Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Field trip with Daddy

Sawyer has been asking me to chaperone for a field trip lately, but it's been hard finding sitters, etc, for the girls.  Last minute we realized that Nate had blocked off a day from work a while back and would be free to go along!  So he got to go to the dinosaur museum with Sawyer and his class.  They had a great time...

May Happenings

At the end of May, we wrapped up Joy School for the year.  One last day at Megans with a little graduation ceremony.  They were so cute!  We really had a great year together with this group.  And Isla always jumped in wherever she could.

Daddy had a laser treatment on some scarring that he'd gotten from an infection on his nose a while back.

A couple weeks later and he finally got his eye surgery that he's been trying to get for the past 3 years!  Here he is right afterwards, putting his glasses in the recycle box.  He's still recovering a bit but overall doing great!  We are so grateful for modern medicine--such a miracle!

Nice walk to the zip line with our friend Clara on a beautiful spring day...

Marathon Club...love the pictures of Violet with her friend Megan.  These two are ready for Kindergarten this year!

I'm proud of these kids for sticking it through with marathon club.  Aside from the first couple of weeks, they had little enthusiasm for it.  But they kept going and earned those t-shirts!

Violet had her Gymnastics Exhibition to wrap up the year--so fun watching her show us what she's learned!  Our cute little gymnast!

Sawyer had a little accident on the trampoline and knocked some teeth out and loose.  Daddy to the rescue!

Father & Son's campout (plus Violet ;) )...

I think this was 35 or 36 wks??

Isla's 3rd Birthday

Dear Isla, 

You are 3!!!!!!  I remember moving to Germany when you were 3.5 months old, and thinking about how you would be 3 when we left (even though we are now staying an extra year).  I couldn't even imagine you getting that big.  I still see you as my baby, no matter how old you are.  But you are starting to show me that you are, indeed, growing up!  

You are trying your hardest to keep up with your siblings.  Your energy and adventurous side have definitely been creeping out.  We potty trained you at about 2.5, and you did SOOO well!  I didn't even know it could be that easy.  One day and you were good to go.  Even at night time!  We still have our moments (especially lately--you'd rather play than take the time to go--so you get cold showers every now and then).  But overall you were awesome.  We have been seeing a feistier, more stubborn personality coming out in you lately (compared to the completely quiet, angel baby that you were).  Your vocabulary has gotten so much better over the last year.  At your second birthday we were worried about your speech, this time around we have no concerns whatsoever.  You give the cutest, most high-pitched prayers ever.  Usually ending with 'Jesus Loves Us'.  You are starting to form friendships with other kids, and you love going to nursery now.  Next year, we are planning to have you go to preschool twice a week at our friends, the Nelsons, house.  You are so excited for it!  And you mention doing ballet at least daily.  We have you signed up for your first tap/ballet class this summer, and we are having a hard time explaining to you that it hasn't started yet.  You are very much a girly girl.  You love Elsa, My Little Ponies, and all dress-up.

You are excited for your baby brother to arrive, but I am a little nervous about how you will handle it when he does.  You are definitely a mama's girl.  For a good while, we couldn't get you to let Daddy help you with anything!  It was getting really hard for me to leave you at all, without you falling apart while I was gone.  But just in the past couple weeks we have noticed a huge change.  Daddy was home for a while (due to his eye surgery), and able to spend some one on one time with you in a very relaxed home environment (not on vacation).  You really seemed to bond with him during this time.  I am so glad--because baby boy will be here any day.  Oh and you still love your mousy.  We've lost him a few times here and there, and you wind up sobbing and saying "I just love him so much".  Then when we find him, it's a joyous reunion.  Its pretty cute.  We are glad that you have stopped eating his face, though. No more slobbery mousy, just cuddly mousy.

Isla Bea, we love you so much.  You are the sweetest little girl and we love watching you learn and grow. I am excited to see you become a big sister in a couple of weeks.  Happy Birthday sweet Woogie!


STATS: Weight--28 lbs (22%)  Height--37.32 inches (58%)  BMI--14.13 (7%)

For your birthday this year, you chose a My Little Pony theme.  We had a fun family day.  Went to the zoo, ikea, got ice cream, and then had friends over for a bbq and cake.  You felt loved and spoiled!

Yellow Flowers

I've been wanting to take some more pictures in the Canola fields since we moved here.  We hadn't done any since our first spring in Germany.  So for Mother's Day, Nate helped me get the kids up there and snap a few shots.  The sun was a little harsh that day but i still think they turned out cute!