Another week, another scholastic first

Last Thursday Jadzia kick-started kindergarten. This week Ludi proceeded to preschool.

Ludi has the same teacher her older sister had last year, which is great. She already knows Ms. Katie and likes her a lot. Ludi is a very friendly, happy girl, so I think she is going to have a blast with all the kids in her new class.

Keep reading for a quick video of Ludi after her first day of preschool:

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Jadzia talks about her first day of kindergarten

This morning I took Jadzia to her first day of kindergarten at Vogt Elementary in Ferguson. She was pretty excited about it. All went well — except I forgot to take her picture.

I tried to compensate by shooting some quick video when I picked her up this afternoon. Keep reading to watch Jadzia tell a little about her day.

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Masonry and excavation … Now that’s progress

Paid a visit to the house today to see how work was progressing, and also because the grass in the front yard was in danger of becoming a forest.

What I found was awesome. Lots of works, lots of work being done. New cinder-block walls are going up near the kitchen and the back yard has a big hole where a new foundation will be poured.

My weedwhacker didn’t cooperate, though. I think I flooded it. So I borrowed a neighbors’ mower. I soon remembered that not everybody keeps their mower set as high up as I do (same as my dad). still, the yard looks nice and the house is making progress.

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The ranch

Last year my aunt Joyce invited us to visit the ranch she shares with her husband Ted and my cousin Dion. I have never really visited a ranch in Texas, so I thought this would be a cool opportunity, especially for the girls.

We made the pretty drive into the hill country to a little town called Kendalia. Uncle Ted and aunt Joyce met us there on their motorcycle and guided us the rest of the way to the ranch.

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2nd Great Road Trip: Houston

Driving to San Antonio from St. Louis is a 16-17 hour affair. Our strategy for this trip was much the same as when we traveled out to Washington. We would visit various friends/places along the way to break up the trip and make it easier. As mentioned in our previous blog post, the first day of traveling took us to Texarkana. On the second day, we drove south through Tyler to visit Bullard, my old hometown.

After Bullard, we kept going south to Houston, where we stayed with one of Yoli’s American friends from Bolivia (yes, you read that sentence right), Sonja. Sonja and her husband Jody have three kids, close in age with our kids.

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