Monday, July 23, 2007


This past weekend I enjoyed a delightful weekend of NOTHING! It is the only weekend of the entire summer that we had nothing planned so I decided to enjoy it! My weekend consisted of sleeping, reading, watching cheesy movies, house cleaning, yard work and a bucket of balls at the driving range. It was truly refreshing to just do NOTHING! From here on out we have a busy summer and then school starts and I won't remember what it's like to have a moment to myself!

Friday, July 20, 2007

I feel like a mom!

Even though our 2 Japanese exchange students are 20 years old, I'm amazed at how much I've felt like a mom. Here are some things that I have found myself saying in a very "mom" tone lately to Hiro and Toshi:

It's time to go!

It's time for dinner!

Put your dishes in the dishwasher

Don't run away! You have to help clean the dinner dishes

Clean your dishes when you are finished breakfast.

Don't slurp your food. (Side note - I learned that it is actually possible to slurp a burger! I've seen it - trust me it's not pretty).

Don't put your elbows on the table.

Don't shovel food into your mouth

Don't have your mouth 2" above your plate for the ENTIRE duration of dinner.

Don't forget to wash your sheets

Don't forget to do your chores.

Have you washed your towels yet (they have been here a month now!!)

Don't forget to return your DVD to the rental store. (they didn't, we had to drive it there for them).

How was your test today?

Overall, the experience of having exchange students has been good. They are both quiet and eager to learn. I think the biggest change has been that we now sit down to a real meal every evening. The exciting thing is that I can see their English improving!

Please note that feeling like a mom does not mean that I want to be a mom any time soon! :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Photos of our trip!

Phil and I with the precious little Lucht Ladies (Phil's cousin's kids)
Mel and I (notice the short hair!!!)
Dirk & Sarah at the Golden Gate Bridge
Dirk and Sarah on one of the rides at California Adventure
Waiting in line for the river ride. You gotta love how Disney puts so much into even their line ups! There is always fun and interesting stuff to look at.
One of our many self portraits on the trip.
After the river ride, a little bit wet.
Phil at the entrance to "Hollywood"
Phil and I in front of the faux background. It's weird how realistic it looks from far away.
Our safari guide!!! Many Disney workers really dont' care about their jobs or the rides (as evidenced by their attitudes and lack of smiles) but this guy was totally into it and he was HILARIOUS!
Dirk & Sarah on the safari ride.
Our safari self portrait
Can't remember the name of this ride but it shoots you up really fast and then you free fall a bit - very fun!
Dirk and Sarah frolicking in the Pacific for the very first time.
A beautiful fountain in Vegas.
Phil and I got this huge margarita from Coyote Ugly. The cup/tube was called the Ugly Stick and it held A LOT of margarita!
Me looking down over gorgeous Lake Tahoe.
Sarah at Crater Lake in Oregon.
Dirk and Sarah at our friend Kevin's house for dinner.
Valley View Rd! When we first met Dirk (and even still today) he pronounces his Vs with a W sound. So his village became a willage. For 5 years we have thought about Dirk every time that we passed this sign and we both always say "Walley Wiew!!!" So of course, we needed a photo of them posing in front of it. :)
The view of the beach from Kevin's parents house where we had lunch on the 4th of July.
Sarah posing on the beach.

Me and Isaac (he was our "flower girl escort" at our wedding) Such a cutie! I love this kid!

Me shooting some kind of black powder gun (I didn't actually shoot a bullet into the bay it was just a blank). It was so loud!!! Blended in well with the fireworks.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Some good news!

We also received some very good news while away on our trip - I GOT ACCEPTED TO UBC'S SCHOOL OF NURSING!!!! The program is very competitive and I feel so honored to have been accepted. I start school in September and I am SO EXCITED! The program is 20 months long so in April 09 I will get my BSN! It will be a brutal 2 years as the program is very intense, but it is an incredible school and I'm excited!

Some bad news

Unfortunately, we received some bad news on the last day of our trip. My sister who was 22 weeks pregnant, went into labor and the doctors couldn't stop it. She delivered her son, Zachary Robert Pasko, weighing a half pound at 7:38am on Saturday June 30. For a bitter-sweet yet beautiful hour and a half, Jackie and Dave cherished their son before he went to be with the Lord. Needless to say, they are quite grief stricken. Please pray for them during this difficult time.

Fourth of July

Fourth of July landed on a Wednesday this week so it was kind of odd to have a holiday mid week, but Ill take what I can get. Unfortunately, Dirk and Sarah flew out on the 4th so they missed out on the fireworks!

Phil and I spent the evening at our friends the Unruhs who have a house right on the beach in Birch Bay. The fireworks were absolutely incredible this year! All around the bay they just kept going all night long. It was beautiful.

Happy Birthday America!


Our road trip with Dirk and Sarah was incredible! I flew to San Francisco and met up with them on Friday (a few weeks ago) and we spent a few hours wandering around the pier and being typical tourists. We stayed with Phil's cousin, and my good friend, Mel and her family. It was so great to see them all again, especially the girls whom I have missed so much! Allie was barely talking when they moved to California in January and now she bables away in full sentences.

Saturday was spent in Napa Valley. On Mel's recommendation, we did a tour of the Robert Mondavi winery which was incredible! It was so beautiful there and the wine was SO good!! That night I had my first In-N-Out burger which was very tasty, and we taught Dirk and Sarah the wonderful American game of Texas Holdem!

On Sunday morning we checked out the Golden Gate bridge and then took the scenic route south to LA where we stayed with Phil's brother Peter. He lives near his university, Azusa Pacific University, with 4 other college buddies. I have to say - it is THE coolest college house! They have a 36 foot long pool in their backyard that is 10 feet deep, a covered patio and BBQ area and palm trees. Inside is pretty sweet too with a rec room including a bar, and a living room and three bedrooms. While the whole house was cool, the bathroom was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen! I've seen some bad college bathrooms before, but this was definitely the worst! Gross!!!!!

Monday we got up early and headed to the happiest place on earth - DISNEYLAND!!! We got the flex pass so that we could go to both parks and we spent the day running back and forth between them. We walked thorugh the gates at 9am, and at 1:30 am, we stumbled out of them. Tuesday morning was spent recovering :)

Wednesday we headed out for Las Vegas! Our little Honda Accord was PACKED with all of our stuff so even with AC, it was still quite hot (the people in the backseat had to sit with two bags and a sleeping bag between them!) We went for a quick dip in the very COLD pool when we got there and then headed out for the strip. It was a wonderful evening of walking, cheap margaritas, walking, walking, cool casinos, walking, seeing cool stuff, walking, going on the roller coaster at New York New York and walking. At 2am we got back to our room and collapsed onto the beds.

We had considered spending a few days in Vegas relaxing, but Sarah really didn't do well with the heat (it was about 42 degrees celcius) so we packed up and started trecking north. We spent Thursday night in Reno where it was much cooler.

On Friday we drove to my future home - Lake Tahoe!!! It was gorgeous there!!!! I don't think that Phil would mind living there either. I guess we would just have to find jobs and somehow be able to afford living there.....hmmm, I'll have to work on that :)

We spent the rest of the day driving with lunch/dinner consisting of string cheese and chips from a store in the middle of nowhere. We saw Crater Lake in Oregon which was beautiful. It was also refreshingly cold there.

At 10pm we finally got to Phil's grandma's house in Madras (30 miles north of Bend) where his whole family (aunts, uncles, cousins) was for a family gathering the following day. We had a great time catching up with them and relaxing.

After the family BBQ on Saturday we started our drive home. We were all quite delighted to see the house when we got back. It was a wonderful trip, but a tiring one!

Sunday we had planned to take Dirk and Sarah to Whistler, but due to exhaustion, we just stayed around the house and got stuff done.

Phil filled their last few days here with the a gun shop and shooting range (Dirk wanted the all American experience) and a day trip to Whistler which I had to miss because of work.