Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This is a voluntary thing and totally on the parents to set-up. The only thing the school does is give you permission to be absent. We had to think long and hard. Did we have friends who have cool enough jobs?
Finding someone for The Girl was easy. She spent the day at American Greetings World Headquarters with Jenn. She was bounced around from department to department sucking up information about licensing, character development, sales displays and graphic design. She talked non-stop for entire day and night about everything she learned when she got home. She also got to go shopping at the company store and stocked up for graduation and Father's Day cards. Her final verdict on the day? "It was a lot of fun. And a lot of walking."
The Boy went to NASA. He spent the day with Jerry who is a scientist out there who studies the effects of prolong space missions on the human body. (None of it is good. We are not built to hang around weightless for weeks on end!) Unlike his sister, The Boy was not so forth coming about what he learned. Over the past week we've been getting just random snippets of information, like Did you know that astronauts have chronic back pain while in space? All in all, what did he think of his day at NASA? "It was good."
Thanks so much to Jenn and Jerry for dragging our kids around for the day! We owe you big time!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
But enough of that. Check out my baby!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The kids went to Washington, D.C. last week. They had a spectacular time despite that hotel rooms had no DVD players, the TVs didn't have the right jacks for Xbox and the breakfast buffet was yucky. My first text from The Girl was "This is NOT a five star hotel". I KNEW I raised her right!
Every year during the month of May, about one million 8th graders visit DC. And they all see...
The Washington Monument
Grand Union Station
The Capitol Building
The Korean War Monument
The Vietnam Memorial
And the White House
complete with a guy on the roof.
They also went to Mount Vernon, ESPN Zone, the Holocaust Museum and the Smithsonian. But Blogger is acting a little funny right now, so if you want to see those pictures, you'll just have to come by the house! It was a whirlwind tour of the city to say the least. The Girl took about 300 pictures. The Boy took around 100. And they both texted home quite often about what they were doing, seeing and eating. The only part they didn't enjoy (except the hotel breakfast) was the eight hour bus trip to get there and who could blame them!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
I've already seen the show twice, in bits and pieces. They did two shows yesterday morning, once for the seventh grade and then again for the eighth. I volunteered to be the girls dressing room monitor. I fixed hair, repaired buttons, found shoes, approved make-up and said "Shhhhh!" about a thousand times. When I wasn't desperately needed there, I would sneak into the back of the gym to catch a part of the show.
Tonight's show is the last one they'll do. It's strange set-up with one show on a Thursday night, but that's how it goes.
As for me, I was back at my happy gig today in probably the cleanest school you've ever seen. Starting Monday, school is starting an hour earlier everyday to make up for the seven missed days. They are also extending the year by one extra day into the summer. While the extra hour in the morning will be a drag, it's got to be better going an extra week! The past week and a half I've been put in a slew of ugly places with yucky zombies. It was a relief to home again!
Monday, May 04, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
A weird but lovely surprise.
We have the slightest inkling of a suspicion that our neighbors hate us. But I think it's beautiful to have a purple yard, even if it's just for a couple of weeks.