Friday, March 28, 2014

Odyssey of the Mind 2014

The boys participated in the Odyssey of the Mind competition earlier this month. The teams for both boys worked on a long term problem called "The Not-So-Haunted House". They had to have four special effects that popped up or popped out including one that was a sound effect. (Problem synopses can be found here.) Sammy's team did a haunted greenhouse:

Sammy was a Venus flytrap, but the judges kept referring to him as "the fern guy". (I'm not completely surprised by that.) His team came in second place in their division (eight points behind the first place team).

I'm not going to say much yet about Henry's team's performance, as they are moving on to the state finals. (They got first place in their division.) However, I will say that Henry was playing the muse of William Shakespeare:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cardboard Boxes

This is what happens when we get a bunch of boxes for Sammy:

I can't remember his reason for being in jail, but it was pretty imaginative. :)

This box was stalking me.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

More Chickadees


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I wasn't able to get a picture of Henry with the chickadees. They kept on eating the food around his feet instead.

Chickadees 2014


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Sammy has finally grown to appreciate having the chickadees eat from his hands at Mendon Ponds Park. (He was afraid to move even to smile in this picture. :) )

Haunted


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One more bit of knitting...I made these for the boys' Odyssey of the Mind teams. The long term problem that they're working on is called "The Not-So-Haunted House". Their teams have wildly different performances for it, too.

Ballerina


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A ballerina for my niece.

Rocket


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A rocket to go with the astronaut.

Valentine's Day


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This was my Valentine's Day creation. The boys were appalled that I created the cherub without any clothes, so they insisted that I add a diaper.

Mini Mochi


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I've been spending a lot of time knitting using patterns from the Mochi Mochi Land website. Sammy's pretty thrilled with it all -- he loves having more little toys to play with. He arranged this picture. He likes that the angel and astronaut were holding hands.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lego Movie!


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We went to see the Lego Movie the morning of the first day it opened. We couldn't help it -- Sammy had been counting down the days since he first heard about the movie. We happened to go to the most comfortable movie theater that I've ever been in -- AMC Webster. The seats were cushy and reclined. I did not get to see the whole movie, but I was well-rested by the time it was over! Sammy is really hoping to see it again. (He said that it was the best movie ever.) I guess I'll have a chance to fill in the blanks. The parts I did see were enjoyable. :)

After Braces


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And here's what Henry is going to look like for the next couple years. He was in pain for about a week after getting them. :( Poor kiddo.

Before Braces


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Here's Henry's picture before he had his braces put on. He was so excited to have them.

MathCounts


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Here's Henry at the previously mentioned MathCounts competition. He was a little disappointed that he didn't end up in the top ten, where he could compete in the final round.

Narwhal


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I made this narwhal for Henry the week before his MathCounts competition at RIT, where he was competing against lots of other middle school kids in a math competition. He came in 12th place, which is fantastic!

(The narwhal has since been lost at school, unfortunately.)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snowflakes


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When the Christmas tree was taken down, I needed something to fill the gap, so I crocheted these snowflakes. (They have since been replaced by valentines. :) )

Friday, February 14, 2014

Family


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We had a nice visit with Mike's parents & sister. I attempted to take pictures with all of us, but the boys had given up on the whole process by the time I got into the pictures. You'll just have to imagine that I'm there as well. :)

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We made a trip to the Rochester Museum and Science Center to explore the new temporary exhibit -- Math Midway, sponsored by the the Museum of Mathematics. There were a few exhibits that we did see in the NYC museum, plus a lot more that we didn't. We really enjoyed ourselves. (And we got a chance to play in the rest of the museum, hence the picture.)

Metroparks Waterfall


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The walk through the Metroparks might have been one of my favorite experiences from over Winter Break. It was very pretty, especially seeing the partially-frozen waterfalls.

Squaw Rock


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While we were in Cleveland, we went with Mom, Mary & Joan to try and find the Christmas tree hidden in the Cleveland Metroparks. We didn't see it, but we got to stop by Squaw Rock. I hadn't seen it during the winter.

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We had a white Christmas this year, to the boys' delight. Mike went with them to play out in the snow at Mom's house.

tree lot


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Part of our December experience was working the boy scout Christmas tree lot. Henry was pretty excited about being able to use his salesmanship skills once again (and he does pretty well at selling things to people -- he knows how to talk to adults). We were happy to be assigned to days that weren't too terribly cold. Snowy, yes, but not too bad temperature-wise. I'm not looking forward to when both boys are in boy scouts and we need to do double duty in the lot, though. (Mike was kind enough to put in most of the time in the lot. Best husband ever.)

snowman invasion


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Flickr seems to be working for photos once again, but we'll use this post as a test. For the teachers this year, I made little Mochi Mochi snowmen. Henry has a *lot* of teachers this year, and I couldn't figure out which ones we were supposed to give gifts to, so we just gave the little snowmen to all of them. Needless to say, I spent most of December knitting snowmen.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Opportunity

My kids have learned that if they would like something that I might not otherwise agree to, all they need to do is ask me in the morning while I'm still sleeping, when my primary concern is getting back to sleep. Somehow, I ended up agreeing to let Sammy have chocolate syrup on his waffles two days ago. This only came up when Henry tried the same trick and failed. (His mistake may have been practicing tuba before asking...I was a little more awake when the question was asked.) They have also learned that I give very strange answers when asked things at the same hour of the day. How did I end up having kids that are so chipper in the mornings? (Lucky for them...it makes it easier for them to be ready for the bus on time.)