Monday, December 26, 2011

we're home

We finally made it home right before Thanksgiving - so we've already been home a month now!  It's been nice to stop and relax for a little while because we were going non-stop every day while traveling and we needed a break from all that.

We've also gotten to hang out with friends and family : )  It's nice to see familiar faces. and spend the holidays at home.  Below are a few pics we've taken since being home!

My parents and brother picked us up at the air port :)
And we've reunited with our dogs!  I realllly missed them!
 They missed us too.

 I got to see my cousin Meaghan : )

Rachel + Jessica
Grandma + Grandpa

Saturday, December 24, 2011

watch this

I did my best to take some video footage of our trip and I combined as much of it as I could into this video!  I'm really excited about it because it kind of summarizes our experience in the Middle East.  Of course, there's a lot I couldn't fit in there, but it still gives you an idea of the journey we took.  Crank up the volume and enjoy : )

Have a blessed Christmas and happy new year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

maddam tussads

While we were in London, I just couldn't resist going to Maddam Tussad's famous wax museum.  It's full of celebrities, athletes, and political figures.  It's a little pricey (especially since most of the other museums are free) but we really had a good time.

 JLo ain't got nothin on me lol!
 Morgan Freeman looked way too real.

Where else can you give Hitler a wet willy?!

 After being in Palestine, it was pretty cool to see Yasser Arafat!  And he looked very real.  Like Michael's matching scarf?

 This is Maddam Tussad.

You may wonder what would inspire someone to take this on as a hobby.  Maddam Tussad (born Marie Grosholtz) was a wax sculptor who got her start during the French Revolution where she was ordered to go find people's heads after being sliced off in the guillotine (she herself was nearly executed in the same way and narrowly escaped).  She was then commanded to make death masks of notable Royalist and Revolutionary victims of the guillotine - many of whom she had known.  She survived the revolution and brought her exhibit to London in 1802.  This section of the museum was pretty gruesome!

Much to my disappointment, there was no full BeyoncĂ© wax figure, but they did have her head and a whole station explaining the making of her statue.  We got a lot more pictures with tons of wax figures, but I'll spare you: )