Thursday, July 30, 2009


We will traveling tomorrow and touring Alaska once again... we are looking forward to good fellowship with the family, excellent food, great views, and just a time of relaxation. :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009


At the start of summer (~early May) a small patch was planted: zucchini, chilies, tomatoes and even corn. Bumper crop!

Confession time: our gardener planted it for his family on our land - we share the blessings! Thank you Socorro!

Today we enjoyed BBQ (Lamb Chops) + fresh corn + fresh tomatoes... wow!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Well I was finally able to find enough time to backup my laptop and actually install my new hard drive on my PC... it was an easy hardware install. The software went smooth as well - so I have a brand new install - let me tell you it was badly needed. I can not believe the speed of this baby now!

We will see what happens when I load the application software... :(

Having said that however, just having the space is a great reason to cheer! Yeah!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


My niece is traveling Burkina Faso... she is sharing great insights into the nation. Where is Burkina Faso you say? Well here is a map:

And here is a snap of the beautiful people of Africa:
And in Indonesia - Steffan in action!

Also hearing from people in China, Russia, Bolivia feels very good...someone is doing GOOD work - it humbles you. Thank God for good family.


Summer heat brings out our reptiles... here is one this evening after a very hot day today:
Look at his belly...humm, but his tail is missing...double humm....

Monday, July 13, 2009

iQUEST WEEK 7-13 to 7-17

Dr. Katherine Hayden invited me help teach a one week camp for 7th graders who were starting 8th grade in the Fall. The camp is part of the iQUEST program sponsored by the NSF and CSUSM. Our job was to: "...the kids should get an experience that will make them enthusiastic about science..." We achieved our goal! The kids were absolutely fabulous. The team was awesome - thanks Traves and Kim and our support CS students: Antonio and guys rock!

Find more information at iQUEST.

MONDAY - Well we are off and running - the kids are absolutely great! Today's agenda was: Introduction, Moodle, Survey, Observation Crab Lab, Reflection... etc. Working with Traves and Kim was a pleasure - nice chemistry all around.

TUESDAY - it went very well . Physics took its turn to wow the kids with observations, hands-on and thinking through their observations. They took apart a disposable camera - discharged the capacitor (big Wow for the kids) and looked at the lens shapes and functions. Lastly, they measured temperatures in various venues using the new Spark equipment. Busy day...but rewarding.

WEDNESDAY - This day was held primarily outdoors - GPS all over the place. We got some of our cache items moogled! The students had a blast.

THURSDAY - Busy day with the eye virtual and hand's on eye dissection. Oooooo! Plus professional presentations and video conference + robotics!

FRIDAY - Measurements, boat building, and wrap-up... what an experience...we will all miss the kids.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Boy - we hit the ground running on Tuesday - teacher meetings at the cafe...followed by Wednesday meeting with Kathy and then Allyson and the admin team - all of it coming together. Met Wednesday with Sonny Portacio and brainstormed the GPS exercise... found our first cache with the new equipment by the Elephant Bar :)
Thursday Traves and I took the way points in school for Sonny's exercise.. in addition to tending to seemingly 100s of emails, money to Africa (no scam by the way) LOL... it is Friday morning trying to catch up. This w/e we will be crabbing with the other teachers... promises to be fun. I am not sure the hourly rate for this project but I think we are working for nickels an hour...

The etrex LEGEND H Garmin unit:

Picture of one of our way point locations:

More to come this w/e...

Monday, July 06, 2009


I have to give it to Southwest Airlines - convenient, inexpensive, friendly, and on-time. Behind great organizations are always great leaders...Herb Kelleher - now retired. If you don't know the story of SW here is a highly recommended book: Nuts! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. They also have a robust blog - catch them at:

Flying home I noticed something interesting... can you notice from the pictures?

Controversial? Maybe...but is it reality? Look around you... and remember the alphabet soup: ELL, ESL, LEP, BICS, CALP, LTELs...

Sunday, July 05, 2009


Our travel from Virginia to Rhode Island was a tough but rewarding trip. We left at 6:00 PM from the Fredericksburg area to Sterling in Northern Virginia arriving around 8:10PM to see a concert at the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. Mi niece Valeria Frege had come up with an international orchestra and was performing there. Her sister Telma joined us later towards the end of the program – she had just flown in from Tampa. It was a wonderful short reunion. We left the place for Providence around 10:00PM – ready for an all night driving…wow that was tough – but we made it without any major incident. Thank you James and Shanese and the prayers that sustained us.

Concert pics:

R. I. pics:

Miriam and the girls

James and Shanese
All the family together was a time of renewal for everyone. Tia Miriam cooked and cooked and It was such a treat - we are greatful for a wonderful time and a time of renewal. May God reward your gentle love and generosity Jaime and Miriam and the tribe! :) We love you all.