"The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of a better humanity."  (Marie Montessori)
We had lunch at the Longhorn.
Celebrating my 9th birthday with Madisyn.
We had our very own table (no grown ups).
May 25, 2013
Princess Diaries 2
After lunch, we celebrated at home.
Seasons 6 and 7!
After cake and presents, we played outside.
Lucas, Charles, and Alex played with me.
Grandma and Grandpa sent me this frisbee.
My brothers, Kimberly, and Lucas watched Star Wars with me.
Playing with Lucas.
The Ninth Year
The Ninth Year
Bend it like Beckham!
June 1, 2013
My new soccer net from Grandma and Grandpa!
A play date with Lucas.  My first sleepover guest, too!
The Merrillville Marlins | May 29, 2013
Riding to school.
(We're disguised as fish.)
A play date with Lucas at the mall.
June 7, 2013
Glow Golf!
Kimberly treated us to a fun day!
My 2013 Read-A-Thon Trophy!  I read 110 books.
Coach Simon
My first pair of glasses!  (June 12, 2013)
My first week of tennis camp.
Coach Allison
June 13, 2013
Footwork is important.
We run laps to build endurance.
We're learning to volley.
Tennis camp is awesome!
Hitting the ball takes lots of concentration.
June 13, 2013
I donated many of my books to a school.
Father's Day
June 16, 2013
I'm raising money for my swim club.
The USA Swimming Foundation Swim-A-Thon
June 21, 2013
Brayden and Mommy cheered me on.
Sponsors pledge donations for each length.
Coach Chris escorted me on my final length.
100 LENGTHS!!!
High fives from Coach Chris and ...
... Coach Jackie!
100 LENGTHS!!!
The USA Swimming Foundation Swim-A-Thon
Painting with Brayden.
June 26
My second swim meet (June 26, 2013)
My new pool.
Fourth of July fun with Lucas.
The pool and ...
July 4, 2013
... the park with Lucas.
July 5
July 5
We had pizza and root beers.
Waiting for tennis camp to start.
July 9, 2013
My tennis camp friend.
July 9, 2013
Congratulations from Coach for a good job.
Some tips from Coach Simon.
July 9, 2013
Six hours after tennis, it's time for swimming.
I've mastered two strokes and I'm learning two more.
HERE I AM
July 13, 2013
Brayden's first ferris wheel ride!
The Greek Festival
HERE WE ARE
The last day of tennis camp.
July 16, 2013
My new Hamster, Chewbacca!
We call him Chewy, for short.  (July 18, 2013)
It's Uncle Andy!
He brought me Yiayia's dolls! | Koukla means doll in Greek
July 25, 2013
I introduced him to Chewy.
They got along just fine.
July 25, 2013
Uncle Andy and Daddy are so silly.
Have a safe trip home.  I love you!
Uncle Andy has rabbit ears.
Uncle Andy took me shopping for school supplies and ...
... accessories!
July 30, 2013
We visited the photo booth at the mall.
Very serious pictures.
Leftovers from lunch at the Olive Garden.
Checking the shopping list.
Bingo!
July 30, 2013
Taking a walk in the neighborhood.
Thank you, Uncle Andy!
I love you!
Lunch with Aunties Mary and Lisa!  (August 6)
I showed them my games on Mommy's phone.
Visiting friends in South Bend.
It's so good to see her again!
Meeting Miss Artie for lunch in Niles, Michigan.
Uncle Andy showed me Yiayia's grave.  (August 12)
My great grandparents and great, great grandmother.
Yiayia died the year before I was born.
Chloe and Julianna visited me from Ohio!
Dressing up in my Halloween costumes that Mommy made.
My sister-in-law Samantha and my brother Nolan.
I haven't seen Julianna in five years.
We had so much fun!  (August 18, 2013)
They almost forgot Lady Bug.
Bye!  Come back soon!  I love you!
The first day of third grade.
It was an awesome day!
August 21, 2013
Day 3 of third grade.
What big ears you have, Daddy!
It's going to be a great school year!
August 23, 2013
The cast of my original movie, The Adventures of Hero McSaveme and Agatha.
Agatha
September 14, 2013
Hero McSaveme
Garb O. Hungus
The Adventures of Hero McSaveme and Agatha
Playing Wizard of Oz Monopoly with Lucas.
September 27, 2013
Kimberly took me and Lucas to the apple orchard!
Feeding the goats.
We followed the rules, of course.
They sell pumpkins in October.
Sitting in the tractor wheel.
Inspecting the pumpkins.
October 13, 2013
Speaking of goats ...
Before the events.
I won two events and came in third in another.
My first win in swimming!
October 16, 2013
See it on YouTube (I'm in lane 1 at the bottom).
A preview of my Halloween costume.
October 24
Virginia has a monster on her door!  (October 28)
Our 2013 pumpkins.
Trick or treating with Daddy.
Student of the Month!
November 11, 2013
I'm a '50s teenager.
November 14, 2013
It's 1950s Rock 'n' Roll Day at my school.
Nelson Mandela
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's
soul  than the way in which it treats its children."
ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT LEADER | PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA (1994-1999)
Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
Nelson Mandela Day
In Memory:  Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela Biography (Nobelprize.org)
What the ...?
Brayden is mesmerized.
Holding hands with Santa.  (December 7, 2013)
Riding to school with Daddy.
Playing with Zeke.
December 12
He loves the snow.
November 15
Santa was generous!
Celebrating Charles' 23rd birthday.
December 24
He brought me a special locket that was all about me!
A winter outfit from Kimberly.
Kimberly and Lucas celebrated Christmas with us.
Charles scored a lot of Minnesota Vikings stuff.
Protein for Alex.
Samantha and Nolan drove in from Ohio.
A hug for my brother Nolan.
Playing with Cousin Marin in Minnesota.
Visiting with Cousin Margaret.
Aunt Sarah and Uncle Mark.  (December 26)
A Christmas mug and hug for Grandpa.
Grandpa and Grandma | Minnesota | December 27
Samantha and Nolan went to Minnesota with us.
December 27
At the Rochester Athletic Club with Grandma.
Showing Grandma my backstroke.
December 28
Grandma helped me address a card.
December 27
December 28
Uncle Andy took me bowling and out to dinner.
Listening to Nolan and Grandma ...
... playing dulcimers.  (December 28, 2013)
Girl Scout bowling.
I won!
My friend Madison was there.  (January 11, 2014)
I won!
Tigertastic
I swam 126 laps!
My second Swim-A-Thon
Coach Jackie congratulated me at 100 lengths.
Raising pledges for my swim team.
My goal was 110 lengths.
Raising pledges for my swim team.
126 laps!!!
Celebrating Mommy's birthday!
Chloe's kitty needs surgery.
Mommy is a most excellent surgeon.
A birthday hug for Mommy.  (February 22, 2014)
Are you okay, Fred?
My swimming awards.
February 22, 2014
Visiting Miss Rhonda and Miss Virginia at Purdue.
Hangin' out with Miss Sherry and Miss Shannon.
Waving to Aunties Lisa and Mary.
March 21, 2014
Alex's 30th birthday (first day of Spring).
March 21, 2014
Taking the Girl Scout pledge at the ...
A selfie with our daddies (Jaylen and Mr. Jose).
... Me and My Guy Dance & Pajama Party.
My friend Madison.  (March 28, 2014)
It's Daddy's birthday.
A balloon for every year of his life.
April 3, 2014
Riding to school with Daddy.
Easter 2014
The Easter Bunny just left!
Brayden found his basket before anyone.
She knew I had a thing for Reese's.
We hunted for Easter eggs, too.
The Bunny was generous this year.
Alex is impressed with Brayden's ears.
Brayden's pretty impressed himself.
It's filled with goodies.
They feel soft.
We have the best looking tree in the neighborhood.
After school, I like to smell and pick blooms.
M-m-m-m-m ... Smells good.
May 7, 2014
Brayden is making his own pizza.
(Very serious business.)
May 3, 2014
Shaving in the tub.
Mother's Day 2014
She's the best Mommy ever!
Easter 2014
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