BEST VACATION EVER
Family, friends, boating, canoeing, church families, cornhole, fourth of July, pick up trucks, mountains, dirt bikes, football, American food, game nights, hiking, grill-outs, movie nights, bonfires.... Some of the many things that made this trip the BEST VACATION EVER. There's nothing quite like being back home after 2 1/2 years and getting your fill of all your favorite things. I checked all my favorite foods, places, and activities off my list and am already looking forward to the next time I'm back in the States. #MERICA
This trip was a great reminder for Will and I of how many special people we have on the other side of the world that love and care for us. We got to see so many incredible people and were sad that there were many that we still didn't end up getting to see. Our hearts are full.
Below I've added a full video from our adventures in the Cincinnati area, along with many pictures!
A Grand Welcoming
It's no surprise that the Claibourne family goes big at airports to welcome loved ones. Setting foot on American soil after so long was amazing. Seeing my family was even better! Also extremely happy that my Thai brother, Richie, was able to join us for a few days!!
Fourth of July
When we decided to spend the summer in the States, I wanted to be sure that we were here for the 4th of July to celebrate this country that I love! Will and I had a blast playing outdoor games and picnicing with many old and new friends.
I had a list of restaurants and foods I knew I had to get when we were back. We enjoyed so many of our favorite foods! (Some not shown here, including Skyline. That was our first stop! I also enjoyed lots and lots of bacon!!)
If you left America for a while, what restaurants or food would be on your "must have" list? Write them in the comment section at the end of the blog!
Grateful for the many people God has brought into our lives and that we got to see some of them in Ohio. Some are from high school, some from college, some from internships, some from church, some through basketball, etc. (Some are not pictures here) We are thankful!
Thanks to 4 different families, we were able to get out on the water on 4 different occasions. We enjoyed boating twice (knee-boarding, tubbing, and wakeboarding), swimming in a pool, and canoeing on a river!!
A special thanks to Brandi for taking these family pictures for us! Here are a few. (Just missing Evan)
Other Special Moments
Other special moments included hiking, visiting both my childhood home church and Cincinnati home church, enjoying beautiful sunsets, visiting Newport, going back to the place Will and I met (CCU), watching France win the World Cup, and enjoying a bonfire and smores. Many other moments weren't captured in pictures but they are memories and moments I'll never forget.
A big thanks to everyone that welcomed us into their home, fed us, gave us gifts, and took us on the water!!!
I'm extremely delayed in getting this blog post out but in May, Will and I spent my birthday weekend in Spain. We stayed in Roses Spain for a few days and spent a day in a nearby city called Girona. Both were incredibly beautiful and I was so excited to experience the Spanish culture!
In January we did two very typical French things: Skiing and a Professional soccer game. I was new to both, so it was pretty exciting!
Sharing all about our Holidays the past 2 months!
Will's family asked me this year if we could celebrate Thanksgiving, since they had never experienced it before. I was a little overwhelmed by the idea of cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal by myself for 7 people. I spent a few days preparing traditional Thanksgiving dishes and somehow pulled it off! This was also Will's first time cutting a turkey. (Which we had to pre-order because they don't sell them in stores.) It was their first time eating a turkey like this, super fun!
I am really excited to share photos from the very talented Emily Frazer. In the spring, Emily came to France and offered to take photos for Will and I. I love having photos of us in a city that we love so much. Please please go check Emily out. She was incredible to work with and obviously her photos are amazing too! I put some of my favorites below for you to check out!
MOM COMES TO FRANCE
Just finished an INCREDIBLE two weeks with my "muth." We spent lots of time:
-Exploring Lyon & Annecy France
-Eating LOTS AND LOTS of pastries and desserts
-Watching a ton of movies! (Mostly Christmas!)
-Having amazing talks
-Relaxing and Cooking together.
Enjoy our trip through pictures!
I stole this "10 Things" idea from Mary Kate Robertson and her blog "thelittleduckwife.com" because I think it's a great way to share the little things happening in our lives, what I love, what I am learning, etc.
Excited to finally share that Evan and Leah spent the past week with us in France!! It went WAY too fast but we had so much fun. It's been around 2 years since we've all 4 been together so it was much needed!
We met in Paris EARLY Tuesday morning and spent the day there. The rest of the time was spent taking day trips near Lyon and just enjoying playing games, being goofy, and watching "Brooklyn 99" (Great show, go watch it on Netflix) together. Check out our pictures below: