Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Grading Period One - Poem Recitals at School

Today the girls recited their poems at school.  This was Clara's first attempt at reciting in front of her class, her teacher and the parents.  She clammed up and didn't want to do it so I'm happy that I grabbed a video at home while she was practicing.  Many of the kids were crying so the teacher said she will try again later in the day.  Hopefully Clara will be more open to the idea without all of the parents in the classroom.  Here's Clara reciting her poem...

The Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America,
And to the republic for which it stands,
One nation under God, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all.

UPDATE:  Clara did her poem the following day and I was able to watch and record her.

Here's Aiyana reciting her poem, called 'Planting'.


I took a little seed one day
About a month ago.
I put it in a pot of dirt,
In hopes that it would grow.
I poured a little water
To make the soil right.
I set the pot upon the sill,
Where the sun would give it light.
I checked the pot most every day,
And turned it once or twice.
With a little care and water
I helped it grow so nice.

Seeing all of the kids upset and scared reminded me of how it went in Aiyana's kindergarten class two years ago.  I remember feeling bad for the kids that were so scared to recite their poems.  I included a video of Aiyana reciting her first poem in Kindergarten.  Wow... Watching this video really put the years into perspective.  She has grown so much!  The first poem she had to recite was much more difficult than what the kindergartners were given this year.  I remember thinking that Aiyana wouldn't even be able to pronounce some of the words.  She just turned five when she started school.  I recorded this with my cell phone so the sound is not good.  You can hardly hear her, but she recited it flawlessly.   Here she is...


Mission Statement

______ ____________ School's mission is to provide
motivated students with the opportunity to
achieve academic excellence in an accelerated
back-to-basics safe learning environment taught
by caring, knowledgeable and highly effective
educators in cooperation with supportive,
involved parents.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Pinetop Arizona | Labor Day Weekend (Part Two)

Saturday afternoon we headed to Woodland Lake so the girls could play at the park.

The girls are taking a break from gymnastics for a bit so Aiyana wanted to make sure she could still do her back hip circles on the bar.

My mom and Tom...

Woodland Lake

Saturday night we made a fire and cooked s'mores.

Perfect night for a bonfire and a cozy blanket...

Sunday morning... Aiyana's wearing her Nana's glasses...

A wonderful spot to enjoy my morning espresso...

Sunday morning entertainment...

Aiyana and Tom jammed out on the guitars while Clara danced.

My mom and Tom took the girls for another hike while Dana and I rode bikes around the area.  The homes, golf course and lakes are so beautiful...

Aiyana and Clara on their hike...

They walked to a watering hole....

Mom and I...

Mom and Tom...

Some beautiful wildflowers that my mom and Aiyana picked.

Before we headed out on Monday, I enjoyed watching the wildlife on Tom's back deck.  The hummingbirds, blue jays and chipmunks were having a feast on the bird feeders and corn left out by Tom and his neighbor.

Tom's neighbors yard...

Dana got the girls some donuts.  Just what they needed.... sugar ha, ha.

We stopped at Woods Canyon Lake, along the Mogollon Rim, on our way home.

The view was beautiful!

Donuts were followed by pizza and ice cream cookies.  I think we need to be on a spinach and kale diet this week.

As you can see, a storm was rolling in.  We didn't get to stay at the lake for long, but we plan to go back and camp sometime.

View from the Mogollon Rim.

Pinetop Arizona | Labor Day Weekend (Part One)

We headed somewhere cool for the Labor Day weekend.  My mom's boyfriend, Tom, invited us to stay at his house in Pinetop, Arizona.  Before this weekend, I had only been to Pinetop once, when we drove through it on our way to and from a camping trip at Big Lake.  I love this part of Arizona... The air is so fresh and the cooler weather is a nice and refreshing change from the summer heat in Arizona.

We arrived in Pinetop Friday evening.  Tom made some yummy spaghetti for dinner while my mom and I headed to the grocery store to buy food for the weekend.

The girls were so excited to sleep in a bunk bed...

Tom had a lot of fun games for the kids to play.  Dana taught the girls how to play Monopoly.

Saturday morning, Clara found one of Tom's guitars and started strumming away while singing us a tune.

Enjoying some potato chips before our hike...

My absolute favorite kind of flowers are ones that are not planted... free flowers... flowers native to an area.  I was in love with the abundance of wildflowers in Pinetop.

My child, that is afraid of dogs, quickly warmed up to Missy and was soon giving her walks.

I'm going to apologize now because the flower pictures don't stop here.

There's a beautiful meadow, beyond the trees, in Tom's backyard.  I did see some cattle in the field. but I was really hoping to spot some wild horses.

With my two most favorite girls...

I forgot my hiking shoes so I borrowed some snow boots from Tom.

I brought some outfits for family pictures and I spent our hike scoping out locations for our family photo session.  We got a picture right here and I cannot wait to go through the images and share them.  I am so grateful for my mom, her picture taking skills and her patience in helping me take some good family photos.

Clara found herself a hiking stick...

I would love to be up in Pinetop in the fall when the leaves are changing.  I looked high and low for some signs of fall and I did see small traces of it...

These crazy cats...

It's easy to get lost in the trees, but the trail behind Tom's house helped us stay on the right path.

Like mother like daughter... Aiyana was in love with the wildflowers too.  She kept picking bundles to take back to the house.

The beautiful meadow by Tom's house...

We stopped for some pictures...

Dana & I