Archive for August, 2007


My U.S. Travels

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

create your own personalized map of the USA

As you may be aware, Mike has been to all 50 states. I used this map to track where I have been also. I may have been to New Mexico’s NE corner getting from Oklahoma to Colorado but I don’t know. I also drove from IL to FL as a child but I have no idea what route we took. So, this shows all the states where I know I’ve been and I remember.


The Tahoe Trip

Monday, August 27th, 2007

From selling Girl Scout cookies and doing a babysitting fundraiser last spring, Jackie’s girl scout troop earned the money to go to Tahoe for three days, staying in a cabin a few blocks from the lake.

Following a 4-hour drive, we unloaded our gear at the cabin and relaxed with games and puzzles. Jackie found a (stuffed) black bear at the cabin, whom she adored and named Black Berry.

After a bit we walked to Regan beach where the girls enjoyed the water. Tahoe’s beautiful clear water was not the same as usual due to a large fire earlier in the summer. The water looked murky and brown. Regardless, the girls enjoyed playing in the water.

In the evenings the girls played interactive games like “Mofia” and card games like “war.” Other times they would break into pairs but the never the same pair or clique. It was nice to see them all have fun and interact so freely, which is not always the case with pre-teens.

On the second day, we drove to Sand Beach. It was a nice, sandy beach with the more typical clear blue Tahoe water. The girls enjoyed collecting rocks, swimming, playing in the sand and climbing on boulders.

On the third day, the girls played minature golf and played more games at the cabin before cleaning and driving home.

It was a relaxing and enjoyable trip – a great way to end the summer.


A Burst of Energy

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Returning from camp, I unpacked and got settled. Early Sunday morning, I woke up with stomach pains. So, Sunday consisted of me resting and sleeping in bed all day. Mike provided food and took care of the girls. On Monday I felt better but both Mike and Jackie were sick. On Tuesday, I had a burst of energy and tackled Jennifer’s room. In the next three days I reorganized Jennifer’s bedroom, purchased and assembled a desk, file cabinet and bookshelf from IKEA. Then, I cleaned up the rooom. It was a serious and productive burst of energy.


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SBC Week

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Our Sierra Bible Camp session was small but everything went quite well. The weather was outstanding with temperatures in the mid-80’s. We had a beautiful sunset walk to Lake Almanor, Bible classes, free time, t-dye t-shirts, campfire, olympics, etc. 8 days is still a long camp, but I didn’t notice it as much this time.


I was the counselor for the staff kids cabin, which worked well. I had 4 girls and knew 3 of them already. We were a bit short staffed overall so, I assisted with the Olympics. I, also, worked in the kitchen a couple times at lunch. It was fun to pitch in here and there but not be totally responsible for that area. Just come and help if needed – I like that.

Since we were a smaller camp, the pre-campers 8 and up were allowed to be on an Olympic team. Jennifer volunteered and was placed on a team. She totally enjoyed that and felt more like a real camper. Her team captain was very gung-ho and they ended up willing the Olympics. It made Jennifer very excited to get the special dinner treatment on the last night of camp. They decorated the champs table with special items and treats including Starbursts. Jennifer, knowing I love Starbursts, sweetly gave me some. I was honored to be her support throughout her entire Olympic career…

I rarely saw Jackie. She was off with a few friends and just doing her things.

All together, a relaxing and fun week for all.

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At the Zoo

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Mike’s sister came to visit for a week, always a blessing to our family.

She joined us on our annual summer visit to the San Francisco Zoo.

We enjoyed all our usual favorites (Africa, gorillas, koalas, etc.) but were treated to a new exhibit, Hearst Grizzly Gulch. This exhibit features two female grizzly bears, Kachina and Kiona, in a area with a meadow, pool, herb garden, mountain stream waterfall and rocks.


We watched them romp, swim, and eat, forage, dig and nap.