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Happy To Be Here… VERY Happy To Be Here

Okay, we admit… we’ve been under cover a little, but there’s been a good reason, we promise!

We actually have been telling our friends and family that after taking Mom to Jeopardy in Los Angeles, we had decided to settle in San Francisco for 5-6 weeks, taking advantage of a brand new housesitting opportunity.

In reality, we were in San Francisco for a mere four days. And then we we spent three days in the weirdly awesome city of Portland, Oregon.

And then…we crossed the border for the very last time, to arrive in Canada!

That’s correct. It’s true – Shawna and Skott were coming home!

Stepping onto home turf!

Our first three nights in Canada were in Vancouver (thanks again for the apartment Suz), before getting a ride to Penticton with Shawna’s uncle. The plan moving forward was to surprise everybody back home as they were pretty much all in the dark… and for the most part we were able to:

We shocked Shawna’s Mom and Dad by arriving unannounced in Vernon, BC

Home for supper…unexpected!!!

We stunned Shawna’s Grandma and Grandpa in Kelowna when we picked them up at the airport.

My parents are still recovering after we “bumped into them” at the Saskatchewan Roughrider game.

Those guys look like Skott and Shawna….wait a minute!!???

But finally the tables were turned on us when Shawna’s sister, the only one who knew we were coming home, actually had family and friends waiting for us in her backyard, leaving both Shawna and I with jaws dropped. We were so excited and unprepared that we forgot to take any pictures!! Double-crossed as we might have been, we loved it!

We thought Carly was the only one who knew we were home…until we arrived and some family and friends were hiding out waiting to surprise us in the backyard!!!

Since we have been home, we cannot believe how awesome everyone has been. Well, actually we can believe it. We are blessed to be surrounded by some of the world’s most amazing beings.

It’s good great to be back!

The obvious next question is “what now”?????

For the moment we’re super excited to catch-up with family and friends. Regina is treating us to some fabulous fall weather so far so we’ll take advantage of it with some walks with friends and some nice long runs in Wascana Park. We don’t get our house back until October 6th so we’re chillin’ with my sister and so far she’s spoiling us with all the cereal we can eat (this was an expensive breakfast item we had to skip during the trip).

Next up we’ll be getting caught up with some blog posts about our trip up the West Coast (now that we don’t have to fib that we’re still in San Fran). Then once we’ve had a few weeks to let it all sink in, we hope to share some deeper thoughts with you on the big questions like how the trip has changed us, what we would do differently if we did it again and any other reflections that come to mind after a glass of wine or two. And of course we will also be sure to provide you with nearly every stat imaginable…

So stay tuned to hear about why Skott would relocate to Portland in a second and why I chose San Fransisco as one of my favourite cities on the globe. And in the meantime…please check out our fifteen seconds of fame. We were very honoured to be invited on to the CTV Morning Show… we felt like rock stars!!

Get Up and Globe with CTV Morning Show Host, Molly Thomas

Our first Canadian dollars in 15 months!! What to spend them on??? Perogies!!!

Home is where the perogies are.

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14 Responses to “Happy To Be Here… VERY Happy To Be Here”

  1. stephanie September 25, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    Welcome home!!! What a great Rider game to attend & what a nice surprise for your families! I’ve enjoyed “travelling” the globe with you :)

    • Skott and Shawna September 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      Thanks Steph for being in our backpack all this time. It was a pleasure to have you!

      Yes the outcome of the game was a nice addition to the surprise!

  2. Our Dear Lady Expatriate September 25, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Sounds like you guys have had a crazy beautiful time back so far! I’ve never done the sneaky sneak return, but after seeing how much fun it turned out to be, and imagining the faces of your families when you bumped into them at different events, I think I might have to give it a go the next time I’m headed home to Canada!
    Our Dear Lady Expatriate recently posted..Moments from Our Long Weekend

    • Skott and Shawna September 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      We are always a fan of the surprise return…. but admittedly, it has now turned into the “predictable surprise return”. Most knew that this would be happening, they just didn’t know when! :)

  3. Jackie September 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    So happy you guys made it back safe and sound after one hell of a honeymoon! Glad you are back but I am deseperately going to miss checking out these blog posts and experiencing so many cool parts of the world vicariously through you guys!

    • Skott and Shawna September 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      Hi Jackie – thank you so much… we promise there will still be a handful of blog posts over the next month to keep you distracted from doing stuff that is actually important! And who knows, maybe someday we will be reading YOUR family travel blog….

  4. Jaime September 26, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    OH HOW EXCITING!!! I can’t stop smiling… this is amazing. Congrats on finishing the trip of a life time and congrats on make it home and omg I love that y’all surprised everyone and they surprised you too. I’m so happy I was able to meet you both for a few days in Morocco. Enjoy being at home and soak it all in.
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    • Skott and Shawna September 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      Thanks Jaime! It was awesome to meet up with you as well… ridiculous that this was actually about a year ago already….

  5. Ayngelina October 7, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Surprising people is one of the most fun parts, good luck on settling back in.
    Ayngelina recently posted..Food Friday: Farm to table

    • Skott October 7, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks Ayng… it might be a bit of a challenge, but I think we will be up for it (I say this after I just spent the afternoon replacing a toilet…HA!)

  6. Vicky October 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    SO crazy to think that after following you guys for so long your trip has come to an end! Must feel good to see family and friends again! Can’t wait for the stats and reflection post!
    Vicky recently posted..Getting Off The Beaten Path And Hiking In Busan

    • Skott October 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      More posts coming soon (although I said that last week too)… yes there have definitely been highs and lows to being home, but for right now we are deeelighted to be here… we appreciate that you have been following us along for all this time… that is quite humbling to be honest. And now of course, the followees become the followers as we will be checking you out on your journey – safe travels always!

      • Dave October 21, 2012 at 4:09 am #

        Damn, another post that Vicky beat me too – oh well, congrats on making it home and good luck on your future endeavors!

        • Skott and Shawna October 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

          Cheers Dave – travel safe!

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