Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mud Pies

Our nephew's birthday is at the beginning of summer.  To celebrate the event and the season Kate whipped up a very artistic birthday mud pie. Quinn doesn't live around the corner, so a quick picture and text message had to be the only way he enjoyed it.  :)

End of an Era for Wes and Kate

The school where our children have attended so far, houses PreK, K, 1, and 2 grades.  That means Wes and Kate are finished with their first school.  What started out as a very rocky relationship has ended with as a sweet one.  During those first few weeks of Kindergarten with Wes and Kate, in particular, we developed a good working relationship with the Principal, Mr. Curtis.  He made sure the lines of communication were wide open, and worked hard to make sure we were happy with where our children were.  We're very sad he retired this year, but we know enough of the staff to feel happy that Sophia is still there.

I only had photos of Wes and Kate's awards ceremony on my phone, so I'll have to find Sophia's to load later.
 (Wes just happened to be sitting in front to show up in Kate's picture:))
  (I will not miss the yellow lighting in the cafeteria!)

Matt 24 - 2014

Last year our family was introduced to Math 24.  I don't think that's its official name, but it's what Wes and Kate call it.  In 1st grade Kate was the Chipman representative in the county competition, and this year Wes was it. 

Wes' class started each morning with a Math exercise and shortly after the start of school started playing the Math 24 game.  Kate's class never played it ... the entire year.  I had issues with that, but now that it's mid-summer, I'm over them.  Anyway, Wes worked hard and took the honors. 
 Last year both Matt and I went to the competition, but this year Matt was somewhere else, (I can't remember, Sophie's ballgame, maybe?) and so Wes and I went alone.  I wasn't nearly as nervous as last year since I knew what to expect.  Many of the same children from past years were their school's reps again.  Winning is very important to Wesley and so I gently tried to tell him that the competition was tough and that it was an honor to even be there.  Well, that boy went through the competition and ended up winning the whole thing.  I was so surprised.  Some of those kids were so fast and had every fact memorized to the smallest detail, but what served Wes well was that he kept his cool.  Speed is key in the game (how fast you buzz in), and can work against you if you pull your trigger too quickly.  He worked his way through the rounds and by gum, he won.

Congratulations, Wes!  You did well:)