Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wax Museum

Ada has been working on her final project.  Their grade did a wax museum.  Ada really wanted to be Sacagawea.  When she was approved, she walked around on cloud nine for days.  She told me what pictures she wanted on her poster, She wrote and memorized her own blurb about her. Our neighbor lent us an indian costume, Ada looked adorable. She googled her own resources (I helped her sort through useful and not useful).  She was nervous at first and had her paper out in front of her, but as she went she got rid of it and trusted herself.  I was very proud of her. (She's also been doing this thing lately that when I take pictures of her, this is the face I get.... no matter what mood she's in.  I promise she was ecstatic.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Emma's bridals

I can't believe this beauty's getting married.  She's a sweet guy and I feel good about their marriage.  I wish them luck and happiness as they follow God through their lives.  Love you Emma!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Birthday party

I asked the kids if they wanted separate parties or to do the parties together again.   They chose together.  They each chose and activity, we invited their friends and let them go to it.  Sam's group did soccer games and an obstacle course.  Evelyn's group did water color painting.  Poor Evelyn hyper-extended her knee right at the beginning of the party.  She recovered enough to sit and paint and by the end of the day was running around like normal.

Seth kept asking Uncle Seth to trap him.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Kindergarten graduate

This sweet sister graduated from Kindergarten today.  It looks like we have another smart cookie on our hands.  The average test scores for the end of the year are at 130 and Evelyn was scoring in the 235 area.  She loves her friends in class and loves being actively part of something exciting every day.  Her imagination has bloomed this year as well.  She loves being able to read everything and will read over my shoulder and ask questions about what I'm reading. Evelyn and I were both very glad to see Grandma and Grandpa Wilcox there as well as cousin Vivien.  Evelyn and Seth have gotten very close, not just because of their ages, but also because of having a half day together without the other two kids.  Evelyn decides to do something and Seth is right there.  It's super cute.  She told me this morning though that it was all Seth's ideas.  She said, "Seth has an idea and we do it." (This while watching them watercolor in the backyard and I had to tell Seth to stop licking the paints.)

Ms. Fordham (assistant teacher), Evelyn and Ms. Monroe.  Without these ladies Evelyn would have been completely bored all year.  I'm so glad that they were patient, loving, understanding and flexible.  They both tell me how much they're going to miss Evelyn.... I think the feeling is mutual.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sam's growing pains

Sam does a lot of things very well. Like most boys, he doesn't catch onto social cues with ease.  He's used to being the best at everything without really trying... Just putting in day to day effort.  Top of the fencing class for several years, best soccer player on the team, reading music and playing the piano without stuggling, kid that knows all the answers at Primary, only second grader in the fourth grade reading and math classes.... but because he does things so easily it's hard on him when he has to be patient and work on something. This week, he's just starting to realize that everything is not just about him.  In Primary they didn't call on him because they were trying to get others to participate.... he came home absolutely distraught and wouldn't talk about it until Dad took him into a room by themselves and got him to open up.  He couldn't understand why they wouldn't call on him when he knew the answer and held his hand up without just blurting it out.  At school yesterday he called me in tears saying that he didn't get to play his favorite game during recess because he kept getting out and had to go back in line. 

Life's hard lessons.  We don't always get what we want, when we want it... just because we want it.  Sam tends to pout.  I know he'll grow out of that part, but for now it makes it harder for him to move on from these learning situations and get on with life.  Now's where I need to try to follow the spirit in what I do and say... my own learning experience.  And a piece of advice for everyone that feels not talented/good enough.... even the most talented and the smartest have lessons to learn.

Monday, May 8, 2017


Or neighbor is moving. They've been amazing. I really hope that they do well on their next adventures. They invited everyone over for a fire and chatting.


I asked Evelyn too go get me the stuff to do her hair. She was playing with Sam and apparently he offered to do her hair for her. I found him trying to make his way through her snarls. I helped them con if and Sam put a barrette in for her. Awwwww.