As soon as my mom arrived, my went strawberry picking. I usually don't let my boys go. WHY? Because no one in our house eats them! NO ONE! But they sure like picking them (well, except for Owen, who is too cool to do much of anything now)...So, when grandma comes, we strawberry pick. She eats them. She said they were great!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The first weekend my mom came to town, we headed to Rochester (about an 1.5 hour drive) for a weekend soccer tournament that BOTH of my boys were playing in. Super fun! The weather was beautiful. Emmett's team won all 3 games easily, and Owen's won 1 and lost 2 - but that was OK - because they were playing up a league and in the top division. We stayed in a hotel Saturday night - though we could have driven home easily, and had a great time! I'm so glad my mom got to be there.
This is Owen's 2 best buddies from his soccer team. But, they're also his 2 best buddies over all - soccer or not. They spend a lot of time together, and I spend a lot of time driving Owen back and forth amongst their houses - because they don't live in Baldwinsville. But, they're great kids. And, I'm glad he has them.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Owen was invited to participate in the city wide 4th and 5th grade track meet. It was a big honor for him to be asked to participate, because each school could only take 2 kids per event. And, each school could take either 4th or 5th graders. Out of the 16 kids that went from Owen's school - only 3 of them were 4th graders (Owen being one of them!). Owen was asked to run the 50 yard dash, and he did a great job. The first run had two different heats with 14 kids total, and Owen finished in the top 7 and advanced to the next heat. It was really fun, because they called his name over the loud speaker, and everyone from his school cheered. Loudly. Then, in the final heat, he finished last of the 7. But - there were only 2 fourth graders participating in the 50 (out of the 14). So - all in all, a great showing!
Owen's soccer team has recently started training with a certified speed expert. He teachs them how to run, sprint, etc. Owen's pretty certain that next year at this time, he'll win the whole thing!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Emmett had a performance at school today, and this is how Henry got dressed to go. Shing uards, cleats, and soccer headband. Because, he said, "I might have to play a soccer game there!" You never know..
And, no, I didn't make him change.
KUDOS to our elementary school music teacher. The first graders put on a wonderful performance today complete with singing, DANCING, and speaking roles. I can only imagine how much hard work and time she must have put into teaching this 45 minute performance to 75 first graders! Emmett was chosen for a speaking role! Emmett is often chosen for these activities (student council AND he was just picked to be one of only 2 first graders to perform in a back to school performance in September!), and it makes me super happy because he's typically very quiet and shy - not really an outgoing child. I love that he is picked for these things despite that (or maybe because of that?).
Anyway - we spent the better of the last 5 weeks memorizing his lines, and he did an AWESOME job!
PS Check out Benjamin Franklin in the far right of this photo. Isn't he great?
Emmett was one of about 10 kids who had speaking parts in the program. He was supposed to be Martin Luther King, Jr. See the resemblance? Eddie couldn't make the performance, so I was trying to video tape and take pictures. I didn't do a very good job. He had 3 lines to say, and I missed all but the last words. Boo hoo!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Owen's class put on a wonderful wax museum. Each child in the class was given a different prominent figure in either United States history or Baldwinsville/Syracuse history. Owen was Otis Bigelow, the first store owner in Baldwinsville history.
He did such a great job. He researched Otis Bigelow and wrote a speech about him. Parents and the different classes in the school went through the wax museum. Each child had a red button in front of them, and when it was pushed, they had to say their speech. Then, when their speech was done, they froze again - as in a wax museum. (I stood in front of Owen, and pressed the button 3 x in a row before he broke character, and screamed, "MOM!")
Oh - and Owen's teacher told me that when Owen walked into the room he came right over to her and said, "This is the nicest you will ever see me dressed!". I believe it. That's why I had to take so many pictures!
is absolutely true. Unfortunately, I figured that out today. We spent a great deal of time outside today, and Owen, the fairest of my three boys, suffered. Henry didn't get sunscreen either - but he wasn't outside for as long as Owen and was fine. Emmett - my dark eyed, olive skinned boy, was only slightly red. But, Owen, was extrememly red (though the sun never actually came out today). I'm feeling SO guilty!!!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
We spent Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia (again) for a soccer tournament. The boys did really well, and won their division. But, then they had a super disappointing loss in the semi finals :(. Owen had a super weekend, and scored LOTS of goals. The 3rd game they played they won 3-2, and Owen scored 2 of the goals including the game winner with 10 seconds left. After the game, the coach of the team came over to us and asked Owen's for his name. He said he wanted to remember it, because he was sure he would hear it again someday. He also said that their best player, a HUGE defensive player named Tristan (shown in this photo here next to Owen) is not afraid of anyone - and he was afraid of Owen. He said that Owen was the only player that ever made him nervous. Awesome! It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend. Win or lose we always have a great time hanging out with the players and their families.
Friday, June 3, 2011
So - after the boys unexpected loss, we - along with the rest of the team planned on heading home. Assuming they won - the championship would have been Monday morning at 8 AM. After that, I told the little boys that we would go to the zoo. But, since they lost, we were headed home.
However, my little boys were SO GOOD this whole trip. No complaining. No crying. No arguing. My little boys sat at the soccer field from 1000 AM until 330 PM on both Saturday and Sunday (and it was HOT!) They were in the car tons. They went were we told them to go. And, they never complained. So - Eddie and I decided to stay and take them to the zoo anyway.
But, before we went to the hotel, we went (along with a few other families that were staying and our coach) to the women's professional soccer game. Our new coach does color commentary for the red team at their home games in Rochester, NY. It was really awesome! Oh - and my little boys never complained about going to yet ANOTHER soccer game either!
Late night swim at the hotel. It just happened to be Owen's best buddy's, Connor's, birthday. His family and another soccer family stayed w/ us in the same hotel another night. We swam late, and when the pool closed at 10 PM - we decided we would head to TGIF's (a short walk from the hotel) for ice cream for Connor's birthday. My baby boy and my 7 year old were extreme troopers. Not one complaint. Not one whine. NOTHING. In bed by midnight, and up at 630 AM the next day for our trip to the zoo! FUN!
On Monday morn, we got up and headed to the Philadelphia Zoo - the oldest zoo in the nation. And, these New Yorkers are NOT use to heat anymore! The temperature on my car when we left the zoo said 98 degrees. HOT!