Today: Grace’s last day at Van Gorder Elementary. We’ve made a change that feels like the right thing to do. Grace will start Little Flower Elementary this year.
Big hugs to everyone at Van Gorder. Teachers, Administration and all the staff. And all the great Red Hawks who have shared great and fun friendships with Grace. We hope those friendships will continue.
Grace is enrolled in summer classes at University Nevada Reno. She’s taking classes on Egypt but there are also extra-curricular activities.
Earlier this week she auditioned for a talent show, with no preparation (we had no idea there was a talent show). She jumped in and sang “Home is Nevada”
!!She made the final cut!! ..beating out many who auditioned.
Here is her great performance at the talent show today:
We’ve done many fun trips to Gerlach, here is the latest ..click image to see gallery:
A fantastic day of exploring and lots of hiking.
Started in Lockwood where did a loop along the river. Grace met a nice girl and her dad …they were out doing the same.
Then over to “Old Lonesome Mountain” where we spent much of the day hiking hills and exploring. Beautiful day! Quite fun -and we sure got a workout! Zoey was along to share the fun and as always was well behaved and great company.
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Album and Video
Grace spent the last week in Oregon. Mom and Dad went up to surprise her and bring her home (a few days early, we missed her too much!!). Took a few pictures, mostly on the way home. Took a ride around Lake Britton and then the Pit #1 Powerhouse. Then into Burney Falls via the backside. A great time. Be sure to click on the image below to see album and Video.
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Great weekend mini-vacation road-trip in our local area. Saturday morning up to Lake Tahoe with lots of fun. Then some exploring including Kirkwood meadows. Then dropped down into Minden where we stayed at CVI and Grace did lots of swimming Saturday night and Sunday morning. Then more good food and a detour through Virginia City. Back home Sunday evening, a great weekend. Pictures Below, Video Coming Soon
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Video of various things, the 2nd half is primarily many short random snippets.
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Grace was home from school today because it was a snow day. She spent much of the day having to entertain herself. Here is one of her projects. She took some of her Monster High dolls and created a story and took pictures ..which we then turned into a video. Grace calls this episode “Twerelie”.
V I D E O …enjoy:
Update: Official Resultss HERE
So proud of Grace. Great job on the race.
…Here are pics of the Run plus breakfast and Discovery Museum
and hers is a picture from the race coordinators that was in their recap newsletter. Here Grace has just crossed the finish line and receiving her medal. Note grace didn’t stop at the finish line, she ran all the way to the medal!!
What an amazing experience for a young girl. Grace with the Press Pool at Trump Rally.
What a great Nevada Day Weekend.
Early friday a road trip to Central Nevada. Grace + Zoey + Dad. A few stops along the way, including Stokes Castle, Austin NV, the community park. Eventually our destination: Our good friend Tommy and his family’s 100+ year old ranch. Very rural, very genuine and our favorite place. Big rain storms, but we still carved a pumpkin, traded many good stories and shared lots of laughs. No electricity, wood stove for heat and plenty of chores to go around.
As a reward for working so hard in school, and with a week break: Grace and mom took a trip to Disneyland!! Girls only and a road-trip to boot! Our wonderful friend Ken helped in so many ways as we are so appreciative.
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Gracey + Zoey + Dad went on a BIG hike today. Hunter Creek Falls. The trailhead starts on the west side of reno and then does a big ascent up into the Sierras. Trial is mostly out of the tree-line in medium tough terrain and is HOT, especially today with mostly no shade and it was hovering on triple digits. The trail mostly follows the creek and has a few crossings. Eventually you reach Hunter Creek Falls which is quite amazing and nice and a great treat. The hike is an out-n-back, -a bit over 6 miles but by the time you goof around a bit it’s likely closer to 7 to 8 miles. Final elevation is just under 6500 feet ..the trail has relatively dramatic elevation gain.
We thought we took plenty of water, but we ran out and ended up drinking creek water to stay hydrated and cool.
We knew it was going to be a tough and fun hike, but we got a lot more of both tough and fun than we expected!! It was a great day!!
Here is the breadcrumbs from our GPS:
V I D E O : (with some still pictures)
We were on the trail (mostly in hot sun) for about 6hours! and we took about 30minutes of video, and added some still pictures. Only retired grandparents have time to watch 30minutes of our hike, so here it is in fast-forward (X4) …you won’t be able to understand what we’re saying (we sound like mice) but you’ll get the idea.
Here is video at only 2 times normal speed:
Coming soon: Video at normal speed (for the retired folks).