Saturday, October 13, 2018

Beach 2018

 We skipped a year.  But this year once again the Kiser family rented a beach house in Sandbridge and had a very nice vacation at the beach.
 Grace was up bright and early every morning getting her swimsuit on and ready to go out even before breakfast.  Then we would come back for lunch only to go back out as soon as possible.  She kept us out in the sun and the sand as much of the time as possible.
 Her favorite activity was to dig VERY big holes.  You will see pictures of many of them in this post.
 The water was a bit rough while we were there, but the sand was nice and we had a few good days of riding the waves.  But most of the time we only went in to our ankles and some of the time not even that.
 Yet another big hole!
 Here is Papaw watching the waves.
 This guy loved the sand.  He went out into the water a few times, but most of the time you could find him diging in the sand or floating in our pool at our beach house.  He loved to chase down sand crabs and and collecting sand fleas and making a habitat for the sand fleas.
 Kite flying was a fun activity for all.  Grace especially loved doing this.
 Grace and Matt and their creation (which did not last long once the tide came back in).
 One day Matt, Grace, Glen and I went into Virginia Beach and went putt putting.  We also walked around and had some ice cream.
 It is very nice to be able to have the entertainment of the big beach, but the relaxation of the smaller beach.
 I do not remember who won but I do know that both Grace and Glen had at least two hole in ones during this game.

 It was a fun game.
 Mike brought many games and a common site to see was the kids crowded around the table with Mike playing some game.  This one was like jenga where you pulled sticks and did not want the monkeys to fall down. 
 This was our pool.  When we wanted calmer waters, or even to be able to get into the water to float or swim this is where we went.  Glen would not go in without the swim vest.  However, a week later we went to the pool and he decided to go in the pool without it.  Then a few minutes later he decided that he wanted to swim (which he had never done before).  And he went underwater and swam about 3 feet!
A great vacation at the beach.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pictures of Summer

 Just some random pictures of our beginning of summer.
 Grace and Glen having fun in Glen's room playing with trains and his new writing desk.
 Playing at the children's museum with friends.  The light up blocks are always a favorite.
Our yearly picture at Bible School with our friend.  We love having him come with us every year.

The summer is off to a good start.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The End of Second Grade

 Grace had a great year in Second grade.  She had Ms. Ours and Mr. Polk.  She made lots of friends and was involved in many activites.  One of which was the Latin Dance group.
 The Latin Dance group performed at the June Jam during the last week of school.
 They also performed during the summer at the Latino Festival for the city.  There was a huge crowd there that got to see them dance.
 June Jam is when the kids get to also dance with there class.  This is what Grace is doing below.
What a great Second grade year this has been.

We are looking forward to Third grade!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The End Of Kindergarten

Glen had a fantastic Kindergarten year.  Below is his class with his English teacher.
His English teacher was Ms. Slight and his Spanish teacher was Ms. Diaz.  Here are two pictures of his class with Ms. Slight.  On the one above they were dressed up as book characters.  Glen has a shirt of Spiderman on, that is as much of a story book character that he wanted to do.
During the last week of school, Glen had a Kindergarten celebration.  Kind of like a graduation, but not as formal.
They had a potluck where all of the parents brought in food.  But the pizza that someone ordered was the most popular with Glen.
They had a red carpet for each child to walk down.  The kids lined the carpet so that they could cheer for the other students as they walked down.
Each child got a certificate that told of their character during the year.
Glen was the curious classmate.  I do agree that he is very curious.  In this picture it is Ms. Slight, Glen, and Ms. Diaz.
On the day before the last day of school the kids had June Jam.  This is where all of the classes come out to do a song or a dance for the school and for the parents who come out to see it.
Here are a few pictures of Glen singing his patriotic songs.  He has a flag hat on that he made.
Here is more of him dancing and singing.

I am so proud of how much he has grown physically, academically, and socially this year.

Glen, Welcome to First Grade!!!!

Cute Boy


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Weekend up North

It is always nice when we can make sure to have some time to spend with some great friends of ours.  These friends live only an hour and a half away but we only usually get to see them once or twice a year so it is a special occasion when we do get together.
 This time we started our trip out by meeting at the strawberry patch and we picked some very nice strawberries, and snow peas, and some other food too.  It  was some very yummy food to snack on during the week.
 Later that day we went out shoping in the downtown area.  They had a section designated for a splash pad for the kids.  It also had a sitting area for the grown ups, and also a game area for the kids who did not want to be in the water.
 This one however, we could not get him out of the water.  He LOVED IT!
 Grace liked it too, but she also loved playing with the games that were off to the side away from the water.
 The other kids were so nice to play with and it was such a great area.  I wish that we had one of these where we live.
 As the tradition goes Grace requested "pancakes" for breakfast which are also known as crepes.  She got to help make them.
 After breakfast we headed out to a petting zoo/farm/park type place. 
 Glen is my cat magnet.  No matter where he goes, if there is a cat he will find it and love on it.
 And love on it....
 And love on it.  (Makes me happy that we are going to start volunteering at the SPCA soon, there will be many cats to love on there)
 We got to see chickens, horses, cats, and many other animals.  It was a beautiful and fun farm to go to.
 Here is the lovely family that we got to spend our time with.  Grace and Glen just fell in love with their little boy!  I can not wait to see this family again.
 We needed a picture with the GIANT chair!
After the farm we headed to the Udvar Hazey Air and Space Museum.  We had been there before and it has been great both times, but this time it was really good because Grace had it in her mind that she wanted to see the Enola Gay (the plane that dropped one of the atomic bombs during WWII)  Here is her picture with that plane.

This was a wonderful way to spend our Memorial day weekend. 

Art Contest

Grace entered an art contest where she had to draw a poster of a watershed.  First we had to learn WHAT a watershed was.  After watching many videos and talking over many articles we figurered that part out.  Then she sketched what she wanted on scrap paper.  Then a final drawing and she decided that she wanted to color it with oil pastels.  I taught her a few techniques that I was learning in art class.  The picture was amazing!

A few weeks later we found out that she won first place in her age group.  She got a bug carrier, magnifying glass, book, notebook, and many other things.  She did a great job.