Home is Not Places

Final Part of the “Home” series

Just like the source of my blog’s name, this song perfectly pinpoints how I felt when I was making the decision about what to do after college. For the longest time, well ever since my first visit to NPH El Salvador back in 2008, I was pushed and pulled in this direction. To be a volunteer not just within the greater NPH family, but specifically El Salvador. It’s as if God said, “This is your home too. Go.”

So, I went. I came. I am living here in El Salvador.

“Home is Not Places” by The Apache Relay is one of my favorite songs. It came into my life during college, right when my concept of what home was to me began to morph into something bigger than I could have ever imagined. In comparison to the other songs in this series, this song helps me understand and explain the feeling that I had to move, to leave. Rather, it helped me understand that my life was moving forward in a slightly different direction than most of my friends and peers…and that it was okay and perfectly normal. Granted, moving to another country and culture and simultaneously giving up your settled way of life is not something everyone does, and it certainly isn’t for everyone. But it was for me.

Feel it burn in my soul.
Like a wound that is exposed.
I need to run, I need to go.
I took my time, I got no more.
So take me somewhere I don’t know
‘cause home is not places it is love.

There was this indescribable feeling within me. I’m pretty sure the decision had been made long before I was truly conscious of it, if that makes any sense. I knew that in order to be the person that God wants me to be, leaving was part of the deal. Be the person I think I should be, or be the person God calls me to be?

I would be lying if I said that it’s easy to be the God calls us to be. Sometimes that path is easy, but sometimes it is not so much a walk of cake rather that it is more like walking across hot coals (or cement that’s been baking in the sun all day, in my case ha!) However, in this particular point of my life, being the person God wants to me to be, making that step of coming to NPH El Salvador, that was easy. It isn’t often that I have those moments of clarity and know exactly what God asks of me. NPH was and is one of those things that God doesn’t have to hit me on the head to know.

Though I did take my time getting around to doing it, as the song says, I finally had no more time to keep this part of my life at bay. I have been here before, so I had a pretty good idea of what things looked like as a visitor. However, life as a truly entrenched member of this family is something completely different. So instead of coming to a place I didn’t know, in essence, I came to an unknown role.

The one thing I did and do know is that the song is right, home is not a place. It is love. I may not be back in Tennessee or Ohio with my family members and friends, but I feel their love and carry it with me. I am living in a place full of love. At first it was a few buildings and a room that looked nothing like my old apartment or parents’ house. Now, it is my big house. I’ve got a couple hundred people I love and who love me back.

And I, I don’t want no control,
‘cause home is not places it is love.
It is love.
It is love.
It is love.
It is love.

Part of our life’s journey and God’s plan may involve leaving what we think we know and are supposed to do. Take comfort in knowing that a home is not a place. A home is where there is love, where you feel it and give it in return. That can be anywhere in the world!

The time for me to leave NPH is rapidly approaching. I hate it. However, I take comfort in knowing that this will always be my home too. Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos El Salvador has become (well, has been) part of the fabric of my being. It’s not a home or an institution, but rather a place of love.

And so, there is the conclusion to the Home series. I hope it helped you in figuring what home is and means to you!

Don’t forget to go to the main page to check out the song “Home is Not Places” by the ever wonderful The Apache Relay.

Paz y bien.

*Oh! Also! I couldn’t resist the connection as this song is too great to not mention more about my experience with the band. I’ve been lucky enough to see The Apache Relay four times. Not only are they incredibly talented musicians and put on a great show, but they are very humble and wonderful people to talk to. As is my penchant at any concert or for any artist, I like to hang around after shows in the event that I have the wicked cool opportunity to meet them.

I’ve talked to Michael, the lead singer a few times. The first time I met him was after my third time seeing them. Michael gave me this big old bear hug after I told him that I still hadn’t heard them play my favorite song of theirs live, “Home is Not Places.” We then chatted about some other things, and then right before we parted, he gave me a handwritten set list…which is so awesome!

A few days before I saw them in March 2013, I sent out a tweet to the band/Michael, casually but not so subtly asking if they might have tossed Home back into the set list. I realize that any band might get a bit tired of playing certain things, but I still had to see. The evening came. My sister and I drove an hour to see them, ate overpriced Chinese food next to the venue, got front row/stage view standing positions, and the show was awesome. After playing a mix of old and new tunes, the show had ended and Home was not played. Admittedly very bummed, I still was looking forward to the encore. Then Michael came back out on stage by himself with an acoustic guitar. I thought it was odd.

Then he started playing a stripped down version of Home is Not Places, and I almost cried it was so beautiful.

After the show was really over, Ape (my sister) and I hung around. I was fortunate enough to talk to Michael again, and I profusely thanked him for playing Home. “No problem!” he said. He told me that he had seen the tweet I sent, and instead of replying, he thought he’d make a surprise of it and just played it at the end of the show. How cool and sweet and awesome is he? Very. Moral of my concert story – people are awesome.

Now, for real. Paz y bien!

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May in Review

So the month of May was pretty fantastic. We had a day long celebration for Godparent’s Day (about half the pictures below are just from this event!), and I walked away with the worst sunburn and the most terrible tan lines of my life. It was all worth the teasing from the kids for the next few weeks. There were the Mother’s Day celebrations as well as the alfombras for the Blessed Virgin Mary. I was fortunate enough to spend an evening with the university students too. Oh yeah, and there’s all that life in between the big moments.

Here is my life at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos El Salvador in photo review. Also! That ugly black spot disappeared from my camera sometime during the shenanigans.

Paz y bien.

We kicked off the month of May by celebrating Godparent’s Day with NPH-style Olympic Games as well as a poetry/short story contest. It was awesome!

We kicked off the month of May by celebrating Godparent’s Day with NPH-style Olympic Games as well as a poetry/short story contest. It was awesome!

A tía with some of the girls before the start

A tía with some of the girls before the start

Happy spectators

Happy spectators

Getting some hula-hoop practice in

Getting some hula-hoop practice in

Team Italy, minus one member who forgot about the group picture haha.

Team Italy, minus one member who forgot about the group picture haha.

Team El Salvador, also missing a member

Team El Salvador, also missing a member

The messiest and muddiest potato (or in our case, bean) sack race ever!

The messiest and muddiest potato (or in our case, bean) sack race ever!

A hotly contest finish resulted in a run-off race between four teams, as you can see.

A hotly contest finish resulted in a run-off race between four teams, as you can see.

Haha, more like flying than running.

Haha, more like flying than running.

I love that as he slides across the finish line, his sister is in the background cheering him on even though they’re on different teams.

I love that as he slides across the finish line, his sister is in the background cheering him on even though they’re on different teams.

You could only advance forward by moving the newspaper, but you could only use the last piece of paper. It involved a lot of hopping and shouting haha.

You could only advance forward by moving the newspaper, but you could only use the last piece of paper. It involved a lot of hopping and shouting haha.

The most intense and hilarious game of leap frog EVER!

The most intense and hilarious game of leap frog EVER!

…as you can see, it was a lot of laughs.

…as you can see, it was a lot of laughs.

Obstacle course!

Obstacle course!

Your team only finished and time-stopped after every member did a hula-hoop dance.

Your team only finished and time-stopped after every member did a hula-hoop dance.

This team went the extra mile and got a little muddy to secure the win for the longest chain of objects.

This team went the extra mile and got a little muddy to secure the win for the longest chain of objects.

Lots of intense thinking during the crazy phrase/word scramble

Lots of intense thinking during the crazy phrase/word scramble

One team member had to walk across half the field with a cup and plate of water. Object of the game was to fill your bottle the fastest.

One team member had to walk across half the field with a cup and plate of water. Object of the game was to fill your bottle the fastest.

In order to be the first to sing the song, they had to run across the field and then jump in the hula-hoop….

In order to be the first to sing the song, they had to run across the field and then jump in the hula-hoop….

Falling, sliding, accidentally shoving/knocking each other was completely optional. It was totally funny.

Falling, sliding, accidentally shoving/knocking each other was completely optional. It was totally funny.

Love it. Love this little boy!

Love it. Love this little boy!

Toddlers, toddlers everywhere!

Toddlers, toddlers everywhere!

After 3.5 hours in the sun and mud…guess who forgot sunscreen and needed a shower like yesterday?

After 3.5 hours in the sun and mud…guess who forgot sunscreen and needed a shower like yesterday?

Mass! I love being a Eucharistic Minister here.

Mass! I love being a Eucharistic Minister here.

University boys being silly (and serious in the background, haha)

University boys being silly (and serious in the background, haha)

My face was super red and stayed that way. This little fruit “apparently” was the same color as my face.

My face was super red and stayed that way. This little fruit “apparently” was the same color as my face.

Walking around the track after Mass. I promise that not all of the girls wear the same color blouse, haha. It just looks like that because of this picture.

Walking around the track after Mass. I promise that not all of the girls wear the same color blouse, haha. It just looks like that because of this picture.

Some of the coolest friends one could ever ask for.

Some of the coolest friends one could ever ask for.

May 3rd was a very long day, and this is the last picture! I ended my day by visiting my friend in the clinic while she was working, and I got a cute surprise when I walked in. This little guy!

May 3rd was a very long day, and this is the last picture! I ended my day by visiting my friend in the clinic while she was working, and I got a cute surprise when I walked in. This little guy!

Year of service boy reading to the toddlers = win.

Year of service boy reading to the toddlers = win.

Secret cake tastes more delicious.

Secret cake tastes more delicious.

If you recall the Mother’s Day post from last month, here is just a glimpse of the boys performing their silly skit.

If you recall the Mother’s Day post from last month, here is just a glimpse of the boys performing their silly skit.

The girls dancing with the tías

The girls dancing with the tías

“The single and without children table” is what we called ourselves, ha.

“The single and without children table” is what we called ourselves, ha.

All of the female caregivers, kitchen staff, directors and then us two volunteers!

All of the female caregivers, kitchen staff, directors and then us two volunteers!

“Haha, maybe one day…”

“Haha, maybe one day…”

Let’s try to make Ashley dance. Ha. Note the laughter on EVERYONE’S face.

Let’s try to make Ashley dance. Ha. Note the laughter on EVERYONE’S face.

Just a slug, making his way down the wall outside the girls’ house. During the rainy season, they are literally everywhere in the morning.

Just a slug, making his way down the wall outside the girls’ house. During the rainy season, they are literally everywhere in the morning.

Two beautiful year of service girls

Two beautiful year of service girls

This girl got the fun and slightly embarrassing surprise of being able to kick a few penalty shots with a professional goalie! He blocked the first one but missed her second shot.

This girl got the fun and slightly embarrassing surprise of being able to kick a few penalty shots with a professional goalie! He blocked the first one but missed her second shot.

It was awesome. His nickname is “Motor”, and he’s arguably the most beloved/famous member of the regional professional team FAS.

It was awesome. His nickname is “Motor”, and he’s arguably the most beloved/famous member of the regional professional team FAS.

Just cheesin’ it

Just cheesin’ it

My friend making one of my favorite things, canoa! It’s a fried plantain split open and then stuffed with a pudding like filling.

My friend making one of my favorite things, canoa! It’s a fried plantain split open and then stuffed with a pudding like filling.

This year of service boy decided to make sweet bread for the whole place! It was delicious. He’s so thoughtful and giving, bet you wish you were that awesome.

This year of service boy decided to make sweet bread for the whole place! It was delicious. He’s so thoughtful and giving, bet you wish you were that awesome.

One of the year of service boys, who wasn’t actually celebrating his birthday, came along to help us during the birthday party. This is one of my favorite moments from that day.

One of the year of service boys, who wasn’t actually celebrating his birthday, came along to help us during the birthday party. This is one of my favorite moments from that day.

This is a close second, haha. It seems to define our relationship well.

This is a close second, haha. It seems to define our relationship well.

I love the “main street” and its giant trees.

I love the “main street” and its giant trees.

Making alfombras, or carpets, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. First the designs are drawn with chalk and then are filled in with various colors of fine wood shavings. Here is the babies’ house/year of service girls doing theirs!

Making alfombras, or carpets, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. First the designs are drawn with chalk and then are filled in with various colors of fine wood shavings. Here is the babies’ house/year of service girls doing theirs!

And this is what it looked like afterward…awesome!

And this is what it looked like afterward…awesome!

Boys’ house caregivers and some year of service boys working on their alfombra.

Boys’ house caregivers and some year of service boys working on their alfombra.

Though all of them were absolutely beautiful, the boys’ house alfombra was my favorite. Here it is!

Though all of them were absolutely beautiful, the boys’ house alfombra was my favorite. Here it is!

Girls’ house caregivers and some year of service girls working hard.

Girls’ house caregivers and some year of service girls working hard.

The finished product!

The finished product!

Ninth grade boys working together…

Ninth grade boys working together…

…and this is what they came up with. How creative and cool are all of these kids?

…and this is what they came up with. How creative and cool are all of these kids?

Look who I found hiding out in the doorway nearby while I was taking pictures!

Look who I found hiding out in the doorway nearby while I was taking pictures!

The eighth graders start with the chalk drawing…

The eighth graders start with the chalk drawing…

…and finish with this!

…and finish with this!

Seventh grade start with the drawing…

Seventh grade start with the drawing…

…and finish with this beautiful image.

…and finish with this beautiful image.

The youngest students were the angels who processed with the Virgin Mary to the chapel. How cute are they?!

The youngest students were the angels who processed with the Virgin Mary to the chapel. How cute are they?!

Front of the procession

Front of the procession

On the way to church

On the way to church

We had a small celebration to do with the university students and the two caregivers in charge of the students. The evening began with a lot of laughter. This game was hotly contested…

We had a small celebration to do with the university students and the two caregivers in charge of the students. The evening began with a lot of laughter. This game was hotly contested…

…as you can see. It was great. I wish you could hear them screaming over each other and laughing trying to sort out who really won. Ha!

…as you can see. It was great. I wish you could hear them screaming over each other and laughing trying to sort out who really won. Ha!

His voice had just cracked while explaining some really complicated instructions. They were giving him a very hard time, haha.

His voice had just cracked while explaining some really complicated instructions. They were giving him a very hard time, haha.

So much for taking a nice picture...haha I love these guys.

So much for taking a nice picture…haha I love these guys.

With my big brother! I hardly see him since he’s out studying and working in the big city Santa Ana.

With my big brother! I hardly see him since he’s out studying and working in the big city Santa Ana.

 

April in Review

The month of April was, to say the least, awesome. A lot of fun and cool things happened here at NPH El Salvador, not least among them being Holy Week and Easter. Lent is my favorite liturgical season, but there’s something about Holy Week that I can’t explain. I love it! It was very neat to have experienced new traditions here with my NPH family.

Here is the month of April in photo review at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos El Salvador! I included a lot of pictures in this post (more than usual) because of how much went on and simply due to the fact that I cannot make a decision on which picture to use. I hope you don’t mind that (but really, why would you mind more pictures?)

Also, I should note that at some point after Easter, something happened with the inner workings of my camera, and now a black mark appears in the corner of every picture. Unfortunately I have not been able to figure out how to make it go away.

Enjoy!

Paz y bien.

The boys are working (mostly) on some drawings, but near the end of the afternoon they spent more time goofing off than working, ha!

The boys are working (mostly) on some drawings, but near the end of the afternoon they spent more time goofing off than working, ha!

On our way to see FAS play! (FAS is a professional soccer team!)

On our way to see FAS play! (FAS is a professional soccer team!)

Our special treat to the boys was going on the field. In this shot, the players are going back inside to change before the game. Those are my boys lining the tunnel. How cool!? The leading scorer in all of El Salvador is the guy in blue about to give out some high fives.

Our special treat to the boys was going on the field. In this shot, the players are going back inside to change before the game. Those are my boys lining the tunnel. How cool!? The leading scorer in all of El Salvador is the guy in blue about to give out some high fives.

The story of my life – an unsuccessful group picture, ha. I got a few of the boys and some of the players looking at my camera.

The story of my life – an unsuccessful group picture, ha. I got a few of the boys and some of the players looking at my camera.

It wasn’t actually raining, but she needed a picture with an umbrella. So we improvised!

It wasn’t actually raining, but she needed a picture with an umbrella. So we improvised!

With the boys and their homework assignment. Kudos go to the Tía who helped them make the very delicious pudín.

With the boys and their homework assignment. Kudos go to the Tía who helped them make the very delicious pudín.

With the girls while they prepare chilaquiles…

With the girls while they prepare chilaquiles…

The finished product, chilaquiles. I know it doesn’t look like much, but I promise you. IT IS AWESOME.

The finished product, chilaquiles. I know it doesn’t look like much, but I promise you. IT IS AWESOME.

How the frontlines look just before dinner time.

How the frontlines look just before dinner time.

Beans and cream for dinner, one of my favs.

Beans and cream for dinner, one of my favs.

The life of that beheaded piñata was short. There was still candy inside!

The life of that beheaded piñata was short. There was still candy inside!

April birthdays!

April birthdays!

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Going for a spin on the track! I gave some of the girls a ride later on because they don’t know how to ride a bike, but they still wanted to experience it.

Going for a spin on the track! I gave some of the girls a ride later on because they don’t know how to ride a bike, but they still wanted to experience it.

Palm Sunday procession!

Palm Sunday procession!

An NPH El Salvador Holy Week tradition is to go to the Lempa River. It’s a 2 hour walk from the foundation. This is a bridge you have to cross. Really. Haha. I opted to walk through the stream. On the way home, I walked across. It was mildly terrifying as you’d imagine.

An NPH El Salvador Holy Week tradition is to go to the Lempa River. It’s a 2 hour walk from the foundation. This is a bridge you have to cross. Really. Haha. I opted to walk through the stream. On the way home, I walked across. It was mildly terrifying as you’d imagine.

She needed to borrow my shoes, but I wouldn’t let her until I took a picture documenting the stark difference between our feet, ha.

She needed to borrow my shoes, but I wouldn’t let her until I took a picture documenting the stark difference between our feet, ha.

All 3 of the gallinas at the river.  Gallina means hen in Spanish. Our nickname for each other happened because of a misunderstanding between the word for flip flop and the word for hen. The silliness will never go away, and the nickname stuck.

All 3 of the gallinas at the river. Gallina means hen in Spanish. Our nickname for each other happened because of a misunderstanding between the word for flip flop and the word for hen. The silliness will never go away, and the nickname stuck.

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In order to cross the strong current to get to the other side, you had to use the rope that the year of service boys somehow managed to string across. They’re awesome.

In order to cross the strong current to get to the other side, you had to use the rope that the year of service boys somehow managed to string across. They’re awesome.

I kept walking around making kissy faces with my algae mustache. The girls hated it, I loved it.

I kept walking around making kissy faces with my algae mustache. The girls hated it, I loved it.

The boy in the middle had just basically fallen off his seat, which happens to be a water jug that caved in on itself. Haha.

The boy in the middle had just basically fallen off his seat, which happens to be a water jug that caved in on itself. Haha.

Walking home

Walking home

Enjoying a lovely sunset. I walked home with 3 girls in less than 2 hours! We were very proud of ourselves.

Enjoying a lovely sunset. I walked home with 3 girls in less than 2 hours! We were very proud of ourselves.

Holy Thursday is my favorite! Washing of the feet.

Holy Thursday is my favorite! Washing of the feet.

On Good Friday, the year of service youth put on their production of the Stations of the Cross. We all lined the field to watch.

On Good Friday, the year of service youth put on their production of the Stations of the Cross. We all lined the field to watch.

I love Pilate’s outfit. It makes me giggle, especially since this guy is always so serious!

I love Pilate’s outfit. It makes me giggle, especially since this guy is always so serious!

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It was awesome watching the guys put the crosses up, so very smooth and skilled.

It was awesome watching the guys put the crosses up, so very smooth and skilled.

This is the thief who defended Jesus and asked Jesus to remember him when he arrived in the Kingdom…well that guy happens to be my little brother, E, who said those words. Although Holy Thursday is my favorite of the Triduum, Good Friday ALWAYS gets me and makes me cry. I lost it, internally, when E said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” This time it wasn’t just words I heard from a lector. It was my brother, hanging from a cross, who said them.

This is the thief who defended Jesus and asked Jesus to remember him when he arrived in the Kingdom…well that guy happens to be my little brother, E, who said those words. Although Holy Thursday is my favorite of the Triduum, Good Friday ALWAYS gets me and makes me cry. I lost it, internally, when E said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” This time it wasn’t just words I heard from a lector. It was my brother, hanging from a cross, who said them.

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Good Friday was…good...to say the least.

Good Friday was…good…to say the least.

Veneration of the Cross

Veneration of the Cross

All of the year of service youth and Padre Ron being silly!

All of the year of service youth and Padre Ron being silly!

Blessing of the fire on Easter Vigil

Blessing of the fire on Easter Vigil

I could make an album just from pictures from that night, titled “Boys who squint because of the flash.”

I could make an album just from pictures from that night, titled “Boys who squint because of the flash.”

Easter morning’s only light at 4:30am was a path lined with these votive candles in sand.

Easter morning’s only light at 4:30am was a path lined with these votive candles in sand.

Padre and the guys before Mass started

Padre and the guys before Mass started

Happy Easter! The sun has risen, Christ has risen! Alleluia.

Happy Easter! The sun has risen, Christ has risen! Alleluia.

With my friend! He studies on the other side of the country, so we rarely see him.

With my friend! He studies on the other side of the country, so we rarely see him.

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Hahaha. This is a beautiful and silly picture.

Hahaha. This is a beautiful and silly picture.

The week’s other Peter Parker.

The week’s other Peter Parker.

“This is my beloved family, with whom I am well pleased.”

“This is my beloved family, with whom I am well pleased.”

One of the tías and her girls

One of the tías and her girls

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Easter Sunday activities…I promise, she clears it and makes a big ol’ splash.

Easter Sunday activities…I promise, she clears it and makes a big ol’ splash.

This kid is awesome. He asked to see the picture, and when he saw it he yelled, “WOW I LOOK SOOOOO COOL!”

This kid is awesome. He asked to see the picture, and when he saw it he yelled, “WOW I LOOK SOOOOO COOL!”

Even the year of service girls got in on the fun.

Even the year of service girls got in on the fun.

I love the smiles.

I love the smiles.

I spent part of my Easter afternoon in the clinic because of a gnarly blister I got on our hike to the river.

I spent part of my Easter afternoon in the clinic because of a gnarly blister I got on our hike to the river.

More homework time in the kitchen, this time it was sopes! Delicious.

More homework time in the kitchen, this time it was sopes! Delicious.

This year of service guy, who is not assigned to work in the kitchen, randomly stopped by and started helping the tía prepare beans without being asked. I love it! Yet another reason why my kids are way cool.

This year of service guy, who is not assigned to work in the kitchen, randomly stopped by and started helping the tía prepare beans without being asked. I love it! Yet another reason why my kids are way cool.

“Haciendo la paja” is what the boys told me (doing the lie, literally). The boys didn’t actually make the tortillas, the girls helped them ha. So I took a picture of them pretending to work.

“Haciendo la paja” is what the boys told me (doing the lie, literally). The boys didn’t actually make the tortillas, the girls helped them ha. So I took a picture of them pretending to work.

Their final product was chilaquilas (though the name is only one letter different from what the girls made – see the earlier picture – it is in fact much different but still just as delicious!).

Their final product was chilaquilas (though the name is only one letter different from what the girls made – see the earlier picture – it is in fact much different but still just as delicious!).

My best friend Katie Ann came to visit me for a little over a week. She’s so cool!

My best friend Katie Ann came to visit me for a little over a week. She’s so cool!

She made friends in the clinic too, haha.

She made friends in the clinic too, haha.

Photographic evidence that I do in fact wash my clothes by hand…

Photographic evidence that I do in fact wash my clothes by hand…

…and then almost cry because the sun is shining in my eyes when I hang them up to dry. Ha.

…and then almost cry because the sun is shining in my eyes when I hang them up to dry. Ha.

Friends making friendship bracelets

Friends making friendship bracelets

After a few days at NPH, Katie Ann and I went to the beach!!! This is looking at the tide pool area at high tide!

After a few days at NPH, Katie Ann and I went to the beach!!! This is looking at the tide pool area at high tide!

First time for me swimming in an ocean, ever. First time for Katie Ann seeing the Pacific Ocean (I’ve seen it before but had only gotten my feet wet.)

First time for me swimming in an ocean, ever. First time for Katie Ann seeing the Pacific Ocean (I’ve seen it before but had only gotten my feet wet.)

Low tide! Such awesome views.

Low tide! Such awesome views.

The tide pool when you can actually swim in it.

The tide pool when you can actually swim in it.

Let’s just say, I was nerding out after witnessing the tides come and go and what is left behind.

Let’s just say, I was nerding out after witnessing the tides come and go and what is left behind.

Lens kept fogging up, which annoyed me, but I did get some cool pictures.

Lens kept fogging up, which annoyed me, but I did get some cool pictures.

Ah, if only that pesky black spot weren’t there.

Ah, if only that pesky black spot weren’t there.