Roxy is our friends'/neighbors' two year old rottweiler who they brought home when she was about six weeks old. Roxy and Maya were puppies together. When Maya was two and Roxy was new to the world also, they both got a kick out of chasing each other around and playing together. It was a win-win situation because they would tire each other out before bedtime. Shayne and Maya still love to play with Roxy. Here are some pictures taken earlier this month when Roxy went swimming in the baby pool with the kids.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Yesterday Shayne had his first day of first grade. So as of this afternoon, he is officially two days into it and seems to really like it so far. He has some friends from last year in his class and has made some new ones too. We're off to a good start!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tomorrow I start my new position, "Media/Technology Specialist". Essentially, I will teach all the classes for a half hour (K-3) or 45 minutes (4-6) per week in the computer lab. We try to incorporate technology objectives with what they are already learning in class. I am also in charge of overseeing the library, making sure all of the technology in our building is working the way it should (computers, network, printers, voicemail, etc.), producing our Friday news podcast and keeping up our school website. It is a lot of responsibility, but I am interested in these things, so it is making it fun. It does feel strange that for the first time in 10 years I will not have my own class, but that will also give me a little bit more freedom which I think will be nice. I feel more excited and energized to start the year than I have in awhile.
Then, next Monday, Shayne starts first grade. He has always been very social and comfortable with a high-level of activity, so I'm sure he'll like it. Maya starts half-day preschool three days a week on August 11th. She will be with the same teachers she was with last year, who are absolutely wonderful. Anyway, I'll let you know how it all goes. If I don't post for a few weeks, you'll know why!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
One of our favorite things to do when we visit Maryland is to go to the National Zoo. We got to go last Monday with my Mom and Alison and her kids. Here are some photos:
Maya in her new zoo hat
Maya on the huge olive
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
We recently returned from spending a week at the beach in North Carolina. We stayed in a house on the beach in the Outer Banks by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. We were with my Mom and Dad, Dale and Tammy and their kids, Alison and Andy and their kids, Steve and Wendy and Tom and Sarah and their kids. Shayne and Maya were in heaven playing with all of their cousins in the sand and ocean. The beach was absolutely beautiful and the weather was great. We had a wonderful time! You should be able to click on any of the images below to enlarge them. Here are a few:
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which was within walking distance of where we stayed
Maya was a natural in the water. She loved playing in the waves on her own and going out deeper in the ocean with Mom or Dad.
Shayne spent hours each day swimming and boogie boarding in the waves. He had a great time and caught lots of rides!
Maya venturing into the deep with Dad
Maya industriously carrying water to her sand castle
Maya filling her bucket
The view from where Shayne was sitting in the previous photo toward the house we stayed in. There were hardly any people on the beach and it was absolutely beautiful!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The only notable complication took place at baggage claim in Baltimore. About 4 1/2 hours after boarding the plane in PHX, we landed at BWI at about 10:30 Arizona time (neither of them slept at all on the flight, so both were exhausted at this point), and Maya was expecting to "get off the plane and see Grandma". When we got to the end of a long walkway which opened up into a room with hundreds of people waiting for bags, and then had to wait about 20 minutes for ours, she had a pretty wicked meltdown...Luckily I won't be seeing any of those people anytime soon...Anyway, she was quickly pacified when we saw Grandma a few minutes later and got into her car. All in all a successful flight. Here are some pictures we took right before take-off: