Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Preschool Wrap-Up

Madison is officially done with preschool.  She is moving on up to Kindergarten soon.  She is super excited about riding the bus, going to the big school, and everything else.  I am happy for her.  She worked hard all year (as hard as preschoolers need to work!).  She made friends, did crafts, sang, played, improved her letters and numbers, and showed more confidence each day.  I am sure when kindergarten comes around, I will feel a little sad about her growing up and leaving me every day all day, but right now, I am just so proud of who is she has become in the last year. 

They had (a few weeks ago) a final performance.  They did “The Three Piggy’s Opera.”  It was fantastic!  Madison sang with abandon and smiled and had a great time. 

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Her carpool friends had parts – they were pretty fun to watch perform.

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Here is a little video – click it to see it!  Madison is in the green tank top.  You can even hear her voice singing!

They played the bells.  While her bell rang very little times, she was focused and enjoying the song.


She received a certificate of attendance this day, too.

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And her first and last days of preschool….

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With her sister

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With her carpool buddies


Best wishes next year, Madison!


We celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday, my parents’ 40th anniversary, and mother’s day a few weekends ago.  We had a card shower for my parents, and the response was overwhelming.  People wrote words of encouragement, shared stories/memories, and sent cards to let them know they were thinking of them.  It was so cool to see.  I still need to take time to sit down and look through them all.  So, thank you to all who participated!

On that Saturday, we met around 11am to hang out at their house.  They had put up a zip line, and some of the cousins had yet to try it.  Some of us (usually Luke and Ben and Dad) were relegated to manning the zip line for the kids.  We had a light lunch, although I use that term loosely since there were sandwiches, pasta salad, jello salad, veggies, fruit bowl, chips, and dessert.  After everyone was fed, the kids hit the sprinkler; the weather was just right, and they were itching to get wet! 

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Around 4pm, we sent the kids off to various homes to play, while we had an adults only night.  It is nice to sit and talk and not be interrupted.  We did this because so often while we talk, mom and dad are off playing with the kids.  We wanted them to be able to sit and enjoy some coversation as well!  We provided a meal of bbq shredded pork, baked beans, cole slaw, and lunch time leftovers.  We ended with hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookies (delicious… here is the link) and ice cream.  It was a great day of celebrating family.

Monday, May 4, 2015


Welcome to another week.  The sun has been shining here in Ohio for the past three days, and it has been amazing!  On Saturday, Megan (my niece) came over for a sleepover.  The girls were super excited about this.  The day just got better because Sam and Lilli were also over, so Luke and Steph, Jeremy and I could plan for youth group.  On top of that, Chloe and Paxon came, too, because they were staying at Luke and Steph’s house.  So many cousins, so much fun.  The best part for us… it was nice outside, and they all played outside or split up between out and in.  In short, we had few interruptions.  We had PB&J sandwiches for lunch, and then split by households for the rest of the day.

The girls had a snack outside mid-afternoon- after playing on the swings, the climber, and the sand box.  Ellie even got to skip her nap! 

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That evening, we took them to the Dari-ette to grab a bite to eat while we watched grand march at Dalton.  (Grand March is when all the prom attendees get dropped off and you see their outfits.)  The girls enjoyed seeing their dresses… for about 30 minutes. 


We headed back to the Dari-ette for a bite of ice cream afterwards.  Finally, they made it home, had a fun bath time, read stories, had talking time, and were out. It was good fun for all.

Sunday, we had a meeting regarding SWAP – the service trip we are taking the youth (and our kids) on.  It went well, and I think we are on track for the trip to go smoothly.  At least I am hoping that is the case!  We have about a month til departure.

In the evening, we headed to my parents’ house.  They had put up a zip line.  Yep, a zip line.  They now have a climbing set, a swing set, a trampoline, a playhouse, basketball hoops, and a zip line.  It is like our very own fun center!  With just a little bit of danger, right?  Madison thought she didn’t want to even get on the seat, but I told her she at least had to sit on it.  Once she got the feel of it, she didn’t want off.

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Ellie, on the other hand, thought she was so excited about it.  Once I went to put her on, she stiffened up and refused.  We did get her to go on the seat and even ride all by herself for a short distance.  Mostly, she liked playing in the sand box.

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Dad came up with the idea to put the bucket swing on the zip line.  I am a little weary of it, but it seemed to work without tipping.  So… (and no, I am not pregnant, but sure look like it in this picture!)


Injury count: mom bailed off the first night, dad bailed off the first night, Lilli tapped her head on the tree, and I got a burn from holding the bungee when my dad when down.  I think we are doing pretty good, just working out the kinks!

This week is full of fun – Madison is helper at preschool with Grandpa DeeDee; Madison has her preschool program; I sub a half day; we celebrate my mom’s birthday/mother’s day celebration.  I am hoping for the continuation of great weather, but I am sure we need a little rain in there somewhere too.