Thank You

Thank you to the men and women, and their families, who serve and have served for our country’s freedom.

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Thanks and Giving

A few quick favorites from today’s festivities.

Adrian’s 1st Thanksgiving.

Baby's 1st Thanksgiving

Adrian and Aunt Aliya ready to dig in!

Adrian finds dessert… mess ahead!

Favorites from the Fourth

We hope everyone has enjoyed a great Independence Day! We had a fun time celebrating with family and Adrian loved his first fireworks show. Here are an instant favorites from our rather un-camera-shy little guy with his Dadda.

Baby Laughter

Easter last weekend

Easter 2008 Bu Kids

I didn’t say much about it when it was here, but Easter came to mind now that my sis is back in Missouri and it seems like things have slowed down here at the Bu home.

I spent most of the Saturday before Easter at the blue lake cottage where my dad’s family has met for holidays, birthdays and laughs ever since I can remember. It’s across from a camp that had a spooky old house we always told each other was haunted when we tried to scare our siblings and cousins.

I talked with my older, now 30-something cousins about all the topics that usually disrupt family gatherings – religion, politics, war, and taxes. And it turns out it was one of the best times ever talking about grown up things till 11:30 at night before we noticed the clock and headed home.

I no longer hold a seat at the kid table, and not because I’m soon 28. Most gatherings my cousins and I call seats at the “kid table” but with the eldest 3 cousins present with their kids I finally realized a little how we’ve all grown up a bit, and that we’ve all made some outright adorable kids. We’ve restocked the kid table with 6 great grandchildren that Grandma had a blast seeing all together. It felt like Christmas cheer everywhere with all the kids laughing and playing together. That’s the best way to describe it. Grandma didn’t want to go home till late and even my cousins from Chicago waited till near midnight to drive home to the Windy City.

Nothing better than good fun with family.

new year by the numbers

A late entry to the New Years greetings list:

New years glasses

Reminds me of 2002 when I celebrated a New Year three times in three countries. It started off in Hometown, USA on January 1st. I got to spend an evening of games, laughs, and good times with a handful of friends I haven’t seen much of since we all went our own ways, traveled, deployed, or life got too busy.

Next celebration was in Beijing, China in early February after a couple of weeks of teaching English at a school camp. It was right around the day that I got to walk around on a stretch of the Great Wall, pretty amazing sights. Fireworks at New Years is nothing new nor quiet over there. Plus, dumplings to celebrate the festivities. They’ve really got something going there… mmm.

Lastly, and likely my most favorite New Years of all, SONGKRAN water festival in mid April in Thailand. In Indiana and Beijing it was winter and frigid but in Thailand it was up to 105˚ F each day this time of the year. Imagine dousing and being drenched by total strangers while walking to the store, to work, or sitting on the bus. How about a pickup truck with barrels of ice water in the back pulling up along side your open-side bus and someone throwing freezing cold water on you? Imagine being a foreigner and being one up on the neighbor kids and getting them first. :o) Man I miss being in Thailand.

Looking back that was a crazy year and it needed at least three celebrations.

Wherever and whenever you celebrate it and however you number it,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!