Sam could hardly sleep the night before this year’s school spelling bee. He finished in third place last year, but in his mind that just wasn’t good enough. He vowed he wouldn’t let a silly mistake knock him out again. The competition was fierce, but eventually there were only two spellers left: Sam, and a 6th grade girl from another class. The two of them … Continue reading Bee Resilient!
Election season came early to our household, but fortunately student council candidates aren’t allowed to make robo calls. Instead, they spend copious hours designing posters, writing speeches, and begging for button making machines. Sam ran for President, and Maggie for Sergeant at Arms. We are so proud of them both! Maggie didn’t make it to the final round this time, but her disappointment didn’t dampen the … Continue reading Mr. President
Sam had a hard time picking a party theme for this year’s birthday, and I worried he might be getting too old for that sort of thing. Luckily a quick Google search for 11-year-old “tween” birthday parties saved the day. Two ideas came to the top of his list: Minute-to-Win-It Games or an Amazing Race scavenger hunt. He picked the Amazing Race (despite never watching … Continue reading Amazing Race 11th Birthday Party
Somehow these birthdays just keep coming! I haven’t even posted about Sam’s 10th birthday party yet, and here we are celebrating number 11. It was hard enough last year when he hit double digits, but 11 sounds so old. I remember the day he was born so vividly that it surely can’t be over a decade ago! On the morning of his 11th birthday I dug out … Continue reading We Have a Tweenager!
Today Sam won his school’s Geography Bee. For real! Photo evidence: Some of you will remember when Sam was in second grade, how he so desperately wanted to enter a geography bee that he decided to invent one. If you care to hear the tale of our little boy and his enormous lie, you can read it here. But in a nutshell: he created geography bee … Continue reading Gratitude 12: Watching Your Child’s Dream Come True
Friday, October 24, 2014 Today felt like a gift. Each moment was wrapped in a shiny bow, and I untied every second. Due to a late parent-teacher conference night earlier in the week, I only had to work until 11:00. The kids didn’t have school at all, so Clark took a vacation day. As soon as the work day was done (okay, maybe 10 minutes early) … Continue reading Gratitude #9: Today
Tomorrow Sam turns 10, so this is our last snapshot of his single digit years: I think he looks happy? We’re not messing up too terribly, right? He was still up reading at 11:53 pm, so I yanked him out of bed. It was only seven minutes until his birthday, and I needed to clutch him close and tell him that the past decade has … Continue reading Sam Bam
It was 70 degrees outside this past Friday evening – something almost unheard of in Anchorage. Instead of enjoying the sunshine, our family happily crammed into a narrow church pew at a local Baptist church. Thirty-five little pianists (most under the age of 10) grew increasingly nervous as they sized up the impressive crowd of parents and grandparents, all armed with digital cameras and iPads. It was show … Continue reading Piano Pride
Last night’s opening ceremonies in Sochi brought back memories of a favorite birthday theme: the Olympic party. When Sam turned six he was passionate about both sports and geography. He especially loved to draw flags, so an Olympic-themed party was a perfect fit. The invitation was simple and bold: (If you like this invitation, it is available for $10 in my Etsy store. I will … Continue reading An Olympic Birthday Party
This summer my parents introduced us to Chopped, a competitive cooking television show on the Food Network, and it has become an obsession in our family. On family movie nights, we pop a giant bowl of popcorn and huddle under the blanket for a Chopped marathon in lieu of anything Disney. And I hate to reveal this secret, but thanks to Chopped I actually enjoy … Continue reading Unchoppable