Sunday, June 26, 2011

Interview with Madi

This one just falls into the category of "my baby is growing up, and I'd better record something before that happens."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Helping Out

Our church does three "Weekenders" per year. Fellowship, study, and service. The service for this one was cleaning up the Peabody Elementary playground, which was pretty easy for the kids to get excited about, since it's theirs and all. Meredith and Adam helped move stepping stones so we could freshen up the wood chip path.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011


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Friday, June 10, 2011

Did I Ever Tell You About the Time She Finished Kindergarten?

Kindergarten graduation probably ranks as one of the top 5 days in Meredith's life. The whole year was a blessing--full of surprises, creativity, love and friends. Much of the joy was thanks to Olivia Malland, the world's most amazing kindergarten teacher.

Evidence of Ms. Malland's amazingness? Each student received a huge binder scrapbook full of their work, pictures of them, captions, and reminders about their entire year. It was easily the highlight of the day for Meredith. Ms. Malland surprised them with the books in their classroom after their program, and Meredith would not walk away from the table until we had looked at every page--no small feat.

Mer with Kelcie and Ethan. Adorable, obviously.

The kids did lots of songs in the show, but each Kindergarten class also did their own song. Our kids sang the alphabet backwards, which I found impressive. I can never get past X when I try. Mer had her first speaking part: "Saying the alphabet is easy, but this year, we learned to say it backwards." She nailed it, microphone and all. She's so much cooler than me. Here's part of the song:

After a great Kindergarten program, the party moved to Central BBQ. It was a gorgeous morning on the deck. The pinata was a hit.

And we narrowly avoided an uprising when Kelcie and Lea realized I had chosen not to shake ALL the candy out of the pinata when it hit the ground.

There was a dance party, of course. Blake and Tyler had moves.

And so did all the parents.

After more dancing...

...there was more fun. Walt's Nana and Putty took Walt and Mer to Chuck E. Cheese. At around 5:30, Meredith decided it had been a good day. She put herself to sleep in a guest bed.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

If She Can Just Stop Talking...

Is there anything better than a nap after a swim? The trick, with Mer, is that you have to find a way to get her to stop talking for about 90 seconds. If you can accomplish that, the sleep hits comically fast.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Kangaroo Info

Mer: Mom, today we did research and learned that a kangaroo has only two predators.
Mom: Really, what are they?
Mer: Dingos and men.

Meredith bursts into melodramatic song, musical style:


Thursday, June 02, 2011

Ballet at the Shell

Dancing on stage at the Levitt Shell.


Wee dancers.