For Zane's 100th day of school, the second graders dressed up as if they were 100 years old. These eyebrows and mustache from the set the Hatfields gifted Z a year or so back continue to be unbelievable useful and endlessly fun.
Here's the old man with the rest of his aged classmates.
RED day at Zane's school is not to be confused with "Big Red Day" at Joe's. Zane's is part of "Read Every Day," and as I've mentioned before it's when parents go to school and their kids read to them. Zane had an Oklahoma throwback - a book on Tornados.
It's fun to see him tackle more difficult chapter books as well.
Joe's school celebrates something called "Big Red Day." It's a day of school but instead of attending school, kids go out into the world doing activities - skiing, laser tag, trampolines. That sort of thing. And, no, these activities aren't free. Some are really very expensive (skiing). There is only one free activity: board games and coloring. Students get to select their activities based on how many items they sell during a school fundraiser held earlier in the year. One of those fundraisers where the school only gets 10% of the money spent or thereabouts.
This entire program yielded some extreme opposition in the Johnson household. Joe drafted an oped to the paper against it, though he didn't end up submitting it. He waffled over whether to participate at all or stay home for the day. He opted to participate - jumping in the morning at the trampoline park and spending the afternoon with his Sci-Fi club buddies playing an old NES. (In short, yes, he had fun.)
At some point Zane got very upset about it all too and created this protest sign. ("I want to choose.") These brothers always have each others backs.
In January, I went to San Francisco for conference of law professors. Luckily for me, Lorin and Kathryn live just across the Bay and they'd welcome their new baby (and my latest niece) Emily Kate in December. I was thrilled to spend my last afternoon in town meeting this adorable baby girl.
The boys back home were pretty excited to get the chance to meet her as well. Technology is truly amazing.