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Melinda in DC with GT

Melinda went to Washington DC with the 8th Grade GT kids. What an opportunity! I posted a couple pics of her leaving on the bus in the last post, but I will keep adding pics here about the trip as I get them.

I can’t wait to hear about the trip!


Posted on 27 February '15 by , under Activities, school. No Comments.

Many things that need documenting.

Melinda Horse riding,

One of my 2 new “speckled Sussex” Chicks,.. starting its internet training early.

Melinda’s Spanish homework video with her friend.

Hannah’s New snakes,



Melinda’s blue ribbon on her science project,

Rockwell’s awesome science project that did not place.. Being that I was a judge, and saw what he was up against, (I did not judge 6th or 8th grade, and the other judges did not know my kids where participating.) I was really suprised Rockwell did not place. REALLY suprised. Even the Teacher was suprised… You did a great job Rockwell. You simply win some and lose some. It’s a crapshoot sometimes.

Melinda being NAMS student of the month,
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Melinda traveling to Washington DC.
She was invited to go to see the capital and the Smithsonian with the 8th Grad GT class. The whole group is taking a bus up there and staying at a hotel.




Rockwell Modding his Razor scooter,



Melinda helping to fix the IPad,

Going to the Circus.. the kids have gone to the circus every year almost forever…. And Hannah’s friend Amber almost always goes with us!


Hannah’s Awesome pink Kitten.


The Sleepover with the Banks.



Hannah Trying to find a dress for Prom,

Melinda DAR Presentation.



Check this out if you want to hear Melinda read her Essay. I love how she is so expressive.

Giving Gigi a little a love.

Finding a surprise Gift from Mom.. ( A piece of the classic old wrapping paper with a nametag)



Posted on 23 February '15 by , under Awards, chickens, projects, school. No Comments.

Rockwell Science Project; 3D Bridge Breaking

Science Fair projects. So far, this is a little bit of a failure, Because its TOO successful?? Rockwell had our friend Charles J Gantt help him design and 3D print out some bridges for his science fair project… Well.. so far, we can’t break them! Even the ones that are made out of PLA ( “Polylactic Acid” a bio based decomposeable plastic) are holding over 275 pounds so far! Rockwell is sort of scared to be around it at that weight.. and I don’t blame him. We will be taking it outside this weekend and Iwill help him near the end… I don’t want it falling though the floor when it gives way. smile. They are 300mm wide with 3mm thick walls if you are wondering. Charles.. we might have to print out some 2mm thick ones?? Maybe you can test that new manufacturers product for them!!

Pictures to come. :)

Posted on 29 January '15 by , under projects, school. No Comments.

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


Posted on 23 January '15 by , under Awards, school. No Comments.

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??

Posted on 18 January '15 by , under Activities, chickens, Events, Friends. No Comments.

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.

Posted on 16 January '15 by , under Awards, school. No Comments.

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.

Posted on 2 January '15 by , under Events, Holidays. No Comments.


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.)

Posted on 20 December '14 by , under Activities, BMX, Holidays. No Comments.

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.

Posted on 19 December '14 by , under Activities, Holidays, projects, school. No Comments.


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.

Posted on 3 December '14 by , under Events, school. No Comments.