Saturday, May 6, 2017

Homeschool Fair

Our homeschool group's annual fair was a couple of weeks ago. The boys love to participate in the's one of their favorite events. This year's fair theme was the Creator's Hand.

Josiah won first place in photography for his age group and also took 2nd place for overall theme usage.

He took second place for his whoopie pies....they were a lot of work!

Josiah then took first place for video presentation with his short called "President Junior". Quite a funny little movie about a young boy who dreams about becoming president.

Nathan loves entering the tablet setting category. This year he took second.

He also entered the photography category getting second place.

Lately Nathan's been pretty artsy....he's been drawing and painting a lot. He even entered the drawing category and got third place!

We're so thankful for our homeschool group and all the fun activities the boys get to participate in! Makes homeschooling a lot of fun.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Descanso Gardens Part 2 : Now and Then

I knew I had some older pictures of the boys in the same spot when we were at Descanso a few years ago. I love comparing pictures to see how big they've gotten and how much they've changed.

April 2014
April 2017

April 2014

April 2017
I'm finding it's harder to get pictures of the boys as they get older. They just don't want to cooperate! Anyone have the same problem? I know that one day they'll appreciate all these pictures....or at least their wives and kids will!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Descanso Gardens

Spring is finally here and with all the rains we've had Descanso Gardens was absolutely beautiful! My mom has been wanting to get out a little so the boys and I took her to the gardens. Plus the third Tuesday of every month admission is free!
As you got closer to the rose garden you could smell their was amazing! 
These are one of my favorites!

The boys were real sweet with their grandma this day ....thankfully!   

The gardens did get quite busy around 11:30 so I'm glad we got there earlier. It was a real enjoyable day and I'm so glad we got to go.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Beautiful Poppies

I have been wanting to go to the poppy fields in Lancaster for so long. I was really hoping we would go this year since all of the rains we've had have brought the poppies out like crazy. I recently found out through a mom's group on Facebook that we have a small poppy field right here in Moorpark. So on Sunday in the afternoon we headed over to Country Trail Park.

By the way....all the poppy pictures were taken by Josiah. He's actually entering the photos in our Homeschool Fair in the photography category at our homeschool group.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Joni and Friends

Not too long ago we had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Joni and Friends. Do you know who Joni is? This is from her bio on her website:

"Joni Eareckson Tada, the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quad­riplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations."

It was really such an educational tour for us. Growing up at Grace Community Church, I've always known about Joni. She actually used to attend our church when I was younger so I would see her there a lot. I just didn't realize all that her ministry does for people with disabilities. It is exciting to see how the Lord has used her and her testimony to help so many people around the world.

 Before we went on the tour the kids explored an interactive center where they tried different activities but had a "disability". In this center Jojo was trying to read but the glasses made it real difficult for him to read simulating a person with a vision disability.

We then toured the facility. Here the kids are in a recording studio where Joni broadcasts her podcasts! She will record about 60 4 minute podcasts in one day...she's an extremely hard worker!

After her accident Joni learned how to hold a paintbrush in her mouth and paint. She painted the above picture!! Absolutely amazing! I can't even paint that well with my hands! What a gifted lady and she uses her gifts to glorify the Lord!

We were so blessed to have Joni come and visit us at the end of our tour. She encouraged all the kids and just shared her heart with us. She also shared the following: "God permits what He hates, to accomplish something that He loves!"

If you want to learn more about Joni and her amazing ministry you can visit her site at Joni and Friends

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Endeavour at the California Science Center

I remember when we lived in Russia and the Endeavour was coming to it's final resting place at the California Science Center. There was a ton of footage of the special flyovers and I remember thinking how I wished I could be there to see the Endeavour fly over my head. Then there was the almost impossible task of getting the shuttle to the museum. It was so cool seeing the engineering that took place to get that huge shuttle to DTLA. I also remember wanting to be in that crowd as the Endeavour was painfully and slowly wheeled down the streets of Los Angeles.

I was super excited to see the Endeavour as were the boys. It was pretty breathtaking walking into that huge hall and seeing it for the first time.

Before you walk  into the hall where the Endeavour is there are smaller exhibits to look at! We especially liked the mission control. They also were showing video of the astronauts in the Endeavour while it was on a mission! They even had the toilet from the funny!

I was a little surprised how "rough" looking the shuttle was but I suppose it's been up in space several times! I have to tell you though that the boys were not so impressed once we walked into the hall. They thought we'd be able to go inside the actual shuttle! Probably should have told them beforehand!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

California Science Center: Pixar Exhibit

I don't know if I've ever been to the Science Center in Downtown Los Angeles...maybe as a kid? Not sure. Either way, the kids have never been there and this week we got to go on a field trip there with our homeschool group.

The big highlight of course was the Pixar Exhibit and we spent quite a bit of time in there. It's really amazing all the details that go into putting an animated film together. I'll never look at a Pixar film again quite the same.

     For the boys of course field trips are a blast simply because they get to hang out with their friends!

The hall is loaded with so many hands on exhibits! It was so much fun for the boys to explore. They loved trying to figure things out and watching all the short videos on how certain parts of a film come

We all felt like going home and watching Pixar movies!