Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mount Evans

Our afternoon drive the last Sunday of June took us up above the tree line to the summit of Mount Evans at over 14,000 feet.
It is the highest paved road in North America.
We had driven the Pikes Peak road several years ago on vacation, and this one was every bit as dramatic, with no guard rails!
We learned that originally this highway was meant to connect three "fourteeners"-- Longs Peak, Mount Evans, and Pikes Peak-- but according to the brochure it "proved unfeasible at the time" so they gave it up. That would have been really cool, though.
Since it was a hot day in Denver we hadn't thought about taking along jackets. It was breezy and in the 40s at the summit.
We walked around a bit, but didn't take the time to hike the additional 100 or so feet to the actual summit.
The park entrance fee was $10 per vehicle... a bargain compared to the $40 fee for Pikes Peak! Besides, it's closer to home... so I expect we'll be buying a season pass for $25 next year. 

It's only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but it's a great Sunday afternoon drive destination!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Graduation Day

The third Saturday in June was a beautiful day for a backyard graduation. The late afternoon sun filtering through the trees made a lovely setting for the girl graduate in her pink cap and gown. (She was the only graduate in her "class" so she got to choose the color.)
Her teacher (me)... and her "principal" (her dad)... made a few comments and presented her with her diploma.
Then her pastor-grandpa shared some thoughts and offered a blessing. The gathered friends blew bubbles at her as she tossed her cap into the air.
And with that... my homeschooling journey was over.

 Sixteen years I've invested in my children's education. Long days of wondering if we were covering everything we should be. Delightful days reading piles of wonderful stories. Challenging days when nothing seemed to go as planned. But oh, it was so worth it!

 As my mother and I previewed the PowerPoint presentation that I put together for the celebration, she commented, "The years have gone by almost as fast as those slides are changing." I agree with her. How could sixteen years possibly have gone by already?
My emotions have been bittersweet. In some ways, I wish I could go back and do some things differently. On the other hand, I'm excited to see what the future has in store for my now-adult children.

I am so grateful that I had the privilege of being home with them all throughout their childhood. Motherhood is a blessing I don't take for granted.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Washington Trip

The second weekend of June was my last convention trip of the season, and this time Lyle got to go with me! I really missed him traveling with me (and doing the loading/unloading and driving) on my other trips this year. This trip was to Seattle, one of our favorite cities.
We were even able to sneak away for a couple of hours to take a spin in the Great Wheel which is new since we were in Seattle for our 25th anniversary in 2010.
My team in Seattle was made up of some long-time friends, two of whom are Sonlight graduates! We had a good time working together and enjoyed hanging out with the team for Sonlight's sister company, BookShark, as well. Then on Saturday evening some friends from Idaho drove over to spend a little time with us. 

The trip was much too short for everything we would have liked to do... but to be honest I was happy to get home and put my feet up after 9 conventions this season! This was my 15th year as a Sonlight Curriculum Consultant and quite possibly my most challenging one yet.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Virginia Trip

The first weekend of June I was part of a larger team that hosted the Sonlight booth at the HEAV convention in Richmond, Virginia. I would have liked to see a little bit of the historic district, having never been to Richmond before... or Virginia, really, for that matter. But... it was a business trip, so sight-seeing was not on the schedule.
We flew in on Wednesday and got set up for the convention early in the day on Thursday, so we had a couple of hours to relax by the pool before time for the convention to start. One thing I noticed was how different the air "felt" in the southeast than here in the mountains... softer and heavier. It wasn't too hot that weekend, though, which was nice.
HEAV is one of the larger homeschool conventions so we definitely stayed busy. Our team was made up of a group of ladies (and one husband) whom I've become friends with over the years, and we enjoyed working together. 

And that was convention #8 for my 2014 homeschool convention season. Maybe next time I go to Virginia I'll get to see a little more of it. Or maybe not... ya just never know!