Conner turns 9 years old with a very fun laser tag party with all of this buddies and a few fun surprises! Happy Birthday to my sweet boy... don't grow up too fast!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
April was filled with school events from the animal projects, alpha fair, seven concerts between all three kids, easter, and the school fun fair. On top of that, we also had our Parent/Student Orientation for Junior High. It was fun to walk around and see Peet Junior High and fun to watch Kyle experience the first time checking it out with his buddies! Afterwards, we all went out for ice cream!
All of the sixth graders at Kyle's school participated in McDonald's Honorary Crew Member program this month. They had to fill out a job application (volunteer experiences worked as experience), write a cover letter, and call people to ask them to be references for them. Then McDonalds selected two students from each class from those applications and they got to go work at McDonalds for two hours. They were paid with free supper of their choice.
Anyway, Kyle got picked. I think it was his experience working UNI Concessions and volunteering at church that helped him. He worked pretty hard on his cover letter too. Anyway, he was super excited about it. Honestly, it was so cute and McDonalds was so accommodating. They didn't mind us parents all taking pictures etc!
Here are some fun pictures of Kyle and his experience.
Taking our supper order. He even had to do his Dad and brother's ketchup only request on the burgers!
Truly it was such a great experience practical life experience for him!
Conner recently completed his first school project. In 3rd grade the kids usually do animal reports where they do research and prepare a report and display for an animal. Conner chose the Hammerhead Shark.
Kyle is almost done with his 6th grade year and while I am thrilled for him to go to Junior High. I think he is ready for the challenge and all of the experiences, my heart is sad because these two won't ever be go to school (at the same school) together again after this year. :( Conner won't admit it, but he adores his older brother and they have had so many experiences together. Lots of new things to look forward to, but some sadness on this one too.
This year Kyle was able to participate in the Alpha Fair. It was a great experience for him and a lot of work. His Topic was Misconceptions-What False Facts do we believe? It was actually really interesting and I learned quite a bit.
For instance, did you know that the accused at the Salem Witch Trials were not burned at the stake, they were either executed or died in prison?
Or did you know that Thomas Edison did NOT invent the light bulb?
Or that Vikings did not have horns on their helmets (except for ceremonies)?
That Christopher Columbus and European Intellects did not think the world was flat?
That the declaration of independence was not signed on July 4?
That Paul Revere did NOT yell "The British are Coming."
That the Chicago fire was not started by Mrs. OLeary's cow but that the actual cause is unknown..
Easter was much later than normal this past year but we had a great time decorating eggs, doing our annual egg hunt, and serving a lot of services at church! I can't seem to find our egg decorating pictures, but here are some of the hunt and easter outfits.
This is my favorite easter egg from this year!
This Easter we did our egg hunt upstairs because the boys have moved downstairs. It was fun, we even hid eggs in the bathrooms!
Kyle found his basket in the shower!
Conner found his on our bed behind pillows. Callie's was out in the open (she is still little!)
Dad left each one of them some of their eggs spelling the first letter in their name!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
We had Callie's preschool program last night. She was sooooo excited about it. First, she FINALLY got to wear this beautiful dress that Townsend family had handed down to us. She has been begging to wear it. She felt beautiful, elegant and like a REAL princess (her words!!!).
Well, we discovered that Callie didn't know people would clap for them and, well, she liked that. Look at her face expressing her joy over people clapping... OH MY!!!!
It was a very fun night and Callie said, "I like singing in front of people, Mommy, but it would be better if I could dance." I think I see some dance recitals in our future.
It was also fun to reminisce about Conner and Kyle in these programs since they went to the same preschool. Conner resembled little Charlie just standing there. Kyle, well, let's just say we could hear every single word and he was doing his own thing off to the side, yep, he was that one.. He sure didn't lack enthusiasm. It is fun to tease him now about it and, luckily, he is a good sport!