(that's Austin, TX by the way...a few hours up the road)
Playing...maybe a bit.
Time away from monotony...only briefly.
Under sunny skies?
This was our view for a good chunk of the trip.
Why were my parents in Vegas while we were in Austin?
Because they are old enough to be able to enjoy those sort of trips without having to worry about the added responsibility of taking children along.
And we will probably be their age before we can afford a trip like that anyway.
No, spending one night in Austin was about as much as we can financially stretch these days since I quit working to take care of Jude.
But there was a reason for our going to Austin.
Her 5th grade GT class was given the assignment at the beginning of the school year to come up with a community project that would be both a challenge for them and would be something that the school would be able to maintain for years to come. It would also have to help to fill a need in the community.
So after some debate, the group agreed upon the creation of a school clothes closet.
They would promote their project at school and in the community and receive used clothing that would then be sorted by them and dispersed as the need arose.
Not only has their project given to children in need at their own school, but they have also given to county services as well from what I understand.
Cecilia came up with the name of their project:
Because not only can the recipients now wear a smile along with their "new" clothes, but the givers can also wear a smile because of their ability to help others.
The project was then submitted by the GT teacher, Mrs. Simpson, to the Texas Future Problem Solving Program for review for an award.
The project placed first in the Human Services division.
And that is why we were in Austin...so that the group could be recognized and given their awards.
They had a bit of a "fair" set up before the awards so that everyone could see each other's projects. The groups ranged in age from 5th graders to high school.
The kids had to stand by their display and explain their project to anyone who stopped by.
There were about 15 kids who worked on the project, but these are the 7 that were able to attend the awards ceremony (wearing their handmade shirts)
Here they are being recognized and receiving their medals
We are so proud of her, not only for being a part of this, but for taking such an active role in it.
A bit calmer in Terry's lap, but still wouldn't get down in the flowers.
Oh well, maybe next year there will be TWO smiling children sitting in these beautiful flowers
And despite the weather's best efforts to ruin our weekend, I think that we all had a pretty good time overall. We got to spend some quality time together and everyone came through it safely.
What more could I ask for?
(well, maybe a weekend excursion with my husband to Vegas would be nice :)