Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall Break

Steven mentioned the Tour de Fat in the last post. We went and rode in the ride and had a great time. The Tour de Fat is sponsored by Fat Tire Beer. They hold an entire day of events with each ride. The ride is about 3 or 4 miles around Tempe. People wear costumes and decorate their bikes. We saw some very old bikes, some very tall bikes and some bikes that were decorated to go with the riders costumes. We had a blast and it was fun to see how much the girls enjoyed their ride. They also learned how to take their bikes on the Light Rail trains. Since we rode the light rail to Tempe Town Beach, where the festivities were being held, they learned how to hang their bikes on racks in the train. During the ride, they learned to ride their bikes without being too wobbly and to keep from running into other riders.

The girls had fall break that next week. Steven was lucky enough to take some time off with them. I had to work. I have a new job, teaching massage therapy at PIMA Medical Institute. I love it and it feels good to be back in the classroom in a teaching mode. Anyway, Steven thought it would be good to exhaust the girls on Monday and took them hiking up Camelback Mountain. They had a great time, getting up early and heading up the mountain shortly after the sun came up. The east side of the mountain is a nice climb that has steps and some rock climbing. Steven was very impressed with how the girls just went for it. I came home from work to find them in the pool. Yes, in the pool in October. Temperatures were still in the upper 90's and low 100's that week. The next day Tuesday, they held a Wii tournament while I was at class(one i am taking not teaching). Lexi was victorious over Steven in some of the different games they played like bowling and tennis. Thursday the girls went to class with me. Since my class is on the Polytechnic Campus, they got to see a different ASU campus and were impressed. It reminded us all of Virginia Beach because it is on an old Air Force base. The rest of the weekend was spent just hanging around the house and being together. Since it got to a 100 on both Saturday and Sunday, we all spent some time in the pool, but that might have been the last weekend for us doing that. Monday was back to school for both girls and they went but with much grumbling.

Fall break was the end of the quarter and report cards and conferences were seen all around. Lindsey had a good report card almost making honor roll except for a "C" in math. But we are proud of her for her fantastic efforts, she has been doing a great job and almost got that "B". No conference needed for her. We receive her report card in the mail since she is in junior high. Lexi being in elementary school has parent teacher conferences. We went up there Tuesday morning and received a pleasant surprise. Lexi made honor roll. This is the first time that she has ever had this happen. We are so proud of her. She also had perfect attendance this 9 weeks. I just hope we can continue this trend.

Stay tuned for more ...

Tour de Fat:

Hiking on Camelback:

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