Archive | June, 2010

Hot Air Balloon

30 Jun

When Andrew got ordained by Sandals Church to be a pastor, the small groups gave him (well, us) a gift:  a hot air balloon ride in Temecula.

Well, that was over a year ago and we finally did it.

Woke up at 3:30am on a Saturday (not so fun) to get to Temecula by 5:00.  We then sat around until 7:00 while we waited for good weather conditions to go up in the air.  When it all started, it was pretty worth it.

I know you can’t see anything in this picture.  Thats because… I’m in a cloud!

This was the only time I was a little freaked out.  Couldn’t see anything below or around us.  Fully in a cloud.  We got pretty high up at this point.  Whew!

We made it back to the ground safely. 

I liked being in the air.

Then we came back home and took a nap.  I like naps too.

Balls Everywhere

29 Jun

We spent Saturday afternoon with our good friends, the Pardees.  After watching USA’s final game in the world cup, we got in the pool.  Then Justin had the great idea of getting out the Chuck-E-Cheeze balls they had bought at a garage sale.

First, all the balls needed to be washed.

(and yes, I know what you are thinking… there were LOTS of ball jokes).

“Mike, thanks for washing my balls.” – that was one.

Once all the balls were in the pool, the boys jumped in.

“I love the sound of balls knocking together.”

“I like the feeling of being  surrounded by balls.”

All in all, I think there were about 2,000 balls in the pool.

Good, clean fun with balls.

Crazy Love

27 Jun

One of the summer reads I have committed to is Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

He is one of my favorite speakers and so far I am loving this book.

Have you read it?  What do you think?  Do you need to read it?

Creation Declares His Glory

26 Jun

So the other day I was sitting on my front porch and I noticed something…

this might look like nothing at first sight… but look close at all the plants.

Do you notice they are all leaning the same direction?  After sitting there for a while, I noticed that all the plants in our front yard were all facing the same direction – towards the sun.  Most of our yard is in the shade.

It amazes me that living structures, with no brain, have the instinctive nature to move towards that which gives them life.  How do they know?

As a scientist, I know someone could give me the details about the cycles of photosynthesis and how leaning towards the light optimizes a plant’s chances for thriving. 

But still…. how do they know to do it?  I don’t know exactly how,  but I know exactly who makes this happen.

This reminds me of a simple truth:

“Why do you worry…?  See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?   So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matt 6

If God can take care of these flowers, how much more can He care for me?

Still Working

25 Jun

Andrew and I are still working on our house.

We made last Friday another work day.  We sure were there all day long.

I re-caulked 2 showers and painted (with 2 coats) 2 bathrooms.

I was a mess.

We are just praying that our hard work will be worth it.  We believe God gave us this house and so we believe God will also send us good renters.


24 Jun

Um… I have one!

Well… its not actually mine.  It belongs to my school.

But they let me take it home over the summer!

My school bought a few iPads and they gave one to me and one other teacher so we could play with it over the summer and figure how to implement this technology into my classroom.

To be honest, so far I have mostly played games on it.

This is COGS, my new favorite addiction.

You have to move the square pieces to turn the wheels to move the specific wheels at the top.


Prego Journey Update

22 Jun

I struggled a bit with this title, cause I’m not really on the prego journey yet, but non-prego journey, or infertility journey sounded a little wierd. 

We are on the journey to get pregnant, so I am calling this the prego journey update.

I went on clomid at the start of the month to boost my estrogen levels.  This is so that my eggs will get nice and big.  Got a few ultrasounds to check things out.  Doc said my eggs looked good.  He sent me home with a shot to give myself to make sure my eggs would be released and exact instructions as to when Andrew and I would need some “alone time.”

So, armed with my shot I was all prepared to give myself, Andrew and I set off.

The night before I was to give myself the shot, I got to thinking… if I take the shot, how am I going to know if I am ovulating on my own or not?  The doctors never wanted to test that, they just wanted to give me the shot to make sure I DO ovulate.  So what if I don’t get pregnant this month?  Then I have to keep taking the shot every month until I get pregnant without ever knowing if my body is actually working on its own?

I decided at the last minute not to take it.  We still kept all the other instructions (wink) including my blood test which I did on Sunday.

My newest lab work is going to test my progesterone levels.  If they are high enough, that means I ovulated this month all on my own!

Have a couple more weeks before we get the results. 

So what if we don’t get pregnant this month?  Right now, I am just thinking I will cross that bridge when I get there.  Until then, “why worry about tomorrow?  For tomorrow will worry about itself.” – Matt 6:34. 

And besides how can “worrying add a single hour to [my] life?” – Matt 6:27

There is a lot packed into that chapter.  Do you need to read Matthew 6 today?

We Talked to NASA

21 Jun

I know I have been out of school for a week now so this post is a little late in coming but still totally worth it.

For the past few months I have been communicating with some of the staff at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to put together a video conference for our students.  It was a considerable amount of work, but well worth it.

On the screen is Mr. Michael Coats.  He is the director, the head guy, at JSC and the reason we got to do this conference – he grew up in Riverside and is an alumni of the Jr. High school I teach at!

The students were able to ask him questions and he would answer them directly.  This kid wanted to know “what the effect of zero-gravity has on the human body.” 

That came from an 8th grader….. I know!

The students were great.  Between all the science teachers we picked about 50 kids we knew would be interested and made this happen!  My principal and a few people from the district even stopped by!

I even learned so much!  Did you know that they make astronauts who work on the International Space Station work out for 2 hours a day?  Otherwise, their muscles would atrophy because they basically don’t use them in space.

Did you also know that astonauts have a special sleeping bag that only has a hole for their head, and they hook themselves to the wall when they sleep so they don’t float all around the ship?

Did you know that you have to be scuba certified to be an astronaut?  Astronauts train in the world’s largest swimming pool (so they can get used to working with zero gravity)  at the JSC facility and so they need to know how to scuba.  We got to see live video of them training under water and working on the equipment.  It was awesome!

Definately one of the highlights of my career.

Wedding Outfit Fail

17 Jun

The day after I got out of school Andrew and I took off for a weekend in Las Vegas.  Our original intent was to attend a friend’s wedding but we decided to also take a little time for ourselves (we won 5 bucks by the way.  Woo!)

So here was the info we got from the wedding invitation:  they wanted us to wear brown/tan and white.  At first the invitation said to dress semi-formal, but then we got a follow-up email saying that we would be sitting on the grass and cement in the park.  Invite said “we still want people to look nice, but keep in mind that you will be sitting on the ground.”

My thought?  No dress.  It actually created a bit of stress for me.  What to wear?  Brown and white, nice, but not too nice.  Hmm.

Both Andrew and I decided it was probably a bit more casual then, and nice jeans with the right look would be acceptable.

I thought we looked nice.

But then…

we noticed that everyone, in fact, was dressed semi-formal and we were the ONLY ONES WEARING JEANS!

It probably wouldn’t have felt as awkward if there were different colors but our blue jeans stood out pretty well.

After us both stressing for about an hour, we decided that there was nothing we could do and tried to let go.

Still had a good time. 



12 Jun

Could you hear the music in that word?  ‘Cause it is in my head.

Classroom cleaned out.  Don’t have to wake up early tomorrow.  I don’t have to talk if I don’t want to.