Monday, March 22, 2010

Life is so Cool!

I am most definitely a science nerd at heart. I think nature is so captivating, and I got totally sucked into the new Life series on Discovery last night. It is a beautiful, educational, fascinating program that to me represents what is great about TV- namely to take you places and show you things you may never experience in normal life. You should watch it, DVR it, and show it to your kids! Sunday nights, check your local listings for times.

For those of you that may not know this about me, I graduated from University of Iowa with a degree in Science Education and taught middle school science here in Oklahoma for five years before I started my current career as a mom.

My parents definitely started my love of science via our annual summer vacation camping trips. We loaded up the Ford Van and hitched on the pop up camper to hit the open road for two to three weeks each year. Our destinations were varied and we visited all 48 lower states, totally amazing in hindsight! National Parks and monuments were always on the list of things to see, and that is where my sense of wonder and love for the natural world began.

This picture was taken in Teton National Park near Jackson Wyoming in 1984. Yes that cute kid in the blue jacket with the walking stick is me...

Fast forward about 25 years and things will come full circle this summer. My mom and dad called this weekend to tell my kids they bought a camper! For Christmas this year they bought the kids a National Park Passport book and promised to take them camping in a Park this summer. Needless to say the kids are pumped and I am excited and nostalgic all at the same time. I am glad that 25 years from now they can sit down and look at pictures like this:

Life really is so cool!


  1. THat is awesome! Traveling across the US is definitely on my list of things to do with the kids especially since my husband doesn't like to fly!
    I went to the Grand Teton National park a few years ago. Definitely one of my favorite places. How exciting that your kids will get to experience all these beautiful places!

  2. I didn't know you had a blog. How long have I been missing out on the pics of you in the 80's shorts???? Have a good week!