Our little guy turned 4 years old! He has been telling people so long that he is almost 4, now he can finally tell people that he is 4 years old!
Friday, May 29, 2015
One of the things the kids got up to after Christmas but before returning to school was this fashion show. Cora came up with the idea, of course, and also served as the MC. (Unbrushed hair and all). The kids took enjoyed playing in the empty space in the guest room which is usually a big sewing mess. Cora requested some new outfits for her bunny which is what gave her the idea for her fashion show. She made little ribbons out of construction paper which she awarded to all of the participants.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
A week before Halloween we had a fun trunk or treat party at the church. Cora and Betty and Ryan dressed up in Care Bear costumes that I made and Elijah wanted to be a bat. NOT Batman, by the way, just a bat. I didn't manage to get a good pic of Elijah's wings/cape (I wanted to get one of him hanging upside-down) but you can kind of get the picture below.
Here are the kids at our favorite playground. It's about 12 minutes away, in Hillsville, so we don't go all the time, but it's really big and super fun. They call it the Ladybug Girl playground because it shares some of the same features with a playground in one of their favorite books, Ladybug Girl and Bumblee Boy.
Cora's birthday was during her school Fall break so we got to have fun together all day! Her school had a two week break during the fall, but she got to go to some fun enrichment classes during the first week and then we had a one week break after that. She took a Spanish class and a kids cooking class that she loved, where they made crafts and treats like butterflies out of apples and grapes, etc.
So for her birthday breakfast I got up and made her cinnamon rolls, which she usually likes, although they've always been someone else's, since I've never made them before. As it was, I cheated and used a recipe that contains no yeast, it's more like roll up cinnamon biscuits. I thought they were really good but unfortunately Cora wasn't the biggest fan. So much for giving her a special treat for breakfast.
For lunch we headed to the playground and had a picnic lunch. Here's our sweet birthday girl!
We were so excited to receive a visit from Great Grandma Wei and Great Uncle Max at the end of September for a week! It was so fun and I loved having the kids get to know them better. They all loved Uncle Max of course and couldn't help but climb all over him non-stop.
On Labor day weekend we enjoyed a visit from the Kruses! We still didn't have much furniture since our POD had not yet arrived but they didn't mind. Kevin and the boys actually camped out in the yard, and Ryan and Cora and Elijah did also for one night. We went fishing at the New River and had a picnic. At night we had a bonfire in our new fire pit at our house and made smores. Also, Kate introduced me to Call the Midwife, a BBC series, and Malcolm in the Middle, which we've enjoyed on Netflix ever since. It was a fun relaxing weekend and we loved the time together with them and their great boys.
Well we arrived safe and sound in Virginia! Our flights went ok this time and we had a couple of days in Herndon before driving down to Galax, which we spent getting cars, switching our phones to Verizon (since AT&T doesn't work in Galax) making a Costco trip, and resting! Mom came down with us to Galax to help some more. We got in on a Saturday night and Cora and Ryan started work/school on Monday! Here's Cora getting ready to leave for her first day of school. Her feelings are plainly expressed on her face as is typical for Cora.
After we left Laie we first flew to Las Vegas, wehre we rented a car and drove up to spend one evening in St. George to visit these wonderful folks: Grandma and Grandpa Nielson! We didn't have much time but just hadn't seen them in so long we felt like we had to stop and pay them a visit. It was a wonderful evening with the kids getting to know Grandma and Grandpa and hearing their wonderful stories and wisdom. We love them so much and are so glad to be a part of their family and partake in their wonderful legacy.
On July 23rd we made a big announcement on Facebook. Here is what we said: "We are excited to announce that soon we will be beginning a new chapter in our lives. Ryan has accepted a job in southern Virginia with Twin County Regional Hospital and we will be moving in about 3 weeks. We will find it hard to bid farewell to our family and friends in this wonderful community but we know that this is the right path for our little family to follow at this time. It is going to be a fun new adventure for all of us."