9 Did You Miss Me?

I sure missed you.... I missed baking, cooking, blogging and reading all of your blogs!  Here's a snapshot of what has been keeping me busy ~
I have been driving a group of Japanese high school students all around Utah...

Dead Horse Point at Sunset in Moab, Utah

Dinosaur Museum in Price, Utah

Our campground in Bryce Canyon, Utah

Teri and I were not only drivers, we were camp cooks.  Check out the cool-lookin' apron!

Every night, I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

Then flew to Newport Beach, California

Koi Pond at Fashion Island Mall, Newport Beach


Anaheim Emergency Room

Yep.  One of the darling Japanese girls never made it to Disneyland.  

After throwing up, complaining of aches, and shivering with a 102ºF fever, I took her to the hospital.

Getting a CT scan...

The diagnosis?


This is her after the surgery, still smiling!

The doctor wouldn't release her to go home to Japan the next day, so I stayed with her and her teacher for a week.

She has recovered nicely and is ready to go home tomorrow!

And yes, she made it to Disneyland yesterday.  Yay!!

I am SO happy that things have turned out well and to be home.  With my family.  Sleeping in my own bed.  Baking in my own kitchen.  Eating real food ~


  1. Sounds like a fun opportunity. How did you get hooked up with this group? So nice of you to stay with her in CA.

  2. Poor girl!!! (And awesome you, for being so great!) I can't imagine being her mom and having my child that far away going through that!

  3. Wow! I saw the picture of Teri and realized she lives just down the road from me... Small world, huh? Looks like you had a GREAT time, what a wonderful experience!

    Anne Petersen

  4. I was just looking down my blogroll yesterday and wondering about you! You've been one busy gal. Welcome back to real life!

  5. Barbara, I got involved with this group by hosting a Japanese student in my home. I begged to join one of their activities (snow skiing). I had so much fun and was asked if I was interested in driving them around Utah and California. I've been doing it ever since~

    Anne, it IS a small world! I had a great time working and playing with Teri~

  6. Frieda, I was just wondering where you are. Seriously. Of course I notice when you don't blog. Bless that girl, who got sick. So glad it all turned out. Oh, and welcome back!

  7. Oh my gosh! It sounds like quite an adventure. You're so good to do that every year - they're lucky to have you. I'm glad everything turned out okay with the sick student!

    Welcome home! :) Miss you!

  8. I missed you...even though it looks like you were having fun being away.

  9. What a wonderful thing to do. My dear friend did this about 6 summers ago and one of her students came back with her parents this summer and showered her with gifts.


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