3rd Grade School Year 2017

Another year has come to an end and our baby girl has graduated 3rd grade. Seriously, the years seem to accelerate with each and every grade. I can’t believe Olivia is going to be a 4th grader this August.

She had a wonderful time in Ms. de la Motte’s class, learning how to create and write stories (her favorite), excelling in math (she has exceeded my capacity) and improving her vocabulary skills. She learned a lot about constellations, US history and our states.

She took part in Pioneer Day where she learned how families lived back in the 1700’s. She portrayed Mary Jackson (famous NASA engineer) in her school Wax Museum and was able to vote in her classroom poll for the Presidential Race back in November.

Although we had some growing pains (learning to deal with other friend’s personalities, how to handle problems without getting frustrated and to go easy on yourself if you don’t get the answer right the first time), I know she is learning to handle these situations a lot better and on her own.

Olivia, also, received awards throughout the year too! She earned the citizenship and character awards twice. I’m so proud of her and all of her accomplishments this year. She is a great friend and very caring person. Which to me makes for a beautiful human being!  I can’t wait to see how she progresses next year in the 4th grade.

Happy Summer Olivia, you earned it!!

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Graduation Year 2016

It’s been a whole year since I posted to this blog. It’s been a bit busy. I went back to work full time, husband has been at home recovering from foot surgery and taking care of the Homefront. 2 of our boys graduated High School and Olivia passed 2nd grade. So many blessings and reasons to be thankful!

I’m thankful for Gerald being able to participate in all his Senior events including Prom, Grad Night, Senior Beach Day and the grad parties. He’s been working part time all year as well as balancing his school work, he graduated with an awesome report card too! So proud of this kid.

This summer is another blessing because we are able to take the kids to Disneyland and Universal Studios before school starts. We can’t wait!!!

The house is getting quieter as the kids grow up, graduate and move on to their own lives. We may need to add some pets to keep us busy and the house noisy!


Olivia receiving her 3rd award and with her teacher Ms. Caley.


Gerald’s Graduation Day and Brunch

All in all it’s been a great school year! I really am one blessed mom!!!

Summertime Bliss

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One of the many reasons I love summer is that I’m able to spend weeks with my boys rather than just weekends during the school year. I enjoy having them 24/7 and the calmness that comes to my mind knowing they are all under our roof.
I’m cherishing the time even more now since each year they are older and will soon be leaving the nest. My oldest is already in college and the next one leaves in just 2 years. I enjoy the quiet moments of just watching a favorite TV show as well as the loud, rambunctious chaos when it’s dinner time.
But most of all, I love the bond that we’re creating as we just exist in each others space. As we listen to each other and share a piece of ourselves.
I remember myself as a teenager and not wanting to be around my parents, so having a different relationship with my own kids meant so much to me. I’m grateful that they enjoy our company and that we just let them be themselves.  I couldn’t ask for anything better.
My summertime bliss has arrived.:)

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Lemonade Madness

Who doesn’t love a cool glass of lemonade?! Every summer for the past 3 years our daughter has been asking to set up her own little lemonade stand. One of her favorite books is Victoria Kann’s “Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink” where a young spunky girl named Pinkalicious makes her own lemonade stand to earn money to buy bubble gum from her local store.
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Olivia feels if she wants to earn money for toys she can sell pink lemonade too.
This summer her Daddy made it happen for her. He wanted to create a stand that she could use in the summer for lemonade and then in the winter during Girl Scouts Cookie Season. He went right to work with supplies at Home Depot and an idea in his head. Olivia’s big brothers pitched in too and helped with sanding the wood and painting.
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After a week, it was completed and she was open for business.  It lasted for 10 minutes, due to an accidental bump which caused the whole gallon of lemonade to spill in the street, but we had fun and next time we’ll be more prepared (I think I need to stock up on lemons and strawberries).
I’m so excited for her and can’t wait to see her and her fellow Girl Scouts use it for their cookie table.
Thanks Daddy for making your little girl’s dream come true.
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Olivia’s Kindergarten Promotion

Wow! It finally happened!  I have all my kids in numeric grades now. Olivia had her kindergarten graduation today amongst her family and friends. Hubby and I were so proud of our little girl.
For two weeks she knew exactly what she wanted to wear and how to style her hair.
As room parents, we helped set up the cafeteria with decorations and each kinder class helped donate desserts & drinks. It was a wonderful celebration that we were able to share with her Granny, Auntie Gaye and Auntie Monica. Cousins Kayla and Caden were there too.
We’ll remember this school year with fond memories of Friday Fun Days with 8th grade buddies, the Oakland Zoo field trip, Tuesday volunteer days helping the kids hand paint and singing songs as they do their classwork.
Thank you to Mrs. Nunn for being a great and patient teacher this year!
Now it’s Cheers to Summer!!!!

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Taking a moment

I know we can all relate to the saying “there are not enough hours in a day”, to get your errands done, to clean the house, do the laundry….etc. I have alot of those moments especially when school projects are due or planning for our next Girl Scout meeting but once in a while it’s nice to just place those nagging commitments to the side and take a break!
My daughter is always asking to go to the park after school but time usually doesn’t permit it. On Friday, we just went for it! After a quick meet up with her fellow scouts, we packed a swimsuit and visited our local water park. We were there for just an hour but what a difference a little “slow down” time made for our soul. I love seeing her run and laugh, make new friends and just smile. It was great for me too, I was able to spend time in the shade with a good book.
Summer with bring a little more down time which I look forward to and making memories with the kids will be the best part of all. Camping trips, summer sports or even if you have year round school, we just have to remember to take a little moment…
Cheers!

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