Thursday, March 31, 2016

LTC puppets-with Cale

In my attempt to entertain you, I have uploaded Cale's puppet group from LTC last weekend.  It was a great way to kick off our two week spring break by spending time at this convention.  I know the kids look forward to it every year.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 25, 2016

7th grade band contest piece #1

7th grade band contest piece #2 and #3

My morning activity

I managed to find time to upload all of Marcus's songs from his band concert a couple weeks ago.  The kids performed the songs they had played at contest.  Both the 7th grade band and honor band got gold (or first) ratings.  It's fun to hear how much better they sound this year.  I know Marcus has really enjoyed band and honor band. Enjoy the songs!
Seriously, it's like a "Where's Waldo" book.  Good luck actually finding Marcus.  He is tucked away in the back row with the rest of the trombone players.  Sometimes you can get a glimpse of some hair or glasses.  But, otherwise, he is part of the whole.

Honor Band contest song #1

Honor Band contest song #2

Honor Band contest song #3

Thursday, March 24, 2016

praise for Cale

Who doesn't love to get emails like this from their children's teachers.  Cale has the perfect fit this year with his homeroom/language arts teacher.  I know Mr. Walsh is Cale's favorite teacher, ever.  

Hey there.  I had to share with you that Cale’s interview with me yesterday was absolutely outstanding, and I would have measured his responses with any adult on any day!  This boy is an outstanding student and person.  I was in absolute shock to hear the answers that flowed seamlessly from his mouth.  I could kick myself for not taking video of his interview.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me yesterday with your son.  Be VERY proud of the person that he has become!  He’s truly amazing, and he will go far places with his exemplary work ethic!  Kudos! J

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

a volume of randomness with extra-large photos

Fun things happen at this house a lot.  And, that's what I like to remember. 

I really like this wanted sign that Ewan made one day while playing. ("Cold or warm.  Wanted Cale 887746")

I got to write an encouraging note to Ewan for the start of ISTEP testing.  I made sure to include lots of quotes that I thought he would like.

And, Kella had career day at preschool.  Does she want to be a veterinarian when she grows up?  Who knows.  For about 15 minutes that morning, she did.  And, she looks super-cute.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In honor of March Madness...

Listen, I don't even know what teams are playing in this year's tournament.  A causality of having no cable, I guess.  But,  I do know that all the boys are finally done playing basketball for the season!  This is very exciting and has lead to spare time, more homework time and time to do other activities.  
So, here is the second to last basketball post.  It's second to last because I still have a few photos on the phone that I have to transfer to the computer.  A task for another day.  Something else to look forward to.  

Here is Liam's team.  There were 4 teams in his 1st grade league and they had the distinction of coming in 2nd place for the season.  This let them play the undefeated 1st grade team in their final game for the championship.
Liam, blue shorts, arms crossed, ready to play.

It's kind of hard to see.  But, that is Liam actually dribbling the ball down the court.  Holy cow, he can make it halfway down the court before losing control of the ball and needing to stop.  What an improvement from the start of the season.

What do you know?  These kids won!  I know, you can see the excitement in their faces.

Excited for the trophy.  Excited for the cookie.

Ewan's team also made it to the championship in the 3rd grade division.  They got to play in the high school gym.  That was cool.  They did not win.  That was not as cool

Us parents might have forced some of the kids to smile for this picture.

Then, the next day....

Ewan's travel team made it to their league finals.  It's kind of a big deal.  This team went undefeated in their regular season play and did well in the tournaments they were in.  Most exciting for me was that Ewan always got a fair amount of playing time in the games.  That has really improved Ewan's basketball skills and confidence with the game.  These kids were super-fun to watch all season.  They played well together and had great coaches.  And, I enjoyed hanging out with the other families watching the games.

Getting some coaching.  And, yes, that's Cale sporting an orange mask.  Gotta dress up for the finals.

They won!  How exciting.  It was close for the first half and then the boys had a bit of a run that the other team couldn't catch up from.

Final score.

They even got a trophy to take back to school and present to the principal.

Ewan and one of his biggest fans.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

It's a miracle-we made it to a Scout meeting

The stars aligned last week and we were able to go to our Cub Scout Pack's Blue and Gold Banquet.  This was an important event to get to, because Cale was crossing over into the Boy Scout Troop.  We have worked hard here on Cale's Webelos requirements and actually finished everything last fall before basketball started to control our lives.  It was nice to be ahead of schedule for 1 thing. 

Also, this night, achievement awards were handed out to the other scouts, too.  Again, we have been mostly working at home to keep Liam and Ewan on track with their dens.  From the awards the other scouts got, I'd say we were on schedule.

Liam was tickled to get to go up on stage and get his belt loops.

Cale, receiving his Arrow of Light award.  It's the only patch from Cub Scouts that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

Here's the crossing over ceremony.  The boys take off their Webelo neckerchiefs, walk across the bridge and get presented with their new Boy Scout neckerchiefs.

Um, how about some super-clever-cute table centerpieces.  And, a super-cute Tiger Cub to go with it.

Three of my scouts.  (Ewan had basketball practice.)

I was so happy to be able to get back to scouts.  It's a good group of people to be around and my kids have fun learning scouting stuff.  And, I'm very excited to have Cale move up to a great Boy Scout group.  

Friday, March 4, 2016