Sunday, December 28, 2008

Genealogy business... shutting her down.

Dear Friends,

As of January 1st 2009, I will no longer be in the genealogy business. After seven years, I am closing up shop. I started my business as a stay at home Mom with a new baby, but that baby is now seven years old and my other baby is five! I have made so many friends over the years and I will miss making new friends (and money! Haha!) , but I am in my last year of school and when I graduate I hope to get a job as a teacher. Between my school work and my children and just the day to day stuff that takes up so much of my time, I am unable to keep up with the requests for research. I will still be keeping my genealogy blog and I will still do free lookups from sources I own… when I have time. If you need names of people to help you with document retrieval and/or research, I have a FEW contacts that do excellent work and are very reliable. Email me for that information, if you are interested.

Here is a list of the people I am finishing up reports for (if you think you should be on this list, let me know):

HICKEY

BROWN

BLASDONE

FISHER

I am posting this so that you know NOT to recommend me as a professional genealogist. Also, just as an FYI.

It’s been fun! Thanks so much!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Christmas Story...







Christmas at the Baus House... my sweet boy...



















Christmas Eve presents... new pajamas!




The calm before the storm.



























Fast Forward to 2:15 AM Christmas Morning. That's right, 2:15 AM

What happened to my sweet boy???




Seriously, this is disturbing...











Katie singing...

video

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Moffitt Christmas Letter 2008




Merry Christmas!

I am so happy it is Christmas time again. This has been such a great year for us that I kind of hate for it to end, but I am sure next year will be even better. Eric and I are enjoying our kids so much these days. They bring so much joy into our lives. As I look back over the year, I just smile over and over again at all the wonderful memories we made together as a family.

Katie and Chas both improved their t-ball game this year and Eric and I had so much fun watching and cheering them on from the stands. This was the last possible time for them to be on the same team, so it looks like next year we will be spending even more time on the ball field. Both of them learned to swim underwater this summer which was a pretty big deal. We had some great times at the pool and also on our visit to the beach.

Katie graduated from Kindergarten and headed into first grade. I graduated from Motlow and headed into Tennessee Tech and Chas started Pre-K. I have thought many times in my life that I was busy, but I really never knew how busy I could be until this year. I have enjoyed school so much more than I ever thought possible. I love my classes and my teachers and all the friends I have made. It’s just been a great experience for me.

Chas loves Pre-school and we are so happy that he has Mrs. Jacqueline. She is a wonderful teacher. Chas loves playing in the sandbox and with the toy cars at school. He is still very interested in trains, planes, cars, tractors, and pretty much anything with wheels. He loves to play basketball and t-ball. He dressed up for Halloween this year for the first time! I have noticed that he is more interested in dressing up and playing pretend this year than he has been in the past. He loves the Power Rangers, Lightning McQueen, and Spiderman. Chas is very rule oriented and loves to tattle on people, so we are working on that. It’s kind of funny though, when he comes home and tells us who, first and last name, did what, and what rule that broke.

Katie is really changing right now. She still loves to play with Polly Pockets, but she is leaning more towards makeup, jewelry, and music. Scary, huh? I’m not ready for this!!! She recently got her ears pierced and can hardly wait until she can start wearing different earrings. I think I need a jewelry box that locks. Sometimes I come in and all my jewelry is laid out on my dresser and she is just standing there looking at it. Katie loves to get manicures with Mimi and she desperately wants to get her hair highlighted. Help! I’ve created a mini-me!

Eric is still working for Bridgestone/Firestone in Morrison. He spends his spare time taking care of his cows. He enjoys getting out on the farm and taking Chas around on the four-wheeler and the tractor. They do a lot of farm stuff together and Chas just loves it. They even went camping with the boy scouts this year!

One more thing before I close, I’m on Facebook now, so if you have a page, look me up! We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we look forward to hearing from you or seeing you soon!

Love,

Kristi, Eric, Katie, and Chas Moffitt

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pictures!!!

I got a new digital camera AND a new camcorder!!!! How awesome is that?!?!





I thought it was cool how the flash caught this ornament and made it look like it was glowing.

People are always telling me that Katie looks like me, but I honestly, honestly do not see it, but when I uploaded this picture I had to do a double take... is that MY profile I am seeing???










Monday, December 15, 2008

No picture

My camera is dead. I hope it is dead for good, so that Eric will give in and buy me the Canon powershot camera that I have been begging for...

Anyway, that is why I don't have a picture of my Katie's brand new earrings. Katie got her ears pierced on Friday night and is so happy to have pierced ears.

I was proud of her for being so brave. I actually agreed to pierce her ears for her birthday this year (Oct. 3rd), but she was too scared. Every time I would ask her about it, she said the same thing, I'm too scared. Then, Mollie McGinnis got her ears pierced and that was it. She told me she was ready! Bring it on!

She picked the very biggest CZs she could get. We went to Claire's in the mall and they have a little box of what you can get and they are all really tiny except for a couple of CZ pairs that are kind of bigger. She wanted the very biggest ones, but I told her no, so she went with the next size down which are still pretty big. She loves them so much. That's my girl! Eric stayed with Chas, so it was just us and it was so much fun to just be girls together.

Monday, December 8, 2008

SCREEEECH Owl!!!

So this morning I woke up at 4:30 am, like normal. I must have an internal alarm clock because I wake up at that time almost every day... anyway, I got up and Eric, who never really went to bed (which is also normal) was on the couch watching t.v.


So, he says he was waiting for me to get up to get the bird out of the stove. There was a bird stuck in our fireplace insert that is like a woodstove that is in our living room (that's the best way I can explain it). He figured it was a small bird that fell down the chimney and I guess just wanted to wait for me so he could scare me. Anyway, he was about to put some gloves on and get it out when he looked in the stove with the flashlight and stepped back and said, "that's an owl!".


Yes, we had an owl trapped in the fireplace. After a few minutes of freaking out, I immediately started coming up with a plan to get it out. I wanted to trap it in a blanket and take it out that way, but Eric decided it would work better to knock it into the laundry basket and put a lid over the top. So, I was supposed to hold the basket and put the lid on after he knocked it in there with a long stick. I'm pretty sure I got the raw end of that deal. Anyway, it worked okay but when Eric picked up the basket with the lid on top, the bird somehow got through the slats of the basket and flew into the living room. I screamed an expletive and then immediately apologized, because I never use language like that, ever. However, I have never been in this situation before either. So the owl was perched on top of the exercise bike, just sitting there staring at us. Eric thought we should get a picture of it, but I told him we were going to get it out first and we would worry about wildlife photography later.


So Eric decides that I should hold up the lid to block the bird from flying into the rest of the house and we opened the door to the porch which is right next to the living room so it could fly out. This seemed like a good plan except the owl ignored the open door and flew right over my head. I'm thinking I got the raw end of that deal as well.


So now the owl was perched on the coat rack next to the kitchen and the other door that leads outside. So Eric goes over to open the door hoping it would fly out, but instead it flew directly back at ME! This time I screamed and hit the floor and covered my head with the blanket I was holding. Somehow, the owl ended up turning around and flying outside where it perched on the deck railing. Maybe it heard us talking about taking it's picture, because it stayed there until we got several shots of it and then it left.


So, the funniest thing is that the kids were asleep the whole time this was going on and when they got up, I was telling Katie the story (which she wanted to hear, since she is an expert on birds and especially owls, according to her) and when I got to the part where I screamed and hit the floor, she said "Yes! That's because it's a Screech Owl!!!" I laughed so hard. Then later Eric and I were looking on the internet trying to figure out what kind of owl it might be and it looks to be an Eastern Screech Owl. So, Katie's very scientific identification process turned out to be correct!


I can hardly wait to hear your comments on this!


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kohl's is the best!

Yesterday I got $108 worth of stuff for $36!!!! Is that awesome or what?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pictures



Chas Moffitt's Pre-K class as Pilgrims and Indians.

Reading

Well, my semester at school is coming to an end. This semester was my "literacy block". There are three blocks and one semester of student teaching in the TnTech education program. Next semester is my Kindergarten block which I am looking forward to immensely.

I have learned so much this semester about reading and the importance of it in education. My professor Dr. K has a PhD in literacy and she is really an advocate of research based reading lessons.

I want to share a few things that I am taking away from this semester as a Mom. First, it is never to early to expose your child to books. Also, environmental print is important too. That is why my house is labeled excessively. Dr. K taught me that contrary to what I was taught growing up, we do not read by sounding out words. Most of the words we read, we do so by sight. We look at the whole word and know what it is without sounding it out. The more sight words a child knows, the better reader they will be.

She uses the example of McDonald's. Very young children can "read" this word without even knowing what a letter or a word is. For this reason, I post all of Katie's spelling words for the week on the door in the kitchen. Every time she goes to leave, she sees those words. It takes me like 5 min. to write them down and cut them and tape them to the door. Plus, Chas learns them too!

I have enjoyed school so much this semester. I am so glad that I have this opportunity to go back as an adult. It is so much better than when I was younger. Back then, I could care less and I retained practically nothing. I feel like this time around, I am absorbing everything. I just love it. I hope this post doesn't sound preachy. I just wanted to share some things that I learned and that I have tried to do in my home to help my own kids become better readers. Reading really is the foundation of a good education.

Monday, December 1, 2008

December!

I'm so glad that it's Christmas time again. My tree is up and we just got back from a very Christmasy visit with my Mom. Lots of shopping! School is winding down and today we even had a snow day! Well, the kids had a snow day. I still had to go, because Warren Co. schools did not close down. Oh well, the kids got to come to Eastside with me and they seemed to enjoy sitting in a second grade class for a couple of hours.

So what is on your Christmas wish list? I really want one of those harddrive camcorders. I think those are so cool. It's too bad the one I want is like $800. I also want a couple of new jigsaw puzzles. I always do puzzles around Christmas. It's one of my favorite things to do. I really want a 3000 piece puzzle. I have never done one that big. I think Eric is getting me a "Chi" although, I'm not as excited about it now as I was a couple of months ago. I keep seeing so many things that I want. I really want a laminated Civil War Battles map. They have them at National Geographic for $25. Just a thought. I know some of you reading this are really trying to figure out what I want for Christmas, so I'm just throwing these ideas out there for you.

Of course you really can't go wrong with diamonds. They really are a girl's best friend. Cubic Zirconia is acceptable from anyone except Eric.

I also would like some new Christmas ornaments. I have had so many get broken over the years that I am down to a pitiful few cute ornaments and the rest are just cheap ones from Wal-mart. Of course, most of you know I am funny about smells, but I recently received a pumpkin scented candle from Home Interior that I love. Weird, huh? I usually hate scented candles. So, if you feel inclined to give me a scented candle make sure it is that one.

I would love to know what you all want for Christmas. And don't act like you are completely selfless and want nothing, because I know you better than that!

Monday, November 24, 2008

BLACK FRIDAY

Anybody going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving? I went to Kohl's last year for the first time because they had a coat I wanted for half off. By the time I got the coat and looked around the line was wrapped around the store and we got there at 5am! Anyway, I am looking for any deals on Holiday Barbie 2008. So far, Walmart is advertising $35.00 which I think is too much money for a Barbie doll, but that might be the cheapest I find. If you hear of anything cheaper let me know. They are normally $40-$45.

They, of course, put the doll out months ago, and Katie has been begging for it ever since. I think she thought she would get it for her birthday, but I was kind of hoping she would forget about it, because it just seemed like too much money to spend for a doll that will look the same naked as her other (cheaper) ones. That is how it will quickly end up. But, she really wants it, so I will probably end up getting it for her. Soooo, let me know if you find any deals, okay?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Evaluation

Well, yesterday I had my evaluation by Dr. K. I don't know how I did yet, but I feel like the weight of the world has lifted off my shoulders! I am so happy to be done with that. I can't believe how nervous I was! When she walked in the room, we were in the middle of sequencing parts of Charlotte's Web that I had printed on sentence strips and they were working in groups. I was just kind of walking around helping them and I swear, I just froze for about 10 seconds. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if I should talk to her or just keep on with my lesson. So, I just kept on with my lesson and I tried desperately not to look at her while she typed on her laptop.

I think the lesson went okay. We played a game using (higher order thinking) comprehension questions from C.W. I was so proud of my (borrowed) students! They did so well. I was a little nervous having them divided into groups because I haven't done that since the first day of practicum a month ago! But, they did fine.

Whew! I am mostly glad it's over. I feel like I am on vacation already!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Becoming Jane

Have any of you seen this movie? I just watched it today on Netflix instant view and it was sooooo good! I loved it. Unfortunately, I watched it instead of writing up my IRI Assessment paper, so now I have to do that. Uggghh.



Yesterday I took two of my Praxis II tests. I took the content and the reading across the curriculum. I was up at TN Tech for 7 hours! I was so glad to be done. Now, I just hope I passed them both so I don't have to re-take them!



I get evaluated on Tuesday of this week. Chas has a field trip on Wednesday which I won't get to go on and then he has another one on Monday the 24th, which I won't get to go on. I can't say how sad that makes me. Oh, the guilt.


Charlotte's Web is winding down. Wilbur is just about to go to the fair. The kids seem to be loving it. They really like Templeton. When I asked them why, they said, "because he's a rat!". I guess that explains it.

2nd grade is so much fun. They are so funny. I am really looking forward to my Kindergarten practicum next semester. I really really want to teach Pre-K or Kindergarten.

Well, I need to get busy writing my paper. I usually get up around 4:30 am, so this is going to be a short night for me. Next week I get the whole week OFF except for Monday. The kids and I are heading to Athens, GA to see Mom. I am so excited to have a real BREAK! Then when I get back it's just one more week and then I am out of school for 6 weeks! Yay!

American Music Awards Nov. 23rd!

COUNTRY MUSIC


FAVORITE MALE ARTIST

Garth Brooks

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley


FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST

Reba McEntire

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood


FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP

Brooks & Dunn

Rascal Flatts

Sugarland


FAVORITE ALBUM

Garth Brooks/ The Ultimate Hits

Rascal Flatts/ Still Feels Good

Carrie Underwood/Carnival Ride



My Picks are:

Brad Paisley

Taylor Swift

Sugarland

Carrie Underwood/Carnival Ride



I set up new polls for fave male and female on the side.



I really hope the AMA show is better than the CMA show. I did not enjoy the CMA show very much. Although I was not disappointed in the dresses or the jewelry department!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

42nd Annual CMA Awards TONIGHT!!!!!

Okay, get ready y'all. It's going to be a country music feast! And Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting! I love Brad Paisley. Carrie is a great singer, but doesn't have much personality, so I'm guessing that's why they paired her with Brad. He is so funny.

I am a total sucker for award shows. I love the stars, the clothes (and jewelry), the music, everything. Katie and I like to judge the dresses as we see them. It's a girl thing.

Kenny Chesney is up for a lot of awards this year. I love Kenny and I am happy for him, but I don't want to see him take them all. I think they need to share the love. You know?

Also, Gerry House usually has some little commercial that airs during this time. I love Gerry House. For those that don't know, Gerry House is a DJ for WSIX, which is a Nashville country music station. Even if you don't like country music, he is really funny.

Anyway, can you tell I am excited??? Okay, I've got to get to work on my Charlotte's Web vocab game for today, but just wanted to get everybody pumped about tonight. Get your popcorn ready!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas, Christmas time is near.....

Well, for several years, my tradition has been to wait until Thanksgiving Day to start the Christmas music. However, the other day Eric and I were in Wal-mart and guess what they were playing? You guessed it! I said, "Honey, do you hear that?". "I am WAY behind!". To this Eric just groaned. He does not appreciate Holiday tunes like I do. Fortunately, he is madly in love with me, so he tolerates it.

I am going to try to hold off on the decorations until Thanksgiving, but I'm not promising anything.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bulletin Board


This is my very first attempt at a bulletin board. I ran out of border, but then found some more, but I forgot to take another picture, so it actually loooks better than this...
I know it's not the best, but I wanted to try it and this is what I got. The next one I do will be better. I think I put too many apples. Oh well. It was supposed to have a tree, but I couldn't figure out how to fit one on there.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Plymouth Colony





I told Eric that I thought he would get a good grade on this... he is the one that helped Katie (and Chas) with her assignment to create the Plymouth Colony. I had to write a paper. Actually, he let the kids help a lot more than I would have, so I guess its a good thing he was the one to help them. I told him there needed to be a bunch of little tombstones in the colony, since nearly everyone died, but he decided to go with the less authentic version.





Saturday, November 1, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Practicum

Katie and Chas acting silly....

Charlotte's Web is going very well, but I am working so hard! I love my borrowed students. They are so adorable and funny. I went to the Teacher's Center yesterday and got the stuff for my bulletin board. Kristy W. gave me the idea for it. I will take a picture when I finish and post it. Kristy has been a life saver for me. She is in her 2nd year of teaching and has helped me from the very beginning when I first decided to go back to school and she is still helping me! Man, I owe her! Well, it's 5:04 am and I need to start getting ready for school before my kids wake up.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Charlotte













This was a practice run of the spider I am going to make with the 2nd graders on Monday. I am in Mrs. Hendrix's 2nd grade class right now for practicum. We are going to read Charlotte's Web. I have to teach reading for the next 6 weeks, so we are going to do a unit on Charlotte's Web. I am so excited. They are such a good class and there are only 15 students!!! Yay for me!


Ashley informed me that spiders actually have eight eyes not two! She could only fit four red hots on the marshmallow, but she wanted to put them on there because "four are more scary than two". I love her!







Seth's spider is modified a bit, but still good enough to eat! Of course Chas had to be in the picture, too!


Ally's spider still in progress.







Tada! Perfecto!





Chas working hard...




Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ta Da!!!



Next up is the trim, but it's not happening today. Maybe not even this year. But, it will happen!

So, what do you think?

Drum Roll Please...


I decided to paint my hallway this weekend and earlier in the week I bought some samples of paint at Lowe's and boy was I glad I did, because the colors looked NOTHING like I thought they would. So, next I went to Sherwin Williams and found a color that looked the most like the one color sample that I liked on my walls and bought a sample of that and it won! I learned a good lesson. It is worth the extra money to buy some samples.


The winner is.... Restrained Gold. It is the biggest paint spot on the wall in the picture (on the end) The other colors are from left to right, Hemp Rope, Earthy Cane, Bungalow Gold and the winner, Retrained Gold. It looks a lot like my bedroom and living room, which are painted in Haystack, but it's a little bit darker. The kids are so excited to help me. I am also going to paint the office this color, but it's a little more involved, since I will have to move our massive desk first and I am not willing to tackle that on my own. Eric is allergic to paint, so he can't (won't) help with the painting, but I am definitely going to get him to help with moving the furniture!
Eric actually liked Earthy Cane the best, but it kind of has a green tint to it, and I just didn't like that about it. I wanted a more golden color. I'm so excited to get rid of my stark white hallway! I will report back when I'm finished.
A couple of funny things from yesterday. Chas came up to me last night and said he put sparkles on his hands so that he could fly. I asked him where he got sparkles and he said he got them out of the chimney and he is going to see if they will make him fly like Santa's reindeer. I knew he must have opened up the stove in the living room to get to the "chimney", so I said, "You should never open the stove, because it's not safe to play with it." Then Katie says, "Yeah Chas, I never open it unless I really need to".
Then the other funny thing that happened was when Chas was having a coughing fit. He and Eric have allergies really bad right now and we make a big deal out of him having to cover his mouth to keep the germs from getting in people's faces. So he is coughing and coughing right next to Katie. I asked him if he was okay and Katie says, "No he is not okay". She keeps looking at him like he is a leper or something and then she finally says, "Okay, that's it" and she gets a plastic Wal-mart bag and places it over his head! I said , "Katie, NO!" and she said, "Well he is getting his germs all over me!".

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Big News!

Well this week was report card week for Katie and Chas. Katie got all A's which was very good news and was even more impressive when we learned that she was one of only two students in her class to receive all A's. We are so proud of her we could nearly bust!

Chas had an equally impressive report card for Pre-K. His assessment was two pages long and very detailed. We were really impressed with all the things he knew! Maybe amazed is the better word. I give Katie all the credit because she really has taught Chas a lot over the last two years. The only skill he needs to work on is managing zippers, buttons, buckles, and Velcro. I'm not sure how they assess that, because I'm pretty sure he can manage Velcro!

He still isn't consistent with his birthday. He said July for this assessment, but we are working on that.

Katie's birthday was yesterday and the celebration has been ongoing since Wednesday. Chas has actually received almost as many presents since his birthday is coming up and we will be having a "no gift" party on Oct. 23rd for both of them.

School is going by so fast for me. Only one week left of classes and then my final exam and then Practicum! I will be at Eastside in Ms. Hendrix second grade class for seven weeks. Well actually six weeks because Warren County schools get a whole week off for Thanksgiving, woo hoo!!! I'm pretty excited/nervous about Practicum. I don't know Ms. Hendrix at all and I have never even been to Eastside, so it will be a new experience, but I'm sure I will enjoy it once I get familiar with everything.

I will be teaching reading and I can't wait to get started on my unit. I have to wait until I meet with Ms. Hendrix to see what she has planned and if she has any suggestions for me.

We are headed to Chattanooga today to meet with my Mom and see "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" with the kids. We have been waiting to see this movie for a month, so we are very excited.

Eric is going to be off work again this coming week. It is so nice to have him home because he helps so much with the kids, especially in the mornings when I have to get ready for school along with them.

Oh, I should mention that Chas has decided to be Spider Man for Halloween. This is exciting, because this is the first year, EVER, that he as wanted to dress up. He loves his costume!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Newsy stuff


Well today is my "read aloud". I have to read a book to my class. Tough, huh? I am reading SkippyJon Jones, which is an awesome book. If you have kids and you do not have this book, get it! It's hilarious. My Mom even reads it to her 4th graders. It's that good.


Katie had her first dance class on Wed. She is actually taking both ballet and jazz, which I found out when I got there. I thought she was only taking ballet, since I thought that was all that was offered to her age group, but when I got there I found out that she could take both classes, each 30 min. for $36 per month. Well, since I was planning on an hour and $36 per month for ballet, I decided to just let her take both. Let me tell you, she LOVED it! I was so happy because I really thought that she would, but she never really got excited about it, so I wasn't completely sure. Ballet was first and then jazz. When jazz started I could hear the Cheetah Girls song that Katie loves and I thought, this is going to be a hit. Plus there is a whole lot of shaking going on, if you know what I mean. And of course, Katie loves that, too.


This week was "farm week" for Chas at school. He loved it. He got to take a toy tractor yesterday, which was the highlight of the week. He has also discovered "Whack a Gator" thanks to daddy. He loves that game. He is a proud "Gator Hater". You can only imagine how his daddy feels about that!


We went to the UT/UAB game last Sat. and the kids got to play with their cousins although Chas was torn between Seth and the football game, but we explained that he was too little to go, so he enjoyed playing with Seth, like we knew he would. The game was HOT. Not exciting kind of hot, either. Just HOT, hot. It was a sea of smelly, sweating, nasty people. Me included. I did not enjoy it. I don't mind sweating for exercise, but other than that I prefer not to do it.


Eric took me to Panera Bread in an attempt to make up for the miserable game, it did help, some. I love Panera Bread. Eric calls it "Hippy fast food". He thinks any restaurant without a deep fryer is a Hippy joint. So, anyway, I guess it shows how much he loves me that he would take me there and actually eat there himself! I had the Orchard Harvest salad, which let me tell you is not good. It is the fall special. I much prefer the summer special. I can't remember the name of it, but it was so good. The thing I didn't like about the Orchard Harvest was the Gorgonzola. There was just too much of it. I don't mind stinky cheese in small doses, but there was really a lot of it! It also has pears, walnuts, dried cherries, and a really great balsalmic dressing, but the Gorgonzola ruined it for me. I just picked around it. Eric had a chicken panini sandwich that he didn't think was big enough, but he said it tasted all right.





Friday, September 12, 2008

What's up


So what's up? Well, Christie Madewell and I presented our demonstration lesson on Wed. and I think it went pretty well. Our topic was "word building". I would explain it all, but it would take too long and it's really not THAT interesting, unless you happen to be teaching 2nd graders phonemic awareness.


Katie had a stomach virus Monday night, so I kept her home on Tues., but she was fine all day Tues. and that night we went to the fair in Warren Co. and all was well. So... I sent her to school on Wed., but then Wed. night, she comes to me with both hands over her mouth saying she feels sick. I said, "Do you need to throw up?". She says, "No! I don't want to, then she starts to cry and says that if she throws up, she won't get to go to school tomorrow". It was just the most pitiful thing in the world to see her so sick and crying the whole time because she knew she would have to miss school! Of course, she did have to miss school and she was fine all day. I kept Chas home too, just in case he decided to catch whatever she had, but they were both fine and this morning when I told Chas to get up and get ready for school, he said "You mean I get to go to school today?" He was so happy. I am so grateful that my kids love school so much. I'm pretty sure it won't last, so I am enjoying this time while I can.


The fair was okay. I really don't like going to the fair. Any fair. But, I have to admit, it was fun to see Chas having so much fun. It's amazing how much joy he can pack into one small face. Katie shares my sentiments about fairs. The only part she likes is the games, because she loves all those tacky little toys.


Lately, I just can't get over how much I enjoy my kids at this age. They say and do the funniest things. Katie's birthday is coming up and she wants a metal detector. Chas has a birthday coming up soon too. He is hilarious about commercials. He can actually recite the Aqua Globe commercial verbatim and it is hilarious. I'm thinking about getting him an Aqua Globe for his birthday, except that we don't have any house plants, so I'm not sure what he would do with it.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fair Day!

Spencer Fair Day results are in!!

Katie took 1st place in the long jump, the 50 yard dash, and the egg race.
Chas took 1st place in the long jump, the 50 yard dash, and the art contest.

We were so proud of them!

Lucky for us, Mike showed up with his camera, and took some great pictures, even with only one good arm to do it with! Impressive.

Just for the record, Chas should have won the egg race, but they changed the rules in the middle of the contest and he ended up losing. Oh, well, I guess we can’t win EVERY thing!














































Moffitt's

Eric, Kristi, Chas, and Katie