Friday, August 3, 2012

Last and First

Wow, serious flashback to this post, describing our last days in the States and our first days in Grand Cayman.  And here we are again, this time with the reverse.  Don't you love when things come full circle?

Our second to last day in Cayman we went to Spotts Beach with Walter.  We put our chairs in the shade, ate a picnic and took a little nap.  It was so nice.  I'm really glad we had time for some relaxation and fun that last week, in addition to the crazy to-do list!

I'm already missing these blue, blue waters...

That night we went to Ragazzi for dinner.  I love dinner dates with this guy.

We spent our final full day in Grand Cayman with Jenn and Nate, hanging out at their pool and eating a few meals together.  It was still so hard to believe that this was the last time we'd get to do that for a while.

The final day was a frenzy of chores, errands, and general running around.  Jenn drove us to the airport and Nate met us there to say goodbye.  I must admit a few tears were shed.  Oh how I love these people.  Thank goodness we kept it short and sweet, otherwise I would have been a real mess (and we would have missed our flight  - we made check in with literally one minute to spare).

We flew into Greenville, SC to surprise Brent's family.  His dad knew we were coming for 4th of July but no one else did.  It was so much fun to get to see everyone and meet our newest niece.  I wish the visit could have been longer, but we were also anxious to get home and start setting up the house.

Here's sweet Ellison - four months old

Girl's got good taste in watches

It was the perfect traditional 4th of July - hanging out by the pool, grilling burgers and hotdogs, watching fireworks from the driveway.

The many faces of Kru

Brent got sprayed in the eye with a water gun, which is why it looks a little funny here...

Can't wait to spend a whole week with the gang in Myrtle Beach this September!

We drove to Ohio with Brent's parents.  This was waiting at our house when we got there.  We have the best family!

Ohio did its best to make us feel like home - 100+ degree weather all week.  Our renter had turned off the power on her last day, and due to damage across the area from thunderstorms the week before, we weren't able to get it turned on for 5 days.  Oops.  Man oh man, not my favorite week.  But despite the heat, we got a lot done.  Some inside unpacking and A LOT of outside landscaping.

Now it's been almost a month since we returned.  Still some unpacking to do, but things are looking much more "settled."  Brent and I are adjusting well - some days it feels like we never left and the whole island adventure was just a dream.  I miss it incredibly, but we've also been so busy here I haven't had too much time to dwell on it.  When we tell people we just moved back from two years in Grand Cayman, the general response is "Why?!"  Haha, I really don't blame them.  I spent a lot of time wondering that too before the move.  But I think Brent and I are both feeling peace that this was the right thing for this time in our lives.  The future...who knows what it may hold :)

I don't plan to keep the blog going now that we are back in the States.  I realized that I pretty much put all the same pictures on Facebook, and my blog text was mostly just a few captions here and there.  It seemed a little redundant.  But you never know, maybe I'll stop by every now and then with some pictures and updates.  After all, life is still "grand," even in Cincinnati.


  1. Life will be really grand with a baby kruithof! That would be a good reason to keep the blog going. Just sayin'. :)

  2. I'm man enough to admit this post made me very emotional... So hard to say goodbye to all that we loved about about Cayman. SO GLAD YOU DID THIS BLOG, KATIE. I WILL RE-READ ALL THE POSTS EVERY YEAR. :)

  3. Great final post. So many memories wrapped up on this site! I'll be back to re-read posts too!

  4. I love Kru's hair!! and I want a post to be "reuniting with Jordan and Elizabeth".. When is that going to happen?!>!

  5. so i totally didn't realize this was your LAST post.. NOOOO Life can be grand here too.. keep blogging!

  6. Love this sentence "The future...who knows what it may hold :)" I hope you pop in every once in a while! I love "hearing" your voice along with the photographs, even if you are right around the corner (yaayyy!)

  7. I'll miss reading updates - I say keep it and who knows, maybe you'll start posting some belly pictures soon :) Can't wait to see you all soon!

  8. We cooked up that Cincy heat just for you on your first week home! You'll never take AC for granted again :) Cayman WAS a dream--an awesome preview of Paradise. When you get to heaven, you might even sense a little deja vu. But home is where you hang your subway signs, and you gotta smile about that. You guys have been so missed here during your two years island-ing....and now the Cayman peeps are missing you there. Just goes to show, you're loved everywhere, and life is good wherever you are. xoMamaBear

  9. Great "final" post for now! Loved the last line, very clever! And you do have a grand life!!

  10. OH, and we are SO glad to have you guys home! Love you!!!

  11. We are so thankful for the blessings you received in Grand Cayman and are thankful now for the blessing you are to your family by being nearby and more accessible for visits!

  12. Wow, Katie (and Brent) =) Thanks so much for sharing all of your adventures with us. I absolutely loved checking your blog on a cold winter's night while I sat and graded papers and needed a break! I will miss your updates, and since I am not on Facebook I will miss YOU! Blessings to you and Brent as you begin this next chapter (adventure) that God has planned for you. You are blessed, and you are a blessing. I do agree with Joelle, though . . . just sayin' =) Although those Kruithof girls are not very good with keeping their blogs updated, either . . . just sayin' =)

  13. I had two sad I-miss-katie-and-brent(and-walt) moments:

    1. I was visiting Waterways apartments about a month ago and as I was driving out of the complex I saw a cute young lady walking her dog and my heart got happy and I was gonna open my window and yell "Katie and Walter!" and then I realised you were no longer living on island... and that I didn't have my glasses on (although I swear they resembled you both A LOT!).

    2. Your CRV drove past me on the Bypass last week .... and neither you nor Brent were in it =(

  14. beautiful post...i haven't read the rest of your entries but it seems like you really enjoyed your time in the caymans..its sad you had to leave! beautiful photographs of the children and the dogs! do you have any recommendations of What To Do in Cayman?

  15. nice and amazing pictures. I really loved them. overall a nice written blog. thanks for sharing your experience.
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