In Which I Recap With Photos

I can't seem to find a rhythm to keep the blog current with events as they occur. Seems I'm destined to be a "Week in Review" kind of blogger. There have been big happenings here in the past 9 days.

I can't believe this first picture is from only 9 days ago. Alex's school science fair project advanced to the Regional competition where he earned another first place. Always wondered just what the heck gluten is anyway? Ask the boy, he can tell you. That and whether to use bread flour or pastry flour for your next pie crust (pastry!).

Shortly after the science fair we headed to San Antonio where Emma had qualified to be in the Regional competition for the National History Bee. We studied history 'til we knew all kinds of facts about Marbury vs. Madison and the Albigensian Crusades. Despite spending the first round getting used to the game-show buzzers and realizing she was going to have to hop to it if she meant to beat some of those history-obsessed boys to the buzzer she ended up in the top 10 finalists. Better than any Jeopardy! episode ever.

THEN, the spring musical. After months of rehearsals, prop-building and painting the singing and dancing is behind us. It was strange to sit down and look ahead to the week and see only SPACE in those afternoon slots (and swim practice.....but that's different).

My car hit 111,111 miles.

Emma was accepted to LASA, one of the local high school magnet schools. After much contemplation she has decided to give it a shot. As difficult as I KNOW it is for her to embark on this new, scary, exciting, challenging adventure I am sure I do not fully grasp the courage required. I am in awe of her.

Speaking of courage, I am reminded of this list Alex brought home on Valentine's day. Every student had an assignment to write one kind sentence about all the other students and the teacher compiled the lists. This is Alex's. They're all sweet and wonderful but my absolute favorite of ALL TIME is the first one. Especially the "courage giver" part. I want to be a courage giver too. I want everyone to be a courage giver. Imagine what the world could be like if only there were more courage givers out there.


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