Friday, May 22, 2015

Malachi's Last Day of School!


Today was Malachi's very last day of PreK 4!  I am so super proud of him and all he has accomplished this year. It's amazing to see just how much a kid can learn in one year.  He's counting to 100, doing basic addition, writing like a pro, and even reading books now!  Way to go Mal!  Kindergarten, here we come! 



Nicknames: Mal
How old are you? 5
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite animal? Lions
What is your favorite book? Star Wars
What is your favorite TV show? Star Wars Rebels
What is your favorite Movie? Avenger's
What is your favorite song? Darth Vader Theme
What is your favorite food? Apples
What is your favorite drink? Water
What is your favorite breakfast food? Toast
What is your favorite snack? Cookie Bars (aka granola bars)
What is your favorite outfit? Green and Gray shirt
What is your favorite game? Disney Game
What is your favorite toy? Star Wars toys
Who is your best friend? Eli
What is your favorite thing to do? Go outside and play
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What do you like to take to bed with you? Elmo
Where is your favorite place to go? Out to lunch
What is your favorite restaurant?  That's a good question, okay taco bell, the taco place
Where do you want to go on vacation? Disneyland
What do you want to be when you grow up? A superhero


And with this, our first REAL year of home school is complete! There were definitely some unique challenges that we faced and I was overwhelmed more than once at the prospect of schooling all these kids, but here we are at the end and I have seen them all grow so much and LEARN so much and it has been pretty cool to get to be the one to observe and teach them!  I am in full on prep mode for our next year of school that we will begin in July!  But for now, here's to a nice 8 week break!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Awana Awards!

Last night, my little cubbies ended the year.  




They cleaned up on awards! I was super proud of them because they were able to finish their entire book of verses in a very shortened year! I think they learned 7 in the last 2 weeks to complete the books!  




                               They also got awards for their attendance too. So good job boys!


After the awards we returned to grandma's house for yummy celebration ice cream sundae's!  





                                                    Little Sister got to celebrate too!

They worked really hard this year and enjoyed the Awana program! I highly recommend it to anyone who has a club local to them.  Next year Malachi will be moving up to Sparks and Sabrina will be joining Eli in the Cubby program!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sabrina's School Year

Sabrina has finished her 2 year old preschool.  Why would we even bother with 2 year old preschool?  Well, because she wanted to and she loved it!  It was really just for fun and for her and to help her feel like school is fun. And that was succesful.  She did learn a few things - some letter and number recognition and she's great at counting to 25!  

She is also very much so looking forward to starting 3 year old preschool, but she is also really enjoying some sunshine and shades in the free time! 




All About Sabrina:

Nicknames: Bina, Beans
How old are you? 3
What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite animal? Mice
What is your favorite book?  Frozen
What is your favorite TV show? Doc Mcstuffin
What is your favorite movie? Frozen
What is your favorite song? Frozen songs
What is your favorite food? Mac and Cheese
What is your favorite drink? Water
What is your favorite breakfast food? Peanut butter toast
What is your favorite snack? Fruit snacks
What is your favorite outfit? Doc Mcstuffin
What is your favorite game? Disney Game
What is your favorite toy? Frozen toys
Who is your best friend? I love everyone
What is your favorite thing to do? Ride cars outside
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Jump on the trampoline
What is your favorite holiday? Easter
What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Mommy
Where is your favorite place to go? Shopping
What is your favorite restaurant? Mac and Cheese places
Where do you want to go on vacation?  The Beach
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A Doctor

Sunday, May 10, 2015

I Am Blessed

As everyone knows, today is Mother's Day.  A day we celebrate mom's.     I remember not too many years ago that Mother's Day was a reminder for what I didn't have yet. I am so grateful that God has blessed our lives with the 4 precious kids we now have!  Some days it felt like my dream would never come true, but then God blessed us - quickly!  And now here I am, the tired and very busy mama of 4 beautiful children!  2 boys and 2 girls. 2 born out of my body and 2 born by their first mama's.

Oh to my firstborn son.  The one we waited so long for, and it felt like agony at the time.  The one who I saw for the first time in photos just days before Mother's Day 5 years ago.  The one who I traveled halfway around the world to hold in my arms.  The one who gave me a unique and heartfelt love for a whole different country and culture.  The one who now, is old enough to start asking questions that I don't have the answers for. Oh, how I wish I had answers.  The one with who I have spent every day of the last 3 years wishing and longing that we would get word that our search for his mother has been succesful. I don't think I will ever be able to give up.  Because she is a part of him.  The wait was long, but God knew what he was doing.  He gave us an incredible firstborn.  One who loves all his younger siblings with such gentle leadership.  We have been blessed!





Then there is our second born!   The one who I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I saw 2 lines on a test for the very first time.  The one who kept me feeling quite ill on those flights to Ethiopia to get his big brother. The one who surprised me yet again as he decided to come earlier than we were expecting. The one who fought very hard for those very first breaths in this world.  The one who I didn't get to hold for 24 hours and who was hooked up to all the wires.  The one who scared me the most!  The one who is stubborn, yet sweet and reminds me so much of his father!  We have been blessed!



And then our 3rd born.  Our first sweet princess.  The one who really surprised me.  The one who scared me half to death while pregnant. The one who kept me on bed rest.  The one who made me cry when her daddy announced she was a girl.  The one who has been a princess since the day of her birth.  The one who was so easy and slept through the night at 5 weeks old.  The one who was the happiest baby ever born.   The one who is a princess through and through, but a tough princess that you don't want to mess with!  We have been blessed!




And finally, our youngest little bundle. The one who made me a mother again since last Mother's Day! The one we were told was a girl, then a boy, then a girl again. The one who rounded out our family perfectly. The one who was placed directly from her birth mama's arms into mine.  The one that I watched as her first mama whispered sweet I love you's in her ears and gave her a lifetime of kisses before saying goodbye for the last time.  The one who has kept me on my toes the most. The one who I celebrate each and every milestone because I know they are hard fought!  She is feisty and determined! We have been blessed!




  I am so thankful that God saw fit to give me these 4 little blessings.  They exhaust me and push my buttons, but my heart is so full and I am so blessed to be mama to each and every one of them!  Happy Mother's Day to all the mama's out there. And for all of you who today is painful for one, whatever that reason might be - you are loved and not forgotten.








Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Eli's 3 year Preschool.

We are wrapping up this year of home school and I am proud to say that Eli has officially finished his 3 year preschool!  If I would let him, he would get going on K4, because he is so excited to start it and get reading and writing like Malachi!  But I told him we need to take just a short break and will get started on K4 in July. Year round school worked very well for our family this year so we are sticking to a similar schedule as we look ahead! 





I surveyed Eli with a few questions as we wrapped up preschool and here are his answers for your enjoyment:

Nicknames: Eli, E
How old are you?  4
What is your favorite color? Red
What is your favorite animal? Cat
What is your favorite book? Mr Incredible
What is your favorite TV show? Spiderman
What is your favorite movie? Tangled
What is your favorite song? Ironman
What is your favorite food? Sandwiches
What is your favorite drink? Milk
What is your favorite breakfast food? Waffles
What is your favorite snack? Apples
What is your favorite thing to wear? Costumes
What is your favorite game? Tangled (Leappad game)
What is your favorite toy? Superhero's
Who is your best friend? Everybody
What is your favorite thing to do? Ipad
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Run through the sprinklers on the trampoline
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What do you like to take to bed with you? Lion, pillow, and spiderman
Where is your favorite place to go? The park
What is your favorite restaurant? Wendy's
Where do you want to go on vacation? The beach
What do you want to be when you grow up? Daddy

Friday, April 24, 2015

School Room Renew

A few years ago when we were house shopping, I really wanted a house big enough that we could have a dedicated school room for the kids.  It was a huge dream, especially because we wanted 4 bedrooms for the rest of us too!  But we were able to find just what we were looking for and it came with a large bedroom upstairs that would work perfect!

I was hopeful at first that it could serve 2 purposes and be the school room and playroom but as the kids are starting in to school I quickly realized that wasn't possible. So after a huge spring cleaning of the house, we decided to cut back on the "stuff" and reduce the amount of toys and focus on making this space perfect for a school room!

My pictures aren't the best, but I hope they kind of give an idea of what we accomplished! 


 Before: The kids sat at a tiny little table and let me just say, 3 preschoolers at a tiny table was not working so well! There was also just a bunch of clutter in the room and I wasn't a huge fan of the color either.




After: We changed the paint color and decluttered the walls.  We also got rid of the toys and organized for school on the shelves.  The shelves still need finishing trim, but that's easy!



Here is the biggest change we made. Before: The main wall was full of toys. It was kind of a difficult space because it is all windows, so I can't use it for hanging stuff, but after some pinterest inspiration we decided it was the perfect space for desks!



We made a trip to Ikea and got each of the kids their own desks (and 1 for LB on the other side of Eli).  Now they have their own spaces for their schoolwork and their supplies!  We still need to buy them all chairs but we are loving this new system! And we've opened up the windows which has brightened up the space and everyone is just so much happier during school time!




And now with the floor space open in the room, little miss LB has room to play during school too!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sabrina's 3rd Birthday!

Before we could even recover from Malachi's Birthday, we were on to the next party!  Our sweet little Birthday princess got off to a rough start, because she is a tiny bit shy and hates having all the attention. 



She asked for Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls, but then cried from the attention of singing, just like last year.  Silly girl! 
But as soon as we left, she perked up! 


It was so fun, after all of these boy birthday's to get to shop in the girly girl section!  The world of baby dolls and barbies!  Her favorite was of course the Frozen section! 

Then a quick stop for lunch! Her request was some Mac and Cheese! 


Then off to her first movie! Can I just say, taking her to a movie was WAY easier than it was with the boys.  She sat still on my lap the entire time. It was great! 


Since we were pretty much all caked out and the weather was so nice, we decided S'mores would make a better ending to the evening! It was really nice and fun evening with the kids!









Then the next day was party time!  I don't understand why or how Frozen has captured the hearts of all little girls, but our little princess was no exception to this frozen fever and her request was an Elsa party!











It was another great time and we just love our little princess. She has a lot of my personality bundled up in her.  She's pretty shy around new people, sensitive and tender hearted.  She's always a pretty happy child though who usually has a smile on her face. She is a great and kind big sister but can hold her own against those big brothers of hers.  She has a mind of her own and is one stubborn little cookie!  Yep, she is definitely cut from the same mold as her mama!  I know her heart will serve her well!  We love you baby girl!  I think I could have kept you 2 forever, but here we are at 3 so I'm going to embrace it!