Monday, August 31, 2009

David's Eagle Court of Honor

David's court of honor was awesome - my camera died in the middle of it, so I didn't get a picture of them, but BZ and Laura came and took all these pictures - thanks you guys!  David was having a great day!
David and Gary Alt - Brother Alt is in charge of the scouts and helped David to get his Eagle 2 days before his 18th birthday

Bishop Daniels spoke -

Jerry Thorne from the city council came and spoke - 

Bryan spoke - Bryan's dad Lynn is also an Eagle scout - making David a third generation Eagle scout.  

David getting his Eagle pinned on him :-)

Me getting my 'Mom' pin - 

Bryan getting his 'Dad' pin-

Brother Alt getting a 'mentor' pin - 

Putting on the Eagle neck...thing... ?

Letters of congratulations from the first presidency, congressmen, senators, and a flag that had been flown over the white house - 

David saying a few words - a very good speech might I add - I am so proud of him!
Afterwards we had root beer floats and cookies for refreshments and we had a slide show going during them of David in scouting since he was 11 - !

Jessica's first day of second grade

Jessica started second grade last week - her teacher is Mrs. Richter.  Anne had Mrs. Richter 7 years ago for first and second grade.  At the end of the first day, she told her teacher that she was sad that it was time to go home, but happy that she got to come back the next day!  I was happy to hear that!
This is her desk in her classroom

Sunset Hike on the Ridge

We have an open space preserve close to our house - and it is so nice that we do!  We go up there often - here are some pictures from a recent sunset hike!
Me and Jessica beside a pretty awesome tree

A view over Pleasanton - 

The sun going down behind a tree - the colors are amazing!

Jessica on the trail

Girl's Camp

One of my favorite things to do during the year is work at our stake's girl's camp - Camp Ritchie.  For the last 3 years, I take a week off in the summer, head up into the Sierras to Bear River Reservoir, leave the world behind, and help to run the 100 foot rappelling rock and climbing wall.  I never get tired of it - we work from 9-6 every day out on the top of the cliff rappelling girls down and belaying them at the climbing wall - helping the girls accomplish something like this is incredible!  So many girls think they cannot do it - and are a little nervous - and they discover they can -it is so cool!
Here I am on the top of the cliff - overlooking the reservoir - don't worry - I'm all hooked in

Kathy Jackson worked in rappelling with me for half of the week - she defected to waterfront the second half... :-)

Steve Huseman worked rappelling and Paul Schuler was the man in charge - 

Beach Party August 2009

Cori Jackson and Jessica - taking on the waves....

Scott Jackson in his best 'cool surfer' pose - 

Brittany Canon and Anne - coming in on a wave - 

Coming in on another wave - oh we're going to be so sad when summer is over!

Kelly Reinke - my 'other' daughter :-)

Here is almost the whole crew - eating lunch - Kennedy Poplawski, Anne, Kelly Reinke, Brittney, Ellora, Shelly Jackson, Scott Jackson, Mikey Alt

Kathy Jackson - I love this picture of her - we're practicing the song 'Happy Little Duck' - the world's A-number one stupid song...

Kelly Reinke and Ellora - two peas in a pod...

It was soooo funny - oh the baywatch poses...the Scott Jackson dance....the slo-mo...the endless entertainment...

Kathy Jackson lives 3 doors down from me across the street -  we decided sunglasses looked better - it hides all the wrinkles around our eyes... :-)

The beach-! July 2009

Shelly Jackson and Anne - always having fun - especially gathering seaweed out in the ocean while you are boogie-boarding.... :-)

Yes - they are soooooo cute!  Jessica, Cori Jackson and Katie Jackson

Those disembodied heads..... :-)

David's Graduation

Oh yes he did!!  Just look at that satisfied smile....
Yep - they dressed the whole graduating class in bright purple - it is very lovely, don't you think :-)  Their other color is canary yellow - you tell me which would have been better....
Here they are walking to their chairs

There they all are in their chairs - in front of the pavilion -

The graduation ceremony was outside on the football field - and even the sky was celebratory - this is the sunset during the graduation - so cool!

Post-diploma David - 

The rest of the kids are pretty excited for him too :-)

Bear River Reservoir - June 2009

I went up to Camp Ritchie for a rappelling training - Bryan and the kids drove up to see me.  I was out on a 100 foot cliff when a storm unexpectedly came up and started dropping hail - then driving rain - very fun!  We don't get weather like that where we live! 

Annual Memorial Day cherry picking trip

This is the 'before' picture...notice how CLEAN we all are.... :-)
We couldn't find a we had to make do - 

Really - you could only hold David up for a few minutes - killer on the shoulders... :-)

Kelly Reinke 


Shauna Black

We are all covered in cherry juice by this time - some accidentally, and some deliberately, and some against their will..... 
Usually we pick about 100 - 150 pounds of cherries to freeze - and eat throughout the year in smoothies, with cereal, in yogurt, plain, etc.   The possibilities are endless... !