Monday, May 30, 2011

Honoring Our Fallen

Saturday we went out with our Cub Scout Pack, the Boy Scout Troop, a bunch of Veteran's and Active Duty to honor our fallen heros for Memorial Day.

Our small service was to place flags on the graves. Regrettably, I forgot to take pictures of the actual flag placing - I was immersed in looking for graves and making sure the boys were being respectful. I believe I can say we did not forget any of our fallen.

I did take some pictures while we were getting instructions - this was just part of the group that showed up. There were a lot of people and we covered many of the cemeteries in Sumter County. It made me feel proud to know that people still cared.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day and took at least a few minutes to remember why we celebrate this holiday.

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday Cindy

Friday was my sisters 46th birthday. Well, would have been, but we lost her in 2006.

So, I thought I'd share the story of how her oldest got her name. Her name is Amanda Elizabeth - but Cindy wanted to name her Mandy Beth. Why? Maybe some of you have an inkling already - but just in case you don't - songs.

Cindy's favorite song was Mandy by Barry Manilow and the guy who donated the sperm, well his favorite song was Beth by Kiss.

In case there are any youngsters out there who don't know these songs, I'm including them. I just wanted you to be aware that my whole family picks names in random weird ways - not just me with the names in a hat!

I miss you Cindy.

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Field Day 2011

I know, field day was over a week ago. I'm not being lame, but really, too much happened at one time! So now I'm finally getting around to posting the field day pictures. My batteries went dead really early into the day - I guess I took too many pictures the day before.

 they did boys vs. girls in volleyball

 my future daughter in law

 scooter races
inside - where it wasn't a million degrees!

That's it - all my field day pictures before my battery died. I missed the water relay - and that was good!

Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, May 27, 2011

The End of Fourth Grade

So, yesterday Zach was promoted from the 4th grade. I didn't take too many pictures (I know, hard to believe, huh?) but I did get some. Some are on hold for next weeks Embrace the Camera, but I'm willing to share the rest. Of course.

This school year went by so fast. I still don't know if I'm sold on the SC public schools. Zach seems to be doing well though so we may stick it out for another year. Undecided at this point. I have to say that now he has been in private school, public school, and homeschool. He's the most randomly educated child I know.

But enough with the yap yapping, here are the pictures.

 Getting his awards 
and what did he earn?

 A/B Honor Roll for the year

 A/B Honor Roll for the 4th quarter

 Promotion to 5th grade

 Here he is with his friends
(except for the kid on the far left - 
Zach says he's just some random kid 
who decided to join in!)

Chit chatting after.  The boy he's talking to 
is a 4th grader too no - I'm not kidding 

I'm so very proud of Zach for all his hard work this year. And since I'm such a great parent I got to request his 5th grade teacher *shhh*! 

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's Your Song? 5.26.11

Oh my - Thursday is a busy day! I'm linking up with Amber at Goodnight Moon for her What's Your Song hop. I love this hop because I'm so old school with my music and it allows me to hear lots of new songs that get tuned out. I mean - I watched American Idol last night and was not impressed with Lady Gaga or Beyonce but Judas Priest and Steven Tyler? Well, you see why I need my musical horizons expanded, right?

But you're here for music and I'm being all wordy and weird. I picked this song because I heard a George Michael song on the radio the other day and while searching through videos I found this one. So I said to myself "Self, what's better than George Michael AND Sir Elton John?" Well, nothing - so here it is!

Until next time ~ Kris

Embrace the Camera 5.26.11

OK - not only is it Embrace the Camera Day 
It's also my Daddy's birthday!
So even though you don't have a computer

Now - on to the pictures - yes two of them this week. Why? Because we had a field trip and field day last week *sheesh* people, think about it!


I already have pictures for next week too
because I just came back from Zach's promotion ceremony
for just a few more days I will have a 4th grader.
I'm so not ready to think about 5th grade right now

OK so here we go...

 this is our picture at the State House 
from the field trip
I concentrate too much I think!
But Zach - well that boy is always ready
to have his picture taken 

And this one is from field day
you can't tell but we are wearing matching t shirts!
{of course - like I wasn't going to buy field day shirts?}

This week instead of linking up with Emily 
{I hope you feel better soon!}
The link is with Amy at Buggie and Jellybean

So link up - and give props to all the moms who are brave enough to step into the pictures!

Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's on My Phone?

I know, it's not Tuesday but I still need to dump my phone pictures
You know, all those bits of randomness that happen
Sometimes, I have to sit and think about Why I took a certain picture
and sometimes I can't remember
but here they are anyway

Yes, it ended up being so stupid hot this day
I mean stupid hot
and it's only May

 You should know this face
Miss Emma

 And this one
Mr. Matthew

 Miss Emma again - being all 

and little Master John

Not one of my nieces or nephews!
Yep, you read that right
this is my friends daughter
Little Miss Emily

 A diorama (or model or whatever you want to call it)
of the succession ball 
apparently held in Charleston when SC 
succeeded from the United States

Dang thing was so big it took two pictures
These South Carolinians are very proud of their
Civil War Heritage
I find it kind of disgusting
*It offends my Northern Sensibilities*

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, May 21, 2011

*Fourth Grade Field Trip*

So, Thursday I ventured forth with the 4th grade from Cherryvale on their one and only field trip this year. We went to the SC State Museum and the State House. It was a long day, but the kids seemed to enjoy it and really, isn't that the only thing matters?

The museum was hosting an Animal Grossology Exhibit - and boy, was it named correctly!

I took so many stinkin' pictures. This post is just a select few from the museum - I'll have to do the State House later. I'm not patient enough to sort through all 100 of them for one post!

On the train that used to run from Charleston to Augusta

Our small tour group

 Learning about school from back in the day

 Part of the Animal Grossology Exibit

The fly talked and moved just to make it more weird!

 Mrs. Dantzler - she was Zach's homeroom
Social Studies and ELA teacher this year

 Miss Shaw and Mrs. Bright - 
Mrs. Bright is in the white sweater
she was Zach's math teacher this year

 Now you can see Miss Shaw
she was Zach's science teacher this year

On the right, Mrs. Pryor
Zach's reading (and favorite) teacher this past year
On the left is another parent volunteer

That's it for now - stay tuned for more posts from the field trip.

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Embrace the Camera 5.19.11

Wow. I haven't done this in a while. I'm not sure why I stopped - but I have a picture today. So let's

Not only did I get new glasses, but so did Zach. I've got to start making our appointments six months apart! But here we are sporting our new looks!

I actually took it with my phone - I'm getting better with the phone at least - the camera still needs a ton of work!

Until next time ~ Kris

What's Your Song? 5.19.11

Thursday - I had a different song picked out for today. Then I went on a field trip to the State Museum and the State House. I saw some things that were disturbing (but trust me that's another post!). This song was in my head almost the whole trip.

So, hook up with Goodnight Moon and hear some other tunes!

Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What's on My Phone?

The May 17th edition.

My niece hooked me up this week! Yep - we've got pictures of the kiddos again!!

sometimes you're just not ready to start the day

 food is not just for the belly

but the face - oh I want to be the aunt who 
pinches cheeks so bad!

She's not all cute and cuddles though
damn - wait til her first boyfriend sees this sucker!

The mama to the munchkins
she got her hair cut exactly like mine
but didn't know it.
It's a style this family looks good in apparently!

That's it for today! Come back on Thursday when I start embracing the camera again!

Until next time ~ Kris