Thursday, October 23, 2008


Happy Birthday!
It's Delaney's 12th Birthday and she celebrated with a giant cookie instead of cake. She decided not to ask for a party this year because there were several already planned that she was invited to. So, we had a quiet family celebration. I took balloons to her school at lunch and took cupcakes in for her class. She told us that durring lunch, two boys got up and walked over to sing Happy Birthday to her.. and the whole 6th grade joined in. She was embarrassed, but secretly pleased.
Her teachers teach a split 5/6 grade and they have started a email system so they can communicate with each other and their teachers. I guess their teachers can log on to see the messages too. It wasn't a big deal to most of the girls, since they've been doing email and instant messenging for a couple years now, but I guess it's new to some of the boys. her teacher asked what was going on between her and a 5th grade boy. She didn't know what her teacher was talking about. Apparently, according to the boy's mom, he rushes home each day and gets on the computer to send Delaney a message and read hers. The teacher looked and saw most of his messages were to Delaney. Delaney thought he was just talkative. She had no idea he was just sending messages to her. She's a popular kid.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Just a bit of fun-
I couldn't resist playing around with this idea since most of Delaney's classmates think she looks like the republican VP canidate. Her school is doing some sort of mock election and, as I understand it, the canidates are ficticious, but she will be the "face" for the canidate. So, just for fun, let's see why.
She's has strong opinions and convictions. She has no problem with voicing her thoughts, either on paper or in conversations, making her a great communicator. She's likable and her appeal crosses sexist lines. She is a great mediator between different factions (boys vs. girls) and able to negotiate unions and agreements. She understand and supports those who are less fortunate than herself. She's a loyal and interested friend, working tirelessly to help any and all who ask for advice or a shoulder to cry on. She seeks guidance from those who may have a superior knowledge in a particular situation and is able to process and present that in the most advantageous way to each given situation. She volunteers her time for the betterment of her community. She is a friend to the environment and all the creatures dependent on her ability to be a consistent and loving caretaker. She has a strong moral compass that guides her through her everyday activities.
She might be almost 12, but she has all the makings of a great leader. that's why she gets my vote.

Monday, October 06, 2008

video

The missing piece in the trilogy which really makes it the performance.

Volleyball Begins- Tonight was Delaney's first game. Her team did well. They won. Delaney missed both her serves. She has the power, just went out of bounds. So, a little bit of work on that, and she'll be fine. This is still intermural play, teams all made up of 5th and 6th graders from our school. Next year, if she chooses, she'll be playing on the school team against other schools.


Valhalla-
Saturday's competition was in Springfield. I'm sharing a few pics from the day. On the field and then off, having lunch. I have to say that this was much more pleasant, sitting under the trees in the shade with a nice breeze blowing. The kids have been very busy between Homecoming, extra practice and the competitions.