Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Week 24: Sunlight

This week we are relaxing as we housesit for friends of my dad. In spite of that, I'm still not getting much done, but that's okay! Our first full week in the States was a whirlwind, but a very fun one!

Day 159: The first time we saw my brother when we got back, he was covered in grease, and a little stressed about how he was going to get his boat onto the trailer. The kids got a more official greeting when he met us at the beach the next day.

Day 160: This was a big day for all of us--in a subdued sort of way. With just the kids and grandkids present, my dad and his long-time girlfriend, Gretchen, got married!!! We are now an official blended family!

Day 161: We went out looking for jelly fish in the sunlight on Sunday morning. We were grateful to have some sun over the weekend!

Day 162: We drove back from the beach Monday morning, picked up a couple of suitcases, and headed to my aunt's for dinner, so that we could do some laundry, re-pack suitcases and be a little closer to the airport for our very early departure time!

Day 163: Other than Kennedy getting gum stuck in her hair on one of the flights to Dayton, our travel day went pretty well, and we were very excited to see Uncle Evan!

Day 164: In an attempt to pretend that there wasn't still a lot to do to get ready for the wedding, Uncle Evan and Aunt Jen took us to the National Museum of the Air Force on base in Dayton.

Day 165: Playing in the pool to cool off in the sunlight!

My favorite picture of this week is definitely the one of Kennedy hugging my brother. I love the glee on her face!

If you are a friend or family member who would like a copy of one of these pictures (or any other, now or in the future) without the watermark on it, please let me know. I'd be happy to email you one!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Week 23: Water

Oh my! We have been busy! These pictures feel like so long ago now that we have flown to Washington for a week and then to Ohio for a week. This week is going to be a little more relaxing, and I really wanted to get pictures uploaded and edited. As long as I'm editing and organizing pictures, I might as well post some!

Day 152: I was headed to a going away party for the teacher that I am taking over for next year when I spotted this bookmobile on a side street. That is something I've only heard about!

Day 153: The kids were having a great time at our end of the year picnic at school. Even Kennedy handled the goodbyes well!

Day 154: Cade was stacking up his graham crackers in his milk. It's funny how exciting these were a few weeks ago!

Day 155: Watching and waiting to board our plane back to San Francisco. We had a 25 hour travel day back to the States after our delayed flight at SFO. It was a long day, but the kids were great!

Day 156: My brother was just finishing up his boat and loading it onto the trailer when we arrived. We were very impressed at the size and quality of the aluminum skiff he built-the first boat he's ever built. Now, he and his boat are in Alaska.

Day 157: We went clam digging for our seafood weekend with the kids and their cousins. As close as we got to the water this week!

Day 158: After a couple of days at my dad's, we went to the cabin on Whidbey Island. Our 3rd bed in 5 days!

I think my favorite of this week was the shot of the kids in the airport. Even after 6 flights in 2 weeks, Cade is still enthralled with airplanes. Kennedy, on the other hand, would be fine if she never had to fly again, I think!

Sunday, June 3, 2012


We've made it to the airport so far! We took an airport taxi which picked us up at our door and then it took less than an hour to get here. So nice. Eric and the kids took naps and before we knew it we were here.
Now we've checked our bags, made it through immigration, and the kids are playing in the "kid zone". Here we go!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Week 22: Playtime

If I'm totally honest with you, it is stressing me out knowing that I am not going to be able to keep up with these posts once we're in the States. There is a part of my that likes keeping our routines consistent and this has gotten to be part of my routine over the past five months. I have no doubt that I will be able to continue taking pictures regularly, I just know that with the lack of wifi (have I mentioned how much I'm going to miss my iPhone and personal hotspot?), it's unlikely I'll get the posts done on time. They'll get done eventually, though, and it is my goal to give myself grace, so that blog posts are not hanging over my head. We will be in the States to spend quality time with our family, and I know that they give me grace even if I don't grant it to myself!

Day 146: I took the kids to the park in the afternoon, and they started "hiking" through the manicured bushes around the play area. Our country turned city kids.

Day 147: I just had to document my book stack right now. This is most of the books I need to read over the summer to get ready for the class I'll be teaching next year. I still have one or two more world religion books, Hamlet, and the Norton Anthology of World Literature to add to the stack!

Day 148: Cade was exhausted and took a rare nap. The poor kid was sweating so much, his entire body was wet when he woke up.

Day 149: Kennedy has been watching this flower and wanted me to take a picture of it. It stressed her out when she saw that it was closed in the evening.

Day 149: Our real playtime for this week: well-behaved middle schoolers were rewarded with a trip to Everland (a Korean version of Disneyland) this week, so we took the kids with us. They had a ball!

Day 150: We were leaving dinner with friends at 8:00 when I realized that I still hadn't taken a picture for the day. This was the chandelier hanging in the new Thai restaurant that we went to.

Day 151: I did get a picture of our students signing yearbooks on the last day of school, but it wasn't great, so I got another one of the kids at the end of a long day!

I think my favorite this week is the one of the kids riding Dumbo. They were so excited to find a ride they could go on by themselves. They're getting so big!

To see others' photo projects, check out the links:
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