Saturday, June 26, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend 2010!

No, you did not read that post title incorrectly. Uff! It has been WAY TOO long since I last blogged on here! No, we did not fall off the face of the Earth ;) We are still here, alive and kickin'. It's just been busy these days chasing 5 kids.

I did not get to blog about our trip up north for Memorial Day weekend back in May. This is our 3rd road trip with the girlies, our 2nd time with them up north on vacation (last time was July 2009). We had a blast! It's nice now that the girls are older and more independent. We stayed in the same place we stayed before. It's nice in that it has 3 bedrooms + fold-away sofa bed, 2 baths and a full kitchen (in-house laundry too!). The weather was PERFECT! We just relaxed, enjoyed the cooler weather, spent time outdoors and had lots of family time, e.g. mini golf, swimming and mmm! s'mores! :D ).

Paul and Jared gathered around the fireplace roasting marshmallows. Jared REALLY enjoyed this!YUM!That's a yummy looking s'more there!Jared, content munching on his s'more :DWe ventured out to a nearby park. The kids enjoyed getting outside and playing. Brielle - "look over there mama!"Oh, I see! The other girlies are going down the slide.And Dad and Jared sliding too ;)Suzan having fun with the cool breeze blowing through her hair :)We also ventured out in our "back yard" behind where we were staying. The kids had fun finding pine cones and such.Suzan - "wow mama! look what i found!!"Brielle playing and looking for pine conesAnna exploringBethany found a stick to play with ;)Jared and his standard "silly face" :PThen, on another day, we ventured up to the local ski resort that is on summer hiatus. Although, there is still some snow up there. Yes, snow in AZ in May! Cool! Yeah, not enough to ski/snowboard on but enough to make snowballs and a snowman. The girlies with Grammy, checking out a patch of snowJared asked Paul to go up further on the hill to a different patch of snow. Can you see them up there?A close-up of Jared throwing a snowballGrammy and Mama had their own snowball fight. Note here, I like this picture of Grammy throwing the snowball but notice Bethany in the background? Yes, she is chewing on a stick! Ha! Actually, I think she is trying to chew or lick off the snow on the end of the stick, the stick that we were digging in the snow with. Only Bethany, I tell ya! ;)Paul helping Jared build a snowman, or what I called a snow toddler ;)Almost done with itI loved seeing all of these baby Ponderosa Pines growing!Jared and his snowman :DA view of the mountain top...beautiful!!Then, on our last day there, we had a fun visitor stop by. I believe this is a Blue Jay. Any bird watchers know for sure?Again, we had a fun Memorial Day weekend! Much fun and very kid- and family-friendly. We can't wait to go back again real soon!

P.S. I also wanted to mention that I FINALLY updated our Easter post with pictures! Yay! So, check it out! :D
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Mommy and Daddy, Tear down this wall!

Yup, that's what we did! Okay, not a wall but 2 gates. Yes, almost 2 years later (it feels like just yesterday we put up these gates, though!) we finally took down the gates/fences of our playroom. As it turns out, the girlies no longer enjoyed "going in" to the playroom. Yeah, these smartie pants figured it out by now..."mama! you're just locking us in here! waaaaaaaa!" Okay then, we'll take them down! Today!Man! It feels and looks weird to have the gates down! I swear it feels like the girlies are just little 6mo babies that can barely get around the house! Whoops! I guess not. They are ACTIVE and VOCAL 2-year-olds ;)

Hopefully they will still enjoy playing "in" the playroom.
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Video from Jared's Kindergarten Celebration

We took some video of Jared's Kindergarten Celebration last evening. Again, the kids were too cute! I like the last song they sang. Here are the words of it.

See you later, alligator.
After while, crocodile.
See you later, mashed potater.
See you soon, Macaroon!
Say goodbye, pumpkin pie.
Tootleloo, kangaroo.
Catch you later, operator.
Adios, cinnamon toast.
See you later.

Jared's Kindergarten Celebration 060110 from Pelikan on Vimeo.

**P.S. The clapping and loud little girly voice you hear squealing and cheering in the background is from Brielle ;)

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Goodbye Kindergarten. Hello 1st Grade!

Yes, Jared's Kindergarten year at school has come to a close. How can that be? Seriously, it feels like he was just starting Kindergarten! He has done SO well at school this past year. We are so proud of him, his sweet, generous, kind and loving spirit with the friends he made and all of the wonderful learning and hard work he did this year. Way to go Jared! He did lots this year in Kindergarten...

  • learned the 70 Spalding phonograms. He received several 100% throughout the year. He even received a 100% on his last "pickle" (what the Kinders call a test) on ALL 70 phonograms! Because of that he received a special certificate signed by his teacher and school principal.
  • learned how to count to 100 by 1s, 5s, 10s and 20s. I think he even counted past 100, like 200, 300, 400, etc. all the way to 1000. Wow!
  • learned about currency (dimes, nickles, pennies and quarters) and how to add them together to figure out the amount of change you have.
  • learned lots of Saxon math facts, such as +1, +2, doubles, doubles +1, addition, subtraction and just in the last few months he was adding and subtracting more than 2 or 3 numbers together. Wow!
  • composed sentences together with correct phrasing, sentence structure (pronouns, nouns, verbs and adjectives) and punctuation.
  • learned how to spell ~300 words. He brought home many 100% on his spelling "pickles." How can a Kinder know the spelling difference between "read," "read," and "red?" Well, Jared did :D
  • understood reading comprehension.
  • AND MOST OF ALL, he had fun learning all of this and making good friends in his class. He really loves his Kindergarten teacher and his friends!

So tonight, the girlies, Dad, Grammy and I attended Jared's Kindergarten Celebration, celebrating all that the Kinders have done this year and celebrating their graduation to FIRST GRADE! The kids were sweet, singing a few songs and then receiving their graduation certificate from their teachers and principal. Man, all of this can make for a teary-eyed Mama here!! ;)

The kids getting ready for their songs. Jared is in the back row (center).Jared walking up to receive his certificateGetting it from his teacherJared and his Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. L. Awe! :DAnd Jared with the school's principal, Mrs. B :)Jared's certificate reads..."Jared is such a silly boy! His sly smile and gracious attitude make him irresistible to those around him!" I have to wholeheartedly agree!!

Now, it's summer break for us. Our plans? To sleep in (maybe :D ), have fun with swim lessons and swimming/splashing with the girlies, catch up with friends also out of school, relaxing, maybe watch a new movie here and there (and we MUST have popcorn too, according to Jared ;) ), more swimming, more play time with friends and just enjoy our time together as a family! Sounds good to me :D
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