As you can see, I’ve been M.I.A. (again) from writing. So many things that have gone on but I’ll try and fill you in as much as can.
Had my lovely niece Brittany back in town (from Tennessee), stayed about a week but I bored the poor girl this time (didn’t take her out site seeing as I had previously), but Michael had gone off to his business trips so I had Ethan with me. Also, limited funds keeps me from doing too much. 🙁 We did manage to take her out to eat a few times and she and I had a good day before she left, visiting Snohomish (my favorite place for photo/window shopping too). She just turned 26 and is still as beautiful as ever, and I’m excited to hear that she is engaged and doing all her own wedding planning/creating. Such an amazing young lady and I am lucky she is family!
We also had a VERY BRIEF moment to see my Aunt Peggy (from Mississippi) and cousin Mitzi (from Florida) last Sunday when they were stopping in Seattle before boarding their Alaskan Cruise. So we all drove over to their hotel and had a few hours to even drive them around the town (as well as do the typical Seattle Pike Place Market (touristy tour). It was so much fun seeing and hearing both of these beautiful ladies, and the laughs we shared definitely was a highlight for me. Only wish they had been here longer. I LOVE my SOUTHERN SISTERS (family)!
The ladies were lucky too that the weather was fairly nice during their visit, although Brittany finally got to see that it DOES rain in Seattle (l0l) – her last 3 visits she didn’t experience that.
I was sad to see them all go but this was a great memory for me.
Then Michael returned (the next Wednesday evening – having missed Brittany) and he and I then had a great visit from Jane and Peter (from London) on Thursday. They are the lovely couple we met 2 years ago in Italy (who stayed at the same villa we did in San Gimignano) and who shared my 50th birthday dinner with us. They too happened to be on vacation and had just finished their own Canada and Alaska trip and had a layover in Seattle as well. Lucky for us they would be here for the full day. So Michael was nice enough to take that Thursday off (since he’d been working all week/weekend anyways) and we took THEM around to Seattle (Pike Place of course) as well as had dinner on the waterfront and also drove them over to Snoqualmie Falls. It was fun to catch up with them and see them again.
I do have to share, that sadly on this same day (Thursday) we finally lost Sammy, Michael’s 18 year old sheltie (dog). He got heat exhaustion and passed away. That, unfortunately made us end our day with Jane and Peter a bit earlier than we had hoped, but they were so gracious and thankful for the time we did have together.
It’s been some UPS and a little DOWN, and I’m still ‘searching for myself’ but I’m looking forward to taking my next little trip with Monette to Atlanta, Georgia for the Haven Conference. I need some more SOUTHERN LIFE…
And I did also have a very nice girls evening with my dear friends, Erica, Carol and Tanya last week as well as shared Monette’s new girlfriends last night. I NEED more of these!
Southern Sisters Unite! THEY may not be Southern, but I know the southern girl in me (and Monette) most certainly appreciates Ya’ All tremendously. It’s a SISTERHOOD.
~ Love, Laura