But before time escapes from me, I wanted to start to recap my 10 days away. Even though 10 days seemed like a long time to be gone, it actually went by remarkably fast! I started off my trip by flying into Minneapolis 2 Fridays ago. I had been looking forward to this weekend for quite awhile as the purpose of my trip was my cousin's wedding! This is the daughter of my "Julia Child aunt & uncle" aka my St. Paul parents. I've always been close to my all my aunts and uncles, but since moving to Minneapolis 10 years ago, I became very close to this family because I had the opportunity to spend more time with them. I've spent holidays with them, we've of course done Julia Child night, and they participated in my ritualistic pre- and post-CFA dinners. So I was VERY excited for my cousin's wedding as the closer you are to the couple getting married, the more special and fun it is to attend!
I flew in Friday night and met my parents at their hotel downtown. I had non-stop family fun from Friday night through Sunday morning, and it was wonderful.
|My Saturday morning looked like this - a latte and time with 2 of my nephews!|
It was nice to have some time in downtown Minneapolis as I got to show my parents more of the city center, which is an area they hadn't spent much time in. We walked to brunch, did some shopping (well my mom and I did, we let my dad skip out on that) and of course hit up my favorite macaron shop!!
|Yum! A trip home isn't complete without some macarons. We also tried a homemade GF oreo which was really yummy!|
After an afternoon of family time, it was time for the big event! The wedding was held at a beautiful mansion close to downtown Minneapolis. It was such a beautiful event and venue. I've never seen my cousin so happy; she definitely found her soul mate. I had a great time chatting with family and dancing with my nephews! Well, Andrew & James (pictured top left) would dance with me, Matthew (pictured bottom right) was a solo show on the dance floor!
After wishing them all luck, my coach and I headed out to mile 17 to spectate. I knew quite a few people running it so it was especially fun to cheer the runners on. The Twin Cities course is so beautiful, I snapped this shot from the area where we were spectating.
After the marathon, I met some friends for coffee and had dinner with Phil, so Sunday was a full day.
I worked in the Minneapolis office on Monday and ended up having an unexpected free night that evening (which is a rare occasion on these trips home... they tend to be incredibly over-planned) and it was a beautiful night, so I laced up my tennis shoes and went for a walk through my old neighborhood. It was a beautiful night and was a little bittersweet for me to walk through an area that I used to, but no longer, call home.
I worked in the office on Tuesday and then flew out to Chicago on Tuesday evening.
As usual, my time at home was wonderful. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to come home, but it is also a bittersweet experience because there is such a feeling of impermanence on these trips home. While I am home, I try not to think about the fact that each trip will come to an end but it is easier said than done. I also struggle with feelings of guilt over not seeing as many people as I would like. I know I need to accept that I can't do everything and see everyone, but it's still hard as I need to balance time with family, friend, and time spent networking, and on this trip I had to fit in time at work as well.
But all that aside, I had a fabulous 4 days in Minneapolis. And luckily I had 5 full days in Chicago ahead of me, so flying away from Minneapolis wasn't as difficult as it usually is... But my Chicago recap will have to wait until next week when I am back from Myrtle Beach!
If you have moved away from home, do you struggle to fit it all in when you return for a visit? I know I put entirely too much pressure on myself and end up over-scheduling but I also think/hope this is a temporary phase and I will be back home, or closer to home, by next fall.