Friday, January 28, 2011

Kids say the funniest things!

Lily loves to do crafts, but in particular she loves to paint.  I'm always a little leery of getting the paints out because it is so messy, but this morning she convinced me when she said "Well, if you let us paint it will get us off your nerves Mom."

The other week Lily lost her CTR ring at school and was very upset about it.  CTR stands for choose the right and it is a reminder for the children to make good decisions.  Lily said she would not be able to remember to choose the right without it, and while I was trying to explain to Lily that she would still be able to remember to choose the right, Katy says "I always choose the left."

Noah told me that Lily said a bad word.  When I asked him what it was he said "you know when you say John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt?  Well, just that out the M out of Schmidt and you'll know. "

P.S.  Lily doesn't know what that word means yet, so if she did say it, she didn't know what she was saying! ;)

Snow daze

We had a nice amount of snow fall earlier this week and the kids are home again today from school for day #3.  They love being at home and are excited to have another day to hang out.  I have somehow managed to keep the kids occupied between puzzles, crafts, playing with friends, and of course playing in the snow....

Katy has so much fun with a big spoon and a cup.

Woo hoo!
Lily makes a snow angel.

We attempted to make a snowman but it is not as easy as it looks on Caillou and the kids lost interest.
Noah decides to make a snow fort for the dogs.
Hercules and Pepper are checking things out.
The snow is almost as deep as Pepper is tall.
Hercules has long legs and no problems getting through the snow.
Katy is too cute!

Snow ball fight!!
Lily, Katy, and Joseph on the sled.
There's nothing like snow days with friends.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Brandywine Bobcats Win!!

Tonight we went to Circleville for Noah's first basketball game of the season against North Fork Elementary.  It was a close game from start to finish, a very exciting, nail biter kind of game and Brandywine pulled it off beating North Fork 19-18!  What a great way to start off the season. 

The team is warming up before the game.

Noah takes a practice shot.

North Fork invades the court, a real force to be reckoned with!

The huddle before the game.

Great job bobcats!

Science Fair

After weeks of tracking which would mold faster, cheese or bread, it was time for Noah to do his science fair project.   I know we were all relieved to see it come to an end, but we know that Noah learned a lot through the experience and he was pleased with the way it turned out. 

Ta-da!  The finished product.

There were so many great projects that I'm sure it was hard to pick the winners.  Caden had a cool project about bicycle tires and which would stop faster flat tires or inflated tires.

These are the first place winners from each grade... Way to go!!

The overall first place winners are Noah and Caden!  How cool is that?!  

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BES Geography Bee

It was an exciting day for Noah as he participated in the school Geography Bee.  This was his first time in a competition like this and Noah has been studying for several weeks in preparation for it.  Travis and I quizzed him on state capitals, countries, continents and so on.  Although he was ready for the big day, he was nervous about it too and told me this morning he expected to come in around 6th place.
There were ten students participating from the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.

The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes are in attendance.

Noah answers his first question....

He did not answer correctly and I could tell he was upset about it, but he made it through round one.

There were 6 students that made it into round 2.  It was a nail biter, but Noah did well and managed to get through to the next round.  Yay, Noah!!

And then there were two.  I think it's pretty awesome that both the kids in the 3rd and final round were 4th graders.   Way to go Noah and Haley!

What national park in Tanzania is home to the tallest mountain in Africa?  The answer is Mt. Kilamanjaro.  Yes!  And, we have a winner!!  Noah's Uncle Mark actually climbed Mt. Kilamanjaro a few years ago.  How cool is that? 
  Mrs. Beatty congratulates Noah and gives him a medal.  Wow, this is one happy kid!  I don't think I have ever seen him smile so much.

All of the participants did a super job!

It was so exciting to see Noah win his first Geography Bee.  That's my boy!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well, this new year has not gone exactly the way I anticipated as I got sick on new year's eve and have basically spent the last 24 hours in bed.  I got some nasty bug that hit fast and hard and I felt like I have been hit by a truck...the last 24 hours have been a blur, it came on so fast.  Ughh!!  But, I am starting to feel better now and hope to be up and at 'em tomorrow. 

Skiing at Canaan Valley

We went skiing at Canaan Valley over the Christmas break and had lots of fun.  It was my first time skiing and let's just say one lesson was not enough for me.  I spent the whole time falling down and trying to get back up again.  After Noah gave it a chance, he liked it, and I think if he goes again soon to practice what he's learned then he has the potential to  be a good skier.  Travis went snowboarding and this was the first time I saw him doing it.  He's been several times and basically taught himself, but he likes pain and doesn't mind if he gets hurt. 

This clip is of Noah coming down the hill and you will see Travis passing him and waving for him to follow.