|Anne and I have been friends since 8th grade....that's over 25 years!|
My parents took us on a wonderful vacation to Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah. It was truly majestic!
|Me and my mama|
While in Utah, we stayed at a wonderful restored old house with quaintly creaky floors and snapdragons in the front yard. The kids played wiffle ball in the sprinklers and we enjoyed some of small-town Americana.
Some good friends who used to live in Tanzania flew all the way from Wisconsin to visit us! We spent a great couple of days together and the kids loved reconnecting with Ruby and Henry (and I loved being with their mom!)
|The legendary cement slides at Brigadoon Park in San Jose|
|Ice cream in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco|
|Johnny's butterfly friend inside the Golden Gate Park Conservatory|
|Investigating carnivorous plants in the Conservatory|
Of course, Grandma always insists on a trip to Disneyland! The kids got one day there with Mom and Dad and another day with just their relatives, as Mom and Dad needed to be at a church.
|Lily learning to fight the Dark Side.|
|Splash Mountain. We discovered that Johnny is an adrenaline junkie who loves roller coasters.|
We've experienced a lot of amazing hospitality so far in the States, but this day was particularly special. My former professor from The Master's College (one of two who taught me almost everything I know about education) had us all over for lunch. She set out dozens of items for the kids to make food sculptures, and they had a marvelous time playing with their food!