Friday, November 18, 2011


Can't quite believe our precious boy is four years old! This sweet, loving, energetic, joyful little boy has brought so much life into our home! None of us can imagine our family without him! He is a great blessing to every one of us!

Happy Birthday, dear little David! We love you!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sixth Grade Chorus Concert

Last night, the 6th Grade Chorus at Harter Middle School performed a beautiful concert. Instead of the usual Holiday Concert that many ensembles present, the Chorus sang selections to honor our veterans on this Veterans Day.

Students were invited to bring in photos of family members who have served in the military. The photos were displayed on the walls leading into the concert.
Hannah brought in pictures of her Great Grandfather, Albert Skalski (my Grampie)...
...and of her Dad!
The 6th Grade Chorus. Hannah had a great spot, front and center. There are some advantages to being petite!
Sing "ooooooo"...
Sing "aaaaaah"...
Hannah's made some great friends in Chorus.
Her friend, Gracie, sang a lovely solo.
Hannah just loves her Chorus director, Mrs. Grant!
We're so proud of our lovely musician!

Like father... daughter.

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. (Hosted by Soulemama)

Happy Birthday, Ida May!

Happy Birthday to my cousin David's maternal grandmother, Ida May Fabyan! Ida was born on November 11, 1911 - that's 11/11/11! This dear, spunky lady is celebrating her 100th birthday today. She is so very special to our entire extended family, and we wanted to publicly celebrate her special day!

Telling stories...

David showing Ida how many blueberries he picked from her bushes...

We love you, Ida!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Halloween 2011

Evidently, middle schoolers can wear their pajamas and get away with calling it a "costume"!

Since Rachel took so long to decide what she wanted to dress up as, I literally slapped this Red Riding Hood cape together in an hour on the day before Halloween. Never want to cut it that close again!

Abbie's got Kaneland spirit!

Cowboy Dave's got a lot of style!

Ready for trick-or-treating!

The Love and Wisdom of Mother Teresa

Her words and works inspire me...

"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action."

"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. (Hosted by Soulemama)

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Rachel's Poetry

Our little poet, picking blueberries in Vermont this summer.

 Last night, at Parent Teacher Conferences, Rachel's fourth grade teacher presented me with some of the poetry that Rachel has been writing in class. With Rachel's permission, I present two of our favorites here...

Poems by Rachel Cormier, age 9

Going to the pet store to get the perfect pet,
I'm going to get the best one that you will never forget.
I spy a little brown puppy,
That's the cutest one so far,
But what about that silver fish that shines just like a star?
That little orange tabby is the shade of a tangerine,
Although that little hermit crab looks the roughest one I've seen.
That bunny rabbit probably can jump up really high,
But that colorful parrot flies like an airplane in the sky.
Too many pets, too many pets,
They have to, have to stop!
Maybe I should have thought of that before I bought the shop!

Food Chain
The worm ate an apple that was juicy, ripe and red.
The bird ate the worm and that's all that I have said.
The bobcat ate the bird and that's all that I can see.
I could have made this poem longer if it hadn't eaten me!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

School Portraits 2011

Hannah Zhipan, 6th Grade

Rachel Zhiheng, 4th Grade

Abigail Lihuan, 2nd Grade

David Heshi, Early Childhood