A sweet success!

Our cookie party was a huge success! We had tons of people and everyone was happy and the kids played and had fun and no tears and plenty of cookies!!!

The holiday concert that wasn’t

Eve had her last holiday concert last night.  We didn’t make it.  She’s had a cold and sniffles for a few days now.  She woke up in the morning saying her neck hurt.  I had a long meeting after school and by the time I got back to her she was cuddled up in the chair, covered in my jacket.  She told me she was too tired and cold and stuffed up.  I rushed her down to the nurse real quick (who was also in the long meeting with me) for a fever check.  It was low-grade but “within the range of normal for an evening temperature.”  The nurse also checked her throat because apparently strep is going around her classroom!  The throat was red, but not too red.

That left me with the eternal parent/teacher dilemma.  I was signed up to run the raffle table and Lex was going to come help me.  What to do, what to do.  I talked to the music teacher who assured me they could find someone else to run the table – though I know that’s the last thing she wanted to be thinking about an hour before the concert starts!  I negotiated with Eve for a bit, but she wanted nothing to do with anything.  I even told her it was lights out at 7:30 if she didn’t go to the concert.  She said ok.  And was in bed at 7:30.  I read her a few Christmas stories so lights weren’t quite out, but close.  :)  She was asleep fast and slept late this morning.  I felt bad about bailing on my teacher commitments, but damn, we are tired around here!

When I broke the news to Lex he was completely indifferent, but then he told me how excited he was for his own concert on Monday and I said, “what?”  Concert Monday?  Crap.  Not on my calendar!  So Monday will be karate -> Girl Scouts -> concert… while hoping someone can pick Eve up from Girl Scouts for me!

Anyway, I did go to the dress rehearsal and took a few videos of Eve’s band performance.  I didn’t stick around for the chorus part, thinking I’d be back again in the evening for the actual show.  Silly me.  This family isn’t very good at the concert thing.

 

First Lego League – 2017

We had a long, eventful, FUN day at the Lego League competition today!! All three teams did really well, with each excelling in different areas. The coaches did a great job keeping track of kids and getting everyone where they need to be at the right times. No small task!! We were complimented by many for bringing so many teams. There were no awards this year, but the missions worked, the projects were done, and the tears were minimal. (Tears are somewhat unavoidable at high-stress, loud, busy scenes like this when you have kids as young as 4th grade.) Lex’s team really meshed well and he’s already talking about next year. Eve’s team (my team) did not mesh as well and she has been saying all along that she won’t do it again, but today the language changed to “If I do it next year…” We are considering making one of the teams all girls next year. I think that would be fantastic and we already have a lot of girls in the pipeline! We’ll see. For now, here are some pictures, then a wrap-up team party next week, a debrief coaches meeting sometime soon, then we put FLL to bed for the season. Next season’s theme — life in outer space!!

For someone who “didn’t care,” Miss Eve did an awful lot of talking and question answering. I think maybe she learned a little bit, despite her best efforts. :)

All three teams together.

And with the coaches.

I missed the presentations with Red team (since I was busy with Green team), but thankfully the robot missions are all in the same place so I could watch all three teams run their robots!

One of these things is not like the other…

When kids get bored they turn to devices. Hardhats generally not required.

When military folks get bored they turn to push-ups! LOL! The kids had fun joining in the push–up challenges. :)

Final scores for the three teams. Arachdroids Green hit triple digits!

What to do while waiting for the award ceremony to start? How about dancing?! Lots of dancing!

And maybe a conga line. You can’t go wrong with a conga line! :)

One more thing…

One more thing is coming to a close. Tomorrow is the 2017/18 Lego League competition and we are (kinda) ready!! We have three teams, 21 kids, and 10 adults! Not to brag, but I’m largely organizing all of them. :) I take the work upon myself. Eve is not enjoying the season (she’s grumpy these days), but Lex’s team has come together nicely and he’s having a great time. I look forward to seeing all three teams compete tomorrow — and I look forward to it all being over!! :)

Advent

I got the Advent boxes up just in time! They just have chocolate in them this year, no toys or games, but I think that will be ok. I couldn’t resist the beautiful Advent calendar in the background. Each window has fun suggestions for holiday activities. The Advent cookbook has a sweet new recipe for each day. Eve has been so excited to bake cookies, so I know she’ll enjoy that. ❤️❤️❤️🎄 Happy December!

Happy Day!

I have so been looking forward to this weekend!

House built – check!
Moved – check!
House sold – check!
Field hockey over – check!
Book fair over – check! (and best one DBS has ever done!)
Grad courses complete – check! (just submitted the final project!!)
Lego League – almost check… just one more month.

Bring on the holidays!!! :)

But first, some unpacking, organizing, and settling in. There is a sense of peace spreading over me as I check these big things off the list. Life is good. <3

Trick-or-Treating

Eve and I went out trick-or-treating this evening with her friend from the old neighborhood. :) We met up with a few other friends along the way. It was a perfect night for it. Not too chilly, not rain, not too breezy. Perfect! A few pictures…

Two witches (the one on the right is Ginny Weasley)

The loved how their capes/robes blew in the breeze. :)

The house is ready for Halloween, too bad the path wasn’t. Oh well. Next year.

When dinosaurs go trick-or-treating. :) This is one of our friends we were trick-or-treating with. He definitely had the best costume of the night!

Great Halloween decorations.

A witch, a dinosaur, Harry Potter, a Ninja Turtle, and Ginny Weasley.

Unicorn met T-rex and a (fake) battle ensued!

The loot!

We got exactly 4 kids (2 families) trick-or-treating at our house this year, all of them friends. Plenty of left-over candy in this house!

Halloween and other updates

Happy Halloween! We have been pretty neglectful of this holiday (admittedly not my favorite) this year. Lex had some grand plans for cardboard costumes, all Minecraft related, which would have been awesome but none of us had the time or motivation to make it happen. Eve wanted to be Mad-Eye Moody (from Harry Potter), but we ran out of time for that as well. We ended up at the costume store Sunday where she decided on some Gryffindor robes and orange hair spray to be Ginny Weasley. Lex was not motivated to come with us to the costume store, and he was easily swayed when Alan suggested staying home and playing Minecraft together instead of trick-or-treating. Eve offered to share her candy. All was decided. Ordinarily such a milestone would make me sad, but since I don’t like Halloween anyway, I’m just fine with this decision.

I have no idea how many trick-or-treaters to expect this year. At the old house we got 150-200 most years, but I think it will be far less at this house. I bought a few small bags of candy, and by “small” I mean regular size, not the gigantic Halloween bags they sell this time of year. Eve decided to package them into goody bags, sooo…. I hope we don’t get more than 20 kids coming to the door. LOL!

My little witch making Halloween goody bags.

What else? We are settling in to the new house. Hanging blinds, rearranging things, unpacking boxes, setting up drums, building bunk beds, making messes, and generally living here. We closed on the old house on Thursday and it went off with only a minor water bill hitch. I was able to remedy that quickly and all is well. It’s nice to be able to pay off some of the debt we acquired while building this place!

Three beds?!? The world’s best fort? A room to drive mom crazy? We’ll see. :)

I am running a book fair at school this week. It’s exciting and exhausting and the kids LOVE it! The book fair made over $1200 the first day! I don’t know if that’s a lot or not, but it seemed pretty impressive to me! We’ll see how the rest of the week goes. It was fun to see kids so excited to buy books.

This whole summer/fall has been a mountain of things piling up (the house, the new house, the book fair, two grad courses, the 5K I was training for, Lego League, field hockey… other stuff….) and now things are starting to close/end/ramp down. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We moved into the new house and sold the old house. I quit the 5K training and was never so happy as on the day the race was to take place and I didn’t have to be there! Field hockey ended last week. Book fair will end after this week. My grad course end in mid-November and Lego League ends in mid-December. I’m not longer pushing the boulder up the mountain, it’s now just a gentle ride back down!

Ok, off to school now. I’ve got a book fair to run! And also library classes, a K literacy group, and a reading group! Oh, and did I mention, it’s Halloween!! LOL!

All moved in… kind of.

We spent the weekend moving in to the new house. Remember how nice it looked when we bought it? Easy come, easy go. It is now full and cluttered and unorganized and three whole days lived in! LOL! It’s coming along though. We had AWESOME friends and family VOLUNTEER to help us move on Saturday. Crazy, but amazing. Aunt Katie showed up at 9am with donuts, Alan’s coworker came by with plenty of muscle, and my friend Elizabeth and her son showed up shortly afterwards with infinite patience and coordination skills. Alistair kept Eve busy (not terribly helpful, but at least out of the way), Parrish came over and helped Lex pack up, and by mid-afternoon we were practically done! We spent Saturday night in the new house. :) We bailed on all other obligations this weekend and focused on moving and settling. This week we have been stopping by each day to pick up the mail and newspaper and random small items left behind.

I tried to add a bunch of photos but it’s not working and it’s late and I’m tired, so here’s the link to the shared album again instead. All the photos are there.

Did you catch the “kind of” in the title? We actually have a whole garage and basement still full over at 64PP. We have been joking about “forgetting” that stuff, or leaving it as a present for the new owner, but of course we are nice people and would never do that. This weekend when my parents are up with their truck we will get the rest done. So the goal this week is to get unpacked and organized enough to make room for practically a whole other house worth of stuff! Ugh! Lex has been itching for his drum set and Eve really wants that bunk bed and I’m pretty sure any company we have would prefer a bed in the guest room instead of the hard floor. :) So, one more weekend of moving and then we will be completely moved in! Whee!!

New House!!

We closed on the new house today!!  Whooo hoo!!

The kids came to the closing and right afterwards we went to the new house and did a happy dance! :)

We were a little bit excited. :)

Then we started moving in our boxes and boxes of stuff.  The fancy new house will be “lived in” in no time!  Tomorrow is the official moving day.  We’ve had several friends offer to help us move (crazy friends!) so hopefully we can get it all done this weekend.  Wheee… What a crazy summer it has been!