End Of The School Year

Today was the final day of the school year.  Sophia finished up 5th grade and will be moving on to middle school in the fall.  Sebastian had his final day of 8th grade and will start high school in September.

Ready For The Last Day

Sophia had an awards ceremony and graduation yesterday.  She received certificates for being a Regional and State Finalist in the Minnesota State Inventors Congress for her “Sleep Tight” invention.  She also received a certificate for Outstanding Academic Excellence for a GPA of 3.5+.


Sebastian’s school had an 8th grade assembly where he was awarded with a certificate for a 4.0 GPA this school year.  He has maintained a 4.0 in all three years of middle school.  Way to go Sebastian!

Both kids had perfect attendance this year.  Quite a feat with all of the germs in the schools!

We are very proud of both Sebastian and Sophia.  They had wonderful experiences in each of their schools and we know that they will excel in their new schools this fall.

First Day Of School 2014

The first day of school was on Tuesday.  Sophia is in her final year of elementary school as a 5th grade student and Sebastian is his final year of middle school as an 8th grade student.  Each had their school’s open house last week.  They brought their school supplies, met their teachers and found their lockers.  Neither seemed too nervous about the return to school.  They were not ready for summer to end, but neither am I.  Helping with homework, filling out forms, packing lunches…I’m tired already!

Sophia was efficient in getting ready which allowed extra time for us to walk to the bus stop with her and take photos.

5th Grade

Sebastian  was also ready early, but was not interested in me taking photos.  He did allow me to take a few pictures before he headed to the bus stop and I left for work.

8th Grade

Next year Sebastian will be going off to high school and Sophia to middle school.  Where did the time go?  I guess I will just enjoy where they are for now.  Off to pack lunches…

Snow Daze

The snow began on Monday morning and continues yet tonight (Wednesday).  We have had over two feet of snow.  The yard stick on the deck is measuring nearly 33 inches, but the local weather forecaster said that we have had 28.6 inches.  Either way, it’s a LOT!  The schools are already canceling classes for tomorrow.  This is the third day in a row.  I have been working from home the past two days.  Mike ventured into work yesterday, but opted to take a vacation day today to try to keep up with snowblowing and enjoy a little outdoor fun with the kids. The winds have been blowing the snow and pelting the windows with a slushy mess.  The blizzard-like conditions made picture-taking difficult and had Mike and the kids using their ski goggles while working/playing outdoors.  My camera got wet even huddled next to the shelter of the house.  The photos look a bit blurry from the heavy snow falling along with the water spots on my lens.

Snow Capped
Through The Front Window
Geared Up For Sledding
Ready, Set, Go
Down The Hill
No Hands
Napping On The Snow Covered Bench
Fire Wood
Snow Covered Foliage
Snow Covered Pine Branches
Sledding The Backyard Hills

Mike and the kids took a break late in the afternoon and then went back out after dark to sled some more, build a snowman and a snow fort.

Mike, Sophia & Frosty
Snow Fort
Time For Some Roof Raking

We are hoping the plow comes through by morning.  It has only gone by once since the snow began.  That was yesterday morning.  Several neighbors with AWD have gotten stuck on our street and had to dig or snowblow themselves out.  The forecast is for the snow to end by morning and then cold temperatures (-15 degree lows) are coming at the end of the week. It is hard to believe that the calendar says it’s fall.  If this is fall, what is winter going to be like?