Saturday, August 30, 2008

Remember me?!

Oh my goodness.... where has the time gone!??! Since my last post we have finished up our amazing summer, started work, lost many hours of sleep and got back into the routine of the school year. Our summer was so incredible that I really never wanted it to end! Alas, here we are back into the swing of things and planning a wedding! Thank god for ma and pa Abo! My parents have come out of retirement and made the wedding their full time job, so I'm totally pumped about that (as long as they don't sign on the dotted line without me with our vendors!). Meanwhile, Geoff and I have totally hunkered down and are right back into work, the gym and homemade dinners. Not a bad life at all! I love my new class and could not have asked for a better group of students. It's a refreshing change from last year, although I do miss the old crew dearly. I have a fabulous co-teacher and we have realized this week that our philosophies are aligned, which is key. Oh, and how could I forget... We celebrated my 28th birthday last week!! (And yes, I recently got my first wrinkle. Ugh.)
I'll post pictures soon but for now we just got home from Batman so I'm recovering from the scary faces and guns. (I'm a bit of a wimp!) Have a great 3 day weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Family Camp

Geoff and I spent last week up at YMCA Family Camp near Kings Canyon National Park. This was my 3rd year at camp, and Geoff's 25th year! Geoff's family goes every year and all of the campers are like family to him as well. It was fun to be up there and celebrate our engagement with everyone, and to enjoy the peacefulness and love of family camp.

Geoff snapped a picture of me and Barbara (his mom) looking at a wedding magazine! The planning has begun!

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Our last stop in Greece was the island of Crete. It was an Amazing Race like experience in order to catch the last bus to Chania (ha-na), but of course we loved the thrill. Chania was one of our favorite stops during our trip and we were in awe of the architect which was a blend of modern, Venetian, Turkish and traditional styles.

We had a very early (DeeDee was thrilled) start to the morning to hike the 18km Samarian Gorge through the White Mountains.

The views were incredible and it was so refreshing to be away in the woods. Although the path was quite stony, the terrain and scenery were awe-inspiring and it was a beautiful day.

The day ended with a giant gyros (yummmmm) and a swim (ahhhh)!

Our last day in Greece was spent in the city of Iraklion where we visited the palace of Knossos. Geoff was in history heaven, and DeeDee survived!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Back home, and gone again

We got home last Friday night and left again early Sunday morning for YMCA Family Camp. As you can imagine, it's been NONE STOP so we haven't had a moment to update the blog. Crete was our last Greek Island stop and we enjoyed it just as much as the others. We'll post pictures from Crete and Family Camp when we get back next Sunday. Hopefully we'll be able to fit in a post before work starts on Wednesday! Wow, I think I need a vacation! :-)

Monday, August 4, 2008


Who could resist feeding a starving kitty some of your bread crusts?

The caldera of Santorini as seen from our hotel patio

Faf, Geoff, DeeDee, Arcia and Velina go for some caldera rim wine tasting

The view of the caldera from the out of the way town of Oia (ee - ah)

Some unique cycladic architecture

Out of the way Amorgos

After Naxos it was on to the town of Katapola (Kah - tah - poll - ah). We stayed on the left side

The Impressive cliff-hanging moni hozoviotissis on Amorgos...

Boasting an impressive set of stairs up to the entrance

The happy couple on a scooter ride overlooking Amorgos

Could there be any doubt Geoff's ready to take the plunge?

Naxos and Friends

DeeDee and Geoff overlook the interior of Naxos island on their rented ATV

Fariba, Valina and Arcia arrive in Naxos

DeeDee, Arcia and Geoff (not pictured) explore Naxos' historic old town

The sun setting through the remains of a ancient greek temple at Naxos

The team (DeeDee not pictured) in front of what is probably the least reliable ferry in the history of the greek islands, the Super-Jet