Ethiopia: The People

We sure do miss these faces. We have a couple more posts coming with our Ethiopia pictures, but feel free to check out Walker’s blog for a sneak peak!

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Home Sweet Bed

We find ourselves writing this post to let our friends and family know that we made it home today safely, but selfishly we are writing in attempt to keep ourselves awake until 9 p.m. Surely that is an acceptable bedtime, because we were ready to lay ourselves down at 6.

We had the most incredible trip that we can’t wait to document on here soon enough! We are both on our computers (with Opal snoring between us) looking at pictures and already wanting to go back. But for now we are relishing in hot showers, chowing down on burgers, brushing our teeth in clean water goodness, celebrating the invention of the mattress and thanking the public bathroom gods for their cleanliness standards.

The remote villages of Ethiopia just might be our new favorite places in the world. The unexpected landscape. The friendliness of the people. We fell in love! And who wouldn’t when you get to wake up to this every morning?

San Antonio

We’ve been taking these past few days to recuperate from our weekend getaway to San Antonio! One of us (cough cough, me…no really, i’m coughing with every click of the keyboard) went on our anniversary trip and came down with the flu/bad cold/something gross. Thanks to our beloved friends Dayquil and Nyquil, a sore throat and runny nose couldn’t keep us down! Although it did almost keep someone down. I would like to apologize to the man riding a motorized wheelchair that I almost ran over while riding our rented bikes in a Nyquil-induced coma. Ding, ding! Girl with the flu coming through!

We enjoyed biking through downtown, strolling the Riverwalk, visiting sketchy parks at night trying to sneak a peak at old missions, encountering history and culture, spotting mariachis at every turn, hearing lots of Spanish, eating eating eating, and most importantly visiting the Alamo! Walker may or may not have gotten a little choked up. He also made the decision that if he was a duck, he would want to live on the Riverwalk.

We weren’t sure if we’d be able to go to San Antonio like we’d planned, but thanks to an extra job that came up and the generous gifts of some church members and parents, we thrived on four days of adventure and quality time! We even got to put on some fancy clothes and eat at a fancy schmancy restaurant! To echo this post, what gracious and supportive people we have in our lives! Thank you!

Blueberry Festival

Dear East Texas,

You have really delivered lately. First, the Blue Hole and now the Blueberry Festival!

Walker and I woke up early Saturday morning and headed to the oldest town in TX to celebrate a fruit that neither of us consider a favorite, but I think we both have a newfound fondness. We waited in a 45 min line for blueberry pancakes, which I now believe to be the best I’ve ever had! Street vendors lined the downtown square selling everything from homemade ice cream to homemade wooden guns.

Dogs paraded their way down the street to their costume contest in the nearby park. When you see a bulldog in a tutu, a tiny dog in a tiny sombrero, and a 2-week-old baby goat, you just know you are in the right place.

We left with 4 pints of blueberries, a little less money and a little more appreciation for the deep east.

See you next year, The McWilliams

Date Night: Peking Acrobats

Today Walker was given some tickets to the Peking Acrobats, an acrobatic group from Beijing who stopped by Angelina College on their US tour. So, we went on our first date since our little baby Opal came into our lives!

They put on an incredible show of balance, strength, flexibility, costume and artistic dance. We loved having some international culture here in Lufkin. During intermission we practiced our Chinese but were interrupted by the 85 year old man next to me who was making fun of me for not having 4G. Then he asked Walker to check the BU vs. Florida score. He was a keeper.

No pictures were allowed during the show. Bummer. Afterward we were too embarrassed to take a picture with them, so I pulled a creeper move and took one of a few acrobats from behind.

Then we had our own flexibility competition when we got home.

Pretty sure I won. Although it’s still a pathetic attempt.