Update & Photo Dump

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Life is constant.  We are busy, to say the least.

The boys and I are 3 weeks into a new school year at Central Park School for Children.  I am teaching 1st grade and loving it!  I have the most amazing group of learners.  Working full-time, as a lead teacher, makes life full but I am enjoying it.  I am learning how to manage home life and more work.  I miss being home, but I have a peace about teaching at CPSC.  Yes, I am tired, but I am very thankful to be an active member of the learning community at our school.  There is so much to look forward to each day.

Kalen started 5th grade and Brayden is now in 3rd.  They are adjusting and enjoying the newness.

We are fostering to adopt a five year old diamond in the rough.  He has been with us since July 18th.  He stayed with us several weekends this summer to see if he would be a good fit for our family.  We all weighed in and decided to help this little guy out.  He is a little ball of joy.  He loves life and is very active, as are we!  He has some baggage, but don’t we all?  We are thankful to be able to love him right where he is in his life right now.

Madelyn, Kalen and Brayden are starting up soccer (we spent 8 hrs on the soccer fields today).  Julian is about to start high school, Maddie 7th grade.  Scott is revving up for another school year at Elon.

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Maddie was a part of a Collage Project at Duke School this summer. Here she is the night of the culminating event. This is her moose puppet she made.

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First day of school for Brayden, 3rd grade.

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Scott and I waiting for Maddie’s presentation for the Collage Project.

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July 18th. N came to stay. 🙂

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First day of school, Kalen, 5th grade.

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Kalen & Brayden

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Julian Jeremiah, awaiting Maddie’s performance.

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N practicing his numbers with my mom, not long after first meeting her. 🙂

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Kalen’s amazing fish

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Me this summer on a date with my Scott at one of our favs, Remedy Diner in Raleigh.

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Madelyn’s owl

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Some of my students right after lunch one day, during quiet time.

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The first week in my class. I love first grade!

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Last week, my dad took our whole family out for pizza and to a Durham Bull’s Baseball game. We had a blast. Maddie got her face painted.

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Brayden pointing out something to N at the baseball game. N had a ball that night!

Maddie’s Mad Hatter Tea Party

Yesterday, Madelyn had some friends over for a Mad Hatter Tea Party.  One of her favorite movies is the 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland.  She thought it would be fun to have a tea party to celebrate turning 12, her birthday is tomorrow- April 7th.  I thought it was a lovely idea.  She helped decorate in the morning and the girls came at 10am.  It was such a sweet time.  Here are a few pictures:

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DSC02766Kalen wanted to add to the decorations and sketched this Alice picture.

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We staged a photo booth session:

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Madelyn Studies Ancient Greece

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Pictured above is our Madelyn, front and center with the butterfly mask. She was performing in a play with her peers at Duke School.  She was a butterfly, a woodland creature.  This specific group that Madelyn was cast with was performing a play entitled Melting Madness, written by them collectively.  It was written in the spirit of  Aristophanes, leading comic playwright of his day, of Ancient Greece.

Duke School is a project based school.  Their culminations are always quite breathtaking, as they show such hard work by the students and teachers.

Needless to say, I am very proud of Madelyn and how she has entered middle school gracefully and has consistently risen to the challenges offered with these projects.

 

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The sixth graders made masks over the course of two weeks.  Madelyn’s butterfly mask was showcased here.

 

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