Monday, August 20, 2012

First Day of School 2012

Once again it's hard to believe the summer has just slipped away and we are starting school all over again!!  We enjoyed a long summer, too, and I'm still not ready for it to end!  We got an extra week...WHOOP!  But, it's time to say goodbye.  The kids were excited to get back.  Anna kept saying..."I love school, everything about it, the teachers, the work, the play, the snacks, field trips, everything...but I just can't stand waking up at 6:30 a.m. to be there!"  Mother's child?!?  Most definitely!  But the first day is always easy to wake up to.  I wish everyday was that easy.  But I guarantee by the end of this week these sweet smiles will turn into dazed over blank stares as they make their way to the car.

Noah 5th Grade
Vestavia Hills Central

Anna 3rd Grade Rocker
Last Year at Vestavia Hills East
Anna is our talker...She is so funny.  She really really really wanted this purple shirt (with the sparkles) for the first day of school.  But she kept saying... "I don't want it to be too much!"  She wanted some plain pants to wear with it...not any fancy shoes, and when I requested to curl her hair she said, "NO!  That will be too much!"  She is just like me!!  She wanted to look good but not too good.  Where everyone notices and says something.   I know exactly how she feels, I never do anything fancy to my hair because I don't like when people say, "Wow, you got your haircut."  I don't mind aren't my thing either...Don't need too much.

Noah didn't say much this morning.  He's excited to be going back to school.  He got up pretty easy and was nice to his sister...that won't last long either!  I can't wait to hear all about his day.  From what I understand neither of them knew anyone in their class.  Good thing they are outgoing and somewhat used to change.  I love our school system and excited about how much they will grow and learn this year.

Here we go again...Documenting the first day of school...

Oh, how the years go by...


Noah's first EVER day of school -
Anna wishing so much she could go with him!  This year it's Mary who would love to tag along!

2007 -

Noah goes to K5 & Anna goes to K4
(Anna is 3 here - her first ever day of school!)

2008 -

Anna K4 - Noah 1st Grade!

2009 -
Noah 2nd Grade, Anna K5
Oops... Same shirt!!
2010 -

Anna 1st grade Noah 3rd! First day at Vestavia East.
Noah is "trying" to be cool. He's not really mad. I do miss his sweet smile in this picture though!

2011 -
Noah 4th Grade Central...Anna 2nd Grade East
2012 -
And today...Anna's last year at East as a 3rd grader (Rockin' it) and Noah's last year at Central as a 5th grader!

I'm so excited about this year.  My sister is going to be a "stay at home mom" (hoping to see her more), Delilah got a job at the church (hoping to see her more), Erin is going to be a SAHM (hoping to see her more).  And lots of new and old friends I plan on catching up with...

So...Here's to 2012/2013!!! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Celebration of 60 Years...

When these two first faced each other hand in hand and recited their vows he was 19 and she was 16 and that was 60 years ago!  A beautiful picture of love, joy in marriage, and faithfulness was celebrated Saturday!  This couple is a blessing to all they meet.  I love that they enjoy each other, they laugh a lot...those are my two favorite things about these two.

This whole celebration was a surprise to them!  It was such a privilege to participate in this event.  I'm still on cloud nine from all the fun we had with this family!  Congrats to Jon and Barbara and the Lord's goodness and mercy in their 60 years of marriage.  May they keep serving HIM!

Loved? Much!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer in the SON!

Last night we had our LAST Summer in the Son.  It was such a great experience...  I am more than thankful to the Lord for all the goodness he showered on us this summer!  We planned a ton of outside water events (with no back up plan - not smart).  But every week it was dry enough to do our games.  Just a little taste of God's goodness to this ministry.  Each week the Lord gave us stories to tell and games to play along with songs to sing.  To God be the Glory.  To Him I am thankful for all the ideas that came swirling through this head, for all the help and support from an amazing team of parents, the funds to provide what we needed every week, the food and fellowship we all enjoyed in HIS NAME!  Thank you Lord for an amazing summer of fun along with teaching us all more about yourself.  Thank you Thank you Thank you! 

How it all came about:
I was so tired of coming to church and no one being there because there was "nothing for the kids."  We had run our people slap tired on Sundays and it was super hard to find a volunteer to teach.  After complaining to someone I thought would not reprimand me...She reprimanded me and like a good child I received it and "did something about it."  It was painful...more than painful but the truth does hurt.  I told all the moms that if they committed to bring their kids I would teach them and we could come up with a something fun for our kids to enjoy this summer.  First of all I made them make that commitment to motivate me.  If I'm just teaching my kids on Wednesday's I do not have the motivation to find a lesson plan or even go to church for that matter.  So with their commitment we formed a plan.  We called it Summer in the Son!  With a Water Themed summer. 

The Lord blessed it beyond my expectations.  We had a consistent number of 24 kids show up every week.  We had a little dinner all together, we sang and danced, we listened to a story and then we played with the theme of that story!  The kids loved it.  Even Noah had a great time (because you know he's getting too big to do all this kids stuff). 

So not only did our parents commit to bring their children but the parents all helped out in amazing ways as well.  All I did was throw a story and activity out there and they all brought the necessary items.  We had parents bring food, we had parents bring water supplies, we had parents volunteering for kid patrol, we had parents serving kids and we had parents staying to clean up.  The parents went above and beyond and their excitement and love was the greatest encouragement to me.   Every week it kept me coming back excited and ready to teach their children.  VERY UNLIKE the times before.  We had no kids argue, fight, cry, no kids say something wasn't fair.  We got to love these kids in the name of Christ.  Hopefully we loved them as HE loves them.

What it looked like:

Week 1:  We studied Creation...And what did God make?!?  Water!!  We talked about how he was our creator.  He made all things and they thought they were GOOD.  For the game/craft we made sand bracelets and wave bottles. 

Week 2: We studied Noah's ark.  Lots of water involved in that story!  We talked about how Noah obeyed God and how God protected Noah and he protects us too!  For the game we had boat races. 

Week 3: We had a break!  VBS!!

Week 4: We talked about the Lord parting the Red Sea. We talked about how the Lord made a for the Israelites to cross on dry land.  We also introduced the song "Pharaoh, Pharaoh"  which suddenly became their favorite song!!  The game was water balloon and water gun fights. 

Week 5: We talked about how Moses hit the Rock.  How the Lord provided for his people even when they were arguing and complaining.  We played in the sprinklers that night!

Week 6: NO Summer in the Son - 4th of July

Week 7: We had to cancel week 7 because there was a death in the church.  But we had planned to Jonah and the Whale and have a scavenger hunt.  OBEY the Lord.  That was supposed to be the main point of the night!

Week 8:  We moved to the New Testament and studied about the Woman at the Well.  How the Lord spoke to someone VERY different then himself.  And how when she realized he was the Son of God she spread the gospel to the town!  Just like we should do.  This night we had sponge races.

Week 9:  We talked about Jesus walking on Water and how we need to keep our eyes on him in the storms of life.  (I missed this one - sad) but the kids played on the slip n slide! 

Week 10: We talked about Jesus calling disciples and then making them fishers of men.  How Jesus also calls us to be his disciples. We bobbed for apples that night...which was pretty exciting.

Week 11:  We talked about how Jesus washed his disciples feet.  He our creator served the creation.  How we should serve others...think of others before we think of ourselves.  That night we played in SUDS!!!

Week 12:  Our final lesson we talked about Jesus being baptised.  How he calls those who trust in him to be baptised.  After the lesson we had a POOL PARTY at Mrs. June's house. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Space and Rocket

We bought McWane passes for Isaac's birthday.  We just had to go see Diego!  And in our packet there is a list of other places your McWane Center pass gets you into for FREE!  Space and Rocket Center was one of them.  So as summer was drawing near we made plans for a mini vacation to go to Rickwood Caverns (because we missed our trip) spend the night with Mammaw and then go to the Space and Rocket Center.  Well...some things got changed.  My grandad got sick and was taken to the hospital, so spending the night didn't seem like the right thing to do.  And it was raining on Monday so that took Rickwood out as well.  Which was fine more time with Mammaw!  My mom went with and watched Isaac at Mammaw's house. 

The space and rocket center is somewhat information overload for me!  Glad we have passes because I definitely want to go back.  We didn't rush our day so we missed the movies, it was raining so we didn't get to ride the GForce and SpaceShot...which I think Noah would have LOVED!  BUT, we did ride Mars Mission all together...which was fun!  And the kids climbed the rock wall.  Mary had a dress on so she couldn't do the wall.  BUT, Mammaw let her climb her iron railing on her porch.  So that made all things well.  And we know NEXT TIME she can climb the wall at the center.

The Mammoth exhibit was there and it was really cool.  A lot of facts and hands on learning.  We tried to lift how many tons a baby mammoth eats in a day, we tried to guess animal poo, we matched elephants to their continent home.  They have these big elephant heads you can touch and it took Mary some time to touch it.  It did look fake but in the eyes you could make it look real.  So she was timid.  All I could think about was Night at the Museum and how I would NOT want to be here at closing time.  ha!

I of course was drawn to the COKE in space.  Pretty cool!!  I must say.

Then off to the big rocket center.  We heard and felt what it was like to be near shuttle take off.  They got in capsules and pushed buttons...which was funny because Anna was thinking that it was going to blast her off in space.  They had a little playground area for the kids in there so they played and Jason taught me all about the rocket and how it worked...ha!  He's a fast learner!  We saw different space they eat, how they go to the bathroom...that fascinated me and Noah and we giggled like little kids.  It really was fascinating.  I can't wait to go back and do more.  We didn't rush because now we have our passes...there's always next time. 

My favorite fact learned:  I weigh 23 pounds on the moon!!  To heck with dieting! 

After the rocket center we went back to Mammaw's house and we spent some really good time with her.  She keeps me laughing.  She really enjoyed seeing the kids and the kids just loved on her.  Made my day to see. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Weekend

Picnic @ Work:  I needed to deliver some supplies to work and work just a little bit more because we are taking a trip to the Space and Rocket Center Monday.  Trying to get every hour I can.   I hate taking the kids to work...esp. all of them but they were pretty good and I worked until they couldn't take it anymore! 

Craft Night:  I LOVE A CRAFT NIGHT!  Silena and I both had seen on pinterest where you color with Sharpies on a plate and bake it and we wanted to do it.  So what better time?!?  All the kids played and we did the girls first and then the boys.  It was like pulling teeth getting the boys to participate but at the end of the night we got what we wanted.  Some pretty cute plate from the kids!

Movies:  THANK YOU SILENA for asking us to go see the new Ice Age Movie!!  Ice Age is my all time favorite.  And this new one did not disappoint.  We had such a great time eating candy and popcorn and laughing at Sid, Manny, and Diego.  It was such a fun outing!  Trying to end summer on the right foot!

3D Experience:  Shea and Jeremy have a new 3D tv!  Anna & Riley had a birthday party to go to so we hung out with the Dibens.  Watched a little Olympics in 3D, had dinner together and played a random game of Truth or Myth.  We learned a lot and had a lot of laughs.  We just enjoy those DiBens so much!!