Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Scenic Route Home

I love living and traveling in the Northwest!
Pictures taken on our way home from Seattle last weekend.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Headed to Seattle

It's time for my third homeschool conference this spring. This one is in the Seattle area, and I always look forward to the springtime drive over the Cascades. Everything is so fresh and newly green, but there is probably still plenty of snow in the mountains. It's been my experience that spring comes a little earlier to the western side of Washington state, so I look forward to seeing all the spring flowers in bloom over there. There is an 80% chance of rain for the weekend... wait a minute, I thought that was always the forecast for Seattle? I don't know if we'll make it to the tulip farms this year or not.
This weekend I will be hosting the Sonlight booth at the Christian Heritage conference in Redmond, Washington. I will also be speaking on Friday at 12:15 on Raising Kids Who Love to Learn. As a special "thank you" to conference attendees, Sonlight is allowing me to offer a $15 coupon to each family who stops by my booth! Also, if you bring a friend who is new to Sonlight, I will have an extra small gift for you. Or mention that you read about this conference on my blog! These gifts will be available while supplies last, so be sure to stop by early. You will also have a chance to win my drawing for a nice basket of books and other goodies! If you homeschool in Washington, I hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Springtime in the Mountains

This past Sunday afternoon my family enjoyed a drive up into the mountains to look for spring. And while it's still in the very early stages, it has definitely arrived! We often go for Sunday afternoon drives as a family... but this week marked a significant milestone. It was the first time one of the children did the driving!

Those of you who know Lyle personally know what a driving enthusiast he is. Which suits me just fine, because I'm definitely not! I am more than happy to occupy the passenger seat on our frequent road trips and day trips. Recently, our oldest daughter got her learner's permit and Lyle has been teaching her to drive. Yes, I'm the "head teacher" at Highway High School, but the "principal" is in charge of the math and driver's ed departments! So she had been out several times driving with her dad, but this was the first time I went along. She actually did a great job... but "silly mom" was freaking out (silently) at the thought of my "little girl" in the driver's seat of her dad's big Dodge Ram truck. I did survive!

The highlight of the day was the elk sighting. We often see deer and other small wildlife on our drives, but it is rarer to see elk or moose. (We still haven't seen a bear.) We saw 4 different elk this time. This one, wading across the river...
Another grazing on the other side of the river. And then further down the river, this pair grazing in the distance.
Fun times!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Camping Season Begins

As a kick-off to the camping season we took our trailer out this past weekend.
We were visiting friends for the Easter holiday, and we stayed at a beautiful RV park near their home along the Clearwater River on Saturday night.
We don't count RV parks as "real camping" but it was fun to get out for a night, and we were happy to have hook-ups as it turned out to be pretty cold that night.
This is a funny picture one of my daughters took when I was peeking out the window at Lyle while I was making up the bed!

We are looking forward to another fun-filled summer of weekends out with the camper whenever we can manage it... even if it's just one night at a time.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


...Resurrection Day...
He is Risen indeed!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Books I'm Reading

Continuing with the 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, here are the books I read in March:

24. Genoa Bay by Bette Nordberg
25. A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin
26. Screen Play by Chris Coppernoll
27. As Young As We Feel by Melody Carlson
28. The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry
29. After the War by Carol Matas
30. Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist by John Severance
31. The Wave by Todd Strasser