East Coast Tour

Of course, I have no idea what order you saw these things in.
But I wanted to get the pictures in here for your memories.

You spent the last two weeks on an incredible
tour of the east coast with Bello through AFS.

You went to Washington.

You saw the State Capitol.

And the Lincoln Memorial

This is you on the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Washington Monument.

You also went to Disney in Florida!!!! 

This is the Aerosmith Rockin' Roller Coaster.

The parade.

Beauty and the Beast.

The Show.

Magic Kingdom.

Epcot Center


Cinderella Castle

Of course, a little beach time.
(I think you said this was myrtle beach 
which is where my family stays when we 
have our reunion on the beach week
with my Mom and Rick every three years)

Niagara Falls.


Still more. 

Your group.


Good food.

The Statue of Liberty

Pinching the Lady :)

No idea, but I think this is right by ground zero.

Rebuild at ground zero???

Mango on a stick.

NY City

Ticket for the L

I have no idea what this is,
but it looks important. :)


Trial Time

You're on a tour of the East Coast with your program.

I kind of thought it would a good trial run before your 
departure that is coming up so soon.

I figured that it would be good for Zeek to feel his life
and house without you, BEFORE you were actually gone home.

But the truth is, we're just going about our business,
as if you are on vacation and you will be back soon enough...

I never realized how many times a day I think of you.
Where you are, when I need to do something for you next,
what and how you are doing.

I never realized that I feel better about Zeek being upstairs 
to play or even to sleep in his room
because you are up there, too.

And there is no option for a game of Sequence
with a worthy opponent.

Or someone in the house who UNDERSTANDS
my deep need for chocolate somedays.

No Enrique Iglesias.

No long girly conversations.

No surprise load of dishes washed
and drying on the counter.

I did NOT however, miss your laundry.
So, I guess I have just one thing to look forward to.


Park & Party

With the end of the school year comes parties!!! 

Today, you, Almudena and Dennis
hung out.

You went to the park...

And then you and Dena went to 
a party for all the FES from Bay Port.

You got to see a lot of your friends. 

And to say good-bye. :(

It is all so bittersweet.


Wild West Party

Tonight you had a Wild West party
with your Teen Bible Group.

Every month on the last weeks gathering
they host something different.

You and Ceanna go together every week.

This week you dressed the parts and all.

You had a great time!



Tonight you had a hard day
of planning drama and miscommunication
with one of your good friends. 

Then, your night became even more uncertain
when your other friends couldn't 
figure out what they were doing, either!

Somehow, you took the blame for most of it.

But in the end you spent the night at Dena's house,
and everything worked out fine.

You went cyber bowling!

So fun!



I can't even keep track anymore.
There are so many dances at this school!

You, Almudena, Hashini, and Carlota 
were looking hot tonight! :)

I'm so glad you found these girls.
You're such good friends!



I really don't know exactly what
is going on in each of these photos.

And I know that you took enough
photographs on your trip that you could
write your own small book about your experience.

But for dates and memories sake...

here are some of the pics of your vacation.

You had a blast.

Met lots of new people.

Ate, saw and did so many new things!

And did not get a tan because you
were smart and wore your sunscreen. :)

Paraguay in Hawaii