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!




summer camp (1)

Isaac got to do a couple of camps this summer.  He has been asking for two years to play football, so we finally gave in a nd let him try a three day football camp in June.  He looks like the real deal!
 
He liked camp okay but has decided not to play this fall.  I am so, so relieved- I think a whole season of tackle football with my son who is a good 30 pounds lighter than all the other players would do me in.  Not to mention what would happen to Isaac.

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A couple of weeks ago we sent Isaac off to his second year of overnight camp at Whispering Pines.  He told me very little about what actually happened at camp, but he came home unbelievably filthy so it must have been a good week!

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Last Days of School

Thought I should post these before all the kids head back to school- where did summer go???  Isaac, Delia and Miles on the last day of fourth grade, second grade, and kindergarten.  Great school years, but everyone was ready for summer!!





Avika on her last day of preschool at New Horizons.  This day marked the end of eight years of Bong kids attending NH (and my years of preschool there too)- it was a super sad day for me, I cried on the way to pick up Avika.  Avika had an amazing year, so glad she got to spend it with Miss Melanie and Miss Aimee. 


Friday, July 08, 2016

Well, if you'd like to sing out, sing out

The end of the school year brought a number of programs.  Delia class had a "Poetry Under the Stars" night that included all the kids reading poetry and performing songs.



Miles class had a patriotic performance for Memorial day.


And Avika's class had a small end of the year performance on the last day of school.  They all did wonderfully!  So proud of them and their talent!
 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Soccer Stars

Pictures from this year's spring soccer season.  Another great one!  We think this was Isaac's last season, he's ready to move onto something new.  Miles and Delia continue to enjoy and excel at playing.  Avika is a great cheerleader!