Thursday, May 26, 2011

Transient Town

We live in a transient town due to the university. This didn't really affect us or our circle of friends last summer but boy is it this summer and it is hard. Last week some of our good friends moved away. Our girls loved playing together and I so enjoyed getting to know this fellow mommy. Their two girls who are the same ages as our girls came over the day before the move to have a day long play date while their mommy and daddy cleaned the house they just sold. It was a fun day and so sweet to see our girls together but there was a hint of sadness knowing we wouldn't see them again for awhile. Thankfully they didn't move far, far away so we can plan visits and such.
Buddies
This is the first of three possible really good friends moving. We are waiting to hear about the other two as they go through job interviews and make decisions. We are praying that God leads them exactly where He wants them even if it means away as hard as that is. We know that ultimately the perfect place is where God wants us.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Preschool's Over

Last week was Peanut's last week of preschool. On Wednesday the whole preschool had a fun Luau party day. I went in to help with the events and had a ball. They got to do the limbo, get their faces painted, color fish magnets, make tropical pictures frames, eat fruit kabobs and many other fun Hawaiian themed activities.
Preschool Luau Party
Peanut's favorite part of the day was getting her face painted. She wanted Cinderella but we were able to talk her down to a princess crown.
Preschool Luau Party
Friday was her last day as a preschooler. When I asked her that morning if she was sad or happy she said, "I'm sad because I'll miss my friends but I'm happy because I have to go to preschool everyday and it makes me tired." I thought to myself, "Everyday! Wait until Kindergarten when you really do go everyday!"
Last Day of Preschool
She has done so well and I am SOOOO grateful that we were able to have her in preschool even if only for a few months. She has loved it so very much and it has given her some exposure to a school environment which will have her more prepared for Kindergarten! Her favorite part of preschool..."eating snack because I like eating snack."
Last Day of Preschool
There is nothing like watching your own child grow into who she is and be filled with absolute pride and joy over her! We love her so much!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Polly Pocket World

Living in a university town provides us with opportunities that we would not have elsewhere. One of those is signing up to partake in various studies. They are always looking for children to do studies with. We signed up to be willing a few months ago for Peanut and she was asked to do participate in a speech perception study. She got to go two times and answer a lot of questions. She got a special snack, a prize and $10 each time. This past week she finished the study and that $20 instantly was burning a hole in her pocket. She immediately asked if we could go to Target to find something to spend that money on. She debated. She searched. She longed. She got shot down. (Bratz dolls will not be making their way into our home and she was ok with that.) Then after all the searching she returned to the first thing she found...a Polly Pockets doll set something she has not had. She was SOOOOO excited to get home and get them out to play with. Daddy and I can not get over how small they are. We have a special box for them and a rule that she can only play with them when Pumpkin is sleeping.
Polly Pockets
This was the first time she was able to go into a store with her own money and pick something out. It was so fun to watch her choose ever so carefully.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Preschool Graduation

Tuesday night we celebrated another graduate in the family....Peanut. She had her preschool graduation and program.
Preschool Graduation
She was so excited to put on her "princess dress" but not as excited to get her hair all curled until I told her that is what a princess does to make her hair beautiful.

Here she is singing away and making us so proud. She is on the bottom row on the far right in the lavendar dress.
Preschool Graduation
They had a large screen behind the stage showing the kids up close. Peanut was pretty interested in watching the screen to see if she could catch a glimpse of herself. She did a super job though of singing!
Preschool Graduation
After singing each child got to tell his or her name in the microphone to the very big crowd. Peanut did great remembering first and last name and showing no fear!
Preschool Graduation
Her teachers have been so great with her and we have been so, so, so happy with the preschool we picked for her. She has loved each and everyday there and has always bounced out of bed on preschool days ready for the fun ahead. She loves these wonderful ladies!
Preschool Graduation
I didn't think I would cry, but I was wrong. I did. This little girl that made me a Mama made my heart soar with pride and joy and the tears flowed. She is a beauty full of kindness and joy. We love her to the moon and back a million times over!
Preschool Graduation
We gave her the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss because we know that this is just the beginning of watching her succeed and striving for what is ahead!
Preschool Graduation
"The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow her to make her own way, completely on her own feet."
-Isadora Duncan

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Hiking Trip

Daddy has been wanting to go on a hiking trip for quite some time. He finally found a willing hiking buddy and got to go this past weekend. His buddy came down on Friday night to spend the evening with us so they could get an early start on Saturday. He brought along his dog, Pimg who has been incredibly trained and was so gentle with all of us. The girls fell in love with her and had a ball asking her to do tricks so they could give her treats.
The Hike
On Saturday morning after a breakfast of home made waffles the girls and I took the hiking crew out into the hills to find the trail they had decided to hike. We had to look hard to find the little sign that marked the trail but find it, we did. As the guys got all geared up there were refreshers on what poison ivy and ticks look like.
The Hike
I was feeling a little anxious sending them off into the great wilderness but thankful to know they had Pimg hiking along with them.
The Hike
Right before they set off a truck pulled up and the driver told them to be extra loud and to talk alot because there were turkey hunters out. This did nothing to reassure me but off they went full of excitement and anticipation of hiking 20 miles. The girls and I said a prayer of safety for them on our trip back to town.
The Hike
We did some fun things together while Daddy was away. We hit up the Farmer's Market and got some plants for our deck, ate some popcorn and listened to a local folk artist. We then trekked down town to our favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch. We always have to hit up the big gumball machine before leaving.
Girl's Weekend
On our return walk to our van, I noticed a poster advertising a circus at the fairgrounds and decided to surprise the girls and go. The selling point was 2 free kids for each paying adult. The highlight of the 2 hour show was them getting to touch this snake beforehand. All of the kids made a beeline for the snake and all of the moms made a bee line for the opposite side of the room.
Girl's WeekendGirl's Weekend
Let's just say it was NOT the greatest show on earth. Peanut said she had fun so that is all that matters even though I kept thinking, "I just spent $15 on this when we could have gone to the library for free and had a much grander time." Lesson learned....research the circus company WELL before going!

Sunday afternoon I heard from Daddy telling me to meet them in an hour at our predetermined spot. (He had texted me a few times through the 2 day journey so I would know they were ok.) The girls and I filled the van with blankets for the muddy, wet hiking crew as it had rained all day Sunday, hot coffee and two big slices of pizza. We headed out. Just as I was miles within reaching our meeting place, Daddy called to tell me that they didn't think they were in the right spot. I didn't have a map to figure out how to find them and Daddy's phone was just about dead AND we were in the boonies again. This was not good. I called Dobbie to have her jump online and try to help me figure out where I needed to go when I rounded a corner and saw two very tired, wet guys and a dog. YEAH! They were on the right road and so was I!
The Hike
They had hiked 20 miles in two days and saw some amazing sights carrying 40 lb backpacks each. Pimg even had to carry her own water.
The Hike
Filtering water from the streams they hiked past.
The Hike
And stumbling on some pretty amazing spots in the back country.
The Hike

The Hike
They had a great time and are ready to do it again soon!

Friday, May 13, 2011

How Sweet It Is!!!

He did it! Daddy graduated last Saturday and now has his undergraduate degree in Informatics! He and over 8,500 students joined the 3rd largest group of alumni in the United States. The basketball stadium was PACKED. I do not believe there was an empty seat in the whole stadium. We were so excited to celebrate and be a part of Daddy's huge achievement!
Graduation!

Graduation!

Graduation!
Graduation!
How sweet it is!!!!
Graduation!
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Jeremiah 29:11
Graduation!
And off we go into the chapter of life titled "Graduate School!"

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Accomplishment

So Daddy is finishing up his final year for his undergrad. He will graduate on Saturday with a degree in Informatics. This entire year he has been working on a very big project with a team. The idea they chose to work on is an idea that he had come up with a few years ago and has toyed around with but not really had an opportunity to make the idea reality. His team was excited to work on this project with him. The culmination of the project would be the Informatics Capstone Fair where all the teams projects would be on display for exhibition.

A week before the fair he got word that his team's project was selected out of the 50+ projects be featured at the Capstone Fair and would receive a lot of exposure. (Projects from other years have went from projects to careers so this was a pretty big deal.)

The Capstone Fair was last Friday and went so well. Daddy was so excited about the positive feedback his project received. He was told it was very innovative and could possibly turn into the next big thing. During this past week he has bumped into people around campus who remember him and his project and continue to compliment him on the project.

We are so proud of Daddy and all of the hard work he has put in to school these past two years. He will begin HCI program in the fall and graduate with his Master's Degree in two years. What an accomplishment! (The HCI Master's program here only accepts 35 students from all over the world each year. Daddy was accepted into this prestigious program a few months ago. We are just a little bit proud about this.)

Here he is showing the girls the video he made showing off his project for the Capstone Fair after his long day at the fair and a night of no sleep due to finishing it all up and lots of computer glitches.
Capstone Project

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Lava Lamp Fun

Homemade Lava Lamp

The other day I was reading a blog post on one of my favorite blogs Flower Patch Farmgirl about making home made lava lamps. It looked like great fun so the girls and I picked up the supplies the other day and made one. It was so cool! Even Daddy and I had a blast watching it work it's magic. You can find the links to the directions HERE.

Homemade Lava Lamp


Homemade Lava Lamp
This was such an easy science activity and a great opportunity to show Peanut that oil and water do not mix. The best part...the supplies are CHEAP! We will be doing this again soon.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Easter 2011

We had a really nice Easter. We were together as a family and had a low key day. The girls and I had a whirlwind trip up north to see Gigi sing in his church's cantata and share his testimony on Good Friday. We spent some time with him and with Dobbie and Papa before heading back home on Saturday. Needless to say a low key day was just what we needed on Sunday.

The girls had fun searching for their Easter baskets first thing Easter morning. They both had slippers in their baskets and these were a hit!
Easter 2011
We had pancakes for Easter breakfast in shapes of bunnies and crosses.

The girls had really cute matching dresses to wear from a sweet friend. I wish I had a better picture of them but this is the best we got. They were a bit uncooperative at this point.
Easter 2011
Easter 2011
We had a wonderful Easter service at church that ended with the choir and congregation singing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. AMAZING!

Once we got home we had a quick lunch and moved on to an Easter egg hunt in the living room due to the very damp, rainy day. Peanut had a great time looking for eggs and found all but one. The one she didn't find was the one that Pumpkin found first. She found it, sat down in the middle of the room to open eat and just sat and ate jelly beans happily while her sister did all of the work.
Easter 2011
Easter 2011
(Please be sure to check out Pumpkin's get-up. She had been upstairs digging through the clean laundry pile and came down with all sorts of clothes wrapped around her. She is a clown!)

Once Pumpkin was tucked away in her crib for a nap, Peanut, Daddy and I colored Easter eggs. Peanut took this activity very seriously and was pretty bummed that we only had 8 eggs. Haha!
Easter 2011
Easter 2011
We enjoyed our pretty eggs with a yummy Easter supper of ham, baked macaroni and cheese ( just like Mimi's), Jell-o jiggler eggs, and roasted carrots.

It was just a perfect day of being together and remembering exactly why we were celebrating such an incredible day!