Sunday, November 20, 2011

Creative Aubrey

Aubrey is very creative and quite the little artist. She LOVES to draw and color. This is Strawberry Shortcake and I was amazed at how good it was.

Derek came to me in the kitchen and said that I needed to go look at Aubrey in her room. She was roasting a marshmallow over a campfire.

The campfire is a play stick of butter.

The marshmallow is a sock.

The stick is a play spatula.

She is just too cute!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Student of the Month

Ethan was chosen as Student of the Month for the trait of compassion. The last three years he has always been chosen in October, which coincided with dressing up in Halloween costumes. This year October was not is lucky month, but his class did have a dress down day for selling the most in a fundraiser we had. This is what Mr. Menard wrote about Ethan:
"I am happy to select Ethan Overton as my student of the month for the trait of compassion. Of all the character traits, one of the most important to me personally is compassion. The ability to look at others and see their need for help, and wanting to give them that help goes to the very core of what we try to teach at Imagine...that character and how you treat others is just at important as knowledge. The Dalai Lama has said that, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." This goes along with our push to fill each others bucket because that in turn will fil our own bucket. Ethan is constantly thinking of others and how he can help them, and fill their buckets, and show compassion for them. When we recently got a new student Ethan was the first person that I thought of to show them around the classroom, and to help them feel welcome, because I knew that he would show compassion and help them fit right in, which of course he did.
Recently, his mother told me a story about why Ethan might be tired one morning, and it was because his sister was having a bad night and was in pain, so being the compassionate person that he is, he stayed up extra late to hold her hand, and try to make her feel better. For those reasons, and so many more, I'm happy to announce Ethan Overton as our student of the month for compassion."

As part of their reward for selling fundraiser items, Ethan's class got to throw pies at Mr. Menard.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Aubrey At Dance

Today was a parent observation, so Ethan and I sat in and watched Aubrey at dance class.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Derek's 38th Birthday

We celebrated Derek's 38th birthday today. I made him his favorite red velvet cake, but it turned out really ugly. At least it still tasted good.

We got him a keytar, but it was not full keys so he would not really be able to use it much on stage. We decided to resell it on Ebay and buy him a new suit instead.

Friday, November 11, 2011


We were in NC visiting Nana and Papa and wanted to celebrate 11/11/11. Derek has always been partial to 11:11, so we had been planning to do something on this day. We decided to draw names and get each other 11 things that person likes. Nana of course loved the idea right away.

We opened our gifts at 11:11 of course.

Ethan got a Cheerwine.

Aubrey and her Sweedish Fish.

flavored water packets

Nana and Papa opening their gifts

I got Derek's bag at the dollar store and did not realize it only had one handle on it until I got it home...oh well!

Our tradition of eating at South 21 when we go to the Southern Christmas Show.

Ethan scored a marshmallow gun from the Christmas Show.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


We had our annual trip to the Volusia County Fair. Ethan was allowed to bring his friend Gage this year so he would not be the only boy. It rained some and we got a little wet, but we still had a good time.

We started out with the World Famous Frisbee Dog Show, and it was actually pretty good.

The fun house is always a hit and running through the spinning barrel at the end.

Waiting in line for the Starship 4000, the favorite ride of last year.

They liked it again!

Bumper cars!

Anxiously awaiting the beloved red velvet funnel cake from last year!

Gage is not so sure about this red velvet funnel cake we keep talking about.

He quickly became a fan!

Ethan and his buddy Gage.

Aubrey being crazy on the Crazy Bus.

Not everyday you turn around and see a Llama behind you.

Aubrey HATED the dragon roller coaster.

Aubrey's favorite ride this year...the Tornado. She had to ride this at least 10 times.
She is showing me "Wow," something she learned at school. She holds up 3 fingers for the W's and her mouth is the O.

Aubrey was afraid of the moving barrel last year and would not do it. The first time through, the man had to stop it for her to go through. The second time, she thought about it and

decided she would go through with Caitlin.

A good time was had by all!