Tuesday, April 11, 2017


 The school system that Grace attends and that I work in, works very hard to include STEM activities.  STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering, and Mathematics.  I love that these activities are done so much in school and that Grace finds that building things and creating things is very second nature.
 The school system had a STEM day at the local mall.  The first activity we went to was a pinewood derby race between Grace and Glen.  Grace won them all.  Then we went to The Big Bad Wolf where the kids had to build structures out of marshmallows, gum drops, and toothpicks.  Then those running the booth would put a plate of sugar on top and see if it could hold the weight.  Both Grace and Glen had strong structures!
 They also got to play with play doh at this booth.  Not sure what the reasoning was, but the kids had fun with it.
 Grace built a boat out of styrofoam and then had it run off of soap.  It was amazing to see the boat zoom around just from the soap that they placed on the back of the boat.
Keep building, kids!  I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Christmas Part 2

 After we left Arkansas we headed north through Missouri,
And after many hours and miles, we made it to Iowa.
 The day after we arrived it snowed about 5 inches,  It was lovely spending our morning in the hot tub while watching the snow come down.
 Then we went to Grandma Sue and Grandpa Steve's house where we got to play in the snow.
 Grace built a huge hill that was fun to slide down.
 Matt shoveled a path, and also added to the huge pile,
 Every once in awhile a nap was needed.  Glen had a great place to nap, and a great nap buddy too.  Grissom was usually on his cot sleeping with Glen whenever nap time happened.
 Snowmen were created.  And fun time were had outside,

 Inside, new dolls were cared for,
 and crafts were being made.  Grandma Sue had this craft idea and all of the supplies.  It was so much fun to create their own Christmas wreaths.
 And they looked so good when they were done!
 The Wii was a fun activity for the kids.  They loved bowling.
 And they got surprisingly good at it.
 Press cookies were made.  I made cookies with Grace today and the first thing she asked was if they were going to be like the cookies that she made with Grandma during Christmas.
 Legos were built.
 And more crafts were created.  This was an amazing star that Grandma Sue did as a craft with Grace.  The shocking thing is that it survived the trip and is now hanging up in her room!
 Matt got a Tetris lamp (among many other things for Christmas) and Glen had fun playing with it.
 The Daniels men
 Glen loved the kitties.
 It was a great time with Grandma Sue and Grandpa Steve.  We had so much fun with games, food, church, crafts, and just spending time with each other.

 Thank you so much for having us during this trip.  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Christmas Part 1

 Christmas was coming and it looked as if out of the Daniels family we were the ones with the time and vacation from work in order to travel.  So travel we did!  We set off on December 19th for a trip which encountered 10 states and covered 2 weeks.  The kids were quite happy about it, can't you tell?

Our first stop was to Arkansas to visit Chris, Katie, and Ellie.  We had a great evening with them, then off to bed after a very tiring day of travel.  It turned out that Ellie had school the following day so we decided to make a trip to Memphis.  During a search of what to do in Memphis I discovered the Peabody Hotel and the Peabody ducks.  I had read about these ducks so I informed Matt that we MUST go see them.
 In the gift shop, Everything is ducks!
 But the hotel is fancy,
 And the Christmas tree was HUGE!
 But I got a few smiles as we waited for the live ducks to enter from the elevator to go to the fountain.
 Here is the duck master who is in charge of leading the ducks.  He even let Glen hold the duck cane.
 Here they come!  Fast and furious from the elevator.
 Watch them speed by.
 But they veered off, They decided that they did not want to go up the steps today.
 They hopped over the wall.
 All except for one who continued to run around the fountain twice playing chase with the duck master.  To our understanding that had never happened before.
 But they all made it safe in the fountain.  And when we came home I made sure to read John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco (which is where I heard about the ducks in the first place).
 That evening we had a very nice early Christmas with Chris, Katie and Ellie.
 Cars, Legos, and art supplies flooded the living room (and the house in general)
 It was good to see the girls draw and play (mostly Pokemon) together.
 Glen was happy with his cars, and his new track.

But who can complain?  All is right with the world when you have TWO Luigis to play with!
 A great picture of the three kids together.  This is quite a rare occurrence.
 Katie was kind enough to share her American Dolls with Grace.  We are so thankful for your generosity.  Grace plays with the girls daily.
A few more Legos before we say good bye and move on to our next leg of the trip.
Thank you for having us Chris, Katie, and Ellie, it was great to visit and see you all!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Grace is 7

 Happy Birthday Grace!
 She is our energetic, loving, creative and curious girl.
 She loves to play, dress up, dance, and just have fun.  (she got this Anna dress up costume for her birthday from Grandma and Grandpa)
 For her birthday from Carol, she got lunch out at Dairy Queen and an afternoon of ice skating.  She began by using the ice skating "walker" thing, but by the end of the afternoon she was skating pretty well on her own.  Thank you for such an adventure!
Amy also gave Grace an adventure.
 Grace got an invitation for her present.
 The invitation was for a lunch out at Dairy Queen.  An afternoon out at the book fair (where she got to buy items that SHE got to pick out) where she bought a box full of Barbie books.
 Then after the book fair they went to Mamaw and Papaw's house where they decorated Christmas tree ornaments.
Thank you Amy for such a fun and creative time!

1. How old are you? 7
2. Who is your best friend?  Christiana
3. What is your favorite thing to do?  Exercise
4. What is your favorite color? Purple
5. What is your favorite food? Cake and Ice Cream
6. What do you like to do with your family?  Play Games
7. What is your favorite toy? American Girl Dolls
8. What do you want to be when you grow up? An art teacher
9. What makes you happy?  When I read books
10.  What makes you sad?  When I am alone
11.  What is your favorite show to watch?  Frozen
12.  What is your favorite book? Beck's Bunny Secret
13.  What do you love to learn about? Animals
14.  What is the best part of your birthday?  Presents
15.  Where do you like to go?  Mike and Amy's house
16.  Who was your teacher?  Mrs. Romero and Mrs. Skelton
17.  What is your favorite treat? Dark chocolate pomegranates
18.  What do you think about right before you fall asleep? Ponies and Princesses
19.  If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be?  President Obama
20.  What was your favorite birthday present?  CD player