Hi everyone - my apologies for so much silence around here the past month. Just a busy one with real life taking precedence over keyboard.
To catch up...
Debbie was here for a month to have her shoulder surgery. As usual, a fun time was had by all (surgery pain not withstanding) - sometimes TOO much fun (if you ask Kendall). It is truly a gift to have someone enter your life, become family, and fit so seamlessly into the dynamics that you cannot even really remember when they appeared on the scene, and you cannot imagine a life without them in it. That's Debbie.
Her surgery went well, and we have all been amazed at how smooth the recovery has been (still a long road ahead of her, but doing great). She returned to Florida late last week to continue PT and enjoy her growing happiness.
Kendall had her second knee surgery last week. Like three years ago we did not know what the outcome was going to be, only that something needed to be discovered and rectified. Life was being compromised by limping, constant pain, and growing frustration. Thankfully, everything that makes a knee a knee proved to be healthy, the repair from three years ago was still looking good, and the only issues he could find were two areas of tissue in need of expulsion. Waking up from anesthesia to steri-strips vs a full leg brace was wonderful as it means her summer will once again be HER summer in short order. She started PT Friday and once the swelling is gone, she should be in great shape.
Culley finally came home for a brief visit this past weekend. She has stayed in College Station this summer to work. All made easier with the addition of her first car (compliments of Debbie driving it here, and our bank account). Instead of Rudy picking her up when he comes home, Saturday he drove to College Station, parked his car at her apartment, and SHE drove them home - top down, music blaring.
Carson had a blast in NYC a couple weeks back. It was a well earned bit of R&R after a demanding soccer season that saw her lead her girls to 1st place in Western District in Texas, then 2nd runner up at State. She turned right around from that to go guest with an older team at a college showcase in Houston. Her efforts are paying off - a very exciting email came from the head coach of women's soccer at SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design). She is happiest with a pencil in her hand and a ball at her feet, so if those two passions could dovetail after graduation, she would be thrilled.
Adding to her busy summer of working out and soccer camps, she won Nickelodeon's grand prize last month in their Legend of Korra contest. (Korra is the next series installment picking up where Avatar: The Last Airbender left off.) She is a huge fan of the show, a phenomenal artist in her own right, and winning this was incredible. The prize is a trip to San Diego for ComiCon next month, hotel, a meeting with the creators of Korra, and $500. Is she excited? Um, yeah.
Some of her artwork...
And of course... One Direction. Because, well, they're ONE DIRECTION.
Life continues on its busy pace here at Casa de Sharp, but I should now be back at the keyboard with some regularity now. (Think of it as my life taking a daily dose of Metamucil and then being able to clear out the mental BS here at the blog.)
I hope your summer is going well!