Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter Time

It has been unbelievably cold for California this winter! Well, it's been incredibly cold for Californian natives. Today in church I saw a lady wearing what I would have been wearing when we lived in Russia when it was below 0.....I had to chuckle on the inside when I saw her. I never thought I would say this but I miss the snow! My boys especially miss it also.  I particularly miss those days when we would get big snowflakes and it was so quiet outside when we would go on a walk. Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy some winter wonderland pictures from Russia

Novosibirsk, Russia

Jojo in the forest in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Ice sculptures in downtown Samara, Russia.


Sledding fun with friends in Samara, Russia.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year


Happy New Year to you! We started 2015 with a family hike. We have all been sick for the last 2 months. Josiah has been on 3 different antibiotics and both Jon and Nathan have been on antibiotics also. Thankfully for the first time in 2 months we all felt better so we thought we'd get outdoors for a bit. There's a great little park near home with some easy trails. The weather was also just beautiful.......cool but the sun was bright and shining.

cool bridge at the beginning of the trail

this swing is a blast


lots of sticks to make guns out of


At the beginning of the year there is always a little bit of trepidation for me. I never really know what is coming. This morning my husband sent an email to our Bible study and I'm just going to copy and paste it on here because he expresses very clearly what I've been thinking about all day yesterday and today.  I hope it's an encouragement to you as it was to me:



"Happy New Year, brothers and sisters in Christ!

The Lord has blessed us all in many ways in 2014 and as we reflect on His goodness, even in the midst of the trials we may have faced, let us all give thanks for His sovereign care over us. I look forward to 2015 with confidence knowing that He will direct our paths as we seek to please Him in all that we do. 

The reality is that some of us may face even more difficult trials in this coming year than we did last year while others will enjoy new highs, but every event we will come under the providential hand of the Lord. As I write these words, I am reminded of a wonderful old hymn, “Like a River Glorious,” especially the last verse: 

  1. Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
    Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
    Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
    Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
    • Refrain:
      Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
      Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
  2. Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
    Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
    Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
    Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
  3. Every joy or trial falleth from above,
    Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
    We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
    They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

May you find perfect peace and rest in our Amazing God as you face each new day in 2015! And remember, if you knew all that God knows, you would understand that there is no better place for you to be than where He has you right now. He makes no mistakes, nor does He cause us to endure more than His grace can handle. "



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

This morning we headed to beautiful O'Melveny Park to take some family photos for our Christmas card. The boys weren't too excited to do it but I just love having pictures and seeing how they grow up through the years.

Here are some of my favorites.











Friday, November 21, 2014

American Heritage Day

Last week our PSP celebrated America! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go but Jon got the day off and was able to hang out with the boys a bit. The kids had to dress up or wear red, white, and blue.
My little cowboys!

Some of Jojo's classmates.

Some of Nathan's classmates.

Nathan and his class reciting their poem.

Jojo's class reciting their poem.


After the chapel time everyone headed to a room for snacks and all the displays from the year.

Photo booth fun.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Legoland

And another field trip! I can't believe how busy we've been the last few weeks. Our PSP had an awesome and very affordable field trip to one of the boys' favorite amusement parks. We decided to stay a couple nights and make it a mini-getaway! 

I'm so thankful that so many places make it affordable for homeschooling families to visit. Not only was our one day trip pretty cheap but they had an offer to get another FREE ticket to be used between January - March! Woot, woot!!!

Legoland has the actual set from the Lego Movie...very cool!

The boys love this ride.

The boys didn't want to be in this picture.


Jojo is having fun at least. 

PSP buddies.

Gotta' have this picture, right?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hawkeye and a Ninja

This year the boys picked fairly easy costumes for Halloween. They had a homeschool group fall party and plus some trick-or-treating.

Jojo wanted to use his bow and arrow that he and dad made over the summer. He had a variety of characters to choose from but he went with Hawkeye......we had to go totally homemade this year which was fun to create.
Hawkeye with Dorothy






Naynay wanted to be a ninja which was a cinch since we already had the costume from last year.....phew!

Can you find the ninja in there? If not then he is that good!!


And look who decided to show up this year......why it's Mary Poppins!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Long Beach Aquarium

We've been so busy with field trips lately! The boys are having a blast though. We headed to the Long Beach Aquarium last month and we were all so amazed. It is an amazing aquarium and I highly recommend going. They have a lot of interactive areas where the kids can touch the fish. We spent a long time at the sting ray/shark petting area. The boys also spent about 20 minutes touching jelly fish. You could really spend a whole day at the aquarium.  Since we went with our homeschool group we got a great discounted rate! Otherwise it can be a bit pricy. We brought our own lunches and ate outside during lunch.