Monday, January 28, 2008
My sister, Kelli, is probably going to visit, and will be bringing her son, Kyle, who is three, and our niece, Amanda. Kelli's pregnant, so she figures this will be the last opportunity she'll have to visit for a while. And since Amanda wants to visit, this is great timing.

They're thinking of coming in March. I have spring break during the first week, but since I wasn't expecting company, we've already planned a long weekend trip to the Caymans. When I told her this, I thought this would be a bad thing, but then it turns out she doesn't get her vacation time until mid-March anyhow.

My niece gets her spring break at the end of March, so they think they'll come then. I'll have to go to school while they're here, but that's not so bad. I can probably skip my last class of the day here or there so I am home earlier, and when I am at class, they can hang out here, swim in the pool, watch movies, walk to the beach, etc.

I'm excited! Kelli hasn't been here in YEARS. And Kyle has never been here. Amanda was here last year, but I would like for her to start thinking of visiting REGULARLY. There's always room, and there's always time for her. Maybe I can get her to come again in the summer or during her winter break! She may appreciate visiting when she isn't expected to help out with her little sister or little cousin, too. :)

Chris is cute. When I told him about it last night, he asked how old Kyle was, and then said we should probably install a pool fence. We read so much in Florida about little kids drowning in backyard pools... It's a necessity for someday anyway, so we may as well do it now. Thoughtful and sweet, right?

So anyway, yay - that's just next month! Yay!!!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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