Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Double digits

On May 23 at 7:10pm a chubby baby was born in Mixco, Guatemala.  I had not idea then that she would turn out to be such a sweet, kind, funny and creative girl.  Grace brings sunshine and excitement to our lives. She reminds me not to take things too seriously. She lives and loves fiercely with her whole heart. Grace is brave - continually tackling her fears head on and doing things I would never have tried at her age. I love how curious and thoughtful she is about the world while still maintaining her innocence.

Grace, my baby, I love you....more.  And, yes, it IS possible.

Happy 10th birthday, sweet girl!

Monday, May 15, 2017

4th grade farewell

I know every parent feels this way, but I am really not sure where the time has gone.  How is it that the little baby we waited for, met in Guatemala, and brought home on a snowy day in March is now about to be 10 years old and is almost done with 4th grade?  It seems like it all happened so quickly. Those 9+ years are a series of snapshots, isolated memories and events that string together among our ordinary days.

Grace has been in the same school, with most of the same 75 students since kindergarten.  After 5 years together...the day the entire 4th grade looks forward to - 4th grade farewell - a day-long celebration at a park.  From the photos it looked like Woodstock or Lollapalooza with 4th graders playing games like tug-o-war, singing 'Sweet Caroline" at the top of their lungs, and throwing water balloons.

The 4th grade teachers (and some brave parent chaperones) cooked hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill for these hungry kids.

As you can see, the Class of 2025 photo frame was a big hit.

It seemed like a really fun (wet, muddy) day and a great way to add memories to an already memorable school year.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Living history

Hale Farm and Village is a working farm that depicts what life might have been like in the 1800s in Northeast Ohio.  They have sheep, oxen, pigs, and chickens as well as historical buildings and people demonstrating things like glass blowing, candle making, pottery, and spinning wool.

In 4th grade, students learn about Ohio history, dating back to the Native American tribes that lived here and eventually lost their land to the early settlers.  Grace's class took a field trip to Hale Farm today.

It was a cold, wet day for May but the weather in Northeast Ohio is unpredictable in spring.  These kids (Ava, Nick, Grace, and Kylie) were smart and dressed for the weather!

Grace said the best part of the trip was when they got to see the ox, how wool is made, and glass blowing.  She learned that the glass needs to be really hot ("like lava") and it is on a really long stick.