"Enjoy the little things in life ~ one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things"

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Catching up and wrapping up . . .

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of culminating events. AWANAs wrapped up for the year (and Daniel was very excited to be the only "Sparkie" to earn a 3rd book award--a fun little plaque). Anna and Samuel were both excited to earn their Cubbies award (Emily was given an award which she didn't actually earn yet, so she gave it back!) We had our very last cinnamon rolls (we hope!) of the season . . . the very "late in the season snow" took us by surprise and I had to make cinnamon rolls from scratch ~ I didn't try them, but they got lots of thumbs up votes from the kids!

We got to see several drama presentations (which friends were in) & Emily's drama class performed their end of season production. We held a (very windy!) 25 cent yard sale and met some more people in our neighborhood. We've enjoyed some leisurely evenings in the park across the street and even got to have an impromptu playdate at the park with Grandpa (the kids enjoyed the huge "sombrero hat slide" and the tire swing). Anna went on her first official "non-relative" sleepover (all 5 kids spent the night with friends . . . and we got to enjoy a bonus date night!) Kelsey has arrived in Denver for her summer internship and we got to spend some time with her. We also checked out Castle Rock's annual Ducky Derby (a fundraiser/street festival). Emily was most fascinated with the cotton candy making process, the boys loved the firetrucks. The kids are excited for Field Day (which happens to fall on Anna's birthday ~ so she is SUPER excited!).

We aren't quite done with school at home for the year, but Emily is officially considered a "middle schooler" at our enrichment program (deep breath, silence the scream! . . . ) and Samuel is moving into Kindergarten in the fall. Swim team has started for Emily and the other four kids begin track and field next week.