Sunday, January 28, 2007


Part of SOS is performing "spirit missions." Dave's class has had plenty of fun with this. Yesterday they covered the Flight Commander's sports car with a painted car cover and Bart and Homer.

This is their first spirit mission. The class dressed the statue on base as a knight, their mascot.

Miranda's Citizenship Award

The award reads:

Once there was talking, I said "whoever is talking will have to move their name." Miranda got up and moved her name. This impressed me and I believe she showed a lot of integrity. She was more concerned about doing the right thing instead of getting into trouble.

I am very proud of my little girls.

McKenzie has been doing really well as well. I am very proud of her this week too. She has been struggling a little in fifth grade with other friends. She had a situation that wasn't particularly the best for her and she asked to sit down with the other person involved and the parents and tell the girl how she felt by how she was treated! Way to go McKenzie! It was a very healthy way for her to express her feelings and change how she was being treated.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Mei Lan--Atlanta's Beauty

The girls received their report cards on Friday and that is the day that I found out that the panda cub was allowed out for visitor viewing at the zoo. Miranda wanted to go ice skating, but it wasn't much work to have her trade her ice skating trip for a trip to Atlanta to see the new baby panda.

We knew we weren't guaranteed to see the panda, but I was hoping. We woke up at 5 am in order to be there by 9 for a member's only view.....well. Things didn't go quite as planned and we didn't make it until regular viewing. The mommy panda was scared early that morning from all of the flash of cameras when she brought the baby out (before we arrived) and wasn't coming back out with the cub. We waited patiently for quite some time, and decided to leave the zoo.

We went to CNN and took the tour. That was a lot of fun. I convinced Dave and McKenzie to let me take Miranda back to the zoo one last time before we left Atlanta.

Miranda and I waited patiently in the packed little enclosure, trying to be as quiet as could be so that mommy panda would bring the baby out. It was fun to watch the video in the den behind the visitor viewing. She was "mopping" the floor with the baby by pulling her by the neck and legs, kind of like a mommy kitty. We waited and waited. She finally came out and saw all of the people through the glass and immediately turned and took the cub back to her den. We got a two second glance, and I didn't think that I got a picture, but I did!!!!! It isn't very good, but this is all we saw of the little fur ball. But we did see her!
It's hard to tell that it is a panda cub. The cub is facing the mom. You can see the black little ears to the left and the reddish color is the nape of her neck where mommy bites her and carriers her. It is the staining of her fur from the vitamin biscuits that mom eats.

This is the second click of the camera. One when she started to come out and the second as she turned quickly to leave!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Trip to Oregon!

Krystal, Brian, Kyndall, Me, Mom and Dad

My scrapbooking girls!!! It was so good to see them. We had a wonderful time at Baja Fresh just being together. I can't wait for my trip in July to spend some more time with them.

This is my first few moments with Kyndall. She is precious. I am so thankful that I was able to go see her and the rest of my family.

It was good to be able to spend a few visits with Grandma.

If you have been around me long, you know that besides people in Oregon, this is what I miss. THE MOUNTAINS!!!! I want to wake up every morning with this outside my window.

I experienced snow for the first time in a long time. I don't love it. It looks really nice from a distance :)

I have tons to post and will keep trying to do a little at a time. I won't share them all, but I took over 200 pictures while I was gone :)