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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

We always make plans for ideas we'd like to accomplish in summer.  Places we'd like to visit.  But then life happens and we never arrive at those destinations.  So, at the beginning of the month, I bought some tickets to the Akron Rubber Ducks game.  We decided to go to the minor leagues.
 It was a super fun game.  Lots to see and do.  It was incredibly hot.
 We sat with our ball field food and lemonade and enjoyed the Ducks beating the Harrisburg Senators 6-2.

 We even got to see some fireworks at the end.  What a fun game.  Saturday, we took off with my Mom and Step-dad and headed to Marrieta to enjoy an evening at my Aunt Cyndi's house.  Morgan graduated from high school.  So we celebrated with a party.  We decided to get a hotel room because it would have been a late night drive home.
 This was the view from the hotel room.  Beautiful view right into West Virginia.
Monday, we enjoyed the annual Hayesville, Memorial Day parade.  Kicked off by our veterans color guard marching by.
 I agree.  May, God bless our Veterans.  They earned it!
 You can't have a parade without the fire trucks...
 ...and the marching band.
The best part was we got to watch from our newly refurbished front porch.  Thanks, to all Kyle's hard work last summer.
 This guy, will be spending next Memorial Day in Utah.  He reports back to his mission the end of July/beginning of August.  (phew!)

If you look really hard, can you see it?  In the crook of the branch is a humming bird on her tiny nest.  Super cute to watch.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Keeping May Interesting in the Classroom

So when you teach 12 year olds, it is important to keep them busy in May.  They need to be busy, busy, busy or they cause trouble, trouble trouble!  So I have some projects going on in the classroom.
4 of my 6 classes just completed Ancient China projects.  My favorite one is above.  The boy in blue did a fantastic job putting it together.  It was super creative.  I have never had broccoli trees brought in before!

 Here are the rest.  The all worked hard and were so proud to show them off.  We ended up displaying them

 The lampshade Great Wall of China is fun too.
 In my two advance placed classes we tackled an entrepreneur fair.  They made items to sell and had to work with overhead, supply and demand and competition of businesses.  They each invested $10 in their company and could make 10-20 items to be sold.  All proceeds when to a local charity.
 The kids worked super hard and were very creative.  They pretty much all sold out.  It was amazing to see how well that went.
 The two classes got to choose where to place the money they earned.  They decided to give their money to the Ashland Co. Dog Shelter.
At lot of them donated their start up cost instead of just their profits.  (Proud teacher moment!)  We ended up donating $512.55 to their cause!  Some teaching moments are just awesome!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bone of Contention

So what about this would make a couple bicker?
The fact that it might not be done by the due date?
The fact that the weather won't cooperate?
The fact that my spouse procrastinates?
The fact that my spouse is on call three weeks in a row?

Hmm, bones of contention, can't wait until this is finished and I don't have to answer to a grant committee.  We missed the deadline....grrr.

I need a break!