Thursday, May 30, 2013

Class of 2019!

Exactly one week ago on May 23rd, Kyle graduated from 6th grade! What, how did that happen, how can he be old enough to go to middle school already?! His school makes a big production about ending sixth grade by having a small graduation breakfast for the students and their family members. A certificate of completion is handed out with a tee shirt and awards are announced. Kyle was the first one to be called so I didn't have enough time to run up front to take better pictures! He told me he was glad his class went first and that he was the first one so he could get it done and over with!
 Kyle with his teacher Mrs. J
 He mentioned that he was glad he could sit and watch all his classmates!
I made him take a picture with me! (he was thrilled!)
 Kyle had the option of staying at school if he wanted for his last day, but he was done with school and wanted to go home. I can't say that I blame him, this school was Rough for him. Unfortunately a few of the kids in his class were not very nice towards him this year. The things said to him were very callous and should have never been said. His classmate should have known better than to stab him with a pencil too. He had asked me so many times to home school him and I was so close to pulling him out. Kyle is such a different person when he is at school than he is at home. He is very shy and quite at school, but at home he is neither of the two! One thing that Kyle was excited about this school year was a project he did all himself and ROCKED at it! He has such a creative ability to engineer things out of Lego's and make them work! He made a video on how to build it and posted on my private YouTube account. He presented the video and his Lego model for the class to see and they were impressed with it! Kyle is our engineer in training, he loves to build things out of junk and take things apart and tries to make them work better. I know he has a bright future ahead of him, because he is such an amazing little man (Love You Kyle!)!!!! Blessings, Lisa

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Schools Out!!!!

Finally school is out for the kids! (And I have been for a few weeks!) This past semester seemed to drag by rather slowly for me. Although the highlight of my semester was going to China Town for a field trip! Since I had a class about China our awesome teacher decided to take her classes up to China Town. I did a presentation the week of our trip teaching the class Chinese! Yes, I can speak a little! Let me just say, I rocked that presentation and my teacher and class really enjoyed it! (everyone else did boring power point presentation, so I wanted to be really different from everyone else and use the board. I sure accomplished that!) I had the whole class speaking and writing Chinese during the presentation, it was rather entertaining.

Was was really entertaining was when we went to China Town. I was excited three ladies that I had really became close with over the semesters went on the trip too, which made it even more enjoyable. China Town may only be a couple of blocks long, but wow is it different! The grossest thing for me was walking into the supermarket. As soon as I walked in I had to walk back out! The smell and things I saw hit my stomach and I knew I couldn't handle it. So a friend and I stood outside talking while the others shopped. Later on we had lunch which was good, we ended up ordering a variety of different things to try.
I love looking at the Chicago skyline! See the Willis Tower!

This is the building we stood looking while the others were in the super market! 

Can you see the squid in the window! (its orange and gross!)

 After leaving China Town we decided to head over to Little Italy for some canolli's and Starbucks! That was the highlight of the trip for me! The two areas are very different from each other and I prefer Little Italy! Also, the sun came out when we arrived there, and the people friendlier in that area. It was a great experience and I'm glad I went. Although it doesn't take much to convince me to go to Chicago, I like how different and fast paced the city is from what I'm used to on a daily basis. I like to visit the city, I don't think I could ever live in a big city like that, I like a slower pace of life.

Lindsey went on a field trip a few weeks ago that I had the opportunity to chaperon with. We learned about the canel near by and how life was during that time period on the canel. We also went to the bottom of a gravel pit. (I was rather nervous about it, I have fear gravel pits and how deep they are.) Thankfully we made it down and back up safely, in fact I really couldn't tell that we were 200 feet down in the earth!
The ledge in this picture doesn't look very high up, but it is!
 The dump truck at the top dumping the limestone off to a crushing machine. 

As usual, I enjoyed Lindsey's field trip too! I have thing for field trips, I love to chaperon and I enjoy watching the kids interact with each other along with how they react to seeing something that they only talked about in class.

Not necessarily a field trip, but I helped with Kyle's class for field day last week. I have always enjoyed helping out and watching the kids during field day. This was Kyle's last field day experience at the Intermediate school I felt I needed to be there to watch him one last time along with having fun myself!!!! Blessings, Lisa