We won a photo contest! Not the big one we entered, but a little one I entered. The theme was "Best of summer Photo". $60 prize=not too shabby. Here is the photo that won:
Way to go, Looney! We are always so proud of her. She is a very smart girl. Right now, she is at Dogs Rule playing with her friends and being the nicest, sharingist, loveliest puppy that all the other puppies look up to and want to be best friends with. She'd be happy to, of course, but she's always so busy jumping into water and lovin' on her BEST best friend, Maddie Arehart. Here is a picture of the two of them:
Isn't Lu so beautiful and majestic when she's naked? Anyway, Luna loves Maddie, and Maddie makes her smile. And as you can see, Maddie is the cutest thing in the whole world. They love to do things together like shred newspaper, eat an entire bag of pita chips, play "treasure hunters", and surgically remove the innards of elephants (see dead elephant in the top left corner of photo. I shouldn't say "dead elephant." It's a very sensitive subject for the Memphis Zoo lovers) and ducks. We love it when Maddie comes over to play.
Anyhoo, we are always proud of the Lu, and she gets bigger everyday. Her head looks like it is shrinking, but that's only because her body is growing so fast that it can't keep up. Her brain is pretty big though, don't worry.
OH, AND we went to an engagement monsoon for our SMS lifer-friend, Blair. Blair is awesome, and she is marrying Tom, who is her twin. They will look exactly alike when they get old. It'll be great. It was an interesting night: driving to Rooster Poot, getting a speeding ticket, the sky opening up and pouring, and having a fun mini-reunion with friends who are like sisters. It's always so weird when we get together; we all have the exact same childhood memories because we spent 8+hours a day and 5+ days a week together for 14 years. If you add it up, it's over 20,000 hours and over 25oo days together. We know all the same people, had all the same teachers, swam in each others' pools, went to each others' birthday parties, were there for all the big milestones. I'm so thankful for these people, and I think it is so awesome that we can continue to celebrate more big milestones for the rest of our lives. Some people think that going to an all-girls school is dumb, but they just don't know. We have seen each other at our best AND our worst, and still invite each other to our houses so many years later. And it has been a wonderful thing to be a part of this support system that has arisen for our friend who is sick, but getting better. Everyone has rallied around her, and it's been amazing to witness. You can read her story here.
Anyway, to think of what we looked like 10+ years ago, I'd say we've come a long way from holiday sweaters and stirrup pants. I love these people. It's a rare thing to not see a person for awhile and to be able to pick up where you left off, so I don't know what you would call it to be able to do that with 61 people. Here we are (thanks Laine, I lovingly yoinked your picture):