Sunday, April 26, 2009


At Gillie's with dad!

The first cast...

The second cast (with all animals except Droopy)

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Spencer on his new wheels from the Bike Barn in Blacksburg!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

ES Camping Trip

Spencer on the far right with Emma, heading for big Spencer and Jordan

ESers on the hydroelectric dam on the Little River

Kiri with her goat, Jasper, and Melissa

Yummy purple peep!

Homeless street urchins!

Last night we had our ES camping trip. At the peak there were probably close to 40 people, although only about 20 spent the night. We went to the Selu Conservancy in Radford - a beautiful preserve along the Little River, a New River tributary - and we had the group camping spot and canoe livery to ourselves. Another faculty member, Lisa, brought her 8 year-old son along so he, Spencer, and Grant made a nice little pack! They had a lot of freedom and a fantastic time. They roasted every possible food product, prowled the woods, canoed, and were drawn to the fire, obsessively poking and prodding. It was nice to have so many sets of eyes watching out for them and so they enjoyed tremendous freedom. I am proud of the kids, and proud of the ES students who each contributed to a day of memory-making. And huge thanks to Robert who set up and took down camp for me, and hauled kids and equipment to and from. wonder I am wiped out!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

ACC Chess Tourney

Congrats to Spencer and Grant for coming in 3rd and 7th (respectively) out of 26 competitors in the K-3 division of the Roanoke City Schools ACC Championship! The Harding K-3 team came in first overall too. Great job!!