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Back to school, but always learning

It's that time of year again. Everyone is back in the classroom with their noses (hopefully) in their books. I don't know what it is, but this time of year still gets me excited.

For me, August no longer means schedules, lockers, notebooks, new crayons or even new dorm-mates. But there is still that crispness in the air as it starts to chill for fall. There is that excitement for a new season, a chance for a clean slate.

I can still recall the distinct smell of freshly-cleaned classrooms as an elementary student at St. Mary's. I don't know how to describe it, but it would always be similar to the smell of my Grandma Herman's kitchen just after she mopped with Murphy's soap. It's a comforting, inviting smell.

And, oh gosh, there is something so fun about buying new school supplies. My husband is preparing to start classes in a few weeks, and for some reason I still got a rush of excitement when we went to the store to find him a new backpack, pens and notebooks…

My summer (so far) in pictures

Like I said in one of my early posts, this summer has been jam packed with activities, road trips and family fun. I thought I share some of the photos I took along they way.

Here is one of the cutest people to share a campfire with a.k.a. my nephew Kendol.


Here's the massive crowd at the Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at the Indianapolis Verizon Center. I would post a picture of the actual concert, but my lack of zoom at our lawn seats didn't make for the best of photos. However, Kyle shot some pretty cool video footage with my camera.


The spectacular view from our resort room in Wheeling, W. Va. (Yes, this is where the infamous driving lead us.)


T.J. and Becca, the reason we drove all that way. Congrats again!


On my way home from a friend's bridal shower/bachelorette party, I passed the Longeberger basket in Newark and just had to take a picture for my mom. Yes, I've been passed this twice in my life, and my poor mom is still itching to take a trip there someday. Well…

Driving tales

This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Wheeling, W. Va., with Kyle and his family (and half the village of Edon) for the wedding of our friends T.J. and Becca Muehlfeld. It was a beautiful wedding (Congrats you two!), and I may share some photos later since my awesome mother-in-law let me borrow her Nikkon D70 to play with. (Don't worry, she had her own D300 to get lots of great shots too.)

All of that is a long way of explaining that in order to get to the above-mentioned wedding, we had to drive a little over five hours. Scheduling conflicts meant that Kyle and I couldn't car pool with anyone else in our party.

That's right, husband and wife alone in a vehicle for more than 300 miles. To make things even better, we had to wake up at 4:30 that morning to pack and get to work on time that day.

How do you think this turned out?

If you think things were just lovely, I hate to say you are wrong. Granted, we once drove seven hours to Nashville with barely a disa…