Oh, yes, today IS Monday!

Now that summer is here and school is over I’d like to get into a habit of posting. I’d like to update a couple of times a week, beginning each week on Monday. After deciding this, it took me awhile to realize that today is Monday. I guess I lost track of time over the weekend! My sister was out of town for Memorial Day weekend so I took advantage of her free house to crash on her couch where I read, wrote and watched movies.

Last week, I had the chance to see a few people I haven’t seen for awhile. My best friend’s brother was married last weekend and she invited me along for the festivities, including a party at her house, spending the night at the bride’s house the night before the wedding, the tea ceremony, the church ceremony and the reception. They’re Vietnamese, so witnessing the tea ceremony was a very cool experience! Later in the week I went to my niece and nephew’s school play, which was the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. They are still young so they were in the chorus, but I can definitely see them taking on bigger roles as they get older! With my trip and a funeral that I attended (region manager’s father) on Monday, which is usually my day to see the kids each week, I haven’t seen them for awhile. My niece greeted me with big hugs the night of the play and the morning she came over for breakfast. Maybe I should stay away more often (Totally kidding about that! I like hanging out with them too much!)

I’m going to sign off now before I ramble on anymore. I couldn’t fall asleep last night and by time I did, I was only able to get in a few hours of sleep so I’m pretty tired today!

1 Comment

  1. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    June 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Yay for being done with school! And yay for summer! And yay for getting to see people you haven't seen in a while.


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