Tuesday, June 30, 2009

top ten tuesday - favorite minerals

1. tourmaline
2. rutile 3. orthoclase 4. quartz 5. corundum 6. muscovite 7. magnetite 8. garnet 9. olivine
10. fluorite

Monday, June 29, 2009

manic monday - screw dave ramsey

here i go again with the vacation thing, but this is manic monday... and i'm supposed to whine about something. sometimes i just want to say "screw dave ramsey!" and just spend money. but, we've got one month down (till ? many months of paying off ALL our debt, including car loans and college loans and mortgage loans, and don't forget the 15 trips to the ER we took this winter, etc.) i know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but from where i stand - dressed in my stained and holey clothes - the tunnel is completely dark. dave ramsey says to "live like noone else" and i definitely feel like i have for the last month. we eat well (haven't compromised any food quality), but other than than i definitely think i took my living style down a few notches from 2 months ago... and of coarse if i was gonna blow a little bit of money (like $100 to $200), i'd buy myself some new clothes. and if i was gonna blow a LOT of money (over $200), i'd take a vacation. this will sit heavy on me for the next 2 weeks while my lucky duck sister is in hawaii - i'll constantly be reminded that we won't get a vacation for a few years. its kinda like when you start a diet and for the first 2 weeks you are good about it... then after that you start to want to cheat (first with things like a piece of candy and then eventually it turns into things like pizza and cake) - and the longer you go without those things you crave, i suppose a lifestyle change will occur (miracle). right? so i'm waiting for my "will-stop-longing-for-trips-far-away" miracle to occur. suppose for this to happen in the first month is out of the question. maybe next month will be better. in the mean time, i've totally moved from just wanting a new shirt to wanting a whole new wardrobe and from just taking a day trip to the beach to wanting a week away in some far away place. willpower never was my strong trait! i'm so spoiled. and it sucks becoming unspoiled. and if we (i) end up doing well with this budget, i wish i could automatically apply that willpower to what (and how much) i put in my mouth! in the mean time, i'll just feel sorry for myself.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

workable weekend - baby einstein

whenever there is drama that even books cannot rescue, there is always baby einstein. thank god for baby noah and baby macdonald. they work even better than wonderpets now!

Friday, June 26, 2009

friday five - things i don't like to do anymore

just thought i'd post another friday five, since this was my original idea of what to do, but when it came time to write this morning, i couldn't remember what it was that i was gonna write! five things that i used to like to do that i no longer like to do. mainly because i haven't the time... kids, you know - they take up all your time! worth it though! 1. wrap presents. 2. cook. 3. drink beer/wine. hey, you never know when you'll have to dash off to the ER!!! 4. clean. 5. have pets. this one is the worst because we have 2 cats that never get any attention (from us, they get plenty from our neighbors and folks' walking by!)

friday five - the week in review

five things i'm glad i did this week: 1. spent way too much time at my parent's house. 2. got holly's ears pierced. no future drama for that one! 3. took a long nap on monday. (or was it tuesday?) 4. took holly in the pool. she liked it, and i was surprised at that. she doesn't like baths too much! 5. asked nathaniel to take the morning off so we could bid our farewells to the fairels! five things i wish i hadn't done this week: 1. snap at my husband, probably more times than i can remember. 2. said "just put him down, he can walk" to nathaniel holding a seemingly dry kendal at the back door to hand off to me after getting out of the pool. kendal slipped on his second naked step towards me and fell face first and busted his lip. it was very bloody, and it was my fault. 3. dieted maybe a little to fast, i've gotten a migraine pretty much every day this week and i know it is from not eating as much. my blood sugar i know is fine, it is just from a change in what i'm eating. i need to remember to do these things gradually! 4. taken so many migraine pills. now i can't tell if i have a migraine or a migraine-medicine-hangover. i think today i'm just gonna let it run its course. hopefully i won't have to call in the troops to take over parenting while i lie on the floor of the bathroom and wish for death. 5. forgotten to pick up socks while i was at the mall. now i've gotta go back. that means another gallon and a half of gas... not that that is a lot, but when we're saving money, every dollar counts!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

thankful thursday - funky funks

i've been in a funk lately. and yesterday i had an idea of maybe a way to get me out of the funk. and that was to get a little funky. in comes a cheap-o bottle of purple nail polish... today i am thankful for the color purple. i am hopeful it is just the funk i need to get me out of a funk!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

yawwwwwwnnnnnnn...

A yawn is quite catching you see. Like a cough. It just takes one yawn to start other yawns off." --- Dr. Seuss (in Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book, New York: Random House, 1962.)
well, since kendal's birth, we've noticed that when we yawn, he doesn't yawn back. i wondered when our yawn's would become contageous. it happened. i noticed it a couple of weeks ago, but then i yawned again and he didn't repeat it. just now, though, i yawned and he looked at me and yawned too. then i waited a second and yawned (fake) again and then he yawned again. holly had no response either time. kendal is 21 months and a week and 2 days today. i'm gonna say that about 21 weeks, with him, yawning became contageous. i wonder when it'll be for holly. (check back in 15 months or so.) by the way, how many times did you yawn while reading this post?

what i want wednesday - a vacation!

more specifically, one that comes on a boat with lots of cold, icy drinks, endless amounts of food, and destinations with shady trees and clean, white sand!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

kendal update

news in the world of kendal... about a month ago, he started crawling. in the past week, he's gotten pretty good at it, and throws things away from him so he can crawl to it. on sunday at grammy's house, he stood up from the floor, no help (and then proceeded to do it 3 more times). he also has learned how to kiss. really kiss, puckered lips and all. he remembers the pool, rather, still likes water. he love to splash, and laughs when it gets him in the face (he splashes himself). last, he can sing now... and he likes to sing happy birthday and pattycake (he'll even do pattycake to holly) and "e-i-e-i-o" and parts of the wonderpets song... he's so precious. we are so glad he is a part of our lives.

top ten tuesday - things about holly

1. she farts like a man. like a grown man. 2. yesterday she was 6 months old. 3. yesterday, she measured 26-1/2 inches long, which was off the charts for her age (>95th percentile). she's usually 75% - which means she's just had a huge growth spurt! 4. yesterday, she weighed 16 pounds, 9.5 ounces, which was 65th percentile. she is usually 50th percentile. 5. i know when this growth spurt happened, and it was when nathaniel had the "flu" - because she ate every 2 hours at night and 3 hours during the day. she was insatiable. she also grew out of all her 3 - 6 month size clothes that week... i went from being able to button them to not being able to button them, literally over night. 6. some of her 6 - 9 month clothes are already getting tight. 7. her feet hang out past her carseat. soon as she gains 3 more pounds she'll be ready for her bigger seat, though it'll still be rear facing until 11 or 12 months. (we turned kendal around a little early because we went on a big road trip, it definitely made a huge difference!) 8. she has price is right hands. and they are adorable!!! (see previous blogpost video!) 9. she prefers to sit up now than to laying down. she actually gets mad if i lay her down - even if it is in her rainforest. 10. if i leave the room, she cries. supposedly at 6 months, separation anxiety can start. it didn't start with kendal until about 10 months. the doctor said yesterday that holly was ahead of the curve with everything (sitting up, rolling over, etc.), so i suppose separation anxiety will fit the bill too. and, i suppose since God gave me the blessing of having one child that was laid back and slow (to move), he wanted to make sure i knew it was a blessing by giving me one that wasn't laid back or slow!!! happy half-birthday holly! today we go to the tea room!

Monday, June 22, 2009

random survey

1. First thing you wash in the shower? hair 2. What color is your favorite hoodie? I don't have a hoodie 3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? yes 4. Do you plan outfits? no 5. What are you thinking of right now? WHO HAS TIME TO PLAN OUTFITS??? 6. Whats the closest thing to you that's red? watermelons on holly's outfit. she's in my lap. 7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? this morning, tornado and no place to go... had to cover my children. 8. Did you meet anybody new today? havent seen anyone except family. 9. What are you craving right now? lunch 10. Miss anything? the rest of my family 11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? stink 12. Are you emotional? no 13. Have you ever counted to 1,000 money, yes. 14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? lick. i have sensitive teeth. 15. Do you like your hair? eh, its hair. 16. Do you like yourself? sure. 17. Where would you rather be? new mexico or arizona. 18. What are you listening to right now holly grunting and trying to get the keyboard 19. Are your parents strict? sorta 20. Would you go sky diving? already did 21. Do you like someone? always 22. Have you ever met a celebrity? no 23. Do you rent movies often? no 24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in? holly's eyes. 25. How many countries have you visited? 2? 26. Have you made a prank phone call? long time ago before caller ID! 27. Ever been on a train? does the one at pullen park and/or tweetsie count? 28. Brown or white eggs? eggbeaters. 29. Do you have a bf/gf? neither. married. 30. Do you use chap stick? often. 31. Do you own a gun? yes. 32. Can you use chop sticks? yes. 33. Are you too forgiving? if forgiveness is requested, then it is granted. otherwise, no. 35. Ever been in love? am. 36. What is your best friend(s) doing tomorrow? work. 37. Ever have cream puffs? yes, dont really like them. 38. Last time you said sorry? this morning when holly was crying when i got out of the shower... 39. What was the last question you asked? huh? 40. Favorite time of the year? winter 41. Do you have any tattoos? one 42. Are you sarcastic? usually 43. Favorite flower? daisy 44. Ever walked into a wall? probably 45. Favorite color? orange 46. Have you ever slapped someone? no 47. Is your hair curly? no 48. What was the last CD you bought? not sure 49. Do looks matter? yes, somewhat 50. Could you ever forgive a cheater? forgive, yes. forget? no. 51. Is your phone bill sky high? no 52. Do you like your life right now? yes 53. Do you sleep with the TV on? no 54. Can you handle the truth? always 55. Do you have good vision? yes 56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people? no, well maybe. no, not really. 57. How often do you talk on the phone? in spurts 58. The last person you held hands with? holly 59. What are you wearing? jean capri's and a white t shirt 60.What is your favorite animal? humans 61. Where was your default picture taken at? komen race 62. Can you hula hoop? can on wii! 63. What would you ask santa for? sleep 64. What was the most recent thing you bought? gas 65. Have you ever crawled through a window? oh yeah....

holly's first high-chair sitting!

this wasn't her first time eating, just her first time in a chair! she's 6 months today! video

ringin' the bell for fathers' day!

the ever-so-dainty jacqueline ringing the bar-bell: video a little-more-eager sophie ringing the bar-bell: video the i-must-watch-my-mommy holly "ringing" the bar-bell: video the one-and-only-male-thornburg ringing the bar-bell: video

manic monday - constructive criticism

at what point do you put a relationship on the line and intervene with another person's life? if you see a problem and know they don't, when do you say something? how do you make it about constructive criticism and not about pointing fingers? i was never one to be soft about anything... it just isn't in my personality. on another note, the trash can next to me smells like pee. guess someone used it as the diaper pail again! (and it wasn't me!)

workable weekend - WW-wanabee

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate if you want to do weight watchers but don't want to pay the fees, this is a workable substitute! not that i know for sure if it works, i just started it today... but my sister in law lost weight doing it. of coarse, she's already thin, but i do know for sure it doesn't matter whether you are "skinny" or "fat" when you diet, diet is diet and it's hard to loose weight no matter what (or when or how)! she said the best part of this website was that you can see what a difference exercise makes in how much you can eat. so, the more you work out, the more calories you can eat. i think that is like the weight watchers idea of the more you work out, the more extra points you get in a day. so anyway, maybe you will want to give it a try. i am. my clothes are getting tight. i can't afford to buy new ones, thus... i must loose some weight. just how it goes, you know?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

friday five - "where" facts

though it is a day late, here is this week's friday five! 1. i ate apple pie in julian, ca - a place supposedly famous for apple pie - but not on my first trip to the town. on my first trip there, nathaniel and i went to get cough medicine and ate at the julian cafe. it snowed 6 inches while we ate and nathaniel was a nervous wreck (they were calling for a blizzard). we followed a snow plow down the mountain after we ate. later that week we went back up to julian to eat apple pie (at mom's pie house). there was still a foot of snow everywhere, but the roads were clear. 2. the first place i went white water rafting was the french broad river. i've been rafting about 8 times in my life. it was also the last river i floated down. 3. the first and only place i've rock climbed is on the south rim of the grand canyon.
(you have to look close, but i'm in the center of this photo on my way down the face... had to repel down to climb up!)
4. though i haven't even been out of the united states except to go to tropical destinations, i'm sure that my favorite place in the world is northern NM and AZ. 5. though there are at least three hospitals closer to my house, i delivered both of my babies at rex healthcare. if i have a 3rd, i'll deliver there again. it is a great hospital.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

tummy ache for sale

any takers? i'll sell it for real cheap.

dr. phil's blog

watched dr. phil this morning and he was advertising his blog. his topic for today, "Ten Things I Wish Your Kids Would Hear at Their Graduation"sparked my interest, so i went to it and read. since katelyn graduated 6 months ago, i wondered just what he wanted "her" to hear at her graduation.
turns out that it isn't just good for kids who are graduating, but really for anyone who is faced with a "fresh start" in today's economy. bottom line (if you don't feel like reading it): 1. don't get into debt, 2. don't use the internet to find a job: you need to make eye contact, knock on doors, resume in hand - and let people see YOU are a real person, not another e-mail message. 3. don't think that because you have a degree in something that that is the only thing you can do (even dave ramsey says that if you loose your job, working ANYWHERE is better than working NOWHERE).

graduationIs there anything more predictable than the commencement address? You know exactly what happens: somebody who’s already a success stands up and tells a bunch of kids in caps and gowns that they too can be a success. “You can be whatever you want to be!” the speaker cries out. “You can live your dreams! Happy clich├ęs for everyone!”

How many of this year’s graduates do you think believed a word that they heard at their graduations? How many believed the classic graduation punch line that they are in control of their own destiny, when the fact is that just about everything else they hear is all doom and gloom, bankruptcies and foreclosures, cutbacks and layoffs? My favorite commencement address of the year came from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who told the graduates of the Boston College School of Law, “My advice to you is to stay optimistic. Things usually have a way of working out.”

Oh, really?

The trouble with today’s times is that the future isn’t what it used to be. Yes, it’s going to come back around. Our kids’ prospects are not always going to be so dim. But that doesn’t take away from the reality of what they feel right now.

So here are 10 things I’d like this year’s graduates to hear, plain and simple:

1. Don’t live in a bubble. There is no way you can get a sense of what life is all about through Twitter, MTV or even the Dr. Phil show, along with some brief headlines on the Web. Stay informed. Read a newspaper. That’s right, a newspaper. The more you know, the more you’re going to know what to do with your life. I swore the day I finished school that I would never read another non-fiction book! Fortunately, that only lasted a few weeks. You either get it or you don’t, and if you aren’t aware of “it,” then you sure can’t “get it.”

video_gamer_sml2. Don’t expect that you have something coming to you. One of the worst attributes I see in young adults is their sense of entitlement. Today’s young people didn’t invent this, as we all had it, but they sure are taking it to a new level! Let me tell you, you are not entitled to anything, not even when times are good. You have no right to expect to start your life at the same level that you enjoyed when you were living with your parents, or when they were paying your bills. It took your mom and dad 20-plus years to get to the standard of living that they now enjoy. It is just flat-out crazy for you to think you should start out at the level they are at today. And it’s crazier to want them to subsidize your life so you can live that way.

3. Don’t be a financial idiot. Please try to remember that you’re living in an economically challenging time, which means you must - absolutely must - avoid as much debt as humanly possible for the next five years. Do not, for instance, finance a toy. I don’t care if you want a widescreen television, a boat, a motorcycle or a vacation, you simply should never borrow money to do something you don’t have to do. Instead, find an expert, and find out, as scary as things are, if you should be putting money into your company’s 401(k), or buying stocks or mutual funds. I know when you’re 22, the last thing you’re thinking about is retirement, but this could be one of the most important, forward-thinking changes you can make now that will change your future.

4. Don’t let your Facebook page screw up your future. Right now, go scrub your Facebook, MySpace and any other social networking Web site you’re on. Every employer is going to check you out on the Internet. And if you’ve got pictures of yourself half naked with vomit down your arm while you’re cannonballing a Quaalude, then trust me, you are not going to leap to the top of the resume pile.

5. Don’t confuse the virtual world with the real world. Many people, young and old, decide to find a job virtually. Well, sure, it’s easy to get on some Web-based job site and post your resume, then sit at home and play video games waiting for someone to call you. But it just doesn’t work that way. If you want a job, you need to make eye contact and “press the flesh.” You need to knock on doors and let people see you are a real person, not another e-mail message, and convince them that you can do something for them right now, today.

6. Don’t pigeonhole yourself. If you have a specific degree in, say, accounting or engineering, do not make the mistake of thinking that you therefore have to work as an accountant or an engineer. In this economy, you need to be willing to use your skills and abilities in a variety of settings. If you’ve got the “I don’t do windows” attitude, you’ll be sent straight to the sidelines. The world is changing fast, and you need to be flexible to change with it.

success_failure_sml7. Don’t be afraid of failure. This is so baffling to me. So many people, when faced with disappointment, have no idea what to do. They feel humiliated. They feel sorry for themselves. Eventually, they become paralyzed. It’s important to understand that, at some point, everyone fails. That’s right, everyone has a significant set back. And it’s going to happen, especially in this day and age — whether it’s not finding a job, or having to work at a “crummy” job or having to stand in line at the unemployment office.

8. Don’t forget your manners. When young people today reach the age of adulthood, they rarely hear anymore talks about the importance of good manners. It’s assumed that they know what to do. Oh, is that right? Here are a few reminders beloved graduates: Call your parents once a week. Always leave a tip, especially for the maid who has to clean up after you when you stay at a hotel. Actually listen when someone else is talking to you and don’t interrupt. And never forget to take a couple of minutes a day to ask yourself, “Did I do anything today that made someone else feel better about his or her life?” Just as you have skills that employers are willing to pay for, you have skills that can be used in service to someone else. So go volunteer. We’re all in this together, and it’s your duty to do your part.

sky dive9. Don’t forget what you can control. This recession has taught a lot of people that they don’t fully control their fate. Yes, for now, they might have to accept the fact that the glass is half empty and not half full. But despite all that, everyone does still control the formation of the most important thing they have: their character. They get to decide if they’re going to lead a life that has meaning. Believe me, you don’t have to perform some earth-shattering, headline-grabbing act to find that meaning. It’s the little, un-historic choices that you make that will lead you to happiness.

10. Don’t hesitate to take a leap of faith. If there is something you really want to do with your life, even if it’s something that other people ridicule, then there is no better time to try it than right now, before you have the responsibilities of home mortgages, a spouse and children. If you’re inspired by an idea, follow that inspiration. You’ll never be sorry you tried too soon. The one most devastating phrase you will ever utter is, “I waited too late.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

what i want wednesday - a brain!

apparently what i should want for this wednesday is my brain back! maybe i can start over. later, maybe. i'll have to put more thought into what i want today, besides just knowing what day it is. thanks nathaniel.

thankful thursday - ceiling fans

man did i wake up hot last night. the ceiling fan was off. turning that on made a difference. or, maybe it was the turning-the-ac-down-two-degrees that did it. well, the fan made the instant difference, anyway.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

under my skin...

saw a story on wral last night that just completely got under my skin. makes me want to run for senator or something just so some sort of intelligence would be in the legislature building. http://www.wral.com/news/local/politics/story/5361150/ apparently, the mayor of bald head island and our lovely governor decided that $5 million dollars should be spent to renourish the beaches of bald head island rather than continue the sort of human services such as what kendal used for physical therapy. (i.e., if we hadn't had help, we never would have had a physical therapist, thus no one would ever had recognized the need for braces for his pronated ankles. we all know what happened as soon as he got the braces!!! not to mention here how much those braces cost... $1,700. maybe we could have "afforded" one pair, but every 4 to 5 months - buying a new pair - we can't afford that, and i'd say that most people are less fortunate than we are - whose gonna help them!!?? the state subsidized the braces and we only had to pay about $300, which our insurance then paid about half.) ok. so, our lovely governor wants thinks beaches are more important than our kids? hummm. one thing i learned in school (not that i had to take a marine geology or geomorphology class to know this) is that beaches are dynamic. anything that is put on a barrier island is temporary. sand, structures... you name it. barrier islands move. that is why they are there in the first place. and in particular, our coast is sand deficient (i.e., there isn't a source of sand to build barrier islands). so, when a barrier island sand is wasted (washed away from a storm), then it is gone for good. the natural way an island moves is that it "rolls over" - sands from the front move to the back during large storms. large houses and other structures (man in general) have kept this from happening, thus the sand is being wasted into channels and out to sea. once the sand is gone, it is gone - and there isn't more to replace it. the shoreface along our OBX is made of mud and/or gravel - not sand. ever walked along our beach and seen a pile of black mud? we used to call it whale poop when i was little. well it is clay from the yorktown formation that is outcropping in the shoreface. sand is not a part of the yorktown. anyway, as you can tell, i'm still all fired up about this story. we have an idiot for a governor. and aparently half our senate also qualifies for that status. i'm guessing here that she has a house at the beach. and i'm guessing that the rest of the senate that is pushing this part of the budget also has a house down there... or friends with them. nothing like special interest spending - suppose she wants the state to SQUEAL LIKE A PIG!

top ten (or eleven) tuesday - things about my sister's kids

1. josh has an amazing spacial ability - i put a puzzle together with him. if it were a competition, he would have beat me (it was a 5yr+ puzzle, 100 pieces, and he is not quite 4.) 2. grace misses her dad the most. not to say she loves him any more than the rest, but in reality, she's known him longer than the rest. in the place of him this week, nathaniel has become the object of her man-needs. if she's near him, she's touching him. it's kinda sweet. (and i think he thinks its sweet too.) 3. the girls are really into rhyming. grace even wrote nathaniel a song. it went something like "the number two, cats are blue, i love you" 4. frankensam is such a rolly polly (i.e. flexible) kid. he loves to climb, and doesn't even bat an eye when he falls. so NOT like kendal, who next to sam appears as inflexible and rigid as an old man. 5. kendal likes playing with josh, but he likes saying "sam, sam, sam, sam" and i've seen him following sam around too (sam crawling, kendal walking). 6. when sam doesn't like the way something feels on his knees, he goes up on all 4 to crawl. like a monkey. 7. faith is still soft as ever. 8. faith is what holly is going to look like in 5 years. 9. grace "i don't like meat cut into little pieces like that" F. is the pickiest eater, faith "i don't like potatoes" F. is picky but she still can be tricked into eating, josh"give me more" F. isn't picky at all - and sam "can't get enough" F. ... well, his name says it all - unless it is squash baby food that i made. seems that was not a hit with either baby. 10. "granddaddy duck and his 4 ducklings" - the kids love to help granddaddy in the garden. i'm positive at this point it is solely because they get to be outside. josh found a GIGANTIC zucchini yesterday. not sure how dad missed that one before. they also helped him dig up potatoes, i'm sure that was fun. i remember helping grandma dig potatoes when i was little. i used to think that was fun too. 11. (i can make this eleven today, right? well, it is my blog and i suppose i can do what i want!) josh thinks uncle "piledriver" mark is a toy!

Monday, June 15, 2009

manic monday - may/june field camp woes

about this time every year (actually starting in mid-may and lasting until the end of june), i get a little depressed. why? because in 1998, i went on my first trip of a lifetime - my first geology field camp! (well, that link is the "new" field camp, a little different than when i went as a student.) its so great that all my memories as a student are wonderful. great people, great teachers (even mr. "MMMMMKAY" smith), and GREAT GREAT fun (somewhat fogged with beer goggles). two years later when i started graduate school (which i never finished...), i got the pleasure of going back as a teaching assistant. the course had changed a little (more to what the link above is like now, less camping, no visiting arizona and the grand canyon... but not at all less fun). still, great group of students, same great group of professors, and again - great memories (still fogged with the beer goggles...) of coarse the second time i went out west, i was having a little personal turmoil, which ultimately led to my "letting go" of a marriage. i suppose that second trip meant a little more to me than just a trip out west. it was a defining moment in my life - again. so now its been 11 years since i went to field camp for the first time (eh, 9 years since the last time i went) and since then, katelyn has gone also. i'm pretty sure she enjoyed it, though i'm not sure it was as life changing for her as it was for me. there is something about the desert southwest that draws me back. and every may and june since 1998, the spirits sing my name. and when i can't go, it makes me very sad. last september, nathaniel, kendal, and i took a grand vacation to many of the same places i went to with my field camp group. i know kendal won't remember the trip, but it may have been life changing for nathaniel, though only for a 2 week visit. we still talk about that trip like it was yesterday. i wish it were tomorrow. i wonder if this september the spirits will begin an annual singing of OUR names.

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