Saturday, May 21, 2016


The girls celebrated their last week of school this week. Their school also hosted their field day, known as Our Own Version of the Olympics (OOVOTO).   The day starts with a parade of nations that students have an associations with.  Since AJ is at the middle school this year, they girls got to carry the Ethiopian flag, one of about 30 flags in the parade.

Essie in the Buddy Walk competition

Chloe in the Cup Stack competition

Essie pinched hit for Chloe in the running events since she was battling a stomach bug for much of this week. 

Chloe's basketball shooting

Essie basketball shooting

Essie ended up coming in 3rd in the Girl's 4th grade competition. 
Chloe came in 4th.

The Tug-o-War competition is always exciting because the different classes within the same grade level compete against each other.  The girls class, Mrs. Baker's class, was not expected to move on past the 1st round. 

You all know the girls love to jump rope.  Watch the clock and see how long they go!

I was shocked at how long Essie lasted in the hula hoop competition.

The day ended up being too much for Chloe who didn't feel up to playing in her soccer team's 1st tournament game that night.  Essie, however, ended up having a very big night. 

The girls' team scored the tying goal in (literally) the last play of the game.  Because it was a tournament game, the teams each had to choose 5 players to kick penalty shots.  The teams took alternating shot and were tied 3-3 when the final player (Esther Ruth) came to the goal.  If she makes it, her team moves on in the tournament.  If she misses, the teams go into sudden death penalty kicks.

Wesley Waddle 5k

A few weeks ago AJ ran in the Wesley Waddle, a 5k race in our little town put on by Asbury Theological Seminary.  AJ came in 4th overall (1st in his age group) with a personal best time of 20:14.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy 14th Birthday!

Someone is turning 14 today!  We celebrated a few days early since it's another busy week of soccer and track for this boy (oh and open gym for the basketball team).  

Of course AJ wanted a soccer ball cake

Matt did the decoration honors as usual.

I realized today that I didn't take any photos of AJ opening his presents but he mainly got gift cards to his favorite sporting goods store so he can go buy himself overpriced shoes. =)

And here's a pic of the 1st birthday AJ celebrated because I just couldn't resist posting it!