One week countdown…
June 21st, 2009 by Kate

Tess, Phoebe and I leave one week from today for the Bahamas… Jeff will hang back in AZ until the end of July to wrap up work.  The girls and I will come back to AZ for a few days to meet up with him, change out our backpacks, and by August 1st expect to leap off the world as we know it…

What am I doing the week before we leave for a year:

  • Prepping to carry my 50lb backpacks by lifting boxes filled with all our household “treasures”
  • Contemplating my one pair of very ugly-but-practical new traveling shoes.  But seriously, I am sneaking in a second pair.  I’m thinking something shiny and gold – they would go with everything!  Shhh… don’t tell Jeff.  
  • Ran 19 errands on my day off – yes 19!  I have 44 more to go before I leave next week – ha!
  • NOT crying when I say “see you next year”
  • Obsessively internet searching for Aveda saloons around the world so I can be blonde forever – I know isn’t that pathetic.
  • Scanning, scanning and more scanning – “homeschooling” with no books presents an assortment of challenges
  • Yes – got the last of our shots – typhoid don’t scare me!
  • Sweating out the days that our passports are in the hands of the Chinese embassy while they issue us our visas – but feeling SO much better about the possibility of them ever taking over our country as they can’t even seem to figure out the US mail.
  • daydreaming about our upcoming adventure and alternating between shear excitement and shear terror…

8 Responses  
Kelly Balthazor writes:
June 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

We at US Airways truly encourage your travels! But seriously, you are my idol and if I think I could get away with just one pair of shoes and make the boys carry my backpack, I’d be totally on board with a trip like yours. Sadly, that will never come to pass and hope you all have an absolutely wonderful trip of a lifeime!

Tiffany Scharn writes:
June 23rd, 2009 at 7:10 am

Hi Katey…wow it’s TIME…YOU DID IT! I am so excited for you guys and will be vicariously living through your endeavors! Let me know your timeframe for Norway so I can give you my mother’s information…they leave FL for Haried (near Alesund) every May 5th or so & return back to FL mid Sept but I don’t think you want to be near the North Pole in winter anyway!

Theresa Sanchez writes:
June 23rd, 2009 at 9:44 am

So the one week countdown is here. What an exciting time for Jeff, Tessa, Phoebe, and you to grow together and experience the world. Make sure to take and post lots of pictures. Take care and enjoy every minute!

Becky Lieberman writes:
June 23rd, 2009 at 11:42 am

So funny – I was wondering at lunch what you do about haircuts/color when you travel around the world for a year – thank goodness for Aveda!

Sarah Bodney writes:
June 23rd, 2009 at 10:13 pm

You go girl. Makes our little jaunt around the Greek islands seem like a stroll in the park. Have a blast. Can’t wait to check back and read about your adventures.

Michelle Barwick writes:
June 25th, 2009 at 8:39 am

The most adventurous person I know! May you find great treasures in all people, cultures and places. I look forward to hearing all about this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You are much more brave then me, my friends! Much love and admiration, Michelle

Eileen writes:
July 1st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

And you were so brave when getting your shots!!! Even got a Lollipop!

Shelly Barrell writes:
August 4th, 2009 at 6:47 am

Hey guys,
It is Shelly Barrell the flight attendant who met you when you were trying to get home from the Bahamas thru Dallas to Phoenix. Did you guys get out in the morning? Wish you would have gotten on with me. Have a great adventure, I will keep up with your travels. Can’t wait to see what the next 360 brings you. Shelly

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