Family, Oregon, Photography

Oregon in July | Part 2 | Girl’s Day at the Salon

Ok, so I lied.

Originally I was going to break my trip home and the wedding down into 3 blog posts, but looking ahead I have WAY too many pictures to share from the rehearsal, so I decided to make our girl’s afternoon at the salon its own post.

In reality, I could have just named the post “Taylor and Elaina” because the two little flower girls were where my lens was focused on for most of the afternoon. They are just so cute!

Anyway, the day before the wedding most of the girls in the family and bridal party headed into town (Baker City) to get pedicures and manicures. Sonia’s best friend and maid of honor, Jess, also put together a little bridal shower.

View Part 1 about “Home and Wedding Prep” HERE

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Sonia the bride.

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My Grammy and Mom.

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If only life was still that simple. These little girls were so much fun.

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Jess and Sonia.

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I will be back tomorrow with a huge post about the rehearsal.

Cheers!

Family, Oregon, Photography

Oregon in July | Part 1 | Home & Wedding Prep

At the beginning of July, I went home to Oregon for a much anticipated vacation and family wedding. I mentioned in my last post that May through July was busy beyond reason in so many ways, and though this trip also added to the chaos, it was a great mental break and just the dose of home that I needed. On the day I rolled into town, I headed to U.S. Cellular for an upgrade on my phone, which meant my work email was no longer connected until I could hand it over to the IT guy at work. I was so thankful that my boss was perfectly fine with me completely checking out for a full week.

I have WAY TOO MANY pictures from my phone, Snapchat and my nice camera to share, so I am going to break the trip down into three blog posts. ENJOY!

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Seriously, though, one of everything from the Taco Truck is on menu for my “last meal.”

Both of my sister’s cats unexpectedly had kittens. It is well known that I am not a fan of cats, but they are adorable when they are little.

That would be my Mom you hear in the background. We were way too entertained by the kittens.

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Aside from the wedding, the highlight of my trip was that I finally met Wesley Ray! Baby Wes belongs to my best friend from high school, Richole, and he was just a day over 4 months when I met him. He is such a sweet, easy-tempered baby and has such beautiful, curious eyes like his mama. I was overjoyed to see how happy he makes my best friend and unfortunately its things like this that makes living so far away hard. I almost want to cry just thinking that he will be 9 months old before I see him again.

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The pictures in this post are a tad bit out of order, but it makes sense to group them together the way I did. I landed in Oregon on Saturday, July 2 and we headed up to the cabin the next day for a little wedding prep before heading back to Hermiston so my parents could work and I could visit with Richole and Baby Wes.

Regardless, I was perfectly happy to spend as much time up at “The Diggins” as I could since I only usually get to go about once a year.

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When Josh (my uncle who is more like a brother) and Sonia finally decided that they were going to get married up at the cabin I was so excited. I kept joking that I was going to be vicariously living through them because while I would love to get married there someday myself, I could never narrow down a guest list that small. #italktoomuch #invitationsforeveryone

There were many little projects to do for setup and decorations so my Grammy and Grampy put everyone to work. Notice though, how Josh and Sonia are nowhere to be seen in any of these pictures… #ahem.

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Grampy, Uncle Joe and Dad.

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Archway for the ceremony.

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Grammy staining benches.

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Up at the cabin we have named all of the buildings. The garage-turned large kitchen is labeled the “Cook Shack.” The shop that is converted into extra sleeping rooms and a playroom/common area is called the “Bunk House.” The shed is the “Jail House.” You get the picture. So when we put up the archway, my Uncle Joe joked that we should call it the “Gallows.” At some point, my Dad disappears and returns with some rope and starts making nooses and prepping some wood for my Grammy to use to make a sign. If you are wondering how my Dad knows how to make a legit noose, you are NOT alone. Let’s just say there’s a story about an intense game of ‘cowboys and indians’ from my Dad’s childhood. #wildwildwest

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Oh, did I mention that I celebrated my favorite holiday, while also at my favorite place? Because I did, and minus the fact that we did not do fireworks, it was great. #Merica

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Since it was a holiday weekend, we were able to catch the flea market in Sumpter, the nearby little gold mining town. There is a LOT of junk at things like this, but there are also many treasures to find, especially if you are into the whole shabby chic/rustic/vintage decor trend.

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In particular, we were in search for some old bottles for wedding table decorations.

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Sumpter, OR

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I just moved at the beginning of the summer and purged many things before I did, so I have been really focusing on not buying too many new things or decorations. However, I made an exception when I found this gem. It is hard to read in the picture, but the little tag says “Bourbon” and it pumps the perfect amount for a shot. It will go perfectly on my cabinet where I keep all of different drinking glasses, accessories and you know… the actual booze.

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I had a fun afternoon browsing with just my Grammy and my Mom. There are so many qualities that I know I get from them, including our sassy attitudes. #igotitfrommymama

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I am convinced we should leave the light up year-round.

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That is it for today! My next two posts will cover the rest of the prep and the rehearsal, and then of course the wedding day. Excited to share!

Cheers!

Career/Professional, Family, Friendship, Oregon

Catching Up in 2016…

So it has officially been a month since I last blogged.

Oops. I’ve been doing so well over the past year, but I was bound to have a dry spell again, and it definitely won’t be the last time. To be fair, 2016 has already been a whirlwind, and when I wasn’t busy, I really wasn’t motivated. So today will really just be about catching up a bit and sharing what I have been up to so far this year.

Extra points for those who aren’t related to me and didn’t just close the web browser.

Homeward Bound Again

In the almost 8 years since having left Oregon, I usually always go a few months in between my trips home. This time though, work sent me back just two short weeks after I had been home for Christmas.

This is also where I should note that over those past 8 years of a LOT of air travel, I have a pretty good track record. Only once have I had to spend the night in an airport. I have had to run to make a connection maybe 2 or 3 times and again there has only been one time that I had to get a hotel because of a missed connection due to delays. But my flight to Portland on this trip? I missed completely because I slept in. Let me tell you, the feeling of dread when you wake up and see daylight through the window when you should have been at the airport before sunrise, is not something I want to feel again. I was able to catch another direct flight later in the afternoon, but I am still pretty embarrassed.

My trip to Portland was to participate in a PNW Wheat Marketing Tour with the Idaho Wheat Commission, to experience the wheat supply chain from start to finish. I really value anytime that I get to spend quality time with our farmers and I especially enjoyed seeing a city that I grew up near through a new set of lenses. I won’t go into to much detail, but I did write a short article about my experience, “Pacific Northwest Grain Industry Tour Reveals Source of Quality, Reliability” that you can read here.  My favorite part was hands down, was the opportunity to ride on a tugboat that was pushing a barge up the river.  I didn’t know it was possible to nerd out that much over a tugboat, but friends, IT WAS SO COOL. Even though I grew up watching tugboats and barges on the nearby Columbia River, transportation in agriculture is one of the sectors that I know the least about. Life on the tugboat is a unique line of work and I now have a much better appreciation for that part of the supply chain.

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The Wheat Marketing Center is one of a kind. This is a great place for tours and learning about wheat foods. They are doing a lot of really could research!
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Out on the tugboat! It was SO cold!

I was in Portland Sunday through Wednesday, when my sister drove in to pick me up and take me back home to Eastern Oregon. As always I packed as much as I possibly could into my time at home. On Thursday I went to my old high school to speak with two groups of students. My audience ranged from freshmen to seniors so instead of just focusing on same old college and career prep that they are going to endlessly hear from someone else, I chatted with them on the importance of your “own personal brand” and the role it plays — whether you have an online presence or not — in both college and the start of your career. I shared with them about some of my personal experiences, how I’ve handled both success and failure and a few real life tips. The one student that I personally knew assured me that it was a really good presentation, and I definitely wasn’t lame. .. to be honest, I was just really pumped that I was able to tie in both a Harry Potter and Doctor Who meme into my key messages. #adulting.

I spent some time with my family, watching the high school boys basketball game that my Grampy coaches, and on Saturday my whole family went to our local annual variety show, which was complete with a cast iron-cooked dinner. This is the first year that I have been able to go, and it certainly reminded me why I love my small hometown. The highlight of my weekend though, was being able to attend my best friend’s baby shower. Richole and Dustin are due mid-March, and when they heard that I would be back home again, Richole’s mother-in-law agreed to move the shower date just so I could be there. I have a few friends with babies now, but Richole is the first of my best gals, and that meant the world to me that I could be there to help celebrate.

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Love this girl so much, and I am so excited to see her become a mama.

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Winter Storm Jonas

A few days after I got back from Oregon, the East Coast was hit by Winter Storm Jonas. Now I’ve grown up with snow in the mountains and there were blizzards in Kansas, but this storm and experience was UNREAL. My college friend Jancey had been in town that week for a conference and was planning on staying through the weekend for a fun tourist weekend with me. Instead, she ending up snowed in with me and couldn’t get a flight out for another 2 days. The snowfall lasted for about 36 hours straight and accumulated an average 17 to 26 inches throughout the area. My office was closed for two full days and there were many more half days and delayed starts. When I first moved hear people tried to explain that the city pretty much shuts completely down. Of course, until I experienced it first hand I couldn’t quite grasp what that meant. Grocery stores were empty, and I had a carton of eggs stolen out of my cart the day before storm! A reporter I know back in Kansas even referenced it in a article she wrote #thingsyoucantmakeup. Jancey and I watched A LOT of movies, ventured out a few times when visibility finally cleared up and participated in an epic snowball fight outside of the Clarendon Metro Station. Oh and I had a leak in my kitchen ceiling. I might have some good stories, but its definitely an experience I am not looking forward to having again anytime soon. I really wish WordPress would get its act together and make it easier to attach videos without first putting them on YouTube, because there are a few on my Instagram and Facebook that capture quick looks at our long, crazy weekend.

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Josh Abbott Band

In college I built my budget around being able to go to concerts of all sizes and genres.  But Aggieville, the bar district in Manhattan, KS, is where I fell in love with red dirt/Texas country music. Since moving to DC I hadn’t sought any of the music scenes yet, so when a friend told me she heard JAB would be in the area, there was no way that I was going to miss it. The venue, 9:30 Club, was great, and apparently one of the more popular small venues in the area. A K-State friend who is a student at Georgetown Law tagged along, and while it was great to hear some of their new music, I was really excited to hear most of my old favorites that made me fall in love with the genre and really, Kansas, in the first place.

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Josh Abbott Band at 9:30 Club

Board Meetings

A lot of my busy schedule recently was due to the winter board meeting at work. While our summer and fall meetings are always at other locations, the winter one is here in DC. Between the holidays, travel and the winter storm, by the time I reached the week of the board meeting, it felt like I hadn’t had a “normal” since about mid-December. But even though this meeting had a different pace because the staff doesn’t travel, I really enjoy board meetings. I love the collaboration and hearing about what the different parts of our organization are working on and accomplishment. And of course I really value the opportunity to interact with our farmers and state staff. Outside of the DC office there are so many quality people who contribute to our mission, and getting to know those people personally adds so much more purpose to my career. I was especially excited though, because we recently brought on one of my good friends as a freelancer for the communications team and she was able to make it up to DC for the meetings. Nicole and I both call Northeast Oregon home and vaguely knew each other through FFA, and then ended up becoming friends as ag comm majors at K-State. It’s always nice when the world feels a bit smaller and I am so excited that our paths have continued to cross back and forth.

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Nicole and I were able to make a little bit of time for some tourist fun.

Thanks for catching up with me. Next week I will be back to a regular blogging schedule. I am pretty excited that end of winter is in sight! So far my spring calendar includes National Ag Day events, a girls weekend NYC trip with my best friend Megan, a quick work trip to Kansas, searching for a new apartment to move into at the end of May and HOPEFULLY a quick trip to Georgia to watch my sister play in the NAIA Women’s Golf Championship!

Always something to look forward to.!

Cheers.

Family, Oregon

A Christmas Rewind.

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Over the holidays I decided to step away from sharing on my blog and enjoy the vacation time I had at home in Oregon with my family. But before we got to far into the New Year I wanted to make sure that I documented and shared a bit about my trip home. This post will probably be pretty dull if you don’t know me or really care, just FYI 🙂

This year, I learned that cross country flights during the holidays need to be bought REALLY EARLY. Fortunately, my family was able to make it work for me to fly into Portland instead of Pasco, which helped cut down the costs. I flew into Portland the Friday before Christmas and was picked up by my Grammy. My Grampy is the interim head basketball coach at Hermiston High and they just happened to have a tournament in Portland that weekend. So my Grammy and I spent the afternoon together, getting lunch downtown with my Uncle Jay and walking around Powell’s book store. Powell’s has multiple floors, covering an entire city block and is an iconic part of  Portland. My Grammy is a big reader like me — we are always sharing suggestions back and forth — so it was really fun to spend that time with her discussing books, authors and exploring Powell’s. That evening we went to the basketball game, where I freaked out just a little when I realized I had babysat a few of the players — it’s guess its easy to forget that little kids can grow up quite a bit in 6 to 7 years. After the game we made the late night 2.5 hour trip home to Hermiston.

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As always my time at home was really busy and packed full of my favorite people. My Dad had his knee replaced at the beginning of December and was still limited in what he could and how much he could be out and about, so I spent a lot of time at home with him, taking him to PT and on a few outings, which always was a bit entertaining. It also meant that his truck was all mine for the week 🙂 I hung out at the flower shop and tried to stay out of the way (mostly), spent a few evenings catching up with my girlfriends and spent an afternoon shopping and catching up just with my sister. Josh and Sonia, my uncle and his fiance, just built a house and were just given the keys at the beginning of the week, so the rest of my week was spent helping them get everything moved in (or visiting while they worked) so that we could celebrate Christmas in their place. We did take a break though to watch the new Star Wars movie. Growing up, Josh babysat my sister and I in the summers and to say that we watched a lot of Star Wars is putting it lightly. I had texted Josh weeks before telling him that he better wait for me to go it, and I think we all but embarrassed Sonia by how excited we were.

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This is also where I should probably add the only really bad part about my vacation. To go into details about HOW, its easier to describe using my hands, but the story is that I burned the outside of my right hand pretty bad with the curling iron wand. The area is about the size of a half dollar coin and well friends, IT REALLY FREAKING HURT. The first day it took me about 5 hours before I could stand to take it off the ice pack and I cried again the first time we put Neosporin on it, which is a bit out of character for me. It’s healing pretty well now, (evident by the insane itch) and going to leave me with a pretty good scar, which just aren’t nearly as cool as they were when I was a kid.

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Christmas was laid back and wonderful. It was fun to celebrate in a new place, and their home is really beautiful! We ate my Dad, Grammy and sister’s delicious food, played a few hysterical rounds of the game HeadBanz and watched the movie Inside Out. The next day I traveled back to Portland with my Uncle Jay and Aunt Michelle, so that I could catch a red eye out of Portland Saturday night. It worked out perfectly though because the Trailblazers were playing the Cavs and my Uncle and I were able sit in my Grampy’s seats and watch the game before I had to go to the airport. I don’t really like Lebron James, but I still wanted to see him play in person. The Blazers had a HUGE game though, and James underwhelmed.

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This was the first red eye that I ever took, and if you asked me how it was just based on the first flight I would have said it was great! I got a row to myself and was actually able to sleep the whole time. My connection in Minneapolis went fine and I thought from there it would be smooth sailing and I would be home and crawling into my bed for a long nap before noon eastern time. Long story short, that didn’t happen. Morning fog in D.C. didn’t allow us to land and after an extra hour in the air they diverted us to Baltimore and after MANY setbacks I was finally on a shuttle bus to D.C. and home before 5 pm.

My Christmas vacation was filled with fun and love, and I am always so thankful that I continue to get to be home with my family and that we can spend it all together.

Cheers!

Career/Professional, Family, Oregon

West Coast, Best Coast

Oh hey there August… I guess time flies, when you spent half of July in the Pacific Time Zone. It’s also why I am a bit tardy with this blog post. Most of the time that I was on the East Coast was spent catching up on work, laundry or sleep. Not that I’m complaining by any means.

My first trek out west was for a summer board meeting in San Diego. Our meetings started just as Comic Con International was wrapping up, so it was fun to catch a glimpse of all the crazy (that I not so secretly wish I could have been a part of.) San Diego is beautiful, and I took advantage of the dry air by getting up and running along the marina each morning. This was my first time meeting  most of our officer team and board directors, which is what I was most looking forward to. The farmers I represent are the reason that I believe in agriculture and why I love what I do for living. Back when I worked for Kansas Pork, my farmers were my daily motivation, so it was great to finally meet my #wheaties, and start to get to know them and their families. And as I should have expected, I was humbled by their kindness and commitment to their industry.

I did take pictures with my new camera during the meeting, but decided to keep work separate this time so here are just a few from my phone.

After the board meeting I took a quick trip home to Oregon for a few days, where I was able to catch up with my family and a few friends in my hometown.

The rest of my time was spent at “The Diggins,” our family cabin. It is my “happy place” and I always try to get up there at least once a year. During the drive up with Mom and a hike with Dad I was able to get some some one-on-one time with each of my parents, which after so many changes these last few months, was exactly what I needed. It was really nice to just be their kid again. Luckily my visit was right at the start of my extended families annual campout, (which I have not been home for in six years,) so I was able to catch up with a few that I do not get to see very often. For so many years growing up, Janci, Josh and I were the only kids running around, so after my absence, it was kind of a new experience with my younger cousins who are now old enough to keep everyone on their toes. But beautiful scenery and cute faces are magnets for the camera, so I was more than willing to get lots of practice in with my new camera.

Here are just a few of my favorites! (click on the them for a bigger view)

There a lot of cute anecdotes from the weekend, but my favorite was a sentimental one. At some point the girls were chatting about how strong they were and Amaia (11 yrs. old) determining that she was indeed stronger because she could pick up her Mom. Then she says, “I’m like Grandpa Howard, I could probably pick anyone up.” Our Great Grandpa Howard always, always picked you up when he gave you a hug — even my very last from him, my toes came off the ground for just a second. We lost Grandpa a little over two years ago and I am so glad that most of his great grand kids were old enough to remember him and his great hugs.

After a few days back East, I was out West again, this time for Ag Media Summit (AMS) in Scottsdale, AZ. This was the second time that I have been to AMS, so I had a good idea of what to expect. I love events like this that give you an opportunity to reunite and connect with others in your field, while also taking part in some professional development and skill sharpening workshops. Once again, attending an event for the first time at new job also provided an opportunity to put names to faces of many people in ag media and communications that I have already been collaborating with. The Summit was at a beautiful resort, so I was a little bummed that I only got to relax for a bit. I grew up in the high desert, so while most people were not digging the heat, I was pretty content.

That is my quick wrap up. I am settled in for about two weeks before I am off to the airport again. Next up…Las Vegas…and then GUATEMALA!

Cheers.

Family, Oregon

Sister Tattoos.

So this happened yesterday.

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The Spoo sisters officially have matching tattoos.

Janci and I have been tossing the idea around for about a year now,
and finally agreed on what we wanted to get.

There were a few different designs that we considered. It was pretty important for us to do something fairly simple and symbolic. In the end we went with our last name in Mom’s handwriting.

This was Janci’s first tattoo and my second. My other one is on my shoulder blade and let me tell you, the pain was no where close to this the first time around. I hate to admit it, but my sister handled it quite a bit better.

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This fiesty girl below is my baby sister and best friend.
She’s smart, determined, beautiful, funny and stubborn.
Even as adults we would advise you to stay clear of our crossfire.
But now we can switch it on and off in a second, which tends to drive Mom crazy.
She loves pink, baking, cats and golf.
Most of the time we are as different as can be, but continue to surprise ourselves by how that’s not necessarily the case anymore.

We’ve spent most of our lives complaining about all of the things we’ve had to share.
But I’m not complaining anymore.
I’m sure glad that we share this tattoo Jancz,
and even more happy that I get to be your Sissy.

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Family, Oregon

Thanksgiving Surprise.

This would have been my sixth year spending Thanksgiving away from home.
I hadn’t been home for the holiday since I was in high school.
So this year I decided it was about time to change that.

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Woke up at 4 am to catch my flight….toooo much coffee!

When I bought my ticket back in August I decided that this was the perfect time to try to surprise my family. It was something that I had always wanted to do, but this was the first time that the opportunity had presented itself.

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Texting with my Mom the day before….if only she had known 🙂

I enlisted the help of my sister’s boyfriend Justin and decided that I would try to surprise everyone in my family. Now people, you have to understand, keeping a secret like this for three months was a BIG DEAL. There were so many times that I either almost slipped or gave in a told them.

So here is how it all went down.

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Countdown on my phone!

Justin picked me up from the airport and we went straight to my family’s flower shop. I had written up this poem (pictured below) in Christmas cards to be handed to my family right before I walked in.

IMG_1094My grandparents were in the shop and my mom was across the street getting lunch with a family friend that had stopped by. Justin delivered both of the cards and then came back to get me from where I was hiding in the back hallway.

My grandparents were a bit confused by the card, so when I walked around the corner I more startled them, then surprising.

Since my Mom was across the street, she was more confused that Justin had came in, handed her a card and then ran out again. It took her a bit to put together my handwriting and the cards message but as I headed over there she came running out too.

My sister screamed publicly. It was pretty funny.

My favorite reaction was my Dad’s though. He walked into the store an hour later, looked at me like I had three heads and said “What the hell are you doing here?” I love you too Dad.

Josh (my uncle) was out of town so I just tagged him in my Facebook status. His reaction there was about the same as it would have been in person.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friendship, Oregon

God Gave Me Two

Transitioning from high school to college and choosing a college 1,700 miles from home had its rough patches. My world before that was very small, so realizing that people might come and go in your life, and might not stay as long as you thought they would, was a lesson that took me a while to both understand and accept. Now as I take those same steps toward transitioning from college to career, I start to wonder how the people around me might come and go again. It makes me stop and think about how thankful I am for those that are here to stay. The ones I couldn’t get rid off even if I wanted to.

This is Kayla and Richole. And they are my childhood best friends.

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I still remember the exact day I met Kay in kindergarten. She was standing on a chair playing ‘Mom’ in a very serious game of house and asked if I wanted to be one of the kids. And Chole I met on the playground in first grade and bonded with over our love for tether ball. In the fourth grade we became the “KAR Speed Readers,” took home first place in the coveted “Battle of the Books” competition and became best friends along the way. The three of us have been inseparable ever since.

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Growing up we all played basketball together, ran cross-country and Kay and I were both dancers, but it would probably surprise people to know just how very different the three of us are from one another. Our personalities, personal styles,  hobbies and interests, and even our choice in music is often very different. In high school, when it came to our passions, Chole had tennis, I was the ag kid and Kay had music and track.  But the strength of our friendship came from our love and respect for each other, and for life, allowing us to find the perfect balance. And we always supported each other, no matter what, even if we didn’t understand it.

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When it came time to go to college, we again, couldn’t have been more different. Kay went to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Chole accepted a full-ride tennis scholarship to the University of Alabama-Birmingham and I chose Kansas State University.

Moving away from them and knowing that our friendship was inevitably going to change has been, by far, one of my biggest challenges. I know that I am lucky, that the depth of our friendship and bond is unique. These two girls know me better than I know myself, sit front seat in so many of my favorite memories and never have we had to go through a trial without the other two standing on either side. Not everyone can say they have a best friend like that, and God gave me two.

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It hasn’t been easy. Becoming adults and building separate lives means we have each changed and have grown into different people. Skype dates and catching up can be few and far between, and trying to be there for someone just isn’t quite the same when you can’t be sitting next to them. But at the end of the day, their friendship gives me a silent confidence that I have come to depend on and no part of me can imagine not having them in my life.

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This week is both of their birthdays, Chole on the 12th and Kay on the 15th. I want them to know just how important they are to me and just how much I miss them everyday.

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KAR = Love
Love your sisters, love yourself.

Happy Birthday Kayla and Richole!