Tonight was our Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony. We met at the bridge and pavilion over the pond in our neighborhood. We hung ten balloons on either side of the bridge, one for each color representing the ten parts of the girl scout law. Here are all my Daisy Scouts. I cannot believe that we have been doing this for two years!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Kirsten lost her first tooth! And believe that no one could be more excited. She was literally the last person in first grade to loose one. She was so excited that it happened on Monday. Only four days left of school - and that means that she gets on the first grade tooth chart!
She was so good for Jeremy and he just popped it right out! I think he was secretly thrilled too. I think it is one of those parental rights of passage - kind of like when he taught her to ride a two-wheeler bike.
My beautiful toothless princess!
She put her tooth in her tooth fairy pillow
And then promptly put in under her pillow.
She was so excited to show her teacher at school today and took the note with her. She sure is growing up!
We had a wonderful Memorial Day this year. We started off the day with blueberry waffles made by Jeremy and Kirsten. Then we all headed to the gym to get a workout in before the day got too crazy.
After quick showers we headed over to the Grove at the Villages of Allen. We met my friend Jennifer there with her adorable little boy, Ryan.
After her nap we headed over to my dad's house for a Memorial Day barbeque. He had also invited his neighbors, the Christensens. Patty made potato salad and my dad grilled hamburgers and we topped it off with strawberries in the chocolate fountain.
After dinner the kids headed outside for some bubble blowing. Kirsten loved having Kinsley there. Apparently they are bffs too (I think she has about 20 of those).
Family time is sacred around our house and we are sometime quite selfish with it. We do whatever it takes to sit down, all four of us, every night, seven days a week, for dinner. No exceptions. Sometimes it is crazy and the girls have gotten accustomed to eating anywhere between 5 and 7:30, but we do it. We also spend time every night doing something together. Some nights it is more grandiose, like a bike ride, going to the pool or a movie night, but sometimes it is simply tagging along to a Girl Scout activity or dance class, putting together a puzzle, playing a quick game of UNO, or our favorite - marshmallow roasting in the fire place.
On Saturday we were able to go as a family to Meghan's baptism. I am good friends with her mom, Jeremy is their home teacher, and Kirsten and Meghan are self-proclaimed bffs.
We did swimming lessons early this year because of trips planned over the summer. Kirsten's class was every Saturday in May. Since she is already a great swimmer and knows most of the strokes, her teachers were working on proper form with her this year. She is really doing great.
I love how she is taking to the water and how much she loves to swim and learn new things. She recently taught herself to do handstands in the water - I remember doing that with my sisters growing up!
I blame it mostly I blame it on the fact that she was staring straight at this....
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
My two beautiful daughters and amazing husband treated me to a fabulous mother's day this year. I woke up Sunday morning to banana pancakes made entirely by Kirsten. I was so impressed and they were delicious!
Too much Chocolate cake but I made it healthier by substituting sugar free pudding, fat free sour cream, apple sauce for the oil and egg whites for the eggs. It actually cuts out 200 calories per slice! No one could tell the difference - it was seriously amazing. Then I melted some chocolate chips and poured them over the top.
On Saturday our ward had a wonderfully planned day at the temple. I was able to take Kirsten and her friends Madelyn and Macy down there that afternoon. It was such a beautiful day - in the 60's and overcast, and they enjoyed time mingling with their friends by the fountain.
While we were singing, the youth were finishing up their session of baptisms. Then the kids divided into groups and the youth took them around the temple grounds to share a presentation about the temple. Did you know that the Angel Moroni is 7 feet tall and that there are 40,000 marble tiles on the outside of the temple?!
I treated the girls to ice cream on the way home, which seems to be the only part they really remember. I am glad that I was able to take them though. I know that the more they experience the special spirit that is at the temple, the more important that it will become in their lives.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Friday was Field Day at Ogle Elementary. We were a little worried that it would be cancelled because of the rain, but it held off and they were able to still have it (well, most of it). It was much more pleasant than last year, 65 degrees and overcast as opposed to 105 and sunny. Katie and I got there at 9, so we missed the first hour. I wanted to make sure that I got to the gym first thing in the morning.
They played tons of water games. Kirsten ran really fast with her "leaky cup" to fill her team's bucket.
We got there just in time to join Kirsten for popsicles and let Katie enjoy time with her friends, Luke and Owen.
Katie was surprisingly good in her stroller, although she desperately wanted to participate with her sissy.