For the boys’ first trimester break, we flew to North Carolina to visit family. While we spent most of the time in Raleigh, we also took a weekend trip to Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville is one of the places we are considering upon our reentry to the U.S. We wanted to spend more time there to get a feel for if it would be a good fit. While we had a great time, the jury is still out if it is THE place. Time will tell.
As usual, our time in North Carolina was amazing. We packed it full of activities for the kids and took advantages of all the conveniences of suburban life.
We have our staples that we always visit- the Marbles museum, Pullen Park, the Aloha Animal Rescue Zoo, the amazing Museum of Science and Life in Durham. There is just so much for families to do in Raleigh. Another favorite activity for the kids this time was being able to see the new Aladdin movie in the theatre (which started a little rough since Parker does not understand the concept of quiet and Asher has no patience for that).
Every time we leave, it’s like tearing a bit of my heart away. While I stuff that feeling inside, Asher wears it clearly on his sleeve. There were lots of tears as we headed off to the airport. It’s so hard to live far away from family, and returning to a totally different environment increases the challenge. Luckily it only took a couple days for us to adjust back to life in Panama. It also always easier when we know when we’ll see family again. Can’t wait for our trip in September to Buffalo!