Almost a black belt

Posted in Molly, Sports on February 22nd, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly has her brown belt in karate, and is working toward her black belt. Part of that is passing tests to get three stripes removed from it. She had the first stripe removed back in June, and tested to have the second stripe removed in December.

Part of this test involves breaking boards. Molly’s been breaking boards for years in karate. However, after earning her brown belt, she moved up to trying to break 2 boards stacked on top of each other instead of just 1 board. Her first attempt to do this was back when she got her first stripe removed from her brown belt, but she wasn't able to do it. So, she’s worked hard between then and now to get ready for her second attempt. As you can see here, she does it perfectly. We’re so proud of you, Molly!

And she passed her test, removing another stripe from her brown belt and paving the way for her black belt test in June.

Another stripe down

Christmas Tree

Posted in Celebrations, Family outings on February 21st, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Christmas trees were hard to find this year at cut-your-own farms. We headed out to get one on December 9, thinking we had plenty of time. Sadly, our beloved Greenway Farms was almost sold out when we went. We managed to find this very broad Douglas Fir, but I’m not sure where we’re going to go next year.

Christmas tree

Here’s our fully decorated giant Christmas tree (we had to scoot the couch over a good bit to fit it.

Decorated giant tree

Alternate Thanksgiving

Posted in Celebrations, Molly on February 20th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

For Thanksgiving, we gathered at Grams’s house along with Aunt Caroline and Uncle Charles. We decided to forego the traditional turkey in favor of salmon. And we got a picture together with all humans and canines present.

Thanksgiving crew

We also had pies from Molly’s pie sale. Her school music program had the kids sell pies as a fundraiser. To get the top prize, you had to sell 40 pies. This sounded like an unattainable goal, but Molly did it! She sold 40 pies, making a lot of money for her music program and earning her lots of prizes. They included a pass to Launch Trampoline Park, 1 hour in a video game truck during school, and 30 seconds in a money machine where money blows around and you get to keep whatever you can catch (she caught $27). While I might have preferred Jen’s homemade pumpkin pie, I was very proud of Molly for raising so much for her orchestra.

Family photoshoot

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Fall was super busy, but we managed to fit a very quick family photoshoot in. I found this nice spot in our neighborhood. And I may as well start by showing you the winning shot.

Family photoshoot

And here are some of the runner-ups.

Alternate pose

And another pose

Runner up

There were a lot more pictures taken, mostly to try to find a way to get a reasonable smile out of Molly. Too many looked like this.

Ridiculous smile

Yikes!

Leah Choir November 2018

Posted in Church, Leah, Music on February 18th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah sang with her choir again in November.

First middle school orchestra concert

Posted in Molly, Music, School on February 17th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back in November, Molly had her first middle school orchestra concert. It’s a whole new level of professionalism, complete with uniforms. They were great!



Middle school orchestra

Middle school orchestra concert

Middle school orchestra concert

Molly Choir November 2018

Posted in Church, Molly, Music on February 16th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Now that Molly is in middle school, she’s moved up to the youth choir at church.

Franklin Institute

Posted in Family outings on February 15th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

In 5th grade, Molly went on a field trip to Philadelphia to the Franklin Institute. She liked it so much, she wanted to go back with us (mainly with Leah). So, we took advantage of a day off of school and drove up.

Franklin Institute

We enjoyed lots of the exhibits. Sir Isaac’s Loft was my favorite spot (lots of fun physics games), but I didn’t get any pictures of it. I did get a couple pictures in the SportsZone, though. Molly and Leah raced their bikes with some arm pedaling.

Arm pedaling race

The girls raced one another (yes, Leah’s faster).

Speedy little sister

The Franklin Air Show is also lots of fun. The girls climbed aboard this old Air Force plane there.

Air flight

Molly was excited about the virtual reality experience (she’s currently swimming by a whale). It was her favorite part of her trip with her school, and she really wanted to do it again.

Virtual reality

We also saw a planetarium show (probably Leah’s favorite part) and saw lots of other exhibits.

It’s a fun science museum. I’d recommend it if your in Philadelphia or not to far away like us.

Eye of the Storm

Posted in Church, Molly, Music on February 14th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly and I got to perform a song together for the first time in October. We first performed this on the Fall Youth Retreat, then did it a second time at Children's Worship at church a week later (which is what you see here in the video). Make sure to watch the whole thing so you don't miss Molly's solo.

3rd Grade Bible

Posted in Church, Leah on February 13th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Traditionally in the Methodist church, 3rd graders are presented with Bibles. Leah was excited to get hers from Pastor Mandy.

3rd Grade Bible

In that same service, Leah also sang with her choir. It was a busy morning for her.