Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hartwig Barn Dance

Hartwig Barn Dance, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

First we went on this great Silver Creek Falls hike. Then, we went to this fun barn dance at the Hartwigs. Lastly, we ended our weekend with a Global Day of Prayer at Corvallis High School (no picture though).

A GREAT weekend!

Too Much Fun for One Weekend!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Silver Creeks Falls Hike

See all the photos of our trip here:

Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Creek Falls

Silver Creeks Falls Mosaic, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

A fun time was had by all!

What a Great Group of Hikers

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This was a nine mile hike, and these boys and mom did GREAT!

South Falls Splendor

South Falls Splendor

This one deserves a big photo! What a great day at Silver Creek Falls.

See the whole set here:

EZ Orchards Strawberry Shortcake Reward

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monopoly Mania

Monopoly Mania, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

George wanted to spend concentrated time with the boys since we were away for our cruise. So, he spent almost all day hanging out with them downstairs. Paul CREAMED George in Monopoly! His hand LOADED with rent money.

George's Poppy Pic

George's Poppy Pic (May 25), originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dressed Up for Kelcey's Wedding

After our morning with mom Weaver, we went to Kelcey Simmons Rockhold's wedding!

What is this flower?

What is this flower?, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

OSU Flowers

OSU Flowers, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Rhodies with my Sweet Mother-in-Law and Friend

There are not too many women who can say that they LOVE their mother-in-law (on the right), but I sure can! We usually go to see the rhodies on the OSU campus on Mother's Day, but we had the last Perspectives class that day. So, we postponed it until this day, and we are glad because the rhodies were late this year!

Her friend, Murrel, from Missouri was visiting. We had a lovely day at the Broken Yoke, Farmer's Market, and OSU!

Chocolate Donut at the Farmer's Markt

What a cutie!

Jenga at the Broken Yoke

Jenga at the Broken Yoke, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

My mother in law and her friend, Murrel, picked us up from the airport and spent the night. We went out to The Broken Yoke restaurant the next morning. They have all sorts of games to play while you are waiting for your breakfast. Fun! I love Corvallis, Oregon!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dock Sweet Dock

Dock Sweet Dock, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I was up really early for our last morning and able to take a picture as we were docking in Long Beach.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dining Room Dancing

Dining Room Dancing, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

The dining room dancing entertainment was so fun! The food was great too!

What is a Cruise Without a Water Slide?

So what if I am almost 50 years old??????

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Karaoke Dancing

Karaoke Dancing, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Our new friends (Stacey, in front, was the ring leader) got everyone dancing!

My Favorite Karaoke Act

My Favorite Karaoke Act, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

They sang "Brick House" and Temptations songs. They were phenomenal!

The "Five O's"

The "Five O's", originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

We met these girls at lunch, and then we invited them to sit with us for Karaoke. They were a great group of girls!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Bay Where we Sea Kayaked

The Bay Where we Sea Kayaked, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

We sea kayaked before we hiked, but I didn't bring my nice camera on the kayak and John took pictures of us with Beth's camera from the shore. I haven't seen them yet though.

The Real 98 Pound Female Recovered!

After Officer Poindexter dropped us off, it was a true gift from God to see the "real" 98 pound female up and walking along the bay front of Avalon. I had told her to eat some calcium to help her with her leg cramping, and she was eating yogurt!

What a great end to the adventure!

We continued to see her on the cruise ship later that week, and she looked great!

Junior Harbor Patrol Honorees!

Here is our funny story:

While waiting for the trolley to go to the trailhead, Harbor Patrolman Pointdexter came walking by the trolley stop. I asked him when it would come.

He said, "Soon, we are on Avalon time here."

We got to talking, and he whispered to me, "Those people with you aren't going on your hike are they? I don't want to have to go up and rescue them. You would not believe how many people I have had to go up and rescue on that trail because they weren't in good enough shape or didn't bring water."

I assured him that those people were just taking the trolley to the Wrigley's Gardens and were not part of our party. Then he said,

"Hey, I'm going up to the fire station right now. I'll give you a ride up to the trailhead!"

YEAH! We piled in his Harbor Patrol car. We noticed all his Search and Rescue equipment in the back, and he asked if we had water because he didn't want to have to come up and rescue us. We assured him that we had more than enough.

He dropped us off, and we started our hike. We kept hearing a large group of youth up in front of us. When we were very close to the top, we came across one of those youth (the girl in the previous photo) suffering from the lack of hiking preparation Officer Poindexter had warned us about! Good thing we had more than enough water because we were able to share it with her, along with our oranges that helped get her blood sugar up again. We left her in the hands of the Search and Rescue people, but our friend, Officer Poindexter, was not with them. As we were rounding the backside of the isaland, a second Search and Rescue vehicle came up the road, and Officer Poindexter yells out the window,

"I thought it was you!"

My friend, Elizabeth, and I bursed into laughter, especially since we knew that the call indicated that it was a 98 pound female and neither of us are anywhere near that weight being that I am 6' 2" and Beth is 6'!

We came down the hill through the Wrigley's Gardens gate just as the ambulance was taking our girl away, and guess who was there? Officer Poindexter! I asked him,

"Since when do either of us look like a 98 pound female?"

He responded, "I get inaccurate descriptions all the time!"

We had a good laugh and a photo with our nice officer.

The highlight was getting "Junior Harbor Patrol" pins that we will wear with pride!

Thank you Officer Poindexter for being the highlight of our cruise!

The Four Amigos

The Four Amigos, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

After reaching the Hermit Gulch Summit, we looped around and came in the back way to the Wrigley's Gardens (It is free that way). Here we are toward the end of our hike.

The View from the Top of Hermit Gulch, Catalina Island

It is not a hike for the faint at heart. I wouldn't try it unless you are in pretty good shape. I would also bring LOTS of water, especially if you do this in the morning as the sun beats down on that side of the hill. An afternoon hike would probably give you more shade, but we couldn't do that since our ship left at 4 pm.

Helping a Hiker in Distress

Helping a Hiker in Distress, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

This girl was hiking in flip-flops on a difficult trail: no breakfast, no water, no food, and hot temperatures. She had heat stroke and her blood sugar had plummeted. She was cramping up and hysterical. I gave her my orange by wedges, watered her down, and spoke to her. Search and rescue came and we left. Seeabove for the rest of the story!

Catalina Indian Paintbrush

Catalina Indian Paintbrush, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Halfway up the Hermit Gulch Trail

Catalina and the Wrigley's Museum

The Paradise Outside Catalina

026, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Booze Cruise to Mexico

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We were supposed to have a high school reunion cruise but EVERYONE except Elizabeth and her husband backed out. Oh well, it was a fun and interesting trip!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Zac Ephron Groupies

Zac Ephron Groupies, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Lisa turned me on to High School Musical and Zac Ephron. So, we had to go and see 17 Again together!

Life is Good on Mother's Day

Life is Good on Mother's Day, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I love my family. In addition to the Amazon Kindle (combo present for Mother's Day and 50th birthday), they bought me a Life is Good shirt that I will where when we go sea kayaking in Catalina!

They also fixed me a great meal!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

"I Pledge Allegiance to the Earth"

Tea with the American Lit Girls

I made them homemade chai tea for the first time! New converts to my addiction. LOL!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thank You Marguerite for Loving My Kids

Testing day is always positive and relaxed with Marguerite. This is her last time to test Michael. She has been doing it since 1999. I wish I had taken a picture of them standing next to each other each time.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Helping Jennifer with Her Application

Cornell Bird Biology Course

Cornell Bird Biology Course, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I can't believe he finished this 1200+ page book this year! He did Project Feederwatch too.