It’s been quite a summer. Not one we’ll forgot or get mixed up with any other summer of our lives thus far.
The short version of the story is that in our 9 week summer we:
- changed time zones 7 times
- packed up our suitcases and changed beds 21 times
- drove no less than 3700 km
- 2200 of those kms in a 1990 Honda Accord with 5 adults and a dog
- enjoyed the wedding of our eldest daughter
- threw a ‘wedding party’ in Niagara for those who couldn’t make it to Saskatoon
- and spent 2 days touring Rome. Not 2 in a row, one at the beginning of the summer and one at the end
Now, you might be tired just reading that but you should also know that, somehow, there was incredible down time.
We spent 4 days at my parent’s home in Sarnia. Four days with octogenarians is pretty peaceful and quiet and was a really welcomed start to our summer.
Our whole family spent 4 days at the family cottage of our new son-in-law and 3 days at the homestead/cottage of his aunt and uncle (both in Saskatchewan). Dave and Honour and I also spent 2 days on Lake Huron with friends.
There were many challenges along the way but, believe it or not, nothing that ever reached the breaking point. Not ever. Not even close. That is nothing short of miraculous.
By the end I have to admit I was looking forward to coming home to our little apartment in Doha, where I know where everything is, where my suitcase gets unpacked and my weird groceries-of-choice are stored in the fridge and cupboards. I was also (I’ll admit again) looking forward to being unemployed. At least for a little while. At least while I caught my blog up and told you about all the great parts of the summer.
But alas that was not meant to be. Waiting in my inbox when I got home was a request from the school for me to teach Grade 3 for a month. Due to some sort of complication they find themselves desperate (why else would anyone ask me to do this!).
So I feel like I’ve been thrown into the deep end but I love a challenge. I love new experiences and I love where my personal philosophy (never say ‘no’ only because you’re scared) is taking me this time.
I’ll try to get a couple of posts done so you can see pictures of where we’ve been. There are a couple things in particular that I’d like to write about, and you’d like to see wedding pictures at least right?
I thought the 2nd year might be a little less adventurous. If the start is any indication….I was dreaming!
P.S. We have already arranged to rent a house in St. Catharines next summer. We will have a lot more time for visiting friends at a leisurely pace. That’s the plan anyhow.