Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Math and Science Week

Day 5: Economics with Mike Conlin.


Day 2: Evolution in Action.

Day 3: Mathematics is Beautiful!

Day 4: Neuropsychology

Day 1:  Pharmacology.
Last week, during the mornings,  Emma and four friends spent time in MSU labs and classrooms.  Last spring my friend Stacy and I asked MSU science and social science faculty if they would be willing to volunteer a morning to give instruction to a small group of 12-year-olds.  We wanted the kids to see the labs and learn about what scientists and other faculty do at the university.  We were very lucky that many people agreed and we were able to put together a week of science exploration.  When they weren't in the labs/classrooms, they swam at the MSU outdoor pool, ate lunch, had some ice cream at the Dairy Store on campus, and a few of the kids went to sports camps in the afternoon (Emma went to volleyball).  It was a great week, and the kids learned a lot.  I love it that they had one-on-one instruction from leading researchers in their fields.  What do the kids want to be when they grow up?  As of last week:  an actor, a librarian, a therapist, a lawyer, and a neuropsychologist. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Emma's 12th Birthday

Emma and her friends went to see the movie "Brave" on opening night!

After the movie, cake and a sleepover

Tasty Twist ice cream pie.

Emma's annual birthday jump off of the 5 meter platform, MSU pool.

Family celebration

Emma, Amy, Joe


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mid-Michigan Miracle League Baseball

Joe, Jackson, and Miracle League buddy

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fathers' Day

Emma on 8th street, Holland, MI

Chris and Joe, 8th St. Grill, Holland, MI

Emma and Joe, Saugatuck, MI

Emma, Ottawa State Park beach (Holland, MI)

On the light house pier.

This weekend we celebrated Fathers' Day in Holland and Saugatuck, MI.  We spent time walking around the two towns and even a few hours on the beach in Holland, MI,  The weather cleared up for us and we were able to enjoy the sun, but the water was too cold! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Eric "Ricstar" Winter Music Camp 2012

 Joe is attending the Ricstar Music Camp again this year.  This is his 6th year and he still loves it!

Joe and Jackson

Joe and his buddy (for three years) P.J.

Music with sticks
Lily, Joe, and Jackson saying "music camp!"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

T-ball Team: The Cubs!

2012 Cubs

Joe and Jackson

Matt (Joe's buddy) and Joe

Go Number 6!

Miracle League Baseball

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Friday, June 08, 2012

You-Pick-It Strawberries

Behold the strawberry!

Emma and her friend in the strawberry field

Strawberries for dinner!

Last day of second grade!

Joe clapping for graduating the fourth graders as they paraded through the school

Joe's locker

Joe and Leah

Leah, Joe and Tri

Lauralee, Leah, Joe, Hussein, Tri, Roderick, Khristian

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The chicks have hatched!

The chicks hatched in Joe's classroom.  Between the butterflies and the chicks, Joe has learned a lot about life cycles this spring. 

Friday, June 01, 2012

Oberlin College Reunion, 2012

                                               Maria, Amy, and Catherine at the Slow Train coffee shop.
Maria and Amy at Memorial Arch in Tappan Square
Lorri Olan, Maria, Catherine and Amy before the class photo

Maria, Catherine, Amy and John Charles at our old house, 171 West College Street

Catherine, Amy, Caroline, Maria on the Underground Railroad sculpture

Caroline, Catherine, Maria, and Amy on College Street

Amy and Catherine

Catherine and Maria at Illumination in Tappan Square