Tuesday, May 27, 2008

May Summary

I really have no excuses. I just haven’t felt like blogging. I’ll try to catch you up. May started off with a bang as Dean and Alyssa participated in the last FamJam of the season. It was a lot of fun, and they did a great job.

Alyssa got her spring pictures back. I don’t always buy these, since I always get the fall ones, but this time, her picture turned out so good, I had to get it:

Alyssa had her spring concert for honor choir. This was her last one. She will no longer be in honor choir. After this year they won’t even be taking 6th graders any more. Unfortunately, she won’t be taking choir in 7th grade either. Not enough elective choices, especially when PE is mandatory, but counts as an elective. I don’t think that’s right. She enjoys choir, but Art is her first love and it always comes first! So, maybe we’ll squeeze choir back in another year.

May 10th was my birthday. Dean and Alyssa made breakfast for me, yum! Then we all went strawberry picking. Dean had the right idea. While the kids picked, Dean ate!

That evening we went to dinner and a movie. The next day was Mother’s Day. Dean normally makes breakfast for me on Mother’s Day, but this time I was singing in the worship team for all three services which meant I had to get up really early so I told him not to worry about it. He did it anyway! He got up when I did, made me breakfast, then went back to bed. Sweet! About 4pm, Dean and the kids took me to Yamatos!

This month was Kai and Alyssa’s Tae Kwon Do tournament. Kai was excited because he was on the sword team and they had to create their own routine and perform it. He did great! Alyssa was excited because she was finally done! She had decided about half way through the year that she didn’t want to do it anymore but we made her finish out the year. Here is Kai sparring. He is the one with the orange belt:

The last couple of weeks Dean has been working like crazy on deadlines. He’s stayed late (anywhere from 9pm to midnight) almost every night. He’s even been going in on the weekends, Memorial Day, our anniversary and his birthday! Those last two celebrations have been postponed.

Roan is officially out of school. (preschool) Friday was his last day. He’s excited that next time he goes to school, it will be kindergarten.

Last Saturday was our scheduled family YARD DAY. We all worked in the yard, trying to pretty it up. We hope to try to sell the house soon, so we’re working down our list of ‘things to do to sell the house’.

If you get a chance, you should check out Stuff Christians Like. (a play on 'Stuff White People Like, obviously) The cousin of a friend of mine writes this blog. It is a humorous look at the Christian subculture. It's is a good opportunity to laugh at ourselves, not take ourselves too seriously and ocassionally gain a little insight. I really enjoy reading it. I suggest starting at number one as he often refers to older posts.

Well, that’s about it for May so far. Hope you’ve had a great one!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Carowinds Choral Festival

Saturday, I went with Alyssa and our neighbor, Naomi, to Carowinds with the Honor Choir for the Carowinds Choral Festival.
We had a lot of fun (except for the hour long line at one of the rides!). They did a fantastic job singing. An eighth grade chorus went on before them and were not nearly as good as our choir of 4th – 6th graders! They rated a superior! Great job, girls!

Alyssa and Naomi with Choir Director Elise Helms

Culture Quote: Teens with televisions in their bedrooms eat worse, exercise less and get lower grades than their peers who aren't as tuned in, according to a recent study from the University of Minnesota. Researchers found that the 62% of teens who have a TV in their bedrooms watch it four to five hours more per week than the 38% who don't. "It really clearly points out that there's some merit to not allowing your child to have a TV in the bedroom," says Daheia Barr-Anderson, one of the study's researchers. [Reuters, 4/7/08 stats, c&e]