Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Summer: Trip to Utah

One more post from the summer and then I think I'm going to be caught up - but I'm never really caught up. Again, I started this post a while back, but you know how it goes.

We had planned to go to Utah after California for a family reunion. The reunion got cancelled but since we already had the tickets we went anyway and visited friends and family. We were able to stay with our friend Debbie who we use to work with. She's a really close friend and she really took us in while we lived there. Unfortunately I didn't take a whole lot of pictures while we were there. But we loved being able to see a lot of our friends and family and wished we had more time to see others.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Summer: 2nd Trip to California

Although the date of this post says Sept 13, which is when I started it, it is now October 20th. I was starting to feel really really behind and then I went and looked up last year's summer post and realized that I posted that one on October 30th. So I'm actually improving! So here's the rest of our summer and then some.

A couple weeks after Adam was home from Russia, we took a trip to California so he could see his family. We figured it was the last time we could take a trip like this before school started and before Caleb turns two. We spent the first week at Adam's mom's house. She has a pool and Caleb absolutely loved playing in it every day. And Adam was so cute with him in the pool. Adam also was able to reconnect with some of his childhood friends, which he was really excited about. The 2nd week, we stayed with Adam's dad. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures while we were there. I think I was starting to get "pictured-out". Plus I had taken a bunch the first time Caleb and I were there. But we had a good time there as well. It's hard being so far away from all of our family, so this was a nice summer to be able to see them so often.

Vacation Bible School

I met a lady at the gym who was the director for a vacation bible school at a local Methodist Church. I overheard her saying that she was needing volunteers and I asked her if I could help. She was thrilled and put me in charge of the pre-school age kids. I taught the daily bible stories and then was in charge of the games. There were six kids in our group and I had two helpers, Emily and Courtney and we took the kids to all of their stations each day. The Bible story that we focused on during the week was Moses helping the Israelites leave Egypt. It was great because the lesson plans were all laid out and it was really easy for the kids to catch on and get excited. It ended up being a lot of fun and the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves. I'm glad that I was at the right place at the right time and was able to participate and help out.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Summer: Girls Church Camp

While my mom was here, she able to stay with Caleb for a few days while I went to girls camp to help out. We had 4 girls from our ward there and we all had a pretty good time. There were about 90 or 100 girls total. The church owns a nice big camp ground towards the top of Mt. Lemon, about 20 miles up and about seven or eight thousand feet up. You don't even feel like you're in Arizona when you're there. It gets freezing cold at night and the weather during the day was great, which was good because we had to wear pants. The girls did crafts, service projects, hiking, certifications in fires, cooking, and other outdoors things. The bishop came up one of the nights and brought dinner and we played games and had a really nice spiritual meeting. I think overall, the girls had a good experience and I enjoyed being there.

From Drop Box

Summer: Gramma Hardy's Visit

My mom came to visit for a couple of weeks to keep us company while Adam was still gone to Russia. We had a really good time. We went to the zoo, we went shopping. We went up Mt. Lemon and got out of the heat one afternoon, that's where most of the pictures come from. I love it when family comes to visit, especially since we don't live near any family.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Summer: Delaware

Caleb and I went to Delaware towards the end of May to visit Toni and her family. We had a fun-filled week and it was so nice to be able to spend so much time catching up with Toni, though we could always use more time! We went to Lancaster, PA and went to a few Amish shops. We didn't get any pictures there though. But we did have really yummy home-made lemonade and fresh pretzels. We went to the coolest children's museum called "Please Touch Museum". It was so huge and so much fun and all the kids loved it! Most of the pictures I have come from there. We also went to the Philadelphia Zoo, which is America's 1st zoo. I think we went at the same time that every school in the area had decided to take a field trip. So it was a little crazy at first, but we found the less traveled areas eventually and stayed around there. I also was able to take some pictures of Toni's kids and family, so I'll post a couple of them too. That part of the country is very beautiful and I really enjoyed being there.

If you don't think I put up enough pictures from the museum, you can check out Toni's post for more pictures: http://maxwellmemoirs.blogspot.com/2009/06/please-touch-museum.html