Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bronx Zoo or bust.........

Ok so we set off this morning for the Bronx Zoo.  I made it down to Fordham Rd in 45 minutes.  I was so pyched.  We get to the zoo exit and it is bumper to bumper.  Normally it would take 5 minutes from the exit to the parking lot.  IT TOOK AN HOUR AND A HALF!  We were ready to scream.  We get to the parking lot to find that it is full and so are all the other ones.  GRRRRRRR!  The Bronx Zoo was a bust!  I didn't want to drive all the way home, so I decided to take the kids to one of my favorite places, Manor Park. I have such awesome childhood memories there.  My parents used to take us a lot and we'd go for walks and climb on all the rocks.  It is such a cool place. 

I love this place!

Yes, they are practically wrestling on the word ~ DOPES! ;)

Climbing one of the "huts"

Hi Ry!

Danny just relaxing

The only one who will really pose for me now
Shore Club in the distance, cannot wait for the summer!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lacrosse has begun......

"Turn on the heat!"
Boy what a difference a day makes.  I know these are not the best pictures, but I just wanted to show how horrible the conditions were yesterday for Jack's first game.  It was 41 degrees, with pelting rain and wind.  John and Jack were absolutely freezing.  I think Jack's hands and lips were blue were a good hour or two after the game.  The good news is they won!  Onto today, what a nice day for Ryan's first game.  About 60, a little breezy, but the sun was out for the most part.  And we're 2 for 2, Ryan won his game too, woo hoo!

Jack wanting nothing to do with taking pictures.  Too cold!

Ryan #4

Getting talked to by the ref for spearing, still learning the game lol.

Great job Ryan!
 So excited for this week, it's SPRING BREAK!!  So glad we don't have to wake up and rush out the door.  I think we'll head into the city one day and the Bronx Zoo another day. Well, that's all for now, off to do some yardwork.  Hope you have a great Sunday!

Friday, April 15, 2011

School Happenings.....

Libby's Nan in Jolly ol' England
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Well....there's been a lot going on at school, I didn't want to sit and complain for the whole month, maybe it was a blessing in disguise that I was super busy with the fundraiser.  Anyway, last night the town council voted to not give the BOE any extra money. This of course upset a lot of people but I think it may be ok. I don't know about any of your BOE's but ours seems to miraculously find money every year.  And if that happens I am going to scream, it will be for the most part a happy scream, but an aggravated one too. For the past month we have been wondering what was going to get cut, who was going to get cut etc. And I just think that is terrible to do to people.  In the meantime, I had the MYSTERY READERS come in.  This was awesome!!  The parents gave me 2 dates that they could come in, I chose one, sent out a calendar, they emailed me 5 clues about themselves, the last 2 being very obvious to their child.  Then I'd have that student go out and check out who the mystery reader was.  To see the looks on their faces when they realized it was their mom, dad or grandma was priceless.  The coolest one was when we skyped a little cuties grandma in England.  So, so cool.  Today, Alyssa Capucilli, the author of Biscuit came to school for a visit, and this is how we rounded off Literature Week.  The mystery reader was a great segue into this week, worked out perfectly. 

Winter Football League Champs!!

Jack #56
Have I ever mentioned that I like football???  Like??? I LOVE IT!!!  lol.  Jack played in a winter league and I was in my glory, I love watching my kids play.  His team went undefeated 6-0 and they won the championship.  He had a great season and great time.  I cannot wait for him to play in high school.

Awesome catch!

Way to go Jack!!!
This was the championship game, it was the day after the art auction.......I was a little tired and needed lots of salty things to eat if you know what I mean ;)

Murder Mystery at the Art Auction

Well, the last month has been CRAZY!!!  I was running a fundraiser at Danny's school.  It was a Murder Mystery/Art Auction.  We called it Murder Mystery at the Art Auction.  Each class was responsible for creating an art project that was auctioned off.  I LOVE doing this but it is a lot of work.  The projects were fabulous.  Each grade level had a theme and the mom went with it.  It was slim pickins getting people to do this though. And I ended up pitching in a lot more than I wanted to, however, the end result was great, we had a blast that night and we raised a little money for the school.  Below are some of the projects:
bowls-4th grade projects, framed art on left 5th grade and canvas print on right kindergarten

1st grade platters and 3rd grade inspiration stones

I love these, the mom uses clay, ribbons and driftwood.  So pretty!

Mixture of 5th, K and 2nd grade projects

Dancin' Queens