Hayley getting award at school (updated)

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Hayley got the Teacher’s Choice award today in Science at the Honors Assembly this morning! (update – I added photos from the event and going out that afternoon with her friends)

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Her teacher gave a speech about her that was just adorable. For those of you who have known either me or Jeff for a long time, you’ll find the part about ‘quirky being good because it is creative, different and unique’ very funny and so appropriate for our kid. Hayley is one of a kind and she’s so lucky to find teachers who aren’t annoyed but find that praiseworthy. For what it’s worth, she had such a solid A in science she didn’t even use any of her extra credit.

(turn your volume up loud to hear)

Then her teachers did some ‘entertainment’ to end the assembly. This is her science, social studies, math and language arts teachers singing Justin Bieber’s Baby Baby. Hayley and a friend got to stand up on the tables and help by holding up signs with some of the lyrics. Hayley is really lucky to go to such a great school with dynamic teachers.

(turn the volume down a bit now, lol)

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Last few weeks of trackout

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We didn’t do all that much the last few weeks of trackout break before the Hayley went back to school – between the snow, her new laptop, scooter and video games, she was content to lay low and goof off. But she did go to a cheerleading day camp for a week, we hit our favorite museum, got mani-pedis, read a lot, had dentist and orthodontist appts, a couple of sleepovers at friends and her basketball season is in full swing as well (I’ll post some hoops photos soon)


Well, she tried to do her stretching…


This is the life…


Hayley wanted to go to the Museum of Life & Science for the last day of track out, so I took she and mason, here are some iPhone photos from there.

Hayley was at Cheer Camp and decided to terrify me when I came to pick her up.

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Hayley turns 12!

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As usual Hayley had many birthday celebrations – what can I say, we like to have fun. We had pizza with our neighbors on her actual birthday and then ice cream sundaes. Then Jeff’s folks came down and we went out with family to our favorite place Ginza that Saturday night and a cute cake that look like a horse pasture.

Then the next weekend we went to Frankie’s for her party with friends – go kart racing, bumper boats, video games, laser tag and the drop zone ride so many times I thought I’d puke just watching them. I have no idea how how they got back on that ride after dinner – and I mean a full dinner in the restaurant there and birthday cake.

We got a very cool cake done by Blue Moon Bakery to look like the book Eclipse, the third Twilight book and the next movie coming out in the series. The sides even looked like icing and spine of the book. Chocolate with chocolate mousse filling, so good. They do great work! The wait staff at Frankie’s begged us for pieces it looked so amazing.

The big surprise was we gave her a cell phone which she was dying for but we told her she wouldn’t get until middle school. She thought she was getting a flat screen TV for her game room (and she did get it later that weekend) but we faked her into thinking the TV was shipped here and she needed to open it. Of course it was a fake huge box full of peanuts with the cellphone hidden in it. It was so funny watching her dig through it and try to figure out what the heck was going on.

I had to put the video on youtube b/c it was too long for flickr:

Bless Jeff’s heart, he cleaned up all the peanuts for her and they were EVERYWHERE. All in all, it was a really fun birthday. I really didn’t take a ton of photos this time and I kept forgetting to at family stuff but there are more videos than normal though.

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Video: Dog newscast

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This was from back in late March when the old Pittsboro Courthouse burned down. We were goofing off and Hayley decided to be Annabelle’s voice in this running joke we have about a dog talkshow that our dogs host (don’t ask, we aren’t normal I know).

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Leave them kids alone.

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Mom is showing me about embedding youtube and I picked this song. School stinks hey teachers leave them kids alone. hahaha

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Photos: 5th annual Gingerbread Demo Derby

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We had our 5th Gingerbread Demo Derby after Christmas – we had more friends involved than ever in the creation and destruction. Christmas Eve we had family and friends over for Chinese food and the construction of the Gingerbread House, which was one big deluxe house, one small house and one little leftover kit so it was more of a Gingerbread Country Estate. I simply don’t care how they look, what I care about is having fun and the kids being silly (ok the adults too).

If you don’t know the background, we discovered that no one actually liked gingerbread despite making houses yearly. My brother-in-law and I came up with the idea to smash them with remote controlled cars and we’ve been doing it each year ever since! So once the gifts are opened and the Christmas food consumed, we drag the Gingerbread house to the cul-de-sac, the kids get 30 seconds to grab candy they want and then we rev up the cars to smash it up. Oh and anything left standing, the kids get to jump up and down on.


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And yes I’ll get back to posting photos soon. I’m still taking them, just haven’t felt like posting them. Nothing is wrong, just busy with life. Yes I’m about three months behind.

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Leslie Hall story on CNN!

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One of our super favorite perfomers Leslie Hall was profiled on CNN!! And OMG, she’s in talks for a show on HBO!!! I thought seeing her live and on Yo Gabba Gabba was a big deal – an entire show of the Midwest Diva and her lady jams might just blow my mind!

YOU’RE GLAMOROUS! SHAZZAM!

Read the article: Quirky Iowa rapper gaining ce-Web-rity status.

My previous posts on her:

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A few clips I love with Bea Arthur (1922-2009)

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Bea Arthur died today and I wanted to post some videos to remember the fabulous broad that she was. Sad to see you go Maude, Dorothy, Vera Charles and all the other other feisty gals she had inside her.

Sex and the City parody

Arguing with Archie Bunker

With Rock Hudson, Sniff Swig Puff

Star Wars Holiday Special

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Ron Burgundy interviews Roy Williams

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Put on your GEM SWEATERS

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I love Leslie Hall and her Gem Sweaters. If you don’t know the story, she collects and models horrible bedazzled sweaters. She also has a website that will crack you up – plus it highlights her band Leslie and the Lys that sings about sweaters and other important midwest diva issues.

Her CD made me snort with laughter. I didn’t know she had a video online for the band’s song about Gem Sweaters:

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