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Well, the Summer Vacation is officially over and it’s the first day of THIRD GRADE! The boys must be getting more mature because neither one of them gave Mom a hard time about taking any pictures this morning. Very proud of them. 😉

1st Day of School 1st Day of School

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Alex has been doing Kung Fu Fighting since he was a very small boy. Now things are getting real! He works very hard while he’s training with his Sensai and is dripping sweat by the time he’s through! And more importantly, he’s having a blast!!

Alex Tai Kwon Do Alex Tai Kwon Do

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Today is the BIG DAY! We all got-up early and got ready for breakfast, but before we head-out, Cindy opened her present. She’s been wanting a Louis Vuitton handbag for as long as I can remember. I always teased her about it because the practical side of me couldn’t see paying THAT much for a purse!

Well, today, she got her wish…

Louis

Although, I still don’t see what all the fuss is about, Cindy certainly does. And that’s all that matters.

Louis Louis

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The boys have a class history project to present. Both of them had to choose a famous person and research their life, develop a timeline of their life and document pertinent history, put together a storyboard, and come to school dressed AS that person. They also have to answer questions from their classmates about their subject person.

Alex chose Sitting Bull…

Alex's School Project

While Adam chose Jackie Robinson…

Adam's School Project

They helped Mom and Dad make their costumes…

Costumes

and joined their classmates in presentations…

Presentations Presentations

Mom was able to attend and said they both did very well. Their teachers must have agreed because they each received an “A”!

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After each basketball game, the boys are recognized by their coach for their actions and attitudes on the court through the presentation of game day stars. The stars are multi-colored and represent the following attributes:

  • Blue = Effort
  • Red = Defense
  • Gray = Offense
  • Gold = Sportsmanship
  • White = Christlikeness

We’re about two-thirds of the way through the season and each week, the boys bring me their stars to attach to their uniform…

Upward Stars

Then we talk about what they did during the game to earn that particular star. They take pride in their accomplishment and most importantly, they’re learning the importance of hard work on the court, teamwork, and sportsmanship!

Kicking-off basketball season, the boys hit the court as the announcer calls their names…

Wearing number 15….it’s Alex!

Alex Enters

And wearing number 5…it’s Adam!

Adam Enters

GO COBRAS!

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Trying-out their new skateboards; walking in the footsteps of Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen…

Skater" Skater"

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ALL ABOARD! With gold tickets in hand and the boys dressed in their pajamas, we boarded The Polar Express in Tavares, Florida, for our trip to the North Pole…

Polar Express Tickets

Today’s experience was our Christmas gift from the boys’ Godparents, Chris and Sherrie, and is based on the more-than-30-year-old Christmas classic, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsberg, and the 2004 animated movie directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Prairie Dogs

Each car in the train had it’s own steward (ours was named “Hannah”), who directed all of the show’s activities, including the conductor visit, the hobo, the reading of the story by the author, singing Christmas carols, and the hot chocolate song complete with dancing waiters in the isle. She also punched the tickets, of course…

Steward Hannah Tickets Punched

When we reached the North Pole, Santa joined us and presented all the kids on the train with “the first gift of Christmas,” a silver bell…

Santa

The whole experience lasted just over an hour and was well worth the two-hour drive to Tavares! Although Adam questioned: 1) why the trip to the North Pole only took 30-minutes (“because the movie was two-hours”); 2) why, upon reaching the North Pole, there was no snow; 3) why Santa’s gray mustache wasn’t white like his beard; and 4) why he couldn’t have more hot chocolate.

( sigh )

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We’re a little late getting our Christmas pictures done (what else is new, right? ;-P ). Anyway, here’s what we’re going with this year…

Christmas Tree

Just the boys and their dog…

Boys and their dog

And something to embarrass them when they’re older and dating…

Boys and their dog

Moo-ha-ha.

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So, how do you top a great Thanksgiving dinner at Disney? How about snow tubbing and ice sculptures in sunny Florida? This afternoon we visited the Gaylord Palms Resort for ICE! Featuring Christmas from Around the World. It was a great afternoon, but first, we had to pick-up some caps and gloves for the boys…

Christmas Tree

Naturally, I was wearing shorts, which in the end was really short-sighted…

Christmas Tree

Then, we were outfitted with parkas for what was to be an 9°F winter wonderland experience (and underneath the parka, I was still wearing shorts!)

ICE!

It was fun at first…

ICE!

but, it got colder…

ICE!

and colder…

ICE!

and we didn’t even WORK there!

ICE!

Still, it was pretty amazing and the ice sculptures were beautiful…

ICE! ICE!

especially, the Nativity scene!

ICE!

After the ICE! display, we took a minute or two to warm-up, then visited the Ginger Bread Room…

ICE!

where we built a ginger bread house…

ICE! ICE!
ICE! ICE!

TA-DA! (although I’m not quite sure how much candy went on the house and how much went into Adam’s mouth!)

ICE!

And to cap-off the afternoon, there was snow balls…

ICE!

and some ice sledding!

ICE!

What a blast! (an icy blast, but still a blast!)

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