Monday, May 23, 2016

Successful Volleyball Season

Yes, we are finally off  from school!!!  I am so excited to spend time home and  write some blog posts which I am only allowed on summer time when I am off from school.  This summer, I have something to look forward to, my tennis practise and decorating my own room, yes!  I can't wait till my parents are done working on the house so we can move in.  For the meantime, I am posting  the last two volleyball games that we had.  On May 3rd, we had  a game against  one of our own team, we played against the blue team which we won, sorry blue team!

 Then on May 5th, it was the gamer I was dreading because we were playing against  the team from St. Paul school.  They won against the blue team last time so I was kind of scared.  Mom and Dad kept telling me that we will be fine but I was still  scared.  
 Anyway, we had our pictorials before we  played against two teams from the  said school.  That was kind of a great thing that we had the pictorials because it relieved my stress a little bit.  We had time to goof around and  shook off our nerves.
 I never thought I would enjoy working with a team but I actually do, maybe because I love volleyball.  I like doing individual stuff but with volleyball, I love  working with my team mates.  Mom and Dad are right that I would develop sportsmanship playing this sport.  Teamwork rocks!
 As it turned out, we were lucky to won both games.  We were the undefeated team  this season.  Thanks to our great coaches who never failed to encourage us to be better.  I don't think our coaches get paid  for doing this so I admire and respect them for dedicating their time in  teaching us.  Coaches Doug and Julie are the best!
 Here are some more of the photos that my Mom  took.
I am looking forward to another  volleyball season next school year, I can't wait.  I am glad that  I have another  sport that I am beginning to love, tennis.  Piano lesson is also my regular activity this summer.  We just had our  recital yesterday and I will have to post about that next time.  Thank you for reading.  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Delight Your Children this Year with a Summer Holiday in France

As the summer holidays from school are quickly approaching, the kids are getting more and more excited about where you’ll go as a family to enjoy some much needed quality time together. Of course, the little ones aren’t quite looking at it that way. To them, it’s time to have mum and dad all to themselves in a new place where there’s loads to explore.

This summer, why not delight your children with a summer holiday in France? Close enough to home to spend little time travelling, child friendly holidays in France allow you to spend more time playing and less time en route. That extra time can be spent doing what a family should be doing on holiday – spending time together having fun.

The Joys of Making New Friends in France

Kids do treasure those moments with mum and dad but they are also curious by nature. They adore meeting new friends and will take every opportunity to chat with other kids their own age, even on family holidays. No matter where you choose to take your break, it’s sure to be different from home and kids will delight in seeing new sights, going on fun adventures as a family and of course giggling their way through trying to communicate with other kids who probably speak very little English. Many parents even start the fun weeks in advance by teaching kids a few basic words in French like “Hello” and phrases like “My name is…… What is your name?”

Quiet Time in a Self-Catering French Gite

If you are going to spend your entire summer holiday in France, you probably would have the best time by booking a self-catered Gite in some luxurious location in the South of France. Not only is the weather wonderful for outdoor activities but the accommodations in a resort like Mas de Thau where kids can play in fields of flowers, visit vineyards that grow the grapes from which some of the best French wines are made and enjoy facilities especially set up for children to play in and explore, are perfect.

What to Do with Younger Children and Infants Whilst You Explore?

Those families that have younger children who tire easily or are yet a bit too young to participate in some of the family’s outings will be thrilled to spend a bit of time in fun-filled crèche where nanny will see to story time, puppets, snacks and keeping the little ones entertained with age appropriate activities whilst mum and dad go exploring with the older kids. There really is something for everyone when you stay at a French gite so you needn’t worry that the little people won’t be having their share of fun. In fact, many parents come home from France looking for a crèche back home that is exciting as the one in France!

So then, whether you have one child or several in a wide range of ages, you can plan a holiday in France at a self-catering gite so that you have plenty of time for family gatherings and a bit of one-on-one time with each and every child. This is time your kids will remember always, and there is no place like France for a summer holiday. Yes, it is quite close to home but you’ll travel less and have more time with the family. What a wonderful way to strengthen those family bonds while having the time of your life. If you haven’t booked yet, now’s the time to do so. Summer really is just around the corner.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Race for Education 2016

Last year was the very first Race for Education fund raising  by the St. Joseph, the school where my kids goes.  It's a great effort and collaboration of the school and parents especially the one who  were in the committee.  They held the second Race for education this year on April 22nd.
I want to thank all of friends and family who sponsored our kids to participate in the event.  You guys helped greatly in achieving  the success of this fund raising.

Last year's mascot is from Wildthing but this year, it was from Mr. Rooter , the company is is also made a huge contribution/donation to the  event.
Our neighbor Don came and participated as well.  HIm and his wife were   some of the people who sposored our kids.
I hope that the next time they do this kind of event that it would be outdoors.  I think it would be more fun  than just walking/running inside the gymnassium.
The Race for Education was a wonderful event, it raises awareness  for a healthy  lifestyle and it helps the school  to get  extra funds.    This showcased the camaraderie between the school and the  parents/family of every students.  The students  learned  the value of supporting this kind of event to help the school.
This activity prved to be a great  way for health and wellness not only for the students and the faculty but also to the family.  What a way to burn calories with your friends. 
The total contribution from  donors this year is $28,799.80.  IT exceeded the amount collected last year.  So after  deducting all the expenses, the school had a total net  of $25,114.70.  This would help to maintain  the low tuition of the school and to carry out some of the projects that the school is planning to do for the benefit of the students.  As  private school doesn't get full funding from the governement, we have to be creative on how to  support  our school so they would continue to  provide quality education without charging too much for tuition fees.  This was a great collaboration  between the school and the  family  of students.  Again, a huge thank you for all the donors for your continued support to the school. Without you, this would not be possible.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Piano Recital Coming Up

Next weekend will be my kids piano recital.    They were supposed to have a tennis tournament/game on that day but we will miss it since   they are having  the recital,  My daughter always look forward to it but my son is kind of nervous every time.  I am  bummed out that the  guitar lesson was discontinued at  Torrence Music, my son really wants to learn how to play a guitar.  This ken smith bass would have been cute for him.  The other  place where guitar lesson is available is too far from us.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Practicing Tennis

Our kids have shown interest in tennis since last year so we promised them that we would enrol them this year.  The Spring season was opened  last week so we went there to see if they would like to play.  As it turned out, they are both interested.  However, it is only opened for 4th and upper grades  so we can only enrol  our daughter.  The coaches   were nice to  have our son practice though.  
We went to Starvaggi tennis court last Saturday and practice with them.  We have two old tennis rackets here that my husband called "vintage" and we used it.  
I love that  they are starting to find the sports that they like.  I told my son that it is okay that he is not  officially  registered this year because of his grade but the good thing is, he will be prepared next year as  he practices with his sister this year.
Rylie and her friend will have tennis matches next month do they  have practices every Wednesday.   They are nervous about it as they have never played before but  we told them to just enjoy the experience.  They will get better as they get older.
The weather is getting warmer so both kids goes in the school parking lot and practices  hitting the ball there.  They even met two kids from the neighborhood who  played with them the other day.  
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Even though, it is an added expense to play in sports, we don't really mind as it is a great physical exercise and development for them. Teamwork and camaraderie are the biggest lessons they are learning by playing sports like this with other kids.  This is better for them rather than staying at home and playing with their gadgets.  

Music Room

We went to our new home yesterday and brought some stuff. We are slowly bringing some small things there so that during our big move, all we have to bring is the big stuff. My daughter have asked us where are we putting the piano and keyboard that they have. She suggested to put it in the room where I am setting up my office but that room is not  big enough for an office and music room.   We  don't really have a  specific room to  use as a music room but I was thinking of  putting it in the living room  We will see how it goes when we move.  Looking at these jbl vrx at Music's Friend, I am thinking of replacing our speakers but  since it  is not on the budget yet, we can still use the old ones that we have.  Maybe in a year or two, we can  buy new ones.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Anti Bullying Poster Contest Winner

The Weirton-Wellsburgh Chapter of Credit Union  hosts the annual   Anti-Bullying Poster Contest for 5th graders.  Since my daughter is in fifth grade this year, she entered the said poster making contest.  She combined her passion for baking and  arts  and came up  with this  design.  
I love that the  principal and the  fifth grade student's teacher   also attended the event.  It goes to show how supportive they are to their students.  
 IN my  daughter's school, her  design was the winner but there were also great entries that the board couldn't pass on so they chose four of them to be runners-up.
 Only St. Joseph has 5 winners.    The public schools has one winner and other catholic school has one winner and a runner up.
 We went early so we had the chance to take some pictures.
 We decided to sit in one table  along with the other parents and students from St. Joe's.
 The awarding ceremony was held in Holiday Inn and they served a buffet dinner.
The kids had so much fun while we were waiting for the ceremony to start.
 The  city mayor was also there and gave a speech.
 The principal to  the other catholic school was also there and a representative to the  Hancock public school was also present.
 The kids in the front row are the winners from 6 different schools and the kids at the back are the runners-up.
 A pose with the mayor and the  head for the credit union.
With their teacher, Mrs. Fuscardo.
A photo taken at the Holiday Inn lobby.
Rylie received $100 cash gift and a certificate.  The runners-up also received a certificate and $25 cash gift.   I am not really sure if this is a certificate as I have never seen a certificate without a signature but it is something she can  add to her  personal  accomplishment.
This campaign is very dear to my heart because I experienced bullying when I was a kid and that's something I don't want my kids to experience.