It has been a busy month with lots of extra activities in our days. It always seems like once we hit March, the weeks fill up and days go quickly. We enjoyed some fun events these past couple of weeks and thinking back, I don’t think I even captured all of them on camera. But there is plenty here to make a long post! Enjoy!
A couple weeks ago, we went with our homeschool group to serve at Children’s Hunger Fund. Our job for 2 hours was to bag beans and then haul them to the other side of the warehouse. It was our first time to volunteer there, but we all really enjoyed it. Lauren was a very diligent worker and put a lot of miles on those little legs that day. She loaded up her arms and dropped off her bean bags faithfully! Toward the end, her pace slowed, but she never stopped!
Lovin’ the look!! And though I thought I took a picture of Brianna, for some reason it didn’t actually take. But she was there working too!
The Faith Kids class got to go on a field trip to a fire station later that same week. The fireman dressed up as he would if he were inside a structure fire so that the kids could see and hear what it would be like if ever they were being rescued. Apparently, children are often very fearful of the firemen when they are trying to help since they really do look and sound monster-like.
I think the highlight of the field trip for Zachary was to get to spray a real fire hose! Lauren came along for this field trip too, so she was eager to participate. The other kids would have been there, but they were completing the last day of a 3-week (1 day a week) homeschool unit study which they also loved.
The next day, we had our annual Spring Celebration!! This year, we had an extra fun celebration because we invited our friends, the Mukes to join us. This was partially for Brianna’s birthday that was a few days away and she was begging for a chance to see Elizabeth!! This seemed a great excuse!
Dying some eggs…
The kids checking out their spoils after an egg hunt around the house.
Erica and Lauren are about 10 months apart. Erica just turned 2 and Lauren is approaching 3, but they played great together all day!
Lots of kids!! Bethany actually had a birthday party to attend and took off just before lunch so we are missing one!
Brianna didn’t have any request for a specific cake so we just kept it simple!!
These girls have been friends since birth! Though we now see each other infrequently living about an hour apart, they have remained great friends and always love spending time together. They have been writing letters to each other between visits for a couple of years now, which is a blessing too.
How did we get all the way to NINE candles already?! Time is going way too fast!
The Sedy’s and the Mukes! The Mukes are adding a BOY to their family in June…Zachary is thrilled!!
Fast-forward a few days and now we have a real 9-year-old on our hands!! This is Brianna’s birthday morning just before she and Daddy took off for a special birthday breakfast at the college “caf.” After some school in the morning, Daddy also took off for a few hours in the afternoon for the two of them to go to Magic Mountain. She had a fun day!
Time for some gifts… Sisterly love!
This has been a common scene in our living room lately. Lauren has been into combining the pieces of several toys and then sorting them out. While the mess is large, there is peace for quite some time as a result! That mess is a small price to pay for quiet, independent play during school time!
Speaking of school time, here is a typical view that I have!!
Brianna and Mommy on our date! We had just gotten Brianna’ 9-year pictures taken!
Then off to get some free birthday ice cream!
Faith Kids for letter T… Zachary was the weather helper that day!
And we had a fun visit from a pediatric dentist to teach us how to take better care of our teeth.
Later that afternoon/evening, we got to celebrate a friend’s birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. Luke turned three and was recently adopted as well! A joyful time!
And then finally, a quiet night at home on Saturday for a much anticipated film that most of the world has probably seen…Frozen!! Our friends loaned us their copy and the kids were thrilled to finally see it.