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Livin' the dream with hakuna matata!


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“You up for sushi and soda?”

If you’re out on the road
Feeling lonely, and so cold
All you have to do is call my name
And I’ll be there on the next train

Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

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Hannah, remember that time we wondered around the Walmart parking lot for 30 minutes trying to help Betty White’s twin find her car? I remember both of us collapsing into our car and swearing to never be Good Samaritans again.

Do you remember playing the shadow game at night before we would go to sleep? We would turn off all the lights except for one lamp and you would tell scary stories while you made shadow puppets ๐Ÿ˜€ย ย (clarification, this was when I was 5…not last year.)

and I really don’t expect you to remember this one, but that time we went to Colombia…it was my first time being there and I think your third. I remember standing outside of the showers with my 5 gallon bucket, petrified. “Either hypothermia or drowning are in my very near future,” I thought. But you came and assured me that hypothermia isn’t that bad, and that drowning was unlikely.

So today, on your 27th birthday, as all these memories came to mind I know one thing is certain….you are going to be the most kind, happy, and patient mom in all the lands. This little nugget that’s growing inside of you has no idea whatย they’ve been blessed with. As this little honey bear grows into either a boy or girl, I am completely confident that you will raise him or her to be the very best versions of themselves.

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Let this baby be loved and teach them to love back.

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And mostly, let this child be wild

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I know this next year is going to be crazy for you, probably much crazier than you anticipated ๐Ÿ˜€ I just want to encourage you to enjoy every moment of it…that may be difficult now while you’re throwing up at the smell of …life. But once the nausea passes I hope that every preparation is an exciting adventure. Take time to rest, this baby doesn’t want a spasy mum. ๐Ÿ˜€ and most of all trust that God has given you and Isaiah this lil snuggle bundle for this exact time.

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I cannot wait to see what this next year has for you, I hope it is full of not only lots of baby size things, but also an even stronger relationship between you and the Lord, and also with Isaiah. I hope there are so many moments of unexpected joy and adventure.

Hannah, you are one of the greatest gifts God has ever given me and I hope you know that your heart and soul are beautiful things to behold.

I love you to the moon and stars and way past Mars!

You are the peanut butter to my jelly, the sun to my summer, the Rory to my Lorelei, and the sweet chunks to my sugar butt. (Hm. Sure. ;P)

-Zan

PS. This kid has no idea the adventures his crazy aunt Zanna has in mind for him.

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Amos & Ivey

Amos & Ivey

Copyright: Chasing Skies Photography

We had a wedding shower yesterday for these two gems,

I have a rough time at showers.

Why?

Lemme tell ya.

The shower is going along beautifully, with baby bits of awkwardness, games, and good food. Then it happens.

The sharingย  begins.

I’ve told you here how terrible I am at public speaking, so you should understand why this is so hard for me!

I go up there and immediately freeze, all thoughts leave my mind and I start mumbling words like the mentally insane.

Another tendency of mine is for the whole speech to suddenly become, “The thoughts and woes about my life,” I didn’t want that to happen so I’ve decided to take the dweeblet way out again,

Basically what I’m getting at, is that it’s time for me to write another letter…

Dear Amos & Ivey,

CONGRATS! I am thrilled for the two of you and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the future!

Well, I guess I should start with you Amos, I remember the first time I met you. I was about five years old and my first impression of you was, “this guy’s a little weird.” However as my family got to know you better, my opinion of you definitely changed. It says a lot about a person if they can live with the Fox family and actually survive. Not only did you survive but you stayed friends with us even after you moved out (right? :)) my respect grew for you when I saw how you handled yourself even when my family and I were torturing you! And if I may say this, I count you as my brother and I love ya man!

Ivey, I could not have picked a better person for Amos! I wrote in my journal after that first acting class and said something along the lines of, “I LOVE my new teacher, Ivey Huey.” As I got to know you a little better I not only liked you, but I wanted you in my family, and if one of my brothers wouldn’t work out, then Amos was next in line. I’m so glad you’re getting married and please take care of my almost brother. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, I’m sorry I didn’t say this in person but I wanted to make sure that what I told you two was something I had thought out beforehand.

I love you both very much and I can’t wait for you big day!
~Susanna

 


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Tiny Adults

Children scare me.

I can’t really pinpoint why they scare me, maybe it’s how they stare at you when you’re sleeping, or maybe it’s how they laugh maniacally when you get hurt….

Of course some kids are just plain awesome…

Nacho Libre

But the others, the one’s that wordlessly stare at you for hours, are the ones that scare me.

This is really long but oh so worth it.

Creepy Kiddos

Hopefully someday these tiny adults won’t scare me so much…

Happy Sunday all!

~Susanna

 


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New Years Eve.

Hello People.

Today basically everyone in this country is excitedly getting food and booze in preparation for their big party tonight…They can’t wait to share it with their special someone at midnight.

Curse them all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why, you ask? Take a gander at what Susanna’s night will look like tonight.

First I get to go to a Love and Valor show, there ends the fun of the evening.

After that I shall go home and go to bed, at roughly 8:45.

Last year my night looked like this,

I was doing dishes when the ball dropped and I kissed my hand later.

This year I won’t have to do that though. This year I have Humfrey Vlad.

Let me introduce you to my dear friend,

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His name is Humfrey, or Vlad if you’re quite close. We were born on the same year and we have many things in common. One of which is our mutual fear/love of fire. When you press the button on his paw he says, “Give me a magical hug-a-bear hug!..Mmm, do it again!…Mmm, That’s nice!” He’s quite the perv. He shall be good company tonight.

So, I’ve given you a preview to my night and I can only hope yours will be more exciting.ย  Happy New Years all! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hakuna Matata,

Ciao baby!
~Susanna


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A Salute

In the past year or so I have discovered something about myself.

This discovery was made while I was writing a Marine friend of mine.

I found out that I am much better at writing people than I am talking to them face to face. When I speak to people in person I always botch what I’m trying to say and it either comes out really mean or really awkward. But, as I wrote more I found the joy in proof reading and rewriting. It not only saved me from saying some awkward or weird sentences, it also allowed me to really put my thoughts together.

Whereas before I was just stumbling around for some concise thought. It never ended well and most of my conversations, ended quite awkwardly, with at least one party having this expression on their face:

Glozell stare

After finding this out I knew that whenever I had something important to say, I should say it in writing.

However, in the past few months, this has become a problem. Why?

There are four guys whom I count as friends that have all been in some form of military in the past couple years. When these guys return from their deployments or training and come to church I always feel like I should say something to them. Thing is, I never know what to say, or I think of it too late.ย  You may be thinking, how bout a simple “Welcome home” or “Thanks for you service.” Nothing is ever simple for me. I over think EVERYTHING. I wonder that if I say “welcome home” they might be thinking, “why does this little girl care?” or if I say “Thanks for your service” they may not want to be thanked! So you see, there is my dilemma. It may be of no importance to you, but it is to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok so long story still long, I have just decided to say everything that I wanted to in person, in writing. Maybe that’s the cowardly way out. But unfortunately for now, it’s my way.

Here goes nothin’,

Dear Jordan, Johnny, Jonathan, and David,

First off, WELCOME HOME! (I realize this is pretty late for 3 of you :/)

I know you have got to be SO happy to be able to see your families again! I’m sure it wasn’t easy to leave them.

Secondly, thank you so much for your service! I’m taking a debate class this year and every week we talk about the problems going on in our country, most of them having been caused by us acting like a bunch of morons. But it’s made me realize how much we don’t deserve the sacrifices that y’all make for us everyday. I wish that there was some way that we could pay you back, but I think that would involve us not acting like morons, and that probably won’t ever happen. ๐Ÿ˜€ But I still wish we could.

Lastly, I want you to know that I’m praying for you and your families. I know that there might be things that you’ll see and go through that I can’t even imagine, but I promise that I’ll be praying to the one that not only imagines but also can protect you.

I know I’m not in person, but I still salute you for your service.

God bless you

~Susanna


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To download or to not download

Hey People!

I know its been a while but I’m back!

A couple of years ago I bought my dads old Ipod touch. This opened up for me a whole new world. One of my favorite things about the Ipod is of course the apps! There are about 40 bijillion apps available to us, some of them I love….some them should never have been brought to the drawing board. One of them being this beaut:

Buttchaping

I have found with that snapchat is just an excuse to make this face..

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and the app has quickly become this…

Snapchat

Another app I do not like is Instagram

InstagramI don’t like it for one reason…..everyone posts pictures of everything they have EVER done in their entire life on there! Frankly….I don’t care!

I don’t want to see this…

Instagramed cat

or this… at anytime during my day!

instagramed feet

There is one app that I LOVE…

This guy

Pandora Radio

This is seriously the only app that I use on my Ipod I turn it on then I over here like…

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Its pretty much…Awesome.

I also use this guy sometimes…

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This app is also pretty amazing…they have a really good selection…

It’s good to have snacks when you watch though…

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So anyway…There’s my thoughts on the whole App crisis…

Have an awesome Labor day!

Hakuna Matata!

Ciao Baby!

~Susanna


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Cheaper by the Dozen

Hey people!

I would like to invite you guys this weekend to Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio’s production of “Cheaper by the Dozen” a play based off the book by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth. My brother Judah and I are in it and we would love to see you there! The shows are Friday and Saturday night at 7:00PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00PM at the Paramount theater in Downtown Burlington. To reserve seats please call 336-222-TIXS…again we would LOVE to see you there!

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photo by Kimberly Lunceford

Hakuna matata!

Ciao Baby!

~Susanna