A puppy nap.
She's 3 months old.
Her name is Luna.
Our new rescue puppy!
Our STAND club was in the newspaper!
Pottermore
Pottermore
"One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world."  (Malala Yousafzai)
May 25, 2015
I'm 11 years old today!
A special sundae for Birthday Girl.
We ate lunch at the LongHorn.
A Ninja Turtle cake!
This is the 11th time I've blown out candles in my life.
Thyme celebrated with me.
A mysterious letter delivered by an owl.
We're on the same swim team.
A Hogwarts book bag.
A poster for my door.
... owls.
A person can never have enough ...
Two great books from ...
... Grandma and Grandpa!
Elves Legos!
For the artist in me.
Nail painting time.
May 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
Of course, we HAD to play outside, too.
The First Year
The First Year
The Second Year
The Second Year
The Third Year
The Third Year
The Fourth Year
The Fourth Year
The Fifth Year
The Fifth Year
The Sixth Year
The Sixth Year
The Seventh Year
The Seventh Year
The Eighth Year
The Eighth Year
The Ninth Year
The Ninth Year
The Tenth Year
The Tenth Year
The Eleventh Year
The Eleventh Year
4th Grade's Farewell Music Program
My last performance at Salk Elementary
May 28, 2015
My Lake County Public Library reading award.
Playing with Julianna.
Samantha, Oren, and Nolan visited us!
June 30, 2015
Bubbles for Brayden (June 4, 2015)
Tennis camp with Coach Wooden and Coach Simon.
Footwork is important.
The sweet spot.
Quickness and speed help, too.
You have to keep your eyes on the ball.
It takes a lot of concentration and practice.
June 16, 2015
June 17, 2015
Swim practice.
Advice from Coach Nicole.
Sharing a laugh with ...
... my friend, Thyme.
Julianna, Nolan, and Chloe came to watch practice.
June 17, 2015
He's one of my all-time favorite teachers.
A daddy-daughter day.
June 20, 2015
Third week of tennis camp.
June 23, 2015
June 23, 2015
Wheeeeeeee!
An afternoon at the pool with Lucas.
Learning the butterfly method from Mr. Sturgess.
I introduced him to my owls.  (June 30, 2015)
Adjust the goggles.
The approach.
Jumping.
Adjust the cap.
The descent.
Splash!  My FIRST time off the HIGH dive!
The approach.
Adjust the goggles.
Jumping.
The descent.
Splash!  My FIRST time off the HIGH dive!  (July 7, 2015)
Adjust the cap.
Our annual trip to the Greek Festival!
July 10, 2015
Brayden rode the dragon wagon and the ...
We both won prizes at the ring toss.
... caterpillar ride all by himself.
Gone fishin'.
We rode the ferris wheel three times.
Wheeeeee!
Showing off our ...
... potato heads.
Our annual trip to the Greek Festival!
Back to the Greek festival.
July 12, 2015
Mommy helped Brayden reach for his prize.
... the caterpillar were huge hits.
Ring toss and ...
Minions!
Brayden's first time ever seeing a movie in a theater!
July 14, 2015
Swim club banquet night.
Alex and Kimberly are getting married July 21!
Alex and Kimberly are married!
July 21, 2015
That makes me Lucas's auntie!
Playing a math game with my tutor.
He stayed with us this week.
Playing Jurassic Park in the bushes.
We took Lucas to see the Minions.
July 26, 2015
Playing with Charles and Kyle.
A visit from Nolan, Samantha, Julianna, Oren, and Chloe.
July 31, 2015
I've got Oren's attention.
This is one of Mommy's baby dresses.
A mug with Snoopy and his name.
Showing Uncle Andy my room.
Introducing him to the owls.
A late Christmas gift for Uncle Andy.  (August 14, 2015)
Playing a game with the vending machine munchkins.
The vending machine at the Chinese restaurant.
I taught Uncle Andy how to play Crazy 8s.
I taught him to play Mystery Date, too.
August 14, 2015
August 17, 2015
Waiting on the school bus.
It's the first day of 5th grade!
August 19, 2015
My book bag and supplies bag are heavy.
Off to my new school!
Time to say goodbye.
We saw Malala's film today!  (October 11, 2015)
He Named Me Malala
He Named Me Malala
Swimming in Minnesota with Grandma and Lucas.
Visiting Grandma and Grandpa!
Leaving Minnesota
The Mississippi River
We met a pink elephant on the way home.
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October 25, 2015
Our 2015 pumpkins
Halloween 2015
I was Maleficent and Daddy was the Old Coot (again).
Ready to go Trick-or-Treating with Daddy
Inspired by the new Star Wars movie.
It's BB-8.
November 22, 2015
My first snow creation of this winter.
That's me with the cast of Junie B. Jones The Musical!
Chicago Street Theatre
Chicago Street Theatre
November 23, 2015
It's a throne.
After- school snow sculpting.
Brayden's 5th birhday was yesterday!
His birthday party is about to begin.  (November 28, 2015)
December 14 edition of the Post-Tribune
STAND = Socially Together and Naturally Diverse
Our You Matter Because notes
Mrs. Rogowski is the STAND sponsor.
Our STAND club was in the newspaper!
Our STAND club was in the newspaper!
Making pizzas and ...
... gingerbread houses.
Storm Trooper Brayden and Johnny Vader
December 20, 2015
December 24, 2015
Charles' 25th birthday!
December 24, 2015
Christmas Eve = Charles' birthday.
Tracking Santa.
NORAD Santa Tracker
Christmas Eve 2015
Setting up treats for Santa.
Merry Christmas Eve, Santa!
Milk for the cookies; pop for on the go.
Santa is kinda messy.
Christmas morning.
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
He left me a thank you/Christmas card.
Furbacca!
Harry Potter stuff ...
Santa was good to me.
... of course.
Kimberly, Alex, Charles, Lucas, and yours truly.
Julianna, Chloe, Nolan, Oren, Samantha, and me.
Oren helped her Mommy open gifts.
Mezmerized by the Snoopy globe.
A hug for my brother Nolan.
Christmas 2015
Christmas 2015
My 12th Christmas.
Christmas 2015
Christmas 2015
The fort.  (December 31, 2015)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Internet Resources
Mr. Lackey founded STAND in 1998.
Mrs. Rogowski is the STAND sponsor at my school.
STAND Annual Memorial Brunch
A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
STAND Annual Memorial Brunch
A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 16, 2016
STAND = Socially Together And Naturally Diverse
Each of us told the audience what we stand for.
The middle and high school STAND members joined us.
All three clubs sang ...
... Draw The Circle Wide.
January 16, 2016
We said the STAND Pledge.
THE STAND PLEDGE
I believe that every person has worth as an individual.
I believe that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of their differences.
I believe that every thought and every act of prejudice is harmful.
If it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as to others.
Therefore, I will strive daily to eliminate prejudice from my thoughts and actions.
I will discourage prejudice by others at every opportunity.
I will treat all people with dignity and respect.
And I will strive daily to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my efforts.
Our pop tab collection benefits Ronald McDonald House.
September 6, 2016
September 6, 2016
Zeke was unsure about a new puppy at first.
Zeke and Luna are getting acquainted.
He's not so sure yet.
Wedgie mostly disappears for extended periods.
She wants to play.
February 24, 2016
The blizzard of 2016
15 inches of snow!
Puppy after I GOT ON the bus.
Puppy watching me wait on the school bus.
Easter 2016
BFFs!
Thyme visited on my spring break.
It was a sleepover without much sleeping.
April 5, 2016
Daddy 's birthday!
April 3, 2016
My card made him smile.
April 3, 2016
Luna is so lovable and ...
... sometimes silly.
April 2016
Belated Easter fun with Brayden.
We baked a cake.
April 2016
... saxophone.
I tried the oboe, clarinet, and ...
I'm going to be an alto saxophone player!
April 30, 2017
Helping Johnny with play dough.
April 30, 2016
Brayden made pizza.
Doctoring Grandma.
April 30, 2016
Playing Mystery Date with Brayden and Johnny.
Most amusing.
April 6, 2016
My teacher and STAND sponsor at the school board meeting. (May 17, 2016)
I met the new Assistant Principal for next year.
Mrs. Bonin will be our new principal next year!
The Thirteenth Year
The Thirteenth Year
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The Fourteenth Year
The Fifteenth Year
The Fourteenth Year
The Fifteenth Year