Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Camden Park

We snuck away over Memorial Day weekend for a little family time just across the West Virginia border.  After a great night at a deeply discounted hotel suite, we spent Memorial Day at Camden Park, a small family-focused amusement park.  


Essie & Mom selfie on the sky lift




Essie on The Whip

The Scrambler




I couldn't help but take a picture of this sign just for the bottom two lines.

Sling Shot



A.J. LOVED the Big Dipper rollercoaster





Dad and A.J. were the only brave ones to try this ride out (at first)

Chloe on The Whip (again)









A.J. finally convinced the girls to go on The Rattler with him (& then they immediately got back on it for a 2nd ride)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

AJ Track

This Spring, AJ ran both Middle School and High School Track, in addition to Middle School Soccer.  That's a busy schedule - for AJ and for Mom & Dad.

High School meets were a new challenge, competing against much older athletes.  AJ ran the 4x800 relay and participated in the triple jump for the high school.  At the Regionals, his relay team finished 6th and AJ finished 7th in the triple jump.

For the middle school, AJ ran the 400m and did the triple jump during the regular season.  He was the conference champion in both events.  At the middle school meet for the state of Kentucky, AJ placed 10th in the 800m run and 9th in the triple jump.

West Jessamine Middle School Track Team

Middle School Boys

West Jessamine High School Boys' Track Team

AJ running the 4x800 relay for the high school team

4x800

4x800








Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One Last OOVOTO

The end of the school year brings OOVOTO day at Wilmore Elementary School.  (Our Own Version Of The Olympics)  Everyone looks forward to OOVOTO day.   The day starts with the procession of nations, just like the real Olympics.  
Finally, it's Chloe's turn to carry the Ethiopian flag. 






Chloe with her friend Phoebe

Chloe playing in the bucket bounce contest

 Abby & Essie











Chloe & her crazy classmates


Graduation Season

It was a busy graduation week in the Kinnell family - first A.J. graduated from West Jessamine Middle School, then Essie & Chloe graduated from Wilmore Elementary.  It'll be off to new experiences in the Fall, but first we celebrate and honor their achievements so far.

A.J.'s Middle School Graduation

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A.J. receives his 8th grade diploma.


A.J. with some of his soccer teammates.

Family photo - in front of some stranger's truck

In addition to his promotion, A.J. was recognized with awards in Social Studies, Math, and Science.

Essie & Chloe's Elementary Graduation

The graduation speaker was Essie's teacher's brother - former University of Kentucky basketball player (and Wilmore Elementary School alum) Jarrod Polson.

Chloe (blue dress at left) and Essie (pink dress at right) were both one of fifteen female nominees for the Citizenship Award.

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Essie receives her diploma from her teacher, Mrs. Richardson.


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Chloe receives her diploma from her teacher, Mr. V.


At the end of the program, there was a slideshow that included baby pictures and current pictures for each of the graduating 5th graders.


Essie and Chloe with Chloe's teacher, Mr. V.  Chloe really blossomed this year in Mr. V's class, putting more effort into her schoolwork than ever before, and it showed!

Family photo

Chloe with two of her other teachers - Ms. Wilson and Ms. White

Essie and Mrs. Burnight

Aaaand...summer has arrived.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Soccer Four-Peat


On Monday night, AJ's West Jessamine Middle School soccer team won their 4th consecutive conference championship.  AJ scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Mercer County.

AJ has been playing for the middle school since he was in the 4th Grade, and they won their conference in all four seasons he participated.  (He skipped 6th Grade.)  This great run also includes two straight undefeated seasons and only one loss is three years.  It will be on to high school varsity in the Fall, something for which AJ has been waiting a long time.  (In Kentucky, you cannot play varsity soccer until you are enrolled in the 9th Grade.)

Congratulations, AJ!

AJ and Mason - the only players to be on all four conference champion teams.