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Spring Break

April 13th, 2014 by Kini

Unfortunately, both spawn did not have their spring breaks at the same time. Not even overlapping.

This year, we were fortunate to travel home during a portion of one of the kid’s breaks. While most people seem to travel to warmer, sunnier, more fun vistas to escape the winter blahs and recharge. We went home to visit.

The unfortunate part, aside from the 3 hour time difference and a couple of people sleeping away the day because of it, is that none of the cousins are on break. Here, most are tied to Easter week (not all, but most). Ours, now, is the first full week of April which at least is consistent from year to year. There is always the same number of weeks between Winter Break (aka, holiday/Christmas Break) and MidWinter Break and then to Spring Break. It’s a good thing.

There was some evidence remaining for the 100+ inches of snow they received this year in the form of big snow piles (most of which were icky looking) as well as the matted down vegetation. Some places also had the tell-tale signs of snow melt in the form of small, temporary ponds.

In Western Washington, the grass is green and growing much too fast. Here, in Michigan, the grass is just starting to get some green shoots in it. The trees are still without leaves and seems to have a primarily deciduous population as opposed to Washington’s vast evergreen landscape.

We’ve been busy and the timing of our trip isn’t good for visiting as we were at the mercy of the school break and when the airlines have decent fairs. Unfortunately, this time, it doesn’t include a weekend here for us.  Next time, darn it!

 

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Bittersweet Anniversary Days

April 11th, 2014 by Kini

Today is a bittersweet kind of day.

My parents’ 44th Wedding Anniversary is today.

This is the first one that neither is alive which makes it that much sadder. They will, of course, be forever in my heart, but I wish more than anything that I could give a hug or have a two-sided conversation with them.

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad. I love you always & forever.

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Happy Birthday, Daughter!

April 9th, 2014 by Kini

Happy birthday to my beautiful, talented, and artistic daughter! It’s difficult to believe it has been nineteen years since  you had blessed us with your arrival!

Happy 19th, Darling Daughter!

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