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We took our first Ecuadorian vacation last week!  Some friends invited us to join them on a beach trip.  Initially the plan was to go over Thanksgiving but with my due date being just 2 days after we would return we couldn't commit to that.  Fortunately Ecuador has this lovely holiday called Dia de los Difuntos in early November, which is actually a longer vacation than Thanksgiving.  Dia de los Difuntos is celebrated in a few different countries and is a time where people fo...

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A day with the Taubes at Auntie Laura's apartment           Staying with Runyans at Keystone, bbqing in the backyard           A hot trip to Adam's Playlot           Blueberry picking in Michigan, followed by ice cream and a dip in the Michigan side Lake                A bad cold started in Chicago and then pink eye by the time we got to Bartlesville         Wait...

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With Canaan as the official ring bearer and Nate acting as one of the ushers we certainly couldn't miss the rehearsal!  Canaan had a blast playing in an enclosed outdoor space where he could run wild.  He loved going up the stairs of the gazebo with the flower girl and then asking for help back down.  He was a pro at walking up the aisle in his two practice runs and loved the clapping and attention it gave him.    I enjoyed checking out the site prior to the ceremony, wa...

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10 years!  It's been 10 years since Nate & I left Ecuador, 10 years since we graduated from high school.  That meant that this summer was reunion time.  Our class reunion was in Costa Mesa, California where the reunion planner lives.  People flew from all over the US, including Maine, Texas, Colorado, etc.  We had people come down from Canada and up from Ecuador for the event.  Just over half of our class was able to make it.  And wish us we brought new spouses and a pile of kids.   ...

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