Jim and Kevin's annual indulgence (with a special request for LOTS of icing).
We took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed a BBQ and dinner on the deck one evening.
We did a lot of shopping and, in fact, had to purchase another suitcase so we could carry all of our loot back to Bangkok. Kevin likes to travel as light as possible and was not at all happy to see the traveler:suitcase ratio exceed 1:1. Oops! Fortunately, he has premier status with United Airlines so we were allowed 6 "free" checked bags and were also able to exceed the standard weight limit of 50 lbs. on three of those bags. Believe it or not, even with those very generous allowances, Caitlynne and I still struggled with our packing.
It was so much fun seeing the kids together with their friends again. They went to the movies, the mall, the pool, out to lunch and there were a few sleepovers as well. I was able to catch up with a few of my friends - not as many as I hoped to but between chauffeuring the kids around, completing a few work projects and taking care of some personal business, the days and weeks quickly flew by. As much as I love living overseas and being able to travel as much as we do, I really do miss living in the Washington DC area so much. The ridiculous traffic, high cost of living, the transiency... it doesn't matter to me at all! It is truly my home and I was so happy to be able to tell my friends that we will be moving back there in less than one year.
Have a great Thursday!