Monday, January 18, 2010

From West to East

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It's a typical Monday at our doghouse in Shepherdsville. We're blogging, writing thank-you notes, folding laundry, playing with our chew toys, and looking forward to another great week in the schools.

Last week was so fun. Tuesday we spent the day and evening in the western part of Kentucky at Muhlenberg South Elementary in Beechmont, KY. It was a gorgeous school with lots of students. We saw everyone from Pre-School to the 5th grade. After school we ate lunch at this really neat place called The Buggy Shed. Their food was dee-lish - chicken and gravy like my grandmommy makes. That evening we had a Family Reading Night with everyone. We had a really large crowd - which was a little surprising since it was the first day the students had been to school in over a week for snow. Snow, rain, hail, or sleet couldn't keep the people away - and it was tons of fun!

We arrived back in Shepherdsville late Tuesday night and then on Wednesday, we loaded up the trusty ol' Woody Bus again and this time headed the opposite direction to Pinsonfork, KY. Pinsonfork is in Pike County - the very eastern part of the Bluegrass. From our house, it's about a 5 hour trip. (Of course we are in the Woody Bus and Dad is a careful driver over all those mountains.) Anyway, we spent the day and evening at Runyon Elementary. Like Muhlenberg, Runyon is a gorgeous school with friendly people. Runyon was a older school, but had incredible, state-of-the-art equipment. One thing you can say about Kentucky is that east or west - the people are friendly - and treat us just like family!

The principal of Runyon, Ms. Wolfe (4th picture), has been in education for 59 years! Isn't that incredible? It was easy to see that the staff and students love and respect her. Chloe and I fell in love with her too!

We also presented a Family Reading Night at Runyon and once again, the people came out in droves - and that was impressive too - especially since Thursday was the very first day Pike County had gone to school since before Christmas! Wow! And yes, there was still lots of snow and ice on the ground.

The last picture is of the Conley Family. David and Mary (the mom and dad in the picture) participated in the CBS reality show called The Amazing Race. They were on Season 10 and finished 6th - which is incredible. After the show ended, David and Mary were invited to be guests on various shows such as The View. While on The View, they received some incredible gifts. I looked them up on the Internet this week and the hosts of The View said The Conley's were "so unbelievably kind and giving." Well that was 2006 and guess what? They haven't changed a bit! We loved talking to them! It sparked my interest even more to try out for The Amazing Race. I think Chloe and I would make a terrific brother/sister team!

If all that traveling wasn't enough, on Saturday we headed back to western KY - this time Glasgow for an event at the library. I don't have photos yet, but will post them soon. It was the perfect way to end a busy week!

Speaking of, I think I need a nap. I had some turkey for lunch and it is making my eyes oh so very heavy! I can't nap for too long because I have chores to do. Maybe I'll just close my eyes for a minute!

Have a great day! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!