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Happy Monday!

I'm officially back from Europe and vacation with my family.  We all arrived at our respective destinations late last night (or early this morning).

It was a lovely, lovely trip and I did not want to come back.
I was so successful at avoiding thinking about real life the whole week that on Friday/Saturday/Sunday when I started realizing I wouldn't be able to avoid real life forever I started feeling sad.  

It was only stressful to have short connections both ways...
there:  Chicago-Brussels-Budapest
back:  Nuremburg-Munich-Newark-Chicago
I definitely had to hustle in Brussels and Newark. 
In Newark most of the plane boarded before I even got there (since I was working my way through security and looked at my boarding pass to see my flight was boarding, this is just after the security officer told me my gate was "waaaaayyyy at the end").  I walked right on the plane, but I did not miss it!

I'll give you a little recap later this week, but for now I'm trying to catch-up on life and telling myself on repeat I have 1 five day week and then it's a 3-day weekend!!!  Wahoo.

Here's just a couple family photos to wet your palette:
the fam at Melk Abbey - Austria
beer tasting at Weisses Brauhaus in Kelheim - Germany  
Note to Europe:  I wish you had water fountains.


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