Sunday, February 05, 2012

Four Chaplains Service

This service is held every year to honor four U.S. Army chaplains who gave their lives for the soldiers they were traveling with when their ship, the U.S. Dorchester sank. The chaplains gave up their life jackets for those in need, locked arms, and then prayed & sang hymns until the ship went down. Caroline's school choir sang this year. It was a beautiful service, with beautiful music, and a wonderful opportunity to learn about & honor the sacrifice of these four men.

Friday, February 03, 2012

DI Hard Slackers

K's team also went to the DI DAZE. Afterward, they got candy and got to go to Sweet Frog! I'm not complaining because Will & I crashed their Sweet Frog fun!!


Tonight we went to another DI DAZE!
This one was just for Instant Challenge practice. There were four different stations. The team had a fun time with the challenges even when they weren't quite as successful as we hoped! It was an evening of non-stop,mad-cap fun! Afterward, I gave them all huge candy bars and sent them home. :)

BMS Spelling Bee 2012

Katherine participated in the middle school spelling bee again this year. Although they took the top 30 spellers, only 26 showed up. Before the bee started the Assistant Principal went over the rules and introduced the judges. There were two Burley High School graduates (from 1964 & 1965), and a graduate student.

The first student spelled the first word incorrectly - he heard the wrong word. Such a bummer!
The first several rounds went well, with a few kids dropping out in each.
On a side note, Will's very first word from yesterday's bee didn't show up until the second round of this bee. Words were definitely easier today.

K made it to the 5th round, getting out on the word perseverance. She had a good time and didn't mind not moving on. The spellers did so well that the six spellers moving on to the 7th round will continue the bee on Monday.

Great job, girls!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

SRE Spelling Bee 2012

There were 11 students in the SRE school-wide spelling bee this morning. There were three 3rd graders, including Will, and some 4th & 5th graders. The students were seated alphabetically by first name. There was another William, but his last name started with a C, so our William was last!

The judges included their principal, the guidance counselor, the gifted teacher & the librarian!

The audience was made up of nervous, camera-carrying parents, the class bee runners-up, and a few friends invited by the class bee winners.

The first word was CAT. Seriously. These are kids who WON their classroom bees with much harder words. Even the words in the warm-up round were more difficult.

Will's word in the first round was DECIDE. Definitely harder than CAT, but not too bad. Will spoke calmly & clearly into the microphone as he spelled his words & asked his questions.

The worst thing about the first round was a hard lesson. One of the students was given the word PAST. He didn't ask for clarification by definition or use in a sentence, and he spelled it PASSED. Bummer.

The next round was still fairly easy. Will's word was CHARACTER. No problem.

I might have missed a round, but the end result is the same.

In the next round Will got WANDERLUST. He asked for a definition. He spelled it wonderlust. Oh well. He took his misspelling well, and sat down in the audience with the seven students who had gotten out before him.

Three left.

Suddenly the words got really hard. Harder than necessary, really. Words like PRODIGIOUS, EFFLORESCENT & AUGER. and then BROUHAHA, VERDIGRIS, MYRRH. Holy cow!

The next 4 or 5 rounds were full of ups & downs as the last three students all spelled these difficult words wrong. One would occasionally spell a word correctly but then get the championship word wrong, thus bringing all three back up for more. Finally it seems, the list got much easier, and we have a winner who will go on to the County Bee.

Will had a great time and walked away a happy guy ready to get back to Reading class!

Tomorrow brings us Katherine & the BMS Bee!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pinewood Derby 2012

The annual Pinewood Derby was held tonight. Will's car looked great! There were lots of cars and lots of spectators waiting to watch the cars rush down the track! It's always a fun night! Lots of fun to watch all the boys cheer on their friends! Gabe had a cool car that went very fast! Uncle Bill came to see the races, and oohed and ahhed over Will's handiwork. Grandmama & Grandaddy came also! Thanks for all the support!

Word Study

Will was determined to learn a lot of words for his spelling bee. LEGOS went by the wayside. Reading went by the wayside. Everything but eating is taking second place to learning new words.

Tie DI Pythons

Our team challenge this year is the Improv Challenge - a difficult task for 8 & 9 year olds. The challenge involves reading newspaper articles and incorporating them into a story, so we've been getting a lot of practice with that.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Get That Car Ready!

Will and David enjoyed some time out on the deck while Will worked on his Pinewood Derby car for tomorrow's races.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Silver Award Project

The girls' scout troop is working on their Silver Award project. They've chosen to redecorate & refurnish a room at our local Ronald McDonald house. Today's visit included a tour and a major discussion about specific needs, requirements, and acceptable colors!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


David & I decided to make good use of the school holiday and took Will and Katherine to a really ginormous mall several hours away. Our purpose? To find the LEGO store and The American Girl store. The first was a good idea, the second not so much. The LEGO Store was totally awesome and worth the trip. It seems we've aged out of the other and preferred to spend time & money at clothing stores! We had a lot more fun picking out LEGOS for everyone!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Saying Goodbye, Studying, and Selling Cookies!

Morgan had help packing up so she could go back to school for her second semester! Caroline studied the day away and then all the remaining girls went out to sell Girl Scout cookies!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

S'mores Before Dinner

Our house was a bit empty this weekend with two of the girls gone to YEC. We snatched Isabella and had lots of fun without them!! We ate s'mores before dinner because that's the way it worked out!!