Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tubing down the Chattahoochee for Dad's 60th Birthday

For Dad's 60th birthday, we drove up to Helen, GA to go tubing down the Chattahoochee. Dad's sister, Brenda, her four grandkids, and my cousin Heath, joined us on the river. It started off nice - not too hot, the water was actually a little chilly, and the current was moving us along decently. But it didn't take long for us to start getting stuck on the rocks. It certainly didn't end up being the relaxing float down the river that we were expecting, and we were all sore the next day from falling on and trying to pry/push ourselves off the rocks. But we had a good time regardless. 
Dad and his older sister, Brenda
I had 6 year old Easton's tube linked to mine, and after about 30 minutes of floating and talking about all sorts of things, Easton looked at me and said, "By the way, who are you? And how do you know my name?" It was so funny!
Um, okay, Sophia!
Being on the river wore Cruz out!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Days, Post #10 (the final post)

Well, the summer has drawn to a close. Inservice started today, which mean life as I've known it for the last two and a half months is over. This is my final Summer Days post. It's been a great summer, and it's been a rough summer - regardless, I'm sad it's over, but at the same time I'm excited to see what this new school year holds. New students, new faculty, new challenges, new adventures, new priorities. Anyway, here's what the last "exciting" week of the summer held for me:

Day 74 - Rabbit watching
Day 75 - Pop-up summer shower. RAIN!
 Day 76 - After-work nap
 Day 77 - New decor for my bulletin board
 Day 78 - Everything is all bright and colorful after another afternoon shower
 Day 79 - More swimming in the bathtub for this sweet boy
 Day 80 - Last true day of summer vacation = 
Sonic, light reading, and the pool

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Shutterfly book - My Australian Adventures

If you know anything about me, you know I love taking pictures and playing with pictures (scrapbooking, Photoshop, etc.). So I decided to make a Shutterfly book of my adventures in Australia. I just ordered it last night, so I should get it in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait! Click here to for a sneak peak...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Days, Post #9

My summer is quickly drawing to an end - we have only one week left before in-service, and students return to Cambridge two weeks from Tuesday! I'm not ready for summer to be over. Here are a few pics from my Summer Days this past week.

Day 67 - Brodie's last trip to the office for the summer
Day 68 - A beautiful, unusually crisp July morning
Day 69 - Changed out a 2004 picture for my new favorite 
Day 70 - Brodie enjoyed a fall-like evening on the balcony
Day 71 - Took Friday off, and Shawn and I took the dogs to the dog park that evening.
Day 72 - Worked on my summer reading poolside
Day 73 - An unusual sight - my bed is made! 
(check out the fun pillow Mom made for me)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Down Under, Day #14 - Watson's Bay and Mrs. Macquarie's Point

My final day in Sydney dawned bright, crisp, and beautiful. We started off the day walking back through The Rocks Market on the way to Circular Quay, where we took the elevator to the roof of the Museum of Contemporary Art for views of the Opera House and bridge from a different angle. While we were there, we took a selfie that has become my favorite pic of me and my BFF. 

Me and my BFF, with the Opera House in the background
We took a ferry to Rose Bay, a part of Sydney that Stephanie had not yet visited. It was a lovely little peaceful bay, known for its water-plane airport. We walked along the beach for a while, before we decided it was time for lunch and headed for our next stop, Watson's Bay. 
This name of this ferry was quite appropriate!
In Watson's Bay, we decided to eat lunch at Doyle's on the Beach, a famous restaurant with spectacular views. Yes, it's a seafood restaurant. No, I don't eat seafood. But we thought surely they would have SOMETHING for my immature palate. Not so much... Stephanie had what she said was delicious grilled fish and chips. I had... chips. :) But it was okay, because the view and the company more than made up for the lack of food.
Doyle's on the Beach
The view from Doyle's on the Beach
After lunch, I decided to brave the chilly water and put my feet in the Sydney Harbour. This was my last opportunity - and it was definitely cold!

After the spectacular sunset from the day before, we decided to station ourselves at Mrs. Macquarie's Point to see the sunset over the bridge and Opera House. Unfortunately, the cloudless sky did not produce the colors from the night before, but it was still beautiful. We took a seat on Mrs. Macquarie's Chair for a few minutes, then watched the sunset before getting LOCKED in the botanic gardens and having to walk the long way around to find a way out.
At Mrs. Macquarie's Chair
The bridge is so big, the cruise ships pass under it!
Stephanie has a halo!
So sad to say goodbye to these two icons of Sydney.
I cannot say enough about my time in Sydney. Stephanie was a wonderful hostess, and we had a blast catching up after eight years. After just three days, she started talking about my "next trip" to Sydney - my NEXT trip! God willing, that will come true and I'll be able to visit again in summer of 2016. Time to start saving my pennies... :)