Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fullerton Arboretum

Yesterday Grace, Jon and I took a nice long walk to the Fullerton Arboretum. It was a beautiful, sunny day and perfect for spending time outdoors.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A quick trip to Philadelphia...
Last Saturday, Megan and I flew to Philadelphia for the Sungard Summit (the software company we use at work). Our flight left from John Wayne early Saturday morning and we made it into Philly via Atlanta around 8 pm...long day! Sunday we slept in and went to the opening session in the afternoon. The weather wasn't too cold I think the high was in the high 50's. That night we went out to eat at an old Irish Pub, McGillins. I had shepherd's pie. The food was great. Monday morning however was really cold. I think when we left the hotel it was around 32 degrees...BRRrrrr! After our seminars were done we went over to the historic area and walk around. The first thing we went to see was the Liberty Bell. What a piece of history! I had somehow imagined it to be bigger than it was but nevertheless it was beautiful. There were no more tickets left for Independence Hall so we decided to walk to several other sights. Washington Square was a block or two away so we went there. We saw the tomb of the unknown soldier and and eternal flame. It is always sobering to reflect on so many brave Americans who have given their lives for our freedom. Next we walked by the City Tavern and then stopped by Christ Church. This church dates back to Washington. It was an experience to go in and see the place where George Washington worshipped. As we were taking pictures we found the Washington's private pew and even got to sit in it. Lafayette also sat there. So much history! If only the walls could talk. We then walked over to Betsy Ross' house. It was closed so we just admired it from the outside. It is quite a small house. Next we went to Elfreth's Alley, our nation's oldest residential street. It was like walking back in time. And people still live in these houses that were built in the 1780's! We happened to come by Christ Church Burial Ground where Benjamin Franklin is buried. It was closed but we saw it through the gate. Just down the street from there was the United States Mint. By this time we were pretty tired and ready to sit down. We did just that at Spasso's, an Italian restaurant where we met the rest of the Biola group for dinner.

Tuesday we had a full day at the conference but we got up really early to go to Independence Hall as soon as it opened. When we turned on the TV to see what the weather was like...ready for this? It was 26 degrees but 17 with the wind chill!!! I have never been in weather that cold ever! So with lots of layers, coat, scarfs and mittens we were off. We got there right before they opened so had to wait in the cold for a bit, but it was worth it. We went in to Independence Hall and got a very informative narrative from our guide. Imagine standing in the room where they signed the Declaration of Independence! Right across from the Convention Center was the Reading Terminal Market with many booths food, produce and products from the local area. The food at the Dutch Eating Place was delicious! But even more delicious were the freshly baked good from the Amish and Mennonite country. I had an absolutely delectable pecan caramel cookie...mmmm!! On our final night in Philadelphia we had dinner at the old City Tavern where they use original old recipes and serve dinner in pewter ware. Megan has Martha Washington's chicken pot pie and I had a huge pork chop with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. For dessert we shared a warm apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream. So delicious! Wednesday we grabbed a quick breakfast at Starbucks and were back for the final conference seminars. For lunch we took one last round in the market for some lunch and some treats to take home. Then we were finally off to the airport for the long flight home. I was really glad to be back in sunny and warm weather! You can see all the trip pictures by clicking here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy first day of Spring!
I took this picture on campus of an azalea bush that was full of beautiful blooms. A wonderful reminder that spring is here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today definitely felt like a spring or even a summer day. Not only was it sunny and warm, but flowers are blooming everywhere and it's time for Missions Conference. Hundreds of students lined up for a "global experience" and filled the gym and other venues for seminars and activities. Megan, Chrystal and I went to see Jason play in the worship band at one of the sessions. Then it was back to work where a very cute little surprise was waiting to say hello. Little baby Kate came for a visit. It is amazing to see how big and grown up she looks! Hard to believe she is already 5 months old. We all took turns holding her 'til she finally fell asleep =)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Flying, family, friends and lots of fire! I just spent a great weekend in the desert. After spending the night in Imperial with the kiddos I got them all up at the crack of dawn to get ready to drive over to Yuma for their annual airshow. This year was special since it was their 50th anniversary. As an added bonus there was a reenactment of Pearl Harbor and also the biggest wall of fire which set a Guinness world record. After waiting in a huge line of traffic to get in we were finally there. After walking around for a little bit we saw my favorite craft of all, the Harrier. It never ceases to amaze me! Greg took us all to meet someone he had interviewed earlier on the radio. They fly some vintage WWII planes. We all got a chance to look at it and even climb up into the pilot's seat and move some of the controls while they explained a little about the history and functions of this plane. It was fun!

Then we all went over near the flight line and enjoyed the rest of the show. The Pearl Harbor reenactment was incredible! They has some of the original audio playing over the sound system as the planes circled all around and "bombed" the Arizona. At the end of that reenactment they set off the world's longest wall of fire (over a mile long!) setting a Guinness world record. Josh wanted to a trampoline bungee jump so we all headed there and the kids had a great time jumping. With the Marines right on our heels it was time to go home. David and Josh rode home with Frank and I took the girls in my truck. Back at Donna's we all pitched in and made dinner together and enjoyed the time visiting and playing a little pool =)

You can see lots of pictures by clicking here!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Senior Night at Chase Gymnasium
Tonight I had a fun time watching the Biola basketball team play against Hope University. It's the last regular game of the season which I can't believe is over already! Go Eagles!!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Spring! This weekend I have enjoyed the wonderful weather and the beautiful outdoors. All the plants and fruit trees in the garden and yard are beginning to bloom. It is so beautiful!