Monday, June 29, 2015

Getting ready for Easter

We were egged!

A neighbor friend left this note and a Easter basket of goodies on our front steps. We had to make copies of the sign and do the same for someone else. Like Pay it Forward.



My Obama egg collection :) 2009-2015



Our neighborhood had an Easter egg hunt. James has always hunted for eggs solo so I thought a larger egg hunt would be fun. The kids were in a frenzy of anticipation!

The little kids got a head start. The big kids lined up for the "Go!"



And they're off!


One of the neighbors on the pond hosted the hunt. Their yard had lots of nooks and crannies to hide the eggs. Each kid was supposed to hunt for 10 eggs and then be done.











Evan and Alex were also hunting.


We even invited them over afterwards for a spontaneous play date and lunch.



It was a good day!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

FMSC April 2015

Our Spanish Immersion neighbors/community gathered again to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.

We worked alongside a few of James' friends and their families. It is great fun for the kids and they take it so seriously!

James and Alex (Evan's little brother)



James is in charge of scooping rice!



Filling the bags..



Fun with Evan



At the end it was time to clean up. I've never seen James clean up so well! And willingly :)



100 volunteers can make a difference!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Teacher communication

Twice now Señora Middleton has sent me emails entirely in Spanish. I don't know if she has me confused with another parent or if my use of my maiden name in my email signature makes her believe that I am a Spanish speaker.

I respond to her in English and use Google Translate!


2nd grade assembly: Empatía

2ng grade parents were invited to attend a school assembly, brought to us by the 2ng graders. Their theme was Empatía (Empathy). They sang a song or two, we all watched a video, and the principal spoke about the school's efforts to show empathy.




James' friend Clayton was one of the students videotaped with a message on empathy.





It was a pretty short program. It was nice to see how things like this work in his school.

We didn't receive much communication about the Empathy project. There was one brief, almost hidden message in one of his teacher's newsletters to parents about how students should wear a plain white shirt and jeans for the assembly. Of course James didn't have either of those. The boy HATES constrictive clothing like jeans.. But I did make the special purchases. And then nobody followed it. Oh well.


The Pond

Jim and our neighbor have been keeping a close eye on our yards.



The pond looks pretty on a wet day.


Date Night 3/19

Jim was out of town (Orlando!) so James hit our favorite local restaurant for dinner. Tavern!







Mmmmmm. Calamari!


It's always nice to spend this kind of time with James. He sure does talk a lot lately...about Minecraft and Xbox!


Cookie Chef

James helped me prep and then try out this idea for my GSA student group.


James loved the cookies, of course, and my students had fun piping frosting and rolling the Oreos in sprinkles!







Get outside!

So the weather improved in March and I urged James to get outside!

I was happy he was outside and then I spied him through the window, as I was standing on the catwalk/stairs...


He's on his iPod outside! So I texted him. Yup, I did. I texted him to play.


I guess he understood this to mean play on his iPod because he was still doing it when I saw him again.



Finally, the Nerf guns came out and all was well.


And on another day the scooters and bikes came out. Yay Spring! And his bestie Evan was over for a playdate (he's the redhead in the camo shirt, on the left).


Man Cave

The Legos have been abandoned for a while now...




It's all about video games. And he likes to play shirtless. I guess he gets sweaty?!


James has kinda taken over the Man Cave. Jim has to schedule time on his own TV! Slight exaggeration :)