of candy from the people running for office, so they were happy. We were too tired to drive back up for fireworks, though.

Anders and Tom both arrived today and we went to see Eclipse, (which wasn't that great, but at least advanced the story), and then we grilled hot dogs for dinner in my mom's new firepit in the backyard (more HOT).

Tomorrow is laundry and packing for Chicago, we leave Tuesday morning and will be at my sister's for 1 night, in the city for 2 nights and at a friend's 1 night before driving back to Michigan...heading up to Caseville in the tip of the thumb to see aunts & uncles and my college roommates and then have 4 days before the trip is over. It's going too fast.

Haven't been able to read or comment and this will most likely be my only post since trying to deal with anything online with a slow dial-up is literally AGONIZING. Ciao for now, all!
location: Michigan
music: people getting ready for bed

Joy here

Life gets in the way of posting. I LOVE when that happens... even if it is one of my favorite bloggers! Especially then. :)

I watched a boat parade at a near-by lake. This new place is getting better all the time.

You'll be reading this after you are home but I'll say this anyway... I am sure the blog fairies can whisper it in your ear. Slow down. Yes, time is fast when you are having fun. Just tell yourself how exciting it is. Stop and a be thankful for whatever is happening at the moment. :)

Alright, time for the blog fairies to carry my message. ;-)

Re: Joy here

A boat parade sounds like a really great idea! We can't slow down yet, but next week we sure will :) I'll need a vacation after this vacation!

Thanks for the update Liz.

I know you were missing me, but wasn't able to post or do much online at my mom's, and this is my only drive-by chance, since we're leaving for Chicago in about 15 minutes or so and I won't be on again for a week!


How great with an update! Sounds like you are really busy but having fun. It must be really nice when Anders arrived to have all your family with you too. So sorry to hear about your brother's wife's father though. :(

You won't read this until you get home, so I say "welcome home" and get some rest now after this busy holiday! :)


Thanks Mia! It's really awful about Simone's dad, he's pretty young and it's gone hard and fast :(

Sounds like a wonderful holiday so far!

Crazy but good :)

It's that kind of time...whoosh and it's over. But it does sound like everything a visit back to the old country should be. Lots of faces you want to see, some good typical fooding, zipping around a bit. And a tad of beach time. Your mom is still on dial-up? Doesn't she realize that it is between her and nirvana? (Alan Watts said yesterday that nirvana actually translates as a describing the sound of a huge sigh of relief.)

They don't have hi-speed broadband out in the sticks where my mom is, but we're hoping to get her set up on hi-speed wireless next week after we're back from Chicago!


I'm not convinced that hi-speed and wireless are not mutually exclusive terms.

From Megsie

Wow. It sounds like you have not had one dull second! Sorry to hear about your sister-in-law's dad. What a bummer. Damn Cancer! Ugh. It was such a pleasant surprise to see your post. I have missed you! Have a great last week or so, and nap often when you return. :) xoxo

Re: From Megsie

I have missed you too, haven't had a chance to read any blogs AT ALL and won't again until we're home I bet (this is a quick peek while at my sister's, we're leaving for the city shortly!)


Glad you're having a great time - and to be home over the fourth is great!


It was great, despite not getting back out to see fireworks! (too tired!!)

Sounds wonderful. Enjoy the rest of your time!

Hoping it will be as good as the first half!

smooches to you, lovely! Has it cooled off a bit? It has here... thankfully. Last week, yes, SWELTERING is the right word...


smooches to you, lovely! Has it cooled off a bit? It has here... thankfully. Last week, yes, SWELTERING is the right word...

xo! Christina

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