On our way back to Minneapolis we were able to hang out with my parents in my hometown of Hatley, Wisconsin. Trees, cows, dirt roads and wide open spaces–all very welcomed after being in New York for a couple months.
A rare and intimate look into the lives of our forefathers, here’s a wonderful selection of passports from the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island. Katie literally had to drag me away from this display, so cool! I could have stayed all day.
It had been eight months since I’d seen my parents, so I was super-excited when they told us they were coming to Brooklyn! My mom had never been to NYC, so it was fun to show her around and play tourist ourselves. We hit up all the greats: Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the financial district, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Times Square, Billy Elliot on Broadway, a double-decker bus, and the Empire State Building. Plus some local gems, like Abistro over in Fort Greene. It was sad to seem them leave, but that was softened knowing that we’ll be living with them for two weeks when we get back to Minneapolis, right before we skip over to Europe.
It’s kind of strange, having been on the road this long. There are definitely times where you’re reminded of what your life used to be like, before you embarked. I’ve certainly thought (and even said) that I miss my family, but what does that really mean? It’s often tough to know until you get to see them again.
On our way from Savannah to New York, we visited my brother and his family in South Carolina, just over the border from Charlotte, NC. I hadn’t expected it, but it was the closest thing to home I’ve felt since we left Minnesota. It’s been almost a year since we got to spend time with our niece and nephew. It’s inspiring to see their enthusiasm and watch them become individuals. So cool.
We were lucky enough to have my parents come out for an on-the-road visit to San Francisco. The Japanese Tea Gardens, the Wine Country, Sausalito, The California Academy of Sciences…it was really a great long weekend and I miss them already. To document it, we used Instagram, a wonderful, free photography app for the iPhone that’s full of vintage filters and sharing features.