Sunday, January 29, 2017


West Coast Team Challenge 2017

When you get the list of meets before the season starts and you see there are two meets in which traveling will be required you experience a little bit, or a lot of, trepidation. The cost of just the meets is high and then you have to add travel, food, hotel, etc. it can be a little bit overwhelming. Bakersfield is several hours away from us to the north and although we could have done the meet in one day, we decided to take two.

This meet was a blast! It was loud! It was fun! It was an experience that I wished we had more often at our meets. As parents we took 2nd place for parent spirit. Being that we only had 5 families and the team that took 1st had at least 3 times as many people, we were pretty proud of ourselves.

Little Man is competing Level 4 in a division that offers bonuses. Bonuses are just extra skills that are added into the routine. There are 10 bonuses and he executes 7 of them. Vault is the only event that does not have a bonus at level 4. 

Here is the breakdown for the ribbons:

Our next meet is in Las Vegas!!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Boys Gymnastics {1st Prelim}

Welcome to the world of boys gymnastics!!

Little Man is enjoying himself and is learning a lot. Boys gymnastics is quite a bit different from girls. The events, scoring, and the way meets are run is quite a bit different from what I'm used to with Miss E. I will admit that it is fun to see another side of this sport.

Little Man is competing Level 4 Division 2 right now. His goal is to be competing Level 4 Division 1 by the end of the seaons. The difference in divisions hings on certain skills which are called bonus in scoring. I'm still too new at all of this to completely understand what is going on. His meets right now are scored with colors instead of numbers. The following is the break down.

He did a great job at his meet. You can tell me if you think he had fun.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October Book Shelf

Miss E's Book Shelf

1. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
2. Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindren
3. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
4. The Fast and the Frozen by Geronimo Stilton
5. The Rival Detective by Walker Styles
6. Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
7. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
8. Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
9. Meet Me in Horrowood by Geronimo Stilton
10. Telescope Troubles by Nate Ball
11. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Little Man's Book Shelf

1. Meet the Knights by Julia March
2.Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
3. Finn & the First Order by Elizabeth Schaefer
4. Henry and Mudge in the Green Time by Cynthia Rylant
5. Henry and Mudge and Annie's Perfect Pet by Cynthia Rylant
6. Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House by Cynthia Rylant
7. Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon by Cynthia Rylant
8. Meet the Justice League by Lucy Rosen
9. There was an Old Lady who Sollowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
10. Mr. Putter and Tabby See the Stars by Cynthia Rylant
11. Super Animals! by Rico Green
12. Tribes of Chima by Ruth Amos
13. Smash Trash! by Laura Driscoll

Read Alouds and Audio Books

1. The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
2. How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell
3. Ragweed by Avi
4. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
5. How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Book Shelf

The kids have a challenge with their school to see how many pages they can read in the school year. There are little prizes for different levels. The highest level is 50,000 pages which awards them a trophy. Miss E has her eyes set on that goal. At 10,000 pages they get a medal, which both kids have earned the past two years.

Here is what we have been reading this month.

Miss E's Shelf

1. The Christmas Toy Factory by Geronimo Stilton
2. Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro by Geronimo Stilton
3. The Mouse Island Marathon by Geronimo Stilton
4. Otherwise Know as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
5. Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish
6. Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume
7. The Treasure of Easter Island by Geronimo Stilton
8. Rider Woofson: Undercover in the Bow-Wow Club by Walker Styles
9. The Search for Sunken Treasure by Geronimo Stilton
10. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
11. Attack of the Dragons by Geronimo Stilton
Independent pages read: 1294

Little Man's Shelf

1. Ted and Friends (12 phonics readers) by Phil Roxbee Cox and Stephen Cartwright
2. Ice Age Collision Course: Scrat's Space Adventure
3. The Crimson Dynamo Returns! (Iron Man Story)
4. Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
5. Pup and Hound Scare a Ghost by Susan Hood
6. Carnival Capers! by Eric Esquivel
7. Star Wars At-At Attack by Calliope Glass
8. Star Wars Death Star Battle by Trey King
9. Hiccup the Hero adopted by Catherine Hapka
10. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
11. Poppleton Everyday by Cynthia Rylant
12. Poppleton and Friends by Cynthia Rylant
Independent pages read: 658

Read Alouds and Audio Books

1. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
3. The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket 

Elizabeth's Shelf

1. Just Friends by Jenn Faulk

Gymnastics #1 {2016 Back to School}

Miss E's fall competition season has started.
The first meet:
 South Bay, YMCA Chula Vista, CA
September 10, 2016
Competing Level 4

The meet was rough. There were a lot of extenuating circumstances leading up to just getting to the meet. Traffic was bad due to a middle of the night fatality which rerouted traffic across the county. She was also struggling with one of her skills and had the thought of having to scratch the floor going through her mind. She pulled her skill together and was able to compete at the last minute, YEA!! Growing involves learning and sometimes you just have to start somewhere. Until next time...


Saturday, September 3, 2016

August Book Shelf

I thought it would be fun to track our reading for the month. Here is what we have been reading. What are you reading?

Elizabeth's Shelf

1. Bill O'Reilly's Legends & Lies The Real West by David Fisher

Miss E's Shelf

Age 9, 4th grade, avid reader

1. Silver Pony Ranch: Sweet Buttercup by D.L. Green
2. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
3. Superfudge by Judy Blume
4. Greetings From Somewhere: The Mystery of the Forbidden City by Harper Paris
5. Special Gifts by Cynthia Rylant
6. Geronimo and the Gold Medal  Mystery by Geronimo Stilton
7. Soup Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
8. Thea Stilton and the Spanish Dance Mission by Geronimo Stilton
9. Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
10. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
11. The Karate Mouse by Geronimo Stilton
12. A Series of Unfortunate Events A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
13. Grizzly Trap by Justin D'Ath
14. Phantom of the Subway by Geronimo Stilton
15. The Hunt for the Secret Papyrus by Geronimo Stilton
16. Following the Trail of Marco Polo by Geronimo Stilton
17. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
18. Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? by Sydelle Kramer
19. Flight of the Red Bandit by Geronimo Stilton
20. Complete Adventure of Olga da Polga by Michael Bond
      The Tales of Olga da Polga, Olga Meets Her Match, Olga Carries On, Olga Takes Charge

Little Man's Shelf 

Age 7, 2nd grade, emerging reader

1. Charlie the Ranch Dog:Rock Star by Ree Drummond
2. How to Track a Dragon adapted by Erica David
3. Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble by Cynthia Rylant
4. All About the Dragons by Judy Katschke
5. Charlie the Ranch Dog Stuck in the Mud by Ree Drummond
6. Poppleton Forever by Cynthia Rylant
7. The Amazing Adventures of Superman! Creatures from Planet X! by Yale Stewart

Read Alouds

It is very important that Daddy gets involved in our reading time. I want my kids to know that reading is not just a 'girl hobby'. Daddy reads the bedtime story while I start our day with Bible reading and a chapter book.

1. The BFG by Roald Dahl
2. The Secret of Pirates' Hill by Franklin W. Dixon
3. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
4. More About Paddington by Michael Bond
5. Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures The Intrepid Canadian Expedition by Sara Pennypacker
6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Audio Books

We have started the habit of listening to books in the truck as we drive around town. It has been fun to listen to other people read to us.

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
2. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Socialization...classroom experience...break for mom...BSF

Today is the first day of C'lectives for the big kids. What are C'lectives? They are classes that are offered by our Charter School. Some of the classes are core classes while others are more elective or enrichment in nature. Why are my kids in C'lectives? This question is always funny to me. I get asked and then people give me their replies. I've heard, oh, you have them in these classes so they get socialization; oh, you want them to have that classroom experience... the honest, real answer is that I am a BSF lifer.

Now, what is BSF?? BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is a wonderful Bible Study that I've participated in for over 10 years. On Tuesday mornings, Buddy E and I will be at our local BSF class. BSF has a wonderful, the BEST, children's program. The only problem is that there is only room for children from birth to Kindergarten. The big kids are too old to join Buddy E and I. So, what is a mom to do? I could ask for help from Daddy. Daddy could stay home with the big kids on Tuesday mornings and then go into work late, then he works late, and then Wednesday he tries to get back in the groove and then, and then, and then... you get the idea. For the past three years this is how we have tried to make Tuesday mornings work and it just didn't work. So, I found some classes for the kids to take. More on that in a minute. What is a BSF lifer? A person who will stick around BSF as long as they are welcome. As long as I have a child under the age of 6, I'll be at BSF Tuesday mornings, Lord willing. Then after the kids outgrow the preschool program, Lord willing, I'll move to the evening class which has a school age program. Side note: Eric takes the big kids to BSF on Monday nights. He is in a men's class which has the school age program. It is the BEST!! Let me know if you are interested in BSF and I'll get you some info.

Back to C'lectives. The big kids are taking a full day of classes on Tuesdays this year. They both woke up really excited this morning. I hope the excitement lasts at least through December. Miss E is taking PE, Art, Primary Writing, and Spanish. Little Man is taking Spanish, Art, PE, and Computers. I'm losing a day of instruction, but Tuesdays will be an important day for us.

Upon picking the kids up this afternoon everyone was pretty happy. Miss E is not excited about her Primary Writing class, but writing is something we need to work on so she will need to get over it. Next week in PE the kids get to go swimming so they are looking forward to C'lectives next week.

What are you adding to your week to help with instruction or give a creative outlet?