Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Take Flight 2013 Takes Off!

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Adios Take Flighters and Buen Viaje!

You can follow the travels of our 7th grade Take Flight travel program to Nicaragua here.  Please feel free to leave a message for our students in the comments section below. Teachers and students will check the blog each day to read comments and post dispatches and photos from their experience.

81 comments:

  1. Hi Dejah, It was wonderful to see you and your travel mates so excited about your trip. Enjoy your experience and we will continue to blog EVERY night! Have fun. Love, Mommy,Daddy, Fay, Marc and DB!!!!!

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  2. Hi Take Flighters!
    The school feels empty without you - especially our advisory. Today we worked on our peep dioramas and missed all of you. How was the flight? Have a wonderful time meeting your ANS buddies tomorrow!
    Tr. Lacey

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  3. Everybody have fun Tilly & Shanice love yall awesome experience!!

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  4. Hi everyone hope this will be a trip that you will always remember. To my neice shaniece auntie love you. Take plenty of pictures and enjoy this experience.

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  5. LOLA!!! have fun!!!
    love, your forever roommate lila

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  6. Hi Kaiana, hope you had a wonderful flight.... Miss you tremendously...

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  7. Hello Kaiana...Wow, I hope have an amazing time! Daddy Loves you very much...¡Hasta Despuesito!

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    1. Mao is having a Mao day ..... Isaac is crying for you... And Alberto is not the same without you he feels lonely..... Love you baby....

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  8. So excited for my little pumpkin. Enjoy this time away from your brother lol.!!! Love u shaniceeeee boo.

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  9. Have fun guys! You are going to have such a great time.

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    1. P.S. don't let the little things bother you.

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  10. Last years take flightersMarch 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Don't pee in the pool, the CIA will find out and they can test it back to you. Ask Tr. Kate.

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  11. Hi Bella and Aliyah. It's Lena. Well you know that already. There's not much to say except we were the only documentary from school to get NOTHING at NHD. It sucks. Oh well. Ok, well have a good time. sorry i didn't get to say bye to you guys today. I'll see you later.
    Bye,
    Love Lena

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  12. Hi Hannah,

    I miss you so much, I prayed for a safe flight for you guys. Listen, pay attention and have the best time ever!I hope you picked healthy options for lunch at airport, LOL. Until next time!! Love You!!

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  13. I am very jealous of you, i went and know your're there and life is a mess, but I hope you have fun......sorta anyway don't pee in the pool after you eat snickers and bargain hard!
    Have fun,
    Kai

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  14. Hi Take Flighters,
    7th MP was empty without you, but enjoy the adventures of Nicaragua!
    Tr. Vivian

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  15. Lola aka Toot,
    I miss you so much aready, it's too quiet around the house! I watched New Girl and The Mindy Project today and it wasn't the same without you. Incidentally they are really funny episodes. Anyway, I hope you are having fun and that you finally found out who you are rooming with. I love you, even though you are smelly sometimes. j/k xoxo love mama

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  16. Lola,
    also, i realized after you left that we forgot to send you off with pictures of family and friends to show the new people you meet. I don't want you to worry, I have a solution. I think you can probably best describe me as a much prettier (albeit more down to earth) version of that Victoria's Secret Model...umm what's her name? oh yeah, Gisele Bundchen. As for daddy, I would go with something like....oh, you know that cereal Frankenberry? yah, like that guy, but like a little more handsome and with better style.

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  17. Nick-we miss you already, however, we are aware that you "edited" your suitcase. No matter, we hope that you all have a wonderful adventure. Besos from Ag, that other fish whose name I can not pronounce and, of course, Tony, who misses you most of all. He is now reduced to biting my ankles in the morning (sigh). More to follow from Kat.
    xoxo

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  18. Hi Gabby,
    This is your sis , Josephine. We miss you so much. I hope you'll have a fun trip. Tell me everything when you come back. Take lots of photos from Nicaragua. It's not the same without you because one, you are so noisy and two, there's more room in our house waiting for you. I feel so bad for you because you couldn't get no water ice from Rita's.
    Again, this is your sis , Josephine , see you later.
    P.S don't forget to pray and read your bible. GBU!!!!!!!!!!!
    Mommy, daddy, and Joseph says hi and miss you too.

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  19. Shanice Kidd: Enjoy this amazing trip and take in every moment! Cant wait to hear all about it and see all your pics! Love you :)
    xoxo, Aunt Kisa

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  20. C'mon families and friends. I need more than Toot and Pumpkin (although I can't wait to use them in class...) Give it up!

    I guess the mystery of that odd odor when 302 is in the room has been solved...

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    1. From everything I've heard, I think I know who posted this...Information this confidential commands a handsome price!

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    2. I think its priceless, but I'm willing negotiate...

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  21. Dear Nicky,
    The whole family misses you, especially Tony (he just hasn't been regular since you left, and I haven't seen him throw himself against the screen door. I hope you're enjoying yourself, and don't forget my mas absorbantes!!!!
    -Kathryn

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  22. LolaCola, you will either get no posts from me or 100. I sent one already, but don't know if I did it correctly. You know I'm all good looks and no smarts! I am sooo excited for you I am doing a happy dance. People are staring, but I don't care! ANS is awesome. And you're already having fun by the looks of the pictures. If I actually did this right, I'll post again tomorrow. Adios.

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  23. Dear Take Flighters,

    We can't wait to hear all about your adventures. Tomorrow you will represent ICS's mission as global citizens as you meet your ANS friends in person. Enjoy and represent ICS with pride.

    Tr. Lynn

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  24. Hi there, Bella: How was the plane ride? I can't wait to see the pictures from the plane. Did you get to see out the windows? There's nothing better to give perspective than to be way above the clouds.

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  25. Hi Kristopher. Hope you guys are settled. Have fun. Take plenty of pictures and blog. Wish I was there

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  26. Hello Tilly, Hope you had a great plan ride and settling in to your new home for the week. I have told everyone I miss you asking me how was my day. Did you see LeBron James at the airport? Everyone have the blog address to send you a message. I wish I was there with you guys in the sun. Talk to you later.

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  27. Hi shanice @ work nightshift (boo) telling everyone my baby left me lol....hope u have a great night and great day..while ur gone i will be practicing my hip hop dance moves...CHALLENGE :-) BATTLE ! ;-) xoxo mommy

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  28. Leslie Brown-BookerMarch 21, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Hi kris, i tried to send you a message earlier but it's not showing so i just want i tell you how much i love you and how proud i am of you. have a great time everyone here said hi, love mommy

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  29. Hi Macho !!!!!!
    The eagle has landed!!! the eagle has landed!!! Dad is happy his Panchito and his friends have landed safely. We were tracking the flight all evening long, while ChaCah was searching everywhere for you!!! We miss you so much already!!! Have fun.
    God Bless.
    mom & dad

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  30. Lola,

    is your mom shannon embarassing you? I can ask her to keep a lid on things. Just give me the word. I can't wait to see pictures, hurry up!

    love, your playmate lila

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  31. Hi Baby Girl,

    Mommy and Marc miss you already. Daddy and Faith are still playing it cool even though Faith didn't want to sleep in the room without you last night (we knew that was going to happen). Today is the first real day :)! Enjoy every minute of it and don't be "molasses" when you get dressed in the morning.
    Love,
    Us (we will blog again tonight)

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  32. Good Tilly,

    I am at work telling Arleen you left yesterday. I had a good night. I hope you had a good night as well. Make a good impression on your new friends at ANS today. Can't wait to see pictures. I will check in later.

    Love Angela (Mom)

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  33. Good morning Shanice. Enjoy your first full day.

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  34. Good morning Tilly, I know you woke up this morning in a country and probably wondering whats your day is going to be like and missing everyone back home; just remembered this is a life time experience so enjoy your week's stay and take lots of pictures and Videos. Remembered when you viedo tape me sleeping on my sofa...lol
    Love!
    Sonya

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  35. Hi Alisha it's your mom, I hope you're having lots of fun! I love you, and miss you sweetie. Call me!

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  36. Hey Tilly i hope everybody is having awesome time praying for everyone take lots of pics Tilly Amatullah said hi we love u enjoy!! Aunt TT

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  37. Nannette aka MommyMarch 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Aaliyah,
    I miss you already! Enjoy your first day, be safe and take lots of pictures!

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  38. how are you doing Aaliyah...it's Mr Means! Sorry I was not here before you left. Hope all is going well and that you and the class are enjoying this adventure. We will stay in touch. Be good...learn well

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  39. Dear Gabby ,
    I MISS YOU SO MUCH MY ASIAN :C .! It's been lonely not having someone to look cross eyed at ( lol ) . You're freaking amazing , and when You come back to school , don't be surprised if I jump on you and hug you and say "MY LITTLE ASIAN IS BACK!" . I hope you're having an amazing time , TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES OF THE HOTEL (and food =u= ) . But I hope to see my asian soon because I miss her to death (': . I love you forever boo!
    Love,
    Ra'ahna , the awesome friend

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  40. My dear amigos,
    Hi. I've resolved to leave a comment everyday, or probably whenever I'm bored and wishing I could talk to my friends in a far away country. Well, I miss you guys already. I woke up this morning and constantly checked my phone waiting for a text from Aaliyah. *sigh(you knew it was coming)* I'm looking forward to seeing pictures. Tell Karla I said hi. Today I spent the day reading Will Grayson Will Grayson (I finished And Abundance Of Katharines. I liked it better than Looking For Alaska.) and doing Nothing. If M.Steve reads this: the sub was awful, the class did nothing the entire time. Ok, well I'll continue telling tales of this place we call home, even though you're probably not interested, so actually I probably won't. Ok, See you soon! Miss you,
    L

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  41. Hi Kris heard you guys made it there ok. I know you all were tired after the long trip today will be a good day. How is the weather.

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  42. Hi Macho,
    Uncle Tommy and I are so proud of you and happy that you are part of this experience and adventure! Have Fun and learn alot. Keep us updated all the way through.

    Love Madrina and Uncle Tommy
    xoxoxoxox

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  43. I've been playing your tablet lately

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    1. hi hope your having fun we went easter egg hunting and went to see the croods
      bye alisha from mir mir aka lil moneymaker

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  45. Ok Tilly, time to get on the bus and go home....where are you? Just kidding, hope you had a nice first day. Hope you enjoy the kids there as much as they enjoyed you guys. Be safe ahd have fun! sleep tight!
    Sonya & Sherwin.

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  46. hi kris it's ur brother matt just checkin up on u to see if u cool at nicaragua

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  47. LOLA and GABBY,
    Okay well I miss you guys a lot. And hope your having the time of your lives! Oh, today snowed...yay (large amount of sarcasm). And remember to have fun, enjoy, and do things that will create memories, that all of you will share together, and think back...WOW. Well tell everyone that I said hi.
    Love you guysssss,
    Ella or Babycakes (that ones for you Lola)

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  48. Hi Lisha Lisha I hope everyone is enjoying themselves, and the weather! The weather isn't too bad here, it's sunny but cold!!! Post some pictures! Hope to talk with you soon! I love you, your mom.

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  49. Hi Bella!
    I hope you liked your first plane ride and are having a wonderful first day! It must have been odd to begin your day freezing and end the day toasty. Alena is playing on your iPad, of course (Fruit Ninja). Louis really wishes he had opposable thumbs so he could open the door and catch those birds that are taunting him! I am looking forward to seeing your pictures and hearing your stories! Lots of love, xoxoMomxoxo

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  50. Faith & MarcusMarch 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Hi Dejah,
    From Faith:
    What doesyour room look like? When you come back, can you tell me what kind of foods did you eat? I luv you!!!!!
    From Marc:
    What did you guys do today? How is Hannah doing? I miss you because you are far away!!!!

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  51. Hi Lollers,
    listen, don't pay any attention to that cheese fry Lila...i am cool and not embarrassing at all right? I mean with Noni posting you messages I must at least only be the SECOND most embarrassing person to you....and when daddy finally gets his butt in gear and leaves a message I'll go even further down the list!! Anyway, dang where are the pictures and stuff? Do we get to hear from you guys at all? what's going on???? Also, it's 7pm on the night before my flight to CA and i JUST finished packing...oops talk about leaving it til the last minute huh? I will check in while i'm away and write you as much as i can!! love you miss you
    mama

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  52. Hi Lola, it's Kristin. I'm starting to grow suspicious of your departure date aka my birthday...all of the times you've referred to me as the "wicked stepmonster" ...I'm beginning to think you weren't joking.
    JUST KIDDING. I totally missed you at my birthday dinner last night (your mom too) Daddy wore a suit jacket and slicked his hair, Jessica and I sat and chatted quietly while Wesley bounced off the walls and Grayson charmed everyone within his line of vision. Sammy of course, was Sammy. I'm going to let him type a few words to you now:
    lola i love you so much im so sad that you ar at necalagua how much days ar you going to be thar
    love sammy

    Okay, I'm back- just wanted to add that we miss you and can not wait until you get back so we can hear all about your amazing adventure. I would also like to add that I'm totally jeals.
    Okay, love you, Lola!
    Kristin

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  53. PS LOLA
    Oh,
    Isn't Sammy adorable? I wouldn't tell him how to spell "Nicaragua," I made him sound it out... I was pronouncing it NEE-KA-(rolled R)-AGUA. so he used an "L" because to him, that's what it sounds like when you roll your R.
    xo
    Kristin

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    1. Ahahahahah! Sammy is adorable! Love you guys! P.S samster, Ill be in Nicaragua for 7 days!

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  54. Dear LolaCola - What's up buttercup. What's the dealeo. Watcha doing down there? Making new friends, having fun, and helping a school that needs help I hope! But I have to bring you the latest news from your J-14 so you're not out of the loop when you get home. Hmmm appears Niall freaked out, somebody caught Harry in his boxers, and you can win a date with Cody Simpson. (Whoa baby!) Can't wait to see and hear what's happenin. Love big time.

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  55. Hi Bella,
    Hope you enjoyed your first flight. It is great that we at home can follow your trip . Have fun, get plenty of photos. Love you Grandmom

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  56. Hi Macho,
    Thinking about you all day. Missing you and your funny tactics. We saw a Charger today and we imagining you saying "sign!". I'm sure your having a ball over there. Try to takes lots of pictures of all that your experiencing and enjoy every minute.
    love and miss you.
    mom

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  57. Hey Panchito,
    It's me DAD. Miss you. At 3:45 pm when I looked at my cell phone and heard no ring, my heart started bleeding :( But I know your having the time of your life. Continue to enjoy yourself. May the force be with you.
    love you

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  58. Hey Dejah- its your Aunt Doni, I hope you and the take flight crew are having a ball. We miss you and are so proud of you guys and the journey your taking. Embrace the culture come back with some new food experiences. Loveyou sweetie. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

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  59. Grandmom & Grandpop (Guest)
    March 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM
    Hi Macho. Hope all is going well for you on the trip. We are so excited for you to be able to have this great opportunity. I hope you learn alot, make lots of new friends and get to see alot of the area.
    We can’t wait to hear all of your stories. I know that you are having a ball, how could you not.
    So until than, know that we are prayng that all goes well. So have fun, learn lots and don’t forget to take pictures. We love you. Dios te bendiga.
    Grandmom and Grandpop

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  60. It's me again, Sorry (Lena Jess)March 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Guys if I can't be there I at least want pictures! :\ I'm really depressing if I'm gonna be doing this every few hours for the next six days wow... I need a life...
    L

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  61. Woah, how did THAT happen? woops...

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  62. Hi Kaiana,
    I hope you had a wonderful and exciting day today finally meeting the students at ANS....... We miss you a lot but we are all very excited that you are over there..... I hope to hear from you soon....I love you very much...

    P.s. Kelly said hi she was making fun of me cause I have looked at this website hourly to see if any of you guys post anything...
    Love you baby have a good night sleep....
    Dios te bendiga

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  63. Hi again, Alisha Lisha, I'm about to log off the computer so this will probably be my last message I send you tonight, Schyna said she misses you, and I know Ahmir does too his trying hard not to keep talking about you! Are you taking lots of picture? Make sure you're in them too!!! LOL. We love you, and hope you're having a great time in Nicaragua. love your mom.

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  64. Hi T. Kate, T. Steve, Bella and everyone else...

    Am I reading the forecast correctly that today's high temperature will be 98F and Sunday's will be 99F?!?! I hope everyone is doing alright with the drastic temp change! Bella, right before I sat down to write this, I had to race Louis to my chair- I won! Have a great day and try to stay, uh, warm (vs.hot) :D Xoxo Love, Mom

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  65. Nannette aka MommyMarch 22, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Good Morning Aaliyah, the three of us miss you so much!!! Missing you more because you seem to be hiding out from the camera. I need to see you in more pictures
    pleaseeeee!!! I need to see your pretty face as well of facial display of excitement.

    Keke and Nek said to tell you hi and that they missed you last night at the hair salon. Shake keeps looking for you and misses you too. Okay signing out until later! love you!!
    Love
    Mommy, Umi and Nigel :)

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  66. KRIS LOOKS LIKE YOUR HAVEING A GREAT TIME ENJOY MISSING YOU WISHING I COULD JOIN YOU SMILE TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES

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  67. Leslie Brown-BookerMarch 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    HI KRIS,
    I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT YOU THIS AFTERNOON AND WANTED TO SAY I MISS YOU AND THAT JEREMIAH IS MISSING YOU LIKE CRAZY. HE STAYED IN MATT'S ROOM LAST NIGHT. MATT SAID HURRY BACK HE DOES'NT WANT A ROOMMATE...LOL.(SMILE) I HOPE YOUR HAVING A GREAT TIME, I LOVE A THE PICTURES Y'ALL POSTED AND ANS IS BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE THE POOL. I WILL SEND A MESSAGE LATER. I LOVE YOU MOMMY

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  68. Hi Bella,

    Steep learning curve here... I just found out today that you guys were posting messages and pictures- I didn't know to click elsewhere for them, der :/ Well, I am glad to see you had a window seat on the plane! Tell me how awesome it was! Everything looks beautiful, the school, the food, the smiles! I am looking forward to giving you a big hug!!! I love you! Mom

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  69. Hi Aaliyah,

    I am so excited for you and I miss you dearly. I talk to Shake for you everyday. Whenever I mention your name in the morning she looks towards your door like "Is she in there". Stay safe. I love you! Umi

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  70. Nannette aka MommyMarch 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Aaliyah, Umi and I are here and hoping you had a wonderful day today. Nigel said to tell you goodnight and that he will blog you tomorrow. I can't wait to see more pictures of you and the Take Flight group. okay until tomorrow.
    I love you!! :)


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  71. Hi Bella!
    My class trip was Gettysburg. :-/ (lol)
    I hope you are having a wonderful time and I'm so looking forward to all your photos!
    I hear it's 95*F there? It has been 28*F at night here, brrr.
    Love you loads! Aunt Marlene xxx

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  72. Hello Sister Girl!
    I miss youuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And I kind of feel bad that the last thing I gave you before you left was a High Five, but whatever.
    Mommy is going insane while you're gone.
    She keeps checking the time and temperature in Managua. She also took my laptop as of Friday so she could keep looking at the blog. Pls help ._________.
    But you look like you're having fun on your trip.
    But I have one concern..............
    Stay away from dem boys. AND PUT SWEATER ON SHEESH. SHOWING TOO MUCH SKIN.
    kbye~

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  73. Hi Alisha, Everyone's been asking about you!:) I told them about the take flight website, so they can check out the blogs & photos! It looks like you guys are having a blast, I'm so glade to see that enjoy yourselves. I love you Alisha. Your mom

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