So this is all rather surprising. At the same time, Houston is broiling under record heat—100 degrees the first day of June. When my dad was interviewing down here 20 years ago he brought us all t-shirts that said, “Houston Hot.” That is correct. My mom and I enjoyed some time in the uptown Galleria area one morning, and recently my parents and I visited Hannah and Justin in the hospital. This is the last picture of Justin with his appendix. As Han said, “RIP, Justin’s appendix.” He’s feeling much better.
Chris’ little sister, Melissa, is all grown up and headed off to college. She sang in her commencement ceremony and graduated with a ton of scholarships. Congrats, Melissa!! And happy birthday! Beyond that, the evacu-cation (irony…I prefer to vacation with Chris and without my will and important documents) has proceeded pretty normally. Luke and Amber threw a fun half birthday party for their kids with December birthdays, Hannie and Justin moved into their first house, a light fixture in their new digs attacked Daddy and chipped his two front teeth—earning him the new nickname ‘Fang’—and I have gained 24 pounds plus one pound of Bean. The kitties now spend the night and most mornings outside and just come in to nap and snarf. Mouse does not bat at wasps anymore. Pounce put on his big boy pants and started chasing away neighborhood tomcats. I’m so proud. And all of a sudden, so happy—less than one week until Chris and I are back together!! It’s been way too long!!!!! It was a completely unexpected and unique privilege to get to spend so much time with the fam in general and with my sister while we’re both pregnant, and that’s been really ideal. But never knowing when exactly I’d see Chris again—especially with so many circumstances and expectations constantly changing—has been difficult. As of yesterday I have a ticket back to Japan (the kitties are staying in Texas), so I’m setting aside my reservations and looking forward to: 1. time with Chris! (maybe I hope I hope I hope), 2. seeing my friends from base and church again! 3. back to work at Ichiban Collectibles, 4. Bon Odori dancing, 5. decorating the house for summer, 6. BABY!!!!!