Monthly Archives: February 2009

one final bootcamp goodbye

My parents received a call last night that lasted about 10 seconds. My brother arrived safe and sound in Great Lakes. Before he left yesterday morning, however, we drove up to Seattle to see him sworn in to the US Navy.  We got up before the butt crack of dawn to be in Seattle by…

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  • Renee WhitingFebruary 12, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Amanda, you and your family must be so proud! Please tell your brother that the Phaunt Mama is proud too!!

  • AmyFebruary 14, 2009 - 6:57 am

    I love these!!! Love his suspenders!!

the biggest little birthday celebration: ali

In our family, we celebrate 21st birthdays by taking the birthday person to Reno. It started with my aunt, continued with me, and last month, 8 of us packed up and took my sister on a 4-day whirlwind trip to the biggest little city in the world. We left early in the morning on Thursday,…

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  • AliFebruary 10, 2009 - 12:35 am

    Thanks you! It was a blast going on the trip! I don’t think I can even decide what was the best part. I think my favorite pictures are of the boys. It just sums them up; Kris wants to sleep, Dad can’t hear, and I don’t think I have seen a picture without Travis’s tongue sticking out!

  • JenicaFebruary 10, 2009 - 8:01 pm

    Oh what fun!!! I love your style with vacations. It’s so fun to see how you document things. I’m horrible at taking pictures when we go places. I need to get some mandi inspiration next time I’m taking a trip.

    Glad you had fun!!

  • DionneFebruary 14, 2009 - 9:50 am

    love them! good shots!

  • Kyla BranchFebruary 17, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Looks like y’all had fun!

so bittersweet.

Today, my little brother (I use that term very loosely…he’s a foot taller than I am…) is leaving for bootcamp.  He will be headed to Great Lakes, Illinois for 8 weeks.  Navy bootcamp. oh boy. As we said goodbye to him this weekend, my emotions have been so mixed. When he first told us this…

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  • AliFebruary 9, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    I couldn’t have put it better. Now that I am done crying… Jimmy is going to grow into such a man while he is gone! I am excited to see how he grows and changes, but he will be missed while he is gone. I just keep telling myself this is the best thing for him! I’m ready for it to be July already!

  • AmyFebruary 10, 2009 - 4:38 am

    I am sitting here bawling for a boy I’ve never even met!!! It will be ok…I promise. There’s a reason I am here running 3 weeks ahead of you guys so I can tell you what to expect! See? Ain’t it neat how that works out?

  • steveFebruary 11, 2009 - 10:50 pm

    now you girls know how your mom and i felt when you girls spread your wings and left the nest. And yes ,we shed more than one tear as each of you have left,but then that is the way of life!You’re”redneck” brother is gonna be just fine and if you have not noticed,he had become a young man a bit before he left to spread his wings. Love you all,your dad.

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