Some of you may have already heard that Celia will be a big sister soon (well, in about 7 months). Our second baby is due March 3 (which is the exact same due date Celia had, although she arrived March 7, sharing Jenni's birthday). We're excited!
The photo above was taken in July, on our back deck. Yes, it's a little white-trash-esque, but Cel was having fun!
It sounds like everyone (well, most everyone) is making some time for relaxation and rest this summer. Most excellent! Rob, Aaron, Jonathan, Becca and I had a wonderful time at the Granger family reunion in Grand Haven, Michigan last week. We missed having Megan along, for sure! I will be starting a new job around the first of September. I am going to be the Administrative Director of Human Resources for the Walnut Valley Unified School District. This is the district I taught in for 13 years. I am really excited about returning and working with old friends again. Megan turns a quarter century old next week and we will be meeting up with her in Las Vegas for a fun weekend! Love and blessings to all.
Each summer Rod and I try to visit some place that we've never been before... and here we are enjoying Boston... where we were amazed not only by an incredible sense of history, but also by the friendliness and helpfulness of the people we met. (The gentleman who volunteered to take this picture was waiting for his son to come in from a sailing lesson on the Charles River.) If and when you decide to visit Boston, we'd recommend staying at the John Jeffries House in Beacon Hill, parking your car and buying a linkpass for the T, -- oh, and taking comfortable walking shoes for exploring the Freedom Trail, Newbury Street, Harvard, and the Emerald Necklace. Along the way to and from Boston, we stopped for BSO concerts at Tanglewood -- imagine watching and listening to John Williams rehearsing a performance of his film scores -- and a Sunday morning worship service at the Chautauqua Institute. I remember Liddy happily recounting her visits to Chautauqua, and now I certainly understand why she loved spending time there. It's currently my first choice of possible locations for our next family gathering... check it out at http://www.ciweb.org/ and post your thoughts.