Friday, July 24, 2015

Photos Get Trapped Sometimes.

 LOts of thing have gone on since the last posts.  Most importantly is new technology and our obsession with it.  We are working on not overdoing it.  IN the meantime many of our favorite photos have been trapped on devices.  Here are some that have been freed, through strange means.

Cora Road a Pony, the kids dressed for Easter Sunday.

We've had summer school and productive days...

 We also had a wonderful participating in the Blessing of the Fleet and road out from McClellanville.

Cora won her first Gold medal during a local board breaking tournament.

 Grady got a cute Butterbeer Mustasche
during a trip to Universal Studios.

 We all enjoyed our time in Florida with Lindsey.

We tried a Lemonade stand... which we keep meaning to do again.

 Cora has been leveling up in her belts and now has joined the big kid classes.

Dinner with family is always a great time.

Hello to all Our Friends

Sunday, September 28, 2014

TKD The Govenor's Cup

 Govenor's cup was an interesting experience we had this last weekend.  G man took home a gold metal for his poomse (forms) and a bronze medal for his sparring division.  He fought really really well and had better technique than the other child, I thought.  It was a great fight to see who ever you were rooting for.

That's the thing.  I feel guilty for rooting so loudly for our home town kids. All the kids need the support and encouragement of all the adults. One poor boy there fought without any coaching support and he lost badly. No body did anything wrong, just that we all pay to have coaches, and coaches protect you in the fight. They are there when you injure yourself, they fight for your points and safety and coach your fighting technique. This boy had no coach. I only saw the very end of his fight, and the way he held his injured hand.  My heart broke a little. These are just kids. His father sat next to him on the sidelines the rest of that division match set. Arms and legs around his son.

That just shouldn't have happened. Skill levels are all over the place and some of the scoring was too.  I think we all want to "help" and "protect" our kids. Especially when one takes a groin shot and picks himself back up and keeps fighting. It's hard to see scoring irregularities and keep your heart open. It might be that in the end I might be learning more than my son. The first lesson has to be that the score doesn't count. All these kids were gloriously brave for showing up!

My son handled him self beautifully and his poor bored sister struggled to keep her sanity. If she gets into sparring I'll be there to see her excellent training, techniques and roundhouse kicks too.  I never thought this would be my parenting road.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A Traveling We Will Go...

G and C are play Rory and Amy from Dr Who while G eats a sandwich with Tapenade on it. Who are these kids? too Much Dr. Who and the Robots in a hotel room for G to get much sleep, that is for sure...

These two are really enjoying our Newused IPAD and playing with a marble run game.

We've traveled a lot in the last three weeks, seeing both Cincinnati and Atlanta.  The Georgia Aquarium was a huge hit.  Seeing real Manta Rays and Whale Sharks won't soon be forgotten.  I only wish we hadn't seen the dolphin show (see "Blackfish").

We also saw the Cyclorama, which was a real treat.  It is a 360 degree oil painting of the battle of Atlanta, complete with diorama foreground and rotating viewing stands.

EnterTrainment was also good in Cinci, with a chance for C bird and G to see the time period we are reading in the book On the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

We have begun Delving into Roman history and our first use of Singapore Math.  I am loving the math.  After much looking into thing I decided to go with the Common Core addition.  Very happy so far.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ballroom Skills!

     These kids did something new this summer. They have had a very patient teacher too at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Ashley.  The instructor wanted to me to know that Gman is not calling the dance outloud and that he can lead and she is following naturally. 
In the end I think Gman liked it more than Cbird. She struggled with wiggles.         video

There are other videos but they were taken sideways. They learned moves to Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Waltz and this Fox Trot. They learned the most steps to the Fox trot it seemed.               video

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Eggs and More

 We turned Easter up a notch this year.  First we made natural food dyes and dyed free range local eggs, which started off white, blue or brown, and made our Easter Eggs. We got some really vibrant yellows and pinks.  We had no success with carrots, but we had to give it a try.  We even did a scientific write up, so we turned the whole thing into a great lesson.  Beets, blueberries, and turmeric/tea/onion peel were really the best.

     We went to the Unitarian 9 am service and the 9:30 group breakfast, which was a great chance to meet new people there finally.  Easter activities and egg hunt, usually in the beautiful overgrown, floral graveyard, because of rain it was held in Gage hall classrooms. Mark was with us and we all really got a full tour of the grounds together.
      At home the baskets were pretty simple, but each kid got a new wrist watch (to practice time on).