The Adventurers

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Latest Happenings

First off, I would like to say Happy 3rd Anniversary to us! We have made it three years, and it has been wonderful!  Now, I am ashamed to say that it has been almost 8 months since I have updated the blog...ugh. Bad, bad!  I guess I should catch up the latest happenings in the Anderson Adventures. 

Jason and I have really grown to love Spartanburg, South Carolina.  We have grown to love the weather, the lack of traffic, and the people! Jason is rockin' and rollin' in medical school. He is almost done with his first year. We can't believe it.  The time hasn't flown, but it hasn't dragged on either. It has been great, just a lot of work.  We are both glad the first year is almost done. Now we know what to expect for the next three least we think we do!    I finished my first year teaching in South Carolina. I had the best group of 5th graders. They were so fun to teach.  I will teach 5th grade again next year, so I hope things just keep on progressing.  Because Jason doesn't finish school until the end of June, I am teaching summer school for the first time ever... I am just teaching the month of June, though!

We have had some fun happenings between Halloween and now.  We went home for Christmas. It was a fabulous time to spend with our families. We came back and worked hard until our Spring Breaks. I went home to Texas, while Jason went to Honduras on a medical mission. I had a blast spending time with my family. Jason had the time of his life interacting with the people of Honduras. He was very popular with the people, because he was one of three people that spoke Spanish.  He was very popular with the kids, too.  Jason worked with all kinds of cases. He worked in two orphanages and a few hospitals and clinics.  The people were so grateful. When I picked Jason and a couple of friends at the airport, the stories and memories kept flowing from their mouths. What a cool experience!  Here are some pics of Jason in Honduras.

After Spring Break ended, work began again. Jason started his last block of his first year...the pulmonary and cardi block. He is loving the cardiology.  We had a great opportunity to work at the Spartanburg Regional Hospital Pedicatric and Neonatal ICU Reunion party.  We put balloons up and interacted with the children that survived the NICU adn PICU. They were so cute!

We also have been able to spend some time at some ball games. There are quite a few minor league baseball teams near us. We have visited the Hickory Crawdads and the Charlottle Knights. We won both time! I guess we are good luck charms. :) 

Once I ended my school year, I was able to have two weeks off before starting summer school. The first week I spent reading, working out, and laying by the pool...heaven! Then the second week, I was able to spen a few days with my mom and sister at DISNEY WORLD!! It was amazing! It was great to spend time with just us gals.  We rode tons of rides, saw fireworks every night, and went to Hogsmeade (aka Harry Potter World!!)!!!!  It was as if we left the real world and stepped into the Harry Potter movies. We drank Butter Beer and visited Olivanders where Devin got her wand!  It was really fun and amazing!

Now we are working hard during the month of June awaiting July 1st when we get to go home to Texas, oh, Texas!  ....awaiting the Andersons and the Hruskas and a cruise to Mexico!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Number 3!

Today is Halloween, one of my FAVORITE holidays. Why? Because you can be anything you want to be, fact or fiction, for a night.  It's amazing. One of my favorite parts nowadays, though, is waiting for the door to ring and greeting the little trick or treaters! Too cute.  I swear, as I write this blog I am anxiously waiting for the doorbell to ring. Too fun!

This Halloween, Jason and I carved our pumpkin. I have to say that this pumpkin turned out to be one of our best so far.

We then watched our annual "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown".  Such great times. I hope everyone has a BOOtiful, SPOOKtacular Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jason's White Coat Ceremony

I have never really, truly understood what a White Coat Ceremony was.  I knew it was something special.  Sitting through Jason's kind of opened my eyes. A White Coat Ceremony is a right of passage for a new medical student. As they are "cloaked" by the doctors that will be teaching them through their years of medical school, they take upon themselves the true responsibility of being a doctor.  It becomes the "real deal".  They start thinking like a doctor, acting like a doctor, and understand their calling as a healer.

The ceremony began with a procession of medical students with their white coats draped over their arm. It was amazing to see Jason finally come down the aisle.  I have to admit I teared up a bit.  For anyone that knows Jason, you know that he has worked hard and has wanted to be a doctor for a long time.  It is a true love for him.   With Jason having a last name starting with the letter "A" he was the second student to be cloaked.  He look so awesome up there.  Unfortunately the picture I took when he was being cloaked was ruined...I am not happy about that one! Ugh.  The ceremony ended with the all of the students with their white coats standing and reading the oath of the doctor.  It was pretty cool.

We were lucky to have Jason's parents come into town. I was super excited to finally get to entertain in our home here in Spartanburg.  Our weekend was filled with antique shopping, eating, hiking, eating, more antique shopping, and more eating.  It was so much fun.  We love y'all, Andersons.

Here are a few pictures of the activities:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Another School Year Brings Another Birthday :)

Well, I started my 6th year of teaching, but first year at Chesnee Elementary School on August 15, 2011. It was quite a start!  Transitioning from one way of doing things at Colony Bend to a totally new way is a lot of work. I have definitely kept busy!  I teach 5th grade Reading, Writing, and Social Studies this year! I am so loving the kids.  They work hard and are a blast to interact with and be around.  The 30 minute drive there at 6:10 every morning is a nice time to ponder and listen to scriptures.  I have really enjoyed that time of reflection to myself.  It gets me ready for the least in the right mind set.  What a blessing it is to be spritually fed to begin your day. 

As each school year starts, I know that my birthday will be coming around the corner quickly.  I turned 27 this year! I am getting old! Yikes.  My birthday was a nice day.  It started off like any other.  I went to work.  There I was greeted by a huge banner on my door and my kids singing "Happy Birthday" to me.  How cool was that!  My other class sang to me at lunch.  At Chesnee, teachers eat lunch with their students every day.  Just a side note.  Anyways, when I got home, Jason took me to dinner at a Japanese restaurant named Fuji.  It was actually really good.  :)  Then we drove around everywhere to find a decent birthday dessert.  Jason doesn't  "cook cakes" so we ended up at Ruby Tuesdays.  We ordered a chocolate and Italian Creme cake. Yum!  They even gave us an extra red velvet cupcake.  That is the cupcake that I was able to put a couple of candles in while Jason sang me the most lovely rendition of "Happy Birthday" I have ever heard.  It was a great day.  I got to spend and talk to the people I love most. 

I have to say that it has been an interesting few days to begin my 28th year of living.  I think I have started losing my mind. I actually almost walked out of my house without any shoes on!  Crazy times in the life of Kristin Anderson.  One day I will get a grasp on day.

Jason is doing great in school.  He has had his first two tests, and he did really well.  He has another two coming up on Monday.  Keep him in your prayers!  These are some toughies!  I am learning so much (more than I really would like to) about viruses and what they do to the body. Pretty interesting stuff. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jason

Happy Birthday, Jason! It was his 29th birthday. We had a great day. It started with cinnamon pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs...Jason's favorite. It was pretty tasty if I don't say so myself. :) We let our stomachs digest as we watched a couple episodes of 24, and then it was present time! I gave Jason a few medical books and a gift card to Academy. We headed straight there, so Jason could stock up on lures. Good times! We then decided that were were in the need to hit a few golf balls. We found a driving range on the side of the road...but guess who didn't have cash. Us! So, Jason went to ATM in the gas station and bought a scratch off to break the 20.  He won 15$!!! Can you believe it??? We had fun at the driving range.  We actually hit the ball pretty good. After that we drove to Texas Road House. It was soooo good!!Afterwards, we came home and had yellow cake and chocolate frosting. We had a great day celebrating Jason and his wonderfulness.  Happy Birthday!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hiking Trip Number 2

We decided to head out to North Carolina again and hike the Gorge National park.  It was quite some hike.  After an hour or so of hiking, we finally got to Rainbow Falls. It was sooooo pretty. We started off on the bottom side of it. We were able to swim in the pool below it.  It took me FOR-E-VER to get into the water. I was scared to death! Jason was getting a little annoyed with me, but I have a thing for water that I can't see anything in.  Ugh! Like I said, I finally got in.  I didn't swim around like Jason did, I did a swim team freestyle sprint to the other side. Ha ha!
After we swam around a bit, we headed to the top of the falls. It was sooo pretty! We hiked some more and found a place that you could slide down some rocks like a water park slide! It is called Turtle Back Falls. To get up on the rocks, there is a rope tied to a tree. You had to climb up the rock...I tell you what, my upper body was sure sore! Any ways, we had fun doing that a couple of times.  

We hiked and hiked some more and finally arrived where the trail ended!  There we met a lady that said that if we huked up the hill we would get to the road and have only a half of a mile to walk to our car.  That seemed like a great deal at the time, so we pounced on that. After we got to the road, we walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked...after two and half miles of walking up and down paved hills we got to our car...that lady must have been mistaken. Oh well!  There has to be some sort of unplanned adventures when it comes to us. We love them!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The making of some extreme hikers....ha!

On Monday we decided to explore the mountains that are so close to us! We drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Graveyard Fields trail.  It was supposed to be about 3.5 miles and led to a waterfall. 

We started on our journey and came to a fork in the road...we went right.  We walked and walked and hiked and hiked.  We started out seeing people, then seeing no one.  After about an hour, I thought we should hear water...afterall, we were hiking to a waterfall.... and I didn't hear water at all.  We decided to turn around. It ended up that we took the wrong fork in the road. We were walking deeper into the forest.  :)

We finally made it to the waterfall after taking the right turn. It was such a beautiful hike, and we had a blast. We are DEFINITELY going to make hiking part of our fun outings. :)

Jason decided to make his own water park at the waterfall. Check this out! Funny! Funny! (Sorry it is sideways...)