31 May 2018

Last day of third grade

It’s hard to believe, but Avery is officially done with third grade! Here are our last-day-of-school photos.








You might not be able to tell, but Avery definitely has grown this year!



Chris and I struggled through this year. We felt that Avery just wasn’t challenged like she should be. So we’re hoping that fourth grade will really put her to the test!


12 April 2018

9-year doctor’s appointment

Avery’s annual doctor was yesterday. This one kind of snuck up on me! We didn’t have any concerns about our easygoing girl. Here are her latest stats:

Weight – 49.2 pounds, an increase of about 2.5 pounds since last year (10th percentile). I can’t believe she isn’t at 50 pounds yet!
Height – 48 inches, an increase of 1.75 inches since last year (3rd percentile)

Once again, we noticed that Avery is very petite. But Dr. Roscoe confirmed that she still is growing right along the curve where she should be.

We ended up having a double appointment. On Tuesday, Damon broke out in a rash on his cheeks, arms, and legs. So while we were at Avery’s appointment, we asked Dr. Roscoe to examine Damon too. The suspected diagnosis was Fifths Disease. Chris thinks he also had a mild case of this last week. The rash isn’t contagious, and it indicates it’s the end of the virus, so there’s nothing we can do except watch Damon to be sure he doesn’t get any worse.


03 April 2018

2018 brackets: Championship update

This year's exciting tournament is over. Congrats to Villanova! I'm welcoming the family trophy back to the Clark household. Even though Chris and I had the same record, I beat him by only 20 points. I wonder if that's our closest win in the family pool?

Look at the next three scores – Grandma, Karen, and Grandpa all tied with the same record! And then poor Avery and Damon are pulling up the rear. Avery did mention something about improving her picks next year by asking Daddy for advice. I think she's getting tired of not performing well in the pool!

Here are the final rankings (in order of ESPN points standing):

Teresa
1-0 in Championship game
34-29 overall

Chris
1-0 in Championship game
34-29 overall

Shirley
0-1 in Championship game
37-26 overall

Karen
0-1 in Championship game
37-26 overall

Jon
0-1 in Championship game
37-26 overall

Avery
0-1 in Championship game
24-39 overall

Damon
0-1 in Championship game
15-48 overall


02 April 2018

2018 brackets: Final Four update

This year, the Final Four round determined our pool winner – and it's me! Grandma and Karen are out of the running thanks to Kansas' lost. And while Chris and I got the same number of games correct, he just didn't get the right games correct. So that means I win!

Karen came very close to winning this year and nearly beat Chris. Chris would have gone into a deep depression if both Hromada daughters beat him in the same year! Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Here's hoping tonight's game is an exciting one. Go Michigan!

Here are the latest rankings (in order of ESPN points standing):

Teresa
1-1 in Final Four
33-29 overall

Chris

1-1 in Final Four
33-29 overall

Shirley
0-2 in Final Four
37-25 overall

Karen
0-2 in Final Four
37-25 overall

Jon
0-2 in Final Four
37-25 overall

Avery
0-2 in Final Four
24-38 overall

Damon
0-2 in Final Four
15-47 overall


26 March 2018

2018 brackets: Elite Eight update

The Final Four is set – two No. 1 seeds, one Cinderella team, and a Big Ten team. That should make for three exciting games this weekend! In our pool, thanks to two wins this past weekend, Grandma passed Karen in the standings. But if Villanova wins, I'll beat everybody!

Here are the latest rankings (in order of ESPN points standing):

Shirley
2-2 in Elite Eight
37-23 overall

Karen
1-3 in Elite Eight
37-23 overall

Jon
1-3 in Elite Eight
37-23 overall

Teresa
1-3 in Elite Eight
32-28 overall

Chris
1-3 in Elite Eight
32-28 overall

Avery
0-4 in Elite Eight
24-36 overall

Damon
0-4 in Elite Eight
15-45 overall