Monday, February 27, 2012


Growing up in a big family, I got to go on many family outings. Some of them were "forced family outings", others were simply "fun family outings", and my favorties were the "fantastic family outings." Looking back I think I consider them all fantastic because I now appreciate any family time. But as a pre-teen sometimes I didn't have that sense of gratitude and maturity.

Anyway, I never blogged about an FFO that we had during Christmas break. My sister Megan was playing in the Transiberian Orchestra concert and my parents were so generous to take us all to see it.

Dinner beforehand. So yummy.

I had to add this picture because these two are simply the best.

The beautiful cellist. She is the reason we got to have such a great time.

The concert was rocking. It was super loud and intense but I loved it. The light show was complete with flames and lasers. For those of who you aren't familiar with the Transiberian Orchestra--don't be decieved. Its nothing like an orchestra concert. The orchestra part is tiny (there were two cellists, one was my sister; 2 violists; and 4 violinists.) The main part is 4 electric guitars--it is a total rock concert with all the long-haired guitarists banging their heads, back-up dancers, and more black leather than there was in the show Grease. It was a total hoot and I'm proud of my mom for watching it.

One a random side note--I never realized that Crabs have TEETH really similar to ours on their legs. Totally freaked me out when I realized it. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


My sister Katie had her baby early early Monday morning. I freaked out when I woke up and heard the news because he was 3 weeks early so no one was expecting it. He was still 7 pounds though and is just the cutest thing. I will be so impressed if my kids come out with as much hair as he did.

Welcome Noah! We love you!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Kindred Spirits

I love Anne of Green Gables. I remember saturday mornings growing up I would watch it with my sisters. I love the way Anne would describe those she loved as "kindred spirits."

I feel this way about my sisters. One of my older sisters called me today in desperation to find my dad and ask him for advice. She confessed to me that she has a painful breast infection (the most painful she has experienced) and that she went to a doctor today who would do nothing for her. She began weeping and I could hear her baby crying in the background too. I started to cry too. I wanted so badly to reach through the phone and hug her and tell her it would all be okay. But I couldn't. My heart aches knowing someone I love so much is in pain.

I can only imagine what it will be like when my own child is the one crying in pain. But for now, I am so grateful for kindred spirits in my life. I am so grateful to know that I love some people enough to be in pain when they are in pain.