October 29, 2010

King Science Quiz Competition

On Friday, Noah was part of a team of 4th grade students from Skinner to compete at the King Science Quiz competition. He was so excited the night before that he was worried he wouldn't be able to go to sleep. He did.

The competition started by answering science questions, went on to a team building competition and ended with a planetarium show. Perfect morning for my science boy. He and his teammates had a blast.

Not only did Noah have fun, but he won first place in the individual portion of the competition! Needless to say, he was thrilled. I was definitely proud of him but I was even prouder of the way he handled himself. He was a gracious winner and was just as proud of his team, which took second place. Just maybe, some things are sinking in.

Party Crashers

"What? The party's tomorrow? But I'm ready for s'mores now!"

October 18, 2010

Insight Through Apple Crisp

Setting: Sunday afternoon.
  • Nicole in kitchen preparing to make apple crisp.
  • Noah and the neighbor girls playing in the backyard.
  • Joshua sitting on the front steps playing by himself.

Hmmm. Why isn't Joshua out back with everyone else?

When I asked him he said he didn't want to. I asked if something happened and got the standard one word answer - No. I let it go but asked him if he wanted to help me make apple crisp. To this I received an enthusiastic "Yes!" and someone to help peel apples.

While peeling and slicing our talk revolved around apples until there was a short pause and Joshua quietly said the reason he wasn't playing with everyone was that Noah was being mean and yelling at him. After we talked a while longer he decided he was ready to play and ran out to join the group.

As he left I couldn't help feeling like I'd been given a gift. First, it was nice to have the opportunity to chat one-on-one without his brother to interrupt or add comments. Second, I realized that I had discovered the secret to getting him to open up and talk. Thank you!!!

This will not be our last apple crisp.

October 17, 2010


Last week we made it out to Martin's Orchard near Ceresco to pick apples. I didn't realize that our boys were such city slickers until we heard comments like these on the drive:
  • I don't see any man-made structures.
  • All I see is dead corn. Everywhere I look, dead corn.
  • How long can you breathe in dust before you die? Like two minutes? (While driving on a country road)
  • Ahhh, unpolluted air (with nose buried in shirt).
Once we arrived though they were in their element. Here's the proof...

We brought home 18 pounds of apples.