Friday, February 27, 2009

Me and My Greek Goddess Weekend

What a blast of a weekend! Baylee and I, along with 8 other moms and 9 girls from our troop headed to Camp Willow Springs in Prescott for “Me and My Greek Goddess” themed Mommy and Me weekend. It was a packed ‘house’ with well over 200 families participating. From singing silly songs, tie dying, hiking, game playing, pottery painting, flag making, late nights, lots of laughs, SWAPING, and more…it would be hard to beat this time of togetherness. Here’s a few shots of our weekend away!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Great Season

Nathan, what a great baseball season you had once again. I am your biggest fan in everything you do. It's an honor to call you my son. You are kind and respectful, a hard worker, great sportsman (sportsmanship), full of integrity, fair-minded, and top notch athlete. Way to go, I love you!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Look Who's Coming to Breakfast 2009

The calendar has been marked in pen for 2/17/09, the debut of High School Musical 3 on dvd. All three of our kids LOVE this movie. So without them knowing, I planned a fun filled morning for today, inviting some of their friends over for breakfast in pjs with the intent of watching the movie during a carpet picnic all before school begins! Baylee, Nathan, and Owen were happily shocked as they walked down the stairs to see friends trickle in the home, one by one. It was priceless.
Someone not on the “guest list” arrived, thanks to the Talley family…Troy (a.k.a. Zac Efron, the main character of this toe tapping flick). He eventually became a dance partner for the girls. What a fun, fun, fun morning this was!
Thank you Andrew, Amanda, Kaydon, Sabrina, Colton, and Maggie for making this special surprise such a memorable one for our Kempiak Party of Five! You are great friends to us.

"The boys are back" (breakdancing)
"Can I have this dance?" (waltz)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Badge Collector

Today our Girl Scout troop family met at a local park to celebrate all the accomplishments of the girls’ for this school year thus far with an award ceremony. Each precious gal spoke in front of the families and came up to receive her badges. We are so proud of Baylee, today she was handed 21 new badges. Look at her precious smile, she’s so excited. It’s only been a year and a half in this vest with a year and a half left. We’ve already began sewing patches on the inside of her vest, making it weigh a lot. It’s a great “scrapbook” of her journey in Girl Scouts. I can’t imagine what it’ll look like after the next ceremony. One things for sure, it’ll look cool!

Nathan the Researcher

Nathan just finished his first written and oral report for kindergarten and did a fantastic job. He chose the Sea Lion to study, learning a lot along the way. His favorite facts to report on were:
♦Sea Lions can close their nostrils (unlike us).
♦They can hold their breath for up to five minutes (wow)!
♦They eat fish, squid, and even octopus!

Do you remember what your first animal report was on? Mine was the penguin several years after kindergarten!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Serious Case of the Runs!

Hands down, Nathan’s favorite thing in the whole wide world is running! And he’s GREAT at it! Oh how I wish I could find a track and field league for this aged child, but no luck. So to honor his passion, we threw him a Track and Field 6 year old birthday party. Although his birthday is in November, things got pushed back, so almost three months later…here it is. I think it was worth the wait (and he agrees…thankfully)!

We asked his buddies to tie up their running shoes, put on some sports pants, and get ready for a serious case of the runs. We met at Greenfield Junior High’s track field, running many events for these world class athletes to have a speedy great time.

We began with sprints, finding each boy’s best score once they broke through the blue taped finish line then we held races in like-timed heats.

Next, we taught the boys how to shot put then long jump.
It was off to the hurdles (homemade by daddy) then around the track for a two team relay.

We ended in the stands to sing Nathan his birthday song, snacking on healthy treats, cake, and sports drinks. We had a fantastic time and honored that so many of his great buddies came to celebrate the wonderfulness of Nathan Gerald Kempiak!