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Trip to the South

We took an epic trip to New Orleans and Pensacola last November.  Ken was not overly impressed by the French quarter.  It was certainly unique.  I’m not sure that I ever need to go back there (the French quarter or New Orleans), but I’m glad we went.

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Mom and Dad and Lauren and Justin came too.  We ate SO much good food.  That was definitely the highlight.

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The Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola was incredible.  SO many cool planes.  We also got to see the Blue Angels practice, which was awesome.

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Anna was a big fan of the gulf.  She wasn’t a big fan of the sand, which she fell down in several times and got a face full.  Ooops.

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Our whole party except me and Anna chartered a fishing boat and got to spend a day fishing.  I think they had a good time, although they were disappointed they didn’t get to take any fish home.  We made up for it by buying lots of fresh seafood and devouring it.

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Daddy had fun in the gulf too!

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Not pictured: touring a battleship, walking around beautiful parks and neighborhoods in New Orleans, going to a fort, fishing off of a pier, seeing how huge the Mississippi is, having a childhood friend captain us on a pontoon boat for several hours, an art fair, playing games, watching my brother-in-law graduate from his Air Force training, and many, many amazing meals.  It was a great trip!

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My sister has been writing blog posts after a long hiatus (https://randbvance.wordpress.com/, in case you want to read about her super interesting life in Egypt), and she is inspiring me.  So here’s another attempt at getting caught up on the last year.

My father-in-law sent us a box of avocados from his tree last summer.  Anna was a big fan, and we’re still eating the mashed up avocados from the freezer.  Delicious!  Also, she was tiny and precious and adorable.  Now she’s big and precious and adorable.  Also, blond.  Probably I’ll post pictures of her from now by next June, so stay tuned…

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Then…  We went back to WA for another wedding.  This time, Sara and Michael! Look at how adorable they are.

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Their wedding was in Spokane, so we got to drive for about an hour and meet up with my childhood best friend.  She and I look cheesy, but Anna is looking good, as usual.  Hopefully she remains so photogenic as she gets older.

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Looking good at the rehearsal dinner.

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Seesters!  Do we look alike?  We’re missing one, she was stuck dutifully teaching her students in Egypt.

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Sara got married on Lauren’s birthday, so we had a birthday breakfast for her.

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Look!  That is Ben, Bekah’s husband.  I told you he exists!  Also, he’s good with babies… Anna’s been a fan every time she’s met him.

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It was an evening wedding, the reception was outside, and my photography skills are not adequate for taking pictures under such circumstances, so this is my only picture of us in wedding finery.   And with that, all 5 of us are married.  Whew!

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And since we started this post with a picture of Anna eating produce last summer, here’s one to close it out.  I harvested those red tomatoes, she harvested the green ones, then proceeded to eat the red ones.  Oh well, at least she likes vegetables!

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