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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - from Fostersmill

"Twas the night before Christmas" and all through Grandma's house...every creature was stirring and there better not be a mouse. (Yuck!)
NORAD was streaming on daddy's computer with ease, while Aaron remembered they forgot to put out the goodies...    :)


Our month of December was full of fun activities...here are just a few of our memories, so far.

The boys collected toys to donate. During their Cub Scout Pack Christmas Swim Party the Marines came to except the donation for their Toys for Tots program.

Many schools around the Mobile area were invited by the Mobile Regional Airport to decorate Christmas Trees. This was the one for our kids' school.

Russell was in his 1st grade Christmas play...he was the carrier of the doves.


Russell wanted to wear a Christmas Tie...this was at his class' party.

This was at Miriam's party...she was showing off her fun Christmas cookies that a mom had made for everyone.


I cannot tell you how much I LOVE the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. Look at this! Aaron is reading during their class Christmas party. It is a Christmas Miracle!!

This was at my cousin's wedding...this is one of my friends from High School...we had no idea either would be there.

Having fun at Bass Pro Shop...while waiting on our time with Santa.




After Christmas Eve mass...

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that your New Year is full of many fun memories and God's blessings.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

View from an Underwater Camera 2...

  These are pictures from Miriam's Daisy Investiture.

She earned her pins and a chance to show her stuff. She recited the Girl Scout Promise and she proudly projected her knowledge of her petal. She had to tell what the purple petal meant..."Respect myself and respect others"


Miriam also earned some badges for the many activities she has participated in...for example, the Tradition's Day and going to the Haunted House activities at SDS. 


This was the Kindergarten's class Thanksgiving play. Their group line was "Mercy Me". After they play they had a Thanksgiving Feast of Turkey, corn, greenbeans, and cornbread. Each of the kids got to make their own butter, too.
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This is Chef "He who runs with bacon"...one of his homework assignments for class was meant for us parents. We were to give our child a Native American name and explain why. Russell liked our choice.


View from an Underwater Camera









Monday, November 21, 2011

Cooking class last weekend...they decorated yummy cookies.
Our baby turned 6 today. We cannot believe how much she has grown. We have unleashed a strong willed, mischievous, ham onto the world and the world will never be the same. Our little Diva celebrated with family this past Sunday and enjoyed some of her Pop's famous ribs, which she requested. Mmmm, so glad she did. Then we all ate some yummy pink cake. We thank God every day for our little girl, no matter how many grey hairs she gives or will give us. She, like all our babies, is a blessing.

Like I needed to sugar her up.   :)


Notice the finger...gee, I wonder who that belongs too?



Saturday, October 29, 2011

Robotics Competition

As if having two Trekkie parents, having a family that quotes Star Wars, or a father who plays Warhammer 40K were not enough...Aaron is on his school's Robotics Team. J  This was our first year participating and being at the Competition. Aaron is just a "work horse" observer, but Aaron loved going to the meetings and putting input into this weekend's competition and we saw some pretty neat stuff.
When he is in the 7th and 8th grade he will get a chance to design, assemble, and possibly drive the Robot he and his group put together. However, Aaron has challenged himself to drive the robot in the 6th grade. In the immortal words of that Comcast Commercial’s Turtle, “THAT’S MY SON!”
At the Competition we saw some awesome booths from all kinds of schools from all over lower Alabama. From Middle and High school to Public and Private schools. Some booths were elaborate and some were simple but all were creative. Each School that participated came up with games and prizes, “themes,” and handouts. Aaron cannot wait for next year, he came away with many new ideas. J

Setting up the booth Friday after school.

The poster Aaron made for the booth. It's really creative.

One of the many boothes we visited while at the Competion.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Math-a-thon

Aaron is participating in a Math-a-thon Fundraiser for the St. Jude Research Hospital. It is a voluntary event and not many of his classmates wanted to do it, but Aaron wanted to do something in honor of Evan Thomason; (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/evanthomason) who recently passed away from his battle with Neuroblastoma. If you would like to donate toward this worthy cause, here is Aaron's Math-a-Thon website:
https://waystohelp.stjude.org/sjVPortal/public/displayUserPage.do?programId=551&userId=688483&eventId=181044

Thank you and God Bless.

Nifty Fifties Day

It was the 50th day of school. To celebrate, the Kindergarteners all dress up in Fifties outfits and they each get a Coke Float. We borrowed an outfit for Miriam and it made her day…it had a pink skirt.  J



This a picture of a few Kindergarteners from each class and the teachers.
It is going in the SDS Newsletter, I think.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Red Ribbon Week and Star of the Week

This week our kids' school is having their Red Ribbon Week. Every day the kids get to do something different, all so they can "Say No to Drugs" or as they currently say it now, "Drugs are No Fun."
Today, the “fun” was wearing red accessories with your uniform. The boys had fun with this…


Miriam missed it; she was dealing with tummy issues.
 
Tomorrow’s fun is “Extra Recess,” Wednesday’s fun is a Dodge ball tournament A vs. B, Thursday’s “to cool for drugs” fun is being allowed to wear sunglasses during recess, and Friday is a half day…

Miriam is holding her Pumkin Princess that she made for school.

Also, this week Miriam is “The Star of the Week” in her class. She gets to do a “Show and Tell” on Wednesday, provide items for the “Guessing Jar,” and have her picture displayed on the Bulletin Board. How great is that?!

Tomorrow is the 50th day of school and to celebrate the Kindergarteners get to dress in Fifties outfits and have Coke Floats...I hope I can get some pictures.