Stephanie Says

2 More Weeks August 6, 2007

Filed under: kidlings,school,Sports,work — Stephanie Sue @ 7:54 pm

Kids start to school August 20.


This summer has gone by unbelievably fast – heartbreakingly fast.

Two rained out attempts at camping, and two scary visits to hospital by Andre and the summer’s gone, just like that.

As a mom, I get back-to-school-y too. I plan on being on top of all the stacks of multi-colored paper that comes home from school, to volunteer, to not ever get worked up over the kids’ homework.

Usually, that lasts until October — and then I fall back into feeling like an out of line 4th grader whenever I go to the school. Avoid eye contact with the teachers, dread ‘homework time,’ and live for the extended breaks around the holidays.

Ok, I exaggerate. But only a little.

Mason’s very excited to get back and is confident that second grade is going to be great. Andre bought him a little math workbook at the drugstore yesterday and he was thrilled to get cracking on it! He did a couple of worksheets with me and then determined he was ready for bed. But, after a few minutes in bed I heard him sneak downstairs to get the book. I think he did about 3 more in bed by the light of his closet….

Img_9398_2Claire just finished LaCrosse and was 99% ready to give it up after this season. But at the final practice/game, it was just a group of girls in her age and skill category and she enjoyed a lot more time on the ball. She’s declared she’d like to stay with it. I’m thrilled. She’s getting started young enough with this that she’ll be able to really differentiate herself from others after a couple of seasons…. building those kinds of skills in soccer these days is tough unless you’re willing to invest in highly competitive leagues.

Marcus is excited to start Junior High. And I’m frantically nervous. Actually – I’m not that quite freaked out, but I do worry. He’s mostly optimistic and positive and I do hope that a new school and a new support team for him will help him have a much more positive year than last year. He’s such a gem — and that just all gets lost in the pressure of performance and rote shuffle of ‘education.’ He’s an amazing self learner, but gets no credit for it because he doesn’t perform in concert with the rest of the class.

I’d get nowhere professionally if I simply acted in concert with others. My own differentiator, professionally, is driven by out of the box thinking.


Once, a friend told me that life doesn’t get any easier but it does get more rewarding.

Yep. …and… ….Yep.


Mason’s Soccer Season June 6, 2007

Filed under: kidlings,Sports — Stephanie Sue @ 9:11 pm

Mason’s soccer season ended with a makeup game on June 2. After the game, the coach gave everybody a medal and recognized them for their specific skills and accomplishments during the season.

Mason was recognized as a great goalie. I tend to agree – when he’s got the red jersey on, it’s like there’s a magnet pulling him to that ball. And, when he gets it, he wraps himself around it like a hedgehog protecting his soft belly.

Andre took some great photos of him, which I’ll add to this post later. I’m still getting oriented to how and when I can do what on this blog.


Track Meet

Filed under: kidlings,Sports — Stephanie Sue @ 4:37 pm

Claire ran in the Hershey Track Meet on June 2.

After a soccer game – she played 3 quarters.

We get there and just signed up for what we wanted to do – pretty much based on what sounded fun. We had a blast, and Claire did awesome!

Event 1 – Standing Long Jump, FIRST place at 6 FEET and 2 inches! Even the judges taking the measurements were impressed!

Event 2 – 400 meters, Claire finished in 1:29. WOW!

Event 3 – 100 meters, 4th place, I’ve lost the time results…

Photos to come, I think I have to re-size them.


Trip to Sofa Creek March 30, 2006

Filed under: kidlings — Stephanie Sue @ 3:40 pm

One of our favorite walks is on a woodsy path in Knock Knolls Park.  There's always something interesting to see and do, and each walk is different even though we're probably out there at least twice a month.

Mason picked through the chilly river water and found these mussel shells.  He wanted to keep only shells that were still paired up.