Sunday, April 29, 2018

Shot Put Champions

The last regular season meet and both girls took home first place in the shot put, plus they did great at their running events.  I'm most proud of the sister support (below).

A new PR:  37.2 and a first place win... by 11 feet.

Sisters sharing advice and techniques

Great form!


Friday, April 20, 2018

A Speech in Defense of Richard III

A World History class assignment:  make a speech in the voice of one of the historic figures studies.  K decided to bring Richard III back from the dead to thank the Richard Societies who have been fighting for his good name for 500 years.  The power of a story is hard to defeat (especially when told by Shakespeare):

Richard III

It was a pretty cool assignment, actually.  Made her think...  (She tried an English accent, but it was hard to maintain when she was also trying to deepen her voice.  :-)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Track: Now We Are A Shot Put Family

G added a new event, so now we've got two competing in the same event (different grades, of course):

First place with a PR:  35.5

Well done, G!

So funny.  One of the 7th graders threw and did really well.  Someone was overheard to comment, "well, that's the Irish in her.  The Irish are really good at throwing."  She's a redhead who fit the image of someone of Irish descent, but her mom thought that this was a silly statement (yes) and turned to say, "well, how does K do it then?"  I had to admit, "well, K IS one-quarter Irish..." so now it's a team joke, when someone throws well "it must be the Irish in her."  Not because it is, just because it is so silly that it's funny....

I also overheard one of the 7th grade boys telling the other, "if you can throw as well as K, I'll give you $50."  The other one laughed dismissively.  Not gonna happen...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Botany Begins

A new class; one young scientist is excited to spend the next seven weeks studying botany!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Happy Birthday

The perfect cake for this awesome kid!  So simple and, well... K.  I was excited to show it to her, to see her happy smile. 

A day filled with the things that she loves:  pancakes, baseball practice, time with friends, a hour at a trampoline place, the unexpected gift of friends over for a pizza dinner, then a movie night.  (A couple of classes thrown in there too.)

I remember, of course, the day that she was born and the moment when they put her little body with her funny misshapen head into my arms.  I was already in love and when I looked at her that first time, I felt a delight that has only increased.  I both love and like her so very much.  She is so uniquely herself:  funny, responsible, logical, loving, opinionated, kind, caring, strong, stubborn, brilliant, and so wonderful.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Literature to Film Presentation on "A Little Mermaid"

Presentation by G for her Lit to Film class.  Great class; they've read and watched:

  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • Coraline
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Animal Farm
  • Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent)


  • Life of Pi
  • The Book Thief

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Night on the Trampoline

Magic!  Beautiful night, super cozy.  :-)  Our morning views in photos:

On my shoulder

With my sleeping beauties

One awakes

Monday, April 2, 2018

April Fool's Day

G had a plan:  Brownies... "brown Es."  :-)  She may have disappointed every single adult at Easter dinner.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter Treasure Hunt and Bunny Cake

Our traditions have evolved to include an elaborate treasure hunt and this year I gave it an exclusively Easter (religious Easter) theme.  After Mass, I hid plastic eggs outside.  Finding them isn't terribly hard, but the hunt is fun and they absolutely needed to find all 51 of them, since they are full of money (coins), candy, or clues.  (Afterward, I put the coins back in a spare change cup and swept the candy away; only the clues led to any real enthusiasm.)  Each clue had to be matched to a found answer, with questions like, "something Judas was willing to betray Jesus for" to the answer "silver coins."  Once together, they revealed another word; once put in order, they found their next clue, hidden, "on or near an old friend."  I thought they might think for at least a moment about that, but K went right for Ike's ashes and she was right.  I'd taped the clue under the table where they lay. (She complained later that the clue was too easy).  The clue that they uncovered  was another set of fill-in-the-blank Easter questions, this one based on biblical verses.  They also found a decoder to help unravel the next clue, which brought them to a specific bible and then more words hidden in the bible with a riddle that shortly led to the hiding place of their baskets.

K was a little annoyed with the bible-theme and left her sister to it for a bit, which gave G a chance to puzzle things out, with K shouting the right answers in annoyance from the other room when G didn't get them right away.  ("Cross, G, Jesus was up on a cross."  Oh!  I thought that the questions were set after the Resurrection!")  I thought that K would complain later, but instead she surprised me, describing it as "pretty cool."  Yay!  :-)

(Oh my gosh.  Just realized that I'm "that mom," the one who makes her kids look up bible verses before they can have their Easter baskets.  How did that happen?)

Continuing the Milar Family Tradition

Easter is close to Opening Day this year, so Puck was in his Giant's gear for the occasion