Ann Ferris has been in sewing class four hours a day this week. Her first project was to make her own quilt (tomorrow she will make a dress for her American Dolls). Below are pictures of the quilt making process, including the finished product. Way to go, Ann Ferris!
Last Saturday I took the big two to see the matinee (from the French matinée, literally, "morning") showing of Prince Caspian. Going to the matinee saved us $4 per ticket! :0) Anyway, they had been looking forward to PC all year and were giddy with excitement as the movie began. Being veritable Narnia scholars, they … Continue reading Prince Caspian
We captured another, larger snake (a grey snake about a foot long) last week. We're not sure what kind it is, but it just molted. Below are pictures just after the capture (I'm holding it on a stick after Schaeffer discovered it under a rock). The bottom pic is Schaeffer holding the shed skin.
Today we spent the afternoon at the Laurel Springs pool as guests of our friends, the Blounts. Laurel Springs has two pools (one heated!), a baby pool and an in-ground slide that empties into its own pool. An unreal neighborhood water facility. And today there was a live band playing 70s and 80s classic rock. … Continue reading Day at the Pool
On Saturday afternoon of our "Back to Mississippi" trip last weekend, we toured two old cemeteries and discovered our children's great-great and great-great-great grandparents. I'm sure we would find more "greats" if we knew where to look. Kristy's family goes way, way back in the Benton/Midway (near Yazoo City) community. The bottom picture is a … Continue reading Back to Mississippi, Part 4: Ancestors
On Saturday of our "Back to Mississippi" trip, we gathered at "Mamaw and Papaw's" house (Kristy's maternal grandparents) in the country (Midway, MS) for a family get-together/fish-fry to celebrate several birthdays all at once. It doubled as a mini-family reunion. Here are some highlights.Mamaw and Papaw's children, and most of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some … Continue reading Back to Mississippi, Part 3: Family
We went back to MS with a day to spare before a planned family reunion/fish-fry so that we could enjoy Friday afternoon with a number of good friends in nearby Greenwood. Tanya and Keith Robertson (and their four children, Chandler, Claire, Jack and Sam), who qualify as friends of the highest rank, were our kind … Continue reading Back to Mississippi, Part 2: Friends
This past weekend we departed Georgia and traveled back to see family and friends in Mississippi. So much happened that I am going to devote a number of "parts" to the experience. "Part 1" is Sarah Wynn's first haircut (including a manicure and pedicure!) which she received late Thursday afternoon in Ridgeland, MS, at her … Continue reading Back to Mississippi, Part 1: SW’s 1st Haircut
Steve Irwin's legacy lives on. Schaeffer, the consummate animal/reptile/insect/living thing lover, found another snake under a rock in the backyard last week.He is not handling the big ones yet, but still good form. Schaeffer's new little friend. Doing a demonstration for his little sister, who had been riding her bike before more exciting events began … Continue reading Steve Irwin’s Legacy Lives On
We have a new, swanky, all digital, stadium-seating movie theater opening up down the street next week. However, before it "goes public" the manager wanted to give his employees some practice by offering a free movie night to anyone who wanted to attend. So after tennis lessons on Tuesday, we got our five complementary tickets … Continue reading Free Movie Night
Last Friday, after our Six Flags expedition, we attended the C.H.E.E.R. (an acrostic for something like Christian Home Educator...) home-school awards banquet with covered dish supper. Here are some highlights.Nice crowd. That's Sarah Wynn next to Kristy in the foreground. On stage reciting memory verses and singing. The dads presented the awards to their own … Continue reading End of Year Awards Banquet
Here are the highlights of our Six Flags trip. We definitely made a memory! My favorite ride was Batman. Ann Ferris' was Goliath and Schaeffer's was the Great American Scream Machine. To check out the rest of the roller coasters, click here.Reactions after the Great American Scream Machine (in the background). "The Drop" on the … Continue reading Six Flags Pictures
Last Friday I took "the big two" to meet friends at Six Flags for a day of mega roller-coastering. Highlights will be posted late this afternoon or tonight. The ride to the left is the Georgia Scorcher, a roller coaster in which you stand up and do inversion after inversion. It was our first ride … Continue reading Six Flags
Pictures from our trip to Six Flags Over Georgia will be posted late this afternoon
We are so glad that y'all are okay after the tornado and earthquake this week. Wow, what a combination!To check out worldwide earthquake activity for the past 7 days, click here.
Today was Mother's Day. Last night I took Kristy to her favorite restaurant, Tam's Backstage, in Cumming, GA. This morning we presented her with personalized cards and a gift certificate to Parsons, accented with a dozen fresh cut roses from the backyard. Then we went to worship at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Alpharetta, where I … Continue reading Mother’s Day 2008
Let me introduce you to our pet lizard. Well, he is actually our former pet lizard (we let him go), but he lives around the dog pen in the back of the house (so we still see him every day). Watching this little dude change colors was really cool (green to brown and back to … Continue reading Pet Lizard
A few random things...Yesterday we got our piano tuned for the first time since it was given to us eleven years ago. It sounds so good- like getting a new piano.Today Schaeffer discovered a monster wolf spider under a big rock guarding a ginormous egg sack.Tomorrow I'm taking the big two to meet some friends … Continue reading Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday) I'm taking the big two to meet some friends at Six Flags for a day of extreme thrills on some mega-roller coasters.
Last week the Castons were part of a really fun surprise birthday party for Chris Melendez (in the sombrero below) at Antiqua Tex Mex and Sports Bar. The other picture below is of the whole crew, kids and all. And yes, the entire wait staff sang Happy Birthday in Espanol. :0)
This past Saturday Schaeffer scored his second "Hat Trick" in a row (a hat trick is scoring 3 goals in one game), leading his team to a 3-1 victory. His last game of the season is this week.
The owners of the home we rent built a four-hole putting green in the backyard. Last night we had a family putt-putt competition. Since my putter is out of service, we got creative and used a 4-iron and a tennis ball. Kristy was the only one to get a hole-in-one. You go girl!
As I posted several days ago, Ann Ferris recently achieved recognition as a "Memory Master" at Classical Conversations. To be a Memory Master, you must memorize a ridiculous amount of material, and be examined orally for 30 minutes without missing anything-not even one question, number or even a word in definitions (or in the entire … Continue reading Our Memory Master
For those (very few) of you who are following the NBA playoffs, a potential thriller awaits on Sunday (1pm EST), when the Atlanta Hawks fly back to Boston for gave 7 in a first round context that was supposed to be 3 and out. Last night's game was a lot of fun to watch, with … Continue reading Back to Boston
This past Wednesday at Jones Bridge Park was "Classical Conversations" (our home-school school) end of the year party/picnic. During a special ceremony, Ann Ferris and four others were given $25 as a reward for becoming "Memory Masters." I'll post more details about this soon. Suffice it to say, it is a HUGE accomplishment. Below are … Continue reading CC End of Year Picnic