12 June 2017

Our USA Vacation in Numbers

35 Days

3 States

6 Homes we slept in

1 National park

2 Disney theme parks

9 Books purchased at thrift stores

4 Beaches (Pacific Ocean (x2), Lake Huron, Lake Michigan)

1 Time I was recognized by a blog reader while waiting for the Memorial Day parade to begin (Hi, @Shellystirs!) I feel like I would be bad at recognizing people from the internet in real life. So if you see me and my purple hair, say hi!

9 Hairstyles I did for various siblings, cousins, and aunts on the wedding day. Hence the church bathroom selfie where my temporary salon was set up.

7 Times I drove a car (y'all should be impressed)

3 Museums

4 Boxes of Wheat Chex consumed

2 Bike rides down dirt roads. Ahh! Perfection.

2 Times we went out swing dancing

28 Cousins that we got to see, some on his side, most on mine, and that's not nearly all the cousins we have!

1 Wedding

53 Approximate number of old family stories told while three generations of our extended family sat around in pj's giggling and spinning yarns the morning after the wedding. :)

9 Dogs petted by Angel

4 Cats petted by Angel (Does any long-time blog reader want to guess or remember what this cat's name is?)

2 Piñatas

2 Bonfires

3 Lighthouses spotted

20 Approximate # of plain bagels with cream cheese consumed by me

2 Visits to the driving range

3 Zoos

3 Arcade stops

9 Conversations where I suggested to beloved relatives that they ought to make some plans to visit us in our part of the globe. The future will determine how convincing I was...

3 Items Angel won in claw machines (I didn't even know it was possible to win things from claw machines)

1 Complete-Family Photo Taken in Texas

1 Complete-Family Photo Taken in Michigan (taken with no planning, after 10 p.m., when most of us just wanted to sleep. The family photo from the wedding will look much more glamorous and coordinated...and awake.)

0 Times we used the swimsuits we'd packed

3 Visits to Panda Express (at Angel's request)

1 Bear costume (the chihuahua isn't a fan)

5 Haircuts given (3 sisters, 2 on Angel, one at the beginning and one at the end of the trip)

4 50-lb suitcases brought back full of gifts and items that will make life here a little comfier

38 Hours in transit for the return trip from Texas to Malaysia

Home sweet home!! More stories of adventures good, hilarious, and bad, and detailed posts and videos to come later on! In the meantime, how are you doing, internet? In case you couldn't quite tell from the numbers, I didn't really have time to sleep in May, let alone write and keep up with my blog friends...but now we're getting accustomed to everyday lives again!

Kim {Hope Whispers} said...

Wow! I don't even know what to say! LOL at the bagels though. LOL I could eat my weight in bagels! Love the photos! Where did the bear costume come from? Hope you are spending the month unwinding and relaxing! You earned it for sure!

The Peculiar Treasure said...

I LOVE your family pictures with Angel's family and with yours! Sounds like a pretty exhausting but awesome trip! I know it must be good to be home but hard to be off vacation now that you are back to normal. I always have that sense of "ready to be home but not ready to leave" when I am on a trip. haha.

Harmony, Momma To Go said...

That is so amazing!I love hearing what people gravitate towards, food wise in other coutnries. The bagels are pretty great - but panda express?!?!?!? To eat his own I guess!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Woah, you were definitely busy! I'm glad you got to spend so much time with family and it sounds like the wedding was great and all the other activities were enjoyable too. I'd be petting all the animals too - Angel has that right! LOL


Jill said...

What a beautiful family. Looks like you've been having a great time!

Unknown said...

I love your swoop of purple hair!!! I recently went pink and I don't think I will ever go back! You totally rock it! XO

Brita Long said...

I'd forgotten that your big trip was in May... When were you in California? Dan and I were in California for a week in May. Wouldn't it have been crazy if we were there at the same time?

Unknown said...

I love how you wrote this recap! So creative! I'm glad you enjoyed your time in the US sightseeing and with family.

Ro said...

This is so creative! I love that you summarized your vacay in numbers and shared some of your photographs with us! It sounds like you had a lot of fun!

Laura Darling said...

What a trip!!! Love the numerical summary! I misread your first two lines and thought you wrote 35 states! I was WAY impressed!!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What an awesome adventure!

Kristina said...

Morphine is the name I remember. It's not Morphine, is it?

rooth said...

Awww Michigan and Texas - both places I've been in the last month. I'm glad you had a wonderful trip and got to see your family

Rachel said...

Ding ding ding! Yes, it's Morphine! Angel's favorite and the only one of our cats still living--he lives the good life on my uncle's farm in Michigan.

X said...

Looks like you had a great time back in the States. I love the idea of doing the numbers post. How fun! Also, your family members all look so similar. I have a huge family but we all look different. :)

Sarah said...

Your dress in the mirror selfie is so pretty!

Berniedette | said...

I love all these memories you've collected, especially that complete family photo! It's rare and so precious to have!


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Unknown said...

I've never bumped into a blogger before, that would be amazing. This looked like a fun trip!

Indya said...

What a great way to recap a trip! I'm going away for a few days soon, I might try to note down everything in numbers like this. Such a fun way to quickly list all the holiday highlights!

Being recognised by a reader would be such a cool - and awkward - feeling! I don't think I'd be game enough to go up to a blogger that I read if I saw them in public though 😫

Rebecca Jo said...

I had someone recognize me while running a half marathon - not the best time to be seen ;) haha
2 disney shout outs? YES!!
I so laughed at the bear costume with the doggie.

Rach said...

Such a fun post! I love this! Sounds like you had a VERY full 35 days! Looking forward to hearing more details! :)

Unknown said...

Traveling always opens up your eyes... even if it's not international. The states has so much to offer!

The Lady Okie said...

So fun to be recognized! You are super cool ;) Also, hello claw machine wizard! I didn't know you could get things from those either!

AnneMarie said...

This is such a cool way to record your trip! I am very impressed you drove a car 7 times. Was it weird driving so much? I love the dancing picture-that's great that y'all do swing dancing, it's the best!

Charlene Maugeri said...

Wow! This sounds like an awesome, jam packed trip! I'm glad you got to stay so long and see so many people! That's wonderful!

Tayler Morrell said...

How fun! I'm so glad you did as much as you could in the states and were able to see both sides of the family!

Budget Splurge Beauty said...

love hearing about your vacation by the numbers, makes it sound super impressive! haha. and SUPER busy! Can't wait to hear more about it, it sounds like a blast! Sounds liek you have blog content for months hahah.
Also the kitty is... morphine?! I remember your cats were all named after medications lol