Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The earth is-a-shakin'!!

I just called my parents to let them know I survived my first California earthquake! Man... do I ever hate earthquakes. When I first thought about moving here in 2000 the biggest concern I had was having to experience a "California Quake". I'm a major wimp when it comes to natural disasters! I remember in high school (10th grade?) we had a small quake in Seattle and that night I had to sleep in my parents bedroom because I was so scared!
Geoff and I were sitting on the couch just relaxing when we noticed the room shaking... we looked at each other, both a little unsure of what was happening, and then he ran to the door jam and I quickly followed, not wanting to get in my own doorway but instead be close to him (ahh, that's true love!). Man, was I scared or what! Looking back it was kinda silly... but I just kept thinking "it's going to be the BIG one!". After it seemed to calm down we went outside and all the neighbors were out looking around in disbelief. We checked out the complex pool and the earthquake had created some big waves- that was (kind of) cool! So, no need to worry, I survived my first Cali quake!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I'm not sure that I should really post pictures of my students... but, I'm going to do it anyways!! Last Friday we went to a dance with all Post-Secondary programs in the area. We all dressed up and the kids had a great time. You wouldn't believe these dances until you've been to one... lights down low, DJ's, Top 40 music, inappropriate dancing (!), snacks... it's quite the party! (The picture is missing one of my students who had already left for the bus.) Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Abo's fall visit to Cali

Last weekend my parents were in town from Seattle visiting me, Geoff, Michelle(sis), and her love Shawn. It was another awesome weekend with ma and pa Abo... we stayed in Santa Cruz and went to a pumpkin patch, shopped, ate, walked, relaxed... it was lovely. My parents are amazing and I've learned so much about life from them. I am just so blessed to have role models like them in my life. They inspire me to live life to the fullest, to love and to give back.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

2nd try

So, now I am really starting a blog. I was persuaded when my dearest friend Anne Hillstead (formerly Mugleston) started a blog. I figure that if Anne can do it, I can do it! So... here goes a second try! I'll start off by posting a few pics that are close to my heart! (The Abo family, me and Stacey at her wedding, and me and Geoff on a hike in Big Sur!)