Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A rather rambling post on a few of the reasons why I love where I live.

Should we start with the fish?


39 fish to be precise.


39 little fishy girls "swimming in a sea of sorrows" that Alice (of Alice in Wonderland) has created with her giant tears.  And when Miss Alice arrives on shore she attempts to dry off by running in a caucus race.  Also participating in the race is a group of 8-10 year old critters, including our own cute little mouse.

Smithfield Youth Theater puts on a play every year for our town's Health Days.  Participation is free and completely volunteer driven ( I sewed for 16 hours and fish-sat for 3 hours ) and the kids had a wonderful time being involved.  They also got cool glow in the dark cheshire cat (or in Ginny terms "treasure cat") shirts to wear in the Health Days parade.  Which goes right by our house.

Joanna opted to ride with her school, Summit Elementary, for the parade.  Which brings us to a few more reasons why I love Smithfield (especially the schools).

The guy in red out front?  I'm pretty sure that's Mr. Green who Ethan will have next year for 4th grade.  Rumor has it he is awesome because he doesn't just send his students out for recess, he goes out with them and plays.  Dodgeball on the playground? sure.  Tag where he is all-time it?  Why not?

The guy in back with the cake hat?  Principal Daines.

And this lovely gem of a women is Mrs. Merkley.  Ethan and Jo have both had her for Kindergarten and she is precious beyond rubies.  She's also our neighbor.  And my relief society president. 

Summit Elementary celebrated it's centennial birthday this year.  100 years!  Elementary schools just don't last that long.  It called for a lot of celebrating.

Ethan got to help plant the centennial tree out in front of the school

I'm starting to notice a trend to Ethan's pose in pictures.  

There was a big program to celebrate the birthday.  The kids all learned songs and dances and if I ever figure out how to get video from my camera onto this blog you'll be able to see how much Ethan blossoms in front of an audience.  Another cool thing?  My grandpa Merrill was a teacher at Summit 80 years ago.  

I love that this is where my kids are growing up.  A community large enough to provide lots of opportunities like the play yet small enough that it's almost impossible to make a trip to the grocery store without bumping into someone you know.  I love that we have genealogical ties here as well.  Our pioneer ancestors James Sherlock Cantwell and his Daughter Ellen are buried in the Smithfield cemetery and my Grandma and Grandpa Merrill are buried ten minutes north in Richmond.  It feels good to be somewhere that you already have roots.


Buckwheat said...

If I had better Photoshopping skills and a lot more time, I would be tempted to insert Ethan into various images of roller coasters/touchdown celebrations. Ohh well, you can imagine that I did it.

Sue said...

Just so you know...that first picture of Jo makes her look like Ethan. I never thought they looked all that much alike till now.