Some catching up to do

I feel like I have some catching up to do. It’s been quite a long time since I was blogging regularly and I miss it.

Here goes! Let’s see – in the last year I planned a trip to Paris with my grandmother, went on said trip to Paris over my Spring Break, planned a trip to Barcelona and Madrid with my mom, went on said trip at the beginning of summer break, planned the most amazing wedding with my now husband, Scott, started a new position at my school as Administrative Assistant, traveled to Massachusetts for our most amazing wedding, Mini-Moon-ed in Maine, and moved to a new house! Oh, and I took a French class and a Spanish class at the beginning of the year along with planning said trips. Here are some photos of aforementioned adventures:Grandma and Adrianne in Giverny Engagement photo by Leigh McLindenPam and Adrianne at Montserrat DSC_0443Wedding Planning at Friendly Crossways Sam Adams Brewery Our wedding shower Marriage License Just married! Mine Mini-Moon mid Casco BayChristmas at Biltmore Our First Married Christmas Ornament IMG_0325 Moving truck! Kitchen window view Our new house is amazing. First of all, it’s an actual house. We don’t share any walls with anyone, we have a front yard and a backyard, and we have our own driveway. It’s definitely bigger than our apartment was, which makes it so that we actually have places for all of our things. A place for everything and everything in its place. (Credit where credit is due if that’s some individual’s quote.) Our kitchen is brilliant. It’s an eat in kitchen with a giant (very heavy) table so there’s room for hanging out and cooking and no one gets in anyone’s way. There’s a beautiful view of the mountains and we can tell that it will be absolutely lovely come spring time. We have at least three dogwoods … I’m so excited!!! And we can hardly wait to see what else pops up. The two bird feeders that hang outside our bay window are quite popular with the birds. We have a lengthy list of birds that we’ve seen from our window! And of course, a few squirrels.

Married life is wonderful. I’ve been adjusting to my new name and I love it. Otherwise it’s business as usual in the Anderson household. We often sit around fondly recalling moments from our wedding – it was the best – and being thankful for our beautiful new home. So here’s to all of the adventures that await in 2015!

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Camp Pamdrianne

Last week was Camp Pamdrianne. Pam + Adrianne = Pamdrianne.

It was absolutely grand.

Living room.

My mother, as many of you know, is moving to Kuwait. She is going to be teaching elementary school drama at the American School of Kuwait. It is a two-year contract, so we’re not talking about an indefinite move. However, she has been wanting to downsize for a long time now, so this is pretty much the perfect excuse. Or something. At any rate, she is selling her house and her car, purging like a maniac, putting everything she wants to keep in a small storage unit, and the rest is going with her to Kuwait. Over the course of the past several months she has had a good friend helping her with this gargantuan task and I have helped as I was able. This past week, during camp, we took two car loads of boxes and a few other things to her storage unit. It felt good to get some things out of the way.

Storage Trip

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We also sorted through some of Mom’s things for packing and traveled Memory Lane … er … Highway a few times. Mom sorted through her clothes, mostly emptied her closet, and I packed a vacuum bag for her suitcase!¬†Found an old floppy disk and I fondly recalled sliding the metal thing back and forth on the top even though that was probably really bad. Oh, and it holds an entire megabyte. One whole megabyte. Hilarity ensued when I realized my external hard drive holds a terabyte. The hilarity was probably exacerbated by exhaustion and wine. Then I found Mom’s old rose-colored sunglasses and the Wizard of Oz finger puppets. It was a fun evening!

One Whole Megabyte.

One Whole Megabyte.

Mom's old glasses.

Wizard of Oz Finger Puppets

There were a number of house showings this past week, which feels promising. This is the part where we all say a prayer that Mom’s house sells soon! We found ourselves at Looking Glass Cafe to escape the house during a showing one afternoon. The iced mochas were delicious and the butterflies were abundant (though elusive every time I pulled out my camera).

Looking Glass Cafe

Lantanas

On Wednesday we decided to empty the attic. Sounded simple. Turns out there were several heavy boxes Рmostly full of papers and magazines and such Рamong the multitude of empty boxes. We ended up with a pile of flattened boxes about four feet tall and four large cardboard boxes chockablock full of crumpled up paper from previous moves. There were also two trunks and zero keys. Oh, and it all had to come down the attic ladder! What a work-out! Three car-loads later and it is mostly gone from the family room!

Emptying the attic.

After some errands on Thursday we went to Carolina Brewery for some delicious lunch and tasty brews.

Carolina Brewery

We also sorted through the linen closet! Mom got rid of some old towels, set aside things to bring with her to Kuwait, and I folded and packed a vacuum bag for storage. One more closet down!

Sorting linens.

Overall it was a wonderful and productive week. I am so blessed to have the most amazing, inspiring, beautiful, thoughtful, funny, caring, adventurous, marvelous mother in the world. (Grab a tissue, Mom.) Camp Pamdrianne was brief in the grand scheme of things, but it meant the world to me to spend that time with you, Mom. And it flew by in the blink of an eye. I would be remiss if I did not mention that I have gotten quite used to just being able to pop down the mountain to see you. And I am forever grateful that we have seen so much of each other this summer. The flood gates are beginning to leak tears and I just want you to know that it is not because I don’t want you to go. We made it a long time in denial and away from tears. I am unbelievably proud of you and I want you to know what an inspiration you are to me. I am beyond excited for this new adventure in your life. But that does not mean I will miss you any less. We could have spent the entire week hugging and it would not have even come close to supplying me for the next year. But I am the luckiest person in the world (except for Parker) because I carry you in my heart. Always and forever, here and everywhere. Distance is no challenge for this kind of love.

Mom and me!