Viper Bots go to the Capitol

Jadzia shows off our robot at the Missouri State Capitol.

Jadzia shows off our robot at the Missouri State Capitol.

On March 3, Jadzia and her Viper Bots teammates joined the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for a STEM expo at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Continue reading

Posted in jadzia, life, photos, school, technology, travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jadzia: District spelling bee champ!

Jadzia holds her trophy after winning the Ferguson-Florissant district-wide spelling bee.

Jadzia holds her trophy after winning the Ferguson-Florissant district-wide spelling bee.

Ferguson-Florissant, there’s a new champ in town.

Jadzia won first place in the district-wide spelling bee!

Continue reading

Posted in life | Leave a comment

Star Wars on the brain

Joseph's homework

From the Joseph Files:

Writing capital letter H for homework is so much more fun when you realize you can turn them into drawings of TIE fighters.

Posted in joseph | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Still thankful for the Rams

I’m definitely feeling all the outrage over the Rams leaving St. Louis to return to Los Angeles.

They were, overall, terrible for most of their years in St. Louis. They fleeced us to come here in 1995, and they fleeced us when they left, as we wasted millions hoping to keep them.

Joseph has a Rams jersey that he loves to wear. The older girls want to hate the Rams for going away. Hopefully I can get them all to embrace the Cowboys.

Still, I’d like to remember the bright spots. The “Greatest Show on Turf” years will remain amazing. For me, the Rams run to their second Super Bowl appearance is particularly meaningful.

Continue reading

Posted in reminisce, work | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Viper Bots

Early days of building the robot

Early days of building the robot

This year, our elementary school introduced a new Girl Scouts robotics team.

I was asked if I might like to help out. I like programming and Legos, so I thought it sounded like it could be fun. I didn’t realize I would end up being the team’s coach. Before long I was receiving boxes from Lego in the mail.

Continue reading

Posted in jadzia, life, school, technology | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chess Club: Grandmasters

What a big week we had. On Friday, Jadzia and fellow members of Vogt Elementary’s chess club were visited by grandmasters … and a ton of media. Here is her account of the day:

Jadzia plays chess against grandmaster Jennifer Shahade

Jadzia plays chess against grandmaster Jennifer Shahade

Once upon a time, Jadzia and some of her classmates went to the library. But, this was no ordinary library day. Two (well, more, but you’ll find out later) grandmasters were going to come. Cameras would cram each and every corner and spot, flashing on and off!

It was Grandmaster Friday.

Continue reading

Posted in jadzia, videos | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Our great summer: San Antonio

Joseph jumps to Josh

Joseph jumps to Josh

What would summer be without a trip to San Antonio to see all our family? Evenings spent swimming in Nan’s pool, the buzz of cicadas, the tinkling of wind chimes, the dry heat.

Continue reading

Posted in life, photos, texas | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Our great summer: Swim lessons

Joseph practices his "ice cream scoop / chicken wing"

Joseph practices his “ice cream scoop / chicken wing”

For the last several years our kids have taken swim lessons at January-Wabash Park.

Continue reading

Posted in life, photos | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Our great summer: Ferguson swim team

At the June 23 swim meet, Ludi competed in the freestyle relay and individual races.

At the June 23 swim meet, Ludi competed in the freestyle relay and individual races.

This summer we embarked on a new adventure: Ludi joined the Ferguson Swim Team.

Continue reading

Posted in ferguson, life, ludi, photos | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our great summer: Science and reading

Mad Science at the Prairie Commons County Library.

Mad Science at the Prairie Commons County Library.

This summer our kids had more science and library activities than ever before.

In June, Vogt Elementary held a weeklong “Scary Science” camp at the school. Each day there was a scary theme, like making a mummy or eating bugs. The girls were surprisingly thrilled to be eating crickets, insisting that I try one. “They’re good, they’re really good!” they both kept exclaiming.

Continue reading

Posted in life, photos, school | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment