It’s Been Awhile

Long time, no see, blog world! When I pulled in my e-mail this morning, I had a comment from Julia over at The ‘Thank You’ Project reminding me that I haven’t posted for awhile! (I’ve been meaning to respond to your reply to my e-mail from ages ago. I’m sorry it’s been so long!) I was actually thinking about this blog before I pulled in my e-mail. Well, I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the last few weeks and have things to update about, it was just getting the time to update (or even read other blogs) that has been an issue. And it’s not like I’ve been doing anything exciting! I wish I could say that I was, but since I disappeared my life pretty much consisted of work and school only. But, the semester is done now (woo-hoo!) and after taking a little break from life in general, I am back and ready to update again! I’ll start with an update on the last few days.

My brother-in-law’s mom owns a shore house out east so my parents and I flew out to see my sister and brother-in-law. We spent a relaxing few days talking, walking, reading and eating WAY too much bad food! But we were all able to relax and had a great time. It was time well-spent!

My sister and I share a birthday (I was born seven years after her) and this is the first time we have been able to celebrate together in about six years. This was also the first time my brother-in-law celebrated with both of us. To celebrate the day he bought sticky buns for breakfast, these cupcakes (Elmo and Cookie Monster) for lunch and cannoli’s for dinner.

I turned 25 this year. I have now officially lived a quarter of a century. You know what that makes me? Old! I was only allowed to call myself old once that day, which I was told after I said it first thing in the morning. Thanks for the heads up, bro! I guess now I should change the info in the about me section of this blog.

We enjoyed beach walking on our vacation. This was an odd day. There was a lot of fog and it was an extremely low tide! I honestly didn’t know if these pictures would show up (I couldn’t see anything on my camera) but I was snapping shots each step along the way. It was beautiful though!

Everything we came up to on our walk (fishermen with their trucks, my family when I was so busy taking pictures that I fell behind…) appeared like a mirage as we approached. It was almost eerie at first, but after awhile it was just beautiful and an unusual beach experience.

So, how have all of you been?

1 Comment

  1. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    May 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    You and your parents flew out to visit your sister and brother-in-law at brother-in-law's mom's shore house and you say you didn't do anything exciting? Shame on you 🙂 And I love how you and your sister share a birthday and finally got to celebrtae it together again! This odd day by teh beach also looks gorgeous to me, magical mysterious time, I've been to a beach during a fog like that (or any fog for that matter).


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