Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Last week Felisa drew a picture of all the Thanksgiving foods, including something called Kirby. When I asked her about it she said, "If you sat at the kids' table you would know." I love that! I love that they have special Thanksgiving memories of their own.
Julie, a friend of mine, is an Australian living in the States at the moment. She recently commented on Facebook that she was finally going to be at a regular American Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house. When I read that, I instantly felt so sad for her. Thanksgiving to me is all about the people; more is better. We travelled some as a kid to have Thanksgiving with my dad's family in Illinois and I have lots of great memories from those holidays together. We were (and still are) a military family so we moved a lot and didn't always have the chance to drive to Grandma's. On the years we stayed home, our door was always open to anyone we knew that didn't have a dinner to host or attend. We have been fortunate since living in California to be able to travel to New Mexico to celebrate Thanksgiving with Ron's family.
I can't imagine a Thanksgiving dinner with just our core immediate family. All that work to prepare a meal and no other friends or family to share it with? How sad that would be, at least to me. So you can see why I felt sad that Julie hadn't been invited anywhere the first couple years. I can only hope that I am always aware and proactive in future years to notice anyone without a dinner invite so that I can invite them to celebrate with us any time we are not travelling for the holiday. After all, what's Thanksgiving without friends and family and laughter? A few years ago we celebrated at Shani's house. The kids were downstairs while the adults were gathered around the table. Later my kids complained that the adults had been making way too much noise and laughing so much. Really? Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving to me!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
A comment made by a friend on Facebook, a career Naval officer currently serving a (recently extended) remote duty tour on Diego Garcia. It just really struck me and resonated for me. So true. The goodbyes are so hard but the trade off is all the wonderful hellos that you never would've had otherwise. A hard life in many ways and yet a blessed way of life too. I am grateful to have had so many wonderful experiences and seen so many places thanks in part to the nomadic military life I have lived, first as a dependent, then as an active service member, and now as a dependent once again.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
0630 Wake up. Get dressed right away so I can get Rocco out for a potty break. He still won’t go. I think maybe he’s still nervous from the fireworks last night. Then we spot some elk cruising through town, enjoying their breakfast and it’s a hopeless case. He just won’t pee! So back to the cabin to see if anyone else is up yet.
Ryan – Pork Chop was a friendly hot spring named for its shape. In 1971 it turned into a continuous steam vent. In 1985 it erupted violently shooting out lots of debris and has continued to occasionally erupt since then. Pork Chop is not so friendly anymore…
Bella – Hot springs are the most common geothermal feature in Yellowstone.
Bella – the orange and green creek
Ron – Porcelain Geyser
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
R: But I haven't had breakfast yet.
S: Well then get to it.
R: Why do we have to do it today?
B: I've been waiting for weeks!
R:But if you do it today you'll have a big black hole in your schedule for the rest of the week. Nothing to look forward to. Nothing to do.
S: She can sit around admiring all her new supplies.
R: Noooooo! You should just dream about all the cool stuff you're not going to get and we can go another day.
B: I've already been doing that for a month!
S: It's time to stop dreaming and take action! Let's go!
Added note: I offered to pick out all his supplies for him. He declined. Though perhaps now he is wishing to change his mind...