by Bethany McDonnell
We're back into the world of blogging! We have been super busy these last several months, with work, a little bit of travel, and getting ready for our new baby. It's been nice to take a break from blogging, but now it's time to get back in to it (especially since we will want to share pictures of our baby when he comes.)
In February, we got to see Rick's college roommate and his family. Nate, Kate, and baby William are missionaries to the Czech Republic. We enjoyed hearing about the Czech culture and see their excitement to serve the people of the Czech. I especially enjoyed getting to hear about this country since my grandpa is full Czech descent. (Thank you Kate for taking pictures of your visit!)
In April, we got to see my best friend from college, Jenny, her son Isaac, and family on their way back to Michigan after vacationing in Florida. We met them over in Valdosta for a delightful lunch at Cracker Barrel. This is the first time we got to meet Isaac--and he is such a cutie! (Thank you, Mrs. Patty, for taking pictures!)
In May, Rick had the opportunity to return to his alma mater and perform as Bel Core in opera The Elixir of Love by Don Giovanni. He drove down to Pensacola several weekends in May and April, and then we stayed a week and a half in Pensacola before the three performances. (Pictures from the performance coming in a later blog post.)
We also survived the crazy flooding that Pensacola had during that time. After one evening rehearsal, Rick got stranded at the college because of all the water and had to spend the night with a college buddy who had an apartment on campus. Thankfully, I stayed in the hotel and didn't venture out in the rain.
On our first night in Pensacola, we decided to join our siblings at college for a 5K walk/run in support of missions. We enjoyed seeing all the students come out for fireworks, glow necklaces, and to finish the race.
We were able to have a great little vacation hanging out with our siblings, my cousin, and a few friends. When Rick wasn't rehearsing, we visited a few coffee local coffee shops--the Bodacious Brew and the Drowsy Poet.
We took one afternoon and went to the Naval Air Museum.
We were so thankful that both Rick's parents and my parents got to see one of the three performances.
At the end of May, we scheduled an ultrasound to find out the gender of our baby. We asked our family members to wear blue if they thought it was a boy and pink/purple if they thought it was a girl.
In June, I went with my sis, cousin, and family to Saint George Island for a few days. Rick had to work :( We laid out on the beach, visited some local shops (and grabbed some ice cream, of course), and relaxed.
We realize that there won't be many opportunities in our near future to go on dates with just us. Our lives are about to change with the addition of a new baby, but we are looking forward to the change. :)