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Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Good Friends...Good Times!

Bandy KidsWe got a chance to catch up with some old friends tonight. It was a blast! Our kids are teenagers, so they stayed home and made dinner for themselves, but we got to visit with Shawn and Cindy's kids...such great kids!

Jack-Jack had carrots...can you tell? Haha!


Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Ian's learning to drive!

Ian Driving

We took Ian out to get a little experience behind the wheel before he started Driver's Ed. He did a really good job his first time out!

Now, he's a couple of days into the 3-week Driver's Ed class and drove on the road today! They've increased the difficulty of the class and the testing process, so he's looking at considerable homework...just what he wanted to do over summer vacation! Well, in the end, he'll be able to get his permit, so I think he'll live. :o)

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Monday, June 02, 2008


Firefox 3 is Coming Soon!

Be a part of the largest download event in history--hoping to set a Guinness World Book record. Click on the fox for more information!

Download Day

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Thursday, May 29, 2008



Today was a pretty amazing day for Christopher. He turned 16 and got his driver's license! He drove by himself for the first time and got keys to both vehicles. Ian totally loves riding shotgun, too! Tomorrow, they will drive to school, instead of taking the bus, which they are thrilled about!

This is a picture of Christopher's birthday present. He needed a better instrument, since he is going to be pursuing a career in music education...and with being in Jazz & Symphonic Bands next was just time. He had no clue he was going to get his new trumpet today, though--it was so much fun being able to surprise him!

Ian wrote an amazing report on Alzheimer's Disease for Science. He wrote another really good report recently on Creation vs. Evolution, too. He's really developing a nice writing style and ability to express himself in writing. Makes a mom proud!

Special bonus! Almost 16 Song from the collection of Silly Songs with Scott. Enjoy!

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Friday, May 02, 2008


I have great kids!

I really like who my boys have become…that’s a good thing to be able to say about your kids. They’re sweet, caring, sensitive gentlemen. They make me proud in so many ways by the ways they act and react, as well as their accomplishments in life.

Christopher has become a very responsible driver and will have his license in less than a month. As a mom, this is really, really scary. Less than two weeks ago, a classmate of his was killed in a car accident, so the magnitude of responsibility he is about to receive has really hit home…not just for him, but for the whole school. Christopher was touched deeply by his friends’ death and requested that I take him to the viewing. He was filled with emotion and sadness for this family and wasn’t afraid to let those tender emotions show. I was proud of him for being a man that day.

Ian continues to amaze me with his analytical skills. He was asked to participate in a computer programming competition at U of M today. He was the only Freshman invited to participate on a team of students who had already taken 2 1/2 trimesters of college-level programming classes. He must have a knack for it or the teacher wouldn’t have chosen him. He has been able to identify this as an area that he loves and thinks that this is the direction he will take for a career.

Both boys love music…and have a talent for it…just like their Dad! This makes me happy. Music is such a great influence on the spirit and emotional well-being of a person–I’m really glad that they have found a niche there. The school will be sending them to a week-long Jazz Band Camp this summer, which will be a great experience for them! It’s local, so they don’t have to reside on campus, which works well for our family. Christopher has learned that he can sing in the past couple of weeks, too! He had to do sight-singing for his A.P. Music Theory class & the teacher was surprised to hear him sing well…no more than Christopher, though, I’m sure! He’s talking about trying out for the musical next year and taking Choir his Senior year.

Ian is all signed-up for Driver’s Ed. class and seems more excited about the prospect of getting behind the than he was previously. I think the fact that Christopher will soon have his license is contributing to his excitement, too. I can’t believe how fast they’ve grown up! It seems like only yesterday…

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Way to Go, Christoper!

Science Olympiad Inviational is a Great Success

A big thanks to all the faculty and staff that helped out on Saturday to make the invitational run smoothly. Our team placed 13th overall our of 24 teams. We had some individual successes as well, including:

In Fermi Questions, Dan Lemon and Chris Smith placed 7th
In 5 Star Science, Caily Howell and Brittany Benjamin placed 4th
In Herpetology, Matt Davidson and Brittany Benjamin placed 4th
In Ecology, Tyler Rafferty and Jen Berryman placed 2nd

Again, thank you to all that helped out. The team’s next competition is the West Ottawa invitational in two weeks.

Sunday, December 30, 2007


All Things Middleville

Very interesting...

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Monday, December 17, 2007


Thumb Calendar 2008 Edition

Thumb Calendar 2008 Edition
Originally uploaded by Adam Sporka.

This is totally ingenious! Check it out!


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