"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thurgood Marshall...or Bust

With February came Black History Month and several weeks of projects, culminating with a performance at the end of the month. The second graders were focusing on African-American Trailblazers. They were each assigned their own personal trailblazer, with Piper's being Thurgood Marshall. As they diligently worked on a research paper, word came home about a take-home, paper bust project that would be displayed on Trailblazer night. 

Cue the panic attack for this momma. 

Up to this point, this kids' projects have been manageable and within reason. And I usually stay pretty calm. But when I thought about making a bust of Thurgood Marshall, I almost came undone. 

I was picturing a paper mache disaster that would most certainly collapse right in the middle of the school-wide trailblazer event.  And look nothing like Thurgood Marshall in the process. 

I fretted, lost sleep, and even got a little angry at times. Finally, I sought out help from BeBe to be on stand-by as the day approached. 

After all this, imagine my surprise when Piper brought home a starter bust...


Just a plain ol' piece of paper. This was it. A flat Thurgood Marshall, that's something we could handle...


I'll never forget the Thurgood Marshall mix-up of '17. And I'll be laughing about it for years to come. But I also take comfort in knowing that I wasn't the only parent who was mistaken about the project. 

At the end of it all, we enjoyed Trailblazer Night as a family...


Piper and the second graders performed a first-class musical in honor of Black History month. They sang several songs and Piper had a speaking part about Rosa Parks. 

We also walked around the school, perusing the various grade level projects. Lila's assignment was to choose a trailblazing athlete (of any race) to research. She learned all about the Chinese tennis player, Li Na. 

The Kindergarteners studied American presidents, and Levi had George Washington. 

But my favorite part of the night had to be seeing all those paper busts...stapled onto a bulletin board. 


Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Year of the Rooster

We closed out the Chinese New Year season with a performance by the students from Lexington Chinese School and our very own, Lila and Easton. 

In addition to songs and skits, there was an awards ceremony for a holiday art and writing contest. Lila and Easton were surprised to win 3rd and 2nd place respectively. They each drew a picture and titled it in Chinese. The awards came with very generous cash prizes. 

Easton was dressed in orange for the traditional Chinese 'Pull the Carrot' dance. (You had to be there.) And both were excited to accept their award...


And then there was Levi, who thought he deserved a prize for sitting through the whole thing...


And come to think of it, he probably did.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Celebrating Six (Again)

Today we celebrated Easton's sixth birthday. But instead of cookies or doughnuts at school, it was a party at home. He enjoyed the perk of opening his gift early and playing all day. But we saved his very special (allergen-free) cake until the rest of the crew got home...


Happy Birthday Easton!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Four Years With Lila (and a couple of other celebrations)

It's not every year that we get to celebrate Chinese New Year and Lila's Gotcha Day on the same date. Therefore, it felt like the perfect time to try out my Braised Chicken Feet recipe. Especially since it's the year of the rooster...


Just kidding, we had pizza and ice cream cake. Because on top of everything else, we had three boys' birthdays to tend to...


We had lots of fun celebrating with all the grandparents. And I don't think Lila minded one bit to share her special day...


But just in case anyone was keeping score, she managed to convince me to pull her tooth in the middle of it all. 

I'd say she came out on top. And about those chicken feet, maybe next time. (You know she would eat it.)


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Four Years With Easton

Four years ago, on a cold January day across the globe, we met Easton for the first time. 
He was a literal bundle of joy...


We brought him back to the hotel and peeled off layer, after layer, after layer...


I couldn't help but think about all those clothes as we played outside on this spring-like day...


Although he may not have been bundled up, memories of the past four years with Easton bring us great joy on this day, and every day.  


Friday, January 20, 2017

Star Wars Sleepover

Our newest six year-old wanted to take Krispy Kreme to his classmates. So when his teacher said, "Just have Levi bring them when he comes to school," this momma was a little disappointed.

But his teacher was kind enough to send pictures, and I managed to sneak in at lunch, so it wasn't a total loss...


After school we brought out the presents...



And cupcakes...


But they were for a photo-op only. We were waiting for the real party to begin. Levi was expecting a few friends for a Star Wars party...


And to top it off, our neighbor friends stayed for a sleepover. That's all Levi has been talking about since we moved in, and all he really wanted to do for his birthday.

And I have to say, even though we may have been a little rough around the edges come Saturday morning...


The whole thing was a success.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oh, How They've Grown!

On the eve of Levi's sixth birthday...


I'm reminded of another memory...


Two boys, two years, and two birthdays this week!