Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Paul!

Today we also got to celebrate Paul's birthday!  Yay!

Pizza dinner with the family.  The kids had fun picking out the balloons for him
And the cake too.  They picked out the one with motorcycles because they know he likes those :)
"Go Daddy!"
We love and appreciate you very much, Hon!  You are a wonderful, kind, funny, generous, smart, hard-working, sweet, God-fearing and loving man!  You mean so much to us and we thank God for you!  Happy Birthday!
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Back to school! Suzan's, Anna's, Bethany's and Brielle's 1st day of Pre-K!

Yes, I have one more year of the girls in preschool/pre-k until they transition over to Jared's school.  People everywhere keep asking me that..."are they in Kindergarten this year?"  Noooo!  Not yet!  I'm not ready yet! ;D

The girls are super excited to go back to school.  They are at their same school but have a different teacher and classroom.  Although, their teacher from last year, Miss E, is just next door so I am sure they will be giving her and her aides LOTS of hugs when they see her/them :)

Bethany, Suzan, Anna and Brielle ready with their backpacks and ready to hit the road in the van to school!
Suzan is very excited :D
Anna looking all sweet
Bethany can't wait to share her "me" bag with her new class
Brielle ready to be social, as usual ;)
A few pics in the classroom
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Back to school! Jared's 1st day of 3rd grade!

We still can't believe Jared is going into 3rd grade!  Wow!  He's very excited for 3rd grade...his new teacher, class and friends to make.  We are excited for him to have Mr. G this year.  We pray for him and his school year, that it's a good one!

Jared, ready for our walk to school.  Doesn't he look big?  He is and keeps growing and growing!
Some pics from me dropping him off this morning...he and his friend, Rachel T
The first bell just rang!  Everyone in line!
His teacher had the kids put their hands in the center and then chant "go 3rd grade!" :)
Mr. G's 2012 3rd grade class (Jared is in the back row, on the right/center)
Jared already chatting it up with someone, walking into school.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Goodbye summer break, hello school!

We had a very fun summer 2012!  We were able to do lots of cool things...swimming, library events, visiting and playing with friends and family, trips to a few museums, making crafts, celebrating Independence Day with hot dogs and fireworks, a week-long blast at VBS, an exciting time of camping!  Now schools starts!  We are excited for our new classes (pre-k and 3rd grade), new teachers and new friends to make.  We pray for a wonderful and safe school year 2012-2013!
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Summer recap - Science Center

A friend (thanks Steph H!) let me know about a special summer reading program through our Governor's Office. Kids could read 5 books from the Governor's list and receive a free admission to our Science Center in town. Well, since our kids love to read and/or be read to, we knew we couldn't pass this up! So we finally were able to go to the Science Center while cousin Tyler was in town. We had a fun 3 hours looking at all of the cool exhibits and hands-on experiments. I hope the Governor does this program next summer, as I know our kids will enjoy going again!

Cousin Tyler, Bethany, Suzan, Jared, Grammy, Anna and Suzan in front of the Arizona Science Center
Outside they had a cool exhibit that featured all the things that water can do, like lift balls into the air and onto tracks or go down a tornado

This table had buttons that you would push and water would lift cymbals, hit pipes or rattle drums, all to make music
This is the "Many Hands Make a Home" room
Suzan and Bethany trying their hand at plumbing
Tyler and Suzan checking out what's on the inside of house walls
Jared figuring out what appliances blow out a circuit. It's always the hair dryer! ;)
We got to see someone put on a "reactions demonstration." That was too cool!
In the "All About Me" room the girls went through the stomach. Funny sounds come out of that place! ;D
In the "Get Charged Up" room Anna had fun learning about motion - Ha! ;)
Suzan too :)
And Brielle learned about the different types of pulleys
Jared had fun making his own electricity to light up a light bulb or make a fan turn around
Ah yes, let's see who can win at pulling the lever down. Tyler...
Or the girls? Notice that the girls had better leverage based on where they were pulling from (higher versus Tyler who was pulling at a lower angle)
Brielle was brave enough to try out the bed of nails. With more than 1,000 nails, each nail supports only a fraction of your weight so the nails won’t hurt you.
We had fun in the "Forces of Nature" room. Here, Grammy and the kids learning about erosion. It was also fun to stand in the Immersion Theater, where we experienced what it feels like to be in the middle of a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, volcanic eruption, or monsoon.
And lastly Solarville, where we learned all the different ways to create energy
We grabbed a sandwich lunch after the Science Center. Here, cousin Tyler let Bethany wear his hat :)
Or maybe this way? ;)
Tyler
Then all of the kids wanted me to take their picture...Anna
Jared
Suzan
Brielle
And a funny-eyed Tyler. We love our cousin Tyler LOTS! :)
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