Sunday, April 11, 2010

Auntie to the rescue gets rescued

So, my spontaneous trip back to the good ol' US of A seems to have pushed me back to the side of sanity, which is precisely what I had hoped it would do for me. I can't even explain how much of a difference it's made to my nerves to have a few consecutive days of real life family - drama and all - back in my life. Even pulling an all-nighter on the plane-ride back and going to work for 5 hours just after couldn't bring me back to the funk I was feeling before I left.

Besides soaking up the giggles and snuggles and cries and shouts of my loveable nephews, I also got a little "I-just-need-to-be-an-American-and-do-American-things" in while I was visiting my sister in midwest America. It ain't Texas, but I still managed to find a delicious plate of enchiladas, tacos, rice and beans to grub on pretty much as soon as my plane slid onto the tarmac. I made a few Target runs, browsed through the local Banana Republic, J.Crew and Nordstrom stores, grabbed a couple of Starbucks cinnamon dolce lattes (which haven't made it onto the Paris menus, yet), stopped by Michael's and an LYS to check out the yarn scene, ran through the Taco Bell drive-thru, and had breakfast and three lunches at Chick-fil-a. Oh, how I missed thee, Land of Liberty!

I'll admit that it felt a little awkward being back at first - it's so much easier to be somewhere that doesn't require a bit of reflection about how to phrase a sentence before speaking. But, the awkwardness didn't last long and I fell back in the sadle in no time. The weather was pretty cooperative, save for the couple of nights of violent winds and rain that kept me awake. Luckily, it cleared up before Easter and I got to watch the boys hunt for eggs and fly kites.

I even got in a bear surgery while I was there. It's tradition for my dad to give his grandsons a bear when they're born, and they've become the boys' doudous, which of course means they take quite a beating after the years of being dragged around everywhere. Well, my nearly 6-year-old nephew asked me if I could stitch-up his bear (of the same age) in a couple of places because he'd had a bit of wear-and-tear. So, Dr. Auntie held a surgery and made Mr. Bear (as he's named) as good as new! I could tell my nephew was so honestly happy afterwards to see his Mr. Bear all fixed up.  But, he had no idea how truly grateful I was to be there to do that for him.  My last-minute planning couldn't have been better timed!



Doctor, patient and loved-one after the bear surgery.



My new, sweet nephew!

 Love him!

Squeez-a-licious! 

Banana splits!

Being good boys at church.

Egg hunt!

Showing off their loot.

At Target with the gang - my sister is Super-Woman.  Love her!

7 comments:

Carolina said...

Sarah! I am so glad you got to spend some time with your sis and nephews. I know how lonely it feels to be away from family for so long :( but you are strong!!! just make more trips to the us ;);) Can't wait to see you in june. You and Gui are welcomed to our home as always.
besos.
Caro.

Crystal said...

aww sounds like a great trip with your fam, and I know what you mean about feeling "American" (or, Canadian in my case) and doing American things..it's such a good part of being back home! Love the photos and am happy for you that you get to go back in June :) I'm going home in a month today and I CANNOT wait!!

P.S. Starbucks cinnamon dolce latte??? I want.

Evolutionary Revolutionary said...

Aw!!!!! I'm so happy for you!! And you TOTALLY just made me homesick. ...Well, I've been feeling it for awhile now. :P Glad you killed your urge for awhile!!

Chichimeca said...

I just found your blog and really like it! I've been living in Paris for a year now and I totally get the need to get OUT! I'm heading to Mexico and the States with my son in a couple of days on a combo-work and vacation trip. I really do like Paris, but I'm SO excited to see a Target, American Starbucks, Safeway supermarket, etc. Anyway, glad you got some time to decompress and enjoy your family!

Kalee said...

Looks like you had an amazing trip! Sometimes a small vacation to home is exactly what you need to feel all better (for a bit anyway).

Zhu said...

Looks like you had a "concentré de famille" ! It's good to be back where you belong the most sometimes. Things are easy and go without saying... it is relaxing.

Ashleigh said...

I love it! Great pics of your cute family! I know exactly what you mean...I don't like to think about the things that are great about the states too much because I am in Spain and LOVE being in Spain, but sometimes you just want to run a bunch of errands, cross a ton of things off your "to do" list and finsh the day with fast food...I do miss Chick-fa...omigosh...I can't even remember how to spell it anymore...yikes! Anyway, I'm so with you! Glad you had a great trip and enjoy all of your American goodies!