- No Dress Code --> It was SO NICE to be able to wear whatever I wanted. I found myself resisting wearing anything similar to what I'd wear over here just because I could. Dresses, tank tops, and shorts were the norm and I loved it. It was hard to put the jeans back on for the return flight. Landing in 90˚ made that even harder.
- Fresh Salads, Grilling & Bacon --> I didn't indulge in this nearly as much as I had planned, but I still was able to get some good grilling, salad and bacon. My family saw to that. I was a little more limited because I figured out the grates on my grill had rusted through and I decided I didn't need to spend the money on that this time around, so my grilling schedule was set based on when others wanted to grill for me.
- Lack of Shortages --> It is a blessing to have 24-hour electricity, water, and A/C. My car's A/C went out mid-summer, but we were blessed with perfect days that allowed me drive with windows down.
- Farmer's Markets --> Sadly, I only made it to two. Either I was out of town or I lost track of which day it was and missed it. Oh well.
- Green --> I took advantage of sitting at parks, laying in my front lawn, and admiring the greenery all around me. It's even more fun the morning after a lightning storm.
- Water --> I was able to get to my aunt & uncle's cabin twice while I was home, enjoyed meals on patios overlooking Lake Minnetonka, and attempted wave surfing. I wish I had been able to get out a little more, but am grateful for the time I got to spend on the great MN lakes.
- Baseball --> I made it to two Twins games (one home, one away) and two softball games (my sister played).
- English --> THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING ENGLISH!! I realize this is not really a difficult request for all of you, but it was so refreshing.
- Friends --> I got to see so many of you. Thank you for the quality time we had together!
- Family --> All 5 of us were home together. After almost a year of being apart, it was a blast to be with each other. I also got to see (almost) all of my extended family while I was home. It's never enough time, but all the hugs, laughter and singing are just what this girl needed.
Before I came home for the summer, I blogged about 10 things I was looking forward to. I thought I'd do a post-summer recap of those 10 things.
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