Sunday, July 29, 2012

Those two exciting weeks...

From July 3rd to July 17th most of the Draper family came over to Poland to visit me.
And my family.
But I know that deep down inside they came to see me. ( ;D )

The night before they were going to arrive we decided that I'd go to Katowice with dad to pick them up.
When we got there, we drove by the glass wall of the airport. You couldn't see almost anything through the glass, up until we got to this one section where you could see through it, and there they were! They started waving like crazy and getting their stuff and Lily and Beth ran out and stopped a few feet in front of me without a word and just kept eating their sandwiches they ran out with. So I'm like "Hi..." and with their cheeks stuffed they're like "Hi!" and I'm all "So am I gonna get a hug ?" and they run up to me and give me a tight squeeze. And of course I'm like "pleeeease don't get your sandwich on me please please please!" But it was nice to feel their little hugs again after a year.
On the drive home we talked [mostly me & Tyra] and listened to this: 
Ha aha hahaha C:
And then some Green Day.
And we got home and all the boys were really shy and stuff and Spence was all cute learning everybody's names. And stuff.
Then next day was the 4 of July, And it was AWESOME. After having a DELICIOUS dinner of cheeseburgers, potato salad, CHIPS, watermelon and [mom, write what else there was in the comments] we went on a walk to the playground in our neighbourhood and played soccer (which was a total disaster with all the falling and "almost dying"), then in the evening we ran around our backyard with sparklers (I burned my thumb trying to start three people's sparklers at once) and was just great. 
Then we kinda hung out at home until Saturday.
That day we went to Sandomierz. 
So: this is important: see, I only had one pair of shorts then. And then some leggings. And since my shorts were dirty I had to wear leggings. And what do you wear with leggings? A short dress, or tunic or basically something longishish. So I wore my only thing like that that I have. This kinda..... thing. (you'll see in the pictures I'll post later). Not the best thing to wear on a hot day, as I found out.
But other than the weather it was really great. First we sorta walked around the little town and I shared some stories I remember from when I went on a field trip there. twice. Then we went to these underground tunnels (where this girl took the bad Tatars telling them she'll show them where they keep all their merchandise. When all the Tatars were in the tunnel the people
 from the town did as it was planned: They dumped sand into the tunnels and 
buried everyone - including the girl - alive. [a legend I learned on the field trip.
 although it probably is true cuz lots of bones were found there])
And it was nice and cool in there. Ahhh...
And I can't remember anything else now about our trip to Sandomierz, so I'll post more if I forgot anything interesting.
The next day we went to our little good old Kielce branch. And by little I mean we meet in the missionaries' apartment. But I think the Drapers liked it.
After church we went to the Baranów castle (mom, was it a castle?).
Then we hung out at home some more, went to the swimming pool once, I rode my bike with Tyra (you know, the one who can't ride a bike ;D )and it was all lots of fun. Oh yeah, and we walked/ rode bikes around Mielec one day. We as in both families without the dads.
Then on Saturday we went on a trip to the Ogrodzieniec castle we haven't been to in a long time. And I'm not really gonna tell you more about that trip cuz you'll see everything in the pics I'll post. Oh, except for that we went to Kraków after that.
And on Sunday we went on a walk around Kielce after church, which started being great as soon as aunt Suzy switched shoes with me. THANK YOU.  

And so then the night before they were going to leave we all slept downstairs. I mean except for Aaron, Spence, mom and dad.
Then we all [ALL all] woke up early in the morning to say good by.
And minutes before they left I decided to go with them.
To the airport.
When we got there aunt Su was all freaked out that they were late or that the lines would be long so it would be like another hour until they got to the gate. And we got there and they were at the gate in like 5 minutes.
I remember waving to them from like 20 feet away and how they kept turning around to wave again.
But I didn't cry. I didn't let myself. I definitely had tears in my eyes, but no crying. Which made the way home a lot easier to be fun.
After only an hour of driving dad stopped to take a nap. And I didn't fall asleep so I waited for an hour or so reading this:


 Ours is silver. Hm.
Oh yeah, so dad woke up and we stopped at a restaurant and I sorta remember the food and what we were talking about, but mostly I remember my drink:

really good.

Then we stopped at a store and dad got me green earphones so we could listen to this cool audiobook.

And it was all good C:

Even though they were gone and deep inside I was totally depressed.


Linda said...

Hi Evie, I'm Tyra's Grandma and I enjoyed reading your version of the sweet visit you just had with your family. I think they are wonderful too, and loads of fun and love. Maybe someday we will meet too....thanks for writing!

Susan said...

Wow, that's the best write up! Thanks Evie, I keep meaning to write it up, but my time on the computer has been so sporadic, I haven't done it yet, but you helped me remember little things, which makes me remember more...

We had such a great time with you guys -- and of course we were mostly coming to see YOU :)

Miss you!