Saturday, October 15, 2011

Life as we know it.

Sitting in very close proximity while grocery shopping. :)

 How long do you think that lasted?   (I'm referring to the smiling faces in the above picture of course.)

Life has been good.  There are lots of good things going on here that I'm excited to of which is that we finally have internet in our flat.  Can I tell you how excited this makes me?  I really didn't think I'd miss it that much...because I can totally go without email and facebook - no problem.  But planning excursions and finding recipes proves much more difficult with the internet at your disposal.  And I won't even begin to bore you with how much I've been dying to watch the first few episodes of this season's Grey's Anatomy.....

About two weeks ago we made our first trek out of town to a nearby town called Coleraine.  Everyone kept talking about how small it was, how we won't be able to find anything there, but the truth is that it actually surprised me with how large it was for a "small" town.  They must think we're from some crazy metropolis.  Boy, we have them fooled.
Last weekend we stuck close to home and decided to explore Ballycastle (about 2 miles from Corrymeela and within walking distance) on Saturday.  Since it was nice out, we decide to walk it, and I took a few pictures.

Walking on a trail between the golf course and beach.

The nearby golf course.  Always busy....rain or shine.

A view of the marina.
That night we had family movie and pizza night.  For the first time we let the boys eat their dinner in front of the tv.  I know this seems like bad parenting, but the truth is that I've been waiting for them to get old enough to enjoy the American past-time of dinner (namely, pizza) and a movie. :)

Last night we went on our first "date night" since being here.  I was beginning to get worried about being able to have time together as a couple.  And although I deeply miss my go-to babysitters from back home, the volunteers here are awesome and seem to be up for the challenge.  (Especially if I provide them with a quiet space, some chocolate, and a host of other treats that are hard to come by in a group-living setting.)

I am starting to feel like this is turning into home.  I did the math the other day and realized that we could've moved to places within the United States and we would still be just as far as we are now from our family and friends.  For some reason that made the world feel like a much smaller place. :)
Some things I plan to blog about this week:
What we do all day.
The amazing waterfalls we saw today.
Being "fed".
Some photos I've been working on for a potential portfolio.
And, if I'm honest, probably more about how much I LOVE the internet. Welcome back, my long lost friend. (sigh.)


Mandy Barrington said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Do you always have a professional camera on hand, even while grocery shopping?? Your pictures are so amazing, you make even the most everyday things seem artistic and magical. What type of camera/lens do you use?

Tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Mandy. :) Sadly, I do have to have a purse big enough to carry my camera with me. I didn't used to, but then always regretted it. :) Thanks for the sweet comment though.

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I agree with Mandy. Your pics are so amazing...I want to get a purse big enough for me to fit you and your camera in it. :)

Oh yeah - and I can totally relate to your longing for internet and being on Grey's Anatomy withdrawal. At our church retreat a few weeks ago, I had to go to sleep without watching a streamed episode of Grey's in bed before I shut my eyes and I almost couldn't fall asleep without it. CRUTCH.

Mandy Barrington said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's totally worth it, I'm sure with the way kids grow you'll never regret having the camera on hand! It looks like you have a telephoto lens by the selective focus, but I can't imagine you have a big honking one with you all the time; do you have one of those fancy small zoom lenses? (I'm sure there's a better word to describe it) one thing I for sure want to get when we start having children is a nicer camera and lens.