31 July 2018
26 July 2018
It's still happening. Samantha had another birthday, even though she will tell you she doesn't want to get any older. Recently she had to contact her bank because she needed to know about a deposit she had made while she was in Arkansas. She was asking me if she was calling the right place and asking the right questions. I told her she was handling it all just right. Her response? Ugh, mom. I don't like this adulting thing. Growing older is no fun. I'm not doing it.
Instead, she is growing into an ever more responsible adult. She handles her own financial aid forms and registrations for college. She worked at tasty Freez while she was visiting Arkansas this summer and she is job hunting now that she's back in Maryland. She is quite capable of this adulting thing, whether she wants to do it or not.
Samantha is single, and after her breakup with long time love Jonboy, she is having trouble finding a friend. She doesn't want a boyfriend, she says. She just wants friends, and boys just want girlfriends. Samantha is attending Chesapeake College and finishing her general education requirements while deciding what she wants to be if she ever grows up. At this point she's an accounting major, but, that is subject to change.
This year her watermelon/birthday cake was a seedless yellow melon - fruit as always, and with a twist for our nineteen year old. We watched "NI'm Inteen" on the Frog Prince - a nineteenth birthday tradition my mom started when I turned Nineteen. And we played Dice - more family game night. A birthday settled in at home, with netflix, games and fruit - yup, that's our Samantha Marie.
20 July 2018
Charlotte is an active young lady. She likes her netflix, don't get me wrong, but, if there's something going on, you can bet she will want to be in the midst of it. Since school is about six weeks away, she is getting ready for volleyball season. The team seniors sponsor unofficial 'practices', which are really just work out sessions, to prepare for the season. These work outs are from 7 am to 9 am and they run the bleachers, stretch, sprint and work the free weights. I can tell you that they are working hard. Charlotte is sore, and then, this happens.
16 July 2018
11 July 2018
07 July 2018
Our dear Arkansas friends, the Hazeslips, were visiting the east because Sydney was traveling with the marching band to perform in the Independence Day parade in DC. We took the opportunity to get together for some fun, with the Krenzes, also friends from Arkansas, but, now living in the VA suburbs of DC.