January 2, 2011
I’ll download some pics from Christmas, which was very quiet for us. No pics from New Years as we were in bed by 10 p.m. Didn’t even watch the ball drop and there was no fireworks on the top of Pikes Peak. Too cold, windy and cloudy. It was -4 at 6,200 feet. No telling how cold up at 14,110 feet where the Add A Man club hiked to for their Jan1, 2011 fireworks show.
These two pics are of the cave/grotto on the Isle of Patmos where John supposedly wrote the book of Revelations. They were sent to me by one of the people in our group during our cruise. This was quite interesting as was the entire island.
This is one of our Christmas pics of us with JJ, Camryn and Anna and of course, Abbie, our springer spaniel. She stays close by wherever we go, inside or outside. Camryn and Abbie love each other and Camryn enjoys letting Abbie lick her face; even though I yell at them to both stop.
January 6, 2011
It is so easy to get side tracked, especially this time of year with the holidays, trying to get things done to start the new semester, reports for the Exchange students and having our first big snow storm of the year. The storm was bad enough that they were unable to shoot off the fireworks from the top of Pike’s Peak at midnight, Jan. 1, 2011.
Now we are worrying about our newest great=grandchild, Riley, who is in Holland with her parents. She had a series of seizures that wouldn’t stop. Riley turns 1-year old this month. Ryan & Samantha have kept the family appraised of the happenings with all the tests and brain scans. Medication has stopped the seizures. There seems to be a small lesion on the brain which is likely the cause. Here is a pic I got this morning of Riley in the hospital. Ryan is in the Air Force and stationed at a NATO base in Holland. The LDS Missionaries have been to the hospital and given Riley a blessing.
Samantha says Riley is looking and feeling better, but not very happy with all the poking and prodding and testing happening in her life. For us in the States; all we can do is worry and pray for her recovery.
School starts back up today (Jan. 6th). I have a half-day assignment on Friday, which is unusual, as most teachers need to be there to handle the first couple of days of school; to get attendance and all the switching in and out of classes. I’m going to work every day I can this semester. We are going to do some updating of our home as 2011 is not a time to buy a new home or sell this one. Replacement windows, granite countertops, some tile, a new bathtub in the master bathroom and window coverings. Don’t want to take money out of our savings. Plus, I would like to get a newer truck than my ’98 Tacoma.
Also need to make a decison soon about continuing as a Coordinator for Exchange students. There is a little money, but not much. When there are problems, like this year; it can be time consuming. However, the other side is enjoying the interaction with host families and the exchange students. We had a couple of problems in my first year; both with Columbian girls. One was sent home and the other is on Probation. Well, all my students were girls, which generally was a positive. All of them have done well in school. The big negative is they all come well-to-do familes, who can afford to send their child to the U.S. for a year. As a result, many are not used to being in a family setting, which requires interacting and functioning as a family. Both Columbian girls were an only child and they had housekeepers rather than ever doing any chores themselves. I will make that decision by the end of January as the new season begins, especially finding host families.