I haven’t posted in a while, at least two months now, because we’ve been away from our home in Germany, traveling to a far away place… where there is limited (and sometimes no) internet access but instead endless fields scattered with intermittent forests, where the many roads have but very few cars driving on them and where you can easily forget yourself in the quietness of nature.
Since the second week of May, Thomas, Anna and I had been visiting the small town in upstate NY where I grew up.
We went for walks down the road where I used to live, where I rode my bike every summer as a kid and where I often made the short walk from my parent’s house to my grandfather’s house down the street.
We relaxed in the hammock at my dad’s house,
Spent time with my five younger siblings (not all at once, unfortunately!),
Went for bike rides and long walks,
Played with my eight-year old niece Ava and my daughter Anna,
During which time I tried to pick up and pet one of the five cute and fluffy little cats who were born shortly before we arrived and got bit by an agitated and unhappy kitten in the process!
Thomas and I ate some of our favorite foods, that we can only get in the U.S., like my dad’s one-of-a-kind pizza, my brother’s homemade cinnamon rolls and my mom’s
healthy famous cookies,
We went to the Carrot Barn, ate lunch and had carrot brownies (Oh my, delicious!),
We took Anna to the local library,
Hung out at my mom’s house and baked apple and blueberry pies,
Played cards with my younger brothers,
Helped one of my sisters install a bathtub and put up Sheetrock,
Moved all of our furniture and lots of our stuff from a storage unit in Rhode Island to my grandfather’s new barn,
Did some yard work with my grandfather at his house,
And of course started a garden!
Anna had fun playing in my grandfather’s yard while we worked in the garden
And loved endlessly running around under the apple trees in my grandfather’s backyard.
This is the view looking out from my garden through my grandfather’s field…
We had a wonderful time visiting with my family and I’m glad that we got to stay for as long as we did.
I can’t wait until our next trip home…