1st Grade Bible Presentation

Moving into the 1st grade at our church is a HUGE step.  Emma is no longer in the preschool area.  She is no longer downstairs.  She is now upstairs in the Children’s area and that is so weird to me!  She has been downstairs in the preschool area for 6 1/2 years!  One of the ways our church makes this promotion special is by giving the 1st graders Bibles during church.  Here is the letter we got from the Children’s Minister telling us about the Bible Presentation.

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I am so thankful for the kids in Emma’s grade at church.  She has so many great friends among this group.  The boys are definitely outnumbered!  Two of Emma’s good friends, Kinley and Aubrey are not seen in this picture.  The group was so large I couldn’t get them all in one shot!

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There are the Bibles ready to go to some kids who are eager to learn from God’s word!

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Here they are on the stage waiting for their turn…

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The bibles were presented by their teacher Mr. Rogers, Mrs. Diane Adams, and our Children’s Minister,  Connie Faurot.

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Each and every time Emma gets on the stage for something I breathe a sigh of relief and am in a slight state of shock.  She is so timid- I’m always amazed that she is brave enough to get on stage!

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The lighting is off on this picture but here is Emma receiving her Bible

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She has the sweetest smile on her face after getting her Bible!

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I love the way she’s holding it so close to her body.

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After the girls came to sit down, Aubrey and Emma immediately began searching the Bible.  It melted my heart.  They were so proud of their new Bibles!  May they always be this excited to study God’s word!

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Foster’s first day of preschool

Foster’s first day of preschool was the day after Emma’s first day of school on August 20th.  Thankfully he didn’t have to be bored at home without Emma for very long!  He is going to the same church this year for school but instead of attending the Mother’s Day Out he is now in the Preschool portion of the school.  This is the same place that Emma went when she was 3 1/2 and we absolutely loved it.

When Foster walked outside to take his first day of school pics there was a bunny rabbit waiting for him in the front yard!  Can you see the bunny to the right?

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There’s the little bunny.  We told Foster that the bunny came by to tell him to have a good first day. :)

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We had to take a few more sibbling pics to celebrate Foster’s first day.  You can tell in these pictures that Foster was acting very silly.  That’s what he does when he’s feeling a little nervous!!

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And here is where Foster’s crazy facial expressions begin!

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Time for some jumping pictures with Daddy…

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Finally we made it to the school.  Here is Foster being greeted by Mrs. Fondell.  She was Emma’s teacher also- we adore her!

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Here is Foster finding his place on the carpet

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We are hoping for a great year for Foster.  He is going 3 days week instead of the 2 days that he went last year.  Just one step closer to pre-k next year!  sniff sniff.

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Emma’s 1st day of 1st Grade

August 19, 2013 was Emma’s 1st day of 1st grade.  I really can’t believe she’s already in 1st grade!

Emma is in the Chinese Immersion program at her school so she is already familiar with her English teacher and all of the kids in her class are the same (with the addition of a couple of new students this year.)  This is a really great thing for Emma.  It usually takes her a while to warm up to people but she already knows everyone in her class so hopefully she can just pick back up where they left off last year!  We are so thankful that she has several good friends in her class.

Emma has Mrs. Andrus for English and Xia Lao Shi for Chinese.  They are both so nice and we are very excited about all that they have in store for her this year!

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She looks like she’s about 13 in this picture!  STOP GROWING UP my baby girl!!!

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She’s using the same backpack as last year.  :)

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Of course we had to take some pictures with Foster who was very excited for Emma!

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We added Cash to the pictures to get some pictures of all 3 kiddos.  I love this series of pictures… Cash adores Emma and Foster.  I look at these pictures and feel blessed beyond words!

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Emma and our neighbor Brylee.  This is Brylee’s first year to the ride the bus so Emma loved showing her the ropes!

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Emma and Marissa- these girls are in the same class and in the same neighborhood. :)

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Family photo before the bus came…

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Bus stop gals…

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Posing with Daddy always brings out the biggest smiles in Emma!

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Here comes the bus!

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And what would a “First Day of School” blog post be without a picture of Emma’s First Day of School lunch.  We tried out this nifty container from Target.  It only lasted about a week.  Great concept but poor quality… the lid stopped fitting well! and it stressed Emma out at lunchtime!

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Cash- 8 month pictures!

I wanted to get 6 month pictures of Cash but well, Cash is our 3rd baby and sometimes just slip through the cracks!  So these are Cash’s 8 month pictures.  I’m kind of glad I waited because he had just started sitting up well.

I wanted to write a little letter to Cash to read someday…

Cash, you are the most fun baby and bring so much joy to our lives!

You are the most laid back baby when you are in your carseat, in your bed, in the stroller, etc.  BUT, once you are free and on your own, you are a crazy man!  Of all of our kids, you are the biggest risk taker!  You are super independent!

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Your smile can light up a room!  People often comment on your dimples.  I love your dimples.  I could kiss them all day long.  You have the BEST belly laugh.  Emma and Foster are really good at getting you to laugh.

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You bring so much joy to our lives- I can’t imagine our family without you in it!

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Cash’s 1st Haircut

Cash’s hair has received so much attention in his short little life!  From the time he was born, it has stuck straight up in the air.  People love to feel his softy, furry hair.  Not only does it stick straight up, but he also has a horrible cowlick right in the front of his hairline!  Poor guy!  At the beginning of August I decided it was time for him to get a little trim.

Here is Cash’s hair before his haircut…

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I took Cash to Mr. Will at Kuts for Kids.  All 3 of my kiddos have received their first haircut from him (if you don’t count the mini-trims my Mom and I gave them!)  Ironically Emma was quite a bit older when she got her first haircut.  It doesn’t seem right that my daughter was born with the LEAST amount of hair and took the LONGEST to grow!

Mr. Will is so good with kids and he is SO fast!  Cash loved the entire experience.  He acted like he had done this drill 10 times before.

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Getting tickled with the brush- I love that you can see me and my Mom in the mirror smiling at Cash.

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All done big boy!

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Nana and Cash after the haircut.  Cash makes this face when he is in the bright sunlight.  He just barely opens his eyes!

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Happy boy after his first haircut- he look so much older!

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Here is the top view of his hair… se the cowlick right in the front?  POOR GUY!

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August iphone pics

I just keep getting farther and farther behind on this blog but I’m determined to catch up!  When I get over a month behind I get a nervous twitch! j/k.  Honestly though, getting caught up on the blog makes me “think” my life is in order… which is kind of a joke but whatever make me feel better, right? I really want my kids to have a on-line journal to look back it so we can remember what we did together. :)

August was a very busy month.  I am going to be honest… this is the first summer I found myself saying, I CAN’T WAIT FOR SCHOOL TO START!!!  I never thought I’d feel that way and in previous summers I was sad that we were about to have to start the “busyness” again.  This summer was rough for me though!  It’s hard to keep a baby happy and on a schedule when you have two older kiddos that want to be out and do things!  I know many Moms experience this on a regular basis.  I’m not a super “scheduled” Mom when it comes to naps but I at least like for Cash to get his naps at some point!. I felt like the two older kids were bored towards the end of the summer and it was so hot outside.  All of that to say… I was ready for school!  Sometimes routine is a good thing!

These pictures are in no particular order!

Poor Cash… I wanted to get his 6 month pictures done but time just flew and they turned into 8 month pictures!  Here he is with Nana while waiting to get his picture taken.

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One week when Daddy had to travel to New Jersey my brother Brandon came to help me with the kiddos.  Here we all are at Target.  Brandon pushed one cart with Cash in the carseat and I pushed the large cart with both big kids and the groceries.  And for memory’s sake… I would like to point out that on this trip Foster threw a massive fit on the toy aisle!  I told him he could pick out a 99 cent matchbox car for being so good (ironic) and he wanted the $22 Hummer!  Uh, no, that’s not what I said.  He flipped out completely.  My brother tried to calm him down but was not successful.  My brother said he thinks he blacked out for a few seconds from embarassment!  We did survive and live to tell about it.  And I DID get the groceries by-golly!  I also re-taught myself a lesson that I already knew- avoid the toy aisle at all costs!

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On one of our “bored days” towards the end of summer I brought out all of my stamping supplies.  Back in the day when I had no children I loved to make homemade cards using stamps and other crafty stuff.  I have not made a card in about 8 years.  Emma and Foster had fun stamping for an entire morning.

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We spent several days at the Lifetime pool this summer.  We definitely should have spent more time there than we did.  Again this was a conflict between Cash napping and the big kids having fun!  The kids progressed on their swimming but I’m determined to reach big goals next summer!!

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This picture really cracks me up!  Here is Foster right after the nurse took his wrist brace off.  His hand stunk SO BADLY! We put the brace in our car and then our whole car stunk.  We quickly had to come home and take a bath.  I scrubbed his arm with yummy smelling baby soap!

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Got the brace off- yippee!!!

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I found a cheap Cars bike for Foster on a local buy-sell-trade site for $10!  We probably need to move him to a larger one but this one has been fun for now. Nothing like riding bikes on the tile in the kitchen!

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Another reason this summer was slightly rough is because Foster dropped his naps this summer.  It just became too large of a battle to get him to sleep and then he wouldn’t fall asleep at night until really late.  So he is in that awful stage where he really kind of needs a nap but doesn’t nap. :( Some days I found him in very random places just passed out. He even has his legs crossed here!

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Good friends Marissa, Emma, and Layla in the gym at Meet-the-Teacher

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Emma is such a good big sister to Cash.

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Speaking of Cash… August was a big month for him.  He really started sitting up well and then army crawling all over the place. This is also the month that he became very ornery!  He has been such a laid back baby but now that he is on the move he is a wild man!  He loves the kids’ bathroom.  We often find him there.  I think he likes the way his voice echoes in there and the way the cold tile files under his belly!

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We may have to babyproof every drawer in the whole house!!!

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Foster went with me to JBF Consignment sale one day and I let him pick out 2 pieces of clothing.  He really loves to shop! (Don’t tell Robin.)  He picked out a Spiderman sweatshirt and a Cars long-sleeved shirt. :)

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Poor Cash doesn’t have any toys to play with!

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I took Emma to get a back-to-school pedicure and manicure.

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We decided very last-minute that Emma would give soccer a try this year.  More on that in a future blog post.  Here she is getting ready to practice in our yard!

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Dr. Raley gave Cash this t-shirt when he came to our house for his first home visit.  I sent this picture to Dr. Raley… this is Cash wearing the shirt that he has obviously outgrown.  His belly was poking out of it.

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Cash got invited to his very first friend b-day party!  Here are he and his good buddy Jonah!  Jonah turned 1 in August.  These two are friends in the nursery at church.

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Bus stop fun!

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One Friday I was feeling brave and decided to take the boys to Chuck E. Cheese and it went great!

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