Sunday, November 30, 2014

Weekend Adventures: Thanksgiving in Washington!

We flew in to Washington bright and early Thanksgiving morning and celebrated the day with my side of the family at the Johnson's house.  It was such a fun day with lots of yummy food and family.  All 6 of the cousins were together and had a great time.  So great, in fact, that I forgot to take any pictures!
Uncle Brian took a picture of our feast!
On Friday we drove out to Yelm to visit with Auntie Jess and Uncle Casey and have some pony rides on Indy!
Afterwards, we all drove out to Mossyrock to stay the night with Zac's parents - and when we woke up there was snow!!
the kids made a snowman with Grandpa!
Saturday was spent having Thanksgiving number two with Zac's side of the family.  Great Buppa and Auntie Di also came up from Portland.  It was a good time of food, visiting, and games - I was horrible at poker this weekend!

On Sunday we drove to Elbe and met up with a bunch of our Yelm friends for a day of playing in the snow while they all hunted for Christmas trees.  It was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day in the mountains.  Everyone had a ton of fun.
I really miss seeing this mountain
crazy kids
Our wonderful friends!
We spent the evening with all our friends having dinner at the Ireland's new house and visiting.  Keanan and his best bud, Wyatt went out for ice cream with their dads while the girls played at the house.  Afterwards, we drove to Graham to spend the night and the next two days at my parents.  Whew!  It's been a wonderful weekend!

God is so good - for that, I am thankful!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Adventures: Lawerence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley

We had a fun weekend starting with Kyla's last day of ballet at the current studio - we are switching to a new studio with some friends after Thanksgiving.  In the afternoon we made the trek to Berkeley to visit the Lawerence Hall of Science.  It was so cool!  We could have spent a lot more time here.  Our ultimate goal was to see some different insects, since Kyla was on I for insect this last week.  They had an animal room with insects and lots of other cool animals.  Much to my dismay, both Keanan and Kyla HELD a tarantula!! The kids also made some cool creations in the ingunity lab.  Afterwards we had some yummy Thai food in downtown Berkeley.
Oh my gosh!!
Playing with some ferrofluid
climbing in some DNA

bonding some molecules
The view of the bay was amazing!  Can you see the Golden Gate bridge?
On Sunday our church had special guests from Liberia!  The music was so cool and the message inspiring.  We had an all church BBQ lunch afterward with some of the best chicken I have ever had, and then we all gathered around the ebola relief container to pray it off.  The ambulance we are sending in the container was there too!!  It's so awesome to be a part of the work God is doing on the other side of the world.

Here are some other pictures from the week:
Added this years turkey hands!
Keanan's catapult from his simple machines lesson this week
The kids sewed shepherds bags
We made a thankful garland and wrote things we are thankful for on the leaves
The kids painted insect rocks!
Next weekend we will be in Washington for Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Step Into My Shoes

What is enough?  Do you have enough?  Want to challenge your definition of enough?  We did!  Here is our journey complete with pictures!

Day 1: We are taking a 7 day journey through life with a family in Uganda.  Today we went to the market and based on the jobs we choose "bought" what we could afford for dinner.  We also braided some strips of Ugandan cloth into prayer bracelets for the week.  Everyone is excited for tomorrow!
Most of us could afford rice, beans and water for dinner
Except for could only afford water!
Day 2 of "Step Into My Shoes" led us to experience family life with our Ugandan host family.  We even enjoyed corn nuts as our snack today!  
our prayer bracelets
Day 3 of "Step Into My Shoes", we walked for our water!  We learned about how many people around the world have to walk long distances to get water, and in most cases it is dirty water.  So we taped off all but the most inconvenient source of water (outside spigot) in our house for the day.  This was very eye opening!  
no water in the house today!
this was our water source (it's outside)
Day 4:  We learned about how some Christians in Uganda attend church.  Such hope and joy!  

Day 5 in our "Step into My Shoes" journey:  Did you know that most families houses in Africa are no bigger than a 10 x  10 area?  That is about the size of our bedroom!  To experience how others live and sleep we are all sleeping in one room tonight!  
Day 6: We went to school with our Ugandan hosts!  We also talked about little ways we could show kindness to others tomorrow.  The kids and I will be bringing soup to our homeless friends at the park.

Day 7: We finished our "Step into My Shoes" journey tonight!  What a great week!  I think our family now has a better understanding of what it mean to live with enough.  True "enough" in life is found in Jesus!  We have so much more than we need, so the last activity was to collect these extra things to give away / sell to help those who don't have enough.  The picture is the start to our pile.  So proud of my kids!
I encourage you to check out this amazing FREE program.  Get into the true holiday spirit, Jesus is enough!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend Adventures: A Waterfall Hike!

During school this week Kyla was on W for water - so we went on a beautiful fall hike to see some waterfalls this afternoon with our adventure friends, the Hoffman's.  Afterwards we had some yummy dinner in Morgan Hill.  A lovely day!
Here's some other fun things from the week:
We sent this picture to our favorite Veteran on Veteran's Day
We had a "bible foods" lunch one day this week - goat cheese, olives, figs, nuts, persimmon, and pomegranate 
One of the MANY lego creations that happen during the week
Dropping off supplies for the Liberia Ebola Response container - collected from our homeschool group
We are in the middle of our "Step Into My Shoes" journey, and it's been awesome!  You can follow updates on Google + and I'll also be posting on the blog about it when we finish on Wednesday.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Weekend Adventures: Tide Pools and a Goal!

During school this week Kyla was studying O for octopus, so our goal this weekend was to spot one!  We headed to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve where the red octopus has been seen.  While we didn't sea an octopus, we saw lots of cool anemones and hermit crabs in the tide pools.  We had fun exploring the rocks and beach with the Hoffman's and then eating some yummy seafood for dinner.
This Saturday was Keanan's last soccer game of the season - and he scored a goal!!  He has had a ton of fun, and has really improved his soccer skills this year.

This weekend we also brought some supplies to help fill the container that our church is sending to Liberia to help with Ebola relief.  You can read more about it here:  Please consider donating to help cover the cost of the ambulance that will also be shipped in the container.
On Friday we attended our first field trip with our homeschool group to the Hiller Aviation Museum.  The kids got to learn about flight, make their own airplanes, get a special tour, and explore the museum.  It was really neat.

This coming week includes Lego club and rock climbing class!  Have a great one!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekend Adventures: A Pool Party and Airplane Ride!

In our quest to get out of the city this week we ended up going above it!  For dinner tonight we took a ride with a pilot friend, Don, and his girlfriend around San Francisco and over to the coast the the city of Half Moon Bay for some yummy seafood.  It would usually take over an hour to get the Half Moon Bay in the car, but it was a quick 15 minute hop for the plane.  This was the kids first time in a small aircraft and they did great!  They loved the headsets and the fact that they could talk to each other on the microphones.  We would hear a random "whee!" from Kyla and "this is a high g turn!" from Keanan.  So much fun!
we went right over Ghiridhelli square (we've been here a few times)
beautiful sunset over the golden gate bridge
We circled downtown San Francisco
We circled the Golden Gate bridge!
coming in to Half Moon Bay
Other fun things from the weekend included ballet for Kyla, a Soccer game for Keanan, and Keanan's end of the season soccer party.  It was a pool party!  It just blows our minds that we were swimming in an outside pool on November 1st!!  Keanan got a trophy for the season and had a great time at the party.  We also had a great time Saturday evening serving dinner to the homeless at The Refuge with our church.

Getting his trophy from Coach Rob and Coach Matt
Going backwards in our weekends ends us at Halloween!  The kids and I started the night by participating in a parade at a local nursing home and bringing lots of joy to the residents.  Then all four of us helped out at our church's trick or treat event for the community.  We had fun passing out glow bracelets (because I refuse to buy candy!) and Zac got a kick out of all the reactions from his peg leg.  We also had trick or treaters for the first time ever - they also got glow bracelets! ;)
Luke and Leia!
A fun and busy weekend!  Happy November!