Chasen is plugging away in China, and Isaac and I are keeping busy. On Friday we attended a birthday party at Build-A-Bear in nearby Collierville, Tennessee.
I have learned my lesson with the iPhone, but forgot when taking this cute pic.
Isaac chose a rather patriotic bear, dressed him as a firefighter, and decided to call him Night Night Bear. There ya have it!
That night a very, very important thing happened. After many airline delays, and months of planning, we headed to the airport to pick up our "temporary au pair!" Here's the story. When I was 16, and before then, I had a pen pal from Germany. Her name is Tina, and she came to my home in Arkansas for a month in the summer of 1991. Fast forward to now. Her niece, Isabelle, is here soaking up some American culture and speaking lots of English!
You know us - we always make airport pickups a big deal!
Isabelle is lovely! She is kind, smart, and funny. And her English is wonderful as-is! Isaac loves her. She will be with us for 91 days.
When she mentioned that she needed flip flops, I took her to flip flop mecca, aka Old Navy.
Because she is here, I was able to head out last night in fabulously cool September temps for a run. I managed 12.44 miles. Because I did my typical walk-run, as opposed to the 12 mile walk I eased into last week, I opted for a relatively low mileage. I think next week I will ramp up a bit. Chasen will be back (hallelujah!) so I can have a bit of support out there.
Chickamauga, here I come!