There has been no lack of activity going on around here these past few weeks. Some of the activities represented are the arrival of Spring, which brought our Spring Celebration. We also had a 10-year-old birthday to celebrate this month, our first research paper was completed and Easter was celebrated. Here is a smattering of photos from life these past few weeks!
Spring Celebration! It has been a tradition to celebrate the first day of spring with some bunny shaped cinnamon rolls, dying eggs and an egg hunt. Our goal is to keep the focus of Easter on the resurrection of Jesus, while still allowing the kids some of the fun festivities that the season offers.
Our oldest reached double digits! We are really starting to feel old now! Mommy and Daddy with the birthday girl! She had no request for a shaped cake, so this is what I came up with! This is Brianna’s reaction to the main gift we gave Brianna for her birthday. As we were beginning the parenting journey, we quickly realized that we did not want to do birthday parties every year. We decided that we would do them only on the 5th and 10th birthdays. However, as her 10th birthday approached, it didn’t take long for me to regret that set-up from so long ago! I am not much of a party planner and didn’t have a lot of resources to put toward it so we quickly decided to come up with an alternative plan. The letter she is reading laid out the plan we had, which was a mother-daughter overnight at a local hotel, getting her ears pierced, dinner out and then picking up her best friend in Ventura to go get pedicures before coming back for an overnight. It was a memorable and meaningful plan that was very well received!!
We picked up Elizabeth and then headed to a park overlooking the ocean for a picnic. The grassy spot was being used for a wedding, so we found some nice rocks instead! These two are about 2 months apart and have been friends since birth! Though we now live about an hour apart, their friendship has remained. It was so fun to hear all their giggles during their time together.
Then it was off to our pedicure. This was not exactly what I had in mind when I booked it. I was expecting a normal line-up of chairs that had massages on them, and was rather surprised by the set-up here, especially since there were such fabulous reviews for this place. However, the service was excellent and the job got done…and since this was the girls first pedicure, their expectations will only go up since this is all they know! The women offered the girls polka dots on their nails, which was a fun treat for them!
As part of Classical Conversations, Brianna is in her first year of the afternoon writing program called Essentials. It is a great class that is teaching them how to write well, and this past week they completed their big research paper. Each student got to choose a famous historical American figure and then walk through the process of a research paper. The day it was due, they were to dress up to represent their person and then read their paper to the class. They all worked very hard and did a great job. It was a fun day and a fun way to finish the project.
Check out this shaggy, dirty dog! He put his head through a gate with grease on it, so it turned the hair on his head gray as we tried to get it out! We were thankful he was slated for a haircut just two days later!
Speaking of haircuts…Zachary was long overdue and after talking to a friend, she convinced me to try shaving his head rather than using scissors. Nervously, I decided it was a good time to try with the warmer weather here and no critical pictures coming in case it was a fail!!
It’s a good picture when even the dog cooperates!! The “Z’s” of the family are both freshly shaven!! (We know a groomer through our church who graciously came over on Saturday to show us how to groom Ziggy. She really did it for us this time, but we are hoping we can manage in the future!)