Kindergarten

Clearly this goes without saying, it’s been way too long since we’ve shared a Mini Confidential (4 years).  I’m not so sure I would say that it’s been “a choice”; instead, I would say that life has happened.  Each trip around the sun seems to go by so much faster now that we’re older.wiser.legally able to buy beer.  But, let’s not dwell.  Instead, we’ll slow the clock for a quick sec, dive in and catch up with Mini.

g: hey, hey my friend!  how are you?
mini: good, thanks. may i have some ice water?
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mini: can i get a pink straw with that?  i’ve never used a straw that’s pink, and i’d like to give it a try.
g: i do, let me grab them and you can select the one you want.
mini (peering into the box): hmm, you have several.
DSC_0461_edited-1g: so catch me up to speed.
mini: i’ve really just been busy trying to stay true to me and the things i love.  you know, pre-school. swim lessons. camp. ballet. projects….lots of projects.  i feel like i’m just tapping into all the avenues for projects.  Know what I mean?  The opportunities with glitter alone are…well…they’re expansive.
DSC_0482_edited-1g: that’s really great.
mini: i don’t want to shortchange decoupage or watercolors, but glitter has revolutionized the art project game
g: i can imagine.  do you think you’ll be using a lot of glitter in school this year.
mini: absolutely not.  Ms B doesn’t appreciate the glitter.
g: (blink…blink….blink) hmm.
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g: how was your first day?
mini: it was good as far as first days go. i went there, saw the kind of crowd we’re dealing with, and basically i got to work. not like when we dropped in on Disney. that was, like, next level. i know all the princesses.  i know their songs.  I know what kind of hardships they’re dealing with, but staying focused on one is so tough. it’s hard to bring it full-circle and vet out all the ins and outs.  but, you know, i’m committed.
DSC_0526_edited-1g: did you wear a new outfit?
mini: i don’t want to talk about the outfit.  i’ll leave you with this: there was a lot of talk about my ‘first day of school’ outfit.
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g: what about your teacher? is she nice?
mini: totally. she read two books to us and did great. i was pulling for her, especially since it’s a new group and we’re still in the forming, storming, and norming phases.  but after she turned the last page on the second book, i knew she had done this before. what a relief!
DSC_0446_edited-1mini: Notorious B.I.G. said, “Climb the ladder to success, escalator style.” and, i’ll be honest, that has really come in to focus for me lately. i’m all about learning new things.  i want to get to know new people.  maybe taste some new flavors.  but if the foreseeable future doesn’t include art projects, singing or donuts, i’m not sure about it all.
g: i can see what you mean.
mini: yeah, can i get a brownie with this water?
g: of course, i got so wrapped up in our chat, I forgot to offer you one.
mini: i see things are the same with you.
g: indeed.
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Oh, it’s June…

i haven’t posted a single thing since January.  Wow!  All it took was a little picnic, out in the fresh air, with some good people to get me thinking. (Yay)  When I heard about the picnic, I immediately grabbed my camera (and my homemade bean and cheese burritos) and headed out the door.  It’s nice to get some time with people you don’t usually get to hang with outside of a stuffy office.  Good times with good people…here’s what I saw at the end of my camera lens.IT Picnic_2016_17

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Just getting started….

on a crisp october morning, in rural maine, i woke up to the most brilliant display of the colors of fall foliage right outside my window.  i slipped on my Bean boots, grabbed a flannel, slung my camera bag over my shoulder, and headed out the door.  it wasn’t long before i found the bride and a couple of ladies from her bridal party. “let’s go! we’re going to go find service.”, she said.  Shortly after, we hopped in the van and headed several miles down the road until someone shouted, “I’VE GOT 3 BARS!”  And, so began KGs epic wedding day.

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it wasn’t long after contact was made with those still in cell service range that we swung the van back around, and rolled into the driveway of the cutest lakeside cabin.  it was time for everyone else to slip their own Bean boots on, and for the wedding festivities to get rolling in full swing!  the magic of the day was just beginning!

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it was the very best start to the kind of wedding that was amazing in so many ways.

celebrating love, laughter and good friends …

…is unlike anything else in the world.

this is my friend kg….she’s getting married.  and, her friends and family gathered this past weekend to celebrate, share their love for, and embrace the goodness that we know as kg.

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we met up at a FAB-U-LOUS hotel – for some pre-gaming and primping.

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while we strategized, we kind of had a fairly good idea that we were going to get our groove on.  get funky.  wave a teeny bit of that freak flag.

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i want you to know – this group of ladies is legit THAT kind of funny. No joke.

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when the sun goes down, it’s time for the after party…clearly my spirit [__lady__] is working her fabulousness hard! RAWR!!!!kg kg

…put a kitty in it…🙂

kgup next – bachelorette party!  get to training, kg, your spirit animals are coming for you.

xox