Friday, February 28, 2014

Energy Break

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 
Psalms 62:1-2

The final sunset of 2013 along with the New Year's fireworks from our apartment

It's hard to believe it is already the end of February!   The second semester at ICSV ended in January and we are already in the middle of the 3rd quarter.  In January we had exams which means Mitchell and Lydia were studying, Billy was grading, and Ada was getting report cards ready. We also celebrated Ada's birthday and our 20th wedding anniversary.  There is always lots going on at the school and this semester is no different.  So far we've had the 8th Grade Sleepover (like a lock-in), Elementary Ice Skating, ICSV Talent Show for Romania Mission Trip, Basketball games, Coffeehaus, and a much needed Energy Break.

Mitchell and friends performing a skit..

Mitchell and friends performed a skit that won 3rd place.  He was thrilled to learn that the prize was "Dinner with the Wiisanens"!  We are looking forward to having his friends over for dinner!

Billy along with several teachers performing a song, no prize though, but lots of fun!

During Energy Break, Billy and Ada enjoyed a long weekend celebrating their anniversary in Venice!  It was beautiful!  Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Rialto Bridge

Burano, small quaint island near Venice.

We especially enjoyed seeing the sea and getting to walk on the beach if only for a short time.  Listening to the waves reminded us of home!

Adriatic Sea, the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea.

The last weekend of Energy Break we had a real treat.  We got to go the the IAEA Ball thanks to a friend from church who had access to tickets! This was extra special because it is at the Hofburg Palace. It was my birthday present from Billy! (He wouldn't have chosen to go to a ball himself). Between friends from church and school there were more than 20 of us all there together.   It was such a fun evening.  We enjoyed watching the opening dances and getting to dance in the main ballroom.  Balls are part of the Vienese  culture.  There are more than 50 balls scheduled in January - March.  Besides the main ballroom pictured below, there were 8-10 more areas with different music styles being played.  Sometimes the music didn't seem to go with the atmosphere of the palace such as when we were in the "60's" room and they started playing "See you later alligator"!  It was a very relaxing night and one we will not soon forget!

(Photo courtesy of Fi Ona) 

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Love and blessing,
Ada (aka "Miss" Clair)