Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Camp

Last year for summer camp our church put on a one day summer camp but this year they had an overnighter! Thank God it was just one night because I was a nervous wreck.....I can't imagine if it was a whole week. When I was Josiah's age I would go to summer camp for a whole week. I don't know how my mom was able to send me off for so many days.
Jojo and his roommate. 


This is Jojo with his Sunday School teacher the amazing Mr. White. He's going on 82!
On Saturday Jon got to hang out with Jojo all day.
There were several sessions with skits, worship, and teaching.

Game time!

Jon was sweet enough to Instagram the whole day for me so I could see what they were doing. Jojo had a great time of course but he was absolutely exhausted by the time he got home.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Celebrating Nathan

Nathan turned 7 on July 1! My little baby is growing up. Our transition from Russia to California hasn't been an easy for him unfortunately. About once a week he cries that he misses Russia. When we ask him what it is that he misses the most he always says his friends. Needless to say it has been a little difficult for him to make some new friends. I think he is a little confused or misguided about what a "friend" means. We are trying to shepherd him through this and as parents we are trying to be wise how we come alongside him.

On his birthday he really wanted a party but wasn't quite sure who he would invite. So, I suggested we have a special time with one of his Sunday school friends. So, on his birthday we picked up his friend and headed to the movie theatre to watch Rio 2. It was really funny and the boys loved it.

Bright flash.......oops!

After the movie we headed to TGI Fridays and had a yummy lunch.




Thankfully both boys had a lot of fun.  I made a collage of Nathan throughout the last few years. He was such a dark baby when he was born! He has changed so much. I especially miss his curly hair days.


Nathan through the years.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Promotion Celebration

This past year we were a part of a private school satellite program for homeschooling called APS.  It was good for us in the sense that it helped us transition from being overseas and it gave the boys opportunities to be around other homeschoolers their age.

As the year came to a close we were able to take part in the promotion and graduation celebration. The boys got to sing a couple of songs with their friends and they even received a special promotion certificate.


It was their first time singing in front of a group of people. Both boys admitted that they were a bit nervous before going on stage!




They really made it a special evening and I may have shed a few tears.



Look who was in town? Grandma Judy made came for a visit and so she got to take part in the celebration.


Monday, June 23, 2014

End of the School Year

Last day of school was June 6! As the end of the school year approached I started getting a bit sentimental. Of course I'm more than ready for summer but as a year passes I begin to realize how quickly it's all going by. A friend of mine posted this saying on Facebook: "The days seem so long but the years sure seem to go by so fast!"





Friday, May 30, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

Now that Jon has a "regular" job we just can't get up and go whenever we want to.....we have to plan it all and then of course make sure he can get a day or two off. The boys are having a hard time getting used to this because before Jon was usually home during the summer. Even though he was usually studying in his bat cave, at least he was home and had a more flexible schedule. So since he had a long weekend this past weekend we headed to one of our favorite spots in California.......San Diego!

Our San Diego Zoo/Safari Park passes will expire in June so we thought we'd take advantage of the passes before we can't use them anymore.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the zoo:





On Tuesday we went to the Safari Park to explore their latest exhibit....Tiger Trail.


The Tiger Trail did not disappoint! The tigers were amazing.


Another favorite..........Lorikeet Landing




We saw these two cubs in January when they were just a few weeks old........they're getting big!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

AWANA Grand Prix

At the beginning of April they announced in AWANA that May 3 was the big grand prix. Jojo ran out of the chapel that night so excited to buy the block of wood and start on his project. While they were buying the block of wood, one of the directors said that Naynay would be able to participate too but just wouldn't be able to get any awards........keep this in mind.  So, Jon walked out of the AWANA store with two wooden blocks and no idea how in the world we were going to create two awesome derby cars.


And this is where "Uncle Jimmy" and "Papa Keith step in.  Without their help there was no way we were going to live up to the boys' expectations for an awesome derby car.


Uncle Jimmy worked so hard on the cars that he even got his tool stuck in his sweatshirt.....LOL!


Once we had the shape of the car the boys got to sanding.


And then the whole process of painting the cars started. The boys were beginning to get very impatient.


At the very end this was the finished product! Pretty cool!


On Saturday the boys and Jon headed to the AWANA grand prix for the big race day.


I love how they decorated everything and made it such a special day for the kiddos.


Jojo's car wasn't very fast but...........

he won first place for best design. Nathan on the other hand came home so disappointed because his car won first place in every race but since he's in Sparks he couldn't get any awards. The judges loved the look of his Corvette and he would have placed first in most authentic but once again he couldn't get an award. They were nice enough to give him an honorable mention ribbon though. It was a great teaching experience because he is so competitive and always wants to win! This just wasn't his opportunity to win and he needed to accept that!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Women Walking Wisely

One of the biggest blessings about being back at my home church has been participating in women's ministries. Our Sunday school class hosts a monthly women's study called Women Walking Wisely. This past Monday we had a potluck and it was so encouraging to fellowship with the ladies who sit at my table. I have a real neat group of ladies and a Titus 2 older woman as my co-leader. This group of ladies consists of different ages and positions in life. We are all learning so much from each other.

Since we had a special time this past Monday the leaders all provided the centerpiece and paper goods for their table.  I am not creative at all but there is Pinterest.......thank God! So, I pinned several different pins and added a "spring centerpiece board" to my account. I combined a few ideas and came up with the following:


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The centerpiece was quite inexpensive and most people probably have these things on hand. I bought a wooden tray at Michael's and painted it white. I used 2 tin pineapple cans, painted them an ocean blue, and wrapped some burlap around them. I had a mason jar which I also wrapped with burlap and white ribbon attaching a pretty paper flower. The pretty white bird was on clearance at Michael's. I topped off the "vases" with fresh yellow flowers.

My paper goods matched the centerpiece.....



The best part of the evening was getting to spend it with these special ladies.......