My mom had this crazy idea a few months ago. As my grandmother is temporarily in between jobs, and we all had some vacation time to use, we decided on a surprise visit. We flew from the East Coast to Phoenix, AZ, where my uncle picked us up and took us to see her in the high country. The visit resulted in something like this:
My grandmother was shocked beyond belief. We stayed for a week and just got home, oh, about an hour and twenty minutes ago. The trip was (mostly) beautiful and a good time was had by all. We got to see "the Rim" which goes across the state of Arizona:
We went to gorgeous Hawley Lake, which is on a reservation:
Notice that there are cattle drinking the water! And because we were in Arizona, the obligatory cactus picture:
While I had a good time, I've learned a few things.
- My sinuses are accustomed to humidity and do not take kindly to dry air.
- I get out of breath when higher than 5000 ft above sea level.
- I missed my blogging and my cat!
- Get seating charts made.
- Make full lesson plans through the first week (three Blue days).
- Decide how to handle attendance and parental issues.
- Decide how to "train" my kids.
- Set up project descriptions for the projects I will assign.
- Focus more on Algebra II, as I always come up with good Physics activities.
We got the contract for the house, and the settlement is set for September 18th. This is almost a month away. While I'm trying to be enthusiastic, I am just drained over the first-time-homebuyer thing. I am hopeful that all will go well and we will be able to settle with no problems.