Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Honor Roll

Grace made the Principal's Honor Roll for Second Grade.  All As all year! Rich and I are not sure where the smarts came from because we never remember having such an accomplishment ourselves.

The Recital

This year's recital amazed me.  I was so proud of both of the girls.  Caroline had a challenging piece and I remember the first night we practiced I thought to myself, "Miss Anni wants her to play this?"  Caroline rose to the challenge and full of poise and confidence hopped up on that bench and player her heart out!

Grace was a bit nervous about her violin piece this time around. She was nervous that she might mess up and people would notice.  I tried to give a little pep talk and tell her that I do not know many 7 year olds who can play two musical instruments.  As she put her violin on her shoulder and began to play I held my breath and was astonished at how far she has come with the violin.  The sound was beautiful and her smile was even more beautiful.

This year the girls had two special guests: Aunt DG and Mrs. Van Cott.  It was a treat to spend the afternoon with them.  The girls were overjoyed with the beautiful flowers that Mrs. Van Cott brought for them.

We are taking a small break this summer and then will be be back to Asecendo to spend our Monday nights starting in the Fall.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bill the Lion

Grace came home with heart breaking news the other day.  One of her classmates had informed the class that Bill the Lion at the zoo had cancer and that he was soon going to pass away.  Grace's love for Bill the Lion goes back to when she was 1 year old.  We would go to the zoo on almost a daily basis.  Each visit she would only want to go to see Bill and nothing else.  We would have to convince her to go to other areas and often time she would just fall asleep or close her eyes so she didn't have to look at other animals. Bill will be greatly missed by Grace and many other children of Fort Wayne.
Bill, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo's male African lion, was diagnosed with cancer Wednesday and won't be on exhibit when the zoo opens April 23, the zoo announced Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Easter 2016


There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of 

books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

Wherever you find Grace this is likely a book nearby.  Grace loves to go to the library to look for new books.  Her first choice is to go to the downtown library because they have a cool reading tower where she can take her books to read.  This winter she has read: The Just Grace series, The Horrible Harry series, The Puppy Place series, The Magic Fairy series, The Magic Treehouse series and is now working on The Sisters Grim series.  I've tried suggesting books to her, however she informs me that I do not know her as a reader like her teacher Mrs. Weber does.  Thankfully Mrs. Weber has given her some books to quench her thirst for reading.  

Columbia City Eagles Fan

Grace started attending Columbia City Boy's Basketball games this winter.  She already loves basketball because of Rich.  However, she only gets to go to one IU game a year, but CC games became a close second.  Grace likes to keep stats and tell how much a time is winning or loosing by.  She will also start asking half way through the 3rd quarter if a team is far enough ahead to say they are going to win.  Probably her most favorite part of the games are sitting up high and visiting the concession stands with Uncle Chris.  She was heart broken with the loss at regionals this season, but is looking forward to next season already.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Advent 2015

This year we did something a little different for Advent.  Sonrise (Emmy's church) did something called as "The Christmas Experience."  Each week we were given a word for the week and challenges to help us dig deeper.   We learned the reason it is called Christmas, why we decorate Christmas trees, Who St. Nicholas was, and what Emanuel means.