Tuesday, June 24, 2008
VISIT FROM FRIENDS
On Saturday, June 21st, we were visited by our friends Sean and Dianna and their kids, Quinn and Maggie. Even though its been less than two weeks out of the country, it was GREAT to see close friends from home. Even though over these two weeks, lisa, Siena, Avocet and I have gotten used to each other, have bonded well and love each other and are having a great time...well, you get the point!!!!
We began our visit by meeting them in Amsterdam and simply catching up while the kids played on the "I AMSTERDAM" sign. We (the adults) even got up on it and didn't have to test out our international health plan.
We all stayed at our place in Haarlem on Saturday night through Monday, thankful for all the beds that our place has. We stayed up past midnight both nights talking. Sean and I got to male bond while lisa and Dianna did the "girl" thing, plus nice all around conversations about everything. The kids had a wonderful time playing in the garden, watching misc. things on YouTube and doing basic kid stuff. On Sunday we visited Zaanse Schans, a sort of Dutch living history museum replicating life from the 17th century. In addition to several museums we got to see authentic windmills in action. Wow, those blades turn fast. It's scary when you get near the top.
Best of all was seeing them for the first time since Christmas when they came home to Cincinnati to visit for awhile. They have been living in Paris since August 2007 and only have another 40 days before they leave for the States. We will be gone until June, 2009, so we could have had an almost two year gap. We caught up on Clifton goings on and they elaborated on Paris events and how things are different when you are gone for a year.
The visit was a short reminder of how much we value all of our friends and how much we will miss all of you.