Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring Happenings 2017 - Part II

Spring events just kept on coming as the last month of school approached.  It was hard for the Momma to keep up with everything:).  Lena completed Kindergarten, Will completed 2nd grade and Hope completed 3rd grade!  Once again, we can not say enough positive things about Eastwood Christian School.  They are not only teachers but they love their jobs and children.  It comforts me knowing, they have a big hand in helping "raise" our children.  We love ECS!!!

Will receiving the "Compassionate" reward from Ms. Ford

Will as Charlotte (Charlie) in Charlotte's Web

Hope is riding her pony, Gypsy, all by herself!

Hope with Mrs. Quallio on rewards day - Hope received the "Joyful" award!

Hope with Mrs. Owen!

Hope and good friend, Collier, singing in the Year End Program

Lena and good friend, Anna!

She did it, she graduated from Kindergarten.  Thanks Mrs. Givens for all you taught Lena!

Will on the last day of school with Ms. Ford!

Hope on the last day of school with some of her best friends!

You never know where Viola's artistic talent will show up!

Lena's last day of school was spent at a party at Pump It Up!

Lena with Cinderella

Will with Captain America!

The kids with Colonel Jim.  Will just landed this big bass!

Spring Happenings 2017 - Part 1

Spring is not only busy for nature - trees and flowers budding, grass turning green, cold mornings/hot afternoon, baby animals being born, etc., it is also busy time for kids!

Will celebrating the 100 day of school with 100 bandaids covering his shirt!

Hope' s 3rd class celebrating the Resurrection through a Seder Meal

Hope helping Mr. Geiger find the missing piece of matzah break!

Lena in her traditional Moldovan clothes in the Kindergarten Around the World Program

Lena saying her part of where she is from!

The kids surprised Andy with a homemade birthday cake!

Will created a vertebrae project - his choice was the otter!

Viola and the kids enjoying a cool morning at the lake!

Hope placed #1 in State AISA competition in her age group!

Hope's field trip to the Sylacauga Marble Quarry

Hope in front of an inactive quarry - a pretty amazing place!

Easter 2017!

Due to some health issues, I was not able to participate in Easter last year.  Fortunately, I am better this year and was able to enjoy the big event (Resurrection not the Egg Hunt)!  I also participated in Lent this year giving up all sweets.  While it was just a little sacrifice, it brought my focus to the sacrifice Jesus paid.

We don't really play up the Easter Bunny - he comes a few days before Easter with three things (small) for each child.   We don't get new outfits either.  In fact, I really like the ministry called Forgo the Frock.  Their idea is to sell shirts with the logo and the money is used to help vulnerable children. Folks would wear the t-shirt to church instead of a church outfit:).  You could also use all of the savings on outfits to give to other ministries.

We had our annual Easter Egg hunt at the lake with the young cousins, Andy's parents, and his 94 year old grandmother.  We dye eggs and then the big hunt occurs.  It has its challenges but is an exciting event for the kids (and dogs).

Aunt Robin in charge of the dying of eggs!

Cousin Tristan and Will

Cousin Van and Lena 

Cousin Matthew and Hope

Lena just found an egg

Will looking for more eggs

Hope, Lena, Matthew

Sunday morning - Dow, Beth, Hope, Will and Lena

All the little cousins with our au pair, Viola!