Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quick 2 weeks back in PA/MD

I'll try to keep my recap of going back to our hometowns pretty brief as most of you were there. We had 2 weeks of time back there and way too much planned during that time.
A night out with BFFs!
Back in MD!

The kids did great on the flight. Poor Paige didn't get a break from schooling and had roadschool on the plane.
Home town visit- flying and Johns Hopkins Women's Lacrosse program friendship from #FOJ #friendsofjaclyn
No rest for the wicked

We use a CARES airplane carseat-like safety harness for Logan. For him, it was like a long car ride. His moment of freedom came and went before and after a diaper change. I think these 2 pictures pretty well sum it up:
Home town visit- flying and Johns Hopkins Women's Lacrosse program friendship from #FOJ #friendsofjaclyn
HE'S FREE!
Home town visit- flying and Johns Hopkins Women's Lacrosse program friendship from #FOJ #friendsofjaclyn
WAVE YOUR HANDS LIKE YOU JUST DON'T CARE!

I don't have pictures of it, but Grandma Lisa and Grandpa Alan surprised the kids at the airport. When Paige saw Grandma Lisa, she took off like a bolt of lightning; I actually worried there would be a tackle as part of it. There were huge smiles and tears all around.

We didn't waste any time jumping into activities and had a night of pumpkin carving with the Johns Hopkins Women's Lacrosse team. As they all are with the team- it was a great night.
Home town visit- flying and Johns Hopkins Women's Lacrosse program friendship from #FOJ #friendsofjaclyn
The Pumpkins
Home town visit- flying and Johns Hopkins Women's Lacrosse program friendship from #FOJ #friendsofjaclyn
The Team
Home town visit- flying and Johns Hopkins Women's Lacrosse program friendship from #FOJ #friendsofjaclyn
Thank you, coaches!

A couple of nights later, we had dinner out with friends. There were many, many laughs all around.
A night out with BFFs!
The group
A night out with BFFs!
Silly Moms
A night out with BFFs!
Silly Dads
A night out with BFFs!
BFFs
A night out with BFFs!
BFFs

A few Harrisons (JR, Lori, Kayla, Travis, Kyle, Hailey, and Grace) joined us at Alan and Lisa's house for another round of pumpkin carving.
Family visit and pumpkin carving
Cousin Kyle and Hailey
Family visit and pumpkin carving
Pumpkins painting for the littles
Family visit and pumpkin carving
Visiting for the adults
Family visit and pumpkin carving
Cousins

We visited with Grandpa Pedro and Grandma Janet and I finally broke my slump of not taking pictures when we're around them.
Grandparents are the bestest
Clearly they approve
Grandparents are the bestest
Roadschool, learning to tell time
Grandparents are the bestest
Puzzle measuring

Halloween Night, we spent it with Uncle Jared, Aunt Jennifer, Stella, and Marshall at Alan and Lisa's house.
Trick or treating with cousins
Little Red Riding Hood & the Wolf; Jake the Pirate; and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas
Man boobs
Madonna

We celebrated Paige's being back and sort of an early birthday by hosting a bowling party down in Columbia. It was great to see all of the kids (and their parents!).
Bowling Party for Paige
Friends
Bowling Party for Paige
Friends
Bowling Party for Paige
Logan loving on Rehab
Bowling Party for Paige
Food, round 1
Bowling Party for Paige
Paparazzi
Bowling Party for Paige
Such a wonderful group

That turned into an afterparty at LuLu and Selma's house. A horror movie was made by the kids.
Friends Get Together
Filming, take 7
Friends Get Together
Watching their movie

We broke free from that to go over to the Dustins' house for another get together of friends.
Dinner visit
Little buddies
Dinner visit
Big buddies
Dinner visit
BFFs
Dinner visit
The ladies

We got serious and attended our first Howard County Homeschool Review. Our reviewer was very helpful!
Howard County Homeschool review
Sneaky photo taking
Howard County Homeschool review
Listening intently

We visited with Tara and her family.
Family get together
I do love my niece so very much!
Family get together
Cousins
Family get together
Jerome.

Got haircuts at Altland and Friends.
Haircuts
Cut, color, the whole 9 yards.
Haircuts
Paige's turn
Haircuts
Logan's turn

Aunt Danyiel came to visit. Sadly, I don't have any photos from it.

And we attended Marshall's birthday, but somehow didn't take any pictures there, either.

Got pictures done with all of Alan and Lisa's grandkids.
Family pictures
My only photo- waiting for our turn or waiting to see our pictures.

Visited with Grandpa Pedro and Grandma Janet again.
Family get together
Dad and me
Family get together
It's so puzzling

And then, like the whirlwind that it was- we were back on the airplane and headed "home". Interesting tidbit- I had someone ask if we felt weird to be to going "home" to our camper since it wasn't at a fixed location. Seeing and leaving our friends and family all over again is bittersweet- we miss everyone often, but really do consider out tiny house on wheels as "home". In fact, we often call it "our house" because it's more than just "our camper".
Flying "home"
Overlooking Annapolis

We got back into Vegas late and immediately got on the road for Pahrump, NV so that we could go exploring Death Valley. But that's for the next installment....

Like I end almost every blog entry, there really are way more pictures on Flickr.


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