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June flew and July entered and I'm scrambling

Monday, July 07, 2014

I started back to tracking several weeks ago and had hoped to stick with it, well I have to start again.
On June 28th I was to have new windows installed so I had to have the alarm disconnected from all of the windows, and remove all of the drapes/curtains and blinds. Some of my new windows actually were installed. But there was an error in the measurement for one, someone transposed 57" and got 75"-which of course won't fit. In addition to that the double window for my kitchen was broken at the warehouse. So now I'm waiting for the windows to be installed, so that the alarm can be re-installed and I can go to my niece's wedding in Ohio.
Yep another niece is getting married and I'm so excited for her. Cristal is very special to us, she is the eldest of my husband's brother's children and had to have a bi-lateral mastectomy 7 months before Erik's accident. She had reconstructive surgery but is unable to have children. She is marrying a seemingly wonderful man with a 10 year old daughter, whom my niece adores. Erik is anxious to see his special cousin-they were close when we lived in Ohio.
I'm trying to make my dress for the wedding, I've altered my DIL's dress and am knitting a prayer shawl for my 82 year old cousin who is struggling with health issues. Once again I've created a monster of a list of tasks for myself. In addition to those tasks I helped my youngest DIL on Sunday the 29th, watched my two grand-daughters Natalie (almost 6) & Abigail (3 1/2) on the 30th of June and had them for an overnight the 1st through the second. I had also gotten my 10 year old grand-daughter to come over to help keep the girls entertained. This was the first time I was allowed to have Natalie & Abigail-funny what mommy getting a full time job will change. The girls and I had a blast, we played in the pool, made bell bracelets for the wedding, played with legos and watched some Disney movies during the heat of the day.
According to my middle DIL-"the girls had a blast". Thank goodness, but bonne maman was tired and had to host the 4th of July because Kim & Steven just got new furniture and couldn't get their home pulled together in time. HAhahaha-I'm still missing curtains and shades and am still waiting for windows and my alarm....Wonders what age will do-I didn't care what wasn't done, I enjoyed the children and grandchildren-missing the youngest's family but he was still away on guard duty and his wife hasn't figured out how to travel with a 1 & a 3 year old.
No care giver today, remember the saga of issues...well we are back to having issues. I'm really perturbed this time...I'm looking for a new company when we come home.
I still haven't posted my pics from Austria-and I'm leaving for the wedding Wednesday....oh well more to do when I get back.
I'm off to work on my dress and Barbie's prayer shawl.
God bless you all and keep you safe. Thanks Janet, Char, Lisa, Mary Anne and several others for checking on me on my impromptu hiatus.
Love
Ginie
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JANET552 7/19/2014 5:36AM

    Oh my, I need a rest just reading that. I hope the wedding and your travels went well. All the family time sounds wonderful!!

Take care Ginie and know that I'm thinking of you. I hope you can get back on track soon...or already have.

We have a funeral today -- about two hours away since we will be picking my folks up to take them with us. An uncle of mine has died. He is the last of my mother's siblings so it is an end of an era in a way.

Take care!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/9/2014 1:39PM

    I think I start over every week. LOL.

We need new windows too according to my hubby. I dread it.

Your niece sound like she found a wonderful guy. I hope they have a great wedding.

You are super busy as usual. Your time with the girls sounded fun.

Have a safe trip!!

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LISALOSING52 7/8/2014 3:36PM

    You are so busy. Have a safe trip and enjoy your nieces wedding and more family time and memories being made.
Sorry you're still having trouble with the care givers. I hope when you get home your search goes smoothly and You find someone wonderful.
HUGS my Friend!
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MARTYLYNN1 7/8/2014 12:10PM

    Life has been hectic for us too and I need to get back on track. Our daughter & 2 of the grandkids have been here since the 30th so we have been busy doing things with them. They leave tomorrow and our house is going to be so quiet. Then next month we have a granddaughter over on the coast getting married and then more grandchildren coming to stay.
Wishing you safe travel and an enjoyable visit while in Ohio.

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GABY1948 7/8/2014 10:08AM

    You are one busy lady and though I love reading about your activities I am SO glad I don't have to DO them!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/8/2014 12:18AM

    It looks like I am in the same boat that you are, we are getting farther and farther behind!
Life just needs to slow down for awhile!

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MILLISMA 7/7/2014 10:41PM

    Ginie, you still have you hands full. Seems like it never ends. Hope your windows get resolved. That has to be very frustrating. And it's funny how as we age some things just don't seem to matter any more. Glad you had your family together and bet you all had a great time. Make sure that you try and get some rest if you can. Safe travels and have a fantastic time.

big hugs to you and Erik!!!!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/7/2014 9:10PM

    Browsing new blogs, I clicked on yours, and I'm glad I did, because after reading this one about the everyday stresses you're facing at the moment, I went back and read some of your earlier blogs. All I can say is that I'm so amazed at all you've been through, and I admire your courage and strength in handling it all. You are so alive! What an inspiration! Thank you for this and all your other blogs.

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RAPUNZEL53 7/7/2014 8:01PM

  Good Luck!

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Europe part III (Belgium & France)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Okay, I have to finish this up. I've left my dear friends hanging. First of all on Monday, May 12th we left my cousins in Vervier, Belgium and I drove to Torgny, a little village at the Belgian/French border-not too far from Luxembourg.
Torgny is nestled in hills and has an old church and a real old Chapel, which is where my 93 year old aunt lives. She has a room above the chapel which she can no longer use, and two very small rooms and a tiny cellar behind. I didn't take many pictures of the chapel this year just of us visiting my aunt for her 93rd birthday. Here is a picture of my aunt, the Hermit wearing the prayer shawl I made her, didn't Erik take a great picture.

My aunt, my cousin-who lives in Austria-Marie-Thérèse and with whom we shared a Gîte/ a house, and of course me. We are in her main room where she sleeps and receives guests(family, friends and villagers seeking prayers or bringing supplies for her).

This is Erik sleeping on a little bench across from her chair.


my indoor pictures are a little yellow, but you can see that to the left is a doorway, which is where there is a kitchen with a shower stall.
The next few pictures were taken in 2011 when I went for 8 days for my aunts 70th anniversary in the religious life. This way you get to get a better view of the area in and around the chapel-my camera was younger back then, like me. We were in the back garden enjoying tartes and the sun.

This is a picture of her room upstairs-very simple with a single bed, which is where I slept in 2011, the stairs were curved and uneven, I'm really glad she had a bed put in her room downstairs.


I saw Marie-Thérèse and my cousins who live in France that year too. Here is Philippe, he's 10 years my senior-he wasn't in Belgium this spring.

Philippe's wife, Anne-Marie and Marie-Thérèse sitting across the tiny table from him.
Here is a picture inside the Chapel, I was actually photographing the floral arrangements that day for the lady making them.

OKAY back to 2014's trip, Marie-Thérèse her husband Johann, Erik and I stayed in a Gîte-Le Mont d'OR for two nights. From there I took pictures of the gardens, the church steeple and some of the area.

Looking out the back deck.

To the right of the first pic there was a pool. It was too cold and rainy to enjoy, we'll have to go back in the summer.


Marie-Thérèse standing in the doorway off the dining/family room.

Here are three pictures inside that room:


A built in that I absolutely loved. Found a book on Belgian Beers for Erik to drool over.

Marie-Thérèse and Erik enjoying a moment of quiet while Johann went to pick up our aunt.

Marie-Thérèse & Johann showing tante Pigette some pictures on the i-pad.

my room




Coming down stairs from my room


More outside:






Place de Petanque, Boule, kind of like Bocce ball...



Tuesday afternoon we left our aunt to rest and went for a drive into France it was raining so we did not get out of the car, besides Erik's foot was hurting and it was too slippery on the pavés for him.








We were headed to Montmédy











a auberge in ruins.



Okay, I'm sorry but I have to get my haircut and my tires rotated.
I'll do Austria and Hungary later and edit this since I don't know what happened with the pictures.
Love and prayers
Ginie
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LISALOSING52 6/28/2014 6:16AM

    I really enjoyed the meeting of your family and I love the pictures and the tour my friend. Probably the only way I'll ever see this part of the world. Thanks for sharing.
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CLAIREINPARIS 6/24/2014 4:59PM

    Another lovely blog about your trip, Ginie! Thank you very much for sharing it with us. I really enjoyed seeing the chapel where your aunt lives. And the gîte you stayed in looked just wonderful! I am so happy for you that it was such a special time!

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HOLLYM48 6/21/2014 8:50PM

    Thank you for sharing this lovely trip with us! I really enjoyed seeing this part of the world!

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LIVINGFREE19 6/21/2014 8:16PM

    I love these pictures! Thank you for posting them!



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GABY1948 6/21/2014 10:02AM

    WHAT GORGEOUS pictures of a gorgeous place! I have never been out of this country (other than Canada) you were so blessed to be able to go and have Erik with you! emoticon

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MILLISMA 6/20/2014 7:30PM

    Ginie,

Trying to catch up on blogs....what beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/20/2014 2:19PM

    I loved the pictures!!!

The architecture and country side are so beautiful. Very different from most of the U.S. Serene.

You aunt certainly doesn't look in her 90s. I love the prayer shawl!

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MARTYLYNN1 6/20/2014 1:10PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I can see a family resemblance between your aunt, cousin & you.

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WIFE48 6/20/2014 12:10PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/20/2014 12:03PM

    Love the pictures! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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PGHP31CK 6/20/2014 10:14AM

    Just lovely! Erik did a great job with the photo. Thank you for sharing your family and your trip with us!

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CARAFAE37 6/20/2014 9:39AM

    Lovely pictures! Makes me miss Europe! :D Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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NORASPAT 6/20/2014 9:38AM

    I am honored to be your first comment. It was so very interesting meeting some of your family. It was so well done. I liked the reference back to 2011 it was a good point of reference. Well done it is so very interesting. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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June 17th!!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Today is the 4 year anniversary of Erik's brush with death.
This is the way he looked June 17, 2010 after his motorcycle accident. Erik was driving to work, doing the speed limit and was cut off by someone who turned left in front of them. Although he tried to stop he was unable to.



After several surgeries to relieve the pressure on his brain and to fuse his burst T-6 vertebrae it was determined that he had Aphasia and was partially paralyzed on the right side.
So he went to Glancy Rehab in Duluth, GA. He had to learn to be mobile, to shave, to bathe.
After 6 weeks there he was making progress, he was actually there about two months.







Erik has made remarkable progress, it hasn't been easy for either of us. I lost 30 pounds that summer swimming every morning to destress, and eating peanut butter banana sandwiches on whole wheat-high fiber bread. I had tried to continue working but that proved to be terrible stressful as caregivers-look at my old blogs-were not always up to par. I started regaining some of my weight and was falling apart at the seams, so in May of 2012 I retired from teaching 2 full years before I was able to get full benefits. I don't regret it. me at the retirement luncheon for the county, I'm with one of our custodians and our Principal.

There are days I whine and complain, being an almost full time caregiver ( I usually get 16-24 hours of free time) is not easy especially with a headstrong young man who is a bit OCD.

This is a picture of my children at Thanksgiving in 2012, we finally could see the happier person Erik used to be.

And this is Erik and I in a Harley shop in Brussels Belgium in early May of this year.

I thank God daily that he is still with me, from my MIL, cousins, and some friends I'm aware of the forever pain a death of a child brings to parents.

So today I thank God again for Erik-stubborn, OCD and sometimes inconsiderate as he can be-HE'S ALIVE and his humor love of people and children shines through. He's taught me things, wow he even taught Janet something.

So everyday tell the ones in your family how much you love and appreciate what they bring to your life-even trials.
Thanks for the brief walk down memory lane today-I have to take Erik to get his leg brace adjusted again.
Love and prayers,
Ginie

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NORASPAT 6/20/2014 9:47AM

    GINIE, I missed this but I love that now I know your story. You are an excellent caregiver but happily ERIK gives back so much love. He has come a very long way from that awful accident both of you are strong and loving and really making such a wonderful life together.
Well done and many thanks you really are a BEAUTIFUL Lady.

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GABY1948 6/18/2014 10:03AM

    Oh, Ginie....I had NO idea of the story behind Erik! What a blessing you are and what a blessing Erik has become to you. God makes all things good. I am SO proud of you, such a loving person you are and I bet you have the patience of a saint.

God Bless you and Erik and your whole family!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 6/17/2014 10:24PM

    You have a lot of stress with this situation, but it looks like you are dealing with it really well. You are a very strong person!

You are so lucky to still have Erik, and you appreciate him, even with his 'issues'!

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LISALOSING52 6/17/2014 6:17PM

    Such a beautiful post Ginie. It's hard to believe it's been 4 years. I know it was a hard road but God has blessed you both. Ya'll have come so far and Such love between you both. emoticon

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JANET552 6/17/2014 1:35PM

    What a beautiful post, Ginie!! Erik has come far and, although he still faces challenges (as do you), you've managed them well. I know it's stressful though.

And, yes, Erik did teach me something and I'm glad I accepted the lesson. It has really helped me curb evening eating. Which means I'm glad Erik is still around too.

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WIFE48 6/17/2014 1:16PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are an awesome caregiver. Glad your hubby is doing well.

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PGHP31CK 6/17/2014 12:29PM

    Celebrating with you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/17/2014 12:14PM

    As I'm sure you realize that I took care of people like Erik the first picture you showed when I worked in a neuro intensive care unit. By the time patients left they had been extubated and were no longer critical but I seldom if ever got to see someone when the recovery process was in progress or complete. It has been very interesting to me and rewarding as well to see that all the hard work I started on someone like Erik paid off years later down the road. You have been an inspiration to me - you are one of the chief reasons that Erik is where he is today. You have been his advocate and his support. You have both suffered a lot and it's great to see where you are at today!! That's for telling this story. emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 6/17/2014 11:57AM

    Erik is so fortunate to have you there to care for him. So glad you still have Erik with you.

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Europe part II

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

This might be a three part blog. I struggled to get back into a routine, but I'm not there yet. I'm trying to get back into eating better and tracking, got my yard caught up, now for the house, sewing and other things...But first back to Belgium emoticon

As I said we stayed with my cousin, Fréderique outside of Brussels for a week. They invited others to join us for dinner so we could see more of the family. My cousin from Austria and her husband joined us at their house Tuesday evening. On Wednesday the six of us went to Moule A GOGO where we caught up with my cousin Bruno, who had recently had a heart attack. He is doing well.





Erik and my end of the table with Erik, Marie-Thérèse & Johann from Austria. Johann speaks English fluently and is very could at dealing with people with disabilities.

The next day while Jean-Louis was at work we went to see Fréderique's mom, my aunt Denise is 86 yrs young. She and my uncle had saved the car collection of my cousin Guy who died in 1969, my aunt gave Erik a James Bond car to take home with him. Over the last 20 years she has finally started giving cars to grandsons and great grandchildren and her son-in-law.


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Fréderique took a picture of us with her mom.
Here we are after eating-translated stuffing ourselves. Erik and tante Denise are seated, and I'm behind with Marie-Thérèse & Johann. This house was the house where Fréderique was raised with her sister and brother. My uncle and cousin died in 2011 so now it is just my aunt and Fréderique... and of course the grandchildren and Fréderique's wonderful husband.

Now time to go home and cook dinner, because my cousine Michèle will be joining us for dinner-which we ladies will assist Jean-Louis in making. We didn't get the shopping done so he did it on his way home from work.
Michèle, me and Marie-Thérèse at the table talking.



Jean-Louis showing his masterpiece.


The house is unique in that the bedrooms and baths are on the main flour and you have to go upstairs to the great-room, dining area and open kitchen. It is very well arranged and very compact, Jean-Louis designed the changes to the little house he bought when he and my cousin got married. Here you can see a part of the room facing the greatroom and one of two balconies.


Friday my cousin Nicole and her husband Pierre came to dinner, places set a little fancier because Nicole's celebrating her birthday. Here is the birthday girl.


Jean-Louis & Fréderique talking-just showing you more of the house, the kitchen is on the back right, there is a storage cabinet and a window shining beautiful day light.


Pierre & Johann catching up.


Let's see I have a picture of an old church not to far from their house and a meadow with horses... At this point in my life the people are more important than the sites and Erik's foot started bothering him the third day so we did not get to do much site-seeing.





Saturday, the day before Mother's day my two "little cousins" came to see their mom and dad , the youngest was planning to stay with them too. We were leaving at around 2PM, so we had a meal that the girls planned and more pastries. I love Sophie and Cécile and Erik knows them because they have been to Georgia, Cécile twice. There English is great and they spend time entertaining Erik, but also catching me up on what's happening in their lives.
Sophie is to the left and Cécile to the right-please ignore my ugly mug.

Now which pastry are we going to eat, there are so many to choose from. Sophie decided to cut them in pieces so we could try several. The girls bought 13 of them!!!!!



Now Erik and I are off to Verviers outside of Liege, driving a standard transmission with Erik next to me is unnerving enough but we also had rain. Erik told me to turn and I did-right when I should have turned left, we ended on this tiny road where I had to pull over to let a car pass, I stopped the guy and ask for directions, I was only about 1000 feet away, but I had to go through the intersection ahead. Thank God I speak French!!!
So we get to my cousine Claire's and her husband Jean-François-another man who likes to cook and who had the family home remodeled, but only after their 4th child was born. Jean-François is a Latin, Greek, History and Religion teacher at a private school. Claire works at a bank.
Here we are for more food, fun and family and NO sight-seeing we were trying to heal Erik's foot. Besides it was raining-a LOT. Here too, much of the family speaks English, so Erik only had to contend with accents and his own Aphasia-except if he tried to understand conversations not directed at him.
Erik and Jean-François seated in front of the huge window, a change from when Erik was here in 2003. I'd seen the changes before but Erik remembered and was stunned.

Claire and her son Jérôme facing the newer kitchen.

Erik, Jean-François and Claire clowning around.



Younger family here and Erik was in his element surrounded by the three daughters and all the females visiting.

Corentin brought his family and some beer over.




Marie-Anne and her husband came too as well as Carole and her son and spouse. I made a blanket for the new one who arrived on the 22nd-I believe.












Justine bought me a mother's day flower


Then my cousine Anne, her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren came...
Ysaline with my tape measure.
Nathael and Romane up on the main floor looking down on the living room.


Next we will go to Torgny in the south of Belgium, a drive through trip to Montmedy in France and show pictures of the Gite we rented for two nights.
Sorry this may turn into four parts, I have to take Erik to the doctors.
I hope you enjoy my travelogue, I'm enjoying revisiting-wished I could go back, but the coming home is a killer.

Okay, got the blanket in here twice and cannot figure out how to remove it. Sorry folks.
Love, hugs and prayers,
Ginie
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CLAIREINPARIS 6/22/2014 4:30PM

    I am still smiling after reading your blog because I could tell how happy you were to see your family! It made me happy too. Thank you so much for sharing these precious memories!

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BAKER1009 6/16/2014 2:40PM

    Oh my, little Ysaline is so precious! Love this blog too Ginie, thanks so much for sharing with us!!

Hey...this makes sense to me now...I had sent you a picture of Carly to your phone, but never heard from you, and I bet it's because you were gone. LOL! I think I may have more time for Spark coming in the near future! Please forgive me!

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HOLLYM48 6/13/2014 7:52PM

    lovely, thanks for sharing! I love visiting family in other countries and having dinners with them. So much love and laughter shared!

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LIVINGFREE19 6/13/2014 4:04PM

    That was really neat seeing another country! I like the difference in food, cars, etc. (The car was in one of your other blogs.)
Thank you for sharing!



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LADYMARCIA1 6/12/2014 2:08PM

    I have to tell you how much I enjoyed this blog. I've never been out of the US and look forward to someday getting to travel. Looking at the pictures, though they are wonderful of your happy family, reminded me that we are all the same, no matter where we are in the world. Thanks for sharing your trip! I know you had a wonderful time, it shows. :-)

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LISALOSING52 6/11/2014 7:58AM

    I love that you are sharing your trip with us. What a group of relatives you have! I know it has to be wonderful catching up with everyone. I can't believe the food! It's a wonder you didn't gain 20 lbs. Looking forward to part 3


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NORASPAT 6/10/2014 10:22PM

    OH GINIE this is definitely a travelogue. I am loving it.

You and your family look so happy. I wonder you will want to go back again some time soon. Thanks I will be looking out for the others. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 6/10/2014 6:25PM

    Ginie, these pictures are absolutely WONDERFUL. Erik is a very handsome man and you are very lovely too! SO glad you took all these pictures for memories! They will last forever!

Love and hugs and prayers BACK to you also!

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WIFE48 6/10/2014 1:20PM

    Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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MARTYLYNN1 6/10/2014 11:51AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. Love the photos!

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JANET552 6/10/2014 10:13AM

    What a lovely time you must have had!! You visited so many people! You are right to say that is more important than site seeing.

The blanket you made for the baby is beautiful. It's worth seeing twice.

Oy -- the food!!! How could you only gain 6 lbs.?!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/10/2014 10:05AM

    You certainly have a ton of relatives over there. It's nice to see such a nice close happy family. I love the use of color in the decor of the restaurant as I embrace color. The place was beautiful! Your family looks very nice.

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NANCYPAT1 6/10/2014 9:35AM

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful trip

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Erik and I are Home from Europe-the first few days.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

We arrived in Brussels on Saturday morning (the 3rd) and no one was at the airport to greet us, I didn't realize we had landed an hour early, unheard of right! Got my car, rented a cell phone called my cousin's house and her daughter told me they were on the way-"you're early". That's when I figured out what happened.
Followed them home, had a wonderful-high calorie breakfast-but I still tried to be good-only gained about 4 pounds while in Europe. Even with all the goodies and non-low fat/sodium cooking.
BTW same offering on Sunday....
After breakfast and showers, we went to a car show, Erik was delighted. He was able to get into my cousin's husband, Jean-Louis' rebuilt mini cooper.






We got to the antique car show and Erik was in heaven, until he realized he forgot his camera, so I loaned him mine. Jean-Louis took pictures of Erik looking around.





And then for a little rest and sharing a beer with the guys.


After that we went home and Jean-Louis cooked a scrumptious noon dinner, and my little cousins were there. I got to meet the eldest's new boyfriend-nice guy.
Jean-Louis is cooking behind them.

On Monday we went to Waterloo-we actually went twice that week.




Tuesday we went to a Harley shop where Erik spent some of his money. I don't know about that guy-he bought 2 shirts and a poker chip with the store's name on it. Then he bought a metal advertising plaque which he could have bought stateside. I'll have to steal a picture off of his camera because "I FORGOT MINE in the car!" (Stolen picture of me and Erik in the Brussel's Harley Shop!)


On the way out of the area surrounding the Harley shop, Erik saw a BMW shop-I tried to snap a picture for him.


Afterwards we went to lunch at "La Pomme"


my lunch-I only ate 12 fries


Erik walking, he developed a sore on his toe, we didn't get to walk as much as I would have liked, but my cousins Frédérique & Jean-Louis, Mie-Thérèse & Johann, and Claire & Jean-François all made sure I got some away time...I'm blessed to have younger cousins who want to cosset me.



I want to get some of the pictures Erik took and this is taking a while
Briefly we spent
1. a week in Brussels (3 days w/ no internet)
2. a weekend in Verviers-outside of Liege, Belgium, large family-didn't get computer time-I didn't ask either.
3. Monday through Weds in Torgny, Belgium to celebrate my aunt's 93rd birthday, with a tour into France for Erik to see a little from the car since his foot was hurting and it was raining ---a lot. A lot of stairs over there and cobblestone walk ways.
4. Weds evening and Thursday morning back in Brussels
5. Thursday evening in Vienna for a week.
More later, my jet lag is finally waning.
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BAKER1009 6/16/2014 2:36PM

    Love this blog...thanks for sharing! I am so out of the loop on here, I didn't even know you guys had went. So glad you were able to and it sounds like you both had a great time! Nice to see so many pictures of Erik, as I always hear about him, but rarely see him, LOL!
Big Hugs!!
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CLAIREINPARIS 6/1/2014 12:12PM

    It is so good to be able to share your trip! It looks like you had a great time and that your cousins are all very nice. I am glad you could have some time for yourself, you needed it. And lunch at La Pomme looked delicious!
I bet Erik was delighted with the trip too! I can't wait for more pictures, especially from Vienna as I have never been.

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INGMARIE 6/1/2014 10:00AM

    Lovely trip, glad you and Erik had a good time, sorry about his toe.
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LISALOSING52 5/28/2014 6:14PM

    Sounds like a great trip Ginie. Great family time and well taken care of. I love the pics and can't wait to see more. Get some rest my friend. You were definitely missed.
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NORAS_PAT 5/27/2014 5:31PM

  GINIE, That was so exciting, I was surprised to see ERIK walking I cannot remember I always saw him seated or in a chair.
That had to have been an amazing trip.
Jet lag takes a while HUGS and much love. I am out of the loop Spark has made my spark page private so I have no clue how they did it but I cannot undo it, HUGS Lovely lady Pat in Maine emoticon both of you and emoticon and GREAT. LOOK FORWARD TO MORE PICS. Pat in Maine.

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GABY1948 5/27/2014 4:39PM

    What a GRAND trip! I am SO happy for you. Be blessed my dear friend! You have been missed! emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 5/27/2014 12:08PM

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I love the pictures! It looks like you both had a wonderful time while there.

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LIVINGFREE19 5/27/2014 11:02AM

    I loved the pics! It is wonderful to see another country, even if only by pics! (I will most likely never get there.)
It looks like you had a wonderful vacation, and got to see so many relatives, how fun!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/27/2014 10:03AM

    Loved the pictures!! Your trip sounded wonderful. I'm really amazed at how well Erik is doing. He has come such a long way. You look great!! I can sure tell the family resemblance between you and Erik!!

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JANET552 5/27/2014 9:51AM

    It sounds like you both had a fabulous trip (except for Erik's sore toe), saw a lot, visited a lot and were well taken cared for. I'm happy your travels were safe and, rather amazing -- must have been quite the tail wind for you to arrive an hour early.

I'm glad you are back and sharing your photos. You look fantastic!! That picture of you and Erik at the Harley store is very nice.

I doubt the weight will stick around as you readjust to your routine. Take care!!

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DDHEART 5/27/2014 8:40AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful visit and selfishly I'll say, we're glad you're home again so we could see these pictures and share your trip. I am sure that the small wt. gain is partly water weight and will very soon be gone.

Welcome home!

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RAPUNZEL53 5/27/2014 8:18AM

  Nice pictures!

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