Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Beth Qualifies for State Cross Country
Beth had an amazing run in the rain today at the state qualifying cross country meet. She finished in the top 10 and her team (BMS) got 2nd place. Wow!!! And it was so great that Monkey Grandma got to come and watch it all. Next stop: Knoxville for the state championship!!
Friday, September 26th, 2014
Lauren got to march in the homecoming parade at school today. I didn’t get to see it, but I saw some video of it and I got to see the floats later today at the football game. The band also did another excellent performance at the halftime show.
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Beth was one of the top 10 runners for BMS and got to compete in the Championship run today. She did awesome, getting 12th place overall (out of 70 runners) and getting her best time yet. Congratulations, girl!!
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Jake, Beth, Gregory, Heidi, Bridget, Diane and I all went to Walden Farm this afternoon (the big girls had other plans). We played, ran around and went on a hay ride. It was a beautiful day, and not crowded at all.
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Medal Run: Jake
Jake competed in the cross country medal run this year at Woodland Middle School. It’s the hilliest course they run, and it’s even worse when there are eight different schools all competing, but he had another awesome run with a strong finish. Yay!
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
It was so cool to go to Wilco again this year, but now with Lauren as a full member of the BHS marching band. BHS was the first high school to do their show (and the other county high schools followed). It was a really fun night all around. At the end they had all the eighth-graders come on the field and perform in a massed band with all of the students from all of the high schools. Very cool.
Friday, September 12th, 2014
Heidi and Bridget went to a party tonight and came home looking like this: (!)
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Jake and Beth both ran today and it was a lot of fun to watch them. Jake looked a little tired at first and then turned it on about halfway through the race, passing tons of kids and making what I’m sure was his best time yet. It’s good to see him smiling out there.
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
We decided to bring Heidi and Bridget to a work party of mine, and what a great choice that was, because there were probably 10 other kids all around the same age. Everyone had an awesome time (especially, I’m sure, the older ones we left at home).
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Heidi, Bridget and I decided to follow some instructions in the Rock Your Room book and we made special keepsake boxes.
Friday, September 5th, 2014
We took the “fam” to watch Lauren play in the band at the BHS football game tonight. (When we went a few weeks ago I was forbidden to take pictures). Lauren was having a lot of fun in the stands and we got to watch the band do its halftime show (they didn’t march at the last home game). Great job, girl!
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Beth all of a sudden decided to join pep band, and tonight was the first chance she got to play at an actual game. It was so much fun to watch her and to hear the band play. Again I got a bonus of also being able to watch Lauren practice in the marching band.
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Woodland Cross Country
Jake has an injured leg (nothing too serious) and couldn’t run today, but Beth did awesome at the cross country meet at Woodland:
Monday, August 18th, 2014
Jake and Beth Running Cross Country
Jake and Beth are both running cross country this year, and they had their first meet today at BMS. I’m so proud of both of you two! Great running. As an added bonus, I got to watch Lauren practicing with the marching band in the parking lot that you can see from the cross country track.
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Beth competed in the first annual aquathlon (swim/run). She did awesome, of course, getting third place in girls and beating all but one of the boys. She also had the best transition time of anyone (boy or girl).
Sunday, August 10th, 2014
My beautiful and creative wife got this made for the house today. It was a total surprise to me, and I love it:
Friday, August 8th, 2014
Start of School
School starts today. Here are pictures of Heidi (1st grade) and Bridget (Kindergarten). Bridget is particularly excited because she has the same teacher both Lauren and Beth had for Kindergarten (Ms. Pullen).
Friday, August 1st, 2014
Bridget turns 5 years old today! We had a party to celebrate (with a delicious desert), of course. And Monkey Grandma got to be there for it all:
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Over 1000 Posts
Wow! thedonnellys.com now has over 1000 posts!!! The website started its current format in November, 2003 (but has been around in various forms since early 2000).