Monday, November 16, 2015

5 Years of 4-H

The 4-H year has ended and the county always has an afternoon to pass out awards.  Cara received her certificate for being a 4-H member for 5 years.

She doesn't realize the life lessons that she is learning and how learning these skills is shaping her life, but someday she will.  Every time she wants to quit, I respond with a "NO" because these skills will come in handy some day when she leaves our home and has a home of her own.

The 4-H year starts again in a few months.  Next year we will have all four in 4-H.  Justin turning 8 years old made him old enough to give it a try.  There will be many projects to take to the fair next summer.

Take care,

Friday, November 13, 2015

Birthday Party

 For Justin's 8th birthday, he invited a few friends over to celebrate and have fun! 

 Justin invited Tyler, Nolan, Gage, Corbyn and Callen to spend the night.  They played the Wii, watched movies, ate a ton of food, and played other games.  It was a great time!
Take care,

Thursday, November 12, 2015

First Reconciliation

Second Grade is a big year for Justin.  Second Grade is a big year of preparation for First Holy Communion.  Sunday was Justin's first big step when he completed his First Reconciliation. 
Some area priests came to Norfolk on Sunday afternoon to listen to the first confessions of 116 students.  This is one of our parishes largest classes getting ready for First Communion in the spring.  Justin gave his confession to Fr. Lim.
After his confession, he said his penance and then received his certificate from his 2nd Grade teacher, Mrs. Pfeifer.  On Monday, the second graders were treated to donuts and juice at school to celebrate the event.

Take care,

Monday, October 19, 2015

Turning 8!!!

Justin turned 8 years old on Wednesday!!!  He had been counting the days and stalking the mail box for days.  He was up bright and early that morning.  He did get a few birthday cards in the mail.  We gave him some Legos, a new Wii game and his favorite candy bar.  It doesn't take much to make him happy!
 Justin took fruit snacks to share with his class for birthday treats.  Grandma Leader stopped by after school with a rice krispy cake for him to celebrate with.
 We went out to eat as a family at Applebee's.  Justin made sure that we sat in a booth where we could watch the Royals playing baseball.  Now he is counting the days until his birthday party/sleepover with a few of his friends this week.
The kids have two half days (Monday & Wednesday) and no school on Friday because of Parent/Teacher Conferences so his birthday party will work well this week.

Take care,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bake for Good

The 4th -6th Grade students had a presentation last week by the King Arthur group about "Bake for Good".  This group demonstrated to the students how to bake bread. 
 At the end of the presentation, each student was given a bag that contained two small bags of flour, a packet of yeast, a plastic scraper and instructions.  Each student was to bake two loaves of bread - one loaf for their family and one loaf to donate.  Ashlin baked these two loaves with a little help.  I was impressed how much she had learned in the demonstration.  She can't wait to bake break again.
 Monday at school we loaded up 8 boxes of loaves of bread to be donated to the Salvation Army.  This service project was completed by students Norfolk Catholic, Christ Lutheran, and Norfolk Junior High. 
Mr. Lafleur delivered the bread Monday afternoon and said these ladies were very thankful for the donation.  They serve three meals a day at the Salvation Army, plus they give food out to families that need help.

Take care,

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Diggin Up Pink"

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Tradition is to have one "Pink Out" night for volleyball and usually that game is the match against Battle Creek.  The teams wear pink uniforms and the crowd also wears pink.  Each player could pick one person to play in honor of or in memory of.  Cara, without hesitation, picked to play in memory of her Aunt Lorrie who passed away from breast cancer 10 years ago.
 Cara made sure that Keith called Uncle Randy to tell him about the game and that she was playing for Aunt Lorrie.  Uncle Randy came to watch Cara play in "Pink Out" even though he had parent/teacher conferences to be at also that night.
I asked Cara if she remembers Aunt Lorrie.  Cara was 4 years old almost 5 when Lorrie passed away and I wasn't sure if she would remember much.  Cara's answer was "Yes, I remember her".  When I asked her for an example of what she remembers, she gave me two things.  She remembers Lorrie giving her an art box filled with crayons, paper, markers and stencils.  The stencils were made out of ice cream buckets. But, she also remembers going with Keith, Uncle David and Uncle Cory to visit Aunt Lorrie in the hospital.  Cara said that Lorrie was sleeping when they got to the hospital, but she tapped on the window and Lorrie woke up.  Cara then said that she got in trouble for waking Lorrie up.

 It wasn't Cara's best night on the floor.  The freshman girls haven't played a game for 16 days and it showed.  But, the night was about the cause and there was lots of pink.

 This section of girls are the girls in 4th-6th Grade that play club volleyball.  They had practice and then walked over to watch the big girls play ball.
Take care,

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sports Weekend - Part III Flag Football

 Yes, we never stay home and yes, we spend a lot of time on a bench or in a chair watching our kids play sports.
 Justin is not to be left out of a fall sport when all his sisters are playing volleyball.  Therefore, Justin is giving flag football a try.  He is on the Patriots team and is learning rules and how to play a different sport.  He wasn't so sure that he wanted to play, but he is giving it a chance.

 This was his second game and his team has not won a game yet.  They are too busy running around and I don't think they care if they win or lose.
 In the first game, Justin scored a touchdown on a long running play.  All the kids change positions about every other play.  He plays running back, quarterback or receiver.  There aren't many passing plays in this division though.
 They play a total of four games and they have already played two, so, we are almost done.  He is having fun and that is all that matters.
Take care,