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Vacation to Orange Beach, Alabama

On the actual day of our 14th anniversary, we pulled up stakes and headed south, with the kids and my mom in tow. We left home at 5:10 a.m. (not too shabby as we had a 5:00 a.m. goal) and drove and drove and drove and drove and.... finally at 4:50 p.m. we arrived! Where?

Orange Beach, Alabama! It was our third trip as a family to the Gulf, but our first time in Orange Beach (which neighbors Gulf Shores, Alabama, and the Florida state line). In the past we've visited Destin, and Seaside, both in Florida, so this was our first vacation at the Alabama part of the Gulf coast.
View looking down from our 12th floor condo at the outdoor pool.

Girls ready to go for a swim!
Boy ready for a swim; girls getting feisty!
Even the parents got to get some sun!
The condo we stayed in was gorgeous. We'd never been there so it was a little worrisome, but it turned out to be really great. It was huge, and very clean, and had a great view. We went at a good time - after all the loud spring-breake…

14th anniversary

For our anniversary, we went to the St. Louis temple, where we were sealed. It was wonderful. Then we went out for Indian food, which was also wonderful, in a different way. Maybe the best Indian food we've ever had. Oh, and bonus: maybe I'm not allergic to cashews. Because halfway through the meal it occurred to us to ask about tree nuts (generally Indian food is quite safe aside from a few dishes I know to steer clear of - ) and we discovered that several of the things I'd been eating contained a paste made from cashews. I didn't get sick at all.

Some things I've learned as Primary president

I've been Primary president in our ward for about a year and a half now. Feels like much longer.

For those not LDS, Primary president means I'm supposedly in charge of all the activities, including Sunday, for children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years. In our ward, that's somewhere between 80 and 90 children. Two hours on Sunday, plus Cub Scouts for the boys and a misnomer 'Activity Days' (which is held at night) for girls, nursery for those under 3, teachers of a dozen classes, and so on. I have 2 counselors and a secretary to help me out and they all do a fantastic job, often far better than I do. They support me and encourage me and I love them dearly. When I got the calling from my bishop, he told me to choose counselors and a secretary. It was daunting - you mean I am choosing someone's calling? That's insane! - but  their names came to me clearly.

I've learned a lot in the last 18 months.

I've learned that a lot of people do a lot of …