Monday, May 25, 2009

Grad Nite Season - Coming up for a quick breath of air...

I KNOW it has been forever since I posted, but we've been a bit busy! It is Grad Nite season, after all, so our life for the past month has been organizing, planning, constructing, buying, creating and setting up Grad Nite. It is a TON of work, but it is soooooo worth it when you see the happy grads running around having the time of their lives! I feel it is a PRIVILEGE to be a part of the last hours of the kids' high school carers! Even better, we are the only school in the district that still constructs an on-campus Grad Nite... in my book, the ONLY place to be on Grad Nite... your own campus with your fellow grads... AWESOME! Since life goes on, even during Grad Nite season, here are a few shots of everything ELSE that has been going on in the past 2 weeks... SWIM... HOLY COW!!! Chris and the 200 free relay team qualified for CIF... THEN they qualified for CIF FINALS... THEN they TOOK FIRST PLACE in the consolidation round and ended up placing 7TH OVERALL IN CIF!!! I don't even know when OGHS last placed in CIF Finals... I'm just SO GLAD that our boys DID IT! And Chris swam his fastest ever... 24.1... looking forward to what this Sophomore can do next year!!!
Our home school preschool is still in session and we took the kids to the Escondido Children's Museum. What a GREAT place. My favorite was the one-room school house with the old desks and costumes!
Anna went to her friend, Kylee's, gymnastics party and had an AWESOME time!!! I had fun on the trampoline and doing flips onto the mats... who says we adults ever have to grow up!? :-)
We took the kids on another preschool field trip to the Wild Animal Park and, since it is spring, we saw a lot of "animal couples" (like the cute Meier Cats) and LOTS of babies... birds, giraffes, an elephant... soooo cute!
Last, but certainly not least, we attended a banquet at the Sony Corporate Headquarters where Chris was announced as a Sony Star Scholarship Finalists for the class of 2011! Sony runs a scholarship program for OG that starts as they choose 12 Sophomore finalists who spend their junior and senior years doing community service, attending Sony events, learning about and seeing how a corporation like Sony works, going on field trips to the Sony movie sets, etc. Toward the end of the finalists' senior year, 2 winners will be chosen to each receive a $10,000 college scholarship and new laptop computer. We are so proud of Chris for being chosen as a finalist and we thoroughly enjoyed the banquet, meeting the Sony executives, School Board Members and School Superintendent, seeing how many teachers and admins were there to support the kids, and hearing all the kids' stories, accomplishments, and aspirations. This is going to be a FUN two years with Sony!!!
It is time to start breakfast and enjoy our first Memorial Monday in over 5 years (we are so ahead on Grad Nite construction this year that we are taking the day off!!!) After breakfast, I think a mountain bike ride up at Daley Ranch is in order! Make it a GREAT week, CONGRATS to all the upcoming grads, and HAPPY SUMMER!! WOOOO HOOOO!!!

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