S: Emily - 2010
1: music airplanes horses science fair Harry Potter sparklers robots 2010 shell hunting roller coasters snow baking art family
2: Pflex is fun this year because she gets to work with Lauren and Emma. Right now they are experimenting with a Lego robotics system. | The McCoys got Emily a marble roller coaster kit. Emily built this one first, and it took over the whole living room. This was more hands-on experimentation: How do you make the marble go faster? What do you have to change to keep it from shooting off the track? How do you keep the dog from helping?
3: We took Emily to the Percy Jackson movie party at Yarborough Library. She was fascinated by the archery corner, though she did try to shoot herself at first. Aim for Medusa! Fudge thought her foil shield was a good excuse to get rowdy. Now she has a suction cup archery set of her own to use in the field. Aim will take some practice!
4: Emily's first science fair project, 3rd grade. She designed an experiment to test crystal growth. | Alum grew the coolest crystals, but Borax was a lot less expensive. | Emily's observations are full of very scientific terms like glistening, amazing, and "crystal goosebumps". Rhyming observations are even better.
5: Celebration Ringers | Emily has passed the test for making herself grilled cheese. | Let it snow!
6: Day Trip to Burnet | We visited Longhorn Cavern, complete with tiny pipistrelle bats, a natural dog formation, and "bacon". | Emily's favorite part of the Vanishing Texas River Cruise was the island stop for shell collecting.
7: Attacked by a topiary tiger! | Weekend in Houston | Emily doesn't think she's outgrown the little children's zoo. | We also went to the Health Museum, with a cool holographic exhibit which measured your height to display your organs in the proper position.
9: Springtime in Texas means bluebonnets, and when you have a whole field of them, you have to take pictures! | How many people have Easter dragons to deliver eggs? | The paper towel was as pretty as the eggs!
10: For the spring recital, Emily played the Rondeau from Masterpiece Theater with Lauren and the Gavotte by Lully on her cello (1/2 size). She also participated in the district art show. | We love Ms. McElroy! | We love Ms. Lori! | Emily wished she had a chance to finish Harriet Tubman's eyebrow. | The Gift of the Leaping Dolphin
11: Emily has managed to climb the pear tree , with Harry Potter. | Mrs. David 's snail project inspired Emily to catch her own . | Magic bubble duck
12: It's the end of 3rd grade! Emily said goodbye to her teachers for the summer. | Ms. Radcliffe Language Arts | Ms. McBride Math | Ms. David Science & Social Studies | Ms. Paulson Music | Ms. Langley Gym | Ms. McElroy Art | Ms. B Librarian | Parmer Lane Leopards | Emily's end-of-year awards
13: San Diego | Emily was drawn to the koi in the reflecting pond, modern art, and the roots of an amazing tree in Balboa Park .
14: At the Beach Emily didn't care that the water was freezing; before we knew it she was in all the way. No shells here, but seaweed is fun! | Rudolf, the seaweed float | Jump rope, anyone? | Back to sea!
15: Children's Beach Once favored by families with young children for the calm water behind the breakwater wall, swimming is no longer allowed because seals like it for the same reason and have claimed the beach as their own. | Body surfing | One small, lone sea lion sleeping on the breakwater steps.
16: koala balls sleeping baby panda up close with a cheetah and its dog companion contemplation with an orangutan | San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
17: Imagine it's a hippogriff... | The gorilla's nose. Really? | Salty!
18: The fangs are coming in. | Twelve more inches to Lock of Love. | This summer, Emily decided to try her hand at violin. | Anything higher than her elbows is too short.
19: A 4th of July celebration at Woodhaven with the McCoys. Multicolor sparklers were perfect for Lumos duels with Dad. | It was fun until Grandma lit a screamer and commented that she hoped no one would call the police on her. That was the end for Emily, who scurried into the trailer, convinced Grandma was going to be arrested.
20: Horse camp at Switch Willo! Emily enjoyed three weeks of horses this summer. For the first show, she rode Danny (most improved rider). In the second show, she got Brown Zippy (best heels down). For the last show, Emily rode Casey (best posting trot). | Danny
21: Casey | Brown Zippy
22: At the Beach Emily declared she doesn't want Grandma to move to Austin because her apartment is two miles from the beach. | a real, live starfish!
23: Emily's favorite coaster on the movie side was the Rip Ride Rocket. It went almost straight down ! | Emily posed a terrified look in front of the Mummy ride since Grandma had ridden it before and been scared. | But that's not really why we went to Universal...
26: Where better to go for Butterbeer than the Three Broomsticks? It was every bit as tasty as we hoped, as evidenced by Emily's smile.
27: Ross and Emily took the Dragon Challenge, conquering both the Chinese Fireball and the Hungarian Horntail roller coasters. | Grandma came one day, too.
30: We hosted a Food Network cooking party, complete with apron decorating, fruit and dip, homemade ice cream, and a taco bar. | Happy 9th Birthday, Emily!
31: The favorite activity, though, was decorating the cupcakes with frosting, fondant, sparkle gel, and sprinkles. We had turtles, butterflies, mermaids, and princesses. Oh, and a big, delicious mess. | The chefs: Sameen, Emily, Lauren, Elena, Natalie, Cezanne, and Katie
32: Emily designed and carved this year's pumpkin all by herself. | Happy Halloween!
33: Trick or treating with Lauren, a green M&M. Emily reprised her Hogwarts costume. | Her new loft cabinet has great coffin potential.
34: Here are some of Emily's chipkeys, a small creature she invented. The coat of each chipkey is unique and matches its name and personality. Boys can be identified by their fangs. | Emily created this drawing in art club with Ms. McElroy. The dragon has pencil tip claws and a paint brush tail. Horses and dragons, two of her favorites!
35: Emily drew a future class of students. One is stepping on the other's foot, check out his face! | She had to add arrows to clarify the order of her speech bubbles, or it would have sounded like brain damage from drugs was cool. | For Red Ribbon Week, the students had to make posters about the career they wanted where not using drugs would help them meet that goal. | She was very proud of her brain.
36: Walter has been a true friend from the beginning. Mom did a good job with the remembrance service.
37: This is the view from Grandpa's bench at Lemon Street. | Rainbow prisms greeted us in the Serenity Garden at Mayo when we went to spread some of Grandpa's ashes. Beauty is always there.
39: A shell collection for Grandpa's bench as a reminder that we love him. | Russ and Emily go for a walk
40: This year, Emily was too big to lift, so she used the ladder to put on the star. | O Come All Ye Faithful for the Hanging of the Greens. | Christmas is coming! | Allegro from Vivaldi's Sonata No. 5 on cello and Bach's Minuet No. 3 on violin. | Everyone played We wish you a Merry Christmas.
41: Multicultural Day | 4th grade created the rain forests of Central and Southern America.
42: The San Antonio River Walk | Jon got the San Antonio tour, including the Alamo. It was a beautiful day for walking.
43: Emily "helped" with fake engagement photos. She loves hanging out with Jon (and running away!).
44: We got you a violin. | We got you a piano. | We got you piano music. | Oh, and a real piano you can play it on. | Emily's only Christmas wish was a piano.
45: After the McCoys' visit, Grandma Calderwood came, too. | We went to the Blanton Museum of Art. | We also made a cookie tree - easier and more fun than a gingerbread house. Grandma sent the kit, but didn't know what it was. Surprise! | Merry Christmas! | Freehand horse love snowflake