Sunday, November 19, 2017

Back to School

Sorry it has taken me so long to blog again.  I had some issues getting my photos to upload, but I think I have it figured out now, so I should be able to do more updates.

Yes I know Thanksgiving is days away, and I am posting about something that happened about 3 months ago!  But here are our pics from the first day of school.  Simon is in 2nd grade this year, Sam is in 4th and Daniel is in 6th.  I am teaching Kindergarten again.  The last couple of months have flown by.  We are already done with the first quarter and have moved well into the second quarter.  But here's a look back.

All 3 on the Front Porch

Simon at his desk
Sam at his desk
Daniel at his desk



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hood to Coast 2017

This year, we and some of our friends, ran the Hood to Coast Relay again.  This was our third year in a row.  I love doing this relay.  There is just something about riding in a van with friends for 36 hours, getting no sleep, and running anywhere from about 13-20 miles per person.  I know it sounds crazy, but it's a lot of fun.  This year was no different.  Here's a look back.

Our Van at the top

Jeff and I at the start

Hard to see, but this is all of us

Monday, October 9, 2017

Solar Eclipse

I'm sure if someone were to ask you where you were when the solar eclipse happened, you'd be ready with a quick reply.  We were at school.  I was actually on contract to start getting my room ready.  My parents were visiting from out of town.  They drove the boys over to the school.  We went out to the playground and watched it take place.  There were other kids and adults there too.  It was interesting.

At the Start

Simon

Sam

Getting There

All of the Kids

An Attempt at a Photo of the Sun

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Simon's Birthday

Back on August 20, Simon had his 7th birthday.  We celebrated it at Aunt Debbie and Uncle Todd's house.  My parents were visiting, so it was them, Jeff's parents, and his sisters.  We had a nice dinner. The boys played a little.  Then we had cake and opened presents.  Later the following month, he had a party with his class from school.  More on that later.




Saturday, October 7, 2017

Camp Meeting

After we got back from Hawaii, we had one day to unpack, do laundry and get ready to go to Camp Meeting.  This year we purchased an area if we wanted to stay the night.  Jeff's parents brought out their VW Wagon and parked it for us.  However, I didn't have enough time to pack and stay out their the whole time, so we only stayed a couple of nights.  For the most part, we still drove back and forth each day.  We were out there with our friends Ruth and Renee again along with their kids.  It was a fun week.



Simon Enjoying the Afternoon Play
Simon & Brianna going to their meeting
Getting ready to do the 5K Fun Run
Sam helping lead Song Service
All the Kids
Buddies Hanging Out
Good Friends!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hawaii Days 7-10

On our last day in Hawaii, we played by the pool and in the ocean again.  Jeff and the boys did a little snorkeling.  I did some laundry and packed to leave then next day.
Dinner that night
On Saturday, we flew to Oahu.  It was a short flight over.  We got there and had time to go visit the Dole Plantation.

Dole Plantation 
Train Ride!

Pineapples!

Dinner

Daniel and I

Jeff and I

Grandma and Simon

Jeff and Sam
On Sunday, we spent the day visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial.  It was quite an amazing experience.  It's almost hard to put into words.  I felt such awe and respect while were there, and it was a very humbling experience to know what the people went through that day of the attack.  In addition, we also toured the USS Missouri.

The Memorial 
The Harbor 
Reenacting the Kiss  
Pic by the Sign


On Monday we flew back home.  It was a wonderful trip.

Flying Home





Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hawaii Days 5 & 6

On Wednesday, we drove the Road to Hana.  This is a very curvy road with about 100 hairpin turns and curves.  It's about 60 miles long.  But it takes all day to drive it.  There are lots of one lane roads and sometimes you have to take turns with other cars.  Also, there are lots of places to stop along the way to get out for short hikes, playing in waterfalls or pools of water, or buying snacks.  It was an interesting trip.

All of us on a hike
Simon trying to get his arms around the tree
Sam
Sam, Simon and Jeff
Daniel
All of us enjoying fresh Banana Bread
The Boys
Simon, Jeff and Daniel

On Thursday, we stayed at the hotel and swam again.  Jeff and Daniel went out for a kayak ride.  Sam and Simon played some chess.  That night we had dinner in town and visited the huge Banyon Tree.  

Sam
Simon
Jeff and his sisters
The Boys 
Us
Family Pic