Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bball Highlights

Here are some highlights from Danielle's game Wednesday night. She is black #0.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Awards Day

We finished the second grading period last week and are half way through the school year now. Grade cards came out this week, and Danielle's school had their end of the period rewards assembly today. Generally speaking, I hate this award ceremony. I hated it when Tyler was in 5th grade, and I hate it now that Danielle is in 5th grade. I would be ok with one cumulative ceremony at the end of the school year, but every grading period is too much. Also, I can't help but feel badly for those kids who try their hardest, yet their best efforts will never get them more than a C. They are forced to sit and watch their classmates get called forward and rewarded, while they tried just as hard but get nothing. There has to be a better way...but I digress.

Danielle earned a straight As award (again) and an award for getting all outstandings on her conduct scores (again). She also earned a special award today for demonstrating outstanding teamwork in class. Only 5 kids in the entire 5th grade received that award today. Danielle does work very hard, and I'm proud that she earns good grades. What I am most proud of, though, is her character. Her character will take her farther in life than her grades ever will.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


This guy had some success today, but I don't think this is our regular feeder stalker. I didn't see what he caught, but I'm really hoping it was a house sparrow and not one of the downy woodpeckers that's been hanging around lately!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Teen

Tyler finally had his 13 year old well check visit today. We're behind because our pediatrician always seemed to time her maternity leaves with his well check visits, and we always waited for her to return. 3 babies over the course of several years throws you off quite a bit.

He's past the point of me discussing these visits like I did when he was little, but I wanted to mention today's. If you look at Tyler, you know he's growing up. He grew 5" this past year!! He is now 1/2" shorter than me. His pediatrician says he's on track to be at least 6' tall, which I think is a very nice height for a man.

Puberty has hit, and so far, it suits him well. Other than when he was 2 and just discovering the world around him, this is my favorite age with him so far. He is getting taller, thinning out, shaving, and dealing with the intermittent squeaky voice. I absolutely love his personality and his sense of humor. The way he relates to me is subtlety changing, too. I knew it would change, but I didn't really think about what that would look like as it happened. I'm not sure how to put it into words. It's like he's suddenly more thoughtful and protective of me. For example, at school every morning he hurries to move the heavy milk crates so I don't have to do it. When I got home from the grocery store the other day, I opened the door and heard heavy footsteps stomping up the stairs to greet me. He voluntarily carried all the groceries in for me, then went back to what he was doing. Ron and Danielle didn't even know I was home. It's those little things he does to take care of me that show he is growing up in more ways than one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Little Closer

After looking at the eagle picture for a little while, I decided I liked it better cropped a little closer. Here are a couple others, too.