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Friday, May 27, 2016

Third Grade is in the Books

Notice the blue lips. She is not cheerful at all.
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No pictures of the last day of 6th grade because, well, middle school.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Play

"Play is the work of a child." -Maria Montessori

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When we were scrolling through these pictures, he was showing me the different pitches based on how he's holding the ball. I had no idea!
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They were taking turns being the princess and bowing before the prince, but got self-conscious every time I turned the camera their way.
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She is not as sad as she looks.
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See?
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Five on Friday (May 20)

(let's just go ahead and pretend I posted this on Friday)

1. We had a Saturday afternoon to ourselves so we visited a nearby park that was part of the Trail of Tears. I've never felt more like a parent as we tried to tell them the story of the Trail of Tears and make this long random stretch of woods with no landmarks seem interesting.

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2. We've had an extra girl around our house this week. I've let Rory take over the mothering, and she kind of loves it. Pictures from this will have to reside in their own post because I overdid the picture taking, of course.

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3. The life of a baseball family continues (it's all over next week) and we have lost a whole bunch of games in the last couple of weeks. As in, all of them. Still fun to watch (and Camden has pitched some great games - he recently pitched 65 balls and 51 were strikes), but it sure would be nice to win our last game or two.

4. I gave away all my cancer scarves to a new friend who has breast cancer. It was odd to pull out the rubbermaid. That rubbermaid has traveled with us through two moves and has occupied a space in the furthest corner of the garage. I was amazed as I pulled out those scarves and remembered so many good times. I remember when my hair started growing back; I could not get pack those scarves away fast enough, but over the years I've had difficulty getting rid of them. It somehow felt if I put them behind me for good that I would be jinxing myself. But I washed those scarves, folded them, and delivered a big bag full to Stacy and all I felt was glad that I could pass them on.

5. Rory performed in her second piano recital Sunday. We have transitioned from the over-achieving parent whose intelligence and sense of accomplishment rests in their children's performance to the casual parent who barely shows up on time and feels no sense of pressure or expectation of perfection. I kind of like myself as the second parent better.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Green Machine

"If this bike weren't pink, it'd be perfect." -Camden

(One of Brian's garage sale purchases. Turns out, he's right on these garage sales . . . sometimes. And check out those short pants. Good thing it's the end of the school year.)

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Five on Friday

I missed last week so I guess I have two weeks to catch up on . . .

1. No blog post last Friday because my computer crashed. Ugh. However, it's running fast and smooth with its new solid state drive so maybe that situation didn't turn out so badly. And as a result of losing the majority of my programs, I've finally upgraded to Photoshop CC (which I've had access to 2 years now). There is a serious learning curve, but it's kind of fun to learn something new. Well, fun after it's learned anyway.

2. I also missed last Friday's post because after Bible study Friday morning, Rory and I made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it trip to Missouri to visit with my parents and both sets of grandparents.

3. Evenings have been consumed with baseball, but I'm soaking it all up since this is Camden's last year of Little League. There is something just so adorable and quintessentially American about a baseball field full of boys (even the not-so-little ones) in the spring. We have even been watching MLB games on TV, and that is certainly something I could have never imagined myself doing. Prior to having a baseball player in the house, I pretty much hated baseball. Camden's team has had a major series of ups and down (they won 22-3 last weekend, but have lost everything since).

4. Camden only has THREE days left of school. Sixth grade has flown by. I am completely gobsmacked by the passage of time since Christmas. I look at the calendar every few days and just feel shocked at the date.

5. Rory burned her way through the first 3 Harry Potter books in the past 10 days. While I have read them aloud to the kids over the years, she hasn't always been very interested. Not sure what prompted her to start, but she has been reading non-stop.

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