Thursday, October 12, 2017

Second and Kindergarten

 WOW!  Where has the time gone?  These kids can not be this big or old yet!  This year Grace is in Second Grade.  She has Mrs. Lugo and Mrs. Ours.  She is loving school and learning a lot.
 Glen...can you believe it?  He is in Kindergarten!  He has Ms. Sleight and Ms. Diaz.  He loves school and is coming home each day with a new spanish word or song that he learned that day.
To celebrate the first day of school we went out and got some Klines ice cream.  It was a wonderful way to end a great day.  What a good way to start off the school year.  I hope it is a great one!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rockingham County Fair

 In December 2016 I decided that I wanted to teach Grace how to cross stitch.  I knew it would not be easy but we started.  I also decided that since my mom started me out with my birth flower, I would start Grace out the same way with a poinsettia that only has two colors.  It took till August, but she finally got it done.  See how proud she is.
 In August, the fair came.  So there were lots of activities,
 and rides.  Grace and Glen got to go on four rides this year and they had a blast.  They loved the swings the best.  But you can see the fun on their face from this first ride that they had that night.

So back to the cross stitch.  We decided that since it was finished in time, we would enter that into the county fair.  We also entered one of Grace's pieces of art (a water color painting), and some biscuits that she made.  Glen has been wanting to bake more and more.  I think he wants to enter something next year too.
The biscuits won second place.  Nice work!
 The cross stitch (though it did not have an actual category to be placed in) won first place in the category that fit the best.
 Her sea turtle watercolor painting won first place and also best in show for art ages 8 and under.  I was AMAZED!

She worked so hard.  And it has paid off.
 My two little animals at the fair.
 Glen and Grace wanted to do a mock fireman drill.  They pulled dummys, shot water out of hoses, pulled rope and many other things.  Here is the wonderful fireman helping Glen save the person from a dangerous area.  He did a great job.  (So did Grace, but I did not get a picture)

Here is Grace's loot (minus the winner's check).  Now what shall we do for next year?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Reading Programs at the Library

 Once again we participated in the summer reading program at the local library.  They always have amazing shows.  At the start of the summer we saw Elephant and Piggie, the Musical!  Grace and Glen love Elephant and Piggie so that was a hit.
Then we read the summer away.  We did a few more activities but not too many.  At the end of the summer we went to the Sciencetellers show.  They are scientists that are story tellers.  So they tell a story with experiements scattered within the story.  Grace was called up to do an experiement and she had a blast.  This sciencetellers was about two kids being trapped on a pirate ship.  I love how our library brings reading, science, stories, and learning alive for the kids.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


 Grace went to Highland Retreat Camp this past summer.  She went for three days and two nights.  It was her first time at mini camp and she had a great time.
 She was in Maple Cabin and had such a wonderful time.  She loved making pancakes over the fire.
 She liked sleeping in the cabin.  She began the time on the top bunk of the cabin.  When I went to pick her up, she was on the bottom bunk beside the counselor.  But she slept better there.
 The counselors went on a nature hike with them.  They were looking for animals that talked like Narnia.  That was one of the stories that I heard a lot about.  I think that was a memorable time.
In the picture L to R Emma, Emma Grace, Elena, ?, Grace, Corinna, ?, Amy, Raven, ?

She is already looking forward to camp next year.
 Here Grace is at their final program where each cabin did a skit.  Grace is in the green shirt.
 Grace and Emma, a friend from church.
 Maple cabin.  Her first cabin at Highland.
And here she is with her counselors Elena and Amy.  What a great time!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Glen Hiking

 Grace was at an overnight camp for three days and two nights.  While she was gone Glen and I tried to have some adventures.  One of those was to go on a hike with Matt and I.
 We drove to a location close to Luray and we went on the Storybook Trail.  It is called this because there are signposts telling the story of how the mountains were created and how they have changed over the many many years.
 It was a nice flat trail with some paths that go off on the sides for more exploration.  Matt and Glen were going up one of those paths here.
 At the top of the path they found a great place to sit and relax.
 At the end there was an amazing view.
 As I said...AMAZING VIEW!
 The whole time we were hiking Glen would pick up something and say, "Grace would like this"  and pick it up.  By the end he had quite the collection.
Many rocks, acorns, flowers, pinecones, and other items.  He really missed his sister, but she was able to come back to some great treasures.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Glen's Camp

 For the first time this year, Glen was able to go to the Summer Enrichment Camp that I have been teaching at for two years and Grace has attended for three.  I taught a Fairy Tale camp, but thought it would be good for Glen to attend a camp that was not taught by his mother.  So he attended a camp called Food and Fairy Tales.
 They made costumes, sets, and acted out each fairy tale (usually for the custodians).  And each day they baked or cooked a food that correlated to story.
 For instance this was pigs in the blanket to go with the three pigs.
They also did a green and a brown cupcake with a graham cracker in between for the three billy goats gruff.  A loaf of bread for the little red hen.  Oatmeal for the three bears.  

 They did a lot of building and creating of structures.  I think this one was for the three pigs and they took a leaf blower to it to see if it would handle the wolf's blowing.
 A recreation of the three bears.  How cute!
 I believe this was making the bread.  This boy loves to cook.
 Yep, here he is kneeding the dough.  That was really good bread by the way.
 I guess they did a bit of gardening.  They learned about all aspects of the story.  I guess this was when the little red hen was planting.
It was a fun week, and I think it helped him get ready for school.  Glen had a fantastic week at camp.  Can't wait to see what he chooses to do next year.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Art Camp

 Harrisonburg City Schools has an amazing program that is one week of enrichment learning.  They call it Summer Enrichment Program.  I teach preschool fairy tales but that means that the kids go to other camps that they might enjoy too, while I am busy working.  This year Grace decided to go to Art Camp.
 Here is the group of kids that were with Grace that week.
 One day they were able to bring a stuffed animal to camp.  She chose to bring Butterscotch.  I am glad that she loves him as much as I did.
They drew self portraits.  They also drew many other pictures and did clay work too.  One of her others pictures from this week will be featured in a blog post in the near future.  (one of her paintings from this week won first prize and best in show for her age group at the county fair, but pictures will be added at a future blog).

She had a great time and still loves art.  I think that she is getting better and I can see her passion continuing and that makes me happy.