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The Rube Goldberg Project

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Mackenzie and her friend Jenna have been working on a Rube Goldberg project. Basically, they build a contraption out of simple machines (like levers, screws, pullies, inclined plane, etc.)  The goal was to open an umbrella.

They did a great job and scored a 100 on the project!  This morning, I met them at the Museum of Aviation so they could show off their contraption to other schools.



Some of the kids had a lot more parental assistance with their projects. Obviously these contraptions were not created by 4th graders!


37th Birthday Blast from the Past

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Today may be my 37th birthday, but here is a great flashback. It’s a look at my third and fourth birthday parties from 1982 and 1983.

My apologies for the quality. We didn’t get an HD camcorder until several decades later!

Tristan’s First Gig

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Kimberlie’s uncle has had some health issues lately and has been unable to work, so their tiny country baptist church held a fundraiser for the family by selling “chicken plates” (as they are called around these parts) and having a gospel sing.  Kimberlie’s dad asked if Tristan would play a few songs at the event.

He practiced hard for the last few weeks and did pretty good last night. It was his first real gig, even though he didn’t get paid for it.  Here are the three songs he performed.

First up, The River by Garth Brooks:

Next, Photograph by Ed Sheeran:

And finally, since it was a “gospel sing” and all, Amazing Grace:

Singing Mackenzie

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Kimberlie read in some baby book that at this stage of the pregnancy, the baby can hear and it suggested that you sing to the baby so that it can become accustomed to your voice. She should have never said that in front of Mackenzie.

I sure hope the baby likes Taylor Swift!

Primary School Graduation

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

This morning, we attended Mackenzie’s awards ceremony. They treated it like a graduation from primary school. After the awards and a song, they held a “clap out”. Basically everyone in the school lined the halls and clapped for the second graders and they walked up and down the hallways.  It was really neat.  And afterwards, there was cake.

The Clap Out:

Mackenzie Hula Hooping

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

You have to admit, she’s pretty good at Hula-hooping:

A Quick Getaway

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

We made a quick getaway this weekend to the beach. It’s crazy, but this is the first time all summer that any of us have been in a swimming pool or on the beach.

The highlight of the trip was finding Honey Boo Boo’s dollar in Shuckum’s (pictured above). They ate there a few weeks before we did!

Our hotel had Watermelon time every afternoon followed by a few games in and around the swimming pool. My son has a FIRST PLACE ribbon from the watermelon seed spitting contest!

The “Remote Control Scooter”

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

As I mentioned previously, Mackenzie got a new electric scooter for her birthday. However, she has her words a little twisted and she calls it the “remote control scooter”. She’s actually pretty good at riding it and if you listen closely, you can probably hear her singing a Taylor Swift song while she goes. Just ignore the beginning of the video where she almost dies!

Tristan playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Mackenzie Awards Day 2013

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Today was Mackenzie’s annual awards day.

Each year, the student with the most Accelerated Reader points in each grade wins something very special, provided by the local Mason lodge. Back when my sister was in elementary school, it was a U.S. Savings Bond. She was one of the first to receive the prize. In recent years, it has been a bicycle. Mackenzie won it last year in kindergarten. This year, because of so many repeat winners, they decided to do a $50 Toys R Us gift card.

To earn an Accelerated Reader certificate, you have to hit a certain number of points for your grade level — 20 for first grade. If you hit 100 points, you receive a medal. And, the highest point earner wins a huge trophy, along with the prize mentioned above. Mackenzie racked up 153.1 points this year — about 8 times the minimum. Needless to say, she won!

Here is a video of the entire presentation:

Along with the Accelerated Reader award(s), she also earned a citizenship pin for not receiving a detention or bus slip, and she earned a small scholastic trophy for earning all A’s for the year. Her average in reading was 100 and her average in math was 99 at the last progress report.

Everyone hates the kid who gets all of the awards. Now, that kid is mine and I couldn’t be more proud!