Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Man, I'm falling WAY behind in my posting!

Hola, Sveiki, Howdy, Chau!

Time is flying!

Over last weekend (referring to the weekend of July 16th) we hosted Naomi and Peteris (for their Latvian Wedding Celebration Reception) and their absolutely delightful friends, Steph and Dave.  Loved them from the moment they showed up on the doorstep! I just want to brag on them and tell you that they were the perfect house guests: friendly, humorous, appreciative, considerate, etc. (I suppose that is a hint to all our future houseguests!.....hehehe) We really enjoyed their stay.
Steph and Dave

In fact, we really thought that we would like to go ahead and adopt ALL of their friends and Naomi's family who came to Latvia from Great Britain. Just a really great group of people.

There is a lot to remember about the weekend activities: spending a couple of days at the beach with everyone, staying out until 1:00 a.m. for too many nights in a row and finally, on Monday, feeling as though I was so tired I couldn't handle the burden of being awake any longer, and then the impressive wedding reception. Considering the reception was the "Crown Jewel" of the weekend, I'll go ahead and jump into the details.

Jekabs and I were really impressed by the way Naomi decorated the place. (I know there were others who helped her, but hey, she's the Queen of the Party, so I'll just give her the credit!) Do you know what you can find laying around an old farm? TREASURES! Old Treasures. There were old cream jugs, milk jars, antique stools, other jugs, and my antique weight scale. She dug them out of the long grass and brilliantly displayed them around the tables.

Again, I am really impressed by the game planning in Latvia. My favorite was this:

Peteris is blindfolded and verbally instructed by Naomi on where to step to pick up each of the flowers in the vases. It was a ton of fun to watch!

In the below picture, guests were asked to write on paper something they intend to do for P & N over the next year. Then, all the notes were attached to a dart board and "selected" by throwing darts.

Other Photos
Did I mention that Naomi is one of 5 British Blonde Beauties? (4 sisters and a beautiful mamma)
I wish I had a picture of all of them together

I recommend, that if you have access to Peteris' FB, that you check out his wedding reception photos there. Jekabs is tagged in some of the pics.

Last week we spent a night out at Jekabs' uncle, Elijs', vacation home in the country. The place was breathtaking, a jewel tucked in the woods. See for yourself:

This special "motorbike-tractor" was made
 by Jekabs' grandfather. 

Elijs built this sauna! I think it is a beautiful building. 
Jekabs and I spent a couple of hours in here sweating out the impurities in our souls...errrr....I mean pores!

A couple of shots from Cesis, Latvia. 


Isaac's favorite 2nd cousin, Jonatans

Remember me telling you how great Dave and Steph were (our houseguests from London).......they remembered over the weekend that snapdragons were my favorite flower and brought these to me when they left! So thoughtful!

Loving Living in Latvia,
Although Leaving Latvia soon,


P.S. Within a few minutes I'll be following up with our Mystery Vacation Photos!

Maybe this is what people have in mind when they imagine what Latvia looks like.

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