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Monday, July 18, 2016

Olympics Summer Camp at VBS 2016!

Andrew and Catie went to Vacation Bible School Camp at a nearby church once school ended. It was Olympics themed and several friends from school were there too! They had the best time and learned some great bible stories while having fun doing Olympics themed activities. We had some great discussions after camp!

Day 1-  “But with God, everything is possible.” (NLT)­ Mark 10:27b

Day 2- ​ “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and I amhelped.” (NLT) ­ Psalm 28:7

Day 3- “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize thatwill fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize” (NLT) - 1 Corinthians 9:25 

Day 4- ​ “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all theirhearts.” (NLT) ­ Psalm 119:2

Day 5- (missed this day) ​“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come tothe father except through me.” (NLT) ­ John 14:6












Unfortunately they had to skip the last day of camp because we flew to Hawaii!!

Johnsons Come to San Francisco 2016

The Johnsons (Shauna, Randy, Topher, and Tommy) came to San Francisco during our last week of school and we were so excited that we got to head into the city and hang out with them a little bit. The kiddos LOVED hanging out with their cousins.

They road bikes across the Bay bridge while we played at Chrissy Field Beach (it was CRAZY windy) and then we met up with them for lunch at Boudin Bakery and ice cream at Ghirardelli! It was a great afternoon.








We sure love it when family comes into town and we get to hang out! We wish it happened more often! It was so fun to catch up a bit!

End of the School Year 2016

The last week of school was a little bit crazy, but a lot of fun. 

Catie's class had a last day of school Luau and a Field day and Andrew's class had an end of the year party and Field Day. Since I was the room mom at Catie's school I ended up just helping at her school.

It is amazing how much Catie grew during the year this year. She learned a lot about being a good friend, communicating, listening, following directions, and reading! Catie is a great reader and we are giving all of the credit to Andrew because I didn't help her at all! 



The last day TK luau was simple and a bit crazy. We tried decorating outside and the wind was so intense that everything kept getting blown down. Fortunately TK kids have low expectations. I also put together a book for Catie's teacher with cute little quotes from each child. It was a hit!


During one of the days at the end of school, Ryan and I (and Annabelle) went to Chick-Fil-A as our last "date" of the year. I loved my afternoons with this kid while Annabelle slept and the big kids were at school.




Andrew had a great year this year as well and loved his teacher!


After school we went home and I gave the kids some surprises to help kick off summer! I also had a big blow up pool in the backyard and we had fun playing in that and relaxing and also going to our neighborhood pool with some friends. It was a great last day of school!!


We ended up ordering pizza and enjoying dinner at the pool and staying till late. What a great way to end the year!

Crazy we will have a pre-k kid, a kindergartener, and a 3rd grader next year!

Annabelle at 6 months

We sure love Annabelle.

Here's a little update on her at 6 months. 

Annabelle...
Planks
Crawls
Sucks on everything (especially knees, pants, chins, paper, and toes)
Smiles at everyone (Especially if they are wearing sunglasses)
Is very calm, happy, peaceful but she has pipes and if she is tired, hungry, or in the car, she will let you hear it.




Here are her 6 month stats:

Height 26.5 inches (76%) - a little high in my opinion... I think she is shorter than this
Weight 15 lbs 15 oz (47%)
43 cm (16.93") (73%)






Annabelle also sits up for quite awhile without falling, and likes to be held in a standing position. She also LOVES to be carried and has a little bit of FOMO. Likes to see what is going on everywhere.

She finally likes the water too (though didn't really like it during our entire Hawaii trip)


She loves playing with all of the big kid's toys and loves Sophie the Giraffe (that we lost in Oahu). She got an elephant teether toy that she is also obsessed with.


She has tried shave ice and sweet potatoes. She kind of likes sweet potatoes. She loved it the first time and the second and third time she's felt lukewarm about food. Shave ice was way too cold her her.

She has been given a bottle a few times and refuses to drink it... and just spits all the milk out.


Annabelle schedule wise goes to bed somewhere between 8:30-10:00pm and sleeps in until 7am sometimes (sometimes wakes up randomly at 3am or 5am if she's having a growth spurt). After she eats at 7am she will sometimes go back to sleep until 10am! Sometimes I do too (while the big kids watch TV).

During our Hawaii trip she was an awesome sleeper in Maui and maybe woke up once a night. In Oahu she woke up every 1-2-3 hours for the entire week. I felt like a zombie in the mornings, but then Diet Coke and shave ice perked me up!

During the day if we are home Annabelle spends her time crawling around, hanging out in her exersaucer, and sitting playing toys. If we are out she loves my Sollybaby wrap (thanks Jaicy!) or the Baby Bjorn. She loves to face forward and see what is going on. 

She hates the car and her car seat and has been known to scream for a full hour drive (or longer) versus just going to sleep when she is overtired! It gives me such a headache and I feel so bad for her. She plays with her toys for a little bit and then she is DONE.

Annabelle loves Ryan, Catie, and Andrew. They are really good at snapping her out of a bad mood and almost always happy to oblige if I need someone to keep her happy while I shower or run to get something.

Annabelle usually naps from 7 or 8 until 10am (it will be so sad when school starts and this no longer can happen). If we have to be out early, she'll usually snag a nap between 10-11:30 and then will do an afternoon nap from like 1-3 or 2-4 or 3-5 and then that's about it. Occasionally she'll sneak in a cat nap somewhere while we are driving or out adventuring, but sometimes she won't. She is pretty easy going as long as you don't try and force her to take a nap while we are out. She likes to be in charge of when she sleeps... so will stay awake for as long as you try and put her to sleep... and then once you stop trying she will just zonk out.

I am obsessed with cuddling this girl. In the past I would get annoyed if kids needed to be carried too much, but not any more. I will hug and carry this cute girl anytime/anywhere. The night time wake ups sometimes don't even bother me either because I feel like they are fleeting. The quote "the days are long but the years are short" is constantly in my head. I am very aware of how fast this time is going with this darling girl and I know I will miss it, so I am trying to treasure it! 

I love this age! Babies are so easily amused and so quick to change moods and return to happy attitudes. I love that Annabelle isn't moody yet either. She just LOVES us and smiles and smiles when we pick her up and feed her. 

If you want a little comparison... here are the other kiddos at 6 months 




Ryan at 6 months (somehow his 6 month post got skipped-whoops!... but here is Ryan at 5 months and Ryan at 7 months)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Annabelle at 4 months

Today Catie declared that Annabelle is her favorite person in the whole family. I think everyone else would agree. She is such a smiley happy little one. She is also determined and will not sit by and be ignored. She has an amazing set of lungs and can sense when you are sitting down and too comfortable. She likes to be up checking things out and doesn't want to miss a thing. She finally started sleeping again most nights too! All of her dark hair is now gone and she's turning into a little blue eyed blondie just like the rest of our kiddos. So glad she's ours!



At four months here are a few details about Annabelle:


  • She weighs 13 lb 14 oz (48%)
  • She is 24 inches (36%)
  • She wears between 0-3 and 3-6 months clothes
  • She wears size 2 diaper
  • She goes to bed around 9pm and gets up around 7 or 8am (sometimes she wakes up once before then, sometimes she doesn't)
  • She takes three naps during the day if we are home (9-11, 1-3, and 5-6) although it is rare we are actually home and it is rare we don't have a pick-up during one or two of those times, so she usually naps (or doesn't nap) on the go and doesn't get nearly enough sleep! 
  • She hates her car seat and usually cries when we are in the car. Lately though we've gone on 30 minute drives and she's stayed awake and happy the whole time and we've been surprised... so maybe she's moving out of that stage soon!
  • She nurses every 2-3 hours during the day
  • She rolls front to back and back to front and can do two rolls in a row
  • She coos and just started giggling.
  • She is very smiley and especially loves talking to Catie.
  • All of the big kids fight over who gets to talk to her, hold her, and play with her.
  • She loves sucking everything- especially my skirts, shoulder, blankets, and her fingers!

Some favorite photos of Annabelle from the last week or so:











Happy 4 months to this little sweetheart!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Easter 2016

Easter was awesome!

We woke the kids up for a breakfast of blueberry muffins and giant hollow chocolate bunnies. We read the Easter Story and talked about how their bunnies were hollow just like the tomb was empty on Easter because Jesus had risen.


After that we got all dolled up for Easter and went to church. Kevin sang in a few musical numbers and the kids sang The Miracle with the primary. 3/4 of my kids went up to sing so that was lovely :) I think they need to have the kids sing more often in meetings. It is just adorable!

After church we took a few pictures and then once Kevin got home from meetings the kids got to hunt for their Easter baskets that the Easter bunny had left them.




We had a yummy dinner of roast, carrots, potato casserole, and rolls!

Afterwards we went on a family hike to a new-to-us spot on Las Trampas trail that was GORGEOUS!





We finished the night with scriptures, some clean up, and bed!