Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Snapshots

Ugh. summer vacation is half, wait...there's still almost a full MONTH left!  There, that's better! Perspective is everything, right?  I'm linking up with Run, Miss Nelson's Got the Camera for Saturday Snapshots for a peek at my week.

The fireworks on the 4th of July took on new meaning this year.  My stepmother-in-law passed away on the 4th.  Her name was Angel and she truly was one.  I'd like to think that the skies lit up that night to celebrate her life and illuminate her journey.

Wine club pick up time!  I belong to two clubs.  One winery is in Sonoma and the other is in Napa.  We made Sunday our 'pick-up' day.  Of course, if you're going to pick up your wine, you might as well sit for a spell and do a wine and chocolate pairing.

Rutherford Ranch Winery

Looking at the calendar and realizing that a month of vacation has gone by prompted my daughter and I to plan a little local adventure.  Our first stop was Muir Woods.  I love Muir Woods.  Walking through those towering redwoods is a bit humbling.  For as small as we humans are, we are the guardians of some pretty amazing places.  

Tuesday found me poolside, resting my tired toes.  

On Wednesday, we jumped on the Angel Island ferry out of Tiburon.  Many folks just think of Angel Island as the Ellis Island of the west coast, but that's just one piece of its history.  If you're interested, you can read more about the island here.

I used the pano feature on my phone to capture this view of the San Francisco Bay.  To the left is the Bay Bridge that connects Oakland and the East Bay to San Francisco.  San Francisco is in the center of the picture.  To the right is the Golden Gate Bridge.

It's nice to have friends who are always willing to grab their camera and head out on a photo jaunt with you.  Thursday found us just across the Carquinez Strait in Martinez and Port Costa.

The Martinez shoreline.

There's not much green this time of year.

Port Costa

Apparently, you can only act out your dreams on the weekends?

This is the town's wishing tree.  There's a bucket filled with pens and tags.
People hang their wishes on the tree for all to read.  

One of the wishes we found.

I loved the randomness of this.  

This morning I woke up to this:  

This was the most expensive project I've ever posted and I was more than a little worried about it being funded.  Kudos to my amazing students who earned $1000 for the project by participating in code writing.  Most of the remaining funding came from donations via the Caring Classroom community.   If you're a DonorsChoose fanatic like I am, go take a peek at this incredible group.  They've donated over $70,000 to projects like mine.

So that was my week in pictures.  Today's adventure:  cleaning the house and the Wild Ones.

Remember to link up with Miss Nelson's Saturday Snapshots!


  1. I love your pictures. I live in Southern California and I have always wanted to drive up the coast to see these amazing places. Thanks for sharing.

    Kinder Princess

  2. I'm so impressed with your Donor's Choose project. Way to go! I also love all the landscape photos. I'm sorry for the loss of your stepmother in law.
    Thanks for linking up.

  3. I'm sorry for your family's loss.

    Your pictures are beautiful and congratulations on getting your Donor's Choose project funded!

  4. Port Costa looks super fun! Love the quirkiness of the town. I'm sorry for your loss. Your stepmother in law was a beautiful lady. Such a great photo of her.
    Fifth Grade Wit and

  5. Congrats on your Donors Choose project being funded. I am sorry to hear about your Angel. :(
    Love your pictures of Muir Woods. It's one of the most peaceful places to go and wander around. Beautiful! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. Looks like a beautiful place to visit! Congrats on getting your project funded!

  7. Hi Lori! My name is Heather and I was hoping you would be willing to answer a quick question about your blog! If you could email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com that would be great!