Hey look at us, we're the US flag! No, we didn't purposely coordinate our outfits although it turned out awesome. What wasn't awesome was the fact that the Forth of July landed in the middle of the week this year. It also sucked that the skies opened up and Houston suffered more flooding. But it was fine, we still managed.
My mom is now 65 years old and I think she needs to retire. But honestly, what would she do once she stopped working? On her days off (i.e. weekends), all she wants to do is see the kids but that can't happen. Either we already have something planned or maybe I just want to spend my free time with them. She is constantly asking and I've rejected her so many times. Then the guilt sets in. It's draining. But I don't say anything. It's my mom.
Jacob's team traveled to Dartmouth, MA to compete in the International SeaPerch Challenge after advancing in the regional competition back in April. Obviously, we were going to support his team so we made a family trip/vacation out of it since I don't ever envision us being in the New England area. The first half of the trip was spent in the Dartmouth/Cape Cod area and second half in Boston, which I will post about later.
Another school year in the books. All of the boys got straight A's in all subjects, all year long. On top of that, Tyson got the Citizenship Award for his class and the Book Adventure Award for reading one hundred books. Andrew mentioned that this was the first year that he didn't get the Citizenship Award (breaking his four year streak). But hey, he was the only kid in his class to get Student of the Month twice in one year! And as previously mentioned, Jacob was inducted to the National Junior Honor Society. Super proud of these boys! 👏
We made a trip to central Texas for some camping at South Llano River State Park. With all of the work of packing/unpacking/setup and the long drive (in torrential rain), it's a shame we could only spend one day there. But the kids had fun. Good wholesome fun with each other. No need for any electronics. Just playing outside with sticks and rocks. Floating down the river. Running around. Exploring. To me, that was well worth it.
The kids wanted to surprise Lynn with breakfast for Mother's Day. Tyson created the menu (with prices) and served as the waiter. Andrew was the chef, who cooked the eggs and pancakes. Jacob helped to plate and serve the food. And Elliot was the prep cook as she cut the strawberries (into many tiny pieces). It was all around a good team effort.
Jacob (6th grade) was just inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. It's hard enough to be in the top 10% of the school. It's even harder when you consider his STEM curriculum, which is way beyond that of the average 6th grader. He's learning 8th grade math now and I'm at that point where I can no longer help him with his homework because it's too advanced for my pea brain.
Last weekend was busy as usual but we didn't do anything related to Cinco de Mayo (misleading title, I know). Saturday morning started with us parents already splitting up. Andrew was one of only a select few chosen from his school to participate in the district math tournament, where I would be taking him. Lynn took the rest of the family to Tyson's soccer game. All week Tyson kept talking about this one game... constantly stressing over it. Why? Because his friend Alec was on the opposing team.