Friday, December 19, 2014

Getting ready for Christmas

We are in full speed ahead Christmas mode here.

We have listened to and sung Christmas carols.

We have decorated the house...

my helpers are awesome decorators!

We have decorated the cookies.
The kids all loved painting their sugar cookies.

Alayna won the prize for decorating the longest and getting the messiest!

The girls have truly enjoyed going to see the Christmas lights this year.  The first year Dariya was home she would cry every time we looked at Christmas lights.  Still not sure what the issue with them was but, thankful it is a thing of the past.

Finally, we have rung in the Christmas season with Aidan's 6th grade band concert.  He is excelling at saxophone!

We now have some snow to play in as the kids first day off for break is today!  Do you want to build a snowman? ;)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Anyone there?

I keep pondering shutting down this blog as I can't find time to actually update it.  My sweet uncle used to look at it everyday, but since he passed away I haven't updated regularly.  I know my sister in law Trudy enjoys the pics as she isn't on FB but, it is so much easier to post a pic and a tag on FB these days.

Our newest news...
Alayna lost her 2nd tooth and has an adult tooth popping in through the bottom.  Both girls still have fluid behind their eardrums so are schedule for tubes on December 29th (Dariya adenoids possibly too).

The girls and I enjoy our mornings together.  Here is a game of hide and seek where I was "it".  I'm not sure I will ever find the girls.  ;)
They are both loving school.  Hard to believe next week is the end of the first semester already.

So far I am keeping up with Jason on afternoon deliveries.  He actually hasn't been home too late as UPS hired plenty of new drivers to cover the holiday this year!  YAY!

Dariya had a little stomach bug for a day and decided to sleep the day away in our bed.  Little sister went in for comfort!  Thankfully nobody else in the family caught it and after a day or so she was up and running again!

Hope you have a great week~

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Blog catch up game

I somehow thought when the girls went to kindergarten I would have more time to do things like blog. you have witnessed just the opposite has happened.  I find myself not even downloading the pictures I took for weeks at a time.  

Life is moving SO fast.

I often times consider closing this blog down but, then know our sweet family far away won't see pictures of the kids so I will try to update at least more often.  Try I said, Trudy ;)

So here is a quick update of what we have been up to.

The girls were THRILLED at the idea of Halloween this year.  They totally got the trick or treat thing years ago but, this year they requested who they wanted to be.  That is HUGE.  Of course, our little Frozen lovers chose Anna and Elsa.  They had a great time at our church's trunk or treat, at their school party and trick or treating in the neighborhood for a brief little while (it was cold)!  

The next week kindergarten partied 50's style in celebration of the 50th day of kindergarten.  Alayna loved dressing up but, Dariya was having none of the scarf I tried to get her to wear.

Their assignment was to bring 50 items in a ziploc baggie.  I thought it was a great way to get rid of the Halloween candy so we counted out 50 skittles and put them in Alayna's backpack. 
Much to my disapproval I found an empty ziploc baggie and a very green little girl.  Alayna had eaten ALL 50 skittles.  AHHHH~
Needless to say her behavior was OFF. THE. WALL this week.  
Praying like crazy that the dye wears off and that she gets back to normal...whatever that is.  Any and all prayers appreciated!

Aidan is LOVING middle school.  He is thriving and excelling in all his classes.  He seems to be maturing and growing up right before our very eyes.

In other news, I am dipping my toes back into the work world.  

This holiday season, while the kids are in school I am going to be Jason's UPS helper.  Oh, I hope I can keep up with him.  For next school year,  I have accepted a pre kindergarten teaching position at a Christian preschool in our community.  I am excited for the new challenges that are ahead.  

Finally, my mother is having open heart surgery on Wednesday.  I ask for all prayers for an easy surgery and recovery.  


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kindergarten field trip

The kindergarten class held their annual field trip and ventured off to the Weston Red Barn Farm. 

Jason even got the day off and so both of us joined the girls for a fun filled day on the farm.

Unfortunately, my camera ate the first 50 pics I took so here are a couple from the end of the tour.

We were able to visit all the farm animals and learn about them, pick a pumpkin and have a picnic lunch before returning to school.

Both girls had a great time.  Although Dariya got rather grumpy about an hour before lunch as it was her normal lunch time.  But, once fed she was back to her happy go lucky self.  Just don't forget to feed her.

Alayna was looking very tired at lunch so we opted to have the girls skip the bus ride back to school and ride with us...this was within minutes of pulling away.  
My what a fun day we had.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Step Up for Down Syndrome

The afternoon of October 19th couldn't have been a nicer day for our annual Step Up for Down Syndrome.  

We had a blast celebrating the girls, seeing our old friends and making new ones.  

A huge thanks to all those that came out and /or supported our team.  

We appreciate you greatly.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy 6th birthday, Alayna!

I remember the night like it was yesterday. 

We weren't ready for your arrival but, you wouldn't wait.
The doctor exclaimed, "She is absolutely beautiful."
Who am I to argue with the doctor?  
You are amazingly beautiful still.

It doesn't seem possible that six years have passed already.
Your teeny tiny self has woven its way through every thread in our family.

You continue to surprise us with all you can do each and every day.
We first worried what your future would hold.
Now we rest at ease in knowing that you nothing is going to stop you from soaring high.

Whatever it is that God calls you to be, we pray that you listen and obey.

Alayna, you are amazing!

You are a blessing to us and we can't imagine life without you.

We pray that this 6th year brings you happiness, friendship and fun.

Always know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

We love you,

Happiest of birthdays sweet girl,

Mommy, Daddy, Aidan and Dariya