Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Children's Museum Part 2

After our last visit to the Indianapolis Children's Museum I decided to upgrade our tickets to a membership.  Cam and I really enjoyed our time there at fall break and I knew we would be back as many times as we travel to Bloomington.  We stopped by today on our way home and had a awesome trip.  They were decorated for Christmas and Meg and Cameron tried the Yule Slide.  We then went into the Jolly Days area.  Cam enjoyed the "ice fishing", but overall we have outgrown the North Pole aspects of Christmas.
With everyone else being busy with the Christmas area at the museum we had the run of the place elsewhere.  We were able to visit the Draconex skull that is on Cameron's new shirt.  They drew dinosaurs, rode the carousel, built a tower out of blocks, worked in the waterworks area,  and spent quite a bit of time in the Anne Frank exhibit.  It was a wonderful way to end our Thanksgiving break.  

Saturday, November 29, 2014


We left early this morning to take Brett back to Bloomington.  Doug and he wanted to tailgate with Parce and Chokey before the Purdue - IU game.  Meg, Cam and I headed to Noodles and Company on Kirkwood.  We have never been and Brett said it was worth trying.  After the tailgate Brett met backup with us and Doug went with Parce and Chokey to the game.  Doug had never been to the Old Oaken Bucket game and thought this would be a great opportunity to do so.

The four of us went shopping at Barnes and Noble.  Brett and I did some Christmas shopping and Cam and Meg found books that they wanted.  Cam has read five books in a series and wants to finish the last two before Christmas break.  Meg is taking a break from Harry Potter to read a book that all of her friends liked.  When we finished at "The Barnes" (as Brett calls it) we stopped at Target.  We found a really cute Santa pig decoration for outside our house, but decided that might be a little much for Doug.  Thus, we bought a Snowman and some packages that light up.

The rest of the afternoon was spent at the movie theater watching Big Hero 6.  Brett and Cameron had really been wanting to see it as it is the latest creation from Disney.  We all liked it and by the time the movie was over Doug was done with the IU game.  He watched the ending of the game at Nick's.  IU scored in the last thirty seconds for the win.

We tried going bowling, but nothing was open in the Union.  Thus, we walked around campus, shopped at a couple of varsity shops and ate dinner at Buffalouies.  After that Brett headed back to the dorm.  He was exhausted as he slept less than an hour last night.  We went to Parce's to visit with him and watch more football.  We ended the evening with breadsticks.

Brett's time at home seemed so short, but we did do a lot.  The best part about his visit is that in less than three weeks he will be home for Christmas break.  We have already started talking about what we will do then.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

Four of us decided to forego Black Friday shopping to spend the day putting away the Thanksgiving and getting out the Christmas.  We were going to replace the Christmas tree this year, but didn't find anything we liked at Target.  Thus, we tried some blue lights on our white tree and everyone liked the look.  Cam, Brett and Meg put on the ornaments and it looks great.

We did retire the outside penguin this year and will look for something new tomorrow.  It stopped lighting up and the head kept popping off, so it is time for a change.  Cam and Meg also helped hang up the stockings, decorate the mantle, get out the Christmas decorations in the basement and put up trees in their rooms.  It was a big help to me as I had to also wash six loads of laundry today.

Doug was in charge of outside lights, the initial tree setup and our Christmas houses.  He was also very helpful in packing for the weekend, running errands and helping with any last minute items that came up.  After helping with the tree Brett went to the comic book store in Warsaw for their annual Black Friday sale.  He was looking for himself instead of gifts and was happy to realize that he still had money left from his job at Camp Mack this summer.

Cal had practice today, so he couldn't really help with the Christmas decorating.  He did partake in Black Friday shopping, however.  He, Kyle and Jayce headed to Goodwill after practice to catch their sales.  He was proud of the amount of clothes that he was able to purchase for $30.

By seven o'clock Doug and I were pretty much done with the decorating and the packing for Bloomington.  I was tired, but impressed that we were able to get it all done.  We are looking forward to taking Brett back tomorrow and spending the day with him.  It is a relief to know that we won't have all of the Christmas to get out once we get back.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here at home.  Doug and my Mom made the food with all of the traditionals including turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.  We played Clue and several other games before lunch.  I was on cleanup duty when we realized that the garbage disposal was clogged.  Luckily, Dad could help us out and we were able to go ahead with desserts.  The guys all played pool after dinner and Doug was pretty pumped up that he predicted the Bears score correctly.  Made their loss seem not quite so tough to take.

Meg, Cam, Doug and I all went shopping in South Bend in the evening.  More stores were open this year, but Barnes & Noble was not one of them.  Thus, Brett decided to stay at home.  We got to Target first and couldn't believe the line.  Meg and I laughed while waiting as I said, "I don't even need anything from Target.  I just have to use the restroom."  We didn't venture into the electronics as it was a zoo there.  Cam did find a couple of pairs of pants that were 40% off and we bought our giving tree gift for church.

The next stop was the mall.  It was busy there as well, but easier to move around in.  Meg got some great deals at both Hollister and AEO.  Yankee Candle did not have the same sales as last year, but we did get some good gifts.  Doug did some Christmas shopping.  We then headed to Kohl's.  I bought an electric griddle for school and after my rebate it will be free!  We stopped for snacks at Dairy Queen on the way home.  Even with the snow we were back by 9:30 p.m.  We liked the earlier start to "Black Friday" this year.

When we got home Cal's friends were over playing Tripoly and watching football.  Brett used his free time to play video games.  He hasn't played in a very long time and was looking forward to the down time when he was here on break.  After he was done we decided to watch Usual Suspects while he worked on a paper for class.  Brett really likes Kevin Spacey and so do I.  We have all had a great Thanksgiving.  There is a lot to be thankful for this year.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Grandma Jane


Today was Grandma Jane's birthday and she got to spend the afternoon with Cameron at his school.  It was parents and pies day and Cameron wrote my Mom this wonderful letter.  I was so impressed with it when they showed it to me.  He expressed his feelings well.  I was glad that he invited her.  He was also very proud of the gift that he got her - a frozen dessert maker.  Happy Birthday Grandma Jane - we hope you had a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

An Injury Time Out

Tonight was the first high school boys basketball game.  Cal was unable to play because of his ankle, but he is already doing a lot better.  Nick thought he could return to practice when he feels like the pain is tolerable, which should be some time this week.  The other good news is that the pain on his feet is calluses and not bunions.  A change of shoes should make a big difference for him.  

Doug and I both went to parts of the game tonight.  Neither of us enjoyed the fact that Cal had to sit out, but it was a lot of fun watching him interact with the fans in the stands and the other injured players.  He has such a great personality and his friends seem to really enjoy being around him.  He went to McDonalds with them after the game and handled being "benched" very well.  

Cal has also taken a turn in his attitude towards studying and college.  He is genuinely excited about his physics class and doing well this trimester.  It has been so neat to see him develop into his own this year.  He has worked hard at it and we couldn't be more proud.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Library Board Revisted

Another day and another long library board meeting.  We started at 5:30 with second interviews and ended at 8:30 discussing our plans for a new humidifier.  I know we got a lot accomplished, but there is still much to do.  I told Gisela that I don't know who has learned more about running a library her or me, but it definitely has been a learning experience.  I am so glad that she took the position as interim director.  We would not be moving forward without her.  Hopefully, by the end of the year we will have a full board, a new director and progress on our remodeling project.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Today the Heinisch children had to serve and lector along with Doug as usher.  Cal did not want to read as he was still on crutches last night, so Brett filled in.  Everyone did a great job.  The younger two went to religion afterward and the rest of us headed home.  I am still in the midst of laundry, but I was able to complete all of the library work that I needed to for tomorrow.

My parents invited us to their church for a Thanksgiving lunch.  They have it every year and this is the first one that we have been able to go to in awhile.  The food was good and plentiful.  Everyone but me likes turkey.  Meg filled up on deviled eggs and she and Cam tried some pumpkin pie.  Cal has decided to ditch the crutches which is a good sign to me.  Brett enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Meek as he rarely gets to see her anymore.

Meg had to choose between basketball and soccer today as they were at the same times.  The soccer team really needed her as there would have been no subs if she hadn't had gone.  She felt torn, but did end up going to soccer.  Carl, Doug and I went along to watch.  They got beat, but it was a lot of fun to go to.  Meg played defense for most of the game and has really worked on being more aggressive.  Even with the one sub the girls were wiped out by the end.

Tonight we took Carl to Buffalo Wild Wings in Warsaw.  This has definitely become our Sunday night ritual and everyone seemed to have a good time.  Carl said that he had a good weekend and Doug and the Heinisch children were glad to visit with him.  It is hard to believe at times that Jeanette is really gone.  The children have created a lot of wonderful memories, and I know they will think of her when they look at her paintings.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


I was up early this morning and worked on library items and laundry.  Doug was also up early as Cam had a chess tournament in Warsaw.  Cal had a basketball retreat last night so he wasn't home until the afternoon.  Brett and Meg took time last night and several hours today to come up with her Saint for confirmation and also to plan a lesson for FCA.

Doug's Dad arrived this afternoon shortly before Cam and Cal got home.  Cam had a great morning and afternoon.  He won four of his five rounds of chess and finished 2nd out of the 24 fourth graders participating.  He brought home a nice trophy and Evan did as well finishing in 4th place.  Doug said that both boys had a great time and spent the day hanging out, cheering each other on and playing chess together.  Cal didn't say much about his retreat, but I am sure he had a lot of fun.  He took several short naps throughout the day catching up from the lack of sleep last night.  His ankle is already a lot better and he was hoping to ditch the crutches.  We told him to stay on them as both the doctor and the trainer at the high school want him too.  I felt good about that.

We had dinner at home and then Brett, Cam, Meg and I went to Bethany Christian to watch their high school production of A Christmas Carol.  We all liked it a lot.  Doug and Cal stayed home and played cards with Carl.  The Heinisch family packs a lot into Saturdays, but they are usually a lot of fun.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Home, Sweet, Home

We left this morning after getting Cal, Meg and Cam off to school.  Cal was on crutches, Meg had honor roll breakfast and Cam forgot his homework.  We were able to get everyone where they needed to be and were on our way to Bloomington by 8:20 a.m.  Brett had not been home since August and we had not seen him since the first weekend of October.  Thus, we were all excited to see him and he was glad for the break.

We arrived at Oliver Winery close to 11:30 a.m.  Parce picked up Brett and they both met us there.  It was a little chilly, but we had a great lunch talking about Facebook, politics, IU and the Heinisch family's antics.  Parce headed to his apartment around 2 p.m. and we took Brett shopping at TIS, Target and Barnes and Noble.  Brett was able to find several Christmas gifts for his siblings, exercise clothes for himself and a book that he had been wanting.  We were also able to buy a new winter coat for Cameron.

Brett still had one afternoon class to attend, so we went to the Irish Lion with Parce.  It was great to spend that much time with him this afternoon as well.  Brett was ready at 5:30, so we picked him and his laundry up and got four orders of breadsticks to take home.  The trip back was absolutely crowded and we lost about a half hour of time driving through Indy.  Once we got north of the city, however, everything cleared out and we had a nice trip from there home.  Meg was excited to see Brett, even though he told her we had car trouble in Wabash and weren't going to make it back.  I felt sick from the drive, but happy to have Brett home.  It should be a great week.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Mom, I think I broke my ankle again!"

Those were the horrifying words that greeted me when I answered Cal's phone call this evening.  He and my Dad were already on their way to the hospital when he called.  We were just returning from Warsaw, so Doug and I were able to catch up with them before they got too far.  As we sat in the ER I started to evaluate the situation.  Cal had been complaining that the balls of his feet were hurting.  He thought they were blisters, but now they were slightly discolored.  Because of the pain he was running on the outside of his feet and that was how he rolled his ankle.

The ER doctor right away said that the pain on his feet were from bunions.  We felt better about that as it was a lot better news than the stress fractures that Cal was worried about.  She also said that there was no fracture on the x-ray and his ankle actually looked completely healed from last fall.  Thus, they put him in an air splint and gave him 800 mg of Ibuprofen.  He has to be on crutches until Monday and we will need to follow up with the orthopedic doctor next week.

Although this was extremely annoying for Cal and I know it hurt, overall this sounds a lot better than last year.   We are also more prepared for an ankle injury this year already having crutches, a boot and ice packs ready.  Cal still plans to go to school tomorrow morning and will meet with Nick after school.  My fingers are crossed that this is just a small hiccup for him early in the season.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Library Time

I was at the library for four hours tonight.  Gisela and I had to review a few items.  Then I was back for two different interviews.  We used Skype for both.  I had never used it before and was glad to have the chance to do so.  I will have to look into using it on my computer as well.  It would be a great way to catch up with Brett.

Our interviews went well and we had a new member join our board.  That was awesome as we have had two board members retire since August and another with health issues.  Overall, it is a really busy time, but I believe that we have a plan to move forward in the next couple of weeks.  It is actually starting to get exciting.  Stepping out of basketball for the month will free up so time to help the library.  It feels good to be of help to them and make a difference in the community.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Day Off

I took the day off  as I had several appointments today.  I know that I would really like going back to being a full time Mom and wife, but for now I will make the best of it as my working pays for Brett's college.  I did get a lot done. It was nice to have some time to myself as well.  Tonight was packed as usual.  Cam had tennis.  Cal had basketball.  Meg and I went to the Milford vs. Wawasee 7th and 8th grade boys games and then headed to her own basketball practice.

After the craziness of the night Doug and I went to dinner.  It was a nice break and a chance to catch my breath.  I believe after our discussion that I am going to have to give up coaching the eighth grade AAU team.  I really enjoyed coaching on Sunday, and it was a lot of fun winning a game and watching everyone play.  Overall, however, I am just completely overwhelmed with all of our commitments.  The library really needs my help and there are two other coaches that help with AAU.  Thus, I believe that this will be my last week.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Meg has been playing indoor soccer with the high school team on Sunday afternoons.  The group has been a lot of fun and meets on Monday nights to practice at the middle school.  Meg has really learned a lot and should have a lot of fun next fall.  It will be a great way for her and the other incoming freshmen to meet high school students.  They should feel more comfortable when they start the school year.

Doug enjoys open gym as much as the girls do.  Several other coaches also participate in the scrimmages.  Doug comes home tired, but has a great time.  One of the coaches fiances play as well.  It brings the level of play of the girls up and makes them work hard.  Can't wait to see how they do next year.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Birthday Celebration Part 2

Today I celebrated my birthday with the entire family.  We all went to Buffalo Wild Wings.  I was especially glad that Cal joined us as he doesn't usually go out with us on Sunday nights.  My Mom made a delicious white cake with white frosting.  Cam did a great job decorating it and even found room for forty-six Hershey kisses.  After that I opened gifts from my parents and Doug and the Heinisch children.  Doug picked out the best gift for me - an electric fireplace for my bedroom.  It lights up and is small and portable.  I know I will get a lot of us out of it.  It has been so cold already.  We may be in for another long winter, but I will be ready!!  I think Cam was as excited about it as I was.  He sleeps in my room a couple of times a week.  Neither one of us will be cold again!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me

To celebrate my 46th birthday Doug and I decided to shop for new living room furniture.  We have both talked about replacing our current set.  It has served us well for the last ten years, but it is definitely showing wear.  We plan to keep it as furniture in the basement and maybe even a chair in Cal's room.  We stopped in Warsaw at two different stores.  The first one had a set that we really like.  We could order it in purple and a pattern to match.  The second store did not have as much variety or color.  The furniture was less expensive, but neither of us thought it would last long in our busy family.  We are going to decide on Monday what we would like to purchase, but right now we are both leaning toward the furniture at the the first store.

After shopping for furniture we headed to Target in Fort Wayne.  They had a great deal on video games - buy two get one free.  We picked up some awesome Christmas gifts (once I got ahold of Brett and verified the systems we have.)  We stopped for a small  bite to eat and then headed to the chocolate store.  They had some phenomenal truffles and Doug bought me a box for my birthday.  We did some window shopping at Pier One Imports and found more Christmas gifts at Kohl's.

We topped off the weekend with dinner at Chop's Wine Bar.  The food was delicious and the dessert was one of the best we have ever had.  It was pumpkin/chocolate cheesecake.  I had such a wonderful birthday.  It was so nice to spend the day with Doug.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Get Smart

Tonight I took Meg and Janae to see the play, Get Smart, at the high school.  We met up with one of their other friends as well.  The play was pretty good.  Meg had trouble following along at first, but after awhile she caught on. One of my former students had several parts in the play and Meg and I both enjoyed seeing her.  Meg also ran into several freshmen from last year.  I had a lot of fun listening to the girls talk.  Overall, it was a great night.  Brett would have enjoyed being a part of the production.   

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Parent Night

Tonight was the annual high school basketball parent night.  Doug had promised me that he would go this year, but it just so happen to have fallen on the same night as county council.  Thus, I made the trek.  There was an open practice for parents beforehand and Cal told me that he didn't want me to go.  That was ok with me as just thinking about basketball makes me anxious.  

I did make it to the parent night.  It was long (over an hour), but shorter than last years.  I don't know if I learned a lot, but at least I had an ally (Sharon Boatwright) to sit by.  It will cost quite a bit less this year and they are still having the boys' retreat.  Those were both positives.  I don't particularly like the new alcohol policies, but it sounds like most of the parents do not.  They are way too lenient for me.  Cal keeps out of trouble, so it shouldn't matter.

I was proud of myself for going tonight.  I am even more proud of Cal for sticking with basketball after last year.  We have learned a lot about patience and perseverance from Cal.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Library Interviews

Tonight was our first round of interviews for a new library director.  I realized at the end that I had never sat on the interviewer side of the table before.   We still have a few more applications and interviews to go through.  I will feel a lot more relaxed during the next round.  It also helps that there were other board members and a library employee there with me.   I have definitely gained a lot of knowledge and experience since I joined the board almost ten years ago.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day

Today was Veteran's Day and our school celebrated the day with schoolwide program.  Meg was part of the remembrance table ceremony once again and I was extremely proud that she was chosen to participant.  She takes the role seriously and understands the price that some soldiers pay for our freedom.

Yesterday I talked with classes about the concept of Veteran's Day.  I showed them a picture of my Grandfather in full army dress during World War II.  I explained to them that he is my favorite veteran and just because he didn't die during his service doesn't mean that he did not have to sacrifice for the freedom of our country.  I shared a couple of my grandfather's stories and explained his role in the 52nd Engineer Corp.
After my last class left for lunch I had some time to reflect on his my Grandpa's time in the army.  He did not enlist, but accepted his role once he was drafted.  He worked hard in the South Pacific and along the way created some great memories that he shared with my brother and I whenever we were with them.  The friendships that he developed during that time lasted a lifetime.  He gave up years of his life to serve his country and never complained to us once about that.  I am proud to say that my Grandfather is a veteran and today I was glad to celebrate the memory of his service.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Sports Awards

Tonight was the fall sports awards program at the high school.  Last year Cal wasn't interested in attending, but we strongly encouraged him to.  This year he was up for going, but wanted to leave as soon as it ended as he had a test in the morning.  The program was a little long for me, but overall it went very well for Cal.  During the big group presentation he was awarded a Warrior Watch for earning 4 varsity letters and 10 points total.  There were only two junior boys who earned that honor, so I was extremely happy for him.

After the presentations we were dismissed to the tennis awards portion of the night.  During this Cal was name a scholastic athlete and was given a plaque for Best Season Record.  Cal didn't say much about his accomplishments, but I know he was proud.  Tennis season didn't end as he had hoped, but tonight was a recognition of his hard work this summer.  His coach had a lot of great things to say about him, and I know next year will be different.  It's tough being a three sport athlete and dedicating time to each one plus doing well academically.  Cal has accomplished all of that and I couldn't be more proud.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

An Idea

For the past several years Cameron has attended Bright Time Camps at Bethany Christian Schools.  He has also played in several chess tournaments at their facility and has recently been attending their Friday night "Get to Know You" groups for prospective students.  Thus, we thought when we received an invitation to attend their Open House today we might as well check it out.

Meg went along with us on the visit as an objective student observer.  Meg really wants to attend WHS next year to see what high school at Wawasee is all about.  I asked her, however, to look for pros and cons as if she was going to attend Bethany next year.  We started off meeting the principal in the library as well as the admissions staff and several of the teachers.  Cam and Meg both noticed how clean the school was and how attentive the adults were.  Meg asked about their honors class and the principal took time to explain their philosophy with her.  We all listened intently and followed up with several more questions.

Once Meg and Doug left for soccer Cam asked the admissions director to take us on a tour of the school.  He remarked several times on what he liked and what he noticed as we walked the corridors.  Cam was definitely interested in hearing about their drama program and their chess club.  He even pointed out his name on the final tournament standing posted outside the gym wall from his chess victory a week ago.

As we walked out of the school Cam asked me, "Why were we there?"  I asked him his thoughts and he said that he believed that it was because he might go to Bethany next year.  I then asked him if he was interested in trying Bethany Christian for a year.  He immediately said, "Yes.  Can I go after Christmas?"
I know that we can't pull off a move like that as quickly as he may want, but it definitely has given us something to think about for 5th grade.  Maybe a year of private school to see what it is all about wouldn't be such a bad idea.  It definitely was a great first impression.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

All You Are is Clean

Last weekend I told the Heinisch children that all I wanted for my birthday on the 15th was a clean house - top to bottom.  Cal looked right at me, didn't miss a beat and said, "I really wanted to get you something different."  He did pitch in today, however, as did Meg, Cam and Doug.  I helped also and by 6 p.m. the house was dusted, vacuumed, and cleaned. 

I was completely thrilled as I will not have to clean on my birthday next Saturday and can just enjoy the day.  Doug and I are planning on shopping for new living room furniture.  We have decided that any new furniture we purchase will be our Christmas gift to each other.  We are also planning on dinner out as we haven't been to Chops in quite awhile.  My birthday starts off the holiday season in our family and we are looking forward to all of them.  Less than two weeks and Brett will be joining us.  Should be a great couple of months. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Night Out

Today was the end of the trimester for teachers.  I spent most of the morning in a meeting about math and the rest my day finalizing grades, cleaning my room and getting ready for trimester two.  Out of all of the trimesters I have taught this one definitely went the smoothest.  Part of that is experience as this is my third year and part of it is changing my hours.  The time definitely went by fast.  Next trimester I have Meg and her friends in block two which will make that block fun.  We also will be celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's in my class which makes the dreary days of winter a little bit brighter.

To celebrate the end of the first trimester Doug, Meg, Cam and I all headed to South Bend and a night of shopping and fun.  Our first stop was the mall.  Meg found some cute clothes at Hollister and almost bought a pair of Ugg boots until we realized that they were $149 and not $49 dollars.  We picked out four candles at Yankee Candle while Doug and Cam added items to Cam's Christmas list from Barnes & Noble.  The mall was packed as Santa was making his first appearance of the day.  The jingle elves, however, scared all of the Heinisch's away from joining the festivities.  We found them a little creepy. 

We stopped at Target for more Christmas ideas and then headed to Buffalo Wild Wings.  An enraged customer was there to greet us, but once he left we were seated and all enjoyed the dinner.  It was a great way to end a successful trimester.  By the end of the evening I was even energized enough to think about next week. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

End of the Trimester

The trimester ended for students today.  Cal and Meg have been watching harmony religiously this week to see what their final grades will be.  Meg was hoping for all A's and realized last night that she still had one assignment to finish in IT.  She hurried to complete it and turn it in this morning.  With that she should once again find herself on the Principal's Honor Roll. 

Cal has been riding the B- bubble for a couple of weeks in Calculus.  This week he has fluctuated from a 79.57 to a 79.68 to a 79.58.  He told us last night that he had it all under control, but from talking to his teaching he was in complete Heinisch panic mode this morning as he went to her for help during Warrior Time and scrambled to find enough of his homework passes to keep that B-.  He was right, however, as he did have it "all under control" and finished with a 79.52 - a whole .02 above what he needed to maintain the B-.  That leaves him with a 11.0 for the trimester - not too bad considering he has the Dual Credit/AP Calculus, AP US History, Honors English and Spanish III. 

I listened tonight as Cal, Alex and Jayce all talked about the end of the trimester - their triumphs and failures.  Alex trumped Cal in that he received a 79.5 in his math class being even closer to the dreaded C+.  Their conversation turned from grades to friendships to basketball.  I could hear them from my bedroom and got a kick out of their friendly banter.  Cal constantly chiding Alex for getting whatever he wants out of the fridge without asking.  Jayce and Cal trying to finish the chocolate milk before Alex could get any and secretly taking his pumpkin seeds every time he got up.  Alex heating up leftovers in the microwave while debating between eating Oreos and Peanut Butter cookies.  I realized as I listened to them talk just how much I love their friendship.  They are truly the best of friends and a great support to one another.  All too soon Alex will be off to college and their lives will change.  Until then I will keep buying Oreos and Chocolate Milk.  It is a small price for the comradery they have built together in our kitchen talking about the battles of life as a high schooler. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Diary of Anne Frank

Today I went with the 8th grade to watch the play Diary of Anne Frank at the round barn theater in Nappanee.  It was an abridged adaptation of the play that the advanced students had been reading in language arts.  The lead actress was a classmate of Meg's.  Although the play was short I thought it gave the students an idea of how incredibly small the attic was where Anne's family were hiding.   The characters also came to life for them which led to a lot of questions about the actors interpretation of the personalities of the Franks and Van Dams.

I felt that our students were very well behaved and listened intently.  Several asked me questions afterward and Meg instantly wanted to know if she could come back over the weekend and see the play in its entirety. I was glad that I was able to go along with the students on the trip.  It took some juggling of our schedules to allow me to go and I appreciate Mrs. Collins making an effort for me to attend.

Watching the play made me want to read Anne's diary again.  Meg read it last year.  She has remarked several times how sad it is that Anne died so close to liberation of her camp.  I tried to explain to Meg that the story may have never been told if Anne had lived, but I know that is little consolation.  It is hard not to think about what her life might have been had Hitler never come to power.  Meg has developed the Heinisch love for history and story telling.  I hope that never changes.  There is so much to learn from the past and so many stories to be told.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day

Today is the day that Brett has waited for all summer - election day.  His friend Curt Nisley sent him a nice postcard today thanking him for his work on the campaign.  I know that Brett is following the election results closely.  The Republicans have a chance to take control of the US Senate.  That would be a big change of events.

I took Meg and Cam with me to vote today.  My parents run the polling booth.  I appreciate that as I am the precinct chairperson and have to find workers for the polls.  They do a great job, earn a little bit of money and get to greet a lot of people.  The best part of voting today was casting my nod for Doug to remain as county councilman.  He is running unopposed, but it was still awesome voting for him.  Meg pushed the button as Cam watched.  I am proud of him.  He is a hard worker and a positive influence on our community.  He is also a great role model for the Heinisch children.

Monday, November 3, 2014

End of the Trimester

This week is the last of trimester one and we are all scrambling to have it come to a positive end.  Cal sits on a 79.58 in Calculus edging oh so near to a C+.  Meg has a B+ in Vocab and is trying to come up with a way to bring it up.  I have finals to give, food to cook, a room to clean and grades to post all before 2 p.m. on Friday.  I know that life will not end if Cal gets a C in Calculus or Meg does not earn all A's or my room is not complete before next Monday, but I hope that we will all end the trimester on a positive note.  Three more days - we can do it.  It will take some work, but we can make it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fall Back

This is one of my favorite days of the year.  The day that we all set our clocks back an hour.  I actually set my back last night.  I always love the feeling of knowing that we get to sleep in an extra hour.  I used my extra time to get a lot more of the cleaning done.  It might seem like a waste to some, but we have been so busy and there is always a lot to do.  Doug was able to go to the grocery, jog, rake leaves and help me out when needed.  Cam and Meg had piano, cleaned the pigs and help me put the last of the Halloween away. 

We did do some fun things with our extra hour as well.  Meg started on the fifth Harry Potter book - The Order of the Phoenix.  Cam played NBA2K14.  Cal shot baskets.  Doug and I were able to get everything done and still have time to go shopping and to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings with Cam and Meg.  It was a great day to fall back an hour.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

One Busy Day

Today was a busy day in the Heinisch household.  Meg started bright and early heading to Bishop Dwenger for a confirmation retreat with her religious ed classmates.  Cam and Doug left for Bethany Christian for a chess tournament.  Cal's friends all spent the night after staying up late playing cards.  They were gone by ten and Cal left with Alex at 11 a.m for a buffet lunch and a day of watching football at Cameron's.  Brett helped at a pregnancy crisis center, went shopping, had lunch with a friend and got a haircut all before seeing the movie The Purge.

Meg texted several times during the day and said that she enjoyed the event.  Once she got home she had just enough time to eat dinner and rest before going to a haunted house/butter beer party at Gabby's.  Cam came home a first place winner in his day long chess tournament.  Doug decided to start on the leaves.  I had spent the day cleaning and picking up the Halloween.  We just finished as the Schwartz's came by to pick us up for dinner. We had an nice visit.  It was a busy day, but very enjoyable.