Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Truism

Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
~Ronald Reagan

Friday, May 18, 2018

It's Over

Our local fair, as well as our County 4-H Fair, is but a memory.
So is my involvement as a leader.
As I told my friend and Community Leader my decision, I felt some guilt.
But I also felt good.
Watching the kids whom I have helped learn to cook grow into adulthood makes me happy.
Seeing them be rewarded for what they have learned is just icing on the cake.
On to whatever the next chapter is.
FFA again soon, I think.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Three Years

This year, I do believe she is looking down on us with an extra special smile.

And love and pride in her heart.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sweet Gift

The end of school is always hectic and ours came early this year. 
SPF made the cutest gifts for her friends this year and it screams summer vacation.  
Ice Cream Sundaes in a Box....without the ice cream.

She made caramel sauce, wrote fun things on the wooden spoons...
the ones we used to get when we were kids...
...and bagged up sprinkles and Reeses Pieces
The Reeses Pieces even came with a personal note warning of their addictive nature.
Fun stuff.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Truism

All love begins and ends there.
~Robert Browning

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Finally. Washington DC

way back when...
in March...
SPF and I (along with 40 other students and adults)...boarded a bus in the middle of the night to begin a drive to Los Angeles. 
We arrived, still in the dark, to board an airplane.
To spend the next few days exploring our Nation's Capital and the Big Apple.
The students were mostly 7th and 8th graders, with a few high school students sprinkled in the mix.
This trip is one that usually occurs every two years and while it is not sponsored by our school, it is set up by a long time teacher.
Two years ago, the trip didn't not occur, so those students, now in high school, were given the opportunity to join us.
LPP and I went on it when she was in 7th grade (1, 2, 3, 4,)  and Chris and his Dad went two years prior to that.
It was fantastic and I could not recommend WorldStrides more highly.
Most of the kidnicks had never been on a plane before and were excited.  

While there was some turbulence on both flights, we landed safely and in the end, that's all that matters.
I would like to stay in Nashville longer someday and visit  here.
We were met at the airport and taken to our bus and Vinnie. 
Vinnie was a wealth of knowledge and having been a metro driver for years before joining WorldStrides, he navigated the city wonderfully.
The afternoon was beautiful as we visited the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial.

As we walked from one to the other, Vinnie told us the history of what we were seeing, fun trivia (Kilroy makes two appearances at the WWII Memorial), as well a question or two for the kids to answer when back on the bus.  
There are so many memorials in the city that I adore, but this one is in my top 5...maybe top three.
The quotes...
The 24 bronze panels that line the wall depicting our country's effort in the war...

The open-ness between the Atlantic and Pacific Pavilions. 
The states and territories arranged in a meaningful order. 

The sound of water.

And the Freedom Wall.
Each of the 4,048 stars represents 100 deaths.
The math is staggering.
The gratitude I feel here is almost overwhelming.

It is my hope that this trip will help instill the same sense of gratitude and pride for this country in the next generation.
It is a start.

On our way to dinner, Vinnie took us past the Pentagon to the Air Force Memorial.
These stainless steel spires seemingly just appear against the brilliant blue sky.
The Memorial is adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery and overlooks the Pentagon.
They bring to mind the contrails we all gazed at in the sky as children.  
The tallest spire is 270 feet tall which made photo taking interesting. 
Some of the kids got very creative.
I did not.
The Honor Guard Statues stand 8 feet tall with the American and Air Force flag reaching another 8 feet into the air.
Very impressive.

After a tasty dinner at a Mexican Restaurant, we headed to the Capitol.

For a surprise.
A private night tour.

Led by one of our Congressmen.
He took us through this magnificent building that oozes history.
From the star in the center of  the Crypt which symbolizes the point from which streets in Washington are laid out and numbered.
Our Founding Fathers and those surrounding them were brilliant.

We were led up and down steps that are not on the public tours.

From the Crypt under the Rotunda to President Washington's Tomb.

Upon his death though, Mrs. Washington put her foot down and he was buried at the place he loved.
Mt. Vernon.
Not the Capitol.
But we actually SAW it.
Pretty cool stuff.
Congressman V. led us through hallways not only lined with the past, but the present.

And then.
Up more stairs.

With no regard to the signs.
Such rebels.
To the balcony.

Seriously incredible.
There is beauty and inspiration everywhere you look.

We visited Statuary Hall where Congressman V.  demonstrated the "Whisper Spot" to us.

This amazes me.
President Reagan and Father Serra of California Mission fame are the two statues representing California.
Eight days from the time I took this photo, I would be visiting this man's home.

And that completes day one of a whirlwind few days.
And we haven't even checked into our hotel yet.
Some pooped kidnicks.
Adults, too.