Archive | December 2011

Happy 2012!

Sam The Conqueror


While he is more laid back than Talia, Sam is an active kid who enjoys games and challenges (especially when they result in Sam winning). Shy around my camera, it was tough to get him to pose for me but you can see him shine in these candid shots.

Enjoy, Mari

Talia The Rock Star


Paul and I had a blast hanging out with our niece and nephews over the holidays. It was so much fun to see how each of their personalities is developing. Talia is a ball of energy and enthusiasm with serious star power. Rock on Tal!

Enjoy, Mari

Jack The Sleeper


Meet Jack The Sleeper, my new nephew who is the cutest and sweetest baby ever! Of course I am a little bit biased but it’s to be expected.

Enjoy, Mari

Happy Merry


Flights Booked for Staging in Dallas, Texas

For the past few weeks Mari and I have been getting ready for our Peace Corps service. We needed boots and gear and have made the hour trip from Danville to Greensboro several times. We booked our flights the other day and are scheduled to leave on January 17 th for a one-day orientation in Dallas. After that and for the next several months we will be at a training center right outside of Quito in Ecuador. The address where you can send us fan mail is on the column to the right.

To learn Spanish we have been watching a telenovela on Telemundo called Casa de al Lado. After 30 episodes, which translates to 30 hours in front of the computer,  I am beginning to understand most of the dialog. One da,y who knows, I may even have dreams in Spanish. Mari reports to already have started dreaming in Spanish.

On Thursday we got into Needham, MA to help out Sarah and Jon with our new nephew Jack. We are staying in a spare room and between entertaining Sam and Talia we are saying our final goodbyes to the Casey family and to our friends Matt, Kerry, and Charlie. The weather has been mild but cold in comparison to the Virgina winters. After 10 months of traveling, the Peace Corps is beginning to feel very real.

We can’t wait.


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