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Knights, Bishops, Rooks…Oh My!

I have played chess since I was a little girl: I played my dad, my brothers, my cousin, my uncle. I never won.

Now, I play my daughters.  I can win…for now…but it’s a lot of work!  Bob plays them…and gets spanked! (In his defense, Caroline has some pretty impressive distraction techniques: next time you see her, ask what happens when you say, “Regis and Kaaaaaathy Lee!”)

Caroline Chess1

Lauren and Caroline have joined the Chess Club at school, and Lauren has started competing in localLauren Chess3 tournaments.

Her win/loss record isn’t amazing…yet…but she’s learning and having a good time.  photo 2







And…Chess Club meets every Wednesday after school until 5:00, which gives me a chance to “relax” while the other kids do this:

Lizzie Sleeping Josie Sleeping

Fancy Girls!

Our church offers three services: a traditional liturgical service at 8:15 Sunday morning, and contemporary/traditional service at 11:00 Sunday morning and a very contemporary service at 6:00 Saturday night.  Bob calls the Saturday night service Party Church because the dress code is very relaxed, almost to the point of soccer clothes for some people, and the music is provided by the Praise Band.  Simply put, it’s not his favorite service.  The girls, however, love, love, love it!

I try very hard (OK…maybe not “very”) to avoid bribing my children to wring good behavior out of them.  This weekend, though, I was desperate: “If you’re helpful and kind today, we’ll go to Party Church this evening,” I pleaded.

It worked!!  In fact, they  were so helpful that I was able to finish up the Saturday chores about an hour ahead of schedule.  That left us time to get gussied up:

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