Saturday, June 13, 2015

April '15

We took off to Arizona at the beginning of April for Spring Break. The boys played with cousins and friends and the girls had a baby shower for little Grace. Who is actually entering the world today at some point! I'm sure that'll be the next post!

Uncle Aaron sent Golden State Warrior shirts at Christmas so we finally got all the boys together to wear them. We spent time with Ryker and William, too!

Gilman's Historical Museum and Ranch
When we got home we had a Native American field trip planned. It was amazing! The kids got to do so much. Here they are grinding seeds into flour.

They got to carve their own petroglyphs.

And even learned to hunt rabbits just the way they did hundreds of years ago. Weapons are always a hit with the boys!
 
We lost Papa Sr. on April 4th. We were still in Arizona but Shaun was able to do a turn around trip to see him in his last hours. While his body was weak and tired, his mind was still as sharp as ever.

We celebrated his life on April 25th with friends and family! Shaun was able to lead worship with his older brother and cousin. The slide show was a tear jerker and it was nice being able to love on Nana.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

March '15

March desperately called for a beach trip. By putting school on hold we were able to recharge and smile again!

Mr. Blake loves having his picture taken! He sets up his own poses and then asks for the camera!

Isaac lost his 6th tooth!

Some friends of ours are moving so we got to watch their youngest (of five), Imogen, for the day. She was out of the way of boxes and chaos and we enjoyed some pink in our house! The trio has been asking for a little sister ever since! 

Isaac is officially too cool for us! Whatever, dude!

Parker had his first season of machine pitch and did amazing. He can whack that ball better than any five year old I know!

Go Phillies!

This kid is a true athlete and will succeed in any sport he chooses!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

february '15

February
 
The shortest month of the year
 
So short I can hardly remember a single thing we did
 
Thankful for a phone that takes on the spot pictures so I can have proof I didn't spend the month in a coma
 
So, this month's post is dedicated to my faithful iphone!
 
 
We took the boys exploring and when we got just far enough out, it started to rain. They all still agreed it was, "the best hike EVER!"

Then (the day we moved in) and now!
I liked how my bathroom looked in the fiveish years we've been here, but, sadly, I can't find a picture of it! It was very Asian inspired from my trip to Malaysia so many years ago. However, I love the newest look. A lighter paint color and shower curtain, wainscoting, and new d├ęcor! Brighter and cheerier! Thanks Shaun and dad for the new look!

Shaun worked Valentines and I got to take all the boys to the dentist.
Parker is a rough and tough boy so when he was little, little he always had a fat lip. I never thought to check the teeth because I was overwhelmed by the hugeness of the lips. Well, his tooth kinda died and turned brown from all the hits. In January a nerve came alive and became very red and sensitive and needed to be dealt with. Laughing gas did the trick while the dentist preformed her magic. Hundreds of dollars later, Parker is pain free and his tooth has been filled in!  

Nichole and the kids came to town to visit. It happened to be Nichole's birthday so we threw her a "surprise" party! She was upstairs while we were downstairs being "very quiet." Six kids blowing up balloons and decorating... Not anywhere near quiet!

Monday, June 1, 2015

January '15

My type A personality won't let me start blogging again in the middle of the year without mentioning the beginning of the year. I left off in December and even though it's now June 1st (GOOD date), I have to document January through May.
 
I have to fill I the gaps so here's to hoping I can blog a month per night (or every other night) this week!

The boys first trip to Universal Studios was a success! Besides the fun rides and crazy characters, it was neat to be able to go behind the scenes and see how movies are made.  
 
And when we're not out of town, you can usually find us at a park or out front playing with the neighbors! These little monkeys are always swinging from one thing to the next! 

We adventured to Dumont Dunes for the first time! Don't tell Shaun but I liked it more than Glamis! Blake and Nevaeh are always a cute sight!

Shaun "drew" lots of hearts in the sand for me with the rail! He loves me!

Blake's only speed is fast! On a bike, quad, or rail! Just go FAST! All the cousins loved riding together!

Nothing but sand!
Rides with daddy can be a little messy. Poor Isaac suffered all the affects of a crazy turn! Thankful for goggles, complete head masks, and full ear coverage! 

The Laird cousins also stopped by for a few days on their way to Disneyland.

Tracey and I (and lots of others) celebrated Miss Candice's big 3-0! So glad I have such special friends!

Aaaaaand poor Mikey I (on the left with Parker and Leo) didn't' make it. We think he was blind because we had to hand feed him since the beginning. Thankfully we were able to swap him for Mikey II (on the right with Parker and Leo). The new Mikey is thriving. He's quite aggressive and will stand on top of the food to eat so Leo can't have any! Tortoises have silly little personalities! Who knew!?
 
I am loving my one-on-one time with this little man while his big brothers are in school! Here he is getting a free Chick-Fil-a breakfast just for being so cute! Or maybe they were having a promotion! ;) Blake is so sweet and is always trying to make us laugh! Can't imagine not having this big eyed, curly haired cutie! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

September-December

I love to blog.
I really do.
 
But when you post about finally being content about where God has you and being able to take a deep breathe and let it out, and then you're thrown one of life's greatest tragedies...
 
Life stops.
 
Things that you thought mattered, don't.
And instead of posting to the world about your family, you close off the outside and hold your babies a little closer in your arms... So close you think they're going to melt right into you.
 
  And you question God.
 
And you cry.
 
And the pain reminds you that this is not our home.
But through the tears, deep down inside, you feel an unexplainable hope that His plan is good.
 
And you smile because you know heaven is that much richer.
 
 
In memory of my Belize '02 paint partner and manicure client, my best friend's husband, and my son's best friend's dad.
 
Thanks for the reminder Dustin...
 
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
 
 
 
And the rest of the year went a little something like this...
 
 
September!
Parker had his first day of Pre-K. He's a pretty cool kid! His teacher told me he's quite popular.

Went to the LA County Fair with the Bairds for school credit.

Took our first trip to Pismo with Shaun's older brother and his family!

Finally, the dunes meet the beach! This I can do!
 
Blake was born without enamel on his teeth. They came in yellow and his molars were decaying from the get go. He had to go under anesthesia and have several cavities filled along with having silver caps put on his back right molars. He did really well, but our battle isn't over yet. Until all those baby teeth fall out we'll be dealing with extremely weak teeth. Praying his adult teeth are healthy. He can now chew and drink cold water pain-free! 
 
 
 
October!
The cousins came to visit, which means... Picture Time!
 
 
October 19th
Parker has a brain that never stops thinking and asking questions. He will exhaust us in conversation until he fully grasps what he doesn't understand. Today he wanted to know, "How can you be born into sin if you haven't sinned when you're born?" Long story short... He is now a future member of heaven.

Shaun and I went on a Mexican cruise with nine other couples in our Bible Study class. Amazing!
 
Halloween: How to Train Your Dragon's Snotlout, Toothless, and Hiccup
 
 
 November!
Blake moved to a big boy bed
Isaac had his first season in kid pitch baseball
Isaac turned 7 and had the Baird boys over
Parker turned 5 and had his buddy Nate over
 
Parker started karate in September and already tested to a black striped belt

Glamis with the Villarreals and Lopezes

Celebrated Thanksgiving and birthdays in Arizona
 
 
December!
Our annual trip to Bass Pro Shop to see Santa and play

Free tickets to LEGOLAND? Yes, please!
 
Parker and Nate at their school's Christmas performance. They are quite a show themselves!
 
The boys first (real) time in snow! other than needing a few more layers and better gloves, it was a blast!
 
We welcomed two more boys to our family this Christmas, Mikey and Leo. Redfooted tortoises.
 
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

I Took A Deep Breath... Then I Let It Go


You know how you hold your breath when something is going really well, just waiting for something to go wrong? And then when it’s still good you dig a little deeper in hopes that if you find something not-so-perfect then at least you were hurt sooner rather than later?

That was me not that long ago… At the “Holding my breath” stage… However, now, I feel that I am perfectly in the center of God’s will for my life! So, maybe I'm now in the “truly blessed” stage. However, I’m sure hoping it’s not a “calm before the storm” stage! I’m finding strength daily and it’s hard to keep from smiling! It’s the deep down joy and peace that can only come from Him! And I have it right now! However, I’m confused as to why I want to cry at the same time? Must be that deep!? Totally makes sense, joy that makes you emotional all the way to the core! HA! ;)

The boys’ school option for this year has been a huge relief and a major factor in my contentment. I was fretting a little in the spring with where they were going to go in the fall and how it would work with our busy schedule. I’ll admit, last year was a hard growing year.  Homeschooling was the right decision but, it doesn’t mean it was easy. However, there were dozens of reasons that proved it was right for Isaac! The plan all along was to homeschool Isaac for kinder and then send him to the mosaic program for 1st grade. Well, when I got the call in the spring that Isaac had been accepted, I felt defeated… Like I gave up on teaching him myself. It made me sad and I questioned if this would be the right choice. I felt like every year was a brand new school experience/decision and I was ready to stay in one spot and for that to be the RIGHT spot! Homeschooling was a challenge but, it was a familiar challenge.

Fast forward to today and I couldn’t be more at ease. Isaac is in the mosaic program at RiverSprings. He goes to school M-W-F (8:30-2:40) and T-Th are home study days. The work is given by the teacher which means I don’t have to lesson plan anymore! Woohoo! It is the perfect balance of class and home. There is only one class per grade so it is a very controlled and personal learning environment. We know so many families that attend and parent involvement is through the roof! I was actually a little overwhelmed with setting up all the different ways to correspond with Isaac's teacher! After the first week (last week) I was still “holding my breath.” Is this really as good as I’m anticipating!? But then I read Isaac’s teacher’s introduction letter and realized she is our perfect fit. Isaac has excelled in every single thing he has EVER done. However, there is one area that he is still struggling, reading. Well, his teacher has her masters in Reading Education and is a Reading Specialist. I told Isaac that she is now part of our team in helping him achieve his goals!

Then there’s Parker… The preschool that I really wanted him to go to already had a waiting list by the time I was able to get there and sign him up. Yup, only a few hours into registration day and we were on “The List.” A month or two later, I still hadn’t heard from them and couldn’t get a hold of them (to this day I haven’t had any contact). Soooo I executed Plan B and enrolled him in another preschool. Turns out Plan B should have been Plan A. We met his teachers today and he starts Monday. And to top it off, one of his best buddies is in his class that we thought was going to be in another class! God knows the plans He has for us and it’s so cool to see the details HE places along the way!

And Blake!? Well, he’ll just keep partyin’ and being cute!
First day of first grade!

Home study day working on his "Math about Me" project. He told me blue hair is so cool! And two jackets weren't necessary but, it was a rare, cool morning!

I'll admit, another reason we chose to homeschool is because we wanted to shelter our kids... Keep them in a bubble... Make them weird by sitting with us all day at the kitchen table doing school work! Because this seemed like a much better option than sending them to public school and turning them into convicts!
(Two can play this game!) 
 
Actually, Isaac goes to a PUBLIC school! Today he had to take three items that described himself. He chose a baseball because he loves sports and is athletic. Donatello because he is the oldest brother and likes to create things and a Bible because he is a Christian and has Jesus in his heart. I was so proud of him. He's on a battlefield everyday but, he is armed with the Truth! He has a huge advantage over us adults... He is still experiencing child like faith.

When he hopped in the car today I asked him how his day was. He quickly put his head down and said, "Not so good!" I panicked and figured I'd be getting a call from his teacher. Then he lifted his hand and showed me this! I felt bad for him but, I was relieved too! Poor guy is serious about his monkey bars!
 
Parker with his buddy, Nate! They are only a few weeks apart and have been friends since before birth (if that's possible)! Parker also had his school physical and was a complete champ! He was told two shots were coming so he jumped up on the table and took 'em like a man! He told me they hurt and that he almost cried but, he was fine! He's also 47lbs. which is in the 90/95 percentile.  

Can't forget Blake! He wants everyone to know that he is three and weighs a tiny 33lbs! And while he'll tell you that he's "Just Blake," we all know him as the cutest thing in the world! Slower than molasses which makes him a ninja turtle minus the ninja part but, completely irresistible!   
 
 
See, three reasons as to why I am so blessed, blessed, and blessed! My main man deserves his own post too! I'd fill up a whole blog book just writing about how good he is to me and how thankful I am for him!