13 June 2018

Josephine, Seventh Grade? Piece of Cake!

You want your kids to be bright.  You want them to ask questions and solve problems.  Not Josephine.  She takes it to a whole other level.  Always investigating, always reorganizing, always pondering.  She's amazing and so hard to keep up with.  I hope she always uses her brain powers for good.  At the seventh grade academic assembly, she got an award.  All A's.  Every class, every term.  Mind you, she's on the academic track - all accelerated classes.  Her comment was that they aren't harder, Mom, they just move faster.  We finish a chapter in a day and the regular class finishes the chapter in a week.  We get more done and so we have time to do sidebars, and projects and field trips.  She loves school.  That's my girl!

12 June 2018

Galena Lions - Kent County Youth Baseball

Galena Lions
Coach Chris, Coach Kevin and Coach Tate
Noah, Braydon, Taymir, RJ, Teeter, JMichael, Jonathan
Ben, Aiden, Jordan and Bjorn
Kent County Maryland Youth Baseball Champions - U12

This is a great group of boys.  Eleven of them.  Nine are in the same class at school.  From the first day of practice until today - the championship game - I never heard a negative word from any of them.  They worked hard, played hard and became a tighter group of boys.  The coaches were always ready with a tip or an "atta boy".  Each player got to be the pitcher, if only for a few batters.

JMichael played first base every game.  He improved tons.  He didn't like pitching, but he didn't do too badly at it.  This was his very season of baseball and he made the All-Star Team for Kent County.  The Lions had an undefeated season.  Not only did they never lose, but, most of the games were called because of the slaughter rule - I think the closest score was 12-5.  The boys came together and worked the plays, won the games and were good sports about it all.

11 June 2018

Charlie's Trash

This one.  Oh am I ever pushed and pushed.  Sweet and helpful, then defiant and brash.  She always speaks her mind and she fiercely defends those she loves.  I am proud to be her Mother and I love that she let me take this picture with a dumpster.  Go conquer the world, Charlie.

07 June 2018

All Five

Random pictures of "all five".

Cabot, Arkansas

Easton, Maryland

Cabot, Arkansas

Cabot, Arkansas

Cabot, Arkansas

Cabot, Arkansas

Cabot, Arkansas

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Cabot, Arkansas

Galveston, Texas

Galena, Maryland

Galveston, Texas

31 May 2018

Rachel - May 2018

Rachel is pictured here in Helena, Arkansas, doing one of the things she likes best - hiking a trail.  Arkansas has many scenic and strenuous trails.  Rachel has always been one for adventure.  Let's see what's over that hill; let's go down this trail - or repelling, or camping, or kayaking.   She's all about it.

Rachel was just excited to discover that there's a sign language class she can take at our church, so she'll be headed to class now on Tuesdays.  She is still dating on and off, but, as a single working girl living the independent life, she's concentrating on making rent and her car payment.  We will get to see her in June, and maybe in July.  Yay!

Splash - May 2018

The May 2018 Splash is the first splash with only four of our five BallTeam.  That's sad, but, I choose to be happy for Rachel out there on her own.  Meanwhile, with baseball season in full swing (hahahaha), we thought this backdrop very fitting.  We spend plenty of time at ballfields now.  JMichael is up to bat (I am in the imaginary pitcher), Samantha is the catcher, Charlotte is calling an out and Josephine is cheering for all of us.  Go BallTeam!

27 May 2018

Tea Party 1774 - 2018

In our little town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, we are surrounded by history.  Battlefields, colleges, buildings that were erected more than three hundred years ago.  Part of the history is kept alive by re-enactments and events which celebrate the people and ideas that birthed a nation.
In May, 1774, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland were enraged by the tax on their tea from England, and like the Boston citizenry in December of 1773, they angrily boarded a ship, loaded with tea, and threw it overboard in protest.  In contrast to our more fiery northern compatriots, the people of Chestertown passed the Resolves:

1st – RESOLVED, that we acknowledge his majesty George III, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, to be our rightful and lawful sovereign to whom we owe and promise all dutiful allegiance and submission.
2nd – RESOLVED, that no duties or taxes can constitutionally be imposed on us, but by our own consent, given personally, or by our representatives.
3rd – RESOLVED, that the act of the British parliament of the 7th of George III, chapter 46, subjecting the colonies to the payment of a duty on tea, for the purpose of raising a revenue in America, is unconstitutional, oppressive and calculated to enslave the Americans.
4th – RESOLVED, therefore, that whoever shall import, or in any way aid or assist in importing, or introducing from any part of Great Britain, or any other place whatsoever, into this town or country, any tea subject to the payment of a duty imposed by the aforesaid act of Parliament. Or, whoever shall wilfully and knowingly sell, buy or consume, or in any way assist in the sale, purchase, or consumption of any tea imported as aforesaid subject to a duty, he, or they, shall be stigmatized as enemies to the liberties of America.
5th – RESOLVED, that we will not only steadily adhere to the foregoing resolves, but will endeavor to excite our worthy neighbors to a like patriotic conduct, and whoever, amongst us, shall refuse his concurrence, or after complying, shall desert the cause, and knowingly deviate from the true spirit and meaning of these our resolutions, we will mark him out as inimical to the liberties of America, an unworthy member of the community, and a person not deserving our notice or regard.
6th – RESOLVED, that the foregoing resolves be printed, that our brethren in this and the other colonies, may know our sentiments as they are therein contained.
Signed by order of the Committee, W. Wright, Clerk

The Resolves don't make a lot of sense to my mind - first they acknowledge the sovereign who upsets them, next, they incite rebellion against him.  Perilous times, indeed.
Perilous times are now celebrated with parades and re-enactments.  A few photos from our day:
The British are coming!

And the Minutemen are already here!

This picture sums up the Shore - history, tractors and boats.

My soldiers - Josephine and JMichael.