Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Weeee´re BaaaaaaCK!!!

"Look out Gijón, because the Contreras family is back!" I  just felt like announcing this. It feels great to be back to our home after 5 1/2months of traveling.

Actually, it seems that some of our neighbors didn´t even know we were gone. Now how did that happen? I thought we made enough noise for all of our neighbors to be thankful it was quiet for awhile. I mean, if they can hear our hamsters in the apartment below, how many other things do they hear? With three very active boys, a loud mommy, and a football player for a Dad, our poor neighbors might wonder if the roof will cave in someday. I am glad they didn´t miss us too much.

All in all, most have been very receptive of us being back. Many even wrote us while we were gone. We sure did miss our home and our friends here in Spain. Actually, it is almost as if we never left. The very first night we got back from our long 5 1/2 month furlough, my husband said he felt as if he had had a wonderful dream that we traveled all around the world and had done all these great and amazing things. It was not a dream, but in many ways a dream come true.

Here are some pictures from our travels across the USA.

Near Big Bear Mountain in Southern Califonia -
right after Thanksgiving

The boys first snow experience of the year at that mountain Christian family retreat.

Then we came to the end of the Route 66!

and Hollywood.

We spent, in all, 2 months in Texas, 2 months in California, and 1&1/2 months in Florida, traveling by car through all the states in between.

We got back to Florida for Christmas and New Years with my family.

The Everglades - for my oldest son´s 12 birthday.

We all got to hold a baby Allegator.

and of course the beach!

Our last day together for maybe another 2-3 years. Bitter Sweet.

Just a peek at our latest adventure - Belgium for a Missionary Conference

Now, I will start blogging once again, to keep you all up to date on our lives on the other side of the pond.


  1. So glad that you are back... missed you!!
    Looks like you all had so much fun. That picture with your family almost makes me cry... because I know that feeling. We'll continue praying for the work in Spain.

  2. I think it is so great you guys got to do all those things in between what had to be done. And now back in Spain, I would love for you to introduce you the people in the church. Would love to hear who is there now. Part of or hearts is still there.

  3. Great Post! Welcome back! Gijón missed you...Spain missed you...even a little lady in Portugal missed you! (But so very thankful you guys were able to spend those precious months Stateside.)

    You look great and your Mom looks great too! (So happy for you both!)

    I LOVE the pic of you holding the baby gator!

  4. AW!!! Welcome Back from your wonderful trip and time with family back stateside. I have been only able to squeeze in my one-post-a-week and return visits to thsoe who stop by. Ah...I look forward to my next day off so that I can do some more catching up on blog reading.

    You all look wonderful and ready to go!

    Blessings & Aloha!


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