Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beaches, Babies, Byes

Where have I been?
I'm still alive! Many of you might be wondering where in the world I have been and why I haven't been blogging. I think about my blog and blogging land every once in a while but the last two months have been insanity. But insanity that is packed with fun adventures, good friends and lots of laughing and learning!  So, rather than post a million posts to catch you up, I will give you a very short run down with photos as to my whereabouts over the last little while...

Turks and Caicos.
End of April, my mom, my friend Lindie and I went to Turks and Caicos for the most fabulous nine day holiday. It was pure paradise with pristine sandy beaches and so much to discover. We had a rental car and explored the entire island and some of the other islands that we had to go to by ferry. The trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure!

On many different planes. In the photo about, you can see Niagara Falls!

Diving for starfish and conch shells.
The waters in T & C were amazing!  So much to see and beautiful coral reefs!  One day we dove for conch shells and then ate the conch for lunch! So tasty!

Enjoying Quebec Culture at Cirque de Soleil with the students.
Amaluna just had its world premiere in Old Port of Montreal and it was fantastic!

Eating Sushi...

Enjoying visits in the office from this little one and her sister in between work. 

Enjoying our amazing spring and summer weather.
Never before have I had the anticipation and excitement for spring as I did this year. The winter wasn't so great and so the promise of new life was wonderful. 

Hanging out with our students. 
Wonderful people. Lots of fun. Lots of great conversations.

Saying Goodbye to this family who left in May to go work and live at Capernwray Harbour in BC.

Hanging out with some of my co-workers

Performing amazing things in our talent show.

Taking photos of students.
(this photo doesn't totally sum up the year but I think it's hilarious)

Planting friendship trees and making memories. 
(what's a friendship tree you ask? well, you plant a tree with a friend i guess? and hope it doesn't die... because i dont' know what that would say about your friendship..)

 Washington, D.C. 
Yes, I'm crazy and did a three day roadtrip to D.C. to see how much American history I didn't know. (turned out it was a lot). Visited the Smithsonian and lots of other cool places. Such a great city!

 Intercourse, Pennsylvania...
Okay, one of the highlights of my roaddtrip to DC. I have always wanted to go there and take a picture with the sign, because it's funny. The town did not disappoint-it in fact exceeded my expectations and was quite a lovely place to visit!

The Capitol building.
(which upon entering Washington in the wee hours of the morning, my roommate proclaims "Look! It's the White House!!" Ten seconds later, "Oops.. nope, that's the Capitol building"... turns out she had a bit of trouble identifying the white house later on due to the number of white buildings that were around us...)

Enjoying taking pictures.

Visiting the White House.

Enjoying the company of many women at our English Ladies' Retreat and our French Ladies' Retreat. 
So great to connect with so many women from around Quebec!  I can't wait for next year!

Playing with some of my favorite kids in Saskatchewan.

 Being awakened in the wee hours of the morning by above mentioned favorite kids.

Playing with my niece and nephew, and meeting my new niece!!  

Yay for newborn snuggles!!

And now I'm back in Quebec. Bible School is over and we're full into the swing of conferencing season. Enjoying summer and looking forward to going to Calgary in a few weeks and enjoying visit from good friends over the next couple months!  Stay tuned for more updates (in about a month or two... hahaha)