Ireland + 6 Months

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Six months. Yesterday was Wren’s half birthday! I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around this fact. It feels like moments ago that we took her home. And yet it’s astounding how different life is now than it was then. Even more, how much she’s changed. Not only from a newborn, but in the past two months. Months four and five have been huge in terms of development and change (with a trip abroad thrown in for good measure).

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Colorado: A Graduation

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It feels like I’ve been asking the question “where does time go” a lot lately. Perhaps, it is just turning 30, and now that I have over a decade of “adult” life behind me time seems to be slipping away more rapidly. But there is something particularly strange to me about my baby sister, who is nearly a decade younger, graduating college. I feel like it wasn’t that long ago I graduated college. It isn’t that I think of her as perpetually a child. She is a grown lady now with her own life and ambitions. And I’m super proud and happy to call her a sister. And I love that she’s old enough that we share more and more in common. Pretty hard as a teenage to relate to an seven year old most of the time. But still, I don’t think I ever imagined her out in “the world” as an adult. So it’s a bit strange.

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Thanksgiving 2014: An Adult Family Vacation

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We piled into the old family car. A car my parents bought when I was still at home, before I could drive. A car they aren’t likely to own much longer, it’s on it’s way out. But unlike the dwindling life of that car, our family vacations have had a resurgence, a tradition I’m thankful we still have, even though my sister and I are now adults. We’ve taken this trip several times before in this car; it’s a well-worn path from the inland northwest to Whidbey Island, just outside Seattle.  Continue reading