I really have fallen in love with our new home. We are nestled in the hills just southwest of the city. Our farm sits atop a small hill that backs up to about 500 acres of wooded land. We have multiple streams of varying size on the property. The one behind the house is small, runs when we have heavy rains and happens to be the very best thing a toddler has ever seen. It amazes me how wonderous splashing in water is to an 18 month old. We spend hours trampling through puddles and streams and creeks….and he never tires of it. Next to pudding…it’s the very best thing in his life right now!
It’s been a long year (well…7 months to be exact). But by the time we return to STL permanently, it will have been a year. I am looking forward to getting back home, close to friends and family…and especially to the city that I have come to love all over again. I was born and raised in StL. I left as soon as I found a car able to handle the drive….but after my years of living away from my hometown, I found myself falling in love with it when I moved back in 2004…seeing it through new, unbiased eyes….gosh, I can’t wait to get back.
We plan on doing a bit of a detour before heading home. We will leave PHX and take a round about way home…heading over to L.A., up Hwy 101 to Napa…the Oregon Coast…up to Victoria BC….over to Glacier NP….through Montana and N. Dakota…across Minnesota…stopping in Glidden, WI to spend some time with Grandma & Grandpa…then a straight shot down to St. Louis. …then catching our breath for a couple days before flying to Massachusets for a wedding! Whew! It will be a whirlwind summer trip but my goodness…it will be spectacular. 4500 miles in all….over 75 hours driving time. We hope to camp, hike…do some good eating and drinkin’…check out some dairies and meet some cheesemakers…..not bad before I head back into the final year of graduate school….
Stay tuned for a more detailed plan…and I’m always up for suggestions!!
I’m still the Annie Denny you all know and love. It’s amazing to me how many people do not know that my last name changed to Lehrer. I have tons of folks emailing me (whom I’ve known for over 10 years) asking who I am. Uh…It’s ME!….Annie Denny…now Annie Lehrer. And some of them were even AT MY WEDDING!!!!
I had no issues changing my last name..no identity crises etc. ….until now..one year later. So for the record: ANNIE DENNY=ANNIE LEHRER. pass it along.