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Christmas 2006
Epic Adventure 2006
Clay Platte Spring Trip
Harry Potter Camp
Musical Theater Camp
Soccer Camp
Outdoor Skills Camp
Summer Vacation
Camp Shawnee
Birthday Number 11
Lake Okoboji
Soccer with BV Eagles
New Pets
Mexico 2006
15th Anniversary Reception
Tale of Two Cities

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Of course this isn't the real Skunk Mountain, but is a portal to the culture of Skunk Mountain.  The physical Skunk Mountain is a place marked by stable geology and an absence of hurricanes.  Generations of Buddhas have lived there.

Check out Pat and Mike's Epic adventure - 505 miles, up hill and into the prevailing winds!  Ann and Jim helped them start, and were there at the end.  Some pictures Jim took are available in the photogallery, more pictures and captions will come soon.

January 2006 was the 15th wedding anniversary of Sam and Joy.  A well-attended reception was held at the Methodist church.  Bill took a lot of pictures at the reception.

This past weekend has been pretty busy.  Kitty left Sunday morning on another People to People adventure.  This time the tour is named A Tale of Two Cities, and is visiting Paris and London.  Pictures from this trip can be seen in the photo gallery.  And while we were getting Kitty on her way, Mari worked on the final preparations for going off to camp near Dearborn.

Mari's class at school worked last year with authors David Lewis and Lisa Dugas to create a book of stories written by children.  It has now been published by Leonard Press. 

The class started the project October 2005 and worked really hard on writing and editing their stories.  Mari's is entitled The House Across the Street.  This is the first  project of this kind ever done by the schools.  All of the proceeds from book sales will fund future creative projects at our school, so we want to sell as many books as we can.

Hill House Speaks is about 150 pages and costs $18 if ordered from the publisher.  It costs somewhat less if ordered through Amazon.

David Lewis and Lisa Dugas are the authors of Bloodtrail  and Once Upon Again, both of which are available in bookstores and on Amazon.Com.  Their new book, Call Me Crockett, will be released soon.  If you want to, you can go to LeonardPress.Com and check out an excerpt from their books.  Lisa is also the mother of Mari's classmate Tristan.

This spring 2006, Mari's class took a trip to Mexico.  They flew into Mexico City, and then visited archeological sites and chruches all the way to Cancun.  The trip got off to a rocky start with the flight being delayed a couple of hours.  The delay caused them to miss their connection in Atlanta.  But eventually they made it to Mexico City, and the adventure started.

Last summer(2005) Mari’s vacation got a jump start with the Clay Platte Children’s House Spring Trip.  This link takes you to a different document than the link on the left.  You won’t believe what the kids did and saw in just two days!  Truly a testament to what good planning and a great group of kids can do.

Last summer(2005) was special in that Kitty was gone for a couple of weeks on her own great trip to western Canada.  Pictures from Kitty's Canadian adventure as a leader on a People to People trip  can be found in the Skunk Mountain  photo gallery.  Mari was left in the clutches of her dear Father.  Mom returned to her adoring family July 3, just in time to prepare for the kid's eleventh birthday.  

Twelve years ago Kitty wrote this poem for Mari.  It's been picked up and published several places on the Internet, but never here.  Now, through a special arrangement with the author, is Mari's Goodnight Prayer.

Now I lay me down to rest.
I pray that all the world be blessed.
Lady Moon and Sister Star
Watch over me from afar.
Mother Earth is always there
And keeps me safe within her care.
The Lord of Dreams will dance and sing
And happy dreams will to me bring.
And when I wake to greet the day
Brother Sun will light my way.

© 1994 Kitty Degler