S: A Year of Memories - The Simpson Family 2011-2012
BC: Each happiness of yesterday is a memory for tomorrow.
1: Jacob turned 9 years old and Claire turned 5 years old. Jacob was in the 3rd grade. Claire was in kindergarten. It was her first year at Boynton Elementary. Jennifer, CJ, and Colton lived with us until April 2012. Claire learned to read well. We went to Pigeon Forge and Dollywood over fall break. Jacob went on field trips to Ruby Falls, Rock City, the Tellus Museum, and Stone Mountain, GA. Claire went on field trips to Sims Corn Maze and the Chattanooga Zoo. Colton was born 2 months premature on October 1st, 2011. Jacob dressed up as Boba Fett for Halloween and Claire was Batgirl. Jacob went to his first Tennessee football game. Jacob advanced from a Level 1 Brown Belt to Level 2 Red Belt Jacob competed in his 1st and 2nd taekwondo tournaments, earning 3 medals. Claire took jazz/hip hop at Ginger Brown's Dance Academy Claire danced in recitals at the mall and the Memorial Auditorium. The kids were excited to get an Xbox for Christmas. We celebrated CJs 1st birthday at our house. Jacob played basketball for the first time through Upward. Claire participated in Upward cheerleading for the first time. Claire was honored at school as a PRIDE member. We went to the circus. We attended Mom's cousin Ashley's wedding. We had a lot of friends spend the night. We visited the Tellus Museum and Legoland on spring break. Jacob and his class were the 3rd grade Field Day Champions. Claire dressed as a cheerleader for career day at school. Jacob made the Honor Roll. Claire got in to the Horizon program for the next school year. We got a pool and enjoyed it all summer long. We went to Indiana for Dad's 50th high school reunion. Claire lost her 1st tooth. We went to our 16th Wiggles concert. Claire took taekwondo over the summer and earned her Yellow Belt. Claire started gymnastics but fractured her wrist after only 4 classes. | 2011-2012 The Year in Summary....
2: July 30, 2011
3: The kids celebrated their 9th and 5th birthdays with true orange and white spirit.
7: There's nothing like a house full of energetic kids!
8: jacob's 9th birthday | July 13
9: This year, we started a family tradition of letting the birthday girl or boy choose the activity and a place to eat on his or her actual birthday. For his 9th birthday, Jacob chose to go see Cars 2 in 3D and to go to Steak & Shake for dinner. We had the movie theater all to ourselves, which was great! He picked out a baseball cake to which we added a Braves decoration. Mom attempted to write "Happy Birthday Jacob" on the cake...it's safe to say she won't ever be a cake decorator! For presents, Jacob got some new DS games and money.
10: For her 5th birthday, Claire chose to go bowling at Pin Strikes! We also ate dinner there. Claire won both of the games we bowled! The kids' favorite activities were the bumper cars and laser tag. Afterwards, we went home for for cake and presents. She got some money as well as a DS game and a few toys. | August 8, 2011
11: Claire's 5th Birthday
12: First Day of School | 2011
13: Jacob: "Resource.....and math!" Claire: "All I know is going to it!" | Jacob's teacher is Mrs. White, but he also has writing workshop with Mrs. Baker. Mrs. Brown is Claire's teacher, and Mrs. Bell is the teacher's aid in her class. | Sept. 6th 2011 | Q & A | "What are you most excited about 3rd grade/kindergarten?" | Q & A | First Day
15: Jacob | September 2011
16: Claire ~ Kindergarten | September 2011
17: Claire remembered that on the first day of kindergarten, Mrs. Brown said, "Because it's the first day of school, we're just going to play today!" She has so much fun as school that she doesn't even realize she learning. | Some of Claire's early Kindergarten artwork and writing
18: It's Football Ti
19: Vols #1 Fan | September 10th | Go Big Orange!! | me in Tennessee! | Go Big Orange!! | Watching the game!
20: Toot toot, chugga chugga! | When the summer heat fades, we head outside! September 18th, 2011
21: No telling how many miles they've traveled on these trikes!
22: GO DUKE! | We love September weather! It's perfect for hangin' out with friends, riding trikes, and playin' some b-ball.
23: September 18th
24: September 20th, 2011
26: September 20th, 2011
27: If music be the food of love, play on: give me excess of it. -William Shakespeare
28: We bonded with CJ while Jennifer was in the hospital with appendicitis | Claire enjoyed reading to CJ while we waited for Jacob at his doctor's appointment.
29: Late September-Early October 2011 | Bathtime in the sink! | Tasting a lemon | At the doctor with Claire | Just chillin'
30: JUST AROUND! | HANGIN' | Can't decide which nickname is better: the "Three Musketeers" or the "Three Stooges"! They really have a lot of fun playing together, but it surely is chaotic! CJ loves playing his drum, but he'd rather play with Jacob and Claire any day. | September 23rd, 2011
31: CJ loves spending time with his aunt and uncle and getting into whatever they're doing, especially when it's their video games!
32: C.J. October 1st, 2011
33: We visited C.J.'s brother Colton in the NICU. He was born earlier this morning.
35: Colton James came into the world 2 months early weighing only 3 lbs. 13 oz. He spent the first month of his life in the NICU. His uncle Jacob and aunt Claire couldn't wait for him to come home so they could meet him. | October 1st, 2011
36: During fall break, we spent a few days in Pigeon Forge, TN and had so much fun at Dollywood! Jacob really wanted to ride the Tennessee Tornado roller coaster, so we did. It was a bumpy ride for sure, and we almost lost our glasses. We stuck to the "kiddie" coaster after that. The kids rode that ride at least 10 times! | Fall Break
37: Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee | October 18th, 2011
38: October 18th
39: Fall Break | fun times on
40: Train Ride | through the Smokies
43: This is one of our favorite photos from Dollywood. It was such a fun day, the crowd was light (at least in the morning), and it was nice and cool. We ate lunch at Red's Drive-In (a 60's themed diner), walked through Dolly Parton's tour bus, rode lots of rides, and did a little shopping. The street shop with the cool hats was our favorite. Jacob ended up choosing the wonderful cheeseburger hat which he hopes to wear to school one day "if they ever have crazy hat day"! Claire must have been hungry since she tried to eat the hat! Jacob's facial expression is priceless! | October 18th, 2011
44: More Fun | FALL BREAK | A few days after returning from Pigeon Forge, we made the trip to Atlanta to visit the Children's Museum. It wasn't as impressive as the CDM in Chattanooga, but the kids enjoyed it enough to spend 4 hours there.
45: Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta | October 21st, 2011
46: Claire enjoyed dressing up like a princess and pretending she was in her castle. She also had fun painting on the huge white board and playing in the "home living" area. Both kids had fun in the delivery truck with a cool conveyor belt and a loader. | Imagination | Curi | Children's Museum of Atlanta
47: "Play is the highest form of research." -Albert Einstein | osity | Creativity
48: The water play area was so neat! We went fishing in the "river" and played in the waterfalls. There was also a cool playground with a treehouse. Of all the attractions at the museum, our favorite was the Tools for Solutions exhibit. We had to move some balls through the contraption by pushing, pulling, and cranking different parts. Then, we had to get the balls out of the water and into a loader crane. "Driving" the crane was awesome!
50: Some of Claire's artwork and writing from early kindergarten Fall 2011
52: October 28th, 2011
53: Jacob's first field trip in 3rd grade was to Ruby Falls. It was cold, rainy, and foggy on the mountain. First we took an elevator down into the cave, then walked about a mile to the waterfall. The kids walked around the base of the waterfall and enjoyed the changing colors. They had a sack lunch, then Jacob and Mom had a snack at the store and met up with Mrs. White's class in the souvenir shop. They were supposed to visit Rock City the same day, but it was postponed due to the rainy weather.
54: Ruby Falls - Lookout Mountain October 28th, 2011 | FIELD TRIP
55: EXPLORE | Jacob bought Claire a princess hat from the gift shop :)
56: A perfect day for hanging out at the farm...
57: Claire's first kindergarten field trip was to the corn maze and pumpkin patch. She made it through the maze quickly and found all of the ink stamp boards. The hayride was a lot of fun except when we passed the cow barn. Yuck. Claire enjoyed playing in the corn, going down the hay slide. and eating lunch with her friends. As they walked to the bus, they got a pumpkin to keep. | ...and enjoying the crisp fall weather. | October 31st 2011
59: Sims Family Farm & Corn Maze October 31st, 2011
60: One of Jacob's assignments this year was to write a narrative about the best Halloween he'd ever had. He chose to write about Halloween 2010, which was our first Halloween at our new house. Claire drew a picture and wrote a couple of sentences about Halloween. She wrote that she likes Halloween because it's spooky. That's interesting since she usually doesn't like spooky things.
61: 2010 | October 2011
62: Getting into Character
63: Boba Fett - Tigger - Batgirl
67: October 31st
68: The day after Halloween and the Corn Maze field trip, Claire's class spent the morning doing some fun crafts and activities - from painting pumpkins to making witches hands out of candy corn and popcorn. Also, Mrs. Brown read a story to the class. Kindergarten is so much fun! | November 1st, 2011
69: and FUN | in Kindergarten
71: After a month in the NICU, Colton finally got to come home on Halloween. Jacob loved holding Colton for the first time. Claire helped Sissy by entertaining CJ. | "A new baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." ~ Eda J. Le Shan
72: Colton James | One Month Old
73: November 1, 2011
75: fall | Carnival | November 5th
76: Cake Walk | Box Maze | ...and he's down! | The Mechanical Bull is not as easy as it looks! | So much to do
77: Claire with her friend Allie | Love the hair, Claire! | "I bet I can make it to the top first!" | Face-painting | at the carnival | November 5th
78: The carnival was so much fun. The kids really enjoyed the inflatable obstacle course. They raced through it many times, but the rope ladder was definitely a challenge. They also did the trampoline jumper once and loved it - would've spent all day on it if Mom had let them!
81: Enjoying the Fall Carnival ~ November 5th ~ | "Be careful going in search of adventure. It's ridiculously easy to find."
82: Neyland Stadium Knoxville, TN
83: Jacob's First Tennessee Football Game | November 5th, 2011 | Mom and Dad took Jacob to see the Vols play MTSU. We sat in the very last row at the top of the stadium. It was a little scary being up that high! The worst part was going down the stairs. The game was great though. UT shut out MTSU 24-0!
84: November 7th 2012
85: A week after Colton came home, we had to take him to the ER because his temperature was too low. He was okay though after they warmed him up a little. | Visit to the ER
86: TAEKWONDO TOURNAMENT | November 12th, 2011 Chattanooga Convention Center
87: As a Level 1 Brown Belt, Jacob competed in his first taekwondo tournament and earned his first medal! | Way to go! | Rock 'em sock 'em
88: November 18th, 2011
89: Kindergarten Parents' Day & Thanksgiving Celebration | "Thanksgiving day will soon be here, soon be here, soon be here Thanksgiving day will soon be here, let us now give thanks. For the blessings of the year, of the year, of the year For the blessings of the year, let us now give thanks. For the homes we love so dear, love so dear, love so dear For the homes we love so dear, let us now give thanks."
90: For Thanksgiving, Claire drew some cute turkeys and a pilgrim. On one of her turkey pictures, she wrote, "I like Thanksgiving because it has turkey. I wear orange." She also drew a picture of what she is thankful for: She wrote, "I have special family and friends."
92: At Thanksgiving, Jacob wrote a narrative about what he is thankful for in 2011. Also, he made a book of language arts activities related to the book, Molly's Pilgrim. To the left is the cover that Jacob drew for the book.
94: Our Last Visit with Reo November 21st, 2011 | No one loves you unconditionally as your beloved pet.
95: REO April 1998 - November 2011
96: It's the moments I spend with you that build the memories which last a lifetime. | On November 23rd, the Bomar boys (Jonathan, Ryan, and Josh) and Ella came over to visit. Two hours playing outside followed by some fresh chocolate chip cookies = a good day :)
98: Fall-Winter 2011
99: Claire loves to dance! This was her 3rd dance class and her 2nd time taking jazz/hip-hop. Besides learning the Christmas recital number, "E-mail Santa," they spent a lot of time working on specific dance steps and skills, like face-stands, coffee grinders, strutting, heel digs, stag jumps, and pirouettes.
100: Brotherly | November 30th | CJ & Colton
101: Jacob does a great job feeding his 8-week-old nephew, Colton | November 22nd
102: Decorating for Christmas | December 2nd, 2011
103: For the first time in 12 years, Mom decided to get some new Christmas decorations. Back in 2000, we bought some inexpensive red and gold ornaments for our first Christmas. Over the years, about half of them broke. It was time for a change. Mom chose a wintry blue and silver theme with a lot of fancy ornaments, snowflake decorations, garland, mantle pieces, a large wreath, shiny bows, and a set of large silver bells as the focal point of the tree. It was a nice change of scenery for the Christmas season! The next big change will hopefully be a 10-12 ft tree to fill up the living room :) | The End Result
104: Christmas Mall Recital | Hamilton Place Mall December 10th, 2011 | Claire's jazz/hip-hop class danced to "E-mail Santa" on center stage in front of a crowd of hundreds. This was her third mall performance. She was brilliant, of course!
106: On December 12th, 2011, Jacob tested for his Level 2 Brown Belt in taekwondo. He did his form perfectly and was very confident in his sparring demonstrations. It won't be long before he earns the coveted black belt! | Brown Belt Testing
108: Jacob was promoted to a Level 2 Brown Belt after passing his testing! | Taekwondo | Awards Ceremony | December 17th
110: Field Trip | SEE
111: December 14th, 2011 | ROCK | CITY
113: The 3rd grade field trip to Rock City was one of Jacob's favorites. He, Jack, and Preston explored the caves and trails together. Jacob loved the swing-a-long bridge. It was very foggy, so the view from Lover's Leap was not good. We couldn't see anything! The boys had a lot of fun though.
114: December 14th 2011
116: Claire's Christmas Dance Recital
117: Memorial Auditorium Chattanooga, Tennessee December 17, 2011
119: Claire danced to "E-mail Santa" again with her jazz/hip-hop class. She was so excited to dance on the same stage we saw the Wiggles perform on in November of 2008!
120: Taekwondo | Level 1 - Level 2 | Sept. 2011 - Feb 2012 | Brown | Belt | Keep your guard up! | Class
121: Jacob was excited to be a brown belt because it meant that he was more than halfway to black belt! Classes are intense and include forms, pad drills, bag work, board breaking, and sparring. As a brown belt, Jacob's favorites are forms and bag work. | Set it. Fire it. Freeze it!
122: Claire drew this great picture of herself and Jacob opening Christmas presents, and she wrote a few sentences about Christmas.
123: Third graders do a lot of writing! One of Jacob's assignments was to write a letter to Santa. He also made a wonderful Christmas card for Mom and Dad with some great illustrations of a Christmas tree and a candy cane.
125: On the last day of school before Christmas break, the kids had their class parties. Claire made a gingerbread house out of graham crackers, icing, and candy. Jacob goofed off with his friends. Everyone was so excited about being out of school for Christmas! | December 20th
126: December 24, 2011
127: Christmas Eve with Pops and Memaw
128: Christmas Morning 2011
129: Christmas was extra special this year since CJ and Colton were celebrating their first Christmas with us. Santa brought tons of gifts for all of the kids.
130: "In the eyes of children, we find the joy of Christmas. | Gifts | from | Santa | From race cars to movies to board games and gigantic whoopee cushions (our personal favorite!) ...they got it all and more.
131: In their hearts we find its meaning." - Leland Thomas
133: There was truly an abundance of gift-giving in our house this Christmas. Jacob was excited about his new focus target, and Claire was thrilled to get a mini pillow pet. CJ couldn't decide which new toy to play with, although he seemed to prefer the ones with wheels. Of course, he was happy playing with his feet too. Colton wasn't sure what to think about all of the commotion.
134: They both agree that their favorite gift this year was the XBOX 360. | Claire and Jacob have never been more excited than when they opened their last gift...
135: excitement | A feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness | Christmas 2011
137: Christmas evening, Nana and Papaw came over to celebrate even more Christmas with us. We ate, opened presents, and enjoyed watching the kids play with all of their new toys. Jacob was excited about all of his new Tennessee Vols stuff and his RC tank. Claire was all smiles when she got a new medical kit and lots of girly stuff, like hairbows and jewelry. Gifts are fun, but the best part about Christmas this year and always is spending time with each other and seeing the kids have so much fun. We are truly blessed.
138: Time For Cake! | It's Party Time! | Happy 1st Birthday CJ! | CJ's 1st Birthday December 29, 2011
140: We had a great experience with the Upward program at Peavine Baptist. Jacob played basketball on the Cardinals team, and Claire was on the cheerleading squad. Games were played at Heritage Middle School. | January-February 2012
142: Upward Basketball and Cheerleading | January-February 2012
143: “Tomorrow’s victory is today’s practice.” -Chris Bradford | Practices at Peavine Baptist Church
144: Parents' Day | On Parents' Day, Mom got to have lunch with Jacob at school and then was treated to a fun program in the classroom. Each student created a slide with clues about themselves. Then the parents had to guess who it was. After that, Mrs. White surprised the kids by putting their pictures on the screen again, but this time they had been edited to make them look silly. Everyone had good laugh. It was a fun afternoon! | January 20th, 2012
146: 3rd grade
147: Biography of an American Hero | Jacob wrote a biography of Mary Mcleod Bethune while studying democracy and the fight for the right to education | He also had to draw a picture for the cover, so he traced a photo of her and colored it in. Everyone, especially Mrs. White, was very impressed with the final result. | January 2012
148: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:14 | GOAL | Nice Shot! | Dribble that ball! | Upward Basketball | January-February 2012
149: He loves the pre-game sausage biscuits! | What's the game plan? | Defense! | Get the Rebound!
150: S-C-O-R-E Raise that Score! | Upward Cheerleading | January-February 2012
151: "Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go." -Joshua 1:9 | HOPE | Let's Go Upward!
152: On February 9th, 2012, Jacob tested for his Level 3 Brown Belt in taekwondo. He performed very well! During sparring, he almost got kicked in the head a couple of times, but he blocked the kicks. It's fun to watch him progress through each level; he improves his accuracy and confidence every time. It's hard to believe he's been in taekwondo since the summer of 2007! We didn't make it to the awards ceremony this time, but Jacob did earn his next rank of Level 3 Brown Belt.
154: "Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself." -Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant | PRIDE | At Boynton, PRIDE stands for Positive Results in Dynamic Education. Its purpose is to encourage and promote students in loving and respecting themselves, others, and their school community. Each grading period, students who have demonstrated good character qualities, such as respect, honesty, and responsibility, are recognized at a special assembly. Claire was one of the honorees for the 3rd 9-weeks. We are so proud of her for being such a positive member of her school community! Way to go Claire! After each PRIDE member was introduced, they were treated to a front row seat for the special movie. | February 10th, 2012
155: PRIDE | pride | pride | "Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity." -William Blake
156: February 14th, 2012
157: On Valentine's Day, the kids had class parties at school. We spent the night before V-Day filling out tiny cards (paper airplanes and cute kittens) and attaching Kit-Kats and Hershey bars to them. Claire's class made 'mailboxes' out of cereal boxes and, along with all of their candy, everyone ate cupcakes, chips, and grapes for snack. Jacob's class had about the same thing for snack, but most of them used paper sacks for their Valentine cards. After school, the kids opened their Valentine's gifts at home. They each got Xbox point cards, cute stuffed monkeys, a book, and a ton of candy! They were so hyper! | Happy Day! | Valentines
158: Post-Game Fun
159: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward." -Col. 3:23-24 | HEART | The Cardinals | January-February 2012
160: At the end of the Upward season, an awards ceremony was held at the church. Gutsy the Flying Fox was there for entertainment and to share the Gospel through some funny skits. Even Nana was called up on stage to help out with one! Everyone was cheering as Gutsy performed slam dunks after jumping off a trampoline. Claire's cheer squad performed their cheers for the crowd, and Jacob was shocked when he was the lucky winner of the gift card and t-shirt! The whole Upward experience was great for all of us.
161: Upward Awards Ceremony | February 24th, 2012
163: February 2012
165: February 2012
166: The kids create so many projects and pieces of art over the course of a year. It's difficult to decide which ones to include in the family scrapbook. These are just a few of the things they made in 2011-2012. All of Jacob's work and art was for school. Claire's drawings were ones that she did at home. | Jacob - age 9
167: Claire - age 5
168: Afternoon | at the | PARK
169: February 25th, 2012 Stephenson Park
170: They love the huge disc swing at Stephenson Park! Claire could spin around on it all day and love every minute of it. Jacob enjoyed pushing the girls around. They must have spent at least half-an-hour playing on the disc swing! | February 25, 2012
172: February 25th, 2012 | Stephenson Park
174: February 25th, 2012 | Stephenson Park
176: February 25th, 2012 | One of our favorite restaurants!
178: Febraury 26th, 2012 | Jacob & Claire
179: Even though it wasn't Mom's actual birthday, we went to Provino's to celebrate. Of course, we'd make any excuse for that yummy salad and those tasty garlic rolls!
180: February 26th, 2012
181: A child's smile is one of life's greatest blessings.
182: your | The weekend's almost done, the moon is low in the sky I feel like going out before the night passes by I won't just sit around when life becomes a drag I dance I like the bass, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up I like the boom, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up I need guitar, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up I like that drum when it goes, boom tih-boom tih-boom Let's dance! What the weekend, what the night is all about Let's dance! Grab your girlfriends, grab your boyfriends, sweat it out Let's dance! Move your whole body and let's start the party Too much rock for one girl can make her go crazy I need someone to dance with me baby, dance! The music's on, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up My favorite song, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up The beat is strong, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up We'll dance, c'mon! | Winter-Spring 2012
183: The weekend's almost done, the moon is low in the sky I feel like going out before the night passes by I won't just sit around when life becomes a drag I dance I like the bass, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up I like the boom, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up I need guitar, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up I like that drum when it goes, boom tih-boom tih-boom Let's dance! What the weekend, what the night is all about Let's dance! Grab your girlfriends, grab your boyfriends, sweat it out Let's dance! Move your whole body and let's start the party Too much rock for one girl can make her go crazy I need someone to dance with me baby, dance! The music's on, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up My favorite song, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up The beat is strong, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up We'll dance, c'mon! | This is Claire's 4th session of dance classes, and for the 3rd time she is taking jazz/hip-hop with Ms. Nikki. They are working on a dance for the recital in June. The song they are using is "Let's Dance" by Miley Cyrus.
184: Winter-Spring 2012
186: "Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one." -Dr. Seuss | Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday
187: March 2nd, 2012 | "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." -Dr. Seuss
188: KINDERGARTEN | On Dr. Seuss Day, Mrs. Brown set up a store, and each student got to go shopping with the 'money' they had earned for completing work and good behavior. Parents sent in all kinds of small toys and trinkets to stock the store. Claire said "I just couldn't decide what to get, but I got 5 things - pencils, erasers, and 2 small Barbies." | March 2nd 2012 | Kindergarten
189: When I was a little kid, not so long ago, I had to learn a lot of things I didn't even know, How to dress myself, tie my shoes, how to jump a rope, How to smile for a picture without looking like a dope. But of all the things I learned, my favorite of them all, Was the little poem hanging on the kindergarten wall. Of all you learn here, remember this the best Don't hurt each other and clean up your mess. Take a nap every day, wash before you eat Hold hands, stick together, Look before you cross the street. Remember the seed in the little paper cup, First the root goes down, then the plant grows up! -'Kindergarten Wall' by John McCutcheon
190: We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything | March 3rd 2012
191: than when we are at play.
192: September 21st, 2011
193: Mrs. White's class was fun for Jacob, and he accomplished a lot throughout the year. He really enjoyed reading in the loft when he finished his work. | 3rd grade | 3rd Grade | March 30th, 2012 | March 5th, 2012
194: Time for Recess! | March 5th, 2012
195: March 5th, 2012 | September 21, 2011 | Will, Jake, Jacob, and Zachary May 18th, 2012
196: Physical Education | I'm the queen of the hula-hoop! | Physical Education | P.E. | March 5th, 2012
197: Most days in P.E., kindergarteners jog around the gym, do exercises (like sit-ups, planks, and jumping jacks), and then go to stations where they choose from various activities (like hula hoops, basketball, jump ropes, scooters, wall ball, and tetherball). Some days they get to play other games, like Get That Trash Out of My Yard. Claire loves this game! She says, "We play with tiny balls and throw them on the other side of the gym as fast as we can. When Mrs. McKnight blows the whistle, we hold up all the balls, and whichever side has the most balls, they lose."
198: March 6th, 2012
199: Colton James | 5 Months Old
200: March 6th, 2012
201: C.J loves getting into trouble!
202: Hangin' Out with Colton
203: March 6th, 2012
204: We had a great time at (Claire's friend) Allie's birthday party
205: March 10th 2012
206: Jacob Claire | AND | March 11th, 2012
207: "Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring - quite often the hard way." ~Pamela Dugdale
208: March 13th, 2012 | Jacob's 3rd grade class visited the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA. They toured the rocks and minerals gallery and learned about the different types of rocks and minerals found in the Earth and in everyday products.
209: TELLUS SCIENCE | museum
210: March 13th, 2012 | Rock Sorting
211: Panning for Gems | Lunch Time | After touring the rocks and minerals section of the museum, the class was divided into teams for a little rock-sorting competition. The kids really got into it! Jacob's favorite part of the trip was panning for gems. They were small and hard to find, but that made finding them much more rewarding - especially since the kids got to keep the ones they found. The field trip concluded with a picnic lunch under the pavilion. What a fun day! | March 13th, 2012
212: Top row: Anna Wilks Will Veal Beth Walker Jake Cobb Paige Monroe Taylor Quinn Jack Wather Preston Howard Skyla Witler Bottom Row: Zachary Sexton Edy Atwell Abby Toomey Blaine Turner Kadie Eaves Natalie Stone Anna Dye Damian Wyburn Jonathan Bomar Jacob Simpson Walker Davis | Mrs. White's 3rd Grade Class
213: Tellus Science Museum March 13th, 2012
215: Jacob's Book Review | March 2012
217: Claire's Mini-Masterpieces | Kindergarten 2011-2012
218: Let's Dance! | March 2012 | Ginger Brown's Dance Academy Ringgold, GA
220: Hooray for Recess! | Gracie, Allie, and Claire | Sophie, Anna, Allie, and Claire | March 2012
221: ”Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul.” -Friedrich Frobel, ”Father” of modern kindergarten | Allie, Claire, and Hailey | Claire, Allie, Grayson, and Gracie hanging out with some other kindergarten friends on Old Faithful
222: Recess at Barnacle Bay | Claire is very social and loves recess! She plays all kinds of make-believe games (from princesses to vampires) with her friends.
223: March 30th, 2012
224: Jacob and CJ are Best Buds
225: March 17th, 2012
226: They love closing themselves up in foam square boxes and busting out of them!
227: March 17th 2012 | CJ tries to help Colton with his breathing treatment
228: Jacob Level 3 Brown Belt | Class at Ed Rose's Taekwondo Academy Spring 2012
229: Forms and Sparring Clinic March 17th, 2012 | Taekwondo | It's not whether you get knocked down...it's whether you get up. -Vince Lombardi | Taekwondo | It's not whether you get knocked down...it's whether you get up. -Vince Lombardi
231: On March 18th, 2012, we went to the circus with Mom and Nana. We enjoyed seeing all of the animals, especially the huge elephants. The gymnasts performed a very impressive routine on the parallel bars, and the motorcyclists inside the globe were awesome! Our favorite was the double hamster wheel. The performers were spinning so fast and even running and jump-roping on top of it. A few times, we held our breath thinking one of them might fall. After the show, we had breakfast for dinner at IHOP. It was a fun evening!
233: Wave your ribbons in the air Wave them 'round without a care Wave your ribbons in the air Spinning while you're there. Ribbons red and ribbons white Watch them float with such delight Making sure you keep it light Ribbons red and white. Wave your ribbons in the air Spinning 'round to show your flair Lightly floating in the air Spinning while you're there. -"Wave Your Ribbons in the Air" by The Wiggles | In music, kindergarteners get to sing, dance, and play instruments. Claire has enjoyed singing some solos and playing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the piano for her whole class. She also loves dancing with the ribbons. She really enjoys all aspects of music! | March 22nd, 2012
234: This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Island From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me As I was walking a ribbon of highway I saw above me an endless skyway I saw below me a golden valley This land was made for you and me I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts And all around me a voice was sounding This land was made for you and me The sun comes shining as I was strolling The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling The fog was lifting a voice come chanting This land was made for you and m | This land is your land, this land is my land | You are my sunshine my only sunshine. You make me happy when the skies are grey You'll never know dear You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. | Head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes. Head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes. Eyes and ears and mouth and nose Head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes | March 22nd, 2012
235: You are my sunshine my only sunshine. You make me happy when the skies are grey You'll never know dear You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. | This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Island From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me As I was walking a ribbon of highway I saw above me an endless skyway I saw below me a golden valley This land was made for you and me I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts And all around me a voice was sounding This land was made for you and me The sun comes shining as I was strolling The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling The fog was lifting a voice come chanting This land was made for you and m | Head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes. Head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes. Eyes and ears and mouth and nose Head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes | Mom spent a day in Claire's music class and loved watching the kids sing and dance to some of their favorite songs, including the Chicken Dance!
236: 3rd graders get to play instruments and play a lot of games in music. They sing sometimes too. On this day, they played Categories and played different instruments to the beat. | Fun Times in
237: March 23rd, 2012
238: March 24th, 2012 Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center
239: As a level 3 Brown Belt, Jacob competed in his 2nd taekwondo tournament and won 2 medals: one for forms and one for sparring. Way to go Jacob!
240: Mrs. Brown's Class March 2012 | All I really need to know I learned in | KINDERGARTEN
241: Claire worked very hard in kindergarten, and she spent a lot of time with her nose in a book. That explains why she learned to read so well in such a short period of time this year! | Claire helped Mrs. Brown a lot by passing out papers, running errands all over the school, and helping her classmates with their work after she finished her own work.
242: Claire enjoys reading, especially with her best friends, Allie and Anna. | Time for
243: Kaleb must have been telling the girls about the great book he just read. | Great book choice Claire! | March 29th-30th 2012
244: Third Grade Phys. Ed.
245: The most popular game in P.E. for 3rd grade boys is Wall Ball! | March 30th, 2012
246: Claire's class celebrated Easter by dying eggs, having an egg hunt in Mrs. Robertson's room, and doing Easter crafts. They also got to have an egg toss out by the ball field. | March 30th, 2012
248: The 3rd grade classes took turns hiding eggs on the playground for each other. It took the kids just as long to find all the eggs as it took the other class to hide them. There are a lot of great egg-hiding spots on Barnacle Bay! It was great to see them with big smiles on their faces... even 3rd graders still enjoy egg hunts.
249: March 30th, 2012
250: March 30th, 2012 Mrs. White's 3rd Grade Class
252: DROP | Egg | The Annual Boynton Elementary
253: March 30th 2012 | Every year around Easter, the 3rd graders have an egg drop competition. The kids have to invent and create a contraption that will protect a raw egg from breaking during a 15 foot drop from the roof of the school. Jacob decided to "work smarter, not harder." He went with a nerf football, cut in half, and hollowed out just enough so that an egg could fit snuggly inside. He taped it back together with duct tape. It worked like a charm!
255: Tellus Museum Cartersville, GA | Spring Break April 3rd, 2012
256: Jacob enjoyed his field trip to the Tellus museum so much that we decided to go back with Nana over Spring Break. We got to see all of the other galleries that we missed before. Claire's favorite part was seeing all of the different kinds of rocks "because they were so beautiful and colorful." Jacob really enjoyed the Science in Motion gallery with all of the old cars, space memorabilia, and the cool helicopter. | April 3rd, 2012
258: Claire wrote and illustrated a story that she also narrated and turned into a video online. This is part of the story. | April 2012 | http://littlebirdtales.com/tales/view/story_id/96198/
259: Near the end of the school year, Claire was obviously thinking about the upcoming summer break. | May 2012
260: April 7th, 2012 Mountain View Christian Church Ooltewah, Tennessee
261: Ashley & Troy's Wedding
262: A Beautiful Day
263: April 7th 2012
264: Cammi, Jacob, and Claire
265: April 7th, 2012
266: April 7th 2012 | Claire
268: Jacob | April 7th 2012
271: Jacob & Claire | April 7th 2012
273: Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. ~Floyd W. Tomkins | April 8th 2012
275: April 9th, 2012
277: On April 13th, the kindergarten class visited the Chattanooga Zoo. After learning about mammals in the zoo classroom, Mom took Claire and her friend Grayson around to all of the exhibits. We ran into some other friends, like Allie and Gracie, along the way. The peacocks were beautiful. We enjoyed the petting zoo and seeing the cute little monkeys (cottontop tamarins). Claire's favorite animals were the peacock, the flamingo who looked like he had no head, and the tamarins.
279: Field Trip | April 13th 2012
281: Chattanooga Zoo April 13th 2012
283: April 13th 2012
285: On April 11th, 2012 Jacob tested for his Level 1 Red Belt in taekwondo. He is getting sharper and more confidant with every new rank. We are so proud that he has stuck with his training and reached this level. Only a few more testings before Black Belt! | Awards Ceremony April 20th, 2012
286: Playing Happy Action Theater & Just Dance on the XBOX
287: Smurfette? No, it's Claire after having a little too much fun with the sidewalk chalk! | Jennifer and the boys came over and brought Mollie and Rory with them to hang out for a while. Everyone had a lot of fun playing video games inside and basketball and four square outside. | April 21st 2012
288: April 21st, 2012
289: Mom taught the kids how to play the classic game Four Square
290: April 21st, 2012
291: Family,Friends, & Fun | Claire, Colton, Jacob, CJ, Mollie, & Rory
292: April 28th, 2012
293: Legoland in Atlanta was a blast! We spent 4 hours doing all of the activities. The kids' favorites were Kingdom Quest, where you ride around on a track and shoot virtual bad lego men (like Toy Story Mania), and the Merlin's Apprentice ride, where the more you pedal the higher you fly. Jacob also mentioned the 4D movies as being one of his favorite attractions.
294: LEGOLAND | April 28th, 2012
296: Friends, Fun, and One Really Big Field! | FIELD DAY | Mrs. Brown's Kindergarten Class | Kindergarten
297: May 4th 2012
298: The kids competed in a potato sack race, 3-legged race, and a bouncy ball race. | Playing in home-living after field day festivities | Ouch!!
299: Kindergarten Field Day Competition | FIELD DAY | FIELD DAY | FIELD DAY | The class had a party for student teacher, Ms. Whaley
300: This photo was taken on Field Day at the party for Ms. Whaley. What a great group of kids and teachers! | Mrs. Brown's Kindergarten Class 2011-2012
301: May 4th 2012
302: Third Grade Field Day | May 4th 2012 | "Team White" | Go Jacob!! | Oops, sorry! | Left, Right, Left, Right...
303: Over, Under, Over, Under... | We're in the lead! | Run Run Run!
305: It was a tough match, but "Team White" finished victorious! | May 4th 2012
306: May 4th 2012 | Mrs. White's class earned the title of Third Grade Field Day Champions by earning the most points for all events! | 'Toilet-Paper the Teacher' Race
307: At the end of field day, the 3rd graders lined up thinking they were getting ready to play another water game. Then, without warning, the teachers and parents started launching water balloons at them! It was such a fun day!
308: Stone Mountain, Georgia | 3rd Grade Field Trip | May 10th 2012
310: Jacob really enjoyed the low ropes course, zip line, and Geyser Towers, the huge playground with the geyser that sprayed every few minutes. The huge carving on the side of Stone Mountain was pretty cool too!
311: May 10th 2012
312: We rode the tram up to the top of Stone Mountain with Preston. The view was amazing, but it was very windy. After that, we rode the train around the park with Blaine. | Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. | STONE MOUNTAIN | -Dr. Seuss
313: May 10th 2012
314: Gifts from Claire
315: Gifts from Jacob | Mother's Day | and | Father's Day
316: Always a New Adventure | Career Day | Bomb Squad | Veterinarian | Police | Martial Arts
317: What do you want to be when you grown up? | May 15th 2012 | Fire Rescue
319: 2011-2012 | May 15th 2012
320: May 2012
321: These pages are from a book that Claire made about her favorite memories from kindergarten. It was a great year for her. She made a lot of friends in her first year at Boynton; Anna, Allie, Sophie, Grayson, Gracie, and Kelsey were her best friends. Mom asked her if she had any friends who are boys. She just gave Mom that "Are you kidding me?" look and said "No!" Mom also asked her what was the craziest or funniest thing about kindergarten? She said "I am!! I always made my friends laugh by making silly faces!" (class clown, maybe?) Her favorite foods in the cafeteria were the "spicy" chicken, grapes, broccoli, and cherry juice pops. Her favorite class was math because she says she's "really good at it." She loved recess time the most though. Her least favorite time at school was computer lab because they "just had to sit there and play games the whole time. It was boring!" Kindergarten was a fun and productive year for Claire. Her teachers, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Bell, were so sweet and really helped her improve, especially in reading and writing. She went from barely being able to sound out 3-letter words to reading beginner chapter books by the end of the year. Also, her writing became significantly more detailed, and her she began to understand that words need to be neat and have spaces between them to be read. At the end of the year, Mrs. Brown recommended Claire for the Horizon program, which she tested for in May and was accepted! | Claire in Kindergarten
322: At the end of the school year, Jacob wrote a letter to next year's 3rd graders telling them what 3rd grade is like. | Jacob got into tracing in 3rd grade. This was a picture he traced of Greg from his favorite book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
323: So....What Is | Like? | May 21st 2012
324: Superstar Students! | The kids were both honored for their achievements this year!
326: OF | The third grade put on the County Fair on the last day of school. Jacob, Walker, and Damian created a game in which kids had to use a nerf gun to knock a spider out of its web. All of the games were based on the book "Charlotte's Web". Jacob ran his group's game by himself most of the time and did a great job!
327: Claire's class spent the last few hours before summer break playing in a bouncy house, eating popsicles, and playing on the smart board! It was a great year, but everyone was looking forward to summer!
328: Dress Rehearsal Memorial Auditorium Chattanooga, TN June 8th 2012 | Mom was so excited to curl Claire's hair for the first time. She had to do a practice run the night before the dress rehearsal to make sure it would turn out well. The final result was super cute!
330: Dressed for the class performance: "Let's Dance" by Miley Cyrus
331: Ginger Brown's Dance Academy Recital Memorial Auditorium - Chattanooga, TN June 9th, 2012
333: June 9th 2012
334: Claire is a beautiful little dancer! She loves being on stage performing under the lights, and she is such a joy to watch. "Step In Time" was this year's recital theme. Claire's class danced to Miley Cyrus' song "Let's Dance" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins.
335: June 9th 2012
337: June 9th 2012 | Dressed for the production number "Chim Chim Cher-ee"
338: Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop Ginger Brown's Dance Academy Spring 2012
340: The kids played in 18 inches of water until we were able to get the ground leveled. Of course, they seemed to enjoy the small amount of water just as much as a full pool. | Time for | We finally got a pool! But, when we started filling it up, we realized that it was nowhere near level enough! Oops!
341: swimming! | (well, sort of) | June 17th 2012
342: Trip to Indiana | June 23rd 2012 | Hangin' out with Trey, Jackson, and Lindsay
343: We made a quick trip to Indiana for Dad's high school reunion. We enjoyed spending time with the family at Jimmy's house, watching Trey play baseball, and eating at Real Hacienda. We always love visiting Indiana!
344: Football | with the | Get him Claire! | Touchdown Jacob!
345: Go long Jackson! | Tackle him! | Kids vs. Adults | June 23rd 2012
346: Nothing like a friendly light saber duel amongst family | Despite a few hard hits and some tears, this was amusing to watch.
347: May the force be with you. | June 23rd 2012
348: Study Time!
350: July 4th 2012
351: We spent July 4th (and pretty much all summer) swimming with friends!
352: July 4th 2012
353: Obviously, we got a lot of use out of the pool this . It was a lot of for everyone (including half of the neighborhood!)
354: July 6th 2012
356: Claire begged to take taekwondo in the summer since she would not be taking dance. She got to be in the big kid class this time, which she was definitely ready for. Mr. Rose said that she really has a talent for martial arts. Her kicks and punches are powerful for a five year old for sure!
357: Summer 2012
358: TAE KWON DO | Summer 2012
359: Although some days it was hard to get motivated to go to taekwondo classes in the summer, Jacob was determined to continue progressing through the ranks!
360: July 13th 2012! | !
361: The best job in the world is being Mom
362: Claire lost her first tooth and got her first visit from the tooth fairy! | July 15th 2012
363: Other than a dimple in a cute little chin, What's more adorable than a toothless grin? ~Azu "Betty" Espezia
364: June 9th 2012 | are a family's greatest treasure, the founders of a loving legacy, The greatest storytellers, the keepers of traditions that linger on in cherished memory. Grandparents are the family's strong foundation. Their very special love sets them apart. Through happiness and sorrow, through their special love and caring, grandparents keep a family close at heart. | Grandparents | 2011-2012
365: "What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, life lessons. And, most importantly, cookies." -Rudolph Giuliani
366: Summertime | Claire's friend, Anna, spent the night, and they played dolls, video games, and went for a late-night swim! Jennifer, CJ, and Colton, and Molly also came over one night to play and swim. | Sleepovers
367: July 20th & 22nd 2012
368: Brothers | CJ
369: Colton | & Friends | July 22nd 2012
370: We're Ready to | After more than 8 years of Wiggling, we still manage to get to a Wiggles concert at least once a year (more if possible!) If Mom is counting correctly, this was our 16th concert, and it was a very special one indeed. Not only did we get to see Greg again after his 5-year hiatus, but we also got to chat with a few of the guys (and gals). It was bittersweet though, because 3 of the Wiggles retired after this tour. We were sad to say goodbye but have enjoyed 'Wiggling' through the years. | July 31st 2012
373: July 31st 2012
374: Murray | Jeff | Anthony | Greg
375: July 31st 2012 | Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
378: ! | Claire is happy that she gave Jeff some roses for Dorothy | Getting Strong!
379: Jacob has a bone for Wags | 1...2...3...Wake up Jeff! | Playing the didgeridoo
380: July 31st 2012 | Visit with the Wiggles
381: We got to visit with the Wiggles after the concert, and got a few autographs too. We have never waited by the buses after a show before, and since this was the last concert we would see before 3 of the guys retired, we decided to give it a shot. First we got to talk to Captain Feathersword (Paul Paddick). Then, we snapped a quick photo with 2 of the new Wiggles, Lachy and Emma. Next, we had a chat with Anthony. Then finally, after a long wait and a few raindrops, we got to talk to Greg. After Greg hurried onto the tour bus, the sky opened up. We got a photo of Murray getting on the bus but didn't get to visit with him or Jeff. It was a memorable day!
383: Taekwondo Testing - August 15th 2012
385: August 16th 2012 | Jacob and Claire both passed their rank testings and earned their new ranks. This was Claire's first belt promotion, from White Belt to Yellow Belt. Jacob was promoted to a Level 2 Red Belt. He is only 2 successful testings away from earning a Black Belt! | Awards Ceremony
386: Claire | August 18th 2012
388: August 18th 2012
389: Claire's Frog | Claire's friend, Anna, had her birthday party at River City Pottery. Claire enjoyed spending time with her friends and painting a frog!
390: GYMNASTICS | Jill's Gymnastics in Rossville, GA
391: Jacob was so sweet to read a book to Claire while we waited on the results of the x-rays. Claire was such a trooper. She knew what to expect since she had had a cast before. The cast she got the next day at Sports Med was waterproof. That was a blessing for sure! | After 2 years of dance, Claire wanted to try gymnastics. Her first class was on August 9th 2012. Unfortunately, after only a few classes, she fell from the high bar onto a springboard and fractured her wrist. Mom didn't think it was broken, but we made the all-too-familiar trip to PM Pediatrics anyway. | August 30th 2012
396: It's nice growing up with someone like you - someone to lean on, someone to count on...someone to tell on! | Siblings | SIBLINGS