Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Michael Turns 9!

On November 30th, Michael celebrated his 9th birthday!  We had a small party for him, and he said it was his best birthday yet. 
Last year in single digits, and half-way to an adult!
Michael, you are smart and intense, and you keep us on our toes.  Your quirky sense of humor with constant play-on-words keeps us all laughing.  We love you so much, Michael! 

Michael has been doing well in school.  He got 1st place among 3rd grade classes in the WordMasters challenge, a verbal reasoning and analogy competition.  He also got 1st place in his class Math Challenge.  Nice work, Michael. 

Thanksgiving 2014

We were supposed to visit my family for Thanksgiving, but the snow over the mountains prohibited our travels, and we were not able to go. 
We stayed home and had brunch instead of a Thanksgiving meal. 

Bacon, biscuits & gravy, eggs, waffles, and cinnamon chip scones.  

 Thanksgiving evening, we were going to take the kids to see Big Hero 6, since they were sad that we were unable to travel.  We went to the theater, but the show was sold out.  So we went and hung out at the Books-a-Million store, which we love. 

More November Happenings

David still likes to come down and snuggle in the morning.  He had another ear infections, and we are thankful for insurance and for antibiotics. 

Michael got to attend this book signing for author Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame.  He enjoyed meeting him and getting his autograph.  Photo link here

David enjoys trips to Books-a-Million 

The kids have started a propaganda campaign to get a dog.  Not going to happen! 

Kate and I were invited to a birthday party for a lovely young lady who had a Wine & Design event.  We had a template, and the host artist talked us through the technique.  This above picture is mine.  

Kate went with her own concept and made a female scientist looking into a microscope.  It's suppsed to look like my painting above...

One of these paintings is not like the other...

 Wrestle time with Daddy.

The kids had awards ceremonies, and Kate won a perfect attendance award.  

Michael also won a perfect attendance award, plus an excellence in reading award.  

Kate brought this home from school.  She wants to be a mom when she grows up.  It makes her happy to think about it.  Awe! 

Love these guys!

Concert in Lights 2014

We went to the Concert in Lights program at our Towne Center, and we enjoyed kicking off the holidays that way. 
It was cold, but enjoyable. 

Free kettle corn was yummy! 

Cotton Candy.  This was David's first time trying cotton candy, and he did not like it.  Kate ate a little, then passed it on.  Michael devoured it.   

Some band headed for Nashville 

 Kids playing on the green

Kate chose to have her hand painted. 

I guess we should get her a dreidel for Hanukkah?  

Interactive light structures 

Followed but a light and music show.  
A lovely time, indeed!

Life Going On

We've been busy with life (and negligent bloggers) 
 And we're tired.

But we are enjoy our kids growing up.  Hopefully not as big as this bear. 

The hair continues to grow

and be cut.  

Miss Mary and her sweet girl Zoey have been helping us out during those couple hours between when I go to work and Jon gets home.  She has been a wonderful blessing (and David adores Zoey!) 

 Kate has been sewing occasionally with a co-worker who is an excellent quilter.  Kate entered a Jr Sewing Contest and won First Runner Up with her layered potholder.  She won some gifts and a $50 cash prize!

Family game night, because it's easy to get busy going and doing instead of being with each other and having fun. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Michael's Field Trip to Ferry Farm

Michael went on a field trip last week to George Washington's boyhood home, Ferry Farm.  
He got to participate in an archaeological dig after a module on artifacts in his class. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

GVES Monster Mash

The school had a Monster Mash fun night for the kids on Friday.  
We had a ninja, a knight, and a geisha.  

Rappahannock Pops Orchestra Fall Concert

We were able to go to the fall concert for the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra last night with the Tyes, and we enjoyed the show thoroughly.  

• Fall Concert • Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Best of the POPS"


7:30 pm

Featuring RPO Greatest Hits

Hollywood Blockbusters; American in Paris; Theme from Rocky; In The Mood; Music from Lord of the Rings; The Producers; E.T.; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Pirates of the Caribbean; Somewhere in Time

Football & Cheer 2014

The older 2 kids finished up football & cheer this week.  It was a good season, and we were glad to participate in this well-run league. 
 Kate and her squad, The Bluebells, before their half-time show.  

 Michael and his team, the Colts.  This is the first time that Michael has really bonded with his teammates.  They played really well together, and grew a lot in both learning the game and in learning all the advantages of teamwork.  At the end of the final award ceremony, Michael told me, "This was both the happiest day of my life, and the saddest day of my life."  They played a really great final game against a team that was much older and bigger than they were, and they came out with a win.  

All the cheerleaders getting ready for the half-time show.  

Calling out the players 

Kate got her first trophy. 

All the Upward football players and cheerleaders for 2014

The half-time show.  Kate is in the back about 3 steps behind everyone else.  She informed me that she does not want to cheer next year, as she thought it was going to be fun and not work. ;-)

It's Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas

Michael just started on his Christmas book in piano, so we have enjoyed Christmas music a little earlier than normal.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kate Turns 7!

Happy birthday to our sweet 7-yr-old girl!

 It's so hard to believe it's been seven years!  She is growing up, and she is quite the lovely & delightful young lady.   
David and I had lunch with Kate at school.  We took our picnic basket and ate our meal on fine china in the lunchroom- Mac & cheese, chocolate milk, cookies.  Yummy!


 Rainbow loom from Grandma & Grandpa!

Daddy showed her the Rainbow Loom ropes (or bands, if you will) 

 Kate wanted Papa John's Pizza for dinner and cookies instead of cake.  Yum. 
We went to the Children's Museum, which Kate spent mostly doing arts and crafts.  Sounds like her ideal day! 

Happy 7th birthday, precious girl!  We love you!

Children's Museum

The Children's Museum of Richmond recently opened a Fredericksburg location here in town, and we have been enjoying our passes. 
Lots of fun things to play with.

A reading room (or posing room) 

David cooks with his friend Aaric 

"Where ya headed, little lady?" 

Climbing the tire structure 

Playing in the rubber sand 

Exciting things to do 

Scaling Mt Tiremore 

 The rubbery sand box

Learning to drive