Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

It was a beautiful Easter Day! He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

The kids were excited to look in their Easter baskets this morning. Just little things, but they loved it :) Each got a chocolate cross, some peeps, a Christian book and movie, some faith stickers, a prayer journal, and a new fun cup.

We made resurrection rolls and bacon for breakfast - yum!

And then, I made everyone go outside for a quick picture before church, because that's what I do ;) Meredith did a good job on the pic of Jason and me!

We had a beautiful church service about the Living Hope we have inherited! (1 Peter 1.)

Then, the big girls and I dyed Easter eggs:

And I have no pics from the rest of the day, but we also got a visit from Uncle Bart and Aunt Nancy, had Easter dinner with Paw Paw, and visited Kacki's grave. It would have been so nice to have her here, but she celebrated Easter in the best place possible. 

All in all, it was a fun, peaceful day! Thank You, Lord, for blessing us.

CC: Last Day and Medieval Celebration

Our last day of CC for the year was on Tuesday! We have loved it and are sad it's over, but so glad we are part of an active community that still has several play dates and field trips planned! And we've already registered for next year.

(Last day selfie!)

On the last day, the kids got to try out their physics experiments - a bridge and an egg protector that they constructed in small teams, with no adult help. Most of the bridges held, but most of the eggs broke - it probably didn't help that they were dropped from so high!

Our director planned a wonderful end-of-year celebration that was held last Thursday night. Since we learned about medieval history this year, the theme and decorations were based around that time period. There was a family-style dinner, and each class presented some of their work.

Meredith's 6th birthday!

Meredith had 2 birthday celebrations!

First, it was her year to have a party with friends. She chose a Beanie Boo adoption party - she LOVES Beanie Boos. And she now has a menagerie of them. She also LOVES her friends! She ended up inviting 7 friends, plus 2 cousins, and of course her sisters and brother, so we had a full house and she had a blast! Each child adopted a new Beanie Boo, filled out an adoption certificate, took it to the vet station for a check-up, and made a collar for it. And of course, there were snacks and CAKE!

On her actual birthday, we had a second (low-key) celebration. We visited Jon and Meghan at their new house, played a bunch outside (it was gorgeous), had a cook out for dinner, and ate Peeps cupcakes!

Happy sixth birthday. precious girl!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Random Misc

We found a fun, new park near us that we call "the sheep park" because there are about 10 large sheep sculptures that the kids love to play on, like this one:

Daphne, you are growing SO fast. Learning to keep up with the big kids at every turn, and loving it.

Fun with giant chess pieces at the children's museum:

Our littlest (13%) Irish lass on St Patrick's Day:

When we moved here, I was looking to continue Russell and Meredith's swimming since they both enjoy it so much, and I also wanted to have Paige start lessons so she would be ready for summer. 

We happened upon a homeschool swim program run by a sincere and kind Christian family, and we love it! The kids are well-trained and well-coached, the other families and children are so friendly and well-mannered, and our kids have been improving and having a great time. 

Meredith and Paige are taking beginner lessons, while Russell takes competitive stroke lessons, twice a week. They get a half-hour lesson and a half-hour of free swim. It's an awesome homeschool PE program :)

(Daphne gets to stay home and nap while Jason works from home, since the lessons happen during naptime.)

We sometimes sneak in schoolwork before or after lessons while at the pool:

The head coach prays with the kids before lessons:

The organization has leveled competitive swim teams up through high school, so as long as the kids keep loving swimming, we plan to keep going with this program!

CC School Fun

The kids and I are all still really enjoying our CC group here; it's a highlight of our week.

Meredith and Evie have become really good friends. Evie invited Meredith to her house for a "pajamas and school" morning - both girls loved it!

We often eat lunch with the K family after CC and play with them on the playground!

Russell and Campbell were partners for a bridge-building physics activity. Their bridge will be tested next week - we'll see if it holds up!

The items in this picture are so special to me. My CC secret sis gave me the plaque, which is decorating our music room at home. And the other item is a portrait of Paige, hand-sketched by our 13-year-old nursery leader Janey. She handed it to me with no fanfare a couple of weeks ago. I was amazed at her talent - I had no idea!

First Dentist Visit

Paige did so well at her first dental cleaning! She loved the big chair, talking the ears off of the hygenist, the funny spinner toothbrush, and the prizes. What a big girl!