Except that there was no glitch. The information that was previously here disappeared due to nothing other than well, whatever. So, in order to protect my sanity, let's try a modified version....
Okay, since we are leaving next week and trying to see so many people while back in the States...it would probably help if you knew where we will be and when, eh? Also, remember that when I say us, we or our, I am referring to myself and the girls only!
Keep in mind that this is sort of a 'work in progress'. The schedule is fluid, as are our lives for the most part. If you have any specific questions about dates (want to meet up??), send me a note!
July 2 - Squeeze ourselves onto the Icelandair flight w/all the other escaping Icelanders. Yes, they too like to have some warmer weather (less rainy?) and are notorious for departing the country for most of July and August.
Between a playdate with friends and finding summertime clothes for the kids, we are booked for our first full day back in the country!
Celebrate July 4 in true Annapolis style w/Mark, Shannon & Sandy. We are thinking Bailey will probably sit this one out....
Then a few days in the area. We are hoping to use this time to catch up with friends in the area and perhaps visit some local DC sights. We will be overnighting in MD, but will have a car and will travel.
Sweltering (we hope) in Memphis. There is nothing like a few days in 100 degree heat and 100% humidity to make you appreciate the cooler weather near the Arctic Circle. The girls will be enjoying day camp the first week and seeing the sights in Memphis. Yes, I may actually visit Graceland for the first time in my life.
We also will get to meet at least one new cousin, Walker Clay, born in late May. There is a rumor that another cousin, Emmitt Kraus, may choose to make his appearance then, but no guarantees, we can only hope!
The girls will then be spend some time with my dear friends, Shannon and Mark, as they host 'Campannapolis' for the girls for a few days. They are going to be doing a variety of water-based activities and basically, (the girls ) will spend the week adoring Mark. The super-nice part of the deal is that Shannon's friends Ben & Jen will have their nieces in town (close in age to our girls), so they will be collaborating and the girls will have playmates.
Then, the girls and I are headed to Chincoteague and will stay at the Island Motor Inn for one of our first real vacations in years. I will not reveal why we have not taken so many vacations recently, but if you know us at all, you will come up with the answer pretty quickly!
It wouldn't be a summer vacation without the requisite visit to Sesame Place. It may be the last year Cait is that excited about going, so we are going to enjoy it. We will also enjoy seeing many of my relatives. Uncle Joe and Aunt Pat will host a family picnic on Sunday afternoon, as we have realized we just don't see my PA relatives as much as we should!
Finally, we will head up to cooler weather in Massachusetts. We will be visiting with Pete's family on our final leg and the girls will be very excited to see their precious pup, Maggie!
Mid-August: We depart from Bostonand head back to the land of the Midnight Sun. Cait will have one week of vacation left during which she will celebrate her eighth (gasp!) birthday and then she starts third grade at her new school's location in Gardabaer!
Okay, I think that is it! We are super-excited and can't wait to see everyone!