We just experienced a very harsh winter. The first order of business this spring is to get a garage built before the next winter. Heh.
Thu 17 Oct 2013
Well, we’ve gone and done it . . . after years of remodeling our home, we decided to move into another fixer upper. Sigh. The new home is in a historic district just outside of downtown Grand Rapids.
P.S. Anyone looking for a 4 bedroom home in East Grand Rapids? ;~)
Wed 8 Aug 2012
Here are photos from my April trip to South Africa: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayhawk/sets/72157629948933835/
Sat 23 Apr 2011
South Africa was an incredible experience. I have selected some of the best photos I took and created a set on our Flickr page here.
Tue 22 Mar 2011
Okay, March Madness is in full effect. I am still trying to get the kids excited about KU basketball. They sort of follow the Jayhawks, but not enough to watch. Hmmm. In due time, I suppose.
Ellie and JD are busy playing tennis. Ellie just finished being in the school play (Sleeping Beauty) and she was a narrator. JD is getting ready to start lacrosse.
Our house is in disarray as our kitchen is being remodeled . . . I mean really, really remodeled. Our old kitchen and dining room have been combined into a very large kitchen. The old formal living room is now 1/2 formal living room and 1/2 formal dining room. It was a large room so it looks natural with the new look. And, the kitchen cabinets and flooring and new walls and openings are all in place. We’re just waiting on tile, backsplash, some lighting, countertops . . . and appliances, which come tomorrow.
I am leaving for 3 weeks to South Africa near Cape Town to work with some GVSU students who will be teacher assisting in township schools. We’ll also spend about 10 days touring the country along the Indian Ocean to see elephants and much more. Should be loads of fun. Be sure to check back for photos of the trip and of our kitchen.
I have been taking a photo each day and there are bunches of the kitchen in various stages. You can access our photos using the link at the top.
Fri 7 Jan 2011
Thu 29 Jul 2010
so, Ellie and i were hanging out down on the floor with Ziggy the other day and we started laughing. and then we laughed harder . . . and harder. i think we laughed for 5 minutes straight. in fact, we laughed so hard that Ellie nearly started crying because her throat started hurting. and the first thing she said when we finally regained our composure??? “dad, can you write about this on thelancasters.net?” ta da!
both kids are attending camp this week. Ellie is attending a National Writing Project camp on the Grand Valley State University’s Holland Campus. she goes for 1/2 days this week and is working on writing her memoir along with some other creative writing. i plan to film her reading some of her writing at their performance so stay tuned for that.
JD is at Camp Manitou-Lin. he attended last year as well. every morning he jumps on a bus at 7:40 AM and returns home at 5:20 PM. in between, he rides horses, kayaks, and generally does camp things. fun stuff. we have a big parent night planned tonight and the campers will put on a performance so i’ll film that and post it soon as well.
Fri 21 May 2010
quick follow up . . . Ellie’s Odyssey of the Mind team finished 4th at the State Finals this year. Kudos to the team for improving over last year.
Thu 8 Apr 2010
so, Ellie took our state test for the No Child Left Behind law — the MEAP in Michigan. in 3rd grade last year she did quite well, but this year she improved on the 4th grade test. in fact, she could not have improved any more because Ellie aced the reading half of the test; she got a perfect score. KUDOS to Ellie!!! on the math test she scored near the top and missed just one fraction problem, so she has some room to improve next year. ;~)
Mon 15 Mar 2010
sean: “Ellie, Yahoo won’t let you create a bracket until you’re 13. but we can make a new account & lie about your age if you want to be in my bracket challenge.”
ellie: “i don’t want to lie.”
sean: “okay, how about we create an account for JD and lie about his age so you two can share a pick in the pool?”
ellie: “that’s like being a supervillain’s sidekick.”
Sun 14 Mar 2010
Hello. This is my first blog entry.
Odyssey of the Mind was really fun this year! I was a team member, Mom was a coach, Dad was a judge, and JD missed his Lego camp to see me win!!! We tied 2nd place in the hard region. We got the highest points for our skit too. That means on april 17 we will be at the state finals! We have a shot at going to the world finals.
A talent scout saw me perform at our church’s Christmas Pageant, he asked if I would like to tryout for a TV show. the TV show is called Our View. It is a twist on The View but for younger girls; it has girls ages 7-12. I won a part and will be on the show. The kids in my class are so happy for me, and I am very proud.
Wish me luck!
Mon 25 Jan 2010
so JD informed me that he wants to start writing articles for thelancasters.net . . . and Ellie wants to write some as well. this means that we should start seeing more activity around here in the very near future. i’ll make sure i keep them to their promise. in the meantime, here’s the latest photo i have of the two kids sharing a laugh.