Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Favorite Kind of Bee

I met Jordan three years ago. First our parents recognized each other from college. We started talking and quickly learned we had a lot in common. 
Favorite color? Blue. 
Play an instrument? Piano. 
Want to learn an instrument? Guitar, given by grandparents. 
Hair and eye color? Brown. 
Favorite animal? Dolphin.  

But why did I mention a favorite kind of bee in the title? 

Well, Jordan and I had something else in common; a love of words. Only Jordan's love of words carried over into a love of spelling. This is the third year in a row she has qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It has made watching the Bee all the more exciting to know Jordan and her family are there, as well as hear about it from them later. This year something really exciting has happened--- she is a championship finalist! 

Congratulation Jordan Hoffman!!! I so admire your way with words and am happily watching ESPN and cheering! ~Megan

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rising Light

A morning walk can do more than improve stamina.

It's wildflower time of year.

Fog rises off the water. 

Life ripples underneath the surface. 

The sun is rising. 

Oh, the sun is rising! 

And all this may just be enough to get this night owl out of bed and excited for what the day holds.  ~Megan

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Before It's Blown

Loving the beauty precious this moment. ~Megan

Monday, May 28, 2012

Many Hands Plant Flowers

Remembering. . . seeing. . . counting. . . continuing gratitude. . . 

778. flowers chosen and planted in our yard

779. many hands freely at work

780. fresh soil

781. garage put in better order

782. swimming at the neighborhood pool for the first time this year 

783. organizing pictures

784. posting about vacation 

785. creative time

786. basement art area becoming orderly

787. dirty hands

788. weed bouquet

789. frog dissection with my dad- complete!

790. grilled hamburgers

791. dinner at our picnic table

792. past lives that weave together and touch today

793. evening cool

794. whistling in response to the birds 

795. the reminder to sing 

Blessings to you this Memorial day~ Megan

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tripped Up

Remember this post?
The one about spring break in California and order being restored?
Well, order in the form of a schedule did not remain long.
My dad had a work conference in D.C. only a few weeks later, and we were able to turn it into a trip.  We packed and flew and sight-saw much closer together than usual.
Walking through history was a blast.
Then present-day events greeted me at home.
So I've accidentally been on hiatus here.
Words of wonder, explanation, and gratitude have been finding only my journal.
My camera has sat faithfully guarding captured moments.
I've finally organized highlights of the trips into posts with dates in the past.
Each now is just so full.
And I hope to start recording them again.

Some of the moments we enjoyed in California. . .
Adventures in the Wild West
Library to Beach 

and in/around D.C. . . .
The Historic Triangle
Thomas Jefferson's Home Sweet Home
She Saw a Panda

Blessings~ Megan

Saturday, May 19, 2012

She Saw a Panda

Wednesday began at the National Zoo, the home to two pandas. 

Youngest Sister has dreamed of seeing real pandas, as she so dearly loves every other version of them.

Well, we found one, a bit far away and shy. 

Things became exciting as he climbed (and ate part of) a tree. 

Then we found a second panda- eating bamboo!

Then it came down close to us and a zoo worker gave it food. 

But the day wasn't quite over- we hopped on the Metro and got off at Capitol South. 

With golden passes, we got into the House of Representatives and they happened to be voting at that time. It is rather amazing to see government in action. 

That evening we went to the National Cathedral. 

We walked around and admired the architecture. 

Finally, we attended Evensong.

But the highlight of the day for Youngest Sister? Well, She saw a panda. 


Friday, May 18, 2012

Thomas Jefferson's Home Sweet Home

It is called Montecello, "little mountain" in Italian, because it sits on a hill. 

We enjoyed a tour of the inside, then were met with rain outdoors. 

But we were still able to see some of the gardens, still fresh and green and growing. 
You feel just a bit as though you'll meet Thomas Jefferson himself around some corner. 

Is a person's home the place where they are a completely natural part of the landscape? ~ Megan

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Historic Triangle

En route to D.C. . . .

Fresh off the plane. . .

Caught in rain at Williamsburg. . .

Popping over to Jamestown. . .

(proudly the first permanent English settlement). . .

Back to Williamsburg, now sunny. . . 

Spotting "George Washington". . .

Outside the Governor's Mansion. . .

Admiring the beautiful gardens in the back. . .

Fun in a beautiful maze. . .

Walking through enchanting passage ways. . .

Peering into the woods. . .

Walking in the battlefield at Yorktown. . .

Feeling a bit colonial~ Megan

Note: This happened over the course of three days. There is an incredible amount of things to do in that area!  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Library to Beach

 Saturday, April 7, found us at the Ronald Reagan Library.

Inside we enjoyed learning more about this president and walking through Air Force One.

It was an amazing place with an amazing view.

After spending hours (literally- the place was spectacular!) indoors, we enjoyed time at the beach.

The depth of blues in the Pacific Ocean is incredible!