Thursday, June 22, 2017

Last Day of School!

We did it!! Another school year in the books!! It has been such a crazy last couple of weeks, both at school and on the home front, that I haven't really processed the fact that the year is over. AND the fact that I now have a second and fifth grader! Yikes!!

Here's a snipit of the kids' last day.... 

This was taken earlier in the week, but I need to post this pic of Alyssa. This sweet girl was in kindergarten with Evelyn and stole my heart. She is bright, active and has a big heart. She hasn't been in class with Evelyn since that first year of school, but she and I have always made sure to stay connected one way or another. Her family is moving to Texas so this is her last year here. She wrote me the sweetest note thanking me for being there for her over the years. I was so touched. I will miss this girl very much!! 

The kids were tired and not really excited to have their picture taken, but they mostly cooperated. HA!

Evelyn and her friend and our neighbor Elle. We love the entire Craven family and are thankful they live on our street. We had a fun walk to school with them this morning.

Mrs. Viegas.  We couldn't have asked for a better teacher for Matthew this year. He has grown so much in confidence and we could not be more proud of him. He has become an avid writer and has been a leader in the classroom. What an amazing year he has had, and a lot of the credit goes to Mrs. Viegas. We will all miss her!

Fourth grade Gold Presidential Academic Achievement Award winners! Chase, Minley, Shaye, Alyssa, Evelyn and Tenaya. I have watched these six grow up since kindergarten and am proud of all of them!

My baby girl keeps winning this award... we are so proud of her!

 Mr. Peterson. Evelyn's teacher. He is one of the most kind, hilarious, smart amazing teachers we have ever known. He is so great with this age group. Evelyn and her classmates nicknamed his green jeep "The Green Buffalo" during the Oregon Trail simulation (all cars were considered buffalo), so we got him a license plate frame to remember his class.

After school we headed to Menchie's with a bunch of friends, our tradition the past 4 years. It was SO busy, the busiest it has ever been in all the times we have done this. But.. we all got yogurt and enjoyed our time together. All the mom's decided that we will find a less crazy place next year, tho! :)

Love this boy!

Evelyn and Ellie have worn this matching outfit on the last day of school for 3 years in a row. Silly girls!

Thankful for these 4th grade boys.. they are pretty awesome!

Yay for summer!

Matthew and his buddy Hayden. 

Love these monkeys!!

They really do love each other, can you tell? HA! :)

Why yes, they did eat all that food for dinner. Growing much? :)

The kids wanted to celebrate the end of school by getting our pool floaties ready to go since the pool is going up this coming weekend. They were pretty excited!

Thankful for another great year at Fir Grove and even more thankful to have the kids home for a couple of months!

YAY for summer!!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

We celebrated this guy today....

We are all so thankful he is the big daddy in our house. He loves and leads us so well. We love him so very much....

We went to Pepita's for mexican food for dinner and had a lovely time.

The kids were extra silly this evening, and had both Doug and I in stitches!

Happy Father's Day, Doug! We love you!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ben Graduates!!

My Ben

Doug's brother's oldest.

Born when Doug and I were only dating, I wasn't "Aunt Stephanie" so he called me "My Stephanie".

It has been such a joy to watch him grow into such a smart and kind young man.

He graduated from high school tonight.... I am one proud aunt!

My hot date for the night! :)

He's pretty hard to miss with all that red curly hair!

Almost time to head up to get his diploma!

He did it!! 
My nephew Greg... always cheesin'! 

The Gresham Morris crew... love this family!

I know the Lord has big plans for you, Benjamin Ottmar!! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Running Club

Fir Grove got a new PE teacher this year. She was excited to start some new programs, including a Running Club. Nike comes along side schools to support this club and provides fun things for the kids. Every Wednesday since early October kids would run a certain course after school. They could do the "lap" as many times as they could for the hour they had to run. Matthew was SO excited to run. It was a little surprising to me, to be honest, but let me tell you my boy has ran his heart out this year. Ran so much, in fact, that he ran a total of FOUR marathons... over 100 miles!! He looked forward to it every week and always had a smile on his face before, during and after. I couldn't be more proud of my sweet boy!

Today a little party was held for the kids who participated in running club. The kids ran one small lap and got to cross the finish line one final time.

Matthew crossing the finish line. 

Mrs. Veillgas, the PE teacher. She loved and encouraged Matthew well. I am thankful for her passion for kids' health and for her love for her students. 

Matthew is already looking forward to doing running club next year with the hope of maybe completing five marathons!! We'll see!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Swap Meet Weekend

The 20th Annual Rickreall Swap Meet was today! Doug has been a part of the crew since year 2, setting up sound and emceeing the event. This is the second year now that the kids and I have gone down the day before, had some fun, then stay in a hotel with Doug. We had a blast last year and the kids were looking forward to doing it again this year.

Since it wasn't hot enough to go play in the creek like we did last year, we decided to go to the Dallas Aquatic Center to play around. We have never been there and we were excited to check it out. It certainly did not disappoint, was super clean with friendly staff, and we had a super fun time there!

Floating down the "lazy river"
Heading up.... go down this!  

Yes...he is dabbing! Silly boy!

Evelyn posing as she comes to the bottom!

A very fun stop for sure!

We headed from the aquatic center back to our hotel.. to head right into the pool there! :) The kids really love the pool at the hotel we stay in.

Love these snorklers!

The next morning we relaxed, had breakfast and then walked over to starbucks for a treat. 
Vanilla Bean Creams for them!

We did some shopping, had some lunch, then headed to the fairgrounds to join dad at the swap meet. 
My sweetie doing his thing!

Matthew dreams of having a corvette someday! He was delighted to find one at the swap meet!

Love these three faces!!

Such a fun weekend away!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Kindergarten Chicks... Again!

We got to bring home the kindergarten chicks again this year, much to Evelyn and Matthew's delight! This year they named them Egghead and Patches. Not sure if last years chicks were smaller or weaker or what, but these two certainly are WAY louder than the ones we had last year! I was actually concerned they would keep us up with their loud "cheeping" They were cute, tho!

They loved on these two little chicks well!!

So, last year Naomi had no idea we had the chicks. She even walked by their tub a few times and didn't even flinch. It was surprising, but a pleasant surprise as I was a little concerned for their safely. This year was a whole different story!! She heard them the minute we walked in the door from school and was VERY curious. We let her get as close as the picture shows. She was pretty funny as she sniffed and watched. She really wanted to get a closer look...and maybe have a little snack! HA! 

Thankfully the chicks survived Naomi and the night at our house and we happily delivered them back to kindergarten this morning!! Phew!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

First Grade Zoo Trip

It was such a fun day going to the zoo with Matthew and his class today! While it was a bit stressful managing 4 boys on my own for 4 hours, it was overall a good time and a great time spent with my sweet boy!

School busses are cool!
My four boys for the day
Look, mom! A bear!!
Sweet baby bear getting a drink

Matthew loved the turtles!

Lunch stop.... I love my boy!!

A volunteer was outside of the elephant sanctuary showing kid a real elephant tooth. She was great with kids and the boys were mesmerized! 
Watching the elephants

This is the time of the trip where one of my boys thought it was cool to throw rocks at both the elephants and people...ugh! Needless to say he got to spend some time with his teacher. HA!
Sleeping lions....
Pink flamingos!

Silly, silly boys!!

It truly was a fun day and all the kids thoroughly enjoyed there time at the zoo. I certainly will sleep well tonight, tho!!