lone star leadership academy

Yesterday was a GREAT day.  I mean, it was an ordinary day for the most part.  Until I got home from work.

Calista was selected to try out for an academy level soccer team as a guest player!  It would just be for 1, maybe 2 tournaments since we’re moving, but still.  It’s awesome that she has been chosen for consideration!  Her confidence was never high on the field, but for whatever reason, this year, she’s on cloud 9.

When she got home from step practice, she handed me some envelopes.  I had asked a few of her teachers (some had retired) to write a note to Calista.  I had received one from her kindergarten teacher, and yesterday her 2nd grade teacher had sent one home.  It was the best note I’ve ever read.  It’s so great to see that other people appreciate Calista as much as I do, and I know many people do.  This letter though, perfect.

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The second envelope, included a letter from her current teacher.  Stating that she was nominated to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy!  It’s a great opportunity for her to learn a ton about Texas History, and get some leadership skills under her belt.  The camp is educational, so all of the counselors are educators.  The only downfall, is that it is $900.  Because of this, we are seeking donations, applying for scholarships, and will be holding a fundraiser of some sort.  If you want to help Calista attend said camp, I’ve started a GoFundMe, if you could donate $1, $10, $20, $900!  Every little bit helps.  If you would like to donate and get a tax deduction, you can go to www.educationinaction.org, click on Financial Aid, and then Gift Certificates, the recipient will be Calista Kahklen, and once they receive your payment, they’ll send you the tax form.

I have picked up my reading a little bit.  I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs, as well as the sequel, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.  Not usually the kind of book I enjoy, but these were pretty good.  I think it’s because their “powers” weren’t the main part of the story, it was mostly about the path.  If that makes any sense.  Based on the last page of Hollow City, there will be a 3rd book, which is exciting to know.

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I’ve got a huge stack of books to get through though, and I can’t stop buying more.  I guess there are worse problems to have.

I may have to push the move date back a little because of this leadership camp, but I’m okay with that.  One more week to prepare for the big move.

until next time,

jessica

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oops.

Well, it’s been a while since my last post.  It feels like nothing has happened since, but that would be a lie.  

Calista started soccer, her team isn’t very good, but she’s having a lot of fun, and the kids seem to be enjoying themselves.  Calista is one of the better players, with the most fundamentals, she really enjoys being able to tell the other kids what to do on the field.  I wonder where she gets that from.  

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 Reading has been slowing down quite a bit.  I think it’s because the books I’ve been reading haven’t been catching my interest as much.  I mean, they’ve been good books, but not so exciting to where I can’t put them down.  Except for Eleanor & Park, I loved that book.  Cheesy romantic comedy, that’s what I’m into I guess.  Although, Thirteen Reasons Why wasn’t so bad either.  I wasn’t super fond of the ending, but it kept me wanting to know what happened next.  

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I celebrated my 31st birthday last Friday.  30 didn’t treat me very well, so I wanted to make sure I started 31 off right.  I told Tyler that for my birthday, I didn’t want presents, I wanted to go to Austin.  Since we’re leaving Dallas in a few months, I wanted to make sure that Calista and Tyler got to experience Austin, since I had such a great time when I went in 2012.  

I had found this scavenger hunt thing, where you take pictures with a bunch of murals around the city.  Unfortunately, we only found 3 of the murals.  Time constraints and what not.  

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We had such a good time though, I would definitely go back.  So much good food!  So many activities.  We didn’t even get to do everything I had planned to do, but honestly, I don’t even care.  We all had so much fun.  Calista and Tylers favorite part was canoeing in Zilker Park.  It wasn’t the same part of the park that I had gone canoeing in before, but it was just as fun.  

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So, that has caught you up on what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks.  I’ll do my best to post more often.  I really need to get my ass in gear on this reading thing.  I don’t want to fall behind.  

until next time,

j