Shayne’s Project 365

January 2, 2010, 10:54 pm
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On December 13th, Hubby ran a 30K race as part of his marathon training.  That’s 18.3 miles for those of you not metrically inclined.  The boys and I went out to cheer for him on a cold and foggy morning.  He finished in just under 3 hours — woohoo!  After the race, we headed home for some hot chocolate!


Peter’s Swim Party
January 2, 2010, 10:51 pm
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Peter celebrated his birthday with some friends at a swim party.  The party had an “Iron Man” theme.  You may recall that Peter was Iron Man for Halloween.  We enjoyed another delicious cake from Sugar Sweet Cakes, shaped like Iron Man’s mask.  Since I missed a few days of photos in December, I’ve included 2 from the party.

Grown-Up Spelling Bee
January 2, 2010, 10:46 pm
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I was the spelling bee champion of my school for 4 years running (4th-7th grade).  Winning the school bee entitled me to compete in the citywide bee.  My best showing was placing 4th in the city of Houston when I was in 4th grade — before they divided up the age groups like they do now. 

I remember that I wore my maroon sweater dress with white tights for that bee.  And I remember how much bigger all the other kids were.  Each time it was my turn to spell, I had to pull the microphone waaaaaaaay down to my level.  I missed on one of the advanced words — banderillero.  I looked it up when I got home.  The banderillero is the guy who sticks the “flags” (the point, sharp things with colorful flags) into the bull during a bullfight.

I have always been a good speller.  It’s in my genes.  My mom won the spelling bee at her school, too.  I’m way beyond 4th grade now, but I have the chance to participate in another spelling bee.  On January 6th, the Houston Bar Association is holding tryouts for its team that will enter the Houston Read Commission’s Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee.  I decided to try out this year.  The beginner and intermediate level words are pretty easy.  But the advanced words are hard.  “Banderillero”  is not one of them.

Homework Is Hard
December 26, 2009, 1:31 pm
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As the semester drew to a close, the kids had an increasingly difficult time staying focused on their schoolwork.  Here, Peter contemplates a writing assignment.

Christmas Candle
December 26, 2009, 1:27 pm
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Continuing with the photos of our Christmas decorations, here is a picture of a candle that currently sits on a table near the staircase.

Yellow Belt
December 26, 2009, 1:22 pm
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On December 8th, Peter was promoted from white belt to yellow belt.  Hubby and I missed most of the ceremony because we had to work, but we arrived in time to get a photo of Peter with his instructors.

Happy Birthday Cameron!
December 26, 2009, 12:54 pm
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On Saturday, December 5th, we celebrated our friend Cameron’s 9th birthday with a swim party.  The party had a Pokemon theme and this awesome cake to go along with it.  The cake was made by my new favorite baker, Sugar Sweet Cakes.  Yum.