Melinda DAR

I just found this on FaceBook, I did not even know it was posted.
Melinda acknowledged in the school for her Writing. All of the schools in North Augusta competed for this.. Its not a small honor.

8th grade North Augusta Middle School student, Melinda Elser, was selected as the Martintown Road DAR Chapter winner. She will read her essay and be presented with an award on Tuesday, February 10th at Fairview Presbyterian Church at 4:00. Her essay will be entered into the state DAR competition this spring. Congratulations Melinda!

Pictured is Gwen Spivey-American History Essay Committee Chair, Melinda Elser and Pam Schmidt, Martintown Road Chapter Regent

Picture credit: S. Abney


Fun weekend visit to a ranch in Georgia.

A good Friend of ours, Mariya, is taking care of a ranch while the owners are away, and invited us over to check out the animals. It was really fun!

Hannah had a lot of friends, as long as she had some clover in her hands.. lol. Not sure if this is a cow or the bull.

Hannah and Rockwell checking out a rooster. Sort of surprised they managed to snag a farm rooster.

Melinda with some new friends..

Another Friend. :) She Got to Ride the horse later in the day. Sort of.. lol.

These little lambs are so sweet.. Why don’t people have lambs as pets?

They also had an abandoned house on the property that the kids did some exploring in.

Who does not like to explore an abandoned building??

All Melinda, All the time.

But she makes it so easy.


8th grade North Augusta Middle School student, Melinda Elser, was selected as the Martintown Road DAR Chapter winner. She will read her essay and be presented with an award on Tuesday, February 10th at Fairview Presbyterian Church at 4:00. Her essay will be entered into the state DAR competition this spring. Congratulations Melinda!

Way to Go Melinda! This does not surprise me though.. When I read it before she submitted it, I said to myself.. “hmm.. this could win”..
You make me proud!

And then, I go in and review her grades. What parent wouldn’t like to see this in their kids Math (algebra) class. How blessed can this simple dad be? Are there any limits? I know it wont last forever.. but trust me, am basking in it for the time being.


And its not just Math.. She works hard for good grades in every class.


I love your School ethic Melinda. You are awesome.

Welcome 2015! (and a little Christmas)

The kids say hello to 2015!

Something I found on the table today.. Rockwell has a little holiday homework he was working on. I thought it was neat that he does his homework in cursive.

Christmas morning!

Christmas morning…#2. I suppose I should take a picture of the Tree before I take it down next week.

This was from the solstice party at the Flecheks.

Check out the spread! They know how to cook.


So we had a little friendly competition today. The kids made Gingerbread houses, and I was to blindly judge which one was the best. (I could not watch to see who was making what).
Well… While they were all creative…

I had to go with the picturesque ones. Melinda won.

And since all my racers finished the fall season BMX series, They got personalized shirts and Number plates. Here are next seasons racers personalized plates! (I don’t know what their numbers will be yet.)

Fall, ATV’s, Science Fairs, and the Holidays.

We all went to The Herndon’s house last weekend.. Wes is a man after my own heart.. he owns 4 dirtbikes and 3 ATV’s… they where all given to him broken! Well, we all had a blast riding them all over his property. :)

Rockwell started working on his science project! He designed a bridge (from scratch!) that he will 3D print out of various materials, and test how strong they are. Pretty neat!

Here is the first test print.

Melinda has been going to the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art on Saturday mornings recently. The class was called “trees”. This is a picture of some of the students work.. Hers is the second from the left. The pink one.

We also had the North Augusta Christmas parade again this last Sunday! It’s always fun.

I guess Rockwell wanted to bring his Baritone out and participate!

And the Herndon’s joined us again this time.


Here are a couple pictures that did not get loaded that probably should have.

Here is my target from my CWP class. Believe it or not, I got the best score in the class. This was half from shooting from the “ready” position (gun against your chest), and half are from the holster with the safety on. all timed, from 3,7,10 meters. The class was 9 hours long, and I was surprised how much interesting Tactical information was covered. It was a worthwhile class.

And here is Rockwell in his Halloween costume, Being a ninja.. At the old Richmond academy building.

BMX slo-mo

A couple of videos I should have posted earlier..

Here is a great one of Rockwell going over the step up..

and here is one of a crash.. Rockwell changed his mind a little late! He was going to jump it.. and then decided to manual it.. Glad he landed on the OTHER side of the hill.. crashing into the front of the hill would have HURT. Notice he is clipped in. That’s how he rides now. He seems comfortable with it.

Fall things.

The ginko tree dropped ALL of it’s leaves in a 24 hour period.. It was weird watching it. The weather was perfectly still, but leaves would fall. If they where high and hit other leaves, they would cause a cascade. I sat and watching it for a while. Next year I would love to catch it with a time laps camera. ginko14

The kids messing around in the back yard, making a dreary fall day a little less dreary.

Took some of the kids to go see (fill in this space). The chipmunks have been around for ages. Figured we would take a pic with them.

Yah, Europe really knows how to do a Advent calendar right. Their Advent calendars put our lame selection to shame.

November Activities

Last weekend was the North Augusta Elementary Fun Fair. Arturo borrowed the Cotton candy machine and represented the young Makers. It was fun!

Of course we attended!

And, I saw my life flash before my eyes… My chain fell off my fixed gear bike, locked up the back wheel while I was going fast.. downhill. fast enough that the tire popped from the skid before I stopped (!)

The also had a sumobot competition that we attended. It was fun. We probably should have participated.

And of course, more BMX! Rockwell concentrating on the gate. He is getting faster every time he goes.

And here are the girls. Melinda has been improving too.. when they started, their track time was almost 2 minutes. Now they are right under 60 seconds.. that is only 15 seconds slower than the pros.

Rockwell wanted me to wrap him up in some packing wrap.. I wrapped his head instead!

Hmm. I guess Rockwell’s Hair is getting sort of long.

And we had the Elections recently.. Do ya’ think I live in a republican area?

Our Friend Raven had her Bat mitzvah! It was an impressive ceremony, and we had fun afterwords.

Melinda Practicing her Violin!

The girls just being silly. This was the night of the Sumobot competition.

Melinda on her Monday night Horse riding practice.

Melinda has been going to Confirmation.. The pre-class game was where you put shaving cream on your face and try to catch the most Cheetos in it thrown by your teammate from at least 2 feet away. Harder than it seems!! She won though…

Melinda has been taking Art classes on Saturday Morning. This Saturday morning Rockwell and I went to a BMX race in Lexington County while Melinda wen to a friends Birthday party. I managed to Crash hard into Rockwell’s back wheel while practicing.. and messed both of us up. Hard enough to untrue his back wheel.. uugh.