The Misadventures of Cheri

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Royal Wedding Memories

Ahhhh, so Prince William is officially engaged to Kate Middleton.  I remember the announcement of his mother’s engagement.  I was 11 and was all atwitter with Lady Diana.  I thought she was the greatest thing ever.  I’ve even blogged about my love for all things Diana here.

And like I said in that post, my mom was an angel and made sure we had a t.v. in our hotel room to watch the wedding.  We were in the process of moving back to Alaska and not all Canadian hotel’s on the Alcan highway had such conveniences.  I remember laying across the bed right next to my mom and watching every thing.  Such a sweet memory and definitely one of the best memories of my childhood.

I really don’t follow the royals at all.  But I’ll probably watch this wedding . . . maybe laying across the bed right next to my little girl.  A part of me will be longing for my mom, just like I did when the entire cast of “The Sound of Music” reunited on Oprah for the first time ever last month.  But I got to share that with my little girl, side by side on the couch.

Only she’s not so little anymore . . . . she’s 12 and just hit 5’5″ and 96 pounds.  And she is not happy about this.  She’s taller than most of her friends and just about every boy her age.  Most everything Amber has struggled with growing up, I struggled with, too.  This is a new one.  I’m only 5’5 1/2″ now so I was never tall.  She has been all her life.  Even though I try to focus her on how stinking good she looks, she just wishes she was shorter.  Her current musical favorite is a tall girl, too, but  it’s just not enough.  And I quote from her, “Taylor Swift is 5″11 and wears high heels!  I will never wear them! Never!”  {Amber may or may not get a flair for the dramatic from her mother.}

Funny thing is, Diana was a tall girl.  And from all accounts, so is Kate.  Maybe that will give Amber some hope that being tall isn’t some sort of a terrible life sentence.

And again, here is where I miss my mom.  She, too, was a tall girl.  Since Amber has been tall all her life, Mom shared a lot about the pluses of being tall.  But I still wish she was here now to help my not-so-little girl through this time.

So maybe watching Kate and William’s wedding won’t be optional.  We can watch a tall girl take the world stage.  And I’ll hope it’s one of Amber’s best memories.

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I got a camel!!

Austin went out trick or treating with a few of his friends Sunday night.  After the obligatory “you better not TP anyone’s house or get into any trouble” from his mother, he set out happily on his way – looking like this:

He did it all himself . . . . with ideas that came from him.  He’s amazing.  Yep, those are yellow contacts.

The next day as he was going through his loot, he saw a package of animal crackers.  He wasn’t that impressed with them, but when he opened the package he gasped.  “Mom!  These are the same animal crackers I used to get as a snack in church when I was little and we lived in Alaska.”  I did the appropriate, “awww,” and moved on.

A few moments later Austin said, “I got a camel!”  I asked him what he was talking about.  He said he and his little buddies used to hope they got a camel when they were passed out their animal crackers.  Apparently, if you got a camel, you were considered lucky.  And lucky was a very good thing to be if you were a kindergartner.   He added, “I don’t know why we thought it was lucky, but we were obsessed with getting a camel.”

At dinner we were relaying the story to Tyler, Austin added, “One time one of my friends got two camels and I was so jealous.”

Such sweet memories for Austin and new revelations for Mom.  Here’s a picture of some of those little boys:

Austin is the blond one . . . All these boys are now 15 and none of them live in Alaska!  They’re scattered all over the country (TX, WA, SC, ID)  and one spent years on the missionary field in Kyrgyzstan with his parents before returning to the states.  But we’re all still connected on Facebook.

I hope they all get a camel today.

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