Monday, August 15, 2011

Michigan photo recap

We had such a great time in Michigan visiting friends and family. Even though we were only there for 3-4 weeks, I'm so glad we were able to see everyone and do everything we had planned, and more. It really was the perfect way to enjoy being in America again.

The boys couldn't get over all the grass and fields and wide open spaces. It was like Korea was a dream and we had never left the states. Even now, knowing that it wasn't a dream when I see all the open land and sky, I can't imagine living with buildings on top of buildings and people on top of people. Playing in the dirt and grass and water was perfect "therapy" for us, the perfect relaxation and recovery from the long flights and time changes.

Here's a small sample of pictures I took during our vacation. I would give anything to have my Adobe Photoshop on our desktop, but unfortunately until we get our HHG (household goods), I'll have to deal with SOOTC (straight-out-of-the-camera) shots. They still turned out pretty great, but the perfectionist in me would like to tweak a few things. It's amazing how little things like that, editting in Adobe Photoshop, become a habit and crutch.

We had plenty of firsts and favorite experiences while we were there.

Zander got to run around in only a diaper, playing in the grass, sand and water. He's such a naked baby, it has been heaven for him to be unclothed. While he was a little uncertain about the feeling of the grass in his toes, he quickly warmed up to the idea of running around without clunky shoes and has stayed that way since. All the water, lakes and pools, has made him so happy. He has no fear regarding water and it has been more scary for me than anything else.

Gabe got to go fishing with Grandpa Larry and Uncle Ken at the cottage, something he's been asking about since we arrived in Korea. First he went fishing off the dock and caught a minnow, then we took the boat out and he caught a good size blue gill. It was a little late in the season for catching fish, but I'm so glad he made those memories. I know he'll be excited the next time we go to Michigan for fishing. He also go to "camp" outside for the first time with Uncle AJ and cousins Bella and Spencer. Although, it only lasted about an hour, he still had fun hanging out with his cousins. The sounds and dark of the backyard at Grandma and Grandpa Brongs were a little intense for him, and the tent and sleeping bags were moved to the basement.

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