Archive for September 16th, 2009

September 16th, 2009

introducing flat stanley

My friend Amanda sent me Flat Stanley in the mail with the instructions to take a picture with him in my hometown or a place I visit. This was right before we left on our California Adventure, so the timing was perfect.

Flat Stanley on the plane to California

Of course, the first thing that I did was introduce Flat Stanley to Jonah. This went over very well: Jonah completely ignored Stanley.

Well, we went to California and took many pictures of Stanley’s adventures. I think Stanley and I will continue to be friends and I have many fun plans for him.

A few great Flat Stanley moments from San Francisco:

Flat Stanley with a cable car operator who happens to look just like Mr. Miyagi from "The Karate Kid" Flat Stanley enjoying his first Giant's game at AT&T Park

September 16th, 2009

the many adventures of august

It’s been a little while, but here’s a quick catch-up of our summer: Matt and I traveled to California and stayed there for the majority of the month of August. Every summer Matt’s family comes together for a week at the homestead. Here are a few highlights of our stay:

  • We (the whole family) posed for an old-fashioned photograph in Columbia, California and spent some time just enjoying the shops and sights of the little town.
  • Matt and I went swimming for the first time since August 2008.
  • The whole family took a tour of the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, California.
  • Six members of the family (Matt and me included) went to Tracy, California for a HamCram and either upgraded or got licensed for the first time to be Ham Radio operators. Now that I have a callsign, I feel like I have an alias. A HamCram is where you go and pretty much memorize all the possible questions and answers that are on the test and then take the test. I think the only reason I was able to pass was my vast experience as a college student.
  • Matt and I went to San Francisco¬†for a couple of days, which resulted in a lot of “firsts” for me: first time to San Francisco, ¬†first time riding public transportation, first time riding a cable car, first time really being exposed to homeless people, first professional baseball game. I’m sure there are more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.