Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back-to-School Time

Do you remember that Staples Back-to-School commercial a few years ago with the dad dancing through the store with the cart singing, "It's the most wonderful time of the year"? Well I do! I have always loved getting my things ready for going Back-to-School (my parents and sister can verify that!). So all of that to say it is that time of year again...

Travis gets the "trooper award" (as always!) for joining me two Saturdays in a row for both the Staples and Office Depot Teacher Days! I love free here we are getting some loot and complimentary breakfast treats.

Stephanie gets the "I will help out with just about anything award" for giving of one of her last days of summer to join me in setting up my new middle school classroom. Yes...that is right...I am is teaching middle school math this year! Stephanie and I were in the UCLA Teacher Educaiton Program together and have remained great friends every since.

So about that new is a little story. Out front of my new room is a Rabbit Habitat. For those of you who know why I have this look on my face...we will leave it at that. I heard the rabbits are at home for the summer and will be returning soon.
Eveyrone else...if you are confused...ask me sometime.

A special flashback photo from 80s spirit day a few years back. Melissa...I continue to miss you and will always cherish the years we got to teach together!

Friday, August 21, 2009

August Dates With Travis

We went to Disneyland last night and wore our Disneyland shirts.

Travis and I played tourists the other week. Here we are at the Getty.

Then Travis surprised me by going to dinner at 1 Pico, a swanky Santa Monica restaurant. Well, Travis essentially got kicked out for being under dressed. So we went to Rock 'N Fish and as we waited we took a walk on the pier.

Then the following week we went to Eugene's wedding. Good food and good sweets.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Yosemite Trip

Our first day in the valley. We did 1/4 of a trail called the Four Mile Trail. Alright class, how far did Jen and her boyfriend hike?

We woke up the next day at 3:20am to hike Half Dome. Here is Brandy and Ray at the trail head. It's a good 14-16 mile hike. It was still dark when we started.

As we hiked past a couple waterfalls, a peaceful twilight caressed the valley and soften the explosive power of the falls.

Here is the beginning of what I would call the most miserable moment in the hike. It was getting hot, no shade, I'm tired and there are relentless switchbacks.

Here we are hiking.
Us on the face of Half Dome.
We made it to the top.
Us after the hike.

We had a private section of the Merced River.

As we left Yosemite, we visited some of the oldest California residents, the sequoias.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Yosemite Preview

At the beginning of the month Travis and I joined Brandy and Ray in Yosemite. They were on a road trip on their way to move to Chicago so this was a stop on their list of things to do before leaving California.
We climbed half dome (proof below). Travis is much better than I at the poetic blog posts so he is going to give the complete blog update on Yosemite. For now...two pictures to preview...