Sellers Scratcher

Posted in Leah, School on July 3rd, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

For a Curriculum Extension Unit (CEU), some of the second graders created their own inventions. Leah invented the Sellers Scratcher, a back scratcher the she and I prototyped. Here she is making a commercial for it.

She got to show it off at the Evening of Excellence (more on that in a future post).

Sellers Scratcher

Bottle Buddy

Posted in Leah, School on July 2nd, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

One of Leah’s end-of-year projects for 2nd grade was to create a bottle buddy. The kids created a buddy at home, while researching their famous person and writing a report at school.

Bottle buddy project

Leah (with help from Jen) worked diligently on her buddy for weeks and did a great job. Here’s Leah’s completed bottle buddy of Serena Williams.

Serena Williams

Bottle Buddy

Krispy Kreme

Posted in Food, Leah, Molly on July 1st, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

We have a Krispy Kreme near us! Krispy Kreme doughnuts are not found much around us (unlike Dunkin’ Donuts, which are everywhere). But we’ve got one now. It opened in Catonsville (a neighboring town) the same day that G’Mom and Grampa were flying home. So, Jen dropped them off at the airport super early (like 6), then got in line to get some opening day doughnuts for us. The girls approved.

Krispy Kreme

For their first doughnuts from our new Krispy Kreme, Molly went for a chocolate iced cream filled, while Leah chose the strawberry iced with sprinkles.

First doughnuts


Easter and more birthday

Posted in Celebrations, Leah, Molly on June 29th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back in April, we had a lovely Easter. The girls put out baskets for the Easter Bunny. Leah decided she needed to leave a note for the Easter Bunny with a very specific request. I think it was too specific, as the Easter Bunny did not grant it.

Easter Bunny note

Their Easter baskets may not have had a narwhal squishy, but they both did get squishes (and lots of other goodies).

Easter morning

Leah’s gotten into string tricks, and loved this book and string to learn more.

String tricks

After church, we went over to Grams’s house for some family time. This included the whole Sellers side, as well as G’Mom and Grampa who had come in town for Molly’s birthday. It was a beautiful day, so the girls and I headed outside for a little fun on a flat road.

Leah has had her Heelys for months, but struggled to use them and stopped trying soon after getting them. However, now that Molly had some too, Leah was determined to master the skill. She got it in no time, and the two of them rolled all over the place.

Sister skating

Molly praised the Lord for her new Heelys when she got to use them on Easter. At the end of Grams’s street, there’s a quiet, flat circle that was perfect for rolling around.

Hallelujah for Heelys

Leah warmed up enough to take off her jacket.

Leah rolling

The girls were excited to wear the new dresses that Jen made them for Easter.

Heely sisters

Tongue out balancing

Not only did we celebrate Easter, we celebrated Molly’s birthday again. This began with presents.


Happy birthday girl

No birthday celebration would be complete with a cupcake and an evil grin.


Also, Grams got a new dog. Her name is Roxanne.


And here’s the Sellers family.

Sellers family Easter photo

And the Batson family.

Batson family Easter photo

Simon the snowman

Posted in Leah on March 21st, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Today was a snow day! No school, and the snow just kept falling. It wasn’t too cold out, the sun was out from time to time, and we got 6-8 inches of snow (I didn’t measure, that’s just from the news). The girls had lots of fun outside in the snow sledding, throwing snowballs, and more. Molly spent most of the day at the twins house, while their little sister Madison spent much of the day at our house with Leah. This afternoon, they decided to build a snowman in the back yard.

After a while, they asked me to give them a hand. This giant snowball was for the snowman’s middle section. It took both of them to carry it over to the base but they couldn’t lift it on top. I helped them lift it on to the base before starting on the head.

Big snowball

Here’s the snowman in progress. This was the best snow for snowman building I think we’ve ever had - very heavy and sticky.

Snowman building

The girls did the face and arms. I tied the tie.

Adding a face

Here are their snowman. As Leah and I finished the big one, Madison decided it needed a small companion. So the big snowman (named Simon by Leah) got a baby.

Final product

Babysitting Charlie

Posted in Family visits, Leah, Molly on February 9th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Aunt EA went with Jen to Bingo when Uncle Scott was out of town, so Molly, Leah, and I babysat Charlie at our house. It went great, and I took lots of pictures. Here are a bunch of them.


This almost-middle-schooler had fun with the toddler toys we got out for Charlie.

Toddler toys

Doctor Leah needs to hear your heart, Charlie.


I don’t know what evil doctor Leah is injecting into Charlie.

Evil shot

These old matchbox cars captivated Charlie for much of his visit. Leah did a great job playing with him. Molly… nice face.

Car play

I’m taking a picture from one side, while Molly takes a picture from the other.

Pictures from both sides

Charlie enjoyed watching Molly play a game on her phone.

Watching a phone

Molly decided she could entertain Charlie with some viola music. He paid attention to her for a few seconds, then went back to the cars.

Viola entertainment

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Ice skating

Posted in Celebrations, Family outings, Leah, Molly on February 8th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls were invited to an ice skating birthday party, and had a great time. It was during free skate at the rink nearby, which we get into free as part of our Columbia Association gym/tennis membership. So, I decided to go as well since we don’t go ice skating that much. A fun time was had by all.

Ice skating

Time Travel Day

Posted in Leah, Molly, School on February 8th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls had a Time Travel Day at school, and decided to go with 80s looks again (they seem to love 80s looks).

Time Travel Day

Drop Everything and Move!

Posted in Leah, School on February 7th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This month, the girls’ school has encouraged the kids to be more active with a “Movement Calendar” of daily activities. If completed, the kids get a little prize. So, we’ve had daily activities (often, but not always, exercises). Every Wednesday is family fitness day, Jen and I join in as well then. Here’s Leah showing off some mountain climbers.


December choir

Posted in Church, Leah, Molly, Music on December 23rd, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls’ choir sang again in mid-December.