Ian’s Celebration of Learning

    The boys — Ian, Oliver, Everett, and Andrew — at Ian’s “Celebration of Learning” open house at Oakhurst Elementary on December 6, 2016.

    We can’t think of a greater way to start the Christmas season than joining Gretchen D’Huyvetter Cobb and these four young men for an open house at Ian and Andrew’s school this evening. The topic was a Celebration of Learning by Ian’s class showcasing their recent studies of cultures. Gramma Jan and I were impressed with the material they covered and Ian’s good explanations of their studies. Thank you Ian!!

    Lunches with Ian and Andrew

    Gramma Jan and Andrew, November 16th
    Gramma Jan and Ian November 17th
    Gramma Jan and Ian  November 17th

    My, these boys are developing!!

    Andrew and Ian invited us to join them for lunch at their school this week, an early Thanksgiving celebration.  We did not want to miss an opportunity to spend time with these special grandchildren, so off we went to their school in Decatur on Wednesday (lunch with Andrew) and Thursday (lunch with Ian).

    They were perfect hosts, guiding us through the lunch line, making sure we got our meal and drink, helping us be seated at the child sized tables, and entertaining us throughout the meal with chatter about their day, classmates, what they are going to do after school, et cetera.

    It was a grand experience, and reminded us how quickly these little boys are turning into fine young men.  It also reminded us how thankful we are to live close by and be able to drop in for celebrations like this.

    Thank you Andrew and Ian.  We love you guys!

    Ian is 6!!

    Happy Birthday Ian!!

    Grandma Jan and I had the privilege of attending the celebration of his sixth birthday with his friends on September 27th at James and Gretchen’s Decatur home. The weather was great and the kids enjoyed being able to run and play outdoors. Ian’s guests were a nice mix of his kindergarten classmates plus neighborhood friends.

    It was a great party.  Ian was a great host greeting every arrival with a big hug and cheery hello, and Gretchen and James did a masterful job of keeping the kids busy and entertained throughout the afternoon. (more…)

    Hood Circle Field Trip Team adds new member

    Photo of Oliver, Andrew, Ian, and Gramma Jan at Fernbank Science Center
    Oliver, Andrew, Ian, and Gramma Jan at Fernbank Science Center

    The Hood Circle Field Trip Team headed to Fernbank Science Center this morning with new member Oliver in tow. Gramma Jan and I have taken Ian and Andrew on a number of field trips to local points of interest. It was obvious as we left Hood Circle for the most recent outings that Oliver (who will turn 2 in early August) felt he should join us. Gretchen managed these situations well, but Oliver’s development and his new status as a Big Brother make it time to include him in our outings. (more…)

    Andrew’s T-ball Season

    It’s a hit! Andrew heads for first.

    Andrew was introduced to team sports this summer when he joined a t-ball team. James help coach the team which gave Andrew special time with him. He was quite proud that his Dad was one of the coaches. We are proud of Andrew for the energy he displayed during the games, and proud of James for making the effort to have the one-on-one time with Andrew despite a hectic workload at the office and at home. (more…)

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