Sunday, April 27, 2008

Remember Me

So I know that most of you have probably forgotten about me and my family, but alas, we are still alive and well here in Maryland. I know that it has been a long time since I blogged but I figured it was time for an update. The past few weeks have been great. I finished all my requirements at school. It is now officially a waiting game. I am completely done with school and tests and everything. Can you say good feeling? So that is the big news. Also Jackson had his birthday this last week. We had the missionaries, Calderwoods, and Wades over. It was pretty fun. I thought I would post a few pics from the past month or so.
The kids on St. Pattys Day
A close up of Jacksons shirt
Jacksons Bday cake. They are cupcake balloons floating in the sky.

Jackson getting his cupcake on. Me pile-driving Codys head into the dirt (Dang!!, I didn't realize how skimpy I was getting on top). In all fairness though he pinned me. My move probably wasn't legal wrestling.
Jackson goofing around.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Back when I was in Nam

Okay, so I appologize it has been so long since I blogged but a lot has happened. I probably could have blogged about allthese things individually but lucky for you I will just give you the readers digest version. So I passed my boards. We bought a new car. We decided that throwing 2 grand into a car that has 195000 miles, leaks anti-freeze, burns oil, and occasionally won't start was probably not a great idea. We got a 2009 Toyota corolla. It was actually cheaper than the 2008 and 2007 models. Weird but true. I think it helped that I was able to swing a sweet deal thanks to my friends at I went to Vietnam on my externship and Amy went to Abby's house in Tennessee for Easter. I will let Amy blog about Easter b/c I wasn't really there.

So Vietnam. I went with Operation Smile. They are normally only a surgical based organization that corrects cleft-lips and palates. They are running a pilot program for the last few years that is basically a dental mission. The dental mission provides emergency and preventative care to underserved people in Vietnam. It is the only dental mission that Op Smile has in the world. They are using Vietnam to see if they want to take it worldwide. Op Smile is a fantastic organization and they subsidized much of the trip. I payed $460 and they covered the rest: roundtrip air, 10 nights lodging, three meals/day, and cabs to and from the hospital. It was awesome. There were two teams that went. One went to Hue, Vietnam, and the other was in Hanoi. I stayed in Hanoi. I was bummed at first b/c Hue is much more rural but I ended up loving Hanoi.
This is John McCain's flight suit and parachute from when he was shot down and captured over Hanoi. Notice the blood on the parachute.
This is a picture from inside the "Hanoi Hilton" where the North Vietnamese imprisoned US pilots during the war. This is where McCain was.

This is a picture of a US plane that was shot down. It is on display at one of their war museums.

Team Hanoi and some of the volunteers

Check out this random volunteer's shirt. Go Ags!!!

Me on a motorbike. Everyone rides motorbikes over there. I took this little number for a spin.

Treating one of the kids.

This restraunt cooked the meat on a super-heated slab of granite at your table. No external heat source. It was pretty cool.

We went to Ha Long bay which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

A picture of the bay from the entrance to a cave that we toured.

Drinking a coconut on a floating house boat.

Ha Long bay at dusk.

Sea kayaking in the bay.

Getting my karaoke on. The vietnamese love their karaoke.

I bought some oil on canvas replicas. Two Van goughs and a Monet. $40 each. Pretty good deal I think. I have the guys website if anyone is interested. He can replicate pretty much anything.