Phew! It's been a while since I sat down to write and I've really missed this blog and all of my sweet readers!
We've been quite the travelers this fall and winter. We had a delightful visit to Boston and Newport in September, two awesome Charlottesville, Virginia trips in November and December, one wonderful weekend with my parents in D.C., and we're just back from the second of two exhilarating back-to-back Florida vacations with each of our families. My little black suitcase is significantly more battered now than it was back in the summer and I've become an expert at the pre-vacation to-do list. Deep-clean the house, make sure the rent and bills are paid, finish off the fruits and vegetables and any leftovers in the fridge. Despite my thoroughness, though, we still had to come back once or twice after pulling out of the driveway to check the stove or make sure I unplugged the hair dryer (thanks Mom, for passing on your worry gene!).
We have a few more trips on the horizon that are tentatively planned but I must say that I'm looking forward to a low-key January. When we got home last night I took a hot bath with lavender salts, read a good book in my own bed, and had the most restful night of sleep. A heavenly welcome for this girl who loves her routines and the calming comforts of home.
Of course I'm missing family like crazy. My Mom and Dad and brothers, my grandparents on my Dad's side who I haven't seen in far too long. My in-laws and my amazing sisters-in-law (one of the major perks of marrying my husband was that I gained not one, not two, but three sisters in the process). But I think that a few months of no traveling will really do me good. I'd like to spend a lot of time writing and practicing and eventually, hopefully, I can begin to plan our impending move.
Traveling and coming home. You can't have one without the other. I'm so thankful for these amazing vacations we've had, and mostly for the time spent with our favorite people in the whole world. I'm also so thankful for the sweet and simple familiarity of this little house I share with my husband. Traveling and coming home. They're perfect partners, don't you think?