"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien.
"If you wish to be happy, think not of what is to come nor of that which you have no control over but rather of the now and of that which you can change."
Oromis, Brisingr, Christopher Paolini.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mid-year Update

Wow, it's been a long time since I updated this blog!

The ski weekend was great fun. The kids were fine at home with my ILs, and made it everywhere they were supposed to be while we were gone. We enjoyed the skiing and the companionship of good friends. My worries about not having skied for years were all for naught; apparently I'm in good enough shape to pick it up again without any problems.

We had so much fun skiing that we put all three kids in ski school; twice at Mammoth and once at Alpine Meadows. They had a blast, so we're looking forward to next season!

DD1 did her Primary level RAD exam in May. She had a great time, and was a little sad that she doesn't get to do another exam for two years. Both girls had their ballet recitals a couple of weeks ago. They were wonderful.

DS played in his first piano recital the day after the ballet recitals. It was a great experience; an intimate recital hall at the Steinway Gallery, friends there to hear him play, and cake afterwards. He was told to dress up, so he wore the suit we bought for his James Bond Halloween constume!

We flew up to Jefferson County, Washington to stay with my parents over Memorial Day weekend. This was our first family trip in the plane. We had a fun weekend and beautiful flights both ways. The cousins had a great time together. We stopped in Bend, OR on our way home to get lunch and visit the High Desert Museum. Central OR is a favorite area of ours, and we see the High Desert Museum on a fairly regular basis.

So far this year we've spent 9 nights in our popup camper. We usually stay at a KOA for Mother's Day weekend when they do their free night of camping fundraiser for camps for kids with cancer. This year we went to the Stockton Delta. We won a free weekend in a raffle, so ended up there two weekends in a row. We've also been to Eagle Lake a couple of times. It's rapidly becoming our favorite camping spot.

I haven't read many books lately. It's spring, so I'm caught in the grips of PCT journals (on postholer and TrailJournals). There are a couple of great reads I should mention: The Long Walk and Cactus Eaters.

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