Mid West Summer

29 06 2010

I haven’t lived with my parents for almost 9 years now.  Sure, I had my things there during college, I stayed there during holidays, but something changes when you go away to start your own life.  It takes awhile to adjust when you come home.  It takes awhile to remember the way you use to do things, or more importantly, the way THEY do things.  Where did mom put the glasses?  Where is Dad’s camo-tape?  Nikki is getting married!  Man, Cj is growing like crazy!  (Haha!)  But every time I go home I am able to appreciate more and more what amazing people my family consists of.  And, wonderfully, the hole that is in my heart when I am away, is filled when I go home.

I love my family, and to be honest, it doesn’t matter where in the world they are, home is not a place (even though Illinois is growing on me), it’s the comfort of being around people who know you and accept you no matter what.   I miss the little things mostly: I miss the sheets, the dinners, picking on my brother at strange hours of the night, Nikki’s cute accent and refreshing honesty, dinner and cards with Dad, running random errands with Mom, the familiar banter that ensues when Dad asks Mom questions about politics, religion, or science (or anything she has read about, usually).  These seem like such silly things when I type them out, but they are so precious to me.  I love my family and I am so proud of every one of them.

Needless to say, my visit back home was fantastic, and I miss them already…                                  -V

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Santa Fe- What a beautiful town!

14 06 2010

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We recently took a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit my Grandma Liz and Grandpa Jim.  It was a (some-what) central location to meet up for a quick visit and see one another before we leave for Costa Rica.  Our drive was around 5 hours and Grandma’s was around 8… not necessarily fair to make the “elders” drive so much farther, but I think we both agree that Santa Fe is really worth it and a wonderful time was had by all.

We visited the Plaza full of shops and wonderful stucco buildings and we saw the Larretto Chapel with a “mysterious” staircase.  After a 20 minute drive we visited the Shidoni sculpture gardens where we walked around and enjoyed some eclectic art work.  We had fantastic food, and we enjoyed each other’s company.  What more can you ask for from a “weekend” getaway.  I will really miss hanging out with my grandma, but I am so glad we had a chance to catch up and hug before we leave.  Next stop is Illinois to visit Mom and Pop… very excited for that. 🙂


Meadow Grass Music… summer is here!

2 06 2010

The last day of school was rough.  We said our good byes.  We turned off our classroom lights, locked the doors, and turned in our keys.  How bitter sweet it is to say good bye to a place that has been so instrumental in our careers and helping us grow into the teachers we are now. It was sad, and we cried.  But we have chosen this path and we knew the sacrifices we would have to make.  I keep going back to how lucky we are that we have each other.  We can rely on one another and what ever challenge we face, we face together.  How awesome is that!?  And as sad as it is to say good bye to friends and memories, I am super excited to experience something new and unknown!  What a better way to celebrate this huge life change we are making, than by going to a festival… Let me explain:

My summer job (Laforet Conference and Retreat Center) hosts a Blue Grass music festival every Memorial Day weekend.  This means Miguel and I get in free, and we took advantage this year.  I had to work the gates for a little while in the morning, but other than that, we had the day to enjoy.  It was sunny, the music was fantastic, and friends were tons of fun!  Take a look!


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