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If any one knows my daughter, she is always keeping herself busy in one way or another.  There never seems to be any real length of idle time for her.  She always finds something to do to keep her mind and body active.

This summer, she worked out and conditioned for volleyball in hopes that when the team try outs came along in late August that she would make the team.  Unfortunately, this year, Erin did not make the team.  Although she was disappointed, this did not deter her from trying other things.  I told her that I was very proud of her even though she did not make the team.  Her persistence, determination, bravado and a “can do” attitude are traits that will carry her far into the future.

So, last night, Erin comes to me and says that she is going to join the Key Club at her school.  I was very estactic as being in the Key Club is a highly rated club and does a lot for the community.  One of the activities that they will be doing (and have done for several years) is to sleep outside over night in card board boxes (I believe on the school premises) to emulate what it is like to be homeless and then report their experiences.  I also believe they have to do at least 100 hours of community related service activities in order to letter in the club.

It will be a very interesting year as she participates in the club and watch her grow into an even a more well rounded individual.

Good luck Erin!  I know you will do great and in the process have a great time!!  I am so very proud of you!

Erin and Erica

Erin and Erica


Brandon got back last night from attending the Alive! Summer Orientation at Washington State University – Pullman.

Honestly, I thought he was going to come home telling me how boring it was and how much of a waste of time it was (most of the orientation was lectures/seminars/placement tests/registration, etc.) for him to go. To my surprise, he was VERY excited about having gone to the orientation and and couldn’t say enough about how “neat/cool” the campus was. He has signed up for his classes and has his schedule set for next month. He will be majoring in biotechnology/engineering. As I understand this major is one of the more difficult majors on campus. I know he will do well as he really is interested in this kind of stuff. I think he has a total of 17 credits for the semester.

Next step is to buy all the stuff he needs for college. He needs to be on campus, checked into his dorm (Gannon-Goldsworthy Hall) by August 20, 2008. The college has a Week of Welcome (WOW for short — no, no, no….NOT World of Warcraft!!) that he will be attending.

Its definitely been an exciting time here at the Elgort’s/Varner’s these last few months. I don’t see things slowing down any time soon. We still need to get Erin ready for her Sophomore year in high school. And then we need to start getting Alyssa (Bruce’s daughter) geared up for the college application process.

Exciting times!

Brandon is attending the Alive! Summer Orientation at Washington State University – Pullman these last few days. He will be taking the math and writing placement exams (oh joy!) and learning all about what to expect when he gets to college next month!

I am sure that he is having a ball! (well…as much as a teenage boy decides to have).

School starts August 25, 2008, but I am not sure when he has to be there to check into the dorms. I guess I will find out when he returns on Wednesday night. Unfortunately I could not go with him to orientation as Erin has volleyball and the schedule didn’t jive with the orientation dates.

But I will be sure to be there when he gets dropped off for college. Its just so hard to believe that my son will soon be an adult and headed off to college. It will definitely be strange not to have him in the house for the next 6 months or so.




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