Saturday, September 8, 2012

I'm Back

From 2009 (bottom right) to 2012 (top left)
Kim has become a part of Becca's tradition of Labor Day photos at Hovander.  
It's amazing to watch the children change from year to year.  
The boy even got his head chopped off a bit on top because he's too tall now! 

I've been away from the blog for just over two months.  I couldn't articulate what I had to say and what I was feeling.  So, I made myself sit down today and blog.  

There's a lot going on in my world and the world in general.  

Tomorrow is Becca and Seth's 13th anniversary.  
Happy Happy to some of the best friends a girl has ever had! 
Larrabee State Park 2008
Tomorrow is also three months since Nana passed.  
It's hard to believe.  
I miss you Nana.  Whole bunches.  Wish you were here.
Foxglove, Nana's favorite flower.
School is ticking along.  I switched majors because the whole computer programming thing just wasn't working for me.  I'm working on my Bachelor's in Criminal Justice now.  It's my passion and I should have gone with my first instinct.  I'm doing fairly well this quarter.  I kind of blew off a few weeks because of camping and vacation, but I'm back on track now and doing fine.

We did our big camping trip at the beginning of August.  It's the first year Kevin didn't go with us, which was weird.  Kim had sprained her knee on July 4th so she wasn't able to do a lot of the hiking and spent a lot of time with me at camp. Papa went with us for the first year!  Super fun!!!  It's the highlight of my year and I'm already excited for next year.
Kim and Sarah Larrabee 2012
Beth, Kim, and I rented a car and drove down to California to see Susy and Kaitlyn near the end of August.  Did I mention that was a looooooong drive to do on your own?  We took two days on the way down and three on the way back.  Kim took a lot of pictures of the journey but somehow we misplaced the camera during our time with Susy.  The last night we were there Marky took the girls, Bethie went off on her own, and Susy and I went to a club.  We got in a bit of trouble but hey, isn't that the fun part?  Really, it wasn't our fault......  No pictures of that because I'm at B's for the weekend and they are all on my computer.

Last weekend was Water Balloon Wars 2012.  It's our 5th annual balloon war and we had just about 500 balloons this year which is our most yet.  It takes hours to fill up all the balloons and just about 10 minutes to beat the living snot out of each other with water.  B and I filled up almost all the balloons this year and boy, did our hands hurt!
Becca's aerial view of the beginning of the war 
It's an election year but we'll be talking about that later this week.  
Be safe and enjoy this last weekend of summer if you're here in the Pacific Northwest.  I think this is all we're getting.  Kind of a weather-cruddy summer, but the beauty here comes at a price, and that price is rain.
Becca's gardens

Well kittens, it's time for me to go.

That is all.


  1. So glad to have you back....Enjoy the weather mama

  2. Glad you're back, and good luck withe Criminal Justice - sounds way more exciting than computers anyway....

    1. It, to me, is at least by far more interesting! Thanks. :)

  3. Hey I love your blog! I found you on a blog hop and am a new follower would love it if you could follow back at

  4. What wonderful photos! I found you via Blog Hop Till You Drop. I'm your newest follower, and I'd love a follow back at! :)

    1. I'll have to let Becca know that you like them. She takes 99% of the photos that we show here! I'll check out your blog. :) Thanks.

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  6. 500 water balloons??? Wow! That must have been fun cleaning up all the little pieces when you were done! I can't imagine! We used to have huge shave cream fights every Sunday afternoon. Our backyard looked like a marshmallow puff explosion.
    You mentioned the camping--another thing we used to do up until last year--I miss it terribly but life gets in the way (deadlines, money, etc.)
    Found you on the blog hop--drawn by the name of your blog. The photography really adds to it--makes you feel like you are there as part of the family. Nice job! Newest follower on your GFC. Would love it if you get a chance to stop by my humorous blog site---feel free to join my GFC IF you like what you read! happy Blogging!!