Back to the U.S.A. to get our Visas

Karie on Dec 15th 2007 10:19 pm

On our first morning back in the U.S. (after waking up at 3am thanks to the jet lag), we headed down to the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles.  We are now the proud holders of Visados Residencias de Espana!  We still have one hoop to jump through to finalize it all, but it’s downhill from here.

Visas in hand, we headed for the second priority of the trip… Target!  Target is high on the list of things I’ve missed, among the ranks of Penny Lane, Mexican food and Cheez-Its.

We have been loving Barcelona and honestly try not to spend too much energy focusing on things we miss (ok, except maybe Penny), but when we found out we were coming back home, we realized how much we had to look forward to.

I thought we wouldn’t get to see any of Scott’s family for Christmas, I thought I wouldn’t see my niece again until she was two, and I thought I would have to live with the regret of leaving my red plaid heels in storage for a year.

I realize we’ve only been gone 3 months.  I mean, some people vacation longer than that, so it’s not like we experienced some huge culture shock upon returning to American soil.  Nonetheless, a lot has happened in the last 3 months…

  • We have accomplished a huge goal.  We’re not finished yet, but we’ve made the leap and we’re living it out.
  • Charlize (aka, Charlie, my niece) started walking & talking
  • My cousin (Carene) and friend (Nacia) had babies
  • I’ve reconnected with more friends through this blog than I did in years of living only a few minutes or a domestic phone call away
  • Friends in San Diego have lost their homes
  • The exchange rate continues to tank, which suddenly really matters to me
  • Matthew (Scott’s brother) lost part of his pinky (I thought that was worth mentioning!)
  • When we moved, my Grandpa was in the hospital and had nearly lost the will to live.  Last Sunday he came over after church, wearing a dapper suit and hat and ready to eat tacos.

…just to name a few.  Needless to say, our trip home was wonderful!  I’m always intentional to reflect & be grateful for all the blessings in my life, but I think we now have an even deeper appreciation for the big and the small.

After nearly 2 days of travel (ugh!), we are now back in Barcelona.  We arrived only 4 hours before my parents, who are here to celebrate Christmas/New Years with us.

Now we have an entirely different list of things to look forward to…  I love playing tour guide for family/friends (hint, hint), learning the culture & the language, making new friends, walking to almost anything we need, sidewalk cafes that easily trump Starbucks… I even like hanging my clothes outside to dry.

It’s so much fun, and for now, it’s home.

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2 Responses to “Back to the U.S.A. to get our Visas”

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    Scott Isaacs Says:

    You’re worried about seeing your niece before she’s two, but what about your nieces mom and dad???? I see how we rate now….

    She started a new thing, by the way. If you say something like “Charlie, you have such pretty hair”, she will reach up and run her fingers through her hair.

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    Diane Says:

    Karie and Scott ~
    Thank you so much for the holiday card. I have one out to you….better late than never. I thought it would be easy to get to the post office to buy an international stamp…well the post office has been so busy I have avoided the long lines. So just know you are in my thoughts during this holiday season. Especially today as we celebrate the year end at B & C and the girls gathering won’t be the same without you.

    Miss you,
    Diane

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