Alrighty! As I mentioned in the previous post, with it being the end of the school year things have been pretty busy around here. Here are some fun pictures from the past few weeks of what the Bidwell Crew has been up to.
|All the Math Contest Participants|
Emmy was in her school math competition. You had to test into the group who then spent several weeks practicing after school and studying math concepts. She did super awesome in the Math Contest. She tied for 3rd with another 4th grader. The 1st and 2nd places were taken by 5th graders. I was so proud of her! She is such a bright young lady and loves to be challenged!
|The 4th grade Math Contest Participants|
One evening when Rob was out of town I had to take all the kiddos to Sterling's soccer practice, except for Emmy who opted to stay home. While he was practicing the kids and I went on a walk to see the flowers at the Lake. Kailyn was thrilled with all the flowers...and Eddie liked to kick them (face palm).
|Kailyn's princess pose with all the flowers|
|Cori and Kailyn playing King and Queen of the Rock|
|My only regret was that I didn't have all the kids |
here for this shot.It turned out so cute!!
|Kailyn wanted her picture taken with the pink flowers|
|Sterling and his team mates ganging up on another team mate.|
Soccer has been a big part of our life the past month and a half. With 5 kids on four different teams we have been running around like crazy! And Saturdays have been taken up with soccer games.
|Sterling getting tickled by his team mate|
I can't tell you how many comments I get about this little princess. You see, she absolutely REFUSES to wear anything other than skirts or dresses...and this extends to soccer. One of the moms on the team told me at the last game how she just gets a kick out of Kailyn wearing her skirts to every practice and game with her hair all done up. And then, one parks and rec employees stopped me and said, "I just have to stop you and tell you your little girl has got to be my favorite." She went on to tell me how cute she is in her skirts. It just makes me laugh. Kailyn is for sure my princess, girly-girl!
|Throwin a fit...about something.....|
|Eddie is holding onto a baseball and Emmy is pulling him.|
At our kids' school every year the 4th graders go to the pond at the park and go fishing. I met up with them and "watched" Emmy fishing. And by watch I mean, cast, hold the pole, put on more bait, etc. I even got to remove several fish from hooks, although none from mine/Emmy's hook. Kailyn and Eddie came along and had lots of fun watching the geese and ducks and touching the fish before we threw them back.
|What great casting form!|
|Checking out the geese|
|Annnnd, the princess pose....again.|
These next three pictures just make me laugh. Eddie has such an expressive face and some really interesting expressions when he talks or is thinking. I just love this cute little man!
One afternoon after doing something fun (park, zoo, something....can't remember) I took the two littles to get some cupcakes. Usually we only get the mini ones but unbeknownst to me it was Happy Hour! Which meant buy 1 get 1 free on the regular sized...so I had to get regular sized. Eddie got the Death by Chocolate and Kailyn got the pink one (which was Strawberry). Yeah, they were superyummylicious!
|He eats the frosting first...sometimes he|
doesn't even bother with the cupcake part.
|Kailyn wanted me to take a picture|
of her kissing her cupcake.
Another big event that happened last Thursday was Sterling's first ever dance! Their school has one dance at the end of the year that the 6th graders can attend if they have good grades and meet some other requirements. It's called Night of the Rising Stars. Now, I was thinking it was some kind of low key affair like our dances in middle school....umm, yeah, not really.
As I pulled up there were a couple of ROTC members opening the kids' doors and letting them out. (if there were girls in the car, they let them out first! So cute!) Then as they walked up the stairs to the front doors there was a live orchestra playing and an honor guard with swords drawn forming a tunnel for the kids to walk through! It was like a mini-prom! Although perhaps not as formal since some of the boys were dressed very much like Sterling and his friend. Still, just, Wow!
|My handsome son! Can't believe he's |
old enough to go to school dances!!
|Sterling with his friend before we headed to the school.|
The last big thing so far this month was the awards ceremony at the kids' elementary school. It lasted about 1 1/2 hours. Emmy received 4 awards (overachiever!) ;-) She received awards for participation in the Math contest, and the Geography Bee as well as one for being the first girl to cross the finish line at the Warrior Run. Her final award was for 1st place in her classroom for an essay she wrote. I had to laugh because 1. I had NO idea she'd even written and essay for this contest and 2. The topic was on what government programs she would fund or cut if there wasn't enough money. Probably a good thing I didn't know cause I have some very strong view points on this subject. :-) Although I'd like to get a copy of her essay so I can see what she wrote...and find out if I need to correct any of her opinions. ;-)
Hopefully with only 1 week left in school things will slow down and we can transition into a quiet, lazy and fun filled summer! I can't wait to spend all day, every day at the pool with my kiddos crew, my BFF, my SIL and all their kiddos! Here's to laid back summer days!!