The second quarter was a lot of staying on top of Adrian to clear up his zeroes and get things turned in. It’s something he’s struggled with the whole time he’s been in school. In the end, he did really well and is quite pleased with his grades.
Our school district allows high school kids to exempt up to three midterms every December. Whether they can exempt depends on grades and absences/tardies. They cannot exempt AP course midterms no matter what.
Physics – 75% quarter / 85% midterm / 78% semester
iCSI – 97% quarter / 97% midterm / 97% semester
AP Human Geography – 70% quarter / 70% midterm / 72% semester
Spanish II – 91% quarter / midterm exempt / 91% semester
Geometry – 92% quarter / midterm exempt / 93% semester
Computer Science – 93% quarter / 88% midterm / 91% semester
English I – 88% quarter / midterm exempt / 90% semester
GPA: 3.5 quarter / 3.7 semester
Algebra II – 94% quarter / midterm exempt / 95% semester
3D Modeling & Animation – 93% quarter / 100% midterm / 92% semester
Physics – 96% quarter / midterm exempt / 95% semester
AP US History – 85% quarter / 86% midterm / 83% semester
Video Game Design – 100% quarter / 100% midterm / 100% semester
AP English III – 91% quarter / 94% midterm / 93% semester
Computer Science – 98% quarter / midterm exempt / 98% semester
GPA: 4.4 quarter and semester
In his 3D Modeling and Animation class, Fritz took the test for his very first certification. He passed so he is now an Adobe Certified Professional!
Four years ago we went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico on the first day of winter. Adrian wanted to repeat that this year with his little siblings.
And so we did. I didn’t think the kids would actually get in the water (it was 52* on Solstice this year) so I didn’t pack bathing suits for them, just shorts.
I was wrong. They went in the water and played for thirty minutes. They all ended up soaking wet and covered in sand. They had the best time ever.
Afterwards we went back to our AirBnB so everyone could get a shower. I can’t imagine they were very comfortable for that thirty minute drive.
Texas sand is kind of a fine powder and it sticks to absolutely everything. We definitely need to vacuum out our rental beast because otherwise it will be forever sandy.
There were a few other people on the beach, mostly riding up and down the beach in gulf carts. Swimming in the Gulf in December isn’t the most common activity.
One guy gave the kids a little boogie board that was slightly broken but my kids didn’t care. That led to a lot more falling in the water and getting even wetter and sandier.
There was one old guy living on the beach in an Airstream attached to a pickup truck. He was very nice and enjoyed watching the kids playing and having fun.
When we tried to leave we discovered we were a little bit stuck in the sand (you park on the beach). So the guy in the Airstream towed us out ending our adventure with a little extra adventure.
Zeke really wanted to put the angel on the tree this year, but even with a step ladder he’s a little too short. So Fritz put him up on his shoulders and Jamie stabilized him so he could lean forward and the angel was put in place.
Every year we drive up to Marble Falls to go through the Walkway of Lights. The lights are so beautiful. It’s mostly the same every year but it’s still worth going.
We accidentally made going there a tradition when we went to Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet and stopped in Marble Falls on the way home six years ago.
We’ve taken the twins to the Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls four times now. The rest of The Six have gone three times.
This year included complete sensory overload for one kid and an autistic meltdown for another. The lights really are very bright.
As usual we stopped at Dairy Queen on the way home for Blizzards. Everyone loves those. Maybe we’ll be able to take a leisurely stroll through the lights again when the twins are about 12. But in the meantime we’ll keep going every year because the kids love that trip every year.
Every time we have a big family dinner we always have an assortment of pickles and olives. The meal just doesn’t seem complete without them. When Jamie’s parents moved to Ireland they gave us their very cool and unique lazy susan tray. It’s got lots of little bowls that fit together and hold the perfect amount of each type of pickle and olive.
We got our family pictures done a few weeks ago. This year I decided to just use bright colors for our shirts and though I worried a bit that they wouldn’t look right with the natural background, they turned out great. Jacqueline Eldredge always does an amazing job with our photos! (Pictures from 2020 and 2021, part 1 and 2021, part 2)
All of Us: (Back Row) Fritz, Cameron (Middle Row) Ani, Haley, Noah, Heather, Joel, Jamie, Nicholas, Elaine, Frank (Front Row) Mayci, Anthony, Zeke, Adrian
My parents, Frank and Elaine (76 and 77 years old)
Us, Jamie and Heather (44 and 46 years old)
Haley, age 23
Ani, age 22
Cameron, age 21
Fritz, age 16
Adrian, age 14
Zeke, age 7
Mayci, age 6
Anthony, age 5
Nicholas, age 4
Noah, age 3
Joel, age 3
Our traditional walking in a line picture! Ani, Zeke, Adrian, Nicholas, Jamie, Joel, Heather, Mayci, Cameron, Anthony, Haley, Noah, Fritz
Fritz and Adrian have completed their first quarter of 11th and 9th grades at their very challenging magnet school. It was a lot of work and they both did quite well. Fritz even won the Kindness award (nominated by his English teacher).
Physics – C (78%)
Cybersecurity – A (96%)
AP Human Geography – C (76%)
Spanish II – A (90%)
Geometry – A (93%)
Computer Science – A (90%)
English I – B (89%)
Physics – A (94%)
3D Modeling & Animation – B (88%)
Algebra II – A (95%)
AP US History – B (80%)
Video Game Design – A+ (100%)
AP English III – A (95%)
Computer Science – A (97%)
Jamie had gone to get Zeke and Mayci from dance, Anthony and Nicholas were on the couch with me watching a TV show, and Fritz and Adrian were upstairs doing homework. Noah and Joel were wandering around playing. After a couple minutes of not hearing them I went to investigate and discovered they had decorated the dining room, hallway, stairs, and themselves in a variety of sauces that hadn’t been put away yet from dinner. Always, always beware quiet twins.
A couple weeks ago I was stopped and waiting for traffic in the other lane to clear so I could turn left into our neighborhood when a girl slammed into the back of us.
Fritz, Adrian, Nicholas, Noah, and Joel were with me. They were all pretty much fine. Luckily the passenger area of Transits are very safe. All five, including the big boys were sitting back there (usually one big one will sit in the front, but for some reason they both got in the back that day).
I was kind of twisted in my seat and leaning forward a little bit so the way I hit the seat and headrest caused some injuries. I ended up with a concussion, whiplash, and some soft tissue damage. I’ve been going to physical therapy to make sure I heal okay and don’t have lasting trouble.
The high school girl who hit us first said she didn’t see us there (in our giant 15 passenger van) then complained I was just sitting there not moving (following the law with my turn signal on even) and then finally said she was looking down and thought I had gone (as you do when you are texting and driving). Her car had to be towed away. I really don’t know how she was going that fast to be able to cause that much damage 75-100 feet from a stop sign.