Sunday, February 04, 2007

54 more days until we're in the US of A!!!!!

We haven't been home (the US will always be home to me even if I live in the Netherlands for 20 years) since June of last year and I am sooooo ready for our upcoming vacation!!! I've had my countdown going since about December so for it to be only 54 days away makes it seem so very close.

Besides the fact that I don't have to work for 3 full weeks there are tons of things I am looking forward to. Of course I can't wait to see my parents and siblings. I REALLY can't wait to spend some time with my nieces and nephews. I super miss my friends and am looking forward to hanging out and playing some BINGO.

I'm looking forward to just having some time with my husband when we're not exhausted or just saying quick hellos and goodbyes when coming and going to work. Three weeks together, one on one, every single day, day in and day out...hopefully we'll survive!

I'm really excited about my brother's wedding. I just love my soon-to-be sister-in-law so seeing the two of them finally tie the knot after all these years is going to be awesome. Of course the whole family will be there and it's going to be a huge party so that's something else to be excited about. All the aunts, uncles, cousins, partners, kids, their kid's kids... it's gonna be big!

I can't wait to wake up in the mornings and have coffee with my parents before they go off to work and we start our running around for the day. I can't wait to bring breakfast over to my sister's house and listen to the kids scream and shout in excitement like they've never been fed breakfast before. I can't wait to hang out with Keith, Josh and TJ and make fun of one another and spend hours talking about nothing and drinking Starbucks and making Josh cook his famous burgers on the gwill.

I'm excited to see my friend Teena and her two beautiful little girls. I can't wait to see how big my friend Liz's two little rugrats are and spend some quality time with her and her husband.

We hope to have some time just to hang out and not be running around seeing and doing everything but if this trip is anything like our last ones then we'll come home and need a vacation from our vacation.

And now a short list of things I'm NOT looking forward to while I'm home in the US:

-American size meals with huge portions. It's oh-so-easy to over eat.
-The availability of cheesecake. Really really good cheesecake.
-All my favorite fast foody places that I haven't been tempted with since making my change. Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, DQ Ice Cream, the list goes on.
-mom's home cooking (not that her cooking is bad but on the other hand it's so freaking good and I want to have all the things that I can't get or can't cook as well as she does so that means a lot of food!)
- not having my strict schedule for my workouts like I do here.

We've kind of created a game plan for working out while we're home. Keith and Josh said we can go to their gym with them. We'll walk/jog with Scooter in the mornings some mornings and just try to fit in a workout here and there at a local gym. Maybe we'll even have to force ourselves to go out dancing... you know... for exercise!

I want to come back to the Netherlands just as healthy as I am leaving it but I have a feeling it's going to be a difficult task.

3 comments:

Jayne said...

Hey Sarah,
Just wondering if you were still looking for clothes. I did a major purge tonight and I remembered that you posted on expatica about looking for in-between sizes. Not sure what size you are... I know you've lost so much weight. Anyway, I have mostly US size 16 and 18. I have lots of stuff from Gap and Old Navy and I also have some skirts and jackets. If you'r not interested, I'll give it to a women's shelter. (If I can figure out where to find them in the Gouden Gids.) Cheers, Jayne

Nisha said...

Every time someone tells you how fantastic you look, file that away for those really crappy days (the ones where you need to have a yelling match w/ Mr. Fat and his cigar). I figure your motivation tank should be full once you return to Germany!

Oh! And if I'm tempted to eat something, I tell myself that it is infested with strep throat. Sick and wrong I know, but it really helps! I also heard that there is a break-out of strep infested food at jack in the box and DQ. Just a heads up! :)

sarahaarssen said...

Jayne I would love your clothes! I am just now getting into 18's as I started at 28's so it would be perfect! How sweet!

And Nisha I LOVE that idea, no matter how twisted it is!