Look Out People


Those are two of Boo’s sentences she wrote last week for school.  Fitting for today.  Happy Pi Day.

I picked up Life of Pi the other day…..it said “11 Academy Award Nominations” on the cover.  What it should also have said:

prepare to be traumatized by animals being eaten

Boo’s favorite part….when Pi writes Pi:


You should have seen her eyes light up during that scene.  If Boo hadn’t changed her name to Boo…..I’m pretty sure it would be Pi.  We are beginning the long journey of adding to our family so I’ll keep that name in my back pocket.


We spent the day in Riverside at the Fox Theater watching the play Beauty and the Beast.  Boo gave her first press interview:


I guess it was a busy day because Boo fell asleep while writing out her homework sentences tonight….pencil still in hand:


The precise sentence she fell asleep at:


It’s true…..she did meet a turtle today.  Meet Francis…..a turtle my mother-in-law saved from getting run over.  We were hoping Francis was a desert tortoise….we are looking to adopt one for the backyard.   The moment I saw Francis I knew he was a turtle…the flat shell, green color and webbed feet.  Francis is back in some lush country club lake now. For now we are preparing an application for our “one day” desert tortoise…..and estate planning at the same time because tortoises can live to be 80 years old.




A few other recent sentences I’ve collected from her school work the past two weeks….I guess this would be Vol. 2 (click here to read Vol. 1):

This was the highlight of my night:

That last sentence is “he is smart, but I am smarter.” We are still working on humility.

She also wrote “100%” and then erased it. I guess she assumed the teacher would like her sentences.


General gender:

My dad works with men.
My mom is with the chick.


Should I expect a home visit soon with the next few?

I have no fun.
I cry.

I call this a pity party.



Somehow Boo managed to slip that note out of jail….



Oh lordy.


A few observations:
1. Violence

2. “My dad is my savior” !?
3. I think “sum bud e” is so much more creative than “somebody.”


I may have said “eat or lava” but I’ve never said “eat or leave.”


Um, help work.


I think she meant treat. I would never threaten the help.



I love when Boo does homework and then writes commentary:

He lost his tooth.
I wrote tooth by myself.



And my all time favorite from this week:

Boo, please…….never stop.


  1. Leslie says

    I saw that one tiny sentence about your family. That would be my dream for you. All the best.

    • Amy K. says

      I saw it too, and definitely have the same dream for the Hackshaws, but then I couldn’t decide…. are we talking about a baby or a desert tortoise????

  2. Susan McDonough says

    This post was so adorable it almost made me forget that sentence you slipped in at the beginning. Can’t wait to hear more about that! God Bless!

  3. Liz says

    Great sentences! My whole family wants to see Life of Pi, but I’m not sure I can handle the animal thing though. Your posts makes me think, maybe not.

  4. Carol says

    Boo is a little geniuos, my gosh! Also, I hated Life of Pi. It was nice as a movie, but I don’t like animals being brutalized and I spent a big part of the movie hoping the tiger didn’t die or I would started crying very loudly at the cinema. Did Boo watch the entire film without cuts?

  5. says

    I’m so excited about you adding to your family…I hope the process is not to painful…I know the paperwork will take a lot of your time. I love following your blog and your beautiful family. Boo is adorable and I think you guys are doing a wonderful job in raising her! Don’t EVER let anyone tell you different! This is coming from a Mom who has 4 and my youngest is 17. Lots of love to you!

  6. says

    This is so great! I LOVE when you post her writing! I teach kindergarten and I’m amazed at her sentences and spelling! :) She definitely has your humor!! I love it :) And I am thrilled to see that you’re beginning the journey of adding to your family…possibly more than just a turtle, right?!! :) I will be praying for you! I love reading your blog…every day. I look forward to it because I know I’ll either laugh, be inspired, or both! :) Have a wonderful day!!

  7. Heather D says

    We are also in the process of adding to our family via adoption. So many classes and more paperwork than I ever expected…but it will be so worth it to go from husband and wife to mommy and daddy. <3 Prayers to you!

  8. Krista says

    I love these sentences she writes. I am still amazed that she can write this well at 6 years old. My 5 year old son (preschooler) barely knows the alphabet letters and we work on it like crazy, and he’s certainly not stupid! Good job :)

  9. shelley says

    What can I say…she is adorable, brilliant, gorgeous like her mother and father!! I love you all forever, mom and grandma

  10. Lynn says

    While I was watching ‘Life of Pi” in the theater I thought oh surely no one would subject their little child to this movie….that’s why it’s rated PG-13. Seriously scary. Ergo the rating!