So I'm feeling a little blue today. I'm missing two very important events going on back home and it makes me sad that I can't be there to share in the memory making. September 26th is my most wonderful mother's birthday. I always love celebrating birthdays with my family. For every birthday up until a couple of years ago, we would go to the Madonna Inn coffee shop for dinner. Then starting a couple years ago, we changed our birthday dinner destination to a little Mexican restaurant called La Palapa. I love our birthday dinners because almost every one was spent recalling memories that make us laugh, usually memories involving the birthday boy or girl. Memories recalled every year on my birthday usually consist of the day I was born and christening my dad, why i was nicknamed "smiley", and what a wonderful princess of a child I was (although my parents might beg to differ). I hope my mom has a wonderful birthday. It amazes me how she seems to look younger with age rather than older. I love you Momma.
The second reason I am feeling blue today, is that I am missing one of my best friend's wedding today. I was so elated when I got the phone call in January that Chris had proposed to beautiful Ashley up in Yosemite. And then I squealed for joy when I received a little card in the mail asking if I would be a bridesmaid. Plans changed, and as you know soon after we got orders to Guam. It was so hard for me to call up Ashley and say that I could no longer be a bridesmaid. But today is the day and I couldn't be more excited. I have been thinking about Ashley so much this week and at this time now she is probably dancing the night away surrounded by her wonderful friends and family and of course he now husband Chris. I love you Ashley and wish more than anything that I could have been there to witness the joining of two wonderful people. Have fun in Jamaica!