Tuesday, August 19, 2014


This past week I watched three movies.

1.  Noah - Not my typical movie, but I thought it was a good movie to watch while you are doing schoolwork on the computer.

2.  Divergent - I liked this movie a lot and now have all the books on hold at the library.  Theo James might have had a little to do with that.  :)  I had never heard of him before.

3.  The 100 Foot Journey - When I was reading over the synopsis of the movie, it sounded very familiar.  Turns out I had read the book.  The movie was great, lots of cooking, lots of family love, very sweet and sentimental.

I also read two books.

The Rosie Project - This was a novel about a scientist with Asperger's who sets out to find a wife, using a 16 page survey.   It was cute and I thought it was well-written.

Romance is my Day Job - This is a memoir of a woman who is an editor for Harlequin Romances and her own unfilled love life.  She ends up finding love when she is older than she expected.  This was pretty good, not the best, not the worst.  A quick read, good for the summer.

Right now I'm reading Thirty Girls, a novel about girls who were abducted by the LRA in Uganda.  I don't love the writing style, so we'll see how it goes.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Here are some pictures my father took of their week:

 Heading off with their counselors

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Arizona - Day 7

Today was our final day here.  We leave at 3am for the airport.

Sam rented a mountain bike this morning and went biking for 5 hours along the trails here.  He loved it.  I got a pedicure and a manicure.  I also went to the movies for the first time alone.  I went to see The 100 Foot Journey.  I had read the book and enjoyed it and I thought the movie was great also.  It was me and a lot of retired women in the theater.

We went out for Chinese/Sushi tonight and just finished doing laundry and packing things up.  Sam thinks he'll go to sleep for a bit.  I'm planning on just staying up.

Me at the movies

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Arizona - Day 6

Today Sam went out hiking this morning at Cathedral Rock.  I made new chore charts for the school year and a checklist for school lunches. :)

We headed to Walnut Canyon National Monument in the afternoon.  This is a place where you can hike down the canyon and actually go in the cliff dwellings.  It was really neat.

From there we went to Chick-Fil-A for the first time and enjoyed a chicken sandwich.  They also had a Dunkin Donuts next door, my first coffee of the week.

Then we went to Staples to pick up a few things and then to Home Depot where we purchased some tools and things for my class to use.  This year we are going to have a construction center in Creative Design.  Sam and I enjoyed shopping together without having to hurry.  We also forgot that we had to bring all of this on an airplane, good thing we didn't buy the 5 gallon bucket I wanted.

On the way home from Flagstaff it was the perfect timing to view the sunset from Airport Mesa, along with many other people!

Now we're watching a movie.  Tomorrow Sam is renting a mountain bike and I'm going to the movies and getting a pedicure.

Can you see the cliff dwellings?

 Fire rings

 Everyone watching the sunset

Friday, August 15, 2014

Arizona - Day 5

Today we got up at 4:30 to head to the Grand Canyon. It's a two hour drive.  We headed out to the car and discovered that it was pouring.  We checked out weather.com which said light showers so we decided to go for it.  It poured the whole drive and continued pouring when we arrived at Grand Canyon Village.

I enjoyed the gift shop for a little while (and bought a poncho).  We went in the cafe which was dirty, gross, and full of flies.  Then we headed out to the Bright Angel Trail.  We followed it for about a mile and then decided that there was no point going down further because we couldn't see anything, so we headed back up to the rim.  We hiked the rim trail in parts and took the shuttle bus for other parts until we reach the end of the line at Hermit's Rest, which has another nasty eating place.

We were completely soaked through but thought we should stay a little longer because it might clear up. :)  We decided to drive the Desert View Road and that's where things finally got good.  We were able to see the canyon at most of the viewpoints along the road and we saw a giant Elk.

All in all, it was a successful day.  The good parts were that it was about 57 degrees so no heat to deal with and there were not many people.  We did all the hiking that we had planned to originally (ended up being about 5 miles) and we saw the canyon in various places.

We came home, ate leftovers, and I took a nap from 6-8pm.  Now we are watching a movie.

 Rain and more rain

The canyon of fog in back of us

 Bright Angel Trail

 The fog begins to lift

 This rock formation is called the Duck.

 He didn't seem to mind us getting close and taking his picture.

 We stopped at the Little Colorado River Gorge which is where the Grand Canyon peters out.  You can see the Colorado River in these two pictures.