Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dead Sea Scrolls


The Dead Sea Scrolls are at the San Diego Natural History Museum. We went to see them. It is amazing to see such ancient authentic exhibition!

The Dead Sea Scrolls (Bible books of Isaiah, Leviticus, Psalms, Deuteronomy, Job and others), dating from 240 BCE-68 CE, are one of the greatest archaelogical finds of all time. They were discovered beginning in 1947 in 11 caves along the shores of the Dead Sea in Israel.

The exhibit begins with Part I which is a presentation of the excavation of Qumran, an ancient settlement near the caves where the scrolls where found. They have original archeological tools, artifacts, and photographs. Then Part II continues in the basement of the museum where you enter through a replica of a cave near Qumran where the scrolls were found and here is where you actually see the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Here is Allan drinking his water just before we enter the museum

Surrounding outside the museum

Allan and Gordon exploring exhibits on the other parts of the museum before we entered the area of the museum where the Dead Sea Scroll are.
Have not pictures of the Dead Sea Scrolls since no one is allowed to take pictures in that area.

Allan took this picture of Gordon and I just before we left. Great exhibit! Highly recomended.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Anas at the San Diego Zoo


Following are a few pictures of our friend Anas from India visting the San Diego Zoo

Anas enjoying the Polar Bears excibit

Taking Anas to the Los Angeles Area


Anas is a friend we met when we went to India about five years ago. He was here in a work assignment in the San Francisco Bay Area. He came to visit us a long weekend. He has never been to Southern California. So we decided to take him sight seeing to a few paces of the Los Angeles area. Following are some of the pictures of the places we took him.

The Chinese Theater

Notice the Hollywood sign at the far distance behind us. Annas took this picture with our camera. Gordon took a picture of Anas here with his camera so we don't have that picture

We took a drive through Beverley Hills

Found a Huge tree there. This is me by the trunk of the tree

Gordon under the tree

Far view of the tree.

we took Annas to see the beaches of Los Angeles Area

Gordon and I

Annas and I

I could stay here forever!

Enjoying the sunset at a beautiful California coastal view

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Getting My Classroom Ready


After two weeks of meetings and work. My Classroom was finally ready!
Here is the front of the classroom. Below the white boards is the area where the centers that the students will be using are. To the right are the computers and in the middle you can see the desk for my 10 second graders. Where the rug is, you can see some of the calendar and Word Wall bulleting board. This is our meeting area.
It is a small classroom so it took a lot of thinking to organized it to utilize the space the best. Gordon helped me think of different ways to arrange it until we had the best plan. Gordon and Matt helped me move the heavy things around one night. Thanks guys!

Heidi organized the library by color coding and numbering the books. BIG JOB. I was so thankfull!

Here is the back view of the classroom. You can see the library area to the right. A bulletin board ready to display kids work. Below the bulletin board is the supplies area (pencil, pencil sharpener, rulers etc...) Below the bulletin board is also the listening center. To the left is the teacher's area. Here is were the students come to meet with teacher for reading groups and other lessons. In the middle you can see my 6 first graders desks.

To the left you can see some of the meeting area. We meet here several times during the day. The students seat on the floor as a group and we gather to do group activities like Prayer Time, Bible Class, Singing Time, Calendar Time, Word Wall Time, Story Time, etc....

We have had some great two weeks of school already. I LOVE MY JOB!

Lunch with The Casiano Family


The sabbath of August 25 we visited the Loma Linda church. After church we went to the Casiano's family for lunch. The Casianos are old friends from Sacramento and I have not seen them in a long time. Casiano is from Puerto Rico and his, wife Jely is from Peru. The food was great. The beans were specially seasoned -- so delicious. We ate a lot.

There was lots of food. You can take as much as you wanted. I had tree servings, specially of the beans and the tostones. There was enough food for the grandparents the children and all the adults. It was a great gathering!

Enjoying the food and great conversation at the table

Nori and her husband

Was so good to see Nori and Jely again. Thank you Casiano for inviting us to your home, for the great lunch. We had a great time catching up and visiting with the whole family.