Thursday, May 26, 2016

Last Week of School

As of noon today we are officially on summer break!  Yippee!

Earlier this week Ethan had his class pool party.  I wasn't able to go for the whole time because I had Everett, but I stopped by for a bit and took a couple of pictures.  It was quite cold that day, but thankfully the people had their pool heated very warm, so the kids had a blast.

Alayna had her kindergarten graduation ceremony yesterday.  They were so cute.  They each had to say what they wanted to be when they grow up, and Alayna said "la maestra de arte", which means art teacher.  Now that we have a whole year of Spanish Immersion under our belt, it's pretty cool.  It's amazing how much Spanish she knows.  I bet next year she'll really take off with it.  With this program they say the kids are totally fluent by the end of second grade.  She has also amazed us with her ability to read, which she picked up herself.  While I'm not certain her exact level, I will say she seems to be able to read most anything we put in front of her.

Alayna with her teacher, Sra Pena.

My mom brought her flowers and Marlene brought her a balloon.  It was so sweet and she was so excited.

Today was Ethan's last day and I got to snap this picture of his class when school started.  He had such a wonderful teacher and we are thankful for the growth he had with her.  His class was such a sweet bunch as well.

 I surprised him and when I picked him up I had bought him a beta fish and tank.  Since he is so responsible now, he gets to keep it in his room and take care of it.  He is quite excited.

And one last picture of Ethan with Indy the other day.

And now, onto summer!!!  Yay!!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Recent Updates

-I just finished my 21st book of the year.  It's been so much fun keeping track of what I read and want to read via Goodreads.  I started "Me Before You" last night, which comes out as a movie soon.   I've found myself not so interested in TV in the evenings lately and preferring to read.  I've always loved to read, but I have never read this many books in such a short time :)

-I've been loving making bowls of all sorts for lunch.  This week it's been red quinoa, black beans, sweet potato, sauteed veggies a little avocado and lots of salsa on top. 

-I've finally been working out more consistently lately.  Lea and I have gone running together after school drop-off in Redlands and it makes running SO MUCH more fun.  My goal for the summer is to wake up at 6:00 three times a week and workout for an hour before Matt goes to work.  Hoping I can make it happen :)  I've also been loving my FitBit.

-Thursday is the last day of school and then it's summertime!  I'm ready to soak up time with my kids and enjoy slow days together.

-This is the first summer we are going into summer with no plans.  We are however looking very forward to enjoying our pool a lot and taking several day trips to the beach.

This past weekend was so wonderful.  It was filled with lots of relaxing and enjoying my family, which is the best.  On Sunday after Everett napped we went hiking on a part of Crafton Hills that we had never explored (the Grape Street Trailhead).  It was fun and super close to our house.  I bribed Alayna with a prize if she would have a good attitude the whole time, and I must say it was our most enjoyable hike in a long time.  Everett was happy the entire time too. 

Earlier in the day on Sunday Ethan and I also went for a bike ride, which was really nice.  He is a great rider so it's super fun to go riding with just him :)

 We watched the Flores kids one night for a couple of hours while Danny and Jolene went out to dinner.  The kids loved it :)

Matt took the day off work and Marlene babysat and we both took Ethan on his fieldtrip to the wild animal park.  It was open ended so we just got to do what we wanted all day.  It was so much fun to just have one big kid with us and no stroller or cranky toddler :)

Everett playing in the sand at school drop off the other day :)  He's at such a stinking cute age right now.  I wish I could freeze hi for a bit!

Alayna's class at her end of the year fieldtrip to the park.

We've enjoyed several swims and are super excited for summer!  I've never been so excited for hot weather :)  We've been working hard on getting this area landscaped and we're almost finished!

The Holland Festival at RCS a few weeks back.
 Alayna performing with her class, she's on the very left :)

Alayna with her "all about me" Oso she did for school.

Playing out front :)

This was from Jeffrey's 4th birthday a few weeks ago.  Alayna and I stayed home because she came home from school sick.

Matt took Ethan to the Cadet campout and rocket launching at the end of April. Ethan had such a blast.  Mike and his two older boys came out and launched rockets with them for the morning.

Monday, May 23, 2016


Alayna and Everett were so cute the other night blowing this "buggy" (as they call bugs).  Alayna is happily teaching Everett her naturalist ways, hehe.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Mother's Day

I had a really lovely Mother's Day.  I felt so loved and special.  The kids were so cute with the things they had made for me at school.  They were very excited to give them to me.  They also surprised me with a fun succulent pot and a FitBit, which I had been wanting for a while.   We went to church, out to lunch at Panera with Matt's mom, and then came home and I relaxed and read all afternoon.  Then Matt made me dinner, which was lovely (steak and lobster, baked potato and grilled veggies and a yummy bottle of wine).  It was a perfect day :)  Good job honey!!!

I am so blessed to be a mom to these three. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Backpack and Skateboard

I hadn't used my nice camera to take any pictures of the kids lately, but I had it out and snapped these of Everett.  He was pretending to go to school with the backpack :) 

Everett was using Ethan's skateboard after dinner one evening :)