Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"A" School Celebration

The trio's school had some really exciting news a few weeks ago. County-wide, their school was one of only three to receive an "A" for their performance on standardized testing. This is a smaller school, and over the past three years, many resources have been removed and/or diverted to other schools. Needless to say, everyone was thrilled to receive such favorable results in spite of diminished resources.  

To celebrate, our school had popcorn and a movie one Friday afternoon, following by a dance party in the gym. Plus, their principal gave them the following Monday off. Granted, that day was scheduled as a professional development day, but the cheers from students was thunderous.  

Congratulations to such an awesome group!  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fifth Grade Field Trips

Grace and Lauren have been having so much fun over the last few weeks. Their classes have had so many field trips, thanks to a grant for which their principal applied. Recently, their classes dressed up and went to see the symphony. The guys wore dress shirts and ties, and the girls wore dresses, jewelry and heels. They were such a great looking group, and they enjoyed the orchestra.  

The next field trip was a little more casual. They packed a lunch and went to see a college basketball game. This was timed right after the girls' basketball season ended, and they had so much fun seeing the college girls play.  

From week to week, they are having so much fun, and this is definitely going down as the best year ever.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Story by Grace

The School of Fish
by Grace Linsey

Okay, so there was one time that I was a little fish and I was excited for school. Everyday I watched the fish head. I wanted to go so badly and I asked my mom if I could go to school and she said I was too young for school.

Oh, have I introduced myself to you? My name is Aqua.

One day my mom said, "Aqua, you know your birthday is coming up."

My birthday is October 3rd. "I know, " I said.

"We were wondering, since you are turning five... we were wondering if you wanted to go to school."

And I said, "YES!" :) "And I want school shopping gifts for my birthday and some Expo markers and pens."

"Okay, sweetie."

I ran to my room and jumped in my bed until mom and dad called me downstairs. When I got downstairs, I thought I had gotten in trouble for jumping on the bed but when I got downstairs, they said, "Who's ready to go to school?"

"ME!!!! Wait, what about my presents?"

"We have them at school."

"What are we waiting for? Let's GO!"

When we got to the school, it was really cool. But the school name is hard to pronounce. It is Piraputanga Elementary School. When I got there, they told me my teachers name: Mrs. Coral. She was very nice to me that day, and I L-O-V-E love school. And I am so happy I am finally at school.

The End

Author's Note:
I am Grace, the author of this story. You all are probably wondering why I wrote this story. I am here to tell  you why. So I have a sister who loves school, and she is very fascinated about all the stuff that has to do with school. If you are like me and am thankful that we are able to go to school but aren't as crazy about it, that is fine. If you have not met my sister, then you have no idea what I am talking about. She has a classroom in our basement and made characters up for the class. Now I might have exaggerated a little about my sister but she was a little like this fish. She was waiting so long to go to kindergarten, but didn't only want school supplies for her birthday, didn't get signed up for kindergarten on her birthday.

The point of this story is always be happy you get to go to school.

Gracie, I love the point - or moral - of your story. ~ Mom

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Track Meet 2018

A few weeks ago, the duo had try outs for the track team at their school. Lauren qualified for the relay, the 200 and the 800. Gracie was a second or two behind Lauren and was slated for first alternate. They both trained over spring break, and Lauren had self-imposed "two-a-days" beginning on Monday. When she asked to have three-a-days on Tuesday, we drew the line. She is small but mighty, and she is very determined.  

Lauren had some good finishes, earning second in the 200, second in the 800 and helping her team with second in the relay. There were so many solid finishes from the entire team, and the girls ended up winning second in their division, while the boys earned third. Watching them run is so much fun because they genuinely love it, and they have worked so hard.  


"MOVE!!! You're in my LANE!!!"

Lauren was a little angry that the lane violation cost her a couple of seconds during her leg of the race. However, this is how it goes sometimes, and mistakes happen. 

"The pass"

Lauren grabs second place

Gracie led their friends in several cheers throughout the day. This is such a sweet group of girls! 

#1 Cheer Squad/alternates EVER

This was a great way for the girls to close out their track experience at their elementary school, and we are going to miss these good times.  

Track Meet 2018 from Cathi Lindsey on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

100 Days of School

This school year has flown by so quickly. It's like we blinked the first day back in January and now are counting down the last few weeks. 

Last week I found the pics from George's "100 Days of School" celebration. George happily wore glasses, a flannel shirt and a sweater, but he drew the line at putting grey coloring in his hair. His teacher had an app that aged the class's little faces. Although this kind of gives us the willies, here it is: 

The trio checked out for doctor's appointments that day so George decided to have his "100 snacks" for an after dinner treat.  

Although dressing up as a geriatric is open to the entire school, our two fifth graders declined. 

Speaking of, those two fifth graders have 34 days of elementary school remaining.  


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Biking at Oak Mountain State Park

When we decided to stay home over spring break, we had planned to take a few day trips to explore and see some things that we maybe take for granted. Because the weather wasn't terribly cooperative and because we just ended up being busy, we actually only ended up taking a single trip that week. It was so worth it!  

Skip loaded all five of our bikes, and we went to one of our state parks. We had gorgeous weather, conditions were perfect, and the location was not particularly crowded.  We had a picnic at the very top of the park, with a stunning view, and then we spent the afternoon biking around the park. Whenever they wanted, we let the trio stop to play on the playground.

This trip was the perfect ending to our spring break. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Easter Sunday 2018

He is risen!

We had a great and busy weekend. We spent Saturday morning doing some errands and prep work for Sunday, and then Skip and the kids rode bikes while I picked up my mom, who was spending the night with us and going to church with us the next day.  

Easter Sunday can be a little hectic, but the trio raided their baskets, got dressed, ate breakfast, and we were able to be on time for church. The only glitch is that my camera's lense had gotten bumped, meaning that our photos are unfocused. So there's that.  

Otherwise, we had a wonderful morning, and the service was incredible. 

Skip's parents, along with my mom, joined us for lunch. After lunch, the trio hunted eggs, and Pixie was happy to help out with the hunting of the eggs.  

We had a wonderful Easter and hope you did as well.  

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. 
John 3:16

He is risen, indeed!