I’m not allowed to brag on my kids on Facebook. My wife, for reasons she won’t clearly state, doesn’t like it and gets downright mad at me if I do. Well this is my blog and I can do anything I damn well please here so here goes.
My 21 year old daughter Courtney just got into the University of Montevallo. It seems that she’s found what she wants to do and she’s really working hard at it. I think she’s finally maturing and thinking about her future. I’m so proud of her!
My 13 year old daughter Rachael was on the A-B honor roll for the year. She also was in chorus at school, rang bells at church, sang duets with her sister at church, was in a production of Cinderella at school, Junior Beta Club where she competed in the Tower of Power competition at Myrtle Beach, and won awards in competition dance. I’m sure that I’m forgetting something because it seems that she’s always busy doing something. Poor Rachael has do constantly deal with the fact that the people giving out the awards aren’t conscientious enough to spell her name correctly on the awards. Maybe I’m just a bad parent for wanting to give her a slightly unique name.
My 11 year old daughter Alyssa was on the A honor roll not only for the year but also for her entire time in school so far. There weren’t many kids who earned this honor for sure. She’s also in chorus at her school, rang bells at church and sang duets there with her sister. She won awards in competition dance like her sister did. She was part of the “Live on 5″ news crew at the school where she reported the news to the school “on TV.” This girl is also the sweetest kid I’ve ever seen. She’s got a heart of gold. She’s also the one that you don’t want to get mad, but outside that small percentage of the time, she really is the sweetest kid.
They were in different dance groups this year and both did really awesome. They worked so hard at this, having dance class 4 days a week between the 2 of them and always begging us to let them stay and watch the other dancers or help out with the younger kids. They both had younger dancers there who just loved them to death.
Last but not least is my 8 year old son, Patrick. He’s gotten all A’s since he’s been in school. He was described by one former teacher as a possible genius. He ranked in the 99th percentile nationally in math this year. In the Cognitive Abilities Test, he ranked in the 98th percentile in cognitive abilities and 99th percentile in nonverbal ability. Because of this, he was invited to attend the Charles Townes Center for the Gifted and Talented next year. Only 75 kids in the county are invited to this each year. Patrick also won the 2nd grade spelling bee and is in Cub Scouts where he earned his Wolf Badge this year.
While I’m bragging, I might as well brag on my wife Heidi a bit as well. She was voted by the teachers as volunteer of the year at Bryson Elementary School, where she was PTA President. She helped to coordinate all of the fund raising efforts for year. She volunteered on field day, the Washington DC trip for 5th graders, and on and on. She’s such a math guru that me, the Computer Science major, never gets asked math questions by the kids. They always to go Mom because she enjoys the math so much and I think explains things better than I do. Most importantly, she put up with me for another year.