Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Guess What--We're Home!!

Kristen says...

Happy Birthday Jay! (Brother-in-law, father to nephew Ezra!!!) :)

Well, we made it! We are both home (Iowa home)! Chris, as I mentioned during my last post, has been home a little bit longer than I have, since he got here the 7th. I left Teguc on the afternoon of the 17th, and made it in (better late than never) to Des Moines late that night. I was surprised and VERY happy to be met by:
-Chris (of course)
-(Sister) Michelle
-(Brother-in-Law) Nate (those two came to visit, of you remember)
-(Sister) Rebecca
-(Brother-in-Law) Jay (birthday boy mentioned above)
-(Nephew) EZRA!!!

Here are a couple of the million pictures I have taken of him, because he is ADORABLE:

Yep. He's absolutely adorable. I love him. Chris loves him. Everybody loves him!! Super super super cute! :)

We spent the first night in Des Moines at Chris' Grandma's house, and then visited with friends and family on Saturday at Baby Boomers (YUM!) and at my Grandpa's house, then went home to Osky. Chris had to work Monday, so he and I went back to Des Moines (this is a pattern--we've been up and back about 5 times this week) and then I got to spend the day running errands and seeing people from my old jobs. I spent the next few days in Winterset with Rebecca, Jay, and Ezra, and in Des Moines with friends.

Chris' birthday was the 23rd, so we went back to Osky to celebrate with his family. Then we spent the 24th at church (2x!) and playing cards, the 25th eating (3 meals!), and the 26th celebrating my Grandpa Foster's life and opening lots and lots of presents. (Thanks everybody!)

Yesterday evening we went back to Des Moines to run some errands, but ended up spending the whole time at an unexpected but fun dinner party with 2 of Chris' groomsmen (I think they were as surprised to see us there as we were to see them!). Not a productive trip, but a fun one!

Today we had lunch with my Grandpa and are now spending the evening cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes (Chris) or the Mizzou Tigers (Me--I almost went there for my undergrad) in the Insight.com Bowl.

Tomorrow my brother Timothy and I are headed to West Branch, Iowa (about 2 hours away) to view a museum exhibit about Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (yes, he was born in Iowa, but ran out of California). Some of Laura' s papers are housed there (donated by her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, who was a personal friend of Hoover) and I haven't visited there since 1996, so I am VERY excited!

Pip is still in Honduras, staying with friends...I miss him A LOT, but I guess not enough because we're extending our stay here a few days... :-D

Reading back over this entry, it's kind of disjointed and a little random, but I guess you get the idea...we've been busy, had a lot of time with family and friends, and altogether had a GREAT trip!

I will leave you with a few more pictures of our time in Iowa, and will do my VERY BEST to tell you about my trip to West Branch tomorrow...

Oh yeah, and we had a WHITE CHRISTMAS!! ;)

Hope yours was as great as ours...


PS: Here's the info on the pics: Me with Ezra; Chris with Ezra; one of Ezra's cute faces; Chris and a picture of my Grandpa; my parents, sister, and brother-in-law at Christmas; stockings at Chris' house; my brother Tim in the deep snow; Millie, the 17-year old beagle; Sonny and Phebe, mom's horses; the beautiful square in Oskaloosa; bird in a pretty snowy tree; Mom and I messing around in the snow; Ezra's kissy face; Dad glorying in the family, weather, walking, and everything else (we took a nice long walk today); and of course, Chris and I snuggling in the snow. It's been a great trip home!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

10 Days of Chris-less...

Kristen says...

Happy Birthday Mommy!! :)

Well, as the title says, I have been Chris-less the past 10 days...Chris went back to Iowa last Tuesday to spend some actual face-time with his co-workers (and, I think, to make me jealous from all the Iowa-related things he's been doing). Not that I'm in a hurry to leave Teguc for the holidays, but there are a few things I am excited about seeing:

1) My Husband. 10 Days is a long time!!
2) My Parents. 5 Months is a long time!!
3) My Nephew! He is 17 days old today!!
4) My siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, past co-workers, and everyone else I will be seeing over the break!!
5) Baby Boomers, Centro, India Star, and all the delicious Des Moines restuarants!!
6) SNOW!!

But, of course, there are things I will miss, even for the short time I will be gone:
1) Pupusas, baliadas, and all the other Honduran-ish foods that I have come to love over the past few months. (And yes, I know Pupusas are Salvadoran)
2) Friends. I have a lot of friends here, and I will, of course, miss them.
3) Pip. He's staying with friends who are going to take really good care of him, but I really hate leaving him behind. (But I think he hates flying more).
4) Warm-ish weather. As excited as I am for snow, the cold weather that comes with it will not be as nice. (Although I will have the appropriate clothing for it there, which I am somewhat lacking in here...it's been pretty cold the past few weeks!)
5) And a lot of other things too. I really like living in Honduras!

So what have I done to keep myself busy during my 10 days of Chris-less?
Well, of course there was school. I had to grade speeches in 1 class, presentations in 3 classes, and tests in four, not to mention daily work, review games to prepare, and narratives to write. So I have been very busy.

I also had friends who were kind enough to invite me to leave my house every once in a while (I'm a bit of a homebody). I had dinner, saw a movie, went shopping in Valle de Angeles, and attended the Russian Ballet on Ice and a baby shower. I also helped put on a holiday party for a group of kids from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos last Saturday, which was nice but EXHAUSTING! (I have pictures, but they are on my phone still. I will get them put up a bit later.)

So, it hasn't been totally miserable, (well, except for the nights--I hate sleeping in an empty house) and I got a lot of snuggle-time with Pip, but overall I am SO HAPPY that today is my last Chris-less day, and I get to fly home tomorrow!!

My plan is to blog while I'm home, but I won't make any promises...I'm pretty sure we'll be very busy making up for 5 months of absence.

To all our readers, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah/Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, or just enjoy the time you have off from work or school. Thank you for the gift of your reading and comments this past year...it has been fun to interact with you over the Internet!

I hope you all have the best 2011!