Sunday, January 20, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness Club

YAY!!  We've  started a Random Acts of Kindness Club here in Austin.  But don't let our location stop you from joining!!  We had A & F facetime in from Boston and it was a great success.  So, if you're interested in joining we'd love to have you!  

I will share our monthly gathering notes...feel free to use these ideas to start your own Random Acts of Kindness Club!!!

The key is to work on Random Acts of Kindness or Filling Someone's Bucket without expecting anything in return other than knowing that YOUR bucket will fill when you fill others.

Here are our notes from today's gathering:

 We kept it to about 45 minutes, the kids were engaged, A & F face-timed with us from Boston, we read the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, we all brainstormed ideas of ways to fill people's buckets, the kids came up with 5 random acts of kindness ideas that they want to work on until our next meeting,  we talked about ways share or report our kind acts to share with the group next time we gather.  

If you couldn't make it and want to skype or face time next time, we'll do worked really well.

Here are the 5 things the kids decided as a group to work on this month:

1.  Holding the door for a stranger and letting them go in first

2.  Smiling at someones eyes

3.  Saying hello to an adult that addresses them or simply saying hello to a stranger

4.  Helping someone

5.  Completing a Chore without being asked.

Here are some of the ideas that they brainstormed as a group:
smiling, helping a handicapped person, carrying something, being helpful, holding the door, hugging, sharing, helping people in need, giving a compliment, cleaning up, saying Hi to a stranger, giving your mom a hug when she's stressed, helping a kid at school sound out a word or something that is hard for them, asking a new kid to play, holding a friends hand, putting your neighbors garbage can up, doing a chore without being asked, visit elderly neighbors...

As far as sharing our experiences with the group, that is wide open to how your family wants to do it right now.  Some mentioned keeping a journal, for some reason I like the idea of a short video for my family, others are going to have a badge or chart system.  

Much love to you all!!!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

12th Night

Check this out to see just WHY this troupe of kiddos (ages 6-11) won First Place in their age group at the State Wide Competition at the Texas Renaissance Festival!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012


When I was a little girl, as my mom would tuck me into bed she would not only tell me how much she loved and liked me, she would tell me that I was good, and she would tell me that no matter who I loved and chose to be with if they were black, white, green, purple, a man or a woman, as long as we treated each other with love and respect she would LOVE THEM too. I was a lucky girl to grow up with so much tolerance in my life! My dads taught me that love, kindness, and respect know no race or gender! I love my MOM and my TWO DADS!!!!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Going Through Old Photos

Halloween 2006. My mom and dad made the best deer costume for our dear Annie... We just passed it down to our niece Reese!

Emerson painting. Summer 2006. He was about 15 months old...look at that smile.

Emerson helping my dad remove the popcorn ceiling from Uncle Jeremy's ceiling. Emerson was about 13 mos.

My Bonnie girl 2006. Age 8 or 9. Anyone who knows her now will be shocked how young and skinny she looks here.

My babies.    Annie almost 4 and Emerson about 9 mos.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Jeremy, my very sweet and considerate brother, smoked some turkey and put on a spread this weekend at my dad & Lu's!!!  Man, I love these people!

Not pictured here were the nine dogs that were there too!!

Greece Studies

With the Olympics starting in a few days our Geography Club decided to study Greece. 

Above is Emerson's beeswax sculpture of  Alexander The Great and a few of the men in his Army.  Alexander is the one with the star on his shield, of course.  The map is Alexander's Kingdom. 

Here is Emerson's presentation verbatim:

"Aristotle helped him to read and do all this really good stuff to be a great king.  He became king at 21.  He was a good planner at wars.  He was a good leader.  When his soldiers walked, he walked.  When they were hungry he was hungry.  He never left them in starvation.  He didn't eat any more or less than them.  Well, maybe a rice blade.  He became king of Macedonia, Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Asia.  Alexander The Great died by a mosquito bite that carried some disease called malaria.  He was 33 years old" - by Emerson

This is Annie's beeswax sculpture of a GIRL winning the Olympic Gold in Running and the Olympic flag. 
We've been reading Greek Mythology and Annie is planning on telling the story of Athena and Arachne as well as giving a brief history of the Olympic Torch. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Vacation Poetry

After Santa,
we all awake to fluttery flakes
flying over John & Deb's lake
Nothing to rake!
Yummy things to bake
like anniversary carrot cake.
Sledding toward the lake,
after skiing, though we ache,
Snow vacations make
an awesome holiday break!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ski Lessons

We were so excited to share skiing with our kiddos. 

It isn't Annie's favorite thing to do but she is so proud of herself and says, "I ROCK!  I skied down a mountain!  It was hard but I did it!"

Emerson is a natural for sure!!  That boy has no fear and tons of determination!!!  That's him skiing down low with his daddy.