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Farewell, ’14

It’s 2015! We’re excited for a new year, packed with possibilities for all kinds of adventures and activities. But before we look too far ahead, we wanted to take a quick look back at our 2014, and all of the “firsts” and “favorites” that each member of our family enjoyed:


age 14
Firsts: mock trial (he played a defense attorney); speech tournaments (he especially loved delivering a Duo Interpretive speech with a friend based on William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope); science fair (he won 1st place in his category and 2nd place overall at his homeschool co-op fair, and 3rd place in his category at the state science fair); PSAT/NMSQT exam (for practice); graduation (from 8th Grade).
Favorites: Beats headphones and Sphero Ollie (electronic gadgets); Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (book—the Young Adult version); The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (movie);  Latin (school subject); Owl City (musical group); team sports (he played basketball and baseball for the James Madison Preparatory School Patriots, and flag football for the East Valley Athletes for Christ Eagles).


Kerrick: age 12
Firsts: entrepreneurial endeavor (he made and sold 70 tin whistle cases out of PVC and Duck Tape); double Memory Master distinction (he memorized and recited more than 900 facts in six subject areas); junior high team sport (he played flag football for the East Valley Athletes for Christ Eagles).
Favorites: new pet conure, Pip (which he purchased with his business earnings); science (school subject — he especially enjoyed dissecting a squid); Pentatonix (musical group); Studio C (hilarious YouTube video series); The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (movie); The Fantastic Family Whipple, by Matthew Ward (book); IQ Link (game); cherry pie (dessert).


Kennah: age 9
Firsts: stitches (two kinds: 1) to close up a gash on her chin after splitting it open on the tile floor, and 2) to hand-piece and embroider her first quilt — the perfect size for her American Girl dolls); desserts made entirely on her own (a special cake for her dad’s birthday, and rice krispy treats just for fun).
Favorites: girls-only extracurricular activities (a book club with friends from our homeschool co-op, and her American Heritage Girls troop); art (she loves to draw); crafts (she loves to make stuff); Mallory on the Move, by Laurie Friedman (book); Dolphin Tale 1 and 2 (movies); math (school subject); IQ Twist (game); chili (meal); Jessie (TV show).


Keillor: age 7
Firsts: lost teeth (two: one on top and one on the bottom); birthday party with friends (they played at a park and at Pump It Up!); book read  (Eat); shoe-tying success.
Favorites: Cub Scouts (extracurricular activity); Arizona Cardinals (football team); Planes Fire and Rescue (movie); Stubby the Dog Soldier: World War I Hero, by Blake Hoena (book); Hawaii (state visited); Risk (game); VIP, by Manic Drive (song); Miss Shell (new pet Sonoran Desert tortoise adopted from friends); geography (school subject); scooter and Legos (toys); ice cream (dessert).


Sonya: aging rapidly
Firsts: A-Plus: Challenge A Extras (ebook published); full-spectrum homeschooling (she’s teaching elementary school, middle school, and high school).
Favorites: Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University (she enjoyed a summertime visit to the cool pines and a flash back to her college days); Call the Midwife (book, TV series, and music based on the memoir by Jennifer Worth); Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS and The Nature Conservancy (free-lance editing clients).


Shawn: ageless (Ha! His turn!)
First: Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (he’s wearing multiple hats — and shirts — as he serves in Pack and Troop leadership roles).
Favorite: a glass of wine and a football game (way to unwind when he gets the rare chance).

Here’s hoping that 2015 brings even better firsts and favorites!




January 1, 2015   2 Comments