Thursday, June 20, 2013

Why the long face?

I found Jared making faces in the water faucet in the hallway where Em takes piano lessons, and couldn't resist joining in...
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It was harder to photograph than you'd think...

Monday, June 17, 2013


My mother-in-law invited the kids to join her in the parade, walking with an organization she's very involved in. The overall theme of the parade has been pirates, so the kids dressed the part!
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Dan and I stood at the "finish line" of the parade, and the kids zipped by so fast I barely even got a chance to take a photo!
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My friend Stephanie stood more in the middle of the parade route, so got a good one when the "float" paused
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Piano/Voice Recital

Emily had her piano and voice recital on May 19th. She did such a great job!
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She was VERY nervous about having to sing in front of such a large group of people, but she pulled through and did great. VERY proud of her! I would have been terrified to the point of tears in that position, but she put a lovely smile on her face and got down to business. :)

If you want to see her piano performance, click here

If you want to see her vocal performance, click here

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Two Goofballs

Connor and I were bored while waiting for Jared to be done at swim team practice a week or so ago, so we were making funny faces and taking our picture. LOL
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I super love this kid!
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PS He'd gotten done with his own swim team practice (shorter than Jared's) and was dressed in his pajama bottoms with no shirt on, and kept being really paranoid as we were taking pictures that I was going to get pictures showing off his nipples. ???? ha! If you're that worried about it, kid, put a shirt on!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

3K Fun Run

The kids' elementary school recently hosted a 3k fun run.

I was standing at the finish line watching and watching for Jared to finish, and at some point, I turned around to see if I could see him coming down the hill behind me, so I'd have an idea when he'd be looping through the big field and coming up to the finish line. Suddenly, he was saying to me, having already finished the race and was working on his Otter Pop. He finished much faster than I'd been anticipating, so had my back turned and missed it!!!
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Connor came cruising through much faster than I anticipated as well, but I had a better eye out for him, after having missed seeing Jared
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Emily pretty much walked the entire thing with her friend Alex
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All three kids placed in the top 12 for their grade level (they awarded top six boys and top six girls for each grade)
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I've already had to promise the kids that we will register and come do the Fun Run next year (it's open to the public) if our new school doesn't have something like this. They really enjoy doing it. I was especially proud of the boys, who really pushed themselves, and each got their best time ever, by a couple of minutes!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rat Sitting

Jared's class got two rats (which they named Spirit and Whiskers) as classroom pets for the last month of school, and they needed someone to take the rats home for the weekends. We volunteered for the first weekend.

Jared didn't like how they'd squirm as he was trying to pick them up, and kept insisting that they hated him, so was pretty hands-off with them all weekend. Jared and Emily absolutely LOVED having the rats. Jared finally got more comfortable with handling them the morning we had to take them back to school, and was wishing we could keep them longer.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

JA Biztown

Emily, along with the rest of the 5th graders at her school, got to attend JA Biztown for a day recently.  Emily was "employed" at Chase Bank, and had to type in kids' account numbers (each child was assign an account number for the day, so they could deposit their paychecks and withdraw "money" to purchase items from the different shops), verify names, etc.  She said it was a lot of work, but she had fun doing it!

She was voted by the other Chase Bank employees to read their prepared "commercial" on the Biztown Q13 News. (She's in the middle)

Sounded like a very neat experience for all the kids! I didn't attend (didn't have the time to attend any of the training sessions the volunteers had to attend), but I had some friends who volunteered and snapped these photos of Emily.