Sunday, September 04, 2016

first day of school .16

They're all off to school this year, four Park Elementary students this year.  This is the only year that they will all be under the same roof.  We were on time for the first day for the first time! 

Isaac is in 5th grade.



Delia is in 3rd grade.




Miles is in 1st grade.


Avika is in her second year of preschool.




Friday, September 02, 2016

backyard camping

I'm pretty wimpy when it comes to, well, anything outside.  This includes camping.  But it's good for the kids, and they love it, so we snuck in a night of backyard camping right before school started.

Fun in the tent.  I lasted until about 3am, then gave up and slept inside. 

Hanging by the fire, making s'mores...



Matt ended up with a projector this summer so we used it to watch a movie on the back of the house.  This was really fun!  We will have to do it again soon.


Thursday, September 01, 2016

tiny golfers

Mini golf fun before school started this year.






gotcha day 16

Avika has been home with us for two years now!

We went out for Indian food to celebrate her gotcha day- think this will be an annual thing for us.  There is a festival/holiday in India around the same time as her gotcha day that celebrates siblings- it is the perfect time for us to celebrate these siblings!!

Family of SIX!  We love this little girl so much, so glad she is part of our family!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

bum, bum, bum, bum (olympic theme song)

Yay! Yay! Yay!  The Olympics are here!  We are so excited.  Okay, I'm so excited and will force the kids to watch a lot of sports the next two weeks.  We are cheering for...
INDIA!
Avika's birth country.  We'll have to watch that female boxer.  I remember looking for India in the opening ceremonies four years ago.  We knew our little girl lived in India, but we hadn't gotten Avika's referral yet.  Look at us now!
 
INDONESIA!
My birth country.  We will have to watch a little badminton during these games.
USA!
Everyone else's birth country.  Looking forward to so many events!  Avika goes nuts every time gymnastics comes on, I'm hoping swimming will inspire the kids to get better at swimming, and we can't miss any of Pop's track and field events.

Delia's wearing her gold shoes and USA shirt for the games today!




clay class

Delia took a pottery class this summer- she got to throw on the wheel and glaze her pieces.  It looked so fun, wish I had taken the class with her!

Some of the pieces she created:




Friday, August 05, 2016

summer camp (2)

Miles and Delia are off at VBS at Whispering Pines this week, having the best week ever.  Avika is missing her big sister so much, but we're glad that are having so much fun.

little fish

I made Isaac, Delia, and Miles take swim lessons this summer- still hoping I will have a kid who can swim someday- Taking four kids who can't swim to the pool is too nerve-wracking!  They did ok, Isaac and Delia did gain a little confidence in the water.  We will keep trying!  Avika was my pool buddy while they did their lessons:
Cannonball!  (well, kinda)
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little fish

I made Isaac, Delia, and Miles take swim lessons this summer- still hoping I will have a kids who can swim someday- Taking four kids who can't swim is too nerve-wracking!  They did ok, Isaac and Delia did gain a little confidence in the water.  We will keep trying!  Avika was my pool buddy while they did their lessons:
Cannonball!  (well, kinda)
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fathers day 16

Celebrating Pop on Fathers Day this year.  He really is the best dad ever!

Carne Asada tacos in the back yard.  Yes, I made those tortillas from scratch with my tortilla press.  No, I will probably never do that again.

These kids LOVE their Pop!