Saturday, February 4, 2017

Spelling Bee

Another week closer to Boston.  17 1/2 miles down in 19 degrees.  It was so cold that my water froze, and my iPhone shut down!

What are the odds?  Connor participated at a spelling bee alongside Erin's daughter.  When you are in middle school, this is about as close as you stand to a girl.

Collin earned 2nd place.  His teacher was so happy that two of his students earned 1st and 2nd place in the spelling bee.

Before the spelling bee, Connor was very vocal about his disdain over participating in a spelling bee.

The Traders Point spelling bee contestants.

Second graders who placed in the top four.

Connor earned a 3rd place finish.

Because of his 3rd place finish, he earned a spot in the spell off.

I used to think being a sports mom was stressful.  Sitting court side watching my son toss a ball into the hoop or into a goal is nerve-wrecking.  But being a sports' mom seems dreamy compared to being a spelling bee mom.  I reached this conclusion while watching my sons in a spelling bee.

A spelling bee requires a team of judges and a laundry list of rules. The judges are sticklers.  They are not swayed by the tears of a losing child or the pleas from a passionate parent.

I watched the spelling bee with sweaty palms and knocking knees.  The boys stood up and bravely belted out everything from "pump" to "pontifical."

When both boys ended up the last few standing, I breathed a sigh of relief.  This proud mama un-gripped the seat and exchanged smiles with her sons.  They did g-r-e-a-t. 

Talking to the boys about money this month at:

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