26 November 2013
25 November 2013
I come from flat land and beaches. Here in Arkansas, however, we have the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita (pronounced Wash-i-taw) Mountains, which provide everything from white water rafting to caves to mountain hiking trails. I have not really participated in all this outdoor goodness, but, I was persuaded yesterday to hike to the top of a mountain. And I caved. (Sorry; I couldn't resist....) Pinnacle Mountain is 1,011 feet at its summit. That is, based on a 10 foot ceiling height, 101.1 stories high. Whoa. We hiked the West Summit Trail. The views were amazing. It was 39 degrees outside. The autumnal colors were just breathtaking. The other hikers - and yes, there were a few - were pleasant and encouraging. A few pictures of this great afternoon with my kids and their friends....
22 November 2013
18 November 2013
13 November 2013
At 14 and 15, Rachel and Samantha can make about $14 per hour reffing soccer games. They had to complete an 8 hour class and their certification lasts a year. This season they did games almost every Saturday, and a couple of weeknight games. Are they loaded? Nope. They buy their own make up, pay for their tournaments at school, they even took the family out dinner - Rachel took us to Arby's and Samantha took us to Burger King. They went to the movies with friends and they bought their favorite food - candy. These two burn up calories as fast as they consume them!
JMichael has finished another season of soccer. This year he played U6, with Coach Larry Cross - the Firecrackers! See the flames on the trophy? Cute. The team of 10 kids was a little lopsided - 8 girls and 2 boys. They were a spunky group - Coach Larry and Coach Craig kept everyone busy with drills at practice and lots of encouragement at games. JMichael loved it, again. Even at the trophy party he was asking Coach Larry when the next game will be. Next year JMichael will move up to U8 - which means a bigger team, a bigger field and more defined skills. He sure seems to love anything athletic. His asthma doesn't slow him down and he is always ready to get out there and play. JMichael had a great season - lots of goals, lots of great passes and his big foot (kicking the ball for long distance) was his specialty. He loved to do the corner kicks and he is great at it! Keep up the hard work! Go Firecrackers!
Rachel's high school drama department produced Seussical, the Musical this fall. It was a huge hit. JMichael and Josephine's classes had field trips to go watch the show and they both loved it. I went with Charlotte and my friend Anissa to see the show on Saturday. It was wonderful -colorful, bright, busy and a little on the weird side - just like I think Dr. Seuss would have wanted it. The high school has so many talented vocalists and actors. Rachel is in a great program to feed her need for the stage. She is pictured below with her friend Natalie, who played a bird. Rachel was a Who. If you remember last year she was in Seussical, and she played JoJo, the Mayor's son. That's a big role and she had a duet with Horton the Elephant. But, that was junior high. Now that she's in high school she has quickly learned that she is the low man on the totem pole and she is looking forward to the day - which is coming SO quickly - when she is the junior or senior and she can get the big roles.
04 November 2013
01 November 2013