The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Columns

March 19, 2014

Jim Bailey: Grandkids’ varied activities keep grandparents hopping

Weekends haven’t been our own since our grandchildren have gotten into a wide variety of activities that have piled up the miles on our car.

The end of LeeAnn’s swimming season freed us to catch up with the other grandkids. The Anderson High School freshman just missed the sectional consolation finals in the butterfly by less than two seconds. Now she’s into choir rehearsals, and she was recently promoted to the Anderson Area Youth Chorale. That gave grandma Bonnie another job altering a dress for her.

Then came Gracie’s Upward cheerleading in Greenfield. Her mom, Ruth, is one of her coaches and resurrected the old AHS “Crank It Up” cheer. Gracie tends to do her own thing, so despite a rule against human pyramids (for the safety of the performers) she and a couple of her mates covertly formed one in the hallway before a game.

Next was a trip to Ohio for Cameron’s baptism at Springdale Nazarene Church. The Thrive service also included baby dedications and welcoming new members.

Ronnie’s fourth-grade Math Bowl team was one of the best in the state last year. This year he hoped for a repeat performance in the 18th annual Indiana Academic Math Bowl. We were there for the area competition at New Palestine’s Sugar Creek Elementary.

It was a bittersweet second-place finish in his enrollment class for Ronnie and his Maxwell Intermediate squad. The leadoff trio, captained by Ronnie, correctly answered 6 of their 8 questions. But their 24 of 32 total fell short to the host school by two.

The kids had from 30 to 60 seconds to answer story problems like this: What is the probability of tossing a coin and getting two heads in four tosses: (a) 1 in 4, (b) 1 in 8, (c) 3 in 16, or (d) 6 in 16?

For the record, the answer was (d).

Text Only
Columns
Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium
Front page
Poll

Do you think Madison County and its cities need stricter pet ownership laws?

Yes, animal abuse is rampant in our area and something needs to be done.
Yes, but it may not help. It’s difficult to enforce such laws.
No, the laws are fine as they are.
Not sure
     View Results