Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Here is a close up view of the award. It came with a letter from the White House. It is only given at the end of a student's 5th grade, 8th grade or senior year. According to the letter, this award encourages and rewards students who work hard and give their best effort in school, often in the face of special obstacles to their learning. Students must show tremendous educational growth, demonstrate unusual commitment to learning despite obstacles, and achieve high scores in at least one core subject (Cayden's was science-it's his favorite).
Braxton finished 3rd grade with excitement and praises of his own. He is glad to have a respite from homework but would just as soon continue going to school all summer if it meant he could see his friends everyday. He received several awards--he was on the A/B Honor Roll all year and received the National Physical Fitness Award. However, my favorite award is this classroom award. It was given to him by his teacher and, bless her heart, I am sure there were days that this quality nearly drove her crazy....there certainly is no truer statement than "Most Energetic" when it comes to Brax!
Goodbye school....Hello summer!!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
and ended like this....with a shiver and a look that says "Mom WHY did you let us do that??"
By the way, stay tuned for more Last Day of School pictures coming soon!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Braxton can only be hanging from the highest bar or knee deep in something dirty, smelly and all boy. Here he is trying to dig a grave for some tiny dead fish he and Cayden found on the bank.
Well you didn't think I could get through this without making you view at least one picture of Max, did you? He is growing fast!
Friday, May 15, 2009
All 5th grade classes get to go on an all day field trip to Bismarck. Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and it took us 3 hours to get there. We got to ride in a big Coach bus. It was huge and there were 2 seats on each side and movie screens for each row (and a bathroom).
We went to Custer House in Fort Abraham Lincoln. Custer is a famous Army General and this was supposed to be his last house but the real one burned down. His favorite food was onions and he would eat them like apples. One of his hobbies was to catch and collect all different animals from North Dakota and he kept them in his basement. One day when his cook went downstairs to get some vegetables for dinner she was attacked by a bobcat that he had caught earlier that day (but she did survive).
Next on our trip was the capital building. It was like a skyscraper and cost 2 million dollars to build. Each chandelier in the building has 152 lights. There were lots of steps out front and revolving doors to get in but they had to close them down because of security reasons-the Governor's office is right inside the doorway. We got to go to a courtroom and the legislature and it was on the 17th floor. A long time ago it burned down but they built the new building in 1980. The janitor left the window open in a storage room that had combustible liquids in it and the sun heated them up until they exploded.
My favorite part of the trip was the North Dakota Heritage Museum. We got to see a dinosaur they found near Bismarck. It is called Edmontosaurus and it is very rare and an almost complete skeleton that is mummified (its skin was still attached). They think that the T. rex was its biggest predator. You can only see if for a few more weeks because they are sending it to Tokyo for a display.
We left at 6:30am and didn't get home until almost 8pm. It was a long day but I had a blast and I want to go again!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
About the only one not having fun in the sun today was Max...he wanted to be with the boys on the trampoline and had to settle for a view from the deck.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I discovered the most wonderful thing...shoes!!! Someone always seems to accidentally leave one lying around and, if I am quiet, I can sneak off with it. I am trying out a new face...the innocent, "who me?, a shoe?" face....what do you think, will it work?
For some reason, my fun led to what can only be described as torture. Who knew that when they asked me in that high pitched, excited voice "c'mon Max...do you want to take a bath?" that I should have run faster. They sure won't fool me twice with that!