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Been Busy…With Pictures

Sorry I’ve been gone, but with my husband gone last week, I’ve been a little lot busy!  While he was gone wasn’t too bad, but as soon as he hit the door we have been running!  Here is some of the stuff that has been going on in the last few weeks.

A my 7-year-old daughter had her father/daughter dance with AHG.  Here is a picture of them.

2014 AHG dance

 

All of the pictures had the sun in their eyes, so some my husband was smiling, but A, had her eyes closed.   This was the best that I got at home.  They had a great time.  A ate too many sweets and had an upset stomach for some time during the dance.  I need to remind her to limit her sweets next year!

Also, we had 2 birthdays recently.  My husband turned 47!  How can I be married to someone who is 47?  Crazy!

tonys 47th b-day

Right after my husband’s birthday is my son R’s birthday.  He turned 15.  Wow!

R's 15th birthday with T in the background.

R’s 15th birthday with T in the background.

We have been outside when the weather is cooperating.  L loves being outside.  It should be  a fun summer!

L loving being outside.

L loving being outside.

We got three chicks from a teacher at school.  They are cute!  L loved looking at them.  When my husband took one out of the brooder to show her, she wanted to grab them.  She about ripped the head off of one.  We did want to get a picture of her with the chicks, but she was grabbing at the chicks and we were worried about their safety.  Here she is distressed because she really wanted to hold a chick.

L crying because we wouldn't let her hold the chick.  She about killed it 10 seconds before this picture was taken.

L crying because we wouldn’t let her hold the chick. She about killed it 10 seconds before this picture was taken.

J, our oldest, and a senior in high school was named Salutatorian of his senior class.  We are very excited and proud of his accomplishments!  He should qualify for some additional scholarships because of this achievement.

J was named Salutatorian of his senior class!

J was named Salutatorian of his senior class!

I just love this picture of L eating a muffin, so I had to add it!

 

L eating a muffin.

L eating a muffin.

We had the chess tournament which was a Friday night and Saturday all day.  The boys held up great.  They didn’t do as well as they hoped, but now they realize that they need to keep practicing so that they improve for next year.

 

 

T and S after finishing up the chess tournament.

T and S after finishing up the chess tournament.

S and A had to dress up as their favorite fictional character for a school assignment.  S read Charlotte’s Web and went as Wilbur the pig.  A read all of the Fancy Nancy books that our local library had and then dressed up like her.

S as Wilbur the pig for fictional character day

S as Wilbur the pig for fictional character day

A dressed as Fancy Nancy

A dressed as Fancy Nancy.

Here is M being nice and pushing the girls on the swings.  L just loves him.  She calls out his name a million times a day and I have to remind her that he is in school.  He just signed up for PSEO, so he will be taking 2 college classes next year.  He will only be a junior in high school next year, so by the end of his senior year, he will have about a semester of college credits completed!

M being a nice big brother and pushing his sisters on the swings.

M being a nice big brother and pushing his sisters on the swings.

R has been working on his forge.  We recently were able to acquire coal which has really opened up his options as compared to the charcoal which he has been using.  It burns much hotter than the charcoal did.

R working on his forge.

R working on his forge.

Anyway, that is some of the things that we have been up to.  How about you, what have you been up to?

Ann

 

 

 

 

 

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College Visit with J

wright state picture

 

J, my oldest is 17 years old and will be heading off to college in the fall.  It’s hard to believe in a way.  In another way, it seems like it is time.

He is a great student with over a 4.0 average.  He is ranked 5th in his class.  He was accepted and offered academic scholarships by every school where he applied.

He had a PSEO class (college class while in high school) in the fall and got an A.  He is taking his second PSEO class now.

He was a direct admit into the college of engineering.  He is planning on studying Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Med.

I feel like he has learned all of the lessons of high school and it is time for him to move on.

We went to visit the school he will be attending in the fall.  I have been there, but I wanted the official honors tour.  I wanted to see the honors dorms, the fitness center, the classrooms, etc.  I was impressed!  It was nice with all of the newest technology.  The biggest lecture hall holds about 200 or so seats.  My college lecture halls held twice that.  All of the classes that aren’t general education have a maximum of 30 students!  The library is equipped with smart boards for group projects.  Everything on campus is pretty close.  The dorms are a little off of campus with a short 5 minute walk to get there.

The hardest thing for me to get used to is that they don’t have dining halls like we had.  Now, there are restaurants, fast food etc.  This college requires a meal plan for those who live on campus.  The students get a set dollar amount put onto their card and the card can be used all over campus.  I believe it can be used at the bookstore, coffee shops etc.  I’m not sure my son can make it the whole semester without running out of money.  He loves Dave Ramsey and took one of his classes in junior high and now as a Senior he is taking Financial Peace as a graduation requirement.  He says he can budget the money with no problems.  I guess we will have to wait and see.

The good news is there is a big grocery one-half a mile away where he can get breakfast stuff and snacks to stretch his meal plan.  The dorms have a microwave and mini fridge in each room.

I’m paranoid, I know, but he is my first heading out into the big, bad world.

How about you?  Any changes heading your way?

Ann