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My Summer Vacation Highlight

The summer weather was cooler than expected, but that didn’t impact our summer vacation plans.  As a family, we traveled to our all time favorite city — Chicago.  This city has much to offer to each member of my family:  Chicago Cubs for my baseball crazed son and husband, shopping for my daughter, and great food and people watching for me.

One of the highlights of our trip this summer was to Millennium Park, located in the heartof downtown Chicago.  We Vacation Beansaw the incredible ampitheatre, walked through the gardens, played in the waterfall scultpures, and walked under and around the Cloud Gate Sculpture. Because it is in the shape of a huge silver lima bean, we call it the BEAN.  Here is a picture of it, with our family in the reflection.  You can see us only if you magnify it 1,000 times!  I love this picture because it shows the beauty of the sculpture against the skyline of Chicago.

I hope you had a great summer vacation too!  If you want to find out about other teacher’s vacations, visit their blogs and type the word vacation into the blog search area.

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Presidential Inauguration, 2009

Our country is amazing in that we can peacefully transfer presidential power from president (George W. Bush) to the Barack Obama, one party to another in the midst of millions of celebratory people within a few hours! Today, January 20, 2009, the United States of America welcomed it’s 44th PresidentBarack Obama, to the highest position of power in our great and free country.

At our school, students and teachers watched the event, witnessing an event as great as Constitution Day, which we just honored this past semester.  These discussion were poignant in that teachers modeled political party affiliation was not the focus of this event.  The focus of the learning experience:  Living in a great country with unimaginable freedoms and rights.   Please note that the soundtrack, though not patriotic, is symbolic of the city that President Obama has resided in for the past several years, Chicago, Illinois! Enjoy the sounds of Blowin’ in from Chicago!