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School Traditions: Gingerbread Houses and Manners Party

It was one of those days that took three trips from the car to the school! Definitely a driving and not a walking day. BB had her third grade gingerbread house building project, and BJ had the fifth grade manners party. Between the gingerbread pieces and food for the party, our hands were very full.

Here's BB's finished house, on "Snowy Street." The room smelled fabulous!

BB's Turn for Making Gingerbread

Here we are again: third grade gingerbread! Ever since BJ made his gingerbread, she's been eagerly waiting for her turn! We invited our favorite baking friends over again (BJ made his with A, and so of course BB wanted to make hers with A's sister, B). The girls had a great time and worked very well together. Mixing by hand was their favorite part.

Science Camp!

BJ's trip to Science Camp was a success! He was excited to go -- here he is, all packed up!

Back to School

Whoosh -- here we are, back to school again!

BJ is in fifth grade, and BB is in third grade. I'll be teaching K-5 art this year. Hold on, because it's going to be one heckuva ride!

Annual Beach Camping Trip

It's time again for one of our favorite start-of-summer traditions: the school beach camping trip!

End of the School Year

Another school year is over, believe it or not. How is it possible that I'll have a fifth grader and a third grader next year?

Of course we celebrated with ice cream.

Home Stretch

What a year! These last few weeks, coming down the home stretch, I sometimes felt like I wouldn't make it across the finish line. It's been all about school stuff for weeks and weeks, taking care of all the many obligations of finishing up the year. I was especially proud of how the art portfolios turned out this year!

Teddy Bear Parade

I have had so much fun helping BB's classmates sew their teddy bears! It's a second grade tradition at our school, and every year they celebrate the end of the sewing with a big Teddy Bear Parade. Here's BB on her way to the parade, with her handmade "Blue Beary."

And here's BJ, with the bear he made two years ago. Softy is holding up pretty well!

Gold Country -- Rained Out!

Irony: being in the midst of a historic drought; getting rained out for the much-anticipated fourth grade camping overnight!

But all was not a loss. We started the trip in Columbia on a lovely, sunny day, and we enjoyed some sightseeing -- visiting the gold miner's "camp," checking out the Wells Fargo office, learning at the old fashioned school house.

Science Fair

Another great science fair! 

BB worked on a project with two of her friends, looking at different rates of melting ice in different liquids (soda, water, lemonade). Definitely a kid-generated idea.

BJ grew his yeast, measured the CO2 output with balloons, and figured out what food yeast like best. (It isn't salt!)

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