Well, it's been exactly 2 months since I've last been on the old blog; so I have a lot to report. I'm titling this post Lost and Found because I feel it sums up my summer accurately. For me this was a summer of losing myself in wilderness, my family and running and finding that I am stronger than I ever thought I was and that I have some of the most supportive friends & family around.
|Me and my fellow Cascade Lake runners & teachers at Crater Lake|
Let's begin with June:
June started with school ending. My first year of teaching kindergarten under my belt. I have to be honest, I was a little relieved. If you've been following my blog at all you know that teaching kindergarten has been very challenging for me. I absolutely have more understanding and compassion for kindy teachers now than I had on the past. Our year ended with a kinder-lympics and a celebration of all our hard work and learning.
|Erupting our volcanoes|
|LOVE my sweet Lola|
|They look like they are up to something don't they|
|This is how I felt when school got out : )|
|All the cousins hanging out!|
Once we had time to celebrate we were off on our trip to Yellowstone. This was something I had been looking forward to since we made the plans several months ago. I have never been to Yellowstone, or even that part of the United States except to drive through it. I had been reading the book The Last Child in the Woods so I was anxious to put it into practice. No cell phones, computers, TV, nothing. This was my time to get lost in nature!
Yellowstone is some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen in a long time (until this past weekend, but we'll get to that) There was a lot of driving, but the destination was worth it. Here are a few highlights:
|The Grand Tetons|
|Jackson Hole, Wy - standing by a arc of antlers|
|Maddie getting back to nature|
|There is a grizzly bear in there - can you see it?|
|I loved watching the buffalo roam|
|Watching Old Faithful|
I could probably post another 100 photos, but I don't have the patience to load them right now.
After Yellowstone I lost my oldest daughter when she headed back to the south with her grandparents and Mr. M and I headed home with the little one. When we got back to the northwest Mr. M and I lost ourselves in potty training our almost 3 year old. For those of you that have been through potty training or are going through potty training you can empathize with me when I tell you it was the worst 2 weeks of my summer. Trying to potty train a strong-willed child results in frustration, tears, yelling and pulling out hair (and I'm only talking about Mr. M and myself!) But FINALLY Lola is a big girl!
|Just like a grown-up : )|
|What a face!!|
|Naked as usual blowing out the candles on her cake|
|Having a picnic in the backyard in her panties - I'm surprised her shirt is still on|
That brings us up through July. I will save August for part 2. What you say, It's only August 7th? Yes it is, but I feel like it's been August for a long time. During all these events Mr. M and I were training for our first of 2 relay races this summer. Tomorrow I will share our Cascade Lakes Relay adventure and a few teaching plans I've been working on.