Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Awards Day

It was a double whammy today - both kids had awards assemblies. Hooray.

Thankfully Tyler only had one awards assembly all year. He got an award today for his grades, but he was not happy about it. He missed getting straight As this year by a couple Bs, and he was embarrassed that his "underachievement" was announced to the entire school and all the parents in attendance. He was seriously very cranky about it and I had to give him ice cream, a pep talk, and some time to chill before he would allow me to take a picture of him with his certificate. And the smile was forced. He was also disappointed because one award was given out to a band member for each grade and he did not get it. I feel like he deserved it, and I understand his disappointment with that one. That's one of the problems with awards ceremonies. I feel the same way when I leave Danielle's - like she's better qualified for some of the awards than the kids who received them. And I hate feeling like that because that's not why the kids get good grades or are kind to others or are good citizens.  (I hate these things.)

Danielle got an award for all As, outstanding conduct, and perfect attendance for this 9 weeks. She was also recognized for a couple other things. This is the first time either child has EVER received a perfect attendance award in all their combined years of school! I think this is an especially stupid award that encourages kids to come to school sick and doesn't allow for activities or outings that are sometimes more important than what's going on in the classroom on any given day. We make fun of this award at home and I quietly laughed and pointed at her when she got called up for it. (Did I mention I hate these things?)

I may hate the awards assemblies, but the bottom line is that we're proud of Tyler and Danielle for a myriad of reasons, even without the public recognition or pieces of paper. I am not one to miss an opportunity to celebrate, however.

Only 2 more days of school!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Baby Birds

There is a bluejay nest in the tree in the neighbor's yard, right on the other side of our fence. We were able to get a peek of them today. There are at least two. They look like they are good size, so hopefully we will see them out in the trees or yard soon. Baby bluejays are cute - they always look like they're mad.

Mommy bluejay is sitting right behind the baby.

There are two little beaks in this picture.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This & That

Danielle's first league games were last night. It was nice to be watching her play again, but it was so cold. (Don't let the bare arms fool you. It was cold! Danielle wouldn't wear a long sleeve shirt because her mother suggested it!!) They had a double header and they won both games.

Tyler decided he wanted to make his favorite meal for dinner for us, so he did that tonight. It was nice spending time with him in the kitchen. He is growing up too quickly.

Mexican chicken penne pasta

This baby robin made a pit stop in our yard tonight. He flew onto the neighbor's shed when I came out with my camera, so I didn't get a very good shot. I think his little tail is so cute!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Band Concert, 2 of 2

Tyler's last band concert of the year was tonight. He did a great job. While trombones generally play more of a supportive role, the trumpets are definitely front and center. There are only 2 trumpet players in Tyler's band, and, as first chair, Tyler generally carries the melody. We could clearly hear him tonight, and he did a great job. Thank you to all our family that came to watch & support him tonight.

Isn't he looking grown up?!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Scratch & Sniff

Don't you wish?! They are so fragrant this year. Mmmm!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Play Ball!

This is from Friday's scrimmage. It's fun to be watching softball games again. This Wednesday is her first league game of the season.

Thursday, May 14, 2015