Thursday, August 29, 2013

More fun than is legal

Returned to the Mn State fair with my long time 4H buddies. Pictures are worth many words..especially since I laughed and tAlked so much I am still hoarse!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Crazy two Months

Completely remodeled our first floor floors ( David worked his butt off!)..attended the beautiful wedding of our favorite soccer son...Enjoyed a visit from a dear Kuwait-made friend...Gathered with my beloved Library Ladies...Played piano at the wedding of two delightful soccer family members...Got to play with my oldest sister and 99 1/2 year old Aunti...Relished in the fact that for two weeks both of our children were in the same state...and joyously received all our possessions from Kuwait just after our remodeling was completed. UFFDA, life is good :-)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More HOME shots

Okay so it is not as exciting as Egypt or Cyprus or Prague , but it is pretty exciting to me! Pictured below are downtown PR at noon on a Wednesday, our newly planted front yardnand our faithful watchdog...all of these places and beings patiently waited for us while we frolicked through the Middle East and beyond.

I have been out of Kuwait for one month now and I would like to say that I have processed all of the lessons that I lean red in five years. Notice I said " I would like to say ..." I don't think that I will ever finish processing all of what I learned in my Middle East experience.

I thought about making a list of Kuwait' s Top 10 ala David Letterman. I even tried to write them down. But i failed as in truth, it all runs together. Friends here have asked me " what will you miss most about Kuwait." And that is even hard to do because it all blurs together. It is hard to separate individual moments into saying " this is the worst, or this is the best". Yes there were good..GREAT parts and a few bad ( not many though). But it's a little like saying " what is your favorite child because I loved it all, good and bad.

Leaving Kuwait was a lot harder than I thought it would be. As the plane was taxing down the runway on our final departure, I was a blubbering mess. David said to me " I don't understand you. You desperately wanted to move home, yet here you are...sobbing as we are leaving".

I will return inshallah to visit Kuwait. I would like to return when the class of 2015 graduates and/or when Russ McLean retires as superintendent. But I will only be visiting, not living there. Will never get that feeling of coming "home" to the desert. Yes leaving in august was always hard, but I knew I was returning to something familiar. And it was a good feeling.

Our friends and family members here have been fantastic to us upon our return. They are giving us enough space to process, yet reminding us that we Are HOME. With a few people, I feel like they want us to say that yes, we are feeling safe here and that it was horrible living in the ME and we are so happy to be back on red, white and blue soil.

We haven't had any flashbacks or really severe re integration problems besides getting kicked out of a sauna in Germany for WEARING a swimsuit ( modesty got the best of me). We had sticker shock when we ordered two large pizzas and they were 40 dollars. Don't even ask about gas prices as we were prepared for that shock. ( going from not driving for 9 months of the year to almost daily dependence on a vehicle is almost a blog entry in itself.)

No I am not done processing. But I do have a huge warm spot in my heart for Kuwait and I know it's not from sunburn.
More later as the process continues....

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Segueing into fathers day

Had a great fathers day in Aachen with Marion. Learned how to ride a segway..lots of fun!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sunrise on the St.Charles bridge in Prague

I read in the Lonely Planetguidebook that the St Charles bridge was best seen at sunrise.they were right.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Best unplanned day ever!

We said goodbye to Ben and Jolene this morning and sent them onto Austria. We didn't know what today would bring but we had the best day just wondering around, taking our time, seeing the sites and enjoying vacation. is GOOD,

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Final breakfast

I seem to be writing about a lot of final things. Well it is part of the process. We seem to be eating our way out of the country, one farewell meal after the other. Scenes from the hs breakfast hosted by " the other Mrs Brown" the principal.