After quite possibly the worst flying experience of my life, we did in fact make it back to Minnesota! All three of us (Sam, Raylan, and myself) arrived to beautiful spring weather. That lasted for a day... we received a slight snow storm, and it is more snow that I saw the whole winter in Sweden! That aside, other than the terrible flights and trying to declare a HUGE dog kennel, a hockey bag, three suitcases, and a carry-on in Chicago by myself, and Sam getting his carry-on stolen at the curb, everything went well.
|Hanging out in Arlanda before the big trip!|
Since we have been home we have been busy! Getting ready for the wedding, getting ready for Florida, trying to get Sam's bag back (which we did get most of it back), and indulging in some of our favorites that we missed! I guess we have also been just taking care of business that accumulates when you are gone that long, but that is the boring stuff.
The shopping here is phenomenal. We went to Mall of America the other day, and I realized why the foreign exchange students went crazy when I took them there in high school! The prices and selection make me wonder why I did any shopping in Sweden. Actually I know why, because I am a girl, and I love to shop. I found a lot of cute summer clothes for Florida!
|The first day we were home|
|The third day we were home|
Raylan has been adjusting just fine to Minnesota. We realized that she has spent the majority of her life in Sweden, the second most time in California, and the third most time in Minnesota! Yikes, so to help her get acclimated to 'cool' Minnesota stuff we are having her go to a Hunting Dog boarding camp while we are in Naples next week! I think she will have a blast! We brought her to the vet to get a check up and to try to slowly get her off of here beef, rice, and spinach diet. It is going well, but she likes the "beef" here, venison.. oh yes I am serious.
I have been busy with wedding stuff. We picked out our wedding bands and ordered those! I can't wait until they arrive. I had a few dress fittings, and it is so fun to see my dress coming together! I have two showers and my bachelorette party coming up next month so I am just so excited for life!! Lots to do, but it is all good and happy! Not too long now, under two months until the big day!
I also have been slowly getting together with some of my girlfriends! I missed them so much! First on the list was my friend Hallie who had her baby, Jack the day that I left for Sweden! I definitely got a little emotional when I finally got to meet him! Just the absolute cutest!! Went to dinner with some other girlfriends and hopefully more fun times to come! I am sure it will be a busy weekend! On Easter this Sunday I will get to see many of my relatives that I haven't seen for so long!
|We finally got to meet Jack!|
We are settling in so nicely, and certainly miss things about Sweden, but it feels so good to be home!
If you need to find us, we are either at Chipotle, Starbucks, or the dog park.