November 28, 2011


joshua creek ranch. boerne, texas

November 21, 2011

"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give, 

To roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live."  ~hans christian andersen

(chuckanut drive, washington state)

November 20, 2011

agassiz fall fair.

Last September, we headed out to the annual Agassiz Fall Fair.  Started out with rain, but it didn't stop the hard-cores who braved the wetness to watch the opening parade.  We took shelter in the showcase building to view homemade baking, handicrafts, and artwork.  The last time we went, we went to the barn too late and missed most of the livestock.  This time we saw giant bunnies, buzz cut dairy cows, funky-looking chickens, and even watched a 4-H rabbit competition.  Then it was lunch and the real reason we go...bbq chicken and corn on the cob.  Amazing.  We enjoyed our meal while watching a Johnny Cash tribute.  Classic fall fair.

It was as big as his head.

November 11, 2011

helluuuuu again.

Time flies when you're doing life. For those of you who are curious, a little update:

~Matt started his MBA at Trinity Western U. specializing in Non-Profit Management.  It was a bit of a rough start (how fun can financial accounting and management really be), but I think he's settled in and enjoying it just a little bit more than before with courses that actually have to do with "non-profity" subjects.  I have to say, I think he's a much better student than I was; he gets his papers and assignments in on time. 

~He's still working at Pacific Academy as an Educational Assistant for the high school.  Next year, he'll be taking a group of students to help with UrbanPromise Honduras for their spring break trip.  Needless to say, I'm excited for/jealous of him.

~I've changed jobs from being an ESL teacher downtown to working with Union Gospel Mission in the downtown Eastside.  Why the change?  1. I got a layoff notice in the Fall and needed a back-up plan. 2. Lesson prep was filling up my evenings and weekends and I was beginning to resent it. 3. I was feeling more frustrated than fulfilled in my job.  What am I doing?  I'm working at the Women and Families Centre implementing a new program that involves coordinating a team of support for someone with complex needs to help with long-term improvement.  It's pretty cool, but a bit overwhelming.  So much to learn.  But I don't have to take work home with me which is pretty sweet.  And I have my own real office!

Here are a few pics from the past couple of months.  I realize I'm uber behind in going through my photos and posting some...all the way back to my time in Korea.  I've lost any motivation to take pictures because I'm so backlogged and taking new pictures just means getting behind even further.  However...I'm going to attempt to pull out my old photos and start posting them.  I have so much to show you from my/our past travels, and life in general, in the last couple of years.  So here begins a a whole lot o' flashbacking...

A day at the PNE with barnyard animals and Peking Acrobats.

And a day trip to Fairhaven, Bellingham with friends.  Wandered through antique stores and touristy shops,
and ended up at Rocket Donuts for a sweet treat.
That's a bacon maple bar...that's right...'bacon.'  Weirdly enough, it was so good.