Friday, June 20, 2014

Cub Scout Day Camp

This week was Cub Scout Day Camp for Lincoln. 
Our den signed up for the Gizmos, Gadgets, and Goo science camp out at Emma Long Park.
Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of Lincoln from the week - shooting off his paper air rocket.

I volunteered during a couple of the days and signed the other kids up for the sibling camp on those days.  I was really impressed, they were able to do all the things the scouts were doing!
And I was able to get more pictures since these were the groups I was helping with...

Fishing - Leah caught a minnow :)

Canoeing - this was frustrating for Peter because his partner kept forgetting to paddle.
If you've ever paddled a canoe, you know that if you're in the back, you're just steering - not propelling - so they just kept going in circles.

BB guns - Leah and Peter did this at the same time


Eli even got in on the fun!
Swimming in the river and building volcanoes

 And shooting off air rockets - his went really far!
It was a super fun week and we were worn out by the end!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Basketball Camp

Lincoln spent this week at Basketball Camp with his good friend JD.
They've been going to this camp together since 1st grade and always have a lot of fun.

This year Lincoln was working on being more aggressive on the court.  He struggled a little at the beginning of the week, but by the end was doing much better.  He and his dad have decided to start playing together in the morning once or twice a week to keep up his skills.

JD and his mom also took Lincoln to Gattitown one day as a belated birthday present.  It is sometimes amazing to me how well these two boys get along.  They've known each other since they were babies and always look forward to the time they're able to spend together.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Lincoln's Birthday

Thanks to the madness of the last week of school, Lincoln's birthday celebrations were extended over several days

Here he is with what he really wanted for his birthday!

However, I don't think our family is quite ready for that step yet, 
so he had to settle for some fun games, a new hat, and a week at basketball camp.
We celebrated with homemade apple pie and lots of laughter.

Lincoln is such a fun part of our family.  He is always willing to help others and play with his brothers and sister.  His easygoing nature makes him fun to be around and he always has some new imaginary game to play.  He's a great artist and is really good in math and science.  We're looking forward to another great year with him!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Last Day of School

 We survived another year as fabulous Thunderbirds!
In fact, we thrived!
Leah with Mrs. Tanner - her math/science teacher
Leah with Mr. Ligon aka B. Liggy 

 These two lovely teachers helped Leah grow so much!  
They encouraged her and helped her direct her leadership potential.  She spent a good portion of the year working on the Tech Team - serving as stage manager for the assemblies and special programs and was promoted to Assistant Director for next year!

Lincoln with Mrs. Marino
 We've been working with Mrs. Marino for three years now... Leah had her in 2nd grade and Lincoln has had her for both 2nd and 3rd!  What will we do next year when we don't get to work with her again?  She is seriously one of the most awesome teachers ever!

Peter with Mrs. Johnson
In theory, the Dual Language students have two teachers, but because of the changes we made to challenge Peter a little bit more he ended up spending the majority of his time with Mrs. Johnson.  Because he reads at such a high level, we switched him to taking Language Arts in Spanish and he flourished!  Mrs. Johnson really understood Peter and helped him to feel comfortable as he adjusted to being in school.
Eli with Miss Megan
This was our second year with the fabulous Miss Megan who works on speech with Eli.
Since Eli's birthday misses the school cutoff, we get to work with her again next year!

Thunderbirds ROCK!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Resident Poets

Our elementary school encourages each child to write an original poem for "Poem in Your Pocket" day every year.  Those who accept the challenge are entered into a grade level poetry contest run by the school librarian.  This year both Lincoln and Peter won awards for their poems.  So without further ado, may I present this year's submissions:

by Lincoln
Round and furry,
A rodent all the way.
Too many in your cellar!
So, do you let them stay?

Round the cellar corner,
A rat is what you see.
Turn around... don't look back.
Scurry! Hurry! Flee!

by Peter
What do you want to learn
In this class not so neat?
Do you want to learn about your body, 
From your head to your feet?

Do you want to build a volcano,
Oozing everywhere?
Or maybe catch some bugs
To see if they have hair?

We can do it all, 
So come on everyone - 
Here's my little secret:
Science is fun!