Talia received her Reflections Award of Excellence today at the HUC PTA Founders Day Luncheon and Reflections Award Presentations. Talia won the award for a poem she wrote. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the SeaCliff Country Club. That was followed by the award presentations.
The Science Fair was held today for the 7th and 8th graders at Kayli’s school. Kayli’s experiment was to see if the pot type effected plant growth. She took measurements every day for 24 days and determined that the clay pots were the best for plant growth. She received the highest award given in her category, an honorable mention. It is unfortunate that the judges were allowed not to give out 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in her category. None of the other judges did that, even giving out a 1st and 2nd place in a category with just two entries. It really was not fair to the kids in Kayli’s category, especially when you see kids that spent only a day during their experiments winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Because of this, Kayli went away from the Science Fair with the attitude that she should not have spent so much time working on her project. Any Science Fair judges reading this might want to keep this in mind before deciding not to award any 1st, 2nd and 3rd places when they are judging.
Today was International Girl Scout Thinking Day. This year’s theme was: girls worldwide say “empowering girls will change our world”. My Girl Scout Troop was responsible for planning the event. They all worked very hard putting together and carrying out the event. They recruited Riley Carney, a 17 year old author, to be our speaker. She did a wonderful job, showing the girls how they can do anything they can want with their lives. In addition to the speaker, each Troop was responsible for putting together a display about a woman that made a difference in the world. All the girls took turns telling other girls about the woman their Troop selected and hearing about all the woman the other Troops selected. We had displays on: Amelia Earhart, Joan of Arc, Clara Barton, J. K. Rowling, Mildred Didrikson Zaharias, St. Theresa, Jane Goodall, Sacajawea, Mary Ann Hawkins, Helen Keller, Hedy Lamarr, Ruth Wakefield and Joan of Arc. We had over 100 girls in attendance and they had a great time.
Falyn turned five today. She is such a wonderful child, bringing smiles to people where ever she goes. She is very outgoing, not the least bit shy and super smart. I know she will do great things one day.
Here’s some more of the 4 year old portraits I took of her a few days ago.
I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day! I once again did photo Valentines for the kids. Talia and Kayli thought they were too old for it, so we didn’t do ones for them. Here’s what the looked like:
We aren’t big football fans, but we usually will watch at least part of the super bowl. This year we put the old TV outside by the pool for the big game. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day, with the temperature getting up into the 70’s. We had heated the pool for a video project Kayli had to do for school. The kids took advantage of the sunny day and the warm pool, by spending most of the day swimming. Some of the neighbors came over and we turned it into an impromptu party. A good time was most definitely had by all.
Falyn was so excited to be able to play with her cousins today. Lianna is visiting from Holland, so they rarely see each other. Natalia, who is actually Falyn’s second cousin, lives nearby. The three girls had a blast running all over Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Ron’s backyard.