The Pontow Family Blog

The Pontow Family Blog

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Make A Difference Pontow Way...

This year Chad and I have been trying to teach our kids about giving back and volunteering. The kids have been active in boy scouts and girl scouts which are both organizations that pride themselves on this thinking. It was very important to us to take part in Make A Difference Day on Saturday, 10/27/12. It was a chilly Saturday morning, but that did not stop us. Or maybe it was the hot cocoa that kept us all going. :)

I had contacted our city to see if there were any parks that we could go and clean up. Our city was so excited that we were looking to do this. They checked to see which parks could use some tender care and then let us pick which one we wanted to go to work on. We decided to do the one that was located by our school. We knew we would not be able to get the whole park done, but we know that we were making a difference by working on part of the park.
Each of the kids grabbed a rake and started working on a designated area. We did bring a couple electronic gadgets to help since it was just the 5 of us and we wanted to make as big of a dent as possible in this large park. It was really a great experience for all of us. There were no tears shed over having to work together on this project. And we all felt great (well maybe I was a wee bit sore) having done this for our community!

Jack was pretty excited to be able to use this tool to suck up some of the leaves in certain areas and then bring them over to the piles we were forming for the city to come and pick up on Monday. There was quite a feeling of accomplishment on this day. And Chad and I were both so proud of our kids for helping learn this valuable life lesson of giving back to where you live....

Monday, October 15, 2012

What October is half over???

WOW! How can it be possible that we are already 1/2 way thru October? The kids have already completed their 1st month of school. Halloween is just around the corner. On Friday night our school PTO put the 2nd annual Fall Festival. It was so much fun. The kids got to dress up in their costumes. There was a "pumpkin patch" in front of the school so the kids got to grab pumpkins and then decorate them with all kinds of goodies. It was a lot of fun. This picture is of the girls and I at the event. I am on PTO so I was dressed up as well snapping pictures of the events. I love an occasion when I can pull out my poodle skirt and saddle shoes!

School is going great for the kids! They all have amazing teachers and they are learning sooo much already. We look forward to all that they will be experiencing with school as the year goes on!

The girls are also really enjoying irish dance still. Meg started learning hard shoe steps last month and she is in absolute heaven! It has really re-energized her dancing learning something so new! She even has a special dance workspace in the basement that has mirrors and hardwood flooring to practice on. She is going to be doing the Pat Roche Feis this weekend in Chicago. This was the 1st feis she did just 1 year ago. It is amazing to see how she has improved since then. We are so happy to see her so excited to be dancing and wanting to practice every minute she can.

Jack is knee deep in cub scouts stuff! He is working on badges and special belt loops. It is fun to see his passion for this. I am so glad we encouraged him to join cub scouts! And Chad is now the Den Master (I am sure the name is different and he will correct me on this). It is fun to see them work on all of the activities together. Good father son time together. :)

Hope all of our friends and families are enjoying the fall. Before we know it there will be snow on the ground..... :)