Our Last Day

It’s our last full day in Maryland.  There is still snow on the ground, but most of it has melted off.  It has warmed up a bit since we arrived.  The temperature right now is 48 degrees.  It’s mostly cloudy and has been raining on and off all day long.  Today we took a trip to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.  We walked around a bit and ended up in a bookstore.  I bought books for my daughters to read on the plane.  Then, my family wanted to go into Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  I chose not.  They went into the museum, and I went shopping.  I also went shopping with my sister-in-law yesterday.  Good thing I brought an extra suitcase!!

My cold has pretty much gone away.  My throat no longer hurts, so the antibiotics must have done the trick.  I actually got to have dinner with my family yesterday at my in-laws’ house.  Today is my sister-in-law’s birthday, so we will have more family time tonight. My kids are having an awesome time doing activities they would not get to do at home.  They are mostly enjoying the snow time.  My youngest daughter, Allison, said she wants to move here.  I wonder if she would feel differently if she actually lived here in the winter?  I suppose, as with anything, you just get used to to it.  I told Allison she could live out here, but I am going back home.  Here is a picture of the girls building their first snowman!

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The best part of the evening was seeing a family of deer walking through the woods before we sat down to dinner last night.  They came close to the house looking for food.  My mother-in-law informed us that their neighbor sometimes leaves food out for them, so the deer always come by to see if there is anything for them.  Unfortunately, there was nothing for them yesterday.  The deer hung out and waited for a bit just in case.  We all stood at the dining room window and watched the deer until they went on their way.  They also watched us cautiously.

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deer1

It will be harder to spot the deer when we come back for another visit.  I am pretty sure we won’t be coming in the winter for our next trip out.  The trees in the woods will be covered with leaves.  The deer will be hidden from view, and they won’t have to come up close to the house to search for food.  We are so lucky to have seen them up close.

There are so many things to remember about this trip.  However, the best memories are the ones spent with our loved ones.  It has been great seeing my husband’s side of the family.  My kids and their cousins pretty much picked up where they left off.  It was like they had never been apart.  In fact, my kids will be spending their last night in Maryland with their cousins.  They are spending the night at my sister-in-law’s house.  Tomorrow we start our trip back to home sweet home.

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A New Day, A New Year

New Year’s Day has got to be one of my favorite days of the whole year.  Sure, it’s the first day of the new year.  But, I like the feeling I have on this day.  I always seemed to be filled with hope about the possibilities this year can bring.  I don’t know what those possibilities are, but it’s just exciting to think about it.

In the past, I was always worried about what the future would bring.  I don’t know why I was so anxious about it, but I am pretty sure it had something to do with my fear of the unknown.  However, I realize I have no control over what will happen in the future.  I can only control what is happening in the present.  I am going to try very hard to enjoy each moment as it comes this year.

To sum up how I feel, here is a photo that my oldest daughter, Cassie, took of Malia and my nephew.  My daughter, Malia, decided to take a break on the grass and my nephew decided to join her.  They both look so happy and relaxed.  They were enjoying the late sunshine and had no cares at all.  I wish I could bottle up that feeling.  No worries.  Enjoy life!  I love how this picture shows this.  I love how Cassie captured a special moment between cousins.

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