Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
We are back yet again. It seems our first 2 months here we have hardly lived HERE! But now our traveling days are over for awhile and we can finish getting settled and unpacked, start really learning the language and culture and just start living! We have been in Rome for the past week and I have lots of pictures to share.
However, tonight is the Euro Cup FINAL and Spain is in it!!! Last Sunday, Spain beat Italy for the first time in 88 years!!!! So it was a big deal. The game starts in less than an hour and horns have been honking for the last few. Spain plays Germany (unfortunately, L&K), which as our taxi driver told me today, "They aren't bad, but they aren't the team they were when I was young . . ." So we'll just have to wait and see. The plus side about Spain winning is obvious; We get to puff up with pride for the country we reside in. The down side if they win is we will most likely get to listen to car horns and fireworks well into the night. There is a plaza somewhat nearby where fans gather to watch the game and it's been full since yesterday afternoon. They are serious about their soccer! We get into it because it is pretty fun here. I'm off to bake some old fashioned chocolate chip cookies, drink some coke, and watch the game! Check back later for pictures of our trip!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
We had fun playing 'around-the-world' with some of the seminary students.
At the statue of Christopher Columbus.
What a way to see the sights!
Taking a dip in the Mediterranean . . .
. . . And taking a nap on Daddy's shoulder.
Seriously, having a beach so close by was awesome.
And back in Barcelona . . .
Hey! Haven't we been here before?
Quick story-a few hears ago, Jesse and I were traveling from Caceres, Spain (Where I was student teaching) to Lyon, France where Jesse's brother and sister-in-law live. We ended up having a 9 hour lay over in Barcelona so we decided to take advantage of seeing a new city. We stored our luggage, and headed out. I'd learned about La Sagrada Familia in one of my Spanish classes, but didn't remember much about it. I just knew it was a famous landmark. So we went to see the old cathedral. We paid our 8 euros, went in and found that we happened to be visiting La Sagrada Familia at a time when they were doing renovations! Bummer! There was scaffolding everywhere, and there just wasn't much to see on the inside. So after about 20 minutes, we said, "Oh well. Maybe someday when we are here again we can see it when renovations aren't taking place." Later that day, we were on a train headed to France. I was reading the brochure about La Sagrada Familia and read this:
Originally designed by Antoni Gaudi, (1852 – 1926), who worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to the endeavor, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2026.
That's right folks. 2026. We were in a world famous place and spent a mere 20 minutes inside, then left because we thought it was being renovated! It's not being renovated, it's being finished! How smart are we?
So if you are wondering, we did NOT go in this time, but checked out the progress since we last left La Sagrada Familia 3 years ago. I would say it's coming along. But will it make it's 2026 completion date? I'm thinking no.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Sunday was our last day with Nana and Grandpy and Grandma. We went to a park and enjoyed being in the sunshine!
"I sure do love my Grandpy!"
I had to get the hind view of Renae crawling away . . .
My favorite Mom and Mom-in-law.
Renae gave Grandma a big kiss. (One was for Grandpa too!)
If you know Penni, you know why I had to take this picture. :)
Monday we were all alone. :( So to kill time, Renae and I went into Downtown Chicago and hung out on the Navy Pier.
The long arm/timed shot doesn't work as well with a 9 month old . . .
But this long arm shot did!
Renae's bed on the way home. MUCH better!
Lake Michigan was so nice to visit on this sunny day.
A visit to the Field House Museum of Natural History isn't complete without a picture in front of "Sue."
And these pictures were taken only because I saw this view and said, "Aww, Trey and Kari would love this exhibit."
Can you read all of that?
Relaxing at the pool that night.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Renae asleep on the plane. We had an entire row to ourselves!
Please forgive the fact that my 9 month old is "watching" T.V. But come on! We had 10 hours to fill! You can only read, play peek-a-boo, sleep and climb on Mom so much . . .
See? She did read during the flight.
Renae is ready to take her first dip in the pool with Grandpy!
This girl is NOT afraid of water . . . thank goodness!