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Dec 8, 2015


I have been meaning to update my blog for a long time, just don't think of it.
Callahan is almost 1/2 way into his Junior year and doing great. It is time to start thinking about college. The boy is being recruited hard due to taking the SATs in 8th grade.
Many of the top schools have invited him to visit and to be honest he hasn't shown much interest yet.
The US coast Guard Academy contacted us a couple times and we scheduled a visit. They were coming to Navy Pier for their annual Christmas tree event for charity and were hosting an open house on the Coast Guard Ship Mackinaw
I figured it was time for him to see what is out there in the engineering field

<div class="meta "><span class="caption-text ">The Christmas Tree Ship arrived in Chicago on December 6, 2013. The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw left its port in Cheboygan last month and sailed Lake Michigan to arrive at Navy Pier. (WLS Photo)</span></div>

Callahan agreed to check it out.
Well the boy was in his glory. Cal is an avid boater, gifted engineer- can build or fix anything and has a passion for engines.

The Mackinaw is an ice cutter on Lake Michigan....like a giant big boy toy
It was really cool and Cal loved everything about being on the ship and
 now has interest in the Academy...it has a top tier engineering program. It is also nearly impossible to get in to. It has a 16% acceptance rate...only accepts the top of the top academically and physically. You have to have a strong background in Math and Science which Cal has. He joined the health club is working out hard

We will continue to check out all Engineering Schools but in the meantime its nice to see him excited about his future

Jun 8, 2015

And it's on to middle school

 I cant believe my little boy is heading to Middle School in the Fall. 
He was pretty emotional during the clapout. K-4 line the hallways while Pomp and Circumstance plays over the PA system. The 5 th graders parade through the halls while everyone claps. Once outside the kindergraten doors each 5th grader receives a balloon and they all release them together. All these kids that have been together since Kindergarten. Karrick is my only one to attend one school for k-5. He had such a great year, his confidence level has soared(I credit that to competitive dance) made great strides socially, was undefeated in chess club, blew through 8th grade math and moved onto Algebra.
My little mathematition scored a 270 on the Map Math test, 200 is average for a 5th grader. 270 is in the 98 % for a high school Sophomore. Karrick has the highest score in the history of his grammar school (that his teacher knows of)