Sorry it’s been so long since we’ve updated the blog. As we’ve settled into life & ministry in Florida, we haven’t carved out time to keep the blog updated like we have in the past.
Part of Micah’s new ministry responsibilities demand that he travel a little bit more. In the last month he has traveled to Virginia, Pennsylvania & California and he is headed to Russia at the end of the month! Would you be in prayer for his travels? As well as Katrina & the kids while he is away?
We are thankful for you! Thanks for checking our our blog, here are some pictures of Micah’s recent travels.
We have had a very busy couple of weeks. The beginning of September we flew out to California to stay with Micah’s mom and visit friends in that area. We only had two short weeks to see everyone, and we didn’t even get everyone in. We did love our time with all the great people we hung out with. And the kids loved playing with “new” friends they hadn’t seen in a long time.
Micah’s mom’s house
Micah changing his mom’s faucet
Violet doing some Kindergarten work
At the Santa Barbara Zoo
A train that goes around the zoo
Violet and Ella
Keith with Grammy’s dog
Violet and Keira with Levi
Tinkerbell and Jasmine
A gorgeous west coast sunset
Violet and Layla
Movie time with our friends Dave and Katie’s kids, obviously Caleb is very excited about it
The girls had a great time playing with Grammy
While we were in Russia my Taylor started malfunctioning so I thought it would be a good idea to take a trip down to Taylor headquarters in San Diego while we were in California. My good friend Josh wanted to get his guitar checked out too, so on Thursday we took the three hour drive down to San Diego to get them checked out. It was a long day but both of our guitars were fixed! They look and sound better than they did before! We were also able to go on the factory tour which was really interesting, here are some pictures of our time there.
Last week, friends of ours, invited us to spend some time at the beach house, friends of theirs were letting them stay in for a week. So we went for about 3 days and had a blast! Besides Violet getting sick, she did have fun and it was a nice relaxing time for us all. We really enjoyed spending time with our friends, Dave and Katie and their kids, who are also home for a short time to visit friends and family.
Unfortunately, while we were there some sand found it’s way into our camera. Now it does not work. Very sad, but I was hoping to get a new camera while we were home. So the pictures might be a bit scarce for a while until we get something.
Before Rachel left Friday night, we visited one more mission that day. We went to one nearby in the San Fernando Valley called Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana. It was really pretty and the lawns were very well manicured. This time we had plenty of time to tour the place. It was really interesting to see.
Here’s an interesting quote from Wikipedia, “The goal of the missions was, above all, to become self-sufficient in relatively short order. Farming, therefore, was the most important industry of any mission. Prior to the establishment of the missions, the native peoples knew only how to utilize bone, seashells, bush, and wood for building, tool making, weapons, and so forth. The missionaries discovered that the Indians, who regarded labor as degrading to the masculine sex, had to be taught industry in order to learn how to be self-supportive. The result was the establishment of a great manual training school that comprised agriculture, the mechanical arts, and the raising and care of livestock.”
The other day we took Rachel over to Solvang. It was founded by Danes in 1911 and now has a population of approximately 5,283. It’s this cute little town with lots of Danish influence. Lots of cute shops, restaurants, bakeries and other cute places. I just thought it was cute!
We also headed over to the Santa Ines Mission. There are 21 missions total in California. If you haven’t heard of the missions in California, Wikipedia explains what they are really well. Check it out here. They are really old and interesting buildings. Usually you can take a tour of the grounds, but this one was closing, so we took some outside pictures.
Since it was jut about sunset and we weren’t too far from the beach, we thought we might be able to get some good pictures at the closest beach we could find.
We arrived in Santa Monica and headed for the Pier. As we were walking down to the beach, a fog was rolling in. So these first couple pictures we took weren’t very clear. It was cool, but felt good on a hot day.
Next we walked over to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. It’s pretty small, but it’s cheap and there are hands on tanks where you can feel the sea creatures. Really cool for the kids. Ok and the adults. 🙂
Next, we headed back up on the pier to take a walk around, and we saw these really pretty birds just sitting there hanging out.
Down the pier a bit is the Pacific Park. It’s a tiny amusement park on the Pier. Micah, Rachel and Violet took a ride on the ferris wheel.
After we walked around on the pier the fog had cleared off, so we headed back down to the water. Violet loved it! She was having fun running back and forth in and out of the water.
After playing for a bit in the sand and water, we ate at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant. Yummy food right on the pier, perfect.
Next we drove over to Third Street Promenade. They have the street closed off to cars, and its a fun cute place to walk down. There are a bunch of shops and restaurants and there are usually lots of performers, trying to make some money.
Then we ended the night with some coffee! A good day!
In case you didn’t hear in the news lately, the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its way 12 miles, along the streets of LA, from the LA airport to the California Space Center. Here’s the link. People weren’t allowed on the sidewalks, but there were certain spots the shuttle made a few stops for a short period of time. Rachel and I decided to head down to LA to one of the spots it was going to sit at for about half an hour, so they said.
Well, we arrived in the area, no problem. There was no traffic and we found a great free close parking spot. We headed on foot with a lot of other people wanting to see the shuttle too.
They even had a stage set up in the area with a big screen. After the show that they put on, which was some dance group, they took a short break. There was no space shuttle in sight. It was about an hour after they had said the shuttle was going to get there. Finally we heard people talking and we asked some around us where it was. Turns out, it was waaay down the road yet. And this thing was only moving 2 mph. Very slowly.
And it was pretty hot out there, just standing in the sun. Right beside us was a mall, so we decided we would head inside for a short time, cool off then come back out. Inside the mall, anytime we heard an update it was supposedly just going to be another hour. We kept hearing that. We were able to watch some news on the tv that was playing in the walmart. It was about 6 or so and we went back outside.
Around 7 we finally noticed some lights down the street. It looked like something was finally headed our way. Now with the sun down, it was getting chilly out and I didn’t bring Keira’s bottle or formula with us either. So we thought we would go into Walmart quick, grab some stuff for Keira, get us some hoodies and run back out in time to see the shuttle coming down the road. We get our stuff and as we are checking out the checkout girl mentions something about how they let her out to see the shuttle. I said, oh they will? No, they did already. She was already out and saw it! What??? We didn’t know what was going on. There is no way! We were just out there!! So we ran out of the store, around the corner, down the street a bit and there it was…
It made its way to that corner finally around 8 pm. It was supposed to be there at 2 pm! I guess there were some spots in the road where it didn’t quite fit. So they needed to cut some trees down or move things. We were happy we just witnessed this thing in person. It was huge! And really cool. After October 30 it will be on display for everyone to see at the California Science Center in LA.
Here are some really cool pictures I found on the internet, to show you the size of this thing.
One of the things to do here in Simi Valley is to go and visit the Ronald Reagan Library. They recently renovated it in 2010 and also added Air Force One a few years back. It was definitely a site to see, we had a great time even with the kids. And the best part was, a friend gave us free passes!
As soon as we got here to Micah’s mom’s house, Micah felt the need to clean up the outside of the house, trim the bushes, rake out the leaves, etc. The exact same thing happened last time we were in CA documented here. So Micah and his brother Caleb got right to work. Rachel and the girls and I mostly watched and enjoyed the nice warm weather.
This morning Keira and Laddie were getting very well acquainted.