Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

our english fourth of july

There were no rodeos, badminton, Whipple shirts, 10k run, or any extra lb's from Aunt Leslie's delicious food this year for the Fourth of July, instead we spent the summer here in Newcastle. I have such fond memories of our Fourth of July Whipple reunions that I just couldn't let the day pass by without having some sort of fun.  So we headed to the beach for a bbq with our English friends....which might seem a bit funny, so naturally we eased the whole Independence Day thing by serving up some good old USA sugar cookies and teaching the kids all about America's favorite pass time, baseball of cricket fo us that day! I'm just teasing, we loved our little English Fourth of July, we could't ask for much more; the weather was beautiful, the food was delicious and the company was absolutely perfect. We have such good friends here in Newcastle and are grateful for them in times like these.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

trips continued.....Venice and Barcelona

So like I said before, we were lucky enough to visit Rome, Venice and Barcelona....all beautiful and interesting places. Rome (in the previous post) was so neat; the rich history could not be ignored as you walked down the streets surrounded by ruins. Venice was so unique, showing us a different way of life; life on the water.  Then there was Barcelona, a great way to end our trip with the beach, beach, and more beach. We weren't the typical tourists in Barcelona; we didn't do much site seeing, instead we just relaxed on the beach everyday and let Krew discover his love for sand.

its been awhile

I wish I had a good excuse for not posting, but I don't. This summer we have had a good combination of both lazy days and busy days.  We have had fun visiting other countries or simply going down to the local park. It has been nice to have Thomas home for so long....we have never had him to ourselves like this before....I don't think we want it to end and may be in for a bit of a shock when it actually does in just a couple of weeks. Although, it will be nice to see Thomas back at school, he is really in his element and does so well at studying. As for me and Krew, we will get back into the swing of things....playgroups, parks, museums, markets, etc. A predictable schedule might be nice after a summer of being spoiled with lots of time. With all that time we have been lucky to see a lot of neat places....after Paris we visited Rome, Venice and Barcelona. Here are some photos from Rome. Venice and Barcelona photos should follow shortly.....fingers crossed!