Monday, May 28, 2012

Graduating nieces at Camp Greenwood

Kelsea, Bria and Marika all finished their respective course work at Calvary Chapel Bible School and Canyonview Equestrian College. So this weekend there was a celebration bash in Greenwood. Each girl had a pavilion in honor of their interests. Kelsea had an India tent, Bria an Irish Hobbit house and Marika an Italian tent. There was a meal honoring each girl and their country of passion: Italian, Irish and Indian, for guests to enjoy. We were thankful for yet another rainless weekend (a notable dry Memorial Day weekend) Congratulations to all three girls on their accomplishments.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Not a good start

Shi Shi Beach by Southworth Sailor
Shi Shi Beach, a photo by Southworth Sailor on Flickr.

This year's trip to Neah Bay with our fifth graders did not get off to a good start. I arrived at school at 6am and a student showed up at the last minute with no permission slip signed. Luckily, we were able to get a hold of dad to come to school and sign it. Then there was a driver who showed up late. While dealing with these issues, I sent a dad to the gas station to pump up one of my truck tires since it looked a little low. When he got back we could hear the air leaking and found a screw in the tire. Fortunately, another dad had a fifteen passenger van that was basically empty, so we piled all the supplies into his van and I rode with him. Thinking the drama was finished for the morning, we made our first rest stop and we got a phone call from a frantic mom who I had neglected to rendervous with in Silverdale. One of the drivers went back to pick the boy up while the rest of the nine vehicles kept going. I was starting to think that this was going to be a disastrous trip; but once we got to Neah Bay, things went very well, and despite some rain as we packed up to leave, it was a great time. While I was at Neah Bay, Esther was with the Eides in Oregon, celebrating Marika's graduation from Canyon View Equestrian College.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mother's Day

We shared the gorgeous sunny day with Markus and Steph exploring the 'Eastside.' We mingled with the crowds in downtown Kirkland and enjoyed an outside dinner at Hectors. We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening checking out Chateau St. Michelle grounds and Marymoor park. We had heard much about these two places, but had never actually been there. We are looking forward to taking the bike trail that includes both of these places.