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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Talented, Thoughtful, somewhat Toothless Terrific Kids

We ended January by celebrating Maggie being selected as Terrific Kid for her Senora Notaro's class. We got to hear the beautiful, kind things that her teacher had written about her like how she gets along with everyone and how she loves to learn new things and share them with others. Just as Mr. Maness was finishing up with reading the rest of the tributes to Kindergarten and first grade students, a bat flew out of the rafters of the stage and into the cafeteria. Several teachers went into action trying to open doors, turn off lights, close the stage curtains, and trap the bat but it was to no avail. Unfortunately, the rest of the ceremony had to be postponed. Luckily we got to hear Maggie's portion and snap a few pics with her, but little did we know that if she had been postponed she would have been celebrated the same month as her brother.

 Eating on the Honor Plate for being Terrific Kid!

 The "Tooth Fairy" snapped these pictures on my phone so that I would forever remember sweet Maggie's special requests of candy and decorating her room. Both her front teeth were loose together. She lost the first one on February 12th and then a week later, she lost her second one. 

 My Three Loves!!

 Here's our traditional "Melting Pot Wannabe" dinner!

 This though is by far my favorite tradition ever! From February 1st through the 14th, I hang a heart on each person's door that everyone helped to write about each other and we get to wake up and start our day with a message of love. I'm collecting them each year and putting them on a binder ring so we'll all have these special mementos. I know I'll treasure them forever!

 On Friday, February 23rd, we had the honor of watching Maggie perform in her Patriotic Program. This is the same program that Riley's class did 2 years ago as well. It teaches the kids bits and pieces of famous patriotic songs and about biographies of leaders such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Susan B. Anthony. Maggie did such a great job on all the songs and she wrapped up the show by belting out the last line: "We hope you learned a lot today and we just want to say..." to which all the kids shouted "Thank you for coming!"

 Today (Feb. 27th), we got the privilege of celebrating with Riley as he was honored as Terrific Kid for the first time as well. This time the ceremony went off without a hitch and we loved how hearing how Riley's teacher appreciates his love for diversity and his detailed answers. We are so proud of our talented, thoughtful, somewhat toothless Terrific Kids!

LOL--February Edition

Here is this month's "Kids Say The Funniest Things" round-up:

  • Maggie to Tracy: "I had a bad dream that a volcano was interrupting our house." 
  • Chris to Maggie: "I want to be a kid again." To which Maggie promptly replies: "You can't...unless I kill you and then you can go to heaven and be a baby again." Yikes!
  • Newest family joke started by Maggie: "Look under there?" Us: "Under where?" (underwear, get it??)
  • Riley's newest saying: "Really? Really dad?" And he has the sarcastic face to match!
  • Maggie to Chris while practicing guitar: "Can you hand me that wood chip?" Pretty sure she meant pick!
  • Riley as he is getting ready for his shower: "I have a 4-pack and pretty soon I'm going to have an 8-pack!"
  • Maggie when asked to clean up: "You guys are making me do 'drama' stuff." We think this may stem from us telling her every so often that she's a bit of a drama queen and can be dramatic (just a tad!) :) 
  • Maggie while trying to decide on dessert tonight: "Should I have the fruit snacks or the 'conservation' hearts?" (Valentine conversation hearts)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Kids' View of their Parents and a Round-up of Funny Phrases

Riley’s answers                                             For Mom                                           For Dad                         
Q: What is something that I say a lot?            A: Stop                                        A: I love you.                                                   
Q: What makes me happy?                            A: Me following directions              A: Me snuggling with him.                              

Q: What makes me sad?                                A: Me disobeying                          A: Not spending time with him                        

Q: How tall am I?                                          A: Pretty tall                                A: Very tall                                                

Q: What’s my favorite thing to do?                 A: Spend time with the family       A: Spend time with family
Q: What is my favorite food?                          A: No idea                                   A: I'm not sure. 
Q: What is my favorite drink?                         A: Coca-Cola (I don’t know)          A: Beer
Q: If I could go anywhere, where would it be? A: Probably to the beach               A: To his Mom and Dad's house
Q: Do you think you could live without me?     A: No                                          A: No, NO, NO
Q: How do I annoy you?                                A: When you’re kissing me a lot    A: When he kisses me a lot
Q: What is my favorite music to listen to?       A: I don’t know                            A: Jazz
Q: What is my job?                                       A: A teacher                                A: A teacher
Q: How old am I?                                          A: 37                                          A: 46
Q: What’s my favorite color?                          A:  I don’t know.                          A: Blue
Q: How much do I love you?                          A: Forever                                   A: All the way forever 
Maggie’s answers                                      For Mom                                   For Dad                      
Q: What is something that I say a lot?             A: Go to your room                     A: Did you know that I love you? 
Q: What makes me happy?                             A: Me kissing you                       A: Him having me as his daughter
Q: What makes me sad?                                 A: When I disobey you                A: Me disobeying
Q: How tall am I?                                           A: I don’t know                          A: I don't know. 47?
Q; What’s my favorite thing to do?                   A: Talk to Dad                           A: Say I love you. 
Q: What is my favorite food?                           A: Umm…I don’t know that one.  A: I don't know. 
Q: What is my favorite drink?                          A: Coca-Cola                             A: Coca-cola
Q: If I could go anywhere, where would it be?  A: McDonald’s                            A: McDonald's
Q: Do you think you could live without me?      A: No                                        A: NO!
Q: How do I annoy you?                                 A: Nothing, but one thing, not playing with me.   A: By nothing
Q: What is my favorite music to listen to?        A: The made-up Kitty song          A: Tutti-Frutti, Barbara Ann 
Q: What is my job?                                        A: Teaching kids                         A: Working as a teacher
Q: How old am I?                                           A: I don’t know that.                  A: 47
Q: What’s my favorite color?                           A: Pink, purple, blue, yellow, and black  A:Pink and purple, black, blue, yellow
Q: How much do I love you?                           A: a thousand percent                A: Infinity percent

Hmmm...I guess I'm the "bad cop" in the family, but at least they got the last question right for both of us! Here are some cute sayings from the past month or so:

  • Maggie reading an invitation to her musical at school that says to wear 'holiday attire': "What's that mean? Like a tire on a car?"
  • Riley saying the prayer: "Thanks for helping mom and dad have good teachership." 
  • Riley thinking he has power over telling the stoplights to change: "I am ONE with the stoplights and the stoplights are ONE with me." 
  • Maggie: "I need to bring some chapstick to school in case my lips get chappy."
  • Maggie: "Where are my adventure and sleep boots?"
 Here's one pair!! 
  • Riley saying the prayer: "Thank you for this lovely day in Meredith Court. Help us to be healthy in 2018. Help us live a good life."
  • Maggie: "My finger was flooding with blood."
  • Maggie watching a movie in the car on the way back from Indiana: "Wait Riley, don't turn it off there might be some 'futures.'" (I think she meant special features.)
  • Riley: "Maggie, if you don't get your cup by yourself, you will be de-independent." 
  • Maggie: "This drink (water, lime wedge, and sugar packet) is so good it really blocked my heart." 
  • Chris to Maggie: "I'm really going to miss holding you when you get too big for me to hold." Maggie to Chris: "Oh, you'll be dead by then." 
  • Mom to Maggie: "You really need to not leave all your stuff lying around."                                  Maggie to Mom: "Come on, Mom, it's just what kids do!"

Wrapping Up December and Jumping into January

 We kicked off December with a Christmasville parade with 13 little people gathered on the sidewalk dancing and cheering the floats along.

 The next day, I tried my hand at straightening Maggie's hair. It didn't quite work out as I had hoped, so we braided instead for our day with Santa and Christmasville activities.

LOVE this picture! This is our favorite event of the festival-Storytime with Santa in the Garden. Every year, Santa reads the story of Rudolph and leads the kids in singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" before posing for pictures. Then the kids are treated to hot chocolate and cookies and crafts. All for free!

 We met up with the Collins clan and checked out the gingerbread houses and Lego contest. Then moseyed our way to Santa's Workshop to play. We ended our afternoon getting some drinks from Main St. Bottle Company and snacks from Jimmy John's.

 We went back on Sunday for the fireworks show at 5 pm with the Rock Hill Rockettes.

 Riley and Maggie signed their name on the Making A Difference Wall at school. Love this annual tradition. Riley wanted to make a difference this year by donating to an animal shelter. Maggie decided to go along with the idea as well.

 Riley got new glasses this month! He was such a brave boy through all the drops, testing, and lens switching!

 We really enjoyed checking out WinterFest at Carowinds. This is the first time they've done an event in the winter and we had a blast checking out the Charlie Brown show, rides at night, and moving candy canes on the pavement.

 Let the annual gingerbread cookie decorating commence!

 On December 14th, we had the privilege of attending a Christmas program at 8:30 AM put on by Maggie's Kindergarten class and then return that evening to see Riley in a 2nd grade performance of the musical "The Littlest Reindeer." Both were stars on stage!!

 We are now a family of four-eyes (with the addition of Maggie's fashion frames and my driving glasses)!

 Shiland Hills has a tradition of lighting luminaries one night in December (this year it was on Sunday the 17th). It was so cool seeing all the bags lit up at night across the entire neighborhood. We joined Kane (and his parents Stephanie and Mike) for an evening stroll.

 Some of the Washington crew made it in for Christmas and we were able to celebrate with good coffee, games, an extremely challenging 1000-piece puzzle, a fun White Elephant exchange, and amazing food!

 Glad Mommaw and Poppaw, Connie and Mark could join us!

 Christmas Eve we went to the candlelight service at Calvary church (the mega-church in Charlotte) that had an amazing musical program and message and then we headed to Wan-Fu for our traditional Chinese meal.


 Lots of joys, toys, and noise!!!

                                                                                              And LOTS of silly socks for Dad!

 I got some fancy sneakers.
 Riley is still into Legos and building (robots now) and Maggie is in love with arts and crafts and her new stuffed kitty (who is very much like her old kitty, but way cleaner). :)

 This was our BIG surprise for Christmas! We can't wait to go to Disney for Spring Break!

 After spending another day or two with my parents, we headed up to Indiana to face the frigid temps (I don't think it got above 4 degrees the entire time we were there).

 The cousins had a blast playing together as did the grown-ups.

 Maggie was excited about her LOL balls that she got for Christmas. These little toys fizz in water and reveal a small (and I mean small) trinket. They're all the rage this year, but I think it's the experience more than the actual toy.

 Riley had to go somewhere where he had to practice showing reverence  for one of his Boy Scouts projects, so I took him to my grandparents' gravesite in Fort Mill. It took us a bit to find it but we eventually did. Maggie thought it was cool to see who the name of who she was named after.

 On Wednesday, January 17th, we got our first snow of the winter. School was cancelled before any flakes actually started to fall.We were worried it would just be rainy and cold, but around 9 AM it began to snow and steadily fell for a few hours. By 1 PM, there was enough snow to try our hand (err...rather bottoms) at sledding and making a snowman (meet Bruce Charlie Sampton Fisher below). School was canceled for 2 more days in Rock Hill! Gotta love the South!