Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On An Adventure

 A few weeks ago the house directly behind our house sold.  The new family that moved in are the Corr's.  Addyson and Ashlin are in the same grade together at school.  Aiden, Addyson's brother, is in 1st Grade and he plays with Justin.  These kids play together almost every day, even when the weather is bad.  They are going to have so much fun together this summer!
Last Sunday, these two crazy girls decided to go on an adventure in the backyards.  They had a red wagon, a Toy Story fold-out chair, some water and some chips.  They had fun for quite awhile on a Sunday afternoon on their "pretend" adventure!

Take care,
Michelle

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

West Point Basketball Tournament

 The last 5th Grade basketball tournament was in West Point.  The first game the girls played a good team from Pender and lost.  This put us in the losers bracket with a game on Saturday at 3:30.
 Next up was a team from West Point Guardian Angel.  We won.  The girls played more aggressive and with lots of energy.  Erica had a good game defensively and even scored two points. 
 This was Erica's first season to play basketball and she has come so far.  She has learned to play aggressive, to box out, to guard with hands up, to shuffle her feet and she has gained so much confidence while having fun with her friends. 
 This little boy was such a good boy in West Point.  After his disappointing morning in Wayne at wrestling, he sat at the top of the bleachers by himself with his Leapster and played games while eating candy.  He didn't bother anyone and no one bothered him.
 Lastly, the girls played the other team from West Point Guardian Angel and lost in a very physical game.  The girls have a team huddle after every game and listen to the coach.  The huddle is ended with a "Hail Mary" as is tradition at Norfolk Catholic.
 They were all smiles at the end of the day.  This was the last tournament and it was season of learning and growth.  This group of girls has great potential!
As parents, we are so proud of these girls and especially Erica!

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wayne Wrestling Tournament

I am behind on posting.  Keith started on a big project and hasn't had a day off in about 2 weeks.  Therefore, I am the parent in charge of running kids, meals, homework, etc.  As a result, I am behind.
 The last weekend in March was very busy.  We had Erica playing basketball in West Point on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  Justin wrestling in Wayne on Saturday morning.  Cara playing volleyball in Columbus on Sunday.
 Justin had a tough last day of wrestling.  We got to Wayne and he weighed in at 44.6 pounds.  Cara, Grandma Korth and I were there to cheer him on.  He was placed in the bracket of 41-44 pounds.  I was thinking good bracket since he was at the top of the weight. 
 The first match is about to start and Justin starts crying and refusing to go on the mat.  I am talking to him, the coach is talking to him, another dad is trying to coax him, the ref is talking, and a guy running the tournament was trying.  Finally, we get him on the mat and he kills a kid from Battle Creek 10-0.  One win and two matches to go.
 He sits down and starts crying again.  I was bribing him with candy, McDonalds, etc and nothing was working.  He keeps crying and telling me that he just wants to forfeit and go home.
 Nothing was working and he ended up forfeiting his next two matches.  I made him shake both kids hands and tell them "good job" because he must learn sportsmanship.  As soon as he forfeited the last match, he stopped crying and even smiled on the medal stand with his 4th place medal.
 I know he could have won this tournament because the kid that Justin beat 10-0 in his first match ended up placing first.  I was so confused why he was crying and refused to wrestle.  He had done such a good job all season.  Later as we were leaving, Justin said to me, "I am not going to tell you why I wouldn't wrestle."
But later that night after getting home from basketball, Justin and Keith were having a talk and Justin told Keith, "I couldn't wrestle today because you weren't there to watch."  End of story and end of season.  I wish we could have ended on a better note, but he is ready to move on to track.

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, March 31, 2014

Staff Appreciation Week

 All of last week was Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week at school.  The theme for the week was "Super Heroes".  The commons area was decorated with night city scenes and red telephone booths.  The students could leave treats/gifts for the teachers/staff all week in their pots outside their classrooms.  The teachers & staff were treated to lunch one day and a popcorn bar another day.  The students and staff were treated to cupcakes one day also.  Each staff member also received a $25 gift card to Target.
 The week ended on Friday with a elementary school assembly filled with games for the teachers and staff to participate in.  First up was a super hero relay race.  First each person had to put on a pair of glasses, a tie, and a suit coat.  Then pick up a brief case and enter a red phone booth to change into a super hero.
 Upon exiting the phone booth, each super hero had to leap over a building and then throw three rocks of kryptonite into a bucket.
 Next, ride a scooter between some buildings and end by building a structure six boxes high.
 All the participants were cheered on by the students in the bleachers.
 Next up, was a game of moving four rocks of kryptonite from one bucket to another, but you could only use two sticks to pick them up and move them.  If you look close you will see me moving my kryptonite.

 Then was a game of flinging balloons through the air and being caught in butterfly nets by your partner.  This was a tough and challenging game.
 Last was to throw hula hoops onto the blow-up boxing super hero.  They had to get eight hula hoops on the super hero.
 The finale' was a grand prize drawing of a gift donated by a local business.  Mrs. Moore's name was drawn and she was shocked at the prize of two tickets to see Jake Owen this summer during the Divots Summer Concert Series.
It was such a fun week!  It was a great way to bring in Spring and beat the cold, winter blahs.

Take care,
Michelle

Friday, March 28, 2014

What a 6-year old thinks about!

Justin and I were driving the home the other day after dropping Cara off at track practice and this is how part of our conversation went.

Justin:  Mom, why does Grandpa Korth have horses?

Me:  I think he just likes horses.  Why?

Justin:  Horses don't give you anything?

Me:  What do you mean?

Justin:  Well, chickens make you eggs.  Some cows give you milk and some you can eat.  But, horses give you nothing.  They just poop all over.

Me:  (laughing)  Well, we'll have to tell Grandpa to think about this.

Justin:  Okay, you call and tell him.

A while later I called Grandma Korth and told her about this little conversation.  She had a good laugh and said that she would tell Grandpa that horses give you nothing and explain.

Sometimes I wonder how his little brain works.  Another part of the conversation was about what he should be when he grew up.  Justin is considering a job at McDonalds or an artist because he likes to draw mice.  I told him that I think he would be good at building things because he likes to build with Legos.  He told me that he would think about it some more.  I told him that he had a while to think since he is only in Kindergarten.

Take care,
Michelle

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Mice Art Project

Our local art center is featuring on exhibit during the month of March the art work from all the schools in Norfolk.  The art work is from both public and parochial schools in Norfolk in grades Kindergarten through 12th.
 

Early in the school year, Mrs. Kraft, the art instructor at Norfolk Catholic, taught the Kindergarten students how to draw a mouse.  Justin was drawing mice all the time.  He loves art class!
Justin's mice picture is two above his head.
Yesterday we had a half day of school so in the afternoon we stopped by the Art Center to check out the art work.  In the lobby by the front door, we found Justin's artwork featuring mice. 

Take care,
Michelle

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Week of Lasts

This is a week of lasts at our house.  It is the last week of 5th Grade girls basketball, it is the last week of little kids wrestling and it is the last week of 7th Grade volleyball league.  With that being said, we have one last full weekend of all three.  Then it is time to move on to track and baseball.  Cara is already in her second week of track practice.
 
Bumping the ball.
 Last weekend Cara was back on the court Sunday for another 8 sets at volleyball league in Columbus.  They finished the day with a record of 4 and 4.  They started the day in 4th place out of 15 teams.  It just so happened that last Sunday they had to play both the #1 and #2 teams.
 Spiking the ball.
 Serving the ball.
 Bumping and passing the ball.
 Spiking again.
Coming off the court after winning a set.
 
Take care,
Michelle