Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall 2016 Road Trip - Moab!

We have just returned from a 10 day trip in our A-Frame trailer to Moab, Utah and back!  We met up with Zac's parents to do some Jeeping, and spent a day with Zac's sister Cindy and niece Gabby.  Such a great time with lots of pictures!
Night one was at a campground in Tehachapi, CA.  The rope swing was a hit!
2nd day selfie!
The 2nd night was at Valley of Fire state park in Nevada.  Awesome red rock
That's me cooking dinner in the trailer.  The wind was so bad this night that we thought the sides were going to collapse!  It was actually worse sounding in the trailer than it really was.
Lots of climbing on the rock
3rd morning selfie
Valley of Fire had some cool petroglyphs and petrified logs.  School day!
Our 3rd night was at a beautiful mountain campground near Beaver, Utah.
4th morning selfie
We made it to Moab!  Pam and John were waiting for us in Sand Flats Campground.  We spent 5 days (4 nights) in Moab.
We rented Jeeps for two days that had lifts, 34" tires, lockers, and winches - all of which came in handy on the crazy trails!
Jeeping in the red rock - climbing up and down the fins!
On the trail!
Stopping for lunch with a view of the Colorado River.
One of the crazy things we did NOT do - a pot hole.  
Keanan and Kyla spent most of the time at the campground playing in the sand!
Some static electricity fun before bed.
Kyla and cousin Gabby hanging out at the campground
Arches National Park!  It was so crowded.  We just spent some time at double arch, so amazing!
Climbing under double arch!
climbing around at Arches
Zac's sister Cindy took us on a hike - beautiful!
"Cave Art", thousands of years old!
the white stones are flakes from the ancient people making arrowheads!  Pretty awesome to have an aunt that is an archaeologist! 
Family photo with Castle Valley in the background.
8th morning selfie - leaving Moab
8th night at Cave Lake state park in Nevada.  First showers since the last time we were in Nevada!!
9th day selfie - ice cream in Nevada
9th night at some weird campground outside of Truckee, CA.  It POURED rain in the night!
exploring in the morning
10th day selfie!!  We made it home!
We had a great time and can't wait to take the trailer out again.  Next weekend, an adventure with Grandma and Grandpa!

One other thing that happened last week! Otto(Uber) is Zac's work :)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Happy New Year...if you're Jewish!  Today we celebrated Rosh Hashanah with some sweet treats at dinner (pomegranates, apples dipped in honey, round challah bread with cinnamon and sugar), candles, and some readings from Psalms.  We've decided to observe some of the major Jewish holidays this year, since we have, after all, been adopted into Abraham's family through the work of Jesus on the cross.  Next week is Yom Kippur (fasting and praying), and then we'll celebrate Tabernacles while camping at Moab later in the month.  It's so amazing how everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus!

This weekend was spent working in the garden, riding bikes, and visiting the Chabot Space Center after church on Sunday.  Nothing like a space center to remind you how small you are and how BIG God is! 
Earlier last week the kids and I started volunteering for City Team by babysitting at Heritage House while the moms take classes.  It was really fun, and I got to hold a 2 week old!  We'll be doing that twice a month.  Today I was at Heritage House again to teach a newborn care / breastfeeding class.  I didn't realize how much I have missed teaching this till I was driving home today.  I'll be teaching once a month at the house, next time it will be a childbirth class.

Another new thing last week was nature class!  The kids are now attending a weekly class all day long on Tuesday's at Anderson Lake just south of us.  Exploring in the woods, climbing trees, using knives, making rope swings...all the fun things that are a challenge for city kids to do.  Meanwhile, I get to sit at Starbucks working on things I need to do or reading - it's a win-win for everyone!

Sorry about the lack of pictures this week - my camera is having an issue... happy fall!