Sunday, September 4, 2016

August Birthdays

Last month our family got together to celebrate August Birthdays. We have 5 birthdays to celebrate so it's an annual tradition. This year though we have a new addition to the obligatory cousin picture. And no, I did not have a baby.

Cousin picture with the newest addition...Casey (the dog).
This cousin's picture was taken in 2004...I love seeing how they've all changed.
Casey the puppy has been so much fun. My sister Monica rescued her from a shelter and she has brought a lot of joy to all of us...especially to Nathan who absolutely loves dogs! Jojo hasn't really warmed up to her yet though.

Casey the Wonder Dog

My mom turned 74 this year! 
This year Jojo became a teenager. Thankfully so far so good! Who says the teen years have to be terrible?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Strawberry Picking

One of the great things about living here in Moorpark is that we are so close to the local farms. We especially love going to Underwood Farms. There are two Underwood Farms nearby but the one that is a little bit further doesn't charge you to pick the strawberries. You only pay for the strawberries.

So we headed to go strawberry picking when my mother-in-law came to visit...all the way back at the end of May...yes I haven't been doing too great at blogging!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Pinterest Project #2 : Stained Glass Painting

I better get a move on if I want to finish my Pinterest project summer idea. Yesterday Jojo complied with my crazy idea and we worked on this art project. He really enjoyed it as he doesn't like staying inside lines if you know what I mean. This pin came from Happy Hooligans
All you need is wax paper, paint, and a glass or bottle cap.

Just put on globs of paint on the wax paper.

    Use the bottom of a glass or bottle cap to smear all the colors!

And VOILA! I framed ours. It looks so pretty on the window.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Advancement Night

Well I officially have a Junior Higher and in the summer he'll become an official teenager! Someone please stop time.

We had our advancement night at the end of May. So much work goes into putting this night together but it's all worth it.

Nathan also advanced...into 4th grade!

The boys have made some great friends the past two years and so have I.

And of course it's always great to have family come and celebrate.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Knott's Berry Farm

We went on our last field trip of this school year this week and it was a blast!  I had not been to Knott's Berry Farm for over 20 years! The boys had a great time and Josiah even went on some bigger, badder roller coasters. Nathan on the other hand stuck to the conservative rides.  We would definitely return to Knott's in the future. It was definitely worth it.
The boys had so much fun on these swings.
The best part was hanging out with all our friends...we actually stuck to the group the whole time! So much fun.

Jon even took a day off!

The train ride was a lot of fun. Here's Jojo with his little friend.

I love Snoopy!

Nathan and his bestie. These two are so cute together.                   

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Awards Night

It is so strange at times watching my boys do the same exact things I used to do as a child. Last night was the AWANA awards night at church and it brought back some great memories of the years I got to be a part of this great program. Don't tell my boys this but by 6th grade I had not even passed all 4 of my books! I think I only passed 2! I even remember my 6th grade AWARDS night and a boy named Michael making fun of me because I didn't get the Timothy award like he did. He grabbed whatever award I did win and took off running with it while I chased him all through the grounds of the church. I'm pretty sure that was a dumb way of him letting me know he liked me.

Thankfully last night my boys weren't grabbing other girls' awards! We did have a great night though and let me just say how proud I am of them both. Considering we have been in AWANA for 3 years now since returning from Russia I'm especially thankful that Josiah passed 3 books. Memorizing for him is not easy and I won't lie there were many tears shed on both parts these past 3 years just trying to finish the books. Last year he didn't even pass his 2nd book but this year he worked extra hard and was able to finish his 2nd book and his 3rd book only by the grace of God.

Nathan on the other hand can memorize anything in a short amount of time with little effort on his end. It's amazing how different they both are but I'm thankful for those differences. Nathan did a great job and finished book 1. He's hoping to work harder next year to finish his 2nd book early and start working on his silver star as soon as he can.

Nonetheless we are just thankful that the boys are memorizing scripture. To this day I still remember so many of the verses I memorized in AWANA. It was a real blessing in my life and our church does an amazing job of running the program. I'm even praying this summer about being an AWANA leader in the fall. I was a leader when I was single and I think it would be fun to try it again!

Jojo with his Excellence and Challenge award.

Nathan with his Alpha award.

Jojo with his AWANA leader Mr. Eickmeyer!

Jon and the boys.

Nathan with his AWANA leader Mr. Sanders.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pinterest Project #1- Death Star Pastel Art

Our summer officially began yesterday! YAY! It's still not warm enough to spend all day at the pool and I'm also trying to clean house before my mother-in-law arrives next week so this means the boys have to be creative and play well. But as you can imagine I think that only lasted for about an hour on our first day of summer break.

I have a gazillion pins on Pinterest that I haven't tried yet so I thought this summer we would work our way through several of them...actually 30 of them. That's my goal.

This project is from the blogger Hodgepodge and was pretty easy. She calls for chalk pastel but I don't have any so we used oil pastels which worked real well and I think are probably a lot less messy! I also didn't have black construction paper but I had black poster board so we used that.

The boys enjoyed this project and Nathan even got creative with his spaceship. Jojo didn't want to add a spaceship at all.

You can find the project here : Death Star Pastel Art