We are down to less than month before we depart for Swaziland and things have been alternating between hectic and laid back. One one hand we have a lot to get done before we leave, but on the other hand we have been able to enjoy some great relaxing time with friends and family. Here is our time frame:
June 27 – We want to be out of our house and have it completely prepped for our new renter. We are in the process of painting, cleaning, moving, etc. Lots to do in the short term to get that ready. On the plus side, we are very excited about the tenant who is moving in. Seems like a very nice guy who wants to stay a while. Great for both of us.
June 28 / 29 – Head to Somerset to spend some time with Beth’s family. We will see them again, but this will be our last formal trip that direction.
July 1-3 – Camping with Friends in the Big South Fork. Again, it won’t be our last time with them, but it will be the last big trip we take in the States for a while.
July 5ish – Catherine and Dave Altmaier are coming through town so we will get a chance to connect with them (Catherine was just in town for a couple days and it was great to catch up.)
July 14-17ish– Spend time with both sides of my family. First in Western Kentucky (and perhaps elsewhere) and then at Kentucky Lake with my Chicago family. We ended up pushing back our departure date to make sure we could see everyone.
July 18 – Casual day with friends. Basically we are planning on just relaxing and enjoying our time with friends the day before we leave.
July 19 – Departure at 5:00 from Nashville. We are planning on having our immediate family there for the final send off.
July 21 – Arrive is Swaziland.
As you can see, things are getting pretty tight. In all reality, the only days we have truly free between now and when we leave is the week and a half or so between the Altmaiers coming heading to spend time with our family. So… if you want to catch up with us before we leave, those are days to make it happen.
In other news, we were able to talk with the Sisters at Cabrini the other day and they are super excited to have us come. Should be a great environment to be moving into. Also, they informed us they will be upgrading our housing. The duplex we were slated to stay in would have been fine for us. The common areas were a bit small and it lacked a few amenities and was a bit rougher. But, the new place is excellent. A good bit more room (especially in the kitchen and living room), better yard / porch with great privacy and shade. It has ceiling fans and mango trees in the front yard. I have included a video a previous resident shot while he was staying there.
And then, totally unrelated… here is a picture of my always cute daughter: