Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Got Germs?

 We found out on Thurs. that Ryan had made the top 5 finalists for the science fair.  He was happy and then less happy…when he realized that he would be spending Friday preparing to present again.  It was somewhat of a long morning!  He presented at 4:26 for 10 minutes.  It was a little intimidating.  He stood in front of three dads who listened to the presentation and then grilled asked him questions.  He did a really nice job.  When we went back to the classroom he found out that he had won first place for his third grade class.  Third and fourth grade competed in one group for the larger competition.  Three fourth graders won that.  I am so glad it is over, but we both learned so much and will always remember our first science fair. 

Blog science fair first place (notice the color scheme)


Blog science fair board

He tested the teachers’ bathroom doorknob, the boys’ bathroom doorknob, the girls’ bathroom doorknob, and his classroom’s doorknob to see which had the most bacteria.  He predicted it would be the boys’…but alas it was the GIRLS! 

We did a test run before we started.  I am a total housecleaning failure!

IMG_1131This is what was on our doorknobs!  I know!  How are my children still alive?  Please know that I have since cleaned all the doorknobs and will try to keep them clean(er).  Fortunately, Harvey hasn’t put in most of the doorknobs around the house so there aren’t many to touch.  (I think that is a positive.)


Guess I better go clean…

Sunday, April 13, 2014


He’s 9!

2014-04-13_151Happy Birthday Ryan!  Nine years ago my dream of becoming a mom finally came true.  Being your mom is more wonderful than I could have imagined.  You are the kindest and most generous little boy I have ever known.  I love watching you grow and learn each day.  I can’t wait to enjoy your being 9!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Game On

 After being rained out last week it was nice to be back playing.













2014-04-05_105 A very cool third base coach : )

(With a mouth full of sunflower seeds of course.)






2014-04-05_135 Passing along a few first base tips




2014-04-05_231 Finally!  After a year and a half, they are playing well together.  (At least at a normal sibling level)









So I survived the science fair presentation.  Ryan was very funny and of course the kids loved that.  We both learned a lot.  And I am so glad it’s done. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

He’s “Ready”

It’s 10 pm.  Ryan is asleep.  We practiced and practiced his presentation all through the day.  The timeline we were given just didn’t give adequate time to memorize the presentation. Oh, did I mention that he decided to change his analysis yesterday?  Awesome.   Hopefully, we will be able to do more ahead of time next year now that we know the process.  If we didn’t have vacation next week, I would probably still have to take one.  I’ll put up some pictures of his presentation tomorrow.  He’ll be done by 3pm.

Erik has his country report on Thurs.  That one was a more my level!  He could not be any prouder about presenting South Korea.  Of course I signed up to do the international party afterwards…because I’m insane.  I also need to put Easter Eggs together for a hunt at school and do something for Ryan’s birthday on Thurs. (to celebrate at school.)  I think I’m going to bed now!  : ) 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

This About Sums It Up

Science fair turmoil

Ready or not…Ryan makes his presentation on Tuesday!