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13.4.17

Update: Promotion

We are Pleased to inform you that in recognition of excellent performance in the family, rendered by Hulk, he will be promoted to Big Brother effective October 2017.

Sincerely,

Campbell & Olsen, Co.

ps. We bought a house


4.4.17

Feeling 22

My dad's brother died in a traffic accident early January 1st, 2016. We don't know why, I think my grandparents will always wonder. It has been hardest for them to accept. He was only 37 and left behind a young family. He was a bibliophile and wrote poetry; my grandmother has been going through his things and found a piece that he wrote when my sister died in 1995.  

Funeral Customs

My brother's baby
Was born without a brain.
A lot of crying, a lot of wishing,
But I don't think it was in pain.

The baby would never grow up,
We could never ask it.
They told me to take pictures 
And help lower the casket.

People brought over food.
Everyone sat eating in the room.
I escaped and played with my friends,
Escaped the crushing gloom.

A loved one dies
And people sure do funny things.
All I can do is try to decipher
The custom it brings.

After death my final wish
Is the burn.
Keep me out of the ground,
Put me in an urn.

-Carl Olsen

Happy 22n'd Birthday little sister :)

30.3.17

Parting is such sweet sorrow...

Probably the hardest thing about moving to Ohio for Hulk (and me) has been the 2000 mile gap between us and family. JC has handled it well. He's a recluse that would prefer to spend his weekends alone anyways.  But Hulk and I have had a hard time adjusting.

When we moved, I really thought we'd be fine. Hulk was young (it was just before his 2nd birthday) and I had moved around a lot as a kid. When we are able to go home, on the last day I always end up in tears begging JC to let Hulk and I stay (but of course we can't because I have commitments here too). Our family has not been to visit us often but we do love it when they come and always wish they could stay longer (and again, I end up in tears when they leave).

Our latest visit was from my MIL. I put her to work almost as soon as she got here and she was a definite boon. She cleaned our apartment (and oven!), packed boxes for our move (we hope next month!), removed Hulk's artwork from the walls, cooked dinner almost every night and even cleaned the dishes after. We were so spoiled. I was afraid Hulk would be irreconcilable after she left but he seems to be doing well. As an added bonus, JC's uncle was in Lexington for business and we were able to meet in Northern Kentucky for dinner last night. His uncle is kept very busy by the company he works for (he's very good at his job) so we were honored that he would take the time out of his schedule to spend with us. And we enjoyed his company :)

Hulk's visit from Nana (bad lighting on my phone, sorry)

In between family visits we have made a habit of talking with our family each Sunday over GoogleHangouts. It makes things a little better.

A family that 'cubes together stays together