Friday, October 12, 2018

Photo Friday

When we have a day off from school, we have friends over for a playdate!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Recognizing Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea has been excelling at school so far. Almost every day, she comes home with the daily character award, which is given to the student in the class who behaved the best. 

"It's not fair!" complained Little Man. "She's gotten eleven awards so far, and I've only gotten two!"

"Well, if you behave better than she does, you'll get more!" we told him. 

So I wasn't surprised when their teacher e-mailed to say that Sweet Pea would be recognized at the school-wide monthly assembly for being especially "principled." I showed up with camera in hand to congratulate her!

The back of the awards says. "Sweet Pea always makes good choices. She is honest and is a good friend to all her classmates. She is a wonderful role model for all!"

Sweet Pea was thrilled! And we were so proud of her. This one, I tell you. She will quietly take over the world someday!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Photo Friday

Battleship is our new favorite game.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Patrick's Promotion

Patrick, my silly, mischievous little brother, is a lieutenant colonel in the Army now! I can hardly believe it, and I'm so proud of him I could just burst. 

Now there are two lieutenant colonels in the family!

We all gathered for the promotion and a party over the weekend. It was a family affair in every way: Karen planned the whole thing; my dad and Karen pinned his bars on; Bryson and Braxton switched out his epaulets; Jon read the orders; my mom made the cake, and I photographed everything.

The reception was great -- Karen did an awesome job. They both gave very nice speeches, thanking everyone who's supported them and helped them during Patrick's career and all his deployments. A ton of family and friends showed up, including some of Patrick's team members from years ago who came from far and wide to be there.

Congrats to Patrick! I'm so proud of his dedication and service to his country.

Monday, October 1, 2018


CC is auditioning to be part of her school's Odyssey of the Mind team. The tryout instructions were for her to create a piece of art from prehistoric times, then present it. She spent most of her weekend happily creating a paper mache rock, decorated with early human artwork. Here is one of her rehearsals. Warning: there are many 7-year-old giggles.

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I was really proud of how hard she worked and how many details she included. I didn't do any of the work for her, but I helped her think through what kinds of art early humans might have made, how they might have done it, what materials they may have used, etc. Not bad for a second grader! 

Her audition is today after school. I can't wait to hear all about it! She is feeling pretty confident. "I think I have a good chance of making the team," she told us. "I did a really creative project, all by myself!"

Friday, September 28, 2018

Photo Friday

Taking our science very seriously.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Silly Socks

It was "Silly Sock" day at school this week, but we don't really have any sillies around here. So Little Man wore his Darth Vader socks, and the girls switched a sock from each of their pairs.

The kids weren't interested in wearing hats on Hat Day, or doing anything for Crazy Hair Day. Goodness, we are really lacking in school spirit around here! Good thing Friday is Sports Fan Day -- we can definitely handle wearing clothes from our favorite teams.