Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Tour

When people ask what me what I am doing this summer, I blessed to say I am traveling!  I am not doing anything exotic but I love everything I am doing!

It starts in 11 days when I travel with my church's youth group by charter bus to Hamlin, WV in Appalachia to do mission work.  We have 45 kids and 9 adults going to work at a Kid's Club and to work around people's homes.  I am so excited.  This will be my fifth mission trip and we are going with a great group of kids.  We have plans to swim at the Mud River, go to a community cookout, and learn how to clog.  I can't wait!

I will return late on Friday, July 1st and then will travel up to my grandmother's house near Burlington, VT for the 4th of July.  It is my 2nd favorite holiday after Christmas.  I have been in VT for every 4th of my life.  We have a large family and it is so much fun when we all get together.  My grandmother is 92 years old and still lives at home.  She has 10 kids, 33 grandkids, and I think we are at 16 great grandkids.  I am the 2nd oldest grandchild.  There is an ice cream social, a band concert, a road race (that my oldest son usually wins), and of course a parade with floats and tractors.  I love it!  One of my cousins is getting married, so we will throw in a bridal shower too.

Here is a picture of her home:

My third son is a golfer.  He has a qualifier tournament at Killington on the 3rd, so my husband and he will head to that.  If he does qualify, we will be off to Killington for a few days right from Burlington.  On the way home, as we travel through NH, we will pick up 2 new kittens who will finally be old enough for us to take home :)

On July 15th, I will finally get to attend my first Twitter Math Camp #tmc16.  I am so excited!  I designed my own tshirt:


I will fly to Minneapolis with my colleague, Kathy, and one of the keynote speakers, my friend, Tracy Zager, from Maine.  Kathy and I have been wanting to go since its inception.  We carved the time out this summer and on Feb 8th, we got the tickets.  It was like waiting online to buy the hottest concert tickets.  Tickets sold out within 6 hours and we were in!  We bought our plane tickets and we are ready to go.  We arrive on Friday and will attend the Desmos session.  Saturday through Tuesday will be filled with so many amazing seminars by MTBoS people from around the country.  Just trying to be present and absorb it all will be incredible.  We will also have a night at the Twins game, trivia night, game night, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, all math, all the time!  Watch out twitter, we will be trending!

When I get back from this, later that same week, I will attend a one day STEM conference at a local college.  I am interested to find out what this is all about.

At the end of July, my husband and two youngest sons will travel to NJ to watch a PGA tournament.  I will find a beach at the ocean somewhere to enjoy while they are gone.

And, then it will be August and we will have a two week family vacation in the middle of nowhere, Maine on a lake filled with relaxing, swimming, and fishing.  I can't wait, but I also don't want to wish all this goodness away.

Add to this I want to do a lot of reading including The Classroom Chef and Everything, Everything (this is summer reading for some of our kids, followed by me hosting a book club discussion in the fall).  I have a lot of other books on my list, I just can't remember them all now.  And, I want to fish and float in the pool, the lake, or the ocean!


  1. Sounds amazing! I live in Burlington. Send me a note if you want to connect! Otherwise, see you in Minneapolis!