Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Gran always had tea and biscuits (cookies) at tea-time. She would give us milk or juice as she knew that we didn't drink tea.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Once Upon a Mattress..........
I wanted them to get the full effect, so we also had a couple of set days to design, build and paint the set. This involved making pink and gray castle walls. Pink for Princess academy. Making thrones, and planning costumes. The impressive thing is that they did all of this during a very busy two weeks. Aunt Del was music director and Grandma Bell was Ninja/Jester coordinator and this could not have happened without them! A shout out also goes to Aunt Jenn who finished painting the set in the garage when it was literally 106 degrees. Gavin, Kayla, Savana and Hailey ran warm ups and games before every rehearsal. It was so much fun!
This is a rehearsal before we had the set done.
The kids are doing warm ups and generally having a good time.
Prince Dauntless putting everything sharp he can think of under the mattress.
Princess Fred counting sheep.
Chariots of Fire Moment followed by High 5!
We all had a great two weeks. No TV was watched at my house for the entire time we worked on this.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It was a lot of fun.
Avery's 9 year old Birthday list!
1. You were the best class vice president in 2nd grade!
2. You joined basketball this year and were fabulous at it. You scored every game!
3. You also played soccer and were excellent at it.
4. Played a wonderful song at your piano recital.
5. Joined swim team and raced in your first swim meets.
6. Is thoroughly embarrased by dad.
7. You love food, eating it, making it and sharing it with everybody.
8. Earned the Gilly go Getter Award at school and got to eat lunch out with the priciple.
9. Is the best sister and daughter a family could ever have, we love you!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Avery watched them put their projects together and looked a little left out, so I asked her if she wanted to do a little project too. We brainstormed different ideas, and she decided to do a project a friend of mine suggested. It was entitled "Which Cereal Gets Soggy The Fastest?" It was simple, something Avery, a 2nd grader could do on her own. I showed her how to follow the scientific method and she went with it. She got the whole thing done in a few hours on a Saturday morning. I got her a science board and printed pictures up of her project. She asked if she could take it to school to show her teacher and I said yes thinking it would be a show and tell type of deal.
Well, it turns out that Avery's teacher entered her project into the Science Fair at school and Avery won 1st place, qualifying her to enter into a regional Science Fair called Southern Arizona Regional Science Engineering Fair (SARSEF). This surprised me, and I thought maybe there weren't many 2nd grade projects entered so she sort of automatically did well. We started getting notes home asking to document our research and to write a science journal to include with her project for this competition. At this point I started to get nervous. Our research consisted of reading the side of the cereal box and using their recommendation for how much milk to use. Avery picked cereal she likes to eat. Our project only took a few hours, so journaling it didn't take very long.
Well, I had Avery go ahead and "document" our cereal box reading and make a cute journal.
During spring break we were notified that Avery's project had won an award and that we had to attend the Award Ceremony to see what she won.
Avery was awarded 2nd place in the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (http://www.sarsef.org/) for her science fair project titled “Which cereal gets soggy fastest?” She received the award Thursday Mar 11 at the Tucson Convention Center. There were about 2000 projects competing overall. There were about 300 awards given out! Way to go Avery! If Avery had been a little older, winning this would have qualified her for a trip to Washington D.C. for the National Discovery Science Fair.
So there you go, the little science fair project who could and did, and whatever will we come up with next year?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
One fine Sunday morning Trent decided to trim his beard/goatee/vandyke and had a little mishap which resulted in his having to shave it all off.
This is the kids reaction when they noticed! Here is the rare family picture of Trent without a beard.