Expat Life

See You Soon!

While the solstice marked the official start of summer last week, for me, the flip-flops-grilling-out-cold-drinks-on-the-patio season doesn’t truly begin until Lexie is out of school. And that, my friends, is today! At 4pm, Lexie will burst through the front door, all smiles, prepared to burn everything in her schoolbag and forget for the next eight weeks that she’ll ever have to go back to school again, and I’ll be more than happy to join her in that fantasy.

We’ve got one fun summer planned. Here’s a look at what we’ve got going on:

Go back to Nashville and Memphis for 9 days

Home for a week

See three cities in Belgium

Home for 1.5 weeks

See three or four cities in Spain

Home for 1.5 weeks

Back to school

In between those trips we’ve got both family and friends coming through London at different times on their summer vacations, so it’s shaping up to be a very full two months. I may be around here and there, or maybe not. If eight weeks do go by as quickly as I expect they will and I don’t manage to get back over here until the end of August, I hope you all have a sunny, rejuvenating summer filled with travel, loved ones, and days spent outside with your feet propped up doing absolutely nothing. Feel free to follow along on Instagram if you want to stay in touch over the break! I’ll see you soon!

(I’m trying not to cringe. I’m such an awkward selfie-taker.)

See You Soon!

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39 Comments

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    Jacintha | Urban Pixxels
    June 27, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    I do miss those long summer holiday breaks :-). Your plans sound great. Looking forward to reading all about it once everything is back to normal again. Enjoy the summer!

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    Heather@my little red suitcase
    June 27, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    have a great summer, look forward to hearing all about it!

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    Melanie Fontaine
    June 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Hope you have an amazing summer! :) Enjoy this break with your family, you deserve it! But know that I’ll be super excited to hear about your summer adventures already! :)

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    Katrin
    June 27, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Love your picture, you are so adorable! Sounds like a fantastic summer! Have lots of fun and safe travels! Can’t wait to read about everything! :)

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    Betty J. Ogburn
    June 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    …Where in Spain are you thinking about going???…Have a WONDERFUL time, and safe travels wherever you go, :-)!!…

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      Sarah Shumate
      July 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Well, nothing is set just yet, but right now we’re thinking – Seville, Ronda, Malaga, and Nerja – all in the Andalusia region. Ever been over that way?

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        Betty J. Ogburn
        July 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        …YES–I visited Andalucía last year!!…Out of your list, I went to Ronda and Sevilla…I actually enjoyed Ronda more, for some reason…

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          Sarah Shumate
          July 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

          I think Ronda will be my favorite, too. It looks like such a pretty little town!

          • Betty J. Ogburn
            July 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

            …It IS!!…I don’t know, to me, Sevilla was just O.K.–not that it was a bad place, but I didn’t enjoy it AS MUCH as say, Córdoba or Granada…
            But then again, I arrived to the city on a Saturday, and when I left my hotel on Sunday to try to do something, EVERYTHING was closed!!…

          • Sarah Shumate
            July 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM

            Even the Alcazar and the Cathedral? I hope at least one of those will be open on Sunday because our first day there is a Sunday!

          • Betty J. Ogburn
            July 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

            …Well, it IS Spain, so everything pretty much shuts down!!…
            However, I’m thinking you can visit the Catedral after Mass!!…

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    andrea
    June 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Have a wonderful summer!

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    Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    June 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Hooray for summer!!! You have a full calendar but it all sounds wonderful! xo

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    Amy | Club Narwhal
    June 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    What a cute selfie, Sarah! And my goodness, it sounds like you have a fabulously fun summer ahead of you!

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    Miwa
    June 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Your plans sound amazing! Have a wonderful summer, Sarah ;)

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    Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
    June 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    What a wonderful summer!!

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    T. Lennie
    June 27, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Have a great summer! It sounds like you guys have some really awesome weeks ahead of you! I am looking forward to seeing some pictures,either when you have time… or in the fall :) I hope you are still able to post a little on Instagram!!

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    Sammy @ Days Like This
    June 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Gorgeous!! Have a great summer!!

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    topchelseagirl
    June 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Wow 8 weeks off, how lucky. Have fun!

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    Gina
    June 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Have a wonderful summer Sarah. Enjoy! :)

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    rorybore
    June 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    that’s a busy summer!! Go enjoy and we will enjoy what I don’t doubt will be a stunning and beautiful photo explosion when you do return! :)

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    Stacie Stamper
    July 1, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Have fun and take lots of pics to share!

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    Jo
    July 1, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Yip I will really see ou soon! Can’t wait!

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      Sarah Shumate
      July 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      I’m so excited!! Back when we lived in TN, I never thought I’d EVER be able to come to Belgium and see you. Now it’s only a 2-hour train ride away! :) See you soon!

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    Diana Bockus
    July 1, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Ah! That’s amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about your trips! Be safe, have fun!

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    Irene @ Away from Tenerife
    July 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Have a wonderful summer, Sarah! All those plans sound great. I think it must be lovely to spend some time back ‘home’ in the states and then here at home with family and friends over :)
    Hope that Spain isn’t too hot and Belgium not to rainy! I’m curious about which cities you’ll be visiting. Looking forward to reading all about it when Lexie goes back to school and you resume your blogging.
    Big hug!

    P.s. that selfie is great!

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      Sarah Shumate
      July 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      I’m already planning for over 100F temperatures in Spain. It’ll be like visiting India in the summer all over again! :) In Spain we will be going to Seville, Ronda, Malaga, and hopefully Nerja. In Belgium we’ve got Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent on the list. I think both trips will end up being pretty fantastic. The Brussels trip will definitely be the more relaxing of the two – all we plan on doing there is walking around and EATING! :)

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    Connie Weiss
    July 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Have fun!! Our Summer Break is half over already.

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    Anna
    July 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Aww have an amazing summer holiday! See you in the blogosphere when you get back! x

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    Katherine MacGregor
    July 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Have a great summer Sarah! Sounds absolutely amazing. :)

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    Yvonne - The Tourist Of Life
    July 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Have a great summer!

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    Mrs. Match
    August 10, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    I hope you’re having a wonderful summer! It definitely sounds like it will be packed with all kinds of things to do. I look forward to catching up with you in the fall!

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    Tammy Chrzan
    August 11, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEhaw! You’re back!
    I’ve missed you!! Mwah!
    Tammy x

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    Tammy Chrzan
    August 11, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    PS… I’m loving the new Blog look…
    Are you sure you’re not a professional? I will hire you!!! My blog always looks like it just got out of bed! haha!

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      Sarah Shumate
      August 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Awww, thanks! Just a new header. That’s all I know how to do. I’d love to have a complete redesign by a professional, but I’m too cheap to pay for it! :)

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    Kate Jordan
    August 27, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Wow, you must be really enjoying your holidays! Looking forward to seeing what you got up to :).

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      Sarah Shumate
      August 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      They’ve been lovely, thanks! I may try to get back into the swing of things next week. We’ll see…this break has been good for helping me get my priorities straight! :)

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    Sammy @ Days Like This
    August 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I miss you! I just jumped on your blog to look around. Hope you are having a fab summer xx

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      Sarah Shumate
      August 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Hey Sammy! I’ve missed you, too! This has been an amazing summer – one that I’ll be very sad to see end. But I am looking forward to blogging again – I’ll be back next week…probably.

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