Back After a Break (+ a Weekend With Family)

Sooooo, I know I take a lot of breaks from this blog and come back apologizing (as thought there are masses waiting to read what I’ve written. Ha!), but this time the my break was very unplanned and kind of frustrating. I’ve been having some technical issues with the blog and I had to get them sorted out before I posted again. It was really frustrating, mostly because I’m quite technologically illiterate. But thank goodness for good friends who help you out when you need it (and don’t make you feel dumb, even though you’re asking the most basic questions).


While I was on a break I had the very best weekend since we’ve been back. I feel like life starting moving at breakneck speed again once we touched down in RDU, and we really haven’t had many moments to just relax and soak up time as a family of four. But this weekend I took off work the entire weekend (Friday through Monday!!) and my sister and her husband came into town. The girls have been sooooo excited to meet “Bonboo and Marka” since FaceTiming with them in Uganda. We had such a wonderful time with the two of them. I think it’s safe to say that Teddy* and JJ* are pretty smitten with their aunt and uncle.

I’m including some pictures from our awesome fun-filled weekend below :).


Uncle Mark brought the most fun puzzles for the girls. They have 5 layers and each layer is a different body system, so as you move down–or up–the puzzle you reveal muscles, internal organs, and bone. They probably put these together 100 times over the weekend (and they’re working on them again right now as I type this).


On Saturday we went to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham and had the best time. The girls were thrilled with all the exhibits and it was so nice to just let them play as long as they wanted in each one.


Other highlights included JJ getting a butterfly to light on her finger, then trying not to move a muscle so it would stick around. She was so sweet and so patient attempting to get the butterflies. I just love seeing her little personality on display.


We had so much fun that someone totally fell asleep and didn’t wake up until later that afternoon.


This sister of mine. She let me nap for 2 full hours on Friday and got the girls up from their nap, dressed, and beds made all while I slept. I felt better than I had in weeks afterward. Thank you, Auntie Bonboo! I was in desperate need of that little break!


Saturday night we made chapati and African tea, two of our favorite foods from Uganda, for Bonnie and Mark. I am loving my new-to-me teapot I’ve used several times for the tea.

That’s all for now. I’m so glad to be back here blogging! Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed that I can manage the new techie stuff here ;).

*I’ll be using nicknames for both the girls here and on social media just to maintain some privacy for them :).




Weekend at Home

We just got back last night from a really great weekend at my parents’ house. Corey and I drove up Friday night for my sister’s baby shower on Saturday (more on that later). I have such a love/hate relationship with going home. Not to my parents’ house specifically, more just my hometown. But once I get there, I always feel relaxed and rejuvenated in just the best way. There’s something to be said for being around the people you love the most who really get you, ya know?


Anyway, being home was wonderful. It was even better because literally everyone was able to come (both sisters and both of their husbands). My mom makes her house really inviting and comfortable and fun. We just had the best time being together and laughing. And the weather! After 9 summers in NC, I must have forgotten what PA summers were like. I was wearing sweaters at two different times during the weekend! That is just out of the realm of possibility during August in NC. I would kill for weather like that here right now. But oh well, Durham has its charms, I guess ;).


Cece had a blast running around (mostly chasing the boys) the backyard here. I wish I had a picture of that. She’s a country dog at heart :). We’ll have to work on our back yard situation for our next house.

I’m going to go work on my to-do list. I’ll be back with all the shower details later on.


Weekend, Friends, and iPhones

Nothing too exciting to report here. We had an average run-of-the-mill weekend. Made infinitely better (as always) by some quality time with friends. Friday night we had some friends over to watch a movie and eat snacks. I made these:

And they were epic. I’ve loved donut muffins for awhile, but add Nutella? Perfection. They were so good that I made them again for a snack for small group on Sunday.

Saturday morning I had coffee and quality time with some girls from our small group. It was so much fun and made me wish we could do it more often. Like every weekend? How does that sound, girls? 😉

We decided to do a relaxed and casual date Saturday night and went to Bull City Burger and Brewery for burgers–beef and bacon for Corey and their amazing bean burger for me.

Sunday night we were reunited with our small group, and honestly I don’t think we realized how much we missed these people. We had so much fun sharing and laughing and being serious and just laughing…a lot. How did we get by without you guys this summer? We are so looking forward to a great year learning and growing with you all.

It’s always a little sad when the week starts again. How do the weekends fly by so fast? I’m currently delaying the return to reality by attempting to make a decision between these two iPhone cases:

Effective, right? (And yes, I do in fact have an obsession with navy and white…)

Have a great week, everyone!