Too Quiet


Jesse and I often talk about how quiet our house seems without our two little monsters babies running around.

You see, our lives have always included them. We got Oscar from the pound in Jacksonville a few months after we got married- almost 9 years ago. Gracie joined our family while we were visiting Texas for Christmas in 2005. Yes- she's a Texas girl and proud of it! :) That means we are used to incessant barking and toenails constantly clicking on the tile floor. We are used to two little munchkins taking up as much room as possible in the bed. And we are used to the unconditional love (and snuggling) that only a dog can provide.
So.... it's definitely too quiet here.
We know they are in excellent hands, but that sure doesn't make it any easier to be without them. Making the decision to leave them in the States was one of the hardest I've ever had to make, but we just didn't know how they would fare on a 24 hour-plus journey. Although we miss them more than anything, we're happy to report that they are loving their new lives in Texas.

Oscar spends his days watching birds through the doggy door,

and harassing the turtles in the backyard.

Gracie loves the treats she's getting three times a day.

And of course, they still get in as much napping as possible.

It looks like they're handling the transition even better than we are. :) Thanks Mimi and Pa for taking such awesome care of our babies.

Around Town


When driving around town here, it's important to always keep your eyes open and pay attention to what's around you because you just never know what you'll see!

 Here are a few pictures of some interesting sights we've seen.
Can you see the monkey? We saw this one in a yard close by the beach and I had to get out and take a picture. We've had them in our yard a few times but I've never been able to get a picture.  I think they are absolutely adorable, though everyone tells me that they will wreak havoc if they stay around too long.

It's also not uncommon for animals to be herded across the street- even during peak traffic. On the day we took this picture, we had to stop for animals in the road three different times. First for this herd, then for a herd of goats, and finally for a runaway cow that was going down the wrong side of the street. I would love to see something like this on Western Blvd. :)

Speaking of goats- they are EVERYWHERE! Most of the time, a small child can be seen sitting nearby while the goats graze. It amazes us that the livelihood of an entire family is entrusted to a 5 year old.

In an earlier post, I talked about how horrendous the traffic is here. Basically, there are no traffic laws so it's everybody for themselves. In order to get anywhere, you have to be incredibly aggressive and willing to pull out in front of people and assume that they will stop for you.

This is a roundabout in the center of town. There is no right of way so you just have to find a way in. Needless to say, I will NOT be driving while we are here!

The creative abuse use of vehicles and bicycles for transporting goods is also a sight to see.

Can you imagine carrying this on your bike?

We are doing great and still loving this new adventure. We've learned so much in the short time we have been here. In other news,  I recently got a job in the Embassy, so my looong vacation is officially over. I'm excited to get started, but I will also miss my lazy days. :)
I hope everyone is well and having a wonderful summer.

A BIG Congratulations


We're so excited to announce that we have an adorable new nephew!

Matthew Pavel Lynch was born on Juy 8, 2010 and weighs 9 lbs 7 ozs.


Congratulations Gary and Barb and big sister Jordan! We love you guys and we can't wait to meet that precious little boy!

I'm No Cake Boss (But He's Definitely a Brewmaster) :)


Those of you who know me well may know that I am not the best cook in the world. Sure, I can throw together yummy appetizers (cheese dip counts, right?), but I've never been much of a baker. However, I think that all has changed. In fact, I've done quite a bit of baking lately and may soon be the next Betty Crocker. For the 4th of July, I made my very first (successful) 2-layer cake. Don't get me wrong, I have definitely tried before, but have always ended up with a crumbled mess. This time however, I must have done something right because this is how it turned out:

I'm definitely no Cake Boss, but I think it turned out pretty cute. Even better, it wasn't only edible, it was actually good! :)

My cake isn't only the only homemade goodness around here.
Jesse brewed his first batch of homemade beer since our move.
 He chose this summer ale:
I admit that it looks really gross while it's brewing
But the good news is that it's absolutely amazing once it's bottled.
Of course with good news, there usually comes bad news as well. In this case, the bad news is that it's already all gone! I guess that means it's time to brew another batch. :)

I hope everyone is having a great week!
With Love,
The Lynchs

Kite Flying


Over the last few weeks, Jesse has picked up a new hobby:
Kite surfing!
If you're not familiar with it, you use a giant kite to pull you along on a board similar to a wakeboard.
  Jesse's kite is 11 meters long.

We saw someone doing it on the beach in NC several years ago and he's wanted to do it since then, but just never did. There's a few other guys here with  kites so Jesse decided to join in. He's only had his kite for about a week but he's learning pretty quickly. He's already hooked and we spend A LOT of time at the beach.
I have to admit, my beach adventures aren't quite as...well, adventurous. I spend a majority of my beach time soaking up the sun and reading. I have two favorite series that I'm hooked on right now.
The first is the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. It's the series that the HBO show True Blood is based on. I admit it's completely mindless and silly reading but I LOVE it!

The second is the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. I'm embarrassed to admit that it's a series aimed at young adults... I know I'm not technically a young adult any more... but I still love these books. They're perfect beach reading!

If you are looking for something fun and easy to read, I highly recommend these two series, especially if you're a Twilight fan.

I hope everyone is doing well. We miss everyone so much- especially this weekend. We would love to be at the lakehouse with the family right now or hitting up Emerald Isle for the annual fireworks show. Although we're not in the States, we will definitely be celebrating Independence Day and remembering how lucky we are to be citizens of such an amazing country.
Happy 4th of July!
With Love,
The Lynchs
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