September 7, 2016

ame'lia turns 7 | happy birthday.

our sweet daughter turned 7 last week.  S E V E N - hold on while i fill a river with my tears - lol. that time thing again. running faster than i can grasp. we decorated her bedroom door while she slept and made our customary birthday sign - all about her. she was super excited for school and to have me come and share with her class her favorite things. she chose to pass out fruit by the foot for her treat to all her classmates. she is such a little artist so we had a family night at color me mine. i'm not sure who had more fun - daddy or ame'. we ended the night with a birthday cupcake from The Sweet Tooth Fairy and lots of kisses and cuddles.

my dear sweet may-may, 
you are incredible, amazing, adorable, kind, lovable, smart, wonderful, divine, selective, sensitive, strong, oh so funny, courageous, tenderhearted, brave, and perfectly beautiful just the way you are.

oh how we love you.

6-year-old accomplishments: 
very first haircut (i know, ridiculous. blame daddy). completed first year of soccer. finished kindergarten. started all-day first grade. won first place in a foot race. rode rides at the fair with nana. first car show with papa (2nd place).

7-year-old wishes:  
learn to roller skate. go on a disney cruise.

September 6, 2016

first grade, here they come.

the kids are well into first grade life. i always have to stop myself from saying, "where did the time go!" but seriously, whahhh?!!!? they absolutely love school and their teacher. we decided to put them in the same class this time and so far it has been a great blessing. they were most excited about taking their own lunches and getting two recesses on the big kid's playground. it's easy to wake them up in the morning because they are so happy to go. when friday comes, they literally count down how many days until they will go to school again. wouldn't it be nice if they kept that love and excitement through college. here's to hoping! today the little miss was heartbroken because a boy at recess kicked her between the legs. she said she held her tears in and ran off but once she got in the car (hours later) she let it go. i gave her lots of cuddles in the pick-up line and asked her all the appropriate questions. i asked her if she thought her body hurt more or her feelings. she said, "my feelings," and then cried some more. once she got that out, life was all better. aisa said he froze and didn't know what to do and he felt terrible about it. he said tomorrow he is going to tell that boy if he ever touches his sister again he is in big trouble and will tell the teacher or kick him back. he was very upset about the whole ordeal. i'm glad she has her personal bodyguard there. i'm glad they have each other.

boys new zealand trip home | august 2016.

my boys flew to new zealand a month ago for their annual trip to see eugene's family. i feel like i sent off a little american boy and got a little kiwi back. he picked up a bit of his daddy's accent and some of his kiwi mannerisms as well. he was most excited about spending time with his uncle and grandparents, eating his favorite nutrigrain cereal, and playing transformers. the ocean and the scenery were secondary to the people he loves there. eugene came home relaxed with a tummy full of his beloved New Zealand delicacies and stories of time with loved ones. they had a great time and we are so thankful to kui and koro (grandma and grandpa) for taking such good care of them. (pics to come)