The only excuse I have is that my life really isn't all that exciting right now. We are in the holding pattern of waiting for placement with the adoption and other than that, I mostly just work.
There are a few exceptions. The week of my birthday in May I took one of my guaranteed weeks of vacation. I used almost all of it to visit my little sister Anne in Maryland and New Jersey.
We had a great time. We went to New York City and saw Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
I went to a couple of Anne's classes in Delaware with her. We went to Philadelphia so that I could see my very good friend, who has lived there for a little while now, and we wandered around the historical areas.
This is Anne, Elizabeth and Alexandra in Elfreth's Alley, the oldest residential street in the nation. I love the carriage road running through it.
This is Benjamin Franklin's grave in a cemetery in Philadelphia.
We hung out in Maryland, which is one of my top 3 favorite states in the country, so it was very nice to be back there.
And, one of the best things about my trip, I met him...
my nephew Brian! Anne and I drove from her school in Delaware to Virginia one day just so I could meet him. He is super cute! This also means we got to spend a few hours with Nate and Alicia.
All in all it was a pretty great trip, and a very nice birthday present to myself.