Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Homework...for Us?

Yesterday was the first day of school here in Dare County. Since we are moving into a new house, we enrolled Jake in the new school. He was a little nervous about making all new friends, but when we were completing his paperwork for the school transfer, he saw another kid he knew from his daycare. He was in a different teacher's class, but they were able to see each other during recess. Jake is officially a "First Flight Fyer" now, not a "Nags Head Wave Runner". It is hard to believe he is in 2nd grade!
I had to laugh when I picked him up from school. The first thing he told me about was the homework. He said he didn't have homework, we do. I said, "Wait a minute, I didn't go to school today, how did I get homework?" He laughed and said, "that's OK, Daddy has to do it with you, too. It is for both of you to do together." And let me tell you, he meant it. While Jake was playing with a neighborhood boy, I took out the paperwork, aka homework, and started filling out the humongous pile of forms. Jake noticed and made me wait until Andy got home. It took us over an hour to read everything and complete them all.

I hope we get an A.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Wow. It has been a busy summer for us. I haven't had much time for scrapping at all. Jake will be starting school in about a week, and I still need to get his supplies and a new backpack. Football starts soon, too. We are thrilled that he wants to play again this year. Some good news for me is that I will be teaching a class at the community college here for their compensatory education program. I am so excited about it! And, the best part is that I will be working with a wonderful group of kids.
Since I haven't been able to scrap lately, I decided to play around with digital scrapping while here at the store. I've never done digital scrapping or even hybrid and thought this was a blast. I will try it again.

So, here is "Sunny"! Amazing how huge he grew in such a short period. Andy and Jake documented it in steps along the way. They measured him and marked it on the post next to him.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Stalactite Anyone?

We just came back from camping at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground in Luray, VA. We just love it there. Usually we go camping for Halloween, but since we've never used their pools or the waterslide, we decided to go during the summer. The views were just as spectacular and the rangers and campgrounds were just as awesome. While there we decided to visit the Luray Caverns. We try to do this every visit since Jake loves it and it is not only educational, but beautiful as well. Admission costs $19.00 for each adult and children ages 6-12 are just $9.00. But, they do offer some discounts and the entrance fee also includes the cost of admission to the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum as well. The caverns are temperature controlled at a comfortable 54 degrees and the guided tour takes about an hour to complete. The paved path is about 1 1/4 miles in length.

Stacpipe Organ (this is a working organ that uses the stalctites for their pipes!)

Pluto's Chasm
Totem Poles
Titania's Veil
Fried Eggs Formation
Wishing Well
Various Views
My pictures do not do this cave justice. The formations are just magnificent. To learn more about each of the named formations and about the caverns, check on discover the caverns on their website.