Monday, May 30, 2011

Miscellaneous May

There is a lot of leftover randomness in my May photo file and a few tiny untold stories and May is nearly done, so I'm taking care of it all at once! :)

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I got my grades for this semester. Straight A's! :) It was a challenging semester for me, not so much because of the course content, but because I really had to stretch myself in certain classes because they were outside of my personal comfort zone. Storytelling was difficult for me, but I did well in it and my professor wrote on my final exam, "It is extremely (double underline) rare for someone to get a 100 on this type of exam! Beautiful work!" I'm also very proud of my work in Cancer Biology. I loved the content, did well in it, was commended by my professor, AND my semester project was chosen to be uploaded to GEOSET! That was waaaay out of my comfort zone, too, giving a presentation in a TV studio while being recorded...but I did it, and well enough evidently. :) Government was easy peasy for me. PreCal was a bit of a challenge because math isn't my strongest, but I think Storytelling was the most difficult for me overall. Finishing well in EVERYTHING feels really good.

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We are officially on snake #3. Snake #2 didn't do so well. He refused to eat the first 2 times we offered him food, and when he finally did eat, we found a regurgitated pinkie in his cage not long after. He died on day 13 of our 14 day warranty, so that was thoughtful of him. Anyway, seeing how ACTIVE Snake #3 is makes me wonder if Snake #2 was sick from the beginning. Snake #3 is a crazy guy and super fun to watch. We haven't handled him yet, because we want to let him settle in and not stress him, in case that was a factor in Snake #2 not eating well.

See? Snake #3 is a crazy man. Here he is almost ALL the way at the top of the cage, hanging out on the thermometer and hygrometer. Shortly after we took this, he slithered up to the top of the cage and found a lip at the very top and slithered around the edges...MUCH more active than Snake #2, who mostly hid under the bark 100% of the time. We're going to feed him tomorrow, hopefully he'll be a good eater! His name is currently Mars, named for the red planet.

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Look at my adorable little graduate!


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BubTar had his district GT Symposium last week. Here he is prepping his presentation on number patterns in nature...


All of the presenters had a bag for people to put comments in, I put one in BubTar's that said, "Most handsome presenter here! Great work on your project, too." On the way home, he was reading them out loud in the car and when he got to mine, he said, "Moooom!" Oops, I got busted. ;) Seriously, though, he WAS the most handsome...

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BubTar also graduated from Bears to Webelos at scouts this week. Last time he'll wear his blue kerchief! 


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I love this next photo of KayTar...it is just SO KayTar. Josh snapped it at BubTar's presentation the other night.


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Josh painted our shed recently. He's got a whole mini-farm out there now...between his little garden and barn! He wants to start raising chickens now, too. 



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We got the kids' spring school pictures back recently...



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May means swimming time in Texas (actually, they've been swimming since April)!!




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KayTar had another eye/headache yesterday afternoon. It came on suddenly and she thought it was over in a couple minutes, but it came back worse just moments later and she had to go lay in my dark room for a while. I gave her ibuprofen and she slept it off and woke up better a couple hours later. We're definitely looking forward to her headache clinic appointment in a few weeks!

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I think that about does it for May catch-ups! We're off to celebrate Memorial Day with more swimming and barbecue and then the kids' have their last full day of school tomorrow (followed by 2 half-days)...then May is DONE! Summer is right around the corner.

6 comments:

C said...

congrats on the grades, that's awesome! I don't think I ever got straight A's in college; the fact that you did it with kids amazes me.

Those pool pictures are REALLY making me look forward to my florida trip.

Gizabeth Shyder said...

You have trouble storytelling? That's surprising.

Congrats on your grades!

Good luck with Mars - awesome name:) - I think that the movement is encouraging. Don't get scared if he slows down around shedding time, and in the winter.

As I was scrolling down looking at pics, before I read your commentary, I was thinking damn! That is one handsome kid! He's gonna break hearts, that one.

InTheFastLane said...

Sounds like a great May to me! And snakes....I hate snakes (what movie???). Seriously, I don't know if I could live in a house with a snake. You are one good momma.

Kyla said...

I don't mind telling stories in a written medium or even in person with friends, but doing it in front of a class full of relative strangers while being graded is SO stressful for me!

Anonymous said...

good job on your classes! you son looks so cute in his shirt/tie.

~aj~ said...

Love the pool pics. That is my kind of life...I'd be at our pool all day, every day if I could!

And Josh and that barn. lol I love that you are married to a country boy. :)