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It was about this time last year and for about three solid weeks that everyone in the family got sick. Alex is just getting over his pink eye and now Adam is feeling pukey…

Adam Sick

Who’s next?

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Pink Eye

OUCH!

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the kids paid a visit to the oldest Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in the world…

Ripley Ripley

I remember reading “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” in the Sunday comics when I was a kid (and evidently, after almost 100-years, you still can)…

Ripley

I find it very interesting that in this cartoon from January 2016, they used an image of Barnabus Collins, the vampire from the late 60’s soap opera, “Dark Shadows”.

And “Believe It or Not”, despite the freezing temperature of the water (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating), they went to the beach afterward…

Beach

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Jess and the kids came to visit for a few days and the boys were excited to see their nephews and ‘big sister‘ Kameran! Thank goodness for minivans!

In the van

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Today, Adam was recognized by his teacher and the school for his “trustworthiness”…

Award Invite

He actually looked a little uncomfortable standing on the stage in front of the school and guests. Funny, since he’s normally such a showoff…

Adam gets award

But any discomfort he might have felt evaporated quickly and he was back to his old self again…

Adam gets award

and his “old self” includes crinkling-up the award certificate, which we’re very proud of anyway…

Certificate

Great work, Buddy!

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Alex is watching a movie in his makeshift theater…

Movie Theater

What an imagination!

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It’s a great day for baseball! Charlie came to the game today and hung-out with Dad to watch the game…

Dad and Charlie at the game

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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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Boating season has officially started! Today, the boys and I took Charlie out on the water for a few hours…

On the boat

It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve felt the wind and spray in our face…especially Alex!

On the boat

It was GREAT just being outside! It got a little cloudy and we got a few sprinkles, but that didn’t put a damper on our fun!

On the boat

On the way back to the marina, Adam took the wheel for a bit…

On the boat

while Charlie daydreamed…

On the boat

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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!

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