Thursday, February 27, 2014
Valentines Day is always a favorite day in this house. We do a fun meal and have a big scavenger hunt for the kids where they find a "treasure box" full of goodies…. this years box had candy, valentine pencils, nerf guns, beads and string for the big girls, superman action figures for the boys and a puzzle for us all. Jimmy took the day off and took the big girls ice skating and to lunch at our new favorite little English pub here in town. It was such a great day and filled with memories! This day can never pass though without me saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little niece Charlotte…. a Valentines baby, how fun is that??!! She's 2!!
We celebrated the big girls birthdays with their friends in January this year and it was so fun. We had a GORGEOUS day with temps around 68 degrees and so the kids enjoyed playing outdoors the entire time. I think the SMORES table was the big hit of the day though! =)
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Serene had her annual NF visit back in November and it went wonderful. Again we got great reports. Her vision is fantastic and the rest of her checks out wonderfully. NF kids around this age can start to show signs of learning issues as they enter school and this is where we have really seen good things with Serene. She has not only shown no signs of learning issues but has actually excelled at learning. She reads well, writes well and does well in math. So thankful to the Lord for this being a non-issue for her. This summer she will go back to children's for a series of evaluations that are commonly given to NF kids between 6-7 that check things like learning capabilities and general brain functions in regards to ease of learning. Even though she is doing remarkably well we still feel like since I am her educator that this would be an VERY valuable tool for me to have to know where her strengths lie and where she might be lacking. This a very extensive two day evaluation that will give us tons of great info especially for our home education! All in all though she is doing GREAT! So grateful for her health and her continued growth!
Somehow in the midst of Christmas craziness I forgot to blog about Anna's birthday… so here are a few picture highlights of our precious first borns birthday! We love this girl so much and can't believe how grown up she has become this year. Such an amazing young lady with so many talents.
The girls started piano lessons this fall. It has been such a fun experience for them and VERY convenient for me since their teacher comes to our house! YAY MOM!! While we do have a piano, it sits at my parents house and instead we have chosen to use a keyboard that we keep in our school room and incorporate at part of our daily school routine. This has worked really well for us and been super easy to just go right from "reading, writing and arithmetic" to piano. The girls both picked up on it really quickly but Anna seems to be the one who actually enjoys it. Serene did practice VERY hard and did great at her recital. She was the youngest at the recital and probably the least scared and shy of anyone there. She was the first one on stage and just bee-bopped her little self right up there and played and then smiled away at the crown awaiting her applause! Anna on the other hand had a flawless performance but was a wee bit shy and reserved. Both enjoyed the reception afterwards the most though with Christmas desserts and punch! =) We are proud of them both and they are both looking forward to spring recital already!
What a precious joy this little girl is to our family. She is always peppy and laughing and hardly ever has a frown. She cares for others and adores her baby sister. Over this year she taught herself how to read, grew about a foot (almost), learned to swim, learned to play the piano and graduated from speech therapy. I would say this was a REALLY big year for our little curly haired girl. We love you sweet Serene and can't wait to see what great things happen for you in 2014.