Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter at the Farm

On Saturday, we went to the farm for Easter.  My sister and her family were home from Minnesota so there were a few more to egg hunters.  Cara helped Aunt Holly hide the eggs and clues for the scavenger hunt. 
 Justin and Jack were paired together with easy clues to find their eggs.  Justin's job was to read the clues for them.  They ran from one end of the yard to the other and into the barn.  This clue was found on the seat of Grandpa's tractor.
 Julia's eggs were just scattered on the grass in the front yard.  She found her eggs three times while the other kids read clues to find their eggs.
 The clue was "Go to where Grandma parks her car".  The next clue was "Go to the dinner bell".


 Erica and Ashlin were paired together with harder clues.  But, when they got stumped, they knew to find Grandpa for help.  They had one clue down at the end of the lane, by a pair of Grandpa's boots, on the hay rack, etc.

 After the hunt was over, they all opened their eggs and started eating the treats inside.  Cara helped Julia.  Then they all played games of cards and board games.
Take care,
Michelle

Monday, April 21, 2014

First Junior High Track Meet

After practicing track for four weeks, Cara had her first junior high track meet last week.  The weather was supposed to be 50 degrees.  But, the temp was below 50 and the wind was blowing 20 mph out of the north.  It was a cold afternoon at the track.  This Mom had on her stocking hat, gloves, winter coat and took two blankets and a winter coat for Cara to stay warm.
 
 This track meet was an inner-city track meet that consisted of students from Norfolk Catholic, St. Paul's Lutheran, Christ Lutheran and Norfolk Public.  Each school could enter as many students as they wished in each event, but each student could only have four events if one was a relay.  7th Grade events was separate from 8th Grade.  Cara was to compete in the long jump, discus throw and the 400M. 
 Cara had a frustrating day at the track meet.  Her first event was supposed to be the discus, but the 7th Grade boys took so long on the event, that she checked in for the event and found out that she was in the 4th grouping to throw.  Therefore, she headed to the long jump pit.  The man in charge of the event was rude to her and told her at first that she had missed her jumps because he had called her name and she was not present.  She explained that she had been at the discus because she was also competing in that event.  Therefore, he decided to let her have her jumps.  But, he made her complete her two warm-up jumps and then followed by her three jumps for the event with no breaks in between.  This is not how the other girls in the event competed.  They each got a break between each jump.  Her first jump was 10'9" and her second jump was 11'5".  But, the guy wrote the 2nd jump down incorrectly.  Lastly, she scratched on her 3rd jump which was by far her best.
 Then she ran back over to the discus event for her throws.  While waiting for her turn, they call the 400M event.  Therefore, Cara asked the lady running the event if she could be moved to the front of the line to get her throws in before having to go run.  The lady moved her to the front and made her throw all three attempts one after another.  She did not throw well in this event.
Last, she went to go check in for the 400M dash.  They were lining up the 7th Grade girls to run and there were only 5 runners.  Cara told the guy running the event that her name had not been called to run.  He told her that her name wasn't down for the event; therefore, she could not run.  She walked away and the race started.  Her coach saw the race start and asked her why she wasn't running and she told him that she wasn't entered in the race.  She was so frustrated on the entire day because of how things were run. 

Tomorrow she has another track meet and I am hoping that it will go better for her.  She is entered in four events:  long jump, triple jump, discus and 400M.  Plus, the weather is supposed to be warmer and not as windy.  I hope and pray that her season gets better for her.

Take care,
Michelle

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