Alarm Clock Conditioning

It’s been three years since I started this blog.  But it’s been almost two months since I posted.  Do those months count toward my blog total if I didn’t use them?

Yes.  It was summer.  It was home with my family and out with friends.  It was zoos and parks and ice cream and pie making.  It was one of my favorite summers and here are some pictures to ‘tell’ you all about it.

{A little friend came to visit and help in the cafe.  I made her a baby hat just 4 years ago!}

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{I spent a lot of time with this one.  Much ice cream was involved.  How nice it is to actually live near your life-long friends!}

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{I drank an excellent mocha. True story.}

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{I went to the fair with some friends. (Maybe it’s just me- but we all look the same here- menno girls with brown hair and blueish eyes.  How do people even tell us apart?!? 🙂 )}

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{Got more coffee with those same silly friends.}

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{Walked around the fair with this one.  She even posed as a superhero for me!}

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{That week, when I wasn’t at the fair- I was making pies for the fair. Livin’ that bakery life.}

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{Also, I have officially decided that llamas are my favorite fair animal to visit.  They are just down right hilarious!}

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{We didn’t go to the fair.  Instead we got fro-yo.  And when we sat down she made this pose- and deja vu smacked me in the face.  I’m pretty sure every time we sit down for fro-yo she sits exactly like this.  Who knows.  But it felt so happily familiar I made her freeze for a photo. 🙂 }

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{Some randomly beautiful gardens we waltzed about.}

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{Oh yeah, I also ate my share of chief ice cream.}

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{Saw some beautifully billowy sunsets.}

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{Walked this trail.}

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{Birds at the zoo make excellent leaves on trees.}

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{Only part of our 13 person (mostly adult) passel of people traipsing around the zoo.  All-in-all, a very successful summer family day I would say.}

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{jelly fish}

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{Shark petting.  Ain’t no thang.}

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{A photobomb in the butterfly gardens.}

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{seesters.  (no. we aren’t twins. no. I am older.)}IMG_20150823_161547723a

{Lunch with this one on my last Indiana day.  How have I never been in the restaurant?  It’s downtown- my town!}

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{But it does taste like elementary school cafeteria food.  Maybe that’s why we never come?}

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{Sunrise coming home.}

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and now I’m home.  On my last week of vacation before school begins again.  Running errands and conditioning my body to arise early with alarm clocks (I have a fear of missing work the first week of school since I am used to sleeping till 9, so, I’ve been practicing getting up a little earlier each day.)

And that, was my bare bones summer summary.  It also included a lot of reflection in the form of reminiscing (going home always does that to me) and reevaluating.  This summer some things kind of hit me in the face – causing me to realize that New York has changed me.  Living away from home.  Making my own life.  Navigating a new culture and taking on some of it’s norms.  It makes going home a different kind of challenge.  Not only of pausing my life here, but of navigating it there.  But I wouldn’t change it for — anything? even a free trip to Hawaii– because I know it’s so much of where I come from and who I am.

So, here’s to another year of New York living.  I love New York differently than when I came and am keenly aware that I probably won’t be here forever.  So, as with all the things I’m learning in life right now, I am savoring it.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 #Faith: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 #Faith

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