Saturday, August 23, 2014


Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on Saturdays where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every day. I have been out of town and so busy that I haven't been able to write a Celebrate post since July. Yikes!

Here are some of my celebrations from the past few weeks.

* We had an amazing time with out Japanese exchange student. My daughter was with her family in Japan for four weeks and then she came to stay with us for four weeks. She really touched our heart. We will miss having her positive and sweet spirit in our home. It was hard to say goodbye.

Visiting the Badlands
* Our South Korean exchange student arrived safely and is beginning to feel comfortable here in our home. He joined us for our trip to Montana and had a lot of fun seeing Yellowstone - especially the bison. He is now part of our high school soccer team and is getting to know other students. He will be with us for ten months. We've done a long term exchange once before. It's hard work the first few weeks navigating a new parent/child relationship with a stranger, but things are going well so far and we look forward to a great year together.

We were close enough to hear the bison
* I finished RAGNAR with 11 other women last Saturday. That was quite an adventure. It took us about 36 hours to run our 204 miles. In the meantime, we had lots of fun together.

The Whole Team
Van #1
* I had a blast at Zumba class. Because of our vacation and things we were doing with our exchange students, I missed many classes, but Tuesday I got to go again. Zumba always lifts my spirits and gives me energy. We have two fantastic teachers that tag team through the class and they are both so positive and fun that we can't help but have a wonderful time even though we are working hard.

* Summer has been full of adventures with family and friends. We had a lot of fun. It's also nice to be getting back to school and a regular routine. I have gone to school several times this week. Though there are challenges with our building renovation and some other things, there are also wonderful staff and students that will help make it a great year anyway.

* Summer is winding down, but I am getting to read a lot of books this last week or so. Yay!


  1. Amazing and wonderful that you've had the exchange students (still have, too). I hope it continues to go well for all of you. How great that your new 'child' got to go on the trip with you, great for him, too. Wonderful about RAGNAR & Zumba too. My husband's nephew is a Zumba teacher-wish he lived here! Happy you had a good summer, Crystal. Looking forward to hearing more from you about your book reading, and your teaching!

    1. Thanks Linda! I am happy to get back to blogging. I didn't have much time for that and was missing the sharing and reflecting.

  2. I've known a couple of people who've hosted exchange students and they had positive experiences as well. Have a great week ahead!