Saturday, June 27, 2015

VBS 2015

Every year is even more epic than the year before! The amazing show, the original music, and a great time teaching the 5th and 6th graders with Right Hand Man as our class mascot made this year so much fun. Tears were shed on the final day when Mr. Jude (a.k.a Pastor Eric as the villain) came to trust in Jesus. Not bad for Bible School!

Some pictures from the week:

The whole gang.
Elbow had gymnastics all week, so she's missing from all the pictures.
Bobo and her neighborhood friends served as Teen Helpers.

Me and Right Hand Man teaching the 5th and 6th Graders.
He loved to quiet them down when they got rowdy with "Hey! Hey! Shhh!"

Bobo helping the kids make cookies for local inmates.

Crazy hair for Wacky Wednesday

Crazy costume for Wacky Wednesday

Crockett loved game time in the gym

Mr. Jude!


And Mr. Jude's little look-a-like

Crockett loved Finley the Frog
This little guy was loved by all and spoiled rotten by the
Teen Helper staff.  He'd wander up to an unsuspecting teen and say,
"Me hun-gee," and they'd whisk him away to the secret snack room.



Monday, May 25, 2015

March Birthday Boys

The Patriot and Right Hand Man enjoying a drink in the hot tub.

The youngest boys turned six and three in March and we had a special celebration at Disney. This was the first time without a pregnancy, nursing, diapers or some combination of all three! A much more pleasant way to experience the magic of the mouse kingdom. 

Decorating little birthday cakes at Kidani Village

The whole gang!


Kid fun at the pool
Parent fun at the Luau



Happy belated birthday, boys!



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Great at Eight


                                           

Crockett turned eight today. His current loves are Pokemon cards, Skylanders Trap Force figures, art sets, and Legos. 

We had family fun today with breakfast in bed, presents, all sorts of games the bigger kids put on in the playroom, and a "private" showing of Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Horrible Day (it's good to be home schoolers and have many things all to yourselves during the day). 

Party to come this weekend. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Buckeye Classic 2015

Elbow's split jump in her floor routine

Another Buckeye Classic under our belts. Whew, it's a ton of work for all the team parents but when you add in our other five kids needing to be fed and clothed and a preacher husband who really needs to work on the weekend, it's amazing we've lived to tell.

All that aside, it was a great weekend for all the 3200 gymnasts... with special appearances from Buckeye's very own Nia Dennis and Gabby Douglas. 

Getting ready for the March In


Confirmed in Christ




Bobo had a beautiful confirmation ceremony on January 18, 2014. She's always been a spiritually minded child (preaching to the children in the ball pit of the Fargo McDonald's as a preschooler is more than enough proof), but it was obvious in her Statement of Faith that she truly has come so far in her walk with the Lord.



    


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Second Semester

All good things must come to an end and it's time for this break to be over. I'm getting us all ready for second semester this weekend. After a late night New Year's Eve, followed by another later night for the Sugar Bowl (way to go Buckeyes!), I'm feeling behind but there's still tomorrow.

Girls: Not much changes for them at home or at Veritas. Bobo switches from Government to Economics, but other than that they'll continue on in Latin, History, and Science there (and Math for Elbow). Both girls will carry on with Literature at home; Bobo and I will continue to slog through Saxon's Algebra 2 as well. Bobo did a study of Twain in the Fall for our American Lit class, reading some of his short stories and Huckleberry Finn.  We're moving on to Steinbeck after break. I'd assumed we'd start with Of Mice and Men, but after reading it again this weekend I'm switching to The Red Pony.  After that she'll tackle The Grapes of Wrath.

Boys: We've ditched our library days for the time being. It was great to get our year started, but Right Hand Man grew a little weary of wandering aimlessly between the bookshelves while we tried to work. Toddzilla also prefers the comforts of home (which include things like wearing pajamas, playing Legos as a break, listening to music on his iPod during math... it's a pretty hard gig to give up).  Happily he likes division. Reading, not so much (unless it's the sports page). He tolerated Sounder before break. His current reading of Hatchet seems to actually interest him. Crockett likes the Frog and Toad books as well as his reader, Busy Times. The Patriot is coming along in the Kindergarten Hooked on Phonics "books." Our "I did it!" chart is literally tearing apart as we've peeled off the previous user's achievement stickers four times by now.  We're supplementing My Father's World history (Creation to the Greeks) with Story of the World: Ancients. 


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tis The Season

A rare Sunday morning at home for all the Waters; the preacher excluded, obviously. Coughs and slight fevers are slowing us down quite a bit. 

It's been a busy season of Christmas preparations and concerts for all but the littlest of the bunch.

The girls had their Christmas program at Veritas.

The younger boys took their first church choir concert very seriously.

Toddzilla also in on the action.

Buckeye basketball, a behind-the-scenes tour at the zoo, cookie baking, ice skating, and the Jingle Ball at Veritas...