Thursday, March 02, 2006
KC is the most friendly and loving human I know - everyone knows her, and no one has anything bad to say. She is outspoken - I can attest to that personally as I was up until 2 AM last Tuesday helping her formulate her argument on why we shouldn't drill for oil in ANWR for a school paper, even after I explained to her that made her unique among Alaskans (honestly, I learned a lot from the research - there is an oil spill on the North Slope every 18 hours, on average, involving 1.7 million gallons of hazardous substances between 1996 and 2002). She is a dare devil - the first two pictures show her visiting her Aunt Robyn on the North Slope and earning her Polar Bear Certificate (the first person ever at the Alpine Drill Site - the water was 38 degrees), and she broke a rib jumping her snowboard at Alyeska last week. She is so beautiful and can gauge the mood of a room in a second and come up with a plan to make things better. She fiercely defends her younger sister - if anyone is going to mess with Lydia, she wants it to be her and her only. She has been a cheerleader, ran track, and was on the swim and dive team last fall. She has an instinct on when Dad needs a hug, and is quick to offer one. She is my morning coffee buddy - I love you KC, now and always.
Lydia is intelligent, oh-so-beautiful, and picks her friends with care. Pretty much everything a Dad could ask for in a daughter! She has stuck with the trombone for a couple years now and is part of a group that will tour elementary schools this month and give performances. She ran cross country last fall and is trying to decide between soccer and track right now. She has mad skilz on the snowboard she got for Christmas, and always has the most gorgeous bruises and scrapes from her active lifestyle. She marches to the beat of her own drummer and has an eye for style. She wants to be a pilot, and has a plan on how to achieve her goals and is willing to work to get there. It is very tough to make it into Lyd's inner circle, but once you're there she's loyal and will defend you to the ends of the Earth. If you mess with others in her inner circle, you will regret it. She is a bit of a deep thinker and comes up with some amazing insights - she doesn't miss much. I love you Lyd, now and always.
P.S. I have no idea why she is sitting on a walrus . . . . she is the female version of Trevor . . .
I'm really proud of where Trevor is at in life right now. He has embraced his upcoming fatherhood as the biggest adventure of his life, and his unconditional love for Meagan is inspiring. He has done what Tompkins males always do when needed and gotten a full-time job, working nights, and attends his classes during the day. He is working at a nursing home, training to be a CNA with additional training specific to the Alzeimer's ward. I think he will have an amazing impact in this position, and I know he will be a fantastic nurse if he continues his training as planned. I have to say he sounds like he has aged 10 years - his voice hasn't changed, but his attitude has. He is really growing as a Christian and I have benefited immensely from discussions with him - he actually helped me come up with my spiritual goals for 2006 that I will post later. He will be an great Dad with lots of love and energy! Trevor, I love you and can't wait to see you in LA in two weeks!
P.S. No, I have no idea what he is doing with the cow . . . . . . it was either that picture or the one of him sitting on top of a police car . . . . . . he's an active child.