Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In which Connor builds a robotic gun

I mean, let's call this what it really is.  It's a robotic launcher with a speed loader and rapid fire capability that shoots over 20 feet.  It's also really awesome.

VEX Robotics Launcher

VEX Robotics Launcher

VEX Robotics Launcher

The slo mo video is pretty awesome.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Duke Talent Identification Program

I recently found out about the Duke Talent Identification Program (or TiP) from another mother, and we applied for membership for Connor and Lex.  They both had taken a Stanford test last spring, and we submitted those test scores to Duke.  They were both accepted!

Duke TiP

Bumper Sticker? Nah! Face Sticker.

So, now they can take part in some online courses with Duke, and there are summer and weekend programs available for them to attend with other smart kiddos.  Not all the programs happen at Duke, although some do.  There are also programs that take place in Georgia and Florida, so we might be able to find one a little closer to home.  The first activities are geared for 4th to 6th graders, then older middle schoolers, and finally high schoolers.  I honestly don't know what to expect, but I have it on good authority that it is a really great program with lots of options for fun learning experiences.  I saw some mystery solving thing that looked great for the summer, but I can't remember what grade level it was intended for.  

What will we sign up for first?  Stay tuned!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Chinese New Year Festival

This past weekend we went to the Atlanta Chinese New Year Festival.  We went last year, too, and I think we will make a point to go next year as well.  It is a wonderful festival that takes place at our local China Town.

Atlanta China Town

I really liked these dancers.  They were awesome.

Atlanta China Town

Atlanta China Town

After we were done eating, we wandered around trying to find other VIPKID teachers that were there.  It was too crowded for us to locate anyone, though.  But, we found another whole section of the festival this year. Two more tents and another building! It is actually much larger than we realized!

Our favorite thing last year was the lion dance, so we made sure to be in the right spot at the right time to see it again this year.

We fed the lions some money to bring good luck and good fortune for the next year!

Happy Year of the Pig! 

Connor is a pig.  I mean, he was born in the year of the pig.  He is supposed to wear red underwear or socks every day for the year to ward against bad luck.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Size 9.5

Connor got a new pair of shoes.

Size 9.5

Size 9.5.  9.5!  I can't believe how big.  So big.

Also, these shoes have bluetooth and can connect to his phone and map where he runs or walks.
The future is here.

And the future is huge.  Size 9.5.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In which we go to the park

On Tuesday last week, the entire city shut down because of a threatened snowpocalypse that never happened.  It was 20 degrees outside.  Literally freezing. 

This week on Tuesday, it was sunny and 75 degrees.  Crazy, right? And we would have been crazy to have stayed indoors on such a beautiful day.

So we met some of our favorite homeschool friends at the park.  They played at the skate park, they went for a bike ride. They played football.  We were there for hours.

Homeschoolers at Large

After we were finally exhausted and sunburned (sorry kids, no one thought to apply sunscreen in the middle of winter), we headed to our favorite sandwich shop for sandwiches and milkshakes.

Homeschoolers at Large

It was a wonderful day.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Nitro Zone for a Birthday. Again.

Remember back in October when we went to Nitro Zone for Lex's birthday?

Well, Lex is something of a trend setter, so this weekend we went back to Nitro Zone for another birthday party.  It was Kevin's first time back since he broke his leg.

Don't worry. His doctor said he could. And he did.  With no trouble.

The kids did the American Ninja Warrior course, the ropes course, and the trampolines.  Then, they played some games.

After a few hours of running around, it was time for pizza and cake.

Noah’s Birthday

Noah’s Birthday

Noah’s Birthday

Noah’s Birthday

Happy Birthday, Noah!

Friday, February 1, 2019

In which Connor goes to the eye doctor

Today I took Connor to see the eye doctor.  He didn't really need to go, but I figured that since everyone else needs vision correction, we should at least keep an eye on Connor's eyes.


So, we went.  And the eye doctor told Connor that he had "the healthiest eyes he has seen in recent memory."  Then, he proceeded to tell Connor that as long as he doesn't notice a change in his vision, he does not need to have another eye exam for 10 years.  He told him to schedule something around the time he is set to graduate from college.

So that's great news.  We just crossed ten years worth of eye doctor visits off the to-do list.

Thursday, January 31, 2019