2nd Grade Zoo Field Trip

I don’t often get to go on field trips with Dayla, so I was really excited when it worked out this year for me to go. 2nd graders get a special presentation in a back room at the San Diego Zoo, which was a lot of fun, but the highlight for me was getting to see Dayla interact with her classmates. I got to see (and enjoy!) a whole different side of her! 😀

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In my group was (left to right): Matthew, Robert, James, Emma, Dayla, and Khloe.
 
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August Turns 2

We don’t do birthday parties until 5 years old…but we couldn’t pass up celebrating August’s 2nd birthday. This year we were lucky enough to have Nana and Grandpa in town for August’s birthday again…so a low key family celebration was the perfect answer.

August had been asking for his “own backpack” like his brother and sister as well as tools to be just like his daddy. When we went to Sea World Nana saw him hugging a little white whale. So when this little 2 year old got a lunch box, tools, the white whale he adored, and a new book…he was pretty much in heaven.

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August you are the happiest little 2 year old ever. You just adore life. You make us laugh and give us so many “he is so cute” moments we could never count them all. You light up the room and our family. We love you to the moon and back. Happy 2nd Birthday!

Passover 2016

One of my favorite things to do for the kids is to make bible stories real. Maybe because I feel like my faith changed a lot when I started seeing bible stories as history instead of “just stories”. Or maybe because the thing that stuck with me more than anything in Catholic school was when we acted out the “Stations of the Cross”. Whatever the exact reason I am not sure, but I was really excited to host a Passover meal “Murder mystery dinner” style….acting it all out the whole way!

Well, much to my delight, the parents got totally into role which means the kids bought in too. We were in character the entire evening….starting with when they came over and they had to help me get the frogs out of my house….to when we put “blood” over the door and talked about who in our group might be in danger. We ate a Passover meal based on what the bible says they ate that night with the scripture verses printed out for reference.

I was so so excited that the parents bought in to my crazy idea and the kids loved the acting as much as I did when I was a kid!

Here are some of the pictures from the night:

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When you came you got assigned a role to play. The red cards Sebastian is holding are those roles.

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Rain

Rain still is, and probably every year will be, amazing to our children.  It just doesn’t come very often so they don’t know how to behave in it.  And to be fair, Daniel and I embrace that they act crazy in it….because it doesn’t come often. See below.

 

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August wanted to splash in the giant puddle at Bash’s school.  I heard all the other moms tell their kids no, so I thought twice, but I still said yes.

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