Monday, March 4, 2019

Robotics and tid-bits

Spencer joined the Robotics Club at school this year.  It's a "by invitation only" club based on something like grades, behavior, and other such factors. 

Within the robotics club at school Spencer and his friend Julian won a competition, so they got to compete at the district level.  The competition took place Saturday morning, February 23rd.  It was definitely a case of "if it can go wrong, it will go wrong."

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First their robot was forgotten at school and didn't arrive with the others because their homeroom teacher forgot to give it to the robotics teacher. Their robotics teacher left the competition, drove over to school and got it, but then the robot wouldn't work. It took a whole team to fix it, and then, when it was rebooted, the controls were reversed and completely opposite from how they practiced. Then the battery died as soon as their match started. Team Optimus Prime Bot easily won over Team Meme Bot. To be honest, it meant that we got to leave and go home early instead of staying there all day and working up through the levels, but it was still disappointing. 

It was frustrating to even watch, so I can only imagine how Spencer and Julian felt, but they kept it together and at least tried. 

Team Meme Bot in the front, Team I never asked Spencer their team name in the back. 
Moving on to the tid-bits.

Elliott's room has been an outer space theme for, like six months, but we had never changed out these dinosaur frames.  I was so proud of these when I made them when Elliott was a baby, but it was time to say bye-bye to the dinos. 


I made this delicious, but very segmented dinner on Monday the 25th.  Michael usually does the dinner dishes, so he was not happy about all the separate bowls and plates. 
Elliott had gotten sick with a cold on Sunday the 24th.  Now, a week later, it has infected all of us, but that's a story for another day. He coughed so hard on Sunday that he broke capillaries around his eyes and he woke up with all these little petechiae bruises around his eyes on Monday. From a distance they looked like freckles. 
This man was in the waiting room at the dermatologists office for Spencer's light therapy on Tuesday the 26th.  I didn't ask his permission for a picture, so I have protected his identity.  His hair and clothes reminded me of my dad, so I sent the picture to my brothers.  They told me I was wrong.  Nothing about him is like our father.  Ah.  Brothers.  So quick to correct. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Post Valentine's Day

I'd like to say that I haven't been blogging because we've been so busy living a life of glamour and intrigue.  In reality, life has been just regular life without many opportunities for exciting posts. That  leads to boring posts as well as boring titles.  Case in point, the title for this post. 

On Friday, February 15th Spencer got off the bus dressed like this.  He had been at a student council convention that day and his team wore this.  It was hilarious. 

They won a trophy for "best nametag"
Elliott was 7 years 2 months on the 16th.  We talked about taking his picture all day.  Then he went to bed, we remembered, we had to get him up (he hadn't fallen asleep yet), make him change shirts and snap a picture. 

Official.  This is the best we could do under the circumstances. 
On Monday the 18th I took this picture to send to Joni because she had given me this apple.  I had forgotten that though, so I laughed at myself as I was going through pictures for this post.  
My parents gave us their piano on February 19, 2018.  I told them I would get it tuned.  The piano tuner came for the first time on February 19, 2019.  I did not ask permission to take these pictures.  

He said we've got a fabulous little piano here.  
Wednesday the 20th
I have this Peppa Pig set at work.  George is missing.  I can't find him.  I told one of my 2nd graders that I hoped nobody took him.  He told me he thought somebody took George and turned him into bacon.  I was shocked at how quickly that turned very dark. 
The kids were tossing a ball around in the house that afternoon and almost broke something.  Both Michael and I told them to stop throwing balls inside.  They seriously asked where we suggested they play instead.  Um.  How about OUTSIDE.  It was a total revelation to them.  They had never considered such an option. 

AZ was going through a week long cold snap so it was about 50 degrees outside, but they took the ball out there.  Spencer wore shorts and sandals.  

I was going to take a picture of my 2019 calendar each month and share it to the blog.  I forgot for January.  So, on Thursday the 21st I took the January and February pictures.  

Oh Ginger.  I love and miss you so much.  
My friend Laura has discovered this awesome tea that is a local Tucson company.  She sent me a selection, as well as the best tea strainers in the world.  

Friday the 22nd we let Elliott watch Star Wars for the first time.  He really did love it.   

So excited, pre-movie.  

Big brother was not excited about having his picture taken.  

Friday, February 15, 2019

All things Valentines

First off, my Valentine manicure taken days after I did it, so it was already chipping. 

Second, the Valentines we gave to 1st graders. 

Third, the Valentines we gave to teachers. 

Did you notice there was nothing for 5th graders?  Apparently 5th grade is the grade where it's no longer cool to exchange Valentines and Spencer opted out. 

Fourth, Winston made a surprise visit on the 14th.  He had some making up to do for being so tardy before Christmas.  He brought PB cups for the kids. 

The chips were from us. 
And last, the Valentine's Day decor for 2019. 


Inside of the front door.  I just noticed the heart on the knob is flipped over. It's actually red. 

Living room

This is the first time I've ever decorated this table.  It was previously used as a step for Ginger to get up on the couch. 

Entry way table.  This is the first V-Day with the red table. 
Dining room.  I have all sorts of scrap booking happening on the dining room table, so the dining room decorating was minimal this year. 

Entry way bench. See that heart on it?

It's the E from this welcome sign on the coat closet door.  It's been falling off for about nine years. 

Heading into the kitchen

Pantry door
Laundry room door.  I have one of these wreaths on our bedroom door too.  It looks exactly like this so I didn't take a picture. 

Kitchen table

Banner in the kitchen

Banner above the kitchen sink

Kitchen cabinets

On the kitchen island
I have such a hard time taking pictures of this table behind the couch because the angle is so weird, so I took three pictures and sort of spliced them together in a collage. 

On the coffee table

Entertainment center

The piano.  It's the first Valentine's Day in our house. 

Ginger's V-Day decor. 

The mantel

Door to the bathroom

Everyone remembers the new shower curtain, right?

I also lied.  The Valentine's Day home tour was not the last item of this post.  

I have a surprise!

My nephew, Benjamin Stephen, was born on Valentine's Day!  Isn't he amazing?