December 30, 2011 § 15 Comments

Christmas, oh Christmas… here one day, and gone the next. I have been soaking in every moment of being home… and documenting none of it.

Here are the leftovers:

Candy canes that my mom will try to pawn off on the guests that are attending her New Years Eve bash.

The quarter burnt pine candle that as far as I am concerned can stay out all year long.

And the “best pumpkin pie I have ever eaten!!” Words of my father – I completely agree.

I followed this recipe exactly. Amazing!

My Christmas break at home has been absolutely wonderful. I’ve been surrounded by family and friends from the moment I touched down. There is always so much to do and so many people to see when I am stateside. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

There has also been some purchasing and planning in the future department. Just when life gets normal it changes again. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Thoughts from the plane: I’ll miss you more

December 20, 2011 § 23 Comments

December 14, 2011 – MAD -> MCO


Him: I’m going to miss you.

Her: No, I’m going to miss you!

Him: Well, I’m going to miss you more.

Her: No, I’m going to miss you more!!

Him: Nooo, I’m going to miss YOU more!!!

* All said in that mushy gushy love voice*


The above conversation has never happened between the Spaniard and I. If I started talking to the Mr. in that mushy love voice I have no doubt he would look at me like I was crazy.

[I wonder if couples in the Spanish culture have their own way of playing this little lovers game?]

As I sit on the plane I can’t help but think… I WILL miss him more. More than my last trip home.

When people ask, “How does it feel being married?” My response is “it feels exacts the same – and that is exactly how I like it.”

Life is good.

But I think there is something about being married. I think I will miss him more. Alas, back and forth, here and there, this is our life for now. And like I said, life is good.

Even through the missing anticipation I am beyond excited. Excited for Christmas shopping, cooking and baking. I missed Christmas in the U.S. last year and I am looking forward to every hectic minute. Tis the season for absolute mayhem. I can’t wait.


Update: 5 days in and I have never loved Christmas more. My family has made this trip so special and we aren’t even to the big day yet. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Nothing but lately

December 5, 2011 § 24 Comments

I feel like I have nothing to say – but I want to write so I remember this time – my last December living in Madrid.

I’m spending a lot if time with myself… and the city.

The weather has been beautiful [I know I’m jinxing it] cold, but not too cold, and sunny. [I can hear the clouds rolling in.]

I’m cherishing the time I get to spend with the Spaniard. He is working so hard to prepare to move to the states. I could not be more grateful, but I miss him.

And the truth be told, I miss America and my identity there. [I have many reflective thoughts on this that I’m sure I’ll share one day.]

I am so excited to go home for Christmas! My mother has been sending progress pictures of our tree at home.

Petticoat is on.

Half clothed.

Fully dressed.

Accessorized! Now this is Christmas.

Is the fraser fir not the best scent ever!?

Last years love.

I can’t wait!

…for Dad hugs too.

In other exciting news: Guess what has been removed.

The lovely crane/drill/massive noise making device that has haunted me for over a year.

That’s right. Bye bye. Merry Christmas to me!

Let’s call it a week [because you know I have a weird way of counting] until I fly west. I’m choosing to believe that the holidays don’t start until I get home. But I do appreciate Madrid’s lights. The city is truly beautiful at Christmas time.

Want to share one nonsense thing going on with you lately?

Finish this sentence: The holidays don’t start until ________.

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