Sunday, July 20, 2014

can this be forever?

we have some great friends, dane and aimee, and each summer we have been in boston they invite us up to her family's cabin.  it has become a tradition of sorts and we know i loooove traditions - more cabin posts here, here, and here. so we drove to new hampshire and spent yesterday at our favorite lake.  it's the best place to be.  i mean look at that view from the dock.  it's dreamy. 

 the cabin is complete with lots of fun toys so we enjoyed every bit of our day.

jeremy loves those kayaks.  that's always the first thing he wants to do.  jeremy and i kayaked around and then jeremy took his turn water-skiing.  he's a champ! i was too nervous to try. 

see?  everyone is just so happy at the lake.  

i got photo-bombed by amber and ryan and thought it better to just embrace it.

we took turns hitting some floating golf balls into the lake (this activity is a must for the boys) while the kayakers fetched the balls.  aimee and i went on the jetski ride of a lifetime.  she's a wild one when it comes to getting that adrenaline going so i knew it was going to be awesome.  we zigzagged across wakes from the boats and caught some air a few times.  i loved it.  it's like a vespa on water.  when we came back to the house i was told they could hear me whooping and hollering as we ventured all over the lake.  you can thank my mom for my loudness, it's something she's known for.

we ate some lunch, practiced our dives off of the dock, swam around, and relaxed in the hammock - also one of my favorite things.  i tried to convince my parents to put one in my bedroom from wall to wall when i was 9.  sadly, they didn't go for it.  something about it not being good for my back as a bed replacement.  the funny thing is i ended up with scoliosis regardless.  but i digress.

in the afternoon aimee and her dad, jim, convinced me to give water-skiing a try.  they taught me what to do and what not to do in "ski school" and before i knew it i was in the water fumbling to put the skis on my feet completely terrified and sure it would be disaster.  the first time i struggled and quickly fell, but every time after that i got up and was off and running skiing.  i fell a couple times on the turn arounds, but otherwise was able to maneuver in and out of the wake.  i was pleasantly surprised and totally excited about the whole thing.

evidence: scared katie on the left (look at that furrowed brow) and happy katie on the right.

there is something about conquering what i don't think i can do that just makes my day.  it reminds me to take risks because sometimes i surprise myself.  jim told me i was a natural on the skis and that was the icing on the gluten free cake.  it rocked.  then he showed us his skills on the slalom ski.  he was carving it up. i couldn't help but think of my own daddy that surprised us with his water-skiing talent when we went boating with family friends for the first time when i was in high school.  dads are pretty cool.

after we were all tuckered out, we grilled up some burgers and ate so much watermelon that it was coming out of our ears.  while we were filling our bellies and chatting away, a small family of loons wandered over.  everyone stopped to watch the endangered birds dive for fish.  a boat follows them around on saturdays to keep them safe.

after the loons safely passed, we hit some more golf balls, put away all of the toys, posed for a quick photo, and said adieu to the lovely scene.

i love this boy so much.

we had a sublime day. the cabin is the perfect place for all things summer: good company, tasty food, adrenaline rushes, and so much fun and games.  it truly is my favorite.  jeremy and i keep talking about the need to have a lake house of our own some day.  we sure dream big.

thanks, dane, aimee and family for being our friends and letting us play and relax in the mountains with you.   

Friday, July 18, 2014

hey sammy,

happy birthday, little brother!

i love this picture of you are as a little tike. it takes me back to our fun childhood. we would do almost everything together: climb trees, play catch with dad in the front yard, play t-ball, go to tae kwon do tournaments, have tennis lessons, play legos, play soccer games, play roller hockey in the driveway... i could go on and on.

when i think back over the years of many teams and seasons, the seasons that stick out to me as being the most fun are the seasons that we were on the same team.  those were hilarious games, especially when all three of us were on the rec soccer team when i was in high school.  we owned that team.  i remember one specific play that still leaves me in awe.  we were down by our opponents goal and you were about to throw the ball in.  you threw it to me and i passed it right back to you.  you shot it all the way from just inside the sideline and the ball went in the back of the net to score a goal.  it was amazing! you were always the star player, while i played the supportive and goofy sister.

i have been thinking about how our relationship has morphed over the years. i beat up on you a lot when we were smaller. sorry about that. we would fight and wrestle and we still managed to get along most of the time.  we didn't harbor ill feelings towards each other for long, or at least i hope you didn't either. i remember the moment i realized you were stronger than me.  we were wrestling and suddenly i noticed that you were winning. you were able to get out of my holds, your hits hurt more, and you were able to pin me down.  that was probably the best thing for our relationship because as soon as i knew that i was going to lose those physical battles, i decided that we didn't fight anymore.  before our next brawl was about to spill out of our antsy bodies i remember saying to you, "sam, we don't fight, we are friends."

i'm so glad we have stuck to that.  we have our little tiffs once in a while and they never question our deep friendship.  sam, you are such a great person.  you teach me how to look for ways to help others.  you teach me how to put family first.  you teach me how to work hard.  you also teach me very practical things, like how to play with little kids since little kids always love you the most, what i should buy while shopping because you certainly have an eye for what looks good, and how to make smart career decisions because you always simplify and bring ration to the emotion laden choices.

well, sammy, i love you.  i'm so glad you are my brother.  you are wonderful and talented and have so much in store for you.  i believe in you.  i pray for you.  and i care so much about you.  have a fabulous birthday... you deserve it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

it's been a long 4 weeks

and this is my 1400 post! crazy!  but more importantly...

jeremy recently took part 2 of the boards (he took part 1 last year).  part 2 is a day and a half long test that dental students take at the end of their third year.  he took it in mid-june and we have been anxiously awaiting the results.

he has been checking the mail every day for the passed two weeks to see if his scores have arrived.  he has also been interrogating me about the mail.  the other day he was sure i checked the mail, opened his scores, saw that he failed, and was saving him from the bad news.  the waiting game was giving him quite the complex.

he finally got his scores in the mail yesterday and surprise, surprise...  he passed!

he is so relieved (and i am so excited that we get to stop worrying about the whole thing).  he is one step closer to being a real live dentist.  just some clinical work until april, an externship in october, and the daunting WREB in the spring and then he is the real deal. 

we of course had to celebrate the blessed occasion with ice cream from our local ice cream shop.  we pretty much celebrate everything with ice cream.  it's the best way to go about celebrations.

good job jeremy! you're a rockstar!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

for posterity, no. 2

ready for round two of the recorded interviews?  we went outside for this round and i am not sure we will do that again... lots of extra noise and interruptions.  it's hard to hear in some parts, sorry! also next time, i promise to use manual focus so it stays consistent throughout the video.  stick with me guys, i'm learning.


topics covered in this video:
favorite lunch, three words to describe yourself, what would you do if i dyed my streak purple, what would you do if you had an afternoon to yourself, what's the wildest thing you have ever done (this one got missed on the camera, his answer: hot air-ballooning.  he was only scared once and overall he loved it.), what's one thing you did in school this week, tell us about the first time you kissed me, what advice would you give yourself as a newlywed, how was it growing up with a twin, what household chore do you hate the most, and how old are you at heart?

what did i learn today?  jeremy gives way shorter answers than i do and sprinklers cannot be trusted.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

soccer, polo, and waterfire

saturday was quite the day.

we started off with our soccer game. which was awesome, because we won 1-0!  i played right mid-fielder and it is my new favorite position.  i am way more productive on the right side because i am more confident in crossing the ball with my right foot rather than my left. i didn't score, but i nutmegged three people and had more good plays than bad, so that was pretty sweet.  jeremy played great and one of his passes led to the only goal we scored so he's a total rockstar.  playing soccer with jeremy is one of my favorite things. can we please do this forever?!

after our soccer game, we gathered ourselves together and drove to portsmouth, rhode island for a polo match... because why not?!  in one word, the whole experience was fascinating. it was soooo hi-so (thailand's term for high-society or high class, riley taught me).  the crowd was almost as entertaining as the actual polo match. there were many fancy hats, wine glasses, sun dresses, cheese platters, suit coats with shorts, and pastel khaki.  it was a hoot.  i attempted to join in with my fedora, plastic water bottle, and bag of popcorn.  

luckily, amber and ryan got there early enough to score front row lawn seats for the whole event.  we had no idea what polo was, but we had wikipedia on hand and the british announcer to explain the rules.  turns out polo has been around FOREVER.  the first recorded game was in 600 BC.  so.... we figured Christ must have attended a game or two in his day.

we learned that polo has six 7-minute chapters, polo must be played right-handed, geometry is important, and that the horses are called ponies. we also learned that after the first set of three chapters (at half-time), all the spectators go onto the field to fix the divots. everyone was very excited about it.  confession: we just walked around the field and then got some dinner from the vendors, without fixing any divots.

these gentlemen are playing bocce ball while waiting for the second half to start.

can you spot jeremy (above) in his stripes?  we had perfect seats, close to all of the action. we saw the local newport team beat dallas.  woot woot!  chip and jk were the star players.  the announcer loved chip (maroon number 3), it was hilarious.  after the game, spectators line the sides of the field to give high-fives to all of the players.  we of course followed suit.

i loved it and would totally go again.  it was a perfect summer activity.  people had coolers and lawn games and were out enjoying the day with their families.  always a nice thing to see.  polo, i could totally get into you.  let's hang out again sometime.

after the polo fun, we hopped on over to providence to witness waterfire.  (jeremy thought he was pretty funny with his jacket around his waist.  i think he's pretty funny, too.) waterfire was quite the event.  there were tons of booths from local artists and food vendors selling their goods.  i got a fortune from a slow-moving, statuesque pirate, we watched the bonfires grow on the river, and jeremy bought a giant cookie.

we also walked around the river, listened to the live music, and donated a dollar to a boy that was a genius at the yo-yo.  i am so glad we experienced waterfire. downtown providence is beautiful. i totally want to come back for a gondola ride on the river (hint, hint, jeremy).  waterfire was a great way to end such fun-filled day.  rhode island you were good to us.  thanks for the party.