The last time she and Luis (her new hubby) came to visit, Mairead was 2.5 years old and Lilah was just 11 months old, so times have definitely changed here in the Ferrie household! We were all looking forward to a week of catching up and spending time together.
On Saturday, I woke up and made some homemade banana bread and then we got dressed and headed for a trip to the Fryeburg Fair here in Maine. Since we read Charlottes Web as a family and watched the movie, the girls were intrigued about Fairs, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to introduce the girls to a Fair and Diana & Luis to a traditional American Fair here in New England. We trekked just under two hours to Fryeburg and enjoyed a beautiful day. The foliage was just about peak and really, really pretty. The girls were in awe, it was just like the book said it was, and they loved it. They got to ride the "Big Wheel" or the Ferris Wheel and other rides - they could have done that all day long! We ate fried dough. Cotton Candy. And had fair food for lunch. Definitely not the healthiest of eating, but hey, every so often is fun! Diana & Luis were in awe at the people - you know....there is nothing like people watching at a place like that! After spending the day there, we all were spent. We came home and I cooked a nice dish and we all relaxed!
The rest of the week was spent enjoying each others company. We shopped. And shopped. And shopped. God, those Europeans love to shop. My girls love to shop, but after a few days of shopping, they were sick of it! Diana and I enjoyed a morning at the spa! I treated her as a gift for her wedding since we were unable to make it. I got my first ever facial and she got a massage. It was great because we were in the same room. It was awesome!
I am so glad we were all able to get together and spend quality time together. It's hard because our life and their life is so different. I mean, without the cultural differences, we are in very different parts of their life. I know it was hard for them to get accustomed to a not-so-quiet household, occasional drama, crying, nighttime wakings, etc - but, I hope they enjoyed themselves. The girls really loved them, and I only hope our relationship continues on - even though we're thousands and thousands of miles away.