Things have been a wee bit nuts around here the last couple of weeks. I know, but I mean even MORE than usual! The good news is that Ryan is driving home today and starts work back here in The Great State on Monday. Then I won't have to keep the crazy all to myself!
We were geared up to attend a LEGO robotics competition in Houston mid-May, but due to some scheduling conflicts we weren't able to go. Instead, we hosted our own competition from the comfort of my living room. Frankly, I think watching from the couch might be the way to go!
Josh and Sadie were on a team together (and another sibling pair made up the other team). Josh was in charge of driving the robot, and Sadie was in charge of moving the robotic arm up and down on his command. There were a series of "carriers" that contained Scrabble tiles that they needed to get into various scoring zones. The funny thing is that in our practices, Josh & Sadie had been having a LOT of issues, but the day of our "competition," they managed to do really well! It was fun for all. Of course we had to finish the day off with some Settlers of Catan (the disease is spreading, hee, hee).
I put the other mom in charge of scoring (I did the 2 minute timer). That way the kids can plead their case to her, as was happening here! I'm smart like that. :-)
These particular friends and another family we've known for a long time decided to join together last Friday night to have a year-end medieval feast. All of our older kids happened to be studying medieval history this last year, so it was perfect. Misty (my judge friend above) also happens to have a gazebo in her backyard that would be perfect for our "knighting" ceremony, so she hosted the dinner at her house. Yep, I'm smart like that. :-D
My kids as we went in -- Josh & Delaney decided to be peasants, and Sadie & Ava were princesses. (Due to aforementioned craziness of my life, the kids threw together these costumes in the last 30 minutes before we were supposed to leave!)
We had a medieval dinner, so of course you weren't allowed to use utensils!
Our medieval students each gave a short presentation on a significant historical figure of their choice from their studies. Josh chose Tariq bin Ziyad.
My two littles decided to show off some of their schoolwork from this year. It was an impromptu decision, so their big brother helped them.
At the end we held a knighting ceremony, wherein each kid was knighted by their father to advance to the next grade and get bragged on a little bit. Since Ryan wasn't able to go, Josh knighted his sisters and then I knighted him. It was actually choking me up a bit. They have been so blessed to have good friends to grow up together with (some of whom happen to be their siblings).
That marked the end of our 2008-09 school year, woohoo!!
We'll take off two or three weeks to play and get our house ready for the arrival of Denny & all of our extra CA furniture, etc and then we'll start back up for some summer school projects.