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Well, even though nothing really exciting is happening at the moment, I figured I would still give you all an update on life.
I am planning on going to China over Spring Break to visit my friend Neil. He graduated from Fresno State last year and was a member of the Smittcamp Family Honors College with me. He is teaching English at a University in Jiaozuo this year, and so I am planning on visiting him there. I am hoping to buy my plane tickets this coming week, as well, I need to apply for a Tourist Visa for China. My plan is to leave April 5th and be back in California on April 15th, so the trip will be about 10 days. I am really quite excited about this trip. I will be flying into and out of Beijing, and so I will get to see the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, as well I will get to see a lot of beautiful countryside and other historical sights.
Our whole family has been watching the Olympics, and while we were quite disappointed that the Canadian Men's Hockey team didn't make it through the quarter finals, the Canadian men pulled off a great win vs. Finland yesterday in curling. (As well, the Canadian Women won the hockey gold against Sweden).
For now, that is pretty much it. I'll keep you updated on anything else that transpires!
I just ate the tastiest, sweetest, juciest orange I've ever had and the best part is I plucked it from the tree in the orange grove last night. Roger & Pat Chamberlain are the church's district coordinator and several pastoral couples had dinner at their house last night. The house where they live is smack dab in the middle of a huge navel orange grove. The owner has given them permission to pick all the oranges they want, so before we left, Lloyd and I grabbed the flashlight and a Wal-Mart shopping bag and walked to the grove to pick oranges. I quickly filled the bag full of delicious large navel oranges until Lloyd told me he didn't think it would hold anymore without ripping. Do I wish you were here- I'd share them with you - they're sooooo good!
Like most people we are watching the Winter Olympics with interest. Living in the U.S., however, does not keep us from cheering for Canada (although the U.S. is our next choice). So far Canada's having an impressive medal run. In fact, at this moment ahead of the U.S. So we wear our maple leafs (figurately, of course) with pride, especially as we demonstrate our athletic prowess in such demanding sports like ... curling.
Yes, it's been quite a while since I've written in the Blog. It's been hecka busy for me lately. I am trying to get things under control and be more relaxed about life. It's not easy. This past week I had the California High School Exit Exam for 600+ students (most of them in one room!). That was three intense days of stress! Now I'm reviewing everything to get sent back for scoring. In one month, we do it again - for the makeups. So much fun...
I'm getting ready to go to church tonight, Lloyd is starting a new 4 week class. I'm not sure what the title is, but it looked interesting when I signed up. I always enjoy listening to what he has to say!
Have a great week everyone!
I was getting tired of my hair again (it was getting pretty long) so I decided to do something about it. The last few years, my usual way of getting a hair cut is just shaving it all of and then starting anew. I did the same thing this time. So I have very little hair on my head right now. If you would like a picture, shoot me an email, and I can send you one. (Although it is pretty much the same as every other time I have shaved my head
Alright, so we had some technical difficulties, but we finally got my pictures from my trip up on the internet. I took over 1030 pictures over the three weeks, but I don't want to make you go through the entire set because you would probably get bored quickly. Instead, I put together a set of about 230 pictures that will give you a taste of what I did while in Europe.
to watch the slideshow.
(Warning: There are 230 pictures in this slideshow, and I would recommend only starting the slideshow when you have about 45 minutes to spend looking at the pictures. This slideshow website makes it difficult to pick up where you left off if you can't watch all the pictures.)
As always, if you have any questions about anything, especially more information on any of the pictures, don't hesitate to contact me.