Saturday, June 28, 2008

Nothing to exciting

So, I don't really have anything exciting to write, but I thought I would post because 1) I am a bit bored, and 2) some of you check often, and I should give you something to read.

TV notes:
  • I watched Primetime: The Outsiders about the Amish last week (6/24). I knew the one police officer from Ashland who was interviewed. And the silhouetted Amish elders were relatives of one of my friends. How cool to know someone on TV! :)
  • We watched Wipeout a new game show-ish type thing last Tuesday night. I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my cheeks. There is something that makes watching people bounce in awkward positions off of giant red balls into the water absolutely hilarious! If you just need to laugh, check it out on Tuesday nights. It is followed by I Survived a Japanese Gameshow; I personally don't think that one is as funny, but it does make you laugh, too.
Ummmm.... Jeremy and Taylor are trying to fly fish this afternoon. It just got really windy, cloudy, and looks like it could rain. We'll see if they survive or catch a fish. I am still trying to get Jeremy to post a blog about his horseback riding trip. I think his boss, Mike, has a picture of him on the horse. I left the camera at work on Friday, so I can't secretly post any pictures of him while he is gone. I'll keep reminding him. Hope all of you are having a great weekend. I'll blog again soon!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

We're on a roll!

Our winning streak has been expanded to TWO games in the regular season! We are amazing! (There is a bit of sarcasm stuck in there, but it is exciting to win 2 games.) We only had four girls that were able to play, which meant we could have a total of eight players on the field (four girls, four boys). For those that don't know much about softball, that means we only had two outfielders, or we were two short in the outfield. We did a great job though. Most of us had some good hits, throws, and catches, and that was encouraging. We play again on Monday; we'll see if we can keep the streak alive.

On another note, I had my second week of Garden Camp. Today I taught the kids about the water cycle. We sang Itsy-Bitsy Spider to learn about the cycle a bit, did a "cheer" (rain, ground, evaporate!), and put together a picture puzzle to color. It was quite fun. In another station, they learned about what a small percentage of fresh water there is on the earth and then made necklaces to represent that. In the third station, they harvested spinach, garlic, and cilantro from the garden to make quesadillas for snack. It was quite a bit of fun. The local TV station (and I mean really local, like only Alamosa can get it) came to tape some of the time. So, I am now famous in a small town, or will be after the 6 o'clock news. Actually, I don't if I am even on the news, but it will be good publicity for the garden.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Work and Softball

Work is going by day by day. One of my officemates commented today that I could start a countdown. Our last day is one month from today (July 25). It will go fast. I have two 3-day weeks coming up because of our Canyon trip over the Fourth. Then, we have two full weeks before we begin the trek home. It is crazy how fast a year can go. I am excited to get home, to put our house back together, and to reunite with people. However, I am having a hard time digesting that 2-1/2 weeks after I return, I will be starting back at Reynoldsburg. I learned (I am not sure I have posted this yet) that I will be teaching science to high school students in a pull-out setting. This means we are not included in the general education classroom, which means that I am entirely responsible for their science education. Do I know anything about science? Nope, not really. But I guess by the end of the year, I'll be an expert (well, to my students at least, probably not to anyone in the science department though). So, you can keep my worries about what is to come in your prayers. Keep Jeremy in your prayers as well; he is still trying to figure out his work situation and keep his trust in God that a job will be provided for him. It feels strange to know we are leaving in only a few weeks. Now that it is nice out, we can finally do hiking trips and enjoy the mountains. It makes it tempting to stay on for a few more months, just to eek out the beautiful summer temperatures. That is not possible with my teaching job, although Jeremy offered to stay by himself and venture out :)

Jeremy did get to go horseback riding yesterday. I didn't hear a lot of details or see the pictures, but I will get him to post sometime soon about it.

The official softball season started this week. We were in the pre-season tournament to place us in the correct league. With a 1-9 record, we were placed in - surprise! - the lowest level league. This is not a big deal because then we get to play teams on our level, who, like us, just want to play for fun. Monday night we had our first game against La Jara Trading Post; we lost to them once this season. Monday night at 8:30 we started the game under the lights for the ball park. It was a beautiful, cool night. Our team played pretty well until the bottom of the last inning. I am not sure exactly what happened, but I am glad we had a significant lead (21-8) which we watched be slowly eaten away to 21-18. The good news is it finally stopped and WE WON!!!! So, in the regular season we are 1-0. We will see if we can continue our winning streak tonight. (Yes, I do realize that one game is not really a "streak," but it could become one... always the optimist, right?)

That's it for now on life and work updates. I don't think we have any big plans for this weekend. We may go hiking if we are feeling up to it, or just chill out. Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Anniversary Weekend

Our 2 year anniversary is coming up, so we decided to celebrate this weekend. Last year, we took a trip and did a lot of hiking in the Smoky Mountains. This year, we headed to Wheeler Geologic Area. It is between South Fork and Creede (about 2 hours from us). We camped on Friday night up the mountain about 9 miles at the campgrounds. There was only one other couple camping, so it was pretty quiet. We lit a small fire to enjoy watching before heading to bed. We woke up on Saturday morning and prepared for the hike to Wheeler Geologic Area - listed in The 100 Best Hikes in Colorado. It is about 8 or so miles to the Geologic site. The site was created by volcanic explosions years ago which created pinnicles and hoodoos (cone shaped rock formations). We left about 8am from the campsite. Here I am to the right, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, loaded down with water and food. The views on the trail were beautiful. There were lots of open meadows, mountains with some snow still on them, and a creek. We got to the "end" of the trail about 12:00. The geologic area was very unique. The hoodoos were probably my favorite part because they aren't something you see in very many other places; the hoodoos are featured in the picture to the right. There was a trail that went around the rim of the area, but we couldn't really find it, and it was another mile and a half. Instead, we ate a peanut butter lunch and relaxed for about 30 minutes before trekking back to our tent. We hiked and hiked and hiked and..... Until finally at 4:30pm we arrived to our campsite and collapsed on our sleeping bags. It was not a strenous hike, just LOOOOOOONG. I thinked we clocked at least 17 miles. Neither of us were very good about moving once we sat down. Jeremy said this was about the equivalent of how he felt when he did his century bike ride. The difference, he noted, is that when you stop biking, you walk and use different motions/muscles. When you stop hiking, you still have to walk. I went to bed by about 9pm Saturday night.

Sunday, we had home church. It was a good experience to worship through song. I also appreciate the discussion time. Jeremy made pizza burgers for his contribution to the potluck. In the afternoon, Kendra, Emmy, and I worked on planning the meals for our trip to the Grand Canyon/Zion Ntl Park/Brice Ntl Park over the Fourth of July. House meeting was the usual. We attempted to finish our game of Trivial Pursuit without success. My team had all our pies, but took an hour to get land on the center space. No team won, yet; we'll pick it up again sometime.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Week

So, it has been a bit of time since I have blogged... since Tuesday, I think. Jeremy has been busy at work. He was writing the grant on the other day. Then, he received some other projects from Mike, including a local presentation. He will be presenting at the Rotary next week. Also next week, he will be taking a horseback ride into the national forest to look at some water (I don't remember which river) - at least he will if they can find a horse for him :)

I decided to try one more thing out while I was here. La Puente helps run two community gardens in town near the elementary schools. They are places for fresh produce to grow. People can work and harvest food to take home with them. Some of this also goes to the shelter and the food bank. In addition, the garden coordinator, Melissa, works at making those in the community aware of the gardens and educating them about gardening. In the summer, she gets very busy. Two mornings a week, she works with summer school kids, giving them an opportunity to learn about the earth and garden. One morning she works with the PALS kids or Boys and Girls Club at the gardens. One morning she runs Garden Club. It is this last venture that I am now involved with on Thursday mornings. For those that know me, you are probably wondering, what in the world?!? I am not a gardener; I don't like pulling weeds; I couldn't tell you what is oregano and what is a bean sprout; I really know nothing. But, they needed more hands. So, Thursday morning, I met them out at the gardens for my first experience with the 4-10 year-olds that come to Garden Club. I was in charge of one station about the food pyramid; I opted out of the scavenger hunt and making mint tea by first harvesting the mint. It was a lot of fun. The kids were enthusiastic and wanted to be there. We worked on learning food groups and coloring the pyramid in small groups separated by age. They also get to play on the playground and have a snack everyday. I'll only be able to do this a few more times before we leave, but it will be a good change in my schedule.

Today after work, Jeremy and I are going to go camping at Palisades Campground near South Fork. Then, go hike Wheeler Geologic Area on Saturday; this is a long hike - 17 miles! - but hopefully it will be a good one.

Oh, one more thing. The wind, which has been blowing viciously and almost non-stop since about April, has finally calmed down. Great, right? Less wind, less dirt, less fighting to walk upright. Well, maybe not so great. With the winds gone, the mosquitos are able to fly freely without being pummeled to the ground. They are horrible little insects, and they just swarm around you! It is like going to a campground that is mosquito infested, but imagine living there! Apparently, they, too, leave. I know they weren't here when we arrived in August. I just didn't believe the rumors about how bad they actually were. Don't worry, we are surviving, just seeking shelter - even on nice days :)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Big Day

I know, what could be bigger than both sets of parents visiting in the same week.... well, nothing really. But Sunday was still a big day. We woke up bright and early - 5am! - to go be a part of the hot air balloon crew again. We hadn't gone since last October, so we were pretty excited. We ended up taking off at the local high school in Alamosa because there was less wind there. David and I went up first. I had never been in a hot air balloon before; I thought it was pretty cool. We were about 800 feet or so in the air. The take off is so gentle; you hardly realize you are leaving earth. It was different seeing Alamosa from the air; there are a lot more trees than I realized when on the ground. The picture to the left shows one view on the northwest side of Alamosa with Mount Blanca in the background. We landed nice and gently - textbook landing, I would say. Jeremy and Emmy went up next. They had a little more of a breeze than we did and moved farther from the launch site. They also went over a small lake, which they used to do a "splash and dash." When landing the first time, they hit the ground and rocketed back up. They landed later, much more gently. There were only about six of us to work at putting the balloon back in the bag. It is very heavy! We went back to Mike's (Jeremy's boss) house for the traditional initiation ceremony and crackers and cheese. The picture to the right shows David, Jeremy, and I sipping champange without hands as an initiation, while later Mike poured water on our necks. We were then pinned with hot air balloon pins - we are official! We went to Calvillo's for breakfast (also a tradition to go out for breakfast). I came home and took a nap immediately after. Jeremy and Taylor watched the big golf match that afternoon.
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Then... Jeremy got his haircut!!! His last haircut was in January (I think), but we were waiting til our parents came before he cut it. (Well, it was more me telling him he should wait.) But, on Sunday night, he got his curls buzzed off to a short, but somewhat shaggy do. Who knows what he'll look like when we return :)
**Disclaimer: This picture has been posted under protest. **
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MONDAY...
We went back to work. Jeremy worked on writing a grant for educational purposes for his non-profit. Hopefully, it will be accepted and they will receive the $5000. I worked at Hunt Ave Boutique. There are more people coming in now that it is summer. The Texans are moving back to South Fork for the summer, and tourists are taking the train and visiting the Dunes. It was a bit busier. We had a great softball game tonight - no, we didn't win, but our defense and offense was going well. Jeremy hit a triple. Muck pitched well. I got on base most of the time (one fly out). We had a great 5th inning, but they other team came back, and we lost 8-9.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Parents Visit: Part 3

My parents arrived (as I mentioned) on Wednesday in the midst of one of the worst wind and dust days we have had here. My mom attempted to take a picture of what they had to drive through. She said that it was basically a brown-out - like with winter snow, but this was dust - cars were driving with their lights on to avoid an accident. You can see the dust starting to approach in the picture.
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Jeremy's parents left around 8am on Thursday. We washed and changed sheets; then, we headed into town to enjoy the pool at my parents hotel. It was so warm and relaxing. Afterwards, we started the town tour of where we worked. We stopped at Jeremy's office. Mike Gibson, Jeremy's boss, was there later in the afternoon when we stopped back. Then, we went to Milagros Coffeehouse for lunch - yum! We visited Rainbow's End. Jeremy found to t-shirts he wanted, and it was buy one, get one free! Then we ventured over to the Boutique to look at Ten Thousand Villages section I order for; my mom found a wedding gift for an upcoming wedding. We ventured to the Administrative Office and were able to meet most of the office staff. Mom and I posed for a picture by my desk. Finally, we stopped by the Food Bank and helped there for about 1-1/2 hours. It is nice to have people help stock, and I think the staff appreciated it. :)
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We went home for supper with lots of meat... our vegetarian is on vacation, so we decided... why not! Jeremy grilled brats and hamburgers on our "new" grill. (The maintainence man, John, at La Puente had bought a new grill and donated his old gas grill to the MVS house.) I worked at cutting up salad fixings, cheese, and onions. It was unit meal night, so everyone was over to enjoy it. The rest of the night was just spent hanging out and talking. The NBA finals game was on, and we witnessed the "Boston Miracle". It was quite exciting.
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On Friday, we woke up to beat the winds. The wind usually picks up by the afternoon, so if you want to do something outside, it is best done in the morning. We wanted to go visit the Great Sand Dunes. It was a beautiful day. There was little wind for most of the day, the sun was shining, and it was only about 65-70F outside. Jeremy, Mom, and I hiked to High Dune - something Jeremy and I hadn't done yet. Dad was a patient man and relaxed on his bed in the band. It is soooo hard to hike in the dunes. I know many of you have walked around the Michigan dunes. I have never been there, but these are the highest dunes in North America, plus you are hiking at about 8000 ft to start with. High Dune is about 1 mile from the parking lot, but by the time you zig-zag around one hiker who had brought his GPS clocked about 2.5 miles. The top of High Dune is about 8717 feet. From the top, you can see all 30 square miles of the Dunes, the mountains, and the Valley. It also reveals the highest dune in North America, Star Dune, which is about 1.5 miles from High Dune - we were not hiking there! Going down was a lot of fun - lots of running! We also practiced our jumps off the top of some dunes. It was so fun! I am putting a variety of pictures below for you to look at.
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The rest of the day, we spent time having a "slide show" using Jeremy's work projector. We hooked it up to the computer, so that we could catch mom and dad up on the last few months, look at pictures of the nieces and nephews (see below), and see the pictures from our time together. It was incredibly relaxing. We went to Sammie's for Catfish Friday. Jeremy and I had never been to the little restaurant in La Jara, so we thought we would try it out - lots of fried.. catfish strips, hush puppies, and fries! It wasn't too bad.
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Mom and Dad left on Saturday (today) morning about 6am and were headed to my grandpa's house in Oklahoma. We woke up, said good-bye, watched them leave, and went back to bed. Company is an exhausting blessing; we wouldn't trade it for anything!

Parents Visit: Part 2

So, we met Jeremy's parents at RMMC to stay in Rocky Ridge cabin for two nights. We figured it was a better place to stay than a random hotel in Springs, and about the same price. We made spaghetti for supper and enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the saddle of the Pikes Peak trail. That night we looked at pictures on Maynard's laptop, which caught us up on each other's lives.
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The next morning we woke up early to ride the cog train up Pikes Peak. This was fun. I had hiked up Pikes Peak and ridden up in a car, but had never taken the train. Maynard and Gloria (Jeremy's parents) are featured in the picture to the right; this was inside our train car. We had a conductor who told us some history and pointed out some things to us. We learned there is a hydroelectric plant (a small one) on the way up the mountain. A guy named Roy lives there in the summer to maintain it. It is a 17 mile drive to go pick up his mail at the end of his driveway. Talk about living in the boonies! The views were great going up. You can see in the picture to the left some of the lakes that are in the mountains. Also, you can see the train tracks in the left side of the picture. When we made it to the top, we stepped off the train and ... froze!!!! It was about 22F with a breeze that felt fairly strong. We braved the cold to take some pictures and enjoy the vistas. To the right, you can see all of us by the picturesque sign.
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After Pikes Peak, headed to the Olympic Training Center. It is quite a cool place to visit if you are ever in Colorado Springs. You get a free tour and get to see any athletes that are training. There was a great statue of athletes holding up the world (see left). We went around 12:30, and many of the athletes were eating or napping before their afternoon training sessions. We did get to see the women's national volleyball team practicing. I didn't think they seemed that tall, but then I realized the shortest one was probably 5'11" at least; the tallest one was 6'7"! Only 12 of the 20 girls practicing would be going on to the Olympic games. They also said that just the week before Michael Phelps came to use the pool and try out the towing system. The towing system pulls swimmers at world record speeds to work on their form and feel the speed. Apparently, Phelps was pulling the tow rope and breaking his own speed - better watch him during the summer Olympics. Jeremy and I worked to be Olympic hopefuls as well. You can see us training for the winter Olympics to the left. I was also energized to compete against the track star to the right. I am pretty sure I would have won, considering he is just a silouette.
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After the training center, we went to Focus on the Family headquarter, Compassion International, Current Factory Outlet, and finally found some supper at Applebees! It was a lot of sightseeing, but I was able to see things I had not seen before. After supper, we went to Garden of the Gods. Maynard and Gloria had never seen it, and it is one of our favorite places to go. It was getting close to night. You can see the moon in the picture to the right if you look close. We have already posted quite a few Garden pics, so we'll just leave you with this one.
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On Tuesday, we headed back to the Valley - and the wind! We went to the Great Sand Dunes National Park (a big tourist spot in the Valley) before coming home. It was so windy! We made it the few yards to the seasonal creek created by the snowmelt and didn't go any farther. It was pretty; Jeremy and I had never seen the creek by the dunes. You can see how windy it is by Gloria's hair - a postcard in a Kansas gas station had "Hair by Kansas" as it's catch phrase, but I think this would rival any Kansas wind! We had a house dinner with pizza and salad for Tuesday's supper. Andy and Alice joined us as well.
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On Wednesday, we took them out to Creede. I think Creede is one of my favorite places because the mountains are different than other mountains - very cliff like. We went to the Creede Historic Museum, as well as the Mining Museum. The Mining Museum is pretty cool because it is actually built into the side of the mountain using the same mining techniques that made Creede a properous mining community. In its heyday, Creede was home to some 10,000 people; mining silver was the big money maker. The picture of Jeremy and I is near Willow Creek and a mine entrance where Jeremy has helped with some water sampling. It is also incredibly beautiful here.
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Wednesday night the parents' trips collided. My parents were needing to shorten their time because of my dad's back. So, they came a day early. They stayed in a hotel in town and met us and Jeremy's parents at Calvillos, an amazing Mexican buffet. After dinner, Jeremy and I played in the softball game that was scheduled for that night. We lost, but we both made it on base (see pic to right - I am on 2nd, Jeremy is on 1st) and had some decent fielding out in right field (see left picture).

Parents Visit: Part 1

Well, here is a multiple part blog again. We were too busy enjoying family to blog earlier this week, so I'll see what I can do to catch this up this weekend. On Saturday, Jeremy and I drove north to Salida to see my parents, aunt and uncle, and my cousin and her husband. My cousin, Mandy, lives in Salida (about 2 hours north of us), but we hadn't been able to visit her all year. So, we (parents and aunt and uncle) planned to meet at her house. I had not yet met Mandy's husband, Quentin, of five years, and I hadn't seen her for about seven years. It was so good to see her again. Quentin is a very funny guy! It was very easy to talk with them both, as though years had not passed. There is a picture of Mandy and Quentin to the left. My parents and other relatives arrived shortly after Jeremy and I. My dad's back was not doing well since that morning especially. Before they left home, he felt a little uneasy about all the traveling that he would be doing, but they put a twin mattress and box spring in the back of the van, and tried it. He did really good til their last morning in Kansas. So, when they got to Salida, he came in looking pretty bad; you could see pain in his face. He and mom gave us hugs and headed to the emergency room to see what they could do about dad's back. Sherry and Bruce (my aunt and uncle) gave us hugs and then headed to look around downtown Salida. So, Mandy, Quentin, Jeremy, and I just hung out and had a lot of fun. Around 4pm, the boys headed to Sherry and Bruce's cabin about 45 min north of Salida, near Mt. Princeton. We girls went grocery shopping for supper. Bruce and Sherry's cabin was just recently built and is beautiful (see pic to right). We had steaks and potatoes for supper and enjoyed more conversation.

The next day, we (minus dad) traveled to see St. Elmo, a historic mining town. It is a neat place to see. I think that people are working to restore some of the buildings. There were a lot of tourists there for as little as there is to actually see. There is a picture to the left of the old post office and view in St. Elmo.
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Jeremy, Sherry, my mom, and I went for a hike up Mt. Princeton. We were just doing a short hike and not working to get to the top, which would definitely be a long hike. This is Sherry, me, and Mom in the picture to the right; what a view! Well, because of time, we decided to turn around at one point on the trail. It was a place where there was a wash going down the mountain. I, jokingly, said, "We could just slide down this." My mom said, "I think we could just follow this down." And somehow, that is exactly what we attempted to do. See Jeremy sliding down the rocks in the picture to the left. We got quite a ways down before we came to a drop off point. There was lots of big horn sheep poop at this point as well - they must have been contemplating what they should do too! Jeremy and I took a scenic picture (to the right) of the stopping point; if you enlarge it, you can see all the sheep scat on the rock. We decided there was no way around, and we needed to go back up the wash (which we had mostly slid down on our butts) and then take the trail back. If you look closely in the picture to the left, you can see mom and me climbing back up the wash. Jeremy and Sherry decided to take the grassy, but also steep route back up. Needless to say, it was quite a task getting back up, and we were later than expected getting back to the cabin. It is a memory though and I wouldn't take it back. Lesson learned... there is a trail for a reason, and shortcuts are usually not shortcuts.
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We left the cabin after the hike to head to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp (RMMC) to meet Jeremy's parents. See part 2 about our time with them.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Life

On Tuesday, Jeremy went out in the field with Mike (his boss). They were looking at all the stream diversions they had done on the Rio Grande. I don't know how many there are, but they were out of the office all day! It was a beautiful day. There was wind, but not the blow you over kind we have out here a lot. I know he took pictures because there are a number of presentations that they need them for: the Army Corps of Engineers has a big grant out there for work on the Rio Grande and there are additional grants they are looking into. If he has time at work, maybe he can post them.

I have been "stuck" in the office for the past two days. I say stuck because I usually get to leave to go to my next location, but I was in the office all day. It is really the lazy way to work. I write some thank you notes, update things for Jane, and do random other little things. It gets to be a long day when I am there all day, mostly because I am not very busy. Today (Thursday), I return to the food bank. We usually have plenty of people to serve and interact with, as well as shelves to stock and things to do. I am tired by the end of the afternoon, in a good way.

We had our really late softball game last night. The wind was blowing (literally) 40 mph or more, which managed to pick up all the dust on the infield and blow it directly into people's eyes. It was not really a very pleasant experience. We lost 4-14. I think that's okay. I mostly just wanted to get out of the dust and go to bed. Hopefully, it won't be so windy at our next game; if it is, I'll just have to wear ski goggles :)

We are really excited because we get to see our parents this weekend and the following week. On Saturday, we drive up to my aunt and uncle's cabin north of us to see my parents and spend time with other relatives. Then, on Sunday, we meet Jeremy's parents in Colorado Springs to sightsee there a bit. His parents will be here until Thursday morning. My parents are going to hang out with my aunt (my mom's sister) and uncle (my dad's brother) until Thursday and then come meet us in Alamosa. They plan to stay until Sunday afternoon. It will be a busy, but good week. Please keep them (and us) in your prayers with all the travelling that will be happening. I will still try to blog some while they are here, but I am not making any guarentees. Oh yeah, I added the picture of the Bolder Boulder racers, just scroll down about two blogs to Friday, May 30 (Catching up: Part 5). Have a great Thursday.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Work and Stuff

This weekend was re-lax-ing! I slept in on Saturday, worked on trip home itenerary, cleaned, did laundry, and packed some things to send home with our soon-to-be visiting parents. It was good - like spring cleaning. Jeremy and Taylor went to Platoro Resevior to go flyfishing. He has one picture on his cell phone that is absolutely beautiful. He had taken the other camera, but its battery was dead. Maybe he can post from his phone. They did not have luck with the fish, so it was a bit frustrating in that way, but I think they enjoyed the opportunity to get out.

Sunday, we had our first "home church" worship. No, we are not starting a church plant, but we needed something more than our normal churches; two Sundays a month we are going to do this. It was really nice. David and Emmy played instruments for music worship. Claire picked out a sermon to listen to - Brian McLeron (I think that is how you spell his name). It was a great message I thought. I think I enjoyed it more because after the message we shared what thoughts it raised, what stood out, and questions. It kept me engaged. Then, we had an open sharing with prayer for one another. And we ended with the traditional Mennonite..... potluck! It was us (unit people) and Andy and Alice (unit leaders), but we had invited other volunteers who may be interested. We'll see if anyone else comes next time, but if not, that's okay.

I am going to digress to last Wednesday - our softball game. For those following our season from afar... It was a windy night, cloudy, with sprinkles of rain throughout. We looked pretty good as a team, relaying the ball in from the outfield and making plays. We also did pretty good at bat. We scored 14 runs. Unfortunately, the other team scored 22 runs, and we lost. They had a great hitter/fielder, who racked up to home runs -over the fence. His third attempt was thwarted by a diving catch by Jeremy - yea!! They were a fun team to play against, which makes losing easier. Our next game is this coming Wednesday at 9:30 at night! Hopefully, we will still be awake :)

Until later...