I have really enjoyed having both of my children in school full time. I get lots of free time, plus I am able to help out with school functions more freely. Today I got to chaperon Dominick's class to the Torrey Pines State Reserve.
It was beautiful. I am excited to have found a new place to take my family to on our days off. It's a great place to hike and just take in the beauty that surrounds us.
The class learning all about the animal and plant life in the reserve. They also learned about the different layers of rock and earth that we would be seeing. Very educational, I learned a lot of new things today!
The Torrey Pine Tree, only found in Southern California and on an island 160 miles NW. It is different because of its "5 fingered" needle bunches.
The kids examining the needle bunches.
The "red butte" or as we learned today, the Linda Vista layer of rocks. They get the reddish color from all of the iron deposits (rust...)
One of the cliffs along the shore line. Such a breathtaking view. You can see the trails and hikers too, one of these days I would like to try all of the trails.
After lunch we got to enjoy the state beach. The kids were thrilled! They acted like they had never been to a beach before ( I have to say it's pretty cool to do that on school time).
The kids searching for "souvenir's", they weren't allowed to take anything from the reserve but the beach was a free for all. And those kids took advantage!
HAppy New Year to all of you! It has been a long time since we have posted, so one of my New Year resolutions is to post once a week. I know I am already a week behind! I have also decided I am not going to "catch up" we are starting fresh.
An overview of what 2010 was like for the Cherrey Family:
January: Moved to San Diego, celebrated Jay's birthday, made new friends and settled into a new ward.
February: Dominick turned 7 and we went to Disneyland
March: Had lots of visitors, got passes to Sea World, Jay officially graduated from Nursing school.
April: Spring Break times three, Legoland, Sea World, Legoland, Sea World, and Jay starts his "terminal leave"
May: More Sea World, More of Jay being home, more visitors
June: Jay still home, Dominick has a Hip-Hop competition and they place 3rd.
July: Payton spends 2 weeks away from home with my parents, we take Domino to Six Flags, spend 4th of July on the beach, and Jay officially retires from the Navy.
August: Jay still home, no job, my birthday, Sea World
September: Payton starts Kindergarten, Dominick starts 2nd grade, Payton turns 5, still no job, Noelle has her baby, Jen has her baby.
October: Sea World, Halloween festivities, still no job
November: Finally a job! A new house to go with new job, Jay's mom visits for Thanksgiving, more Sea World.
December: Settling into new home, Christmas with Family and Friends in AZ, Payton looses first tooth, and an additional job for Jay!
As you can tell we spent a lot of time with Family and friends, and a lot of time at Sea World! The passes were an amazing deal and became a blessing during those months when we had no money and no job. We really couldn't afford to do much but Sea World was free for us! This kids really enjoy the shows, rides, and all the different sea animals.
Now here are a few pictures of the new house, we are really LOVING the space and feel very blessed to have found this home.