2005, germany, missing you, photos

Ich vermisse dich, Deutschland-

summer 2005 i ventured to germany for one of the most- exciting, invigorating, adventurous, fabulous, scary, new, complicated- experiences i have ever had in my ENTIRE LIFE. & looking back i see the fear/anxiety in my 16 year old eyes pre-departure from KC—-

but you can see me falling even more in love with Germany as the pictures continued throughout my 6 week journey. Who couldn’t?

& lately, i’ve been missing Deutschland like crazy… & the friendships i’ve gained from my journey across the pond that summer in 2005.
Ich Liebe Dich, Deutschland.

"aunt-hood", family, joy that little things bring, nieces and nephews

add "Nan-nu" to my title.

Today I went over to the Smiley residence to watch my niece natalie and nephew noah while my mom ventured to pick up my other nephew nathan. anywho, as i was watching natalie while noah slept, natalie began addressing me as “Nan-nu”. it’s my first nickname among the nieces and nephews and i absolutely love it. it cracks me up everytime i hear natalie say: “Nan-nu, who’s dat??”(she’s rather enthralled with pointing to everything and asking “who’s dat??”) so, yes, people i will now respond to “Nan-nu”.
so this one goes out to my little nieces and nephews; for reminding me of whats important and how laugh, live, love.

"aunt-hood", bloggin, books, memories, nieces and nephews, summer


i haven’t written lately, not because i am especially busy, rather…lazy. when i pull up the blank canvas, a fresh entry, i get “bloggers-block”. i get too befuddled over what i should write that i never even end up posting an entry. so ill just update on what ive been up to…
watching the office, every night with my parents. its my favorite, and if you haven’t seen it, go to your local movie rental dealer and rent every copy available. it is absolutely phenomenal. i also saw Wall-E with my nephew nathan. it was pretty good, and it was great spending some quality time with my oldest nephew. anytime im down, he is there to give me a big hug and a “i love you!! wanna play?!” & recently when i told him i didn’t want him to grow up anymore at the fourth of july, he came over, climbed up on my lap and replied: “anna, i love you too but i have to grow up, my birthday is coming, but you can still love me when im 5!!!!” it was absolutely precious and was very honest and true. good thing his birthday isn’t until december so i can still enjoy 4 year old nathan for a while! 🙂 i finished my first independent math study assignment so im feeling pretty good. o & im starting to read

its supposed to be fabulous!! i can’t wait.
all for now, i am rather fatigued. bleh.