This week has been packed with family and projects to keep us busy. Addison has a market project at school where the kids earn play dollars for points earned during the weeks prior. Then, they have to come up with a project that they can make and sell at market. On market day several class rooms participate and sell their items and buy other kids items with the dollars earned.
Are you confused? LOL
Here is Addison's project for this market. She made creative magnetic clips...to hold pictures and such. She worked hard on them and I think they turned out cute!...Yes, I helped her some and it was fun! LOL
The pollywog's are made from fishing lures without hooks.
This is how well they work. Pretty cool huh!
Also, this week we've had Reiko & Gabby, Pollo & Jauni and Heidern over for a BBQ. Look how cute the boys are. Heidern is getting so big! It was great to see Levi loving on him. All night long he kept saying.... "Can I hold my birf-half-brother, Keiden?" That's quite a mouth full for a three year old to say and understand. But we love that he's sorting it all out and putting his genetic roots in order for his relationship with Heidern. We just hope that soon he will be able to correctly pronounce his name before Heidern is older, so he won't get confused with being called both Heidern and Keiden. LOL
And last but not least, we had a full day with Michelle (Bailey's birthmother) and her graduation from Phoenix University. I couldn't be more proud of her.
Yay Michelley....We love you!!!
( sorry the pics were dark at the graduation but it was the best I could do)
Kathryn loving on her Grandma during the ceremony
Bailey and Addi...I love my girls seeing Michelle work so hard and graduate.
Levi was a ham during the ceremony. He befriended a sweet little old Grandma on one side of us and also a cute little boy on the other side. The boy is not shy and wants to know everyone. It was funny!
It's so important that our kids have these bonding and memorable events with their birth parents. Michelle overcoming her difficulties and fears to finish school like this, is such a testimony to my girls. You can do anything you set your heart and mind to do. We are blessed to have our kid's birthparents in our lives and treasure them so deeply. They truly are a part of our family and our lives are complete with them in it.
Kathryn loving on her Mommy :))
Here is the reception party for her graduation. It was fun.
Her hubby David and my Richard carried in the cake. They acted like it was heavy to get Michelle and my sympathy for having to carry it.
What nuts! Too funny!
Levi couldn't wait to dig into the cake :)
Michelle's Mother-In-Law and some Aunts, Grandmother, Parents and even her Pastor and His wife all attended. It was great to see everyone.
Michelle's parents :))
Loved getting to talk with them and we had plenty of good laughs as Bailey told them of her recent new car and how she wrecked it 5 days later. Geeze!!! Teenagers!!
Megan loving on me :)) It was great that they came and showed their love for all of us.
Michelle, you've worked so hard... Couldn't be more proud of all you've accomplished!
You go girl!
Thank you Lord, Jesus for Michelle!
We pray that You will bless her and her family and bring her the most awesome; perfect employment for whatever career path she chooses... and that all of her hard work will seem worth it very soon.
Saturday we went to Fort Scott, Kansas to celebrate my mother-in-laws 70th birthday.
Happy Birthday Mom :)
I have to be honest and say that with as busy as we've been this past month and with all of the frustrations with our embryo waiting, I really wasn't feeling up to going out of town and celebrating anything. I even told my husband that I felt maybe he and the kids should go without me. Then, just a few hours before getting ready to go, I decided to suck it up, put my shoes on... and just go. As soon as we arrived, I felt the tiredness and heaviness of my heart just lift and I was so glad I'd come. My In-Laws were so sweet and such a pleasure to be around. Their smiles and excitement to see the kids was awesome too. The room was already set up for the party and a lunch was set out for us to enjoy before the celebration began.
We all sat around a pre-school table in the Sunday school room to eat.
Here is my MIL, hubby, FIL, cousin Michaela, Addi, Aunt Brenda, Bailey, and Levi
Before people started arriving, we snapped a few pics of everyone.
This is Richard's family
It was Grandma's big day so here's one with her grand kids
And one with Grandpa too
The grand kids
My hubby with his sister, Brenda... she's the oldest
Aunt Brenda with her daughter Michaela
Bailey, Levi, and Addison
As we sat and waited for the party to begin and people to show up, the kids played with Grandpa.
Just watching them interact together got me to thinking about the fact that Grandpa, Grandma and many of the relatives are getting up there in years and just how important it is for all of us to have this time together. Once this thought hit my heart I grabbed my camera and began snapping pictures of everyone. Life is short and way too busy, I don't want to take for granted, anyone here, assuming that they will always be around in my life. I don't want to miss this opportunity to love and enjoy each and every person who walks through the door to celebrate with us; knowing that it might be a long time again, before I see their faces and these small moments with them could be our last and precious.
Aunt Brenda spoiling the kids with treats she'd saved for them.
Levi sharing his love with his beloved Auntie
Me sneaking in close to my MIL and loving on her
As people entered the room and hugs continued to happen, I realized just how special this moment in time was for each of us. If I had given in to my business, tiredness, and frankly lack of wanting to be social, I would have missed this opportunity to love on those I have not seen for years, nor will possibly ever see again. As time has sliped by and months turned into years, I am saddened that I haven't taken advantage of more of these opportunities to be with the people I love and call family.
So many much loved and missed distant Cousins, Aunts and Uncles... And wonderful friends
... Like Richard's Great Aunt Gladys who I have not seen in years.
Oh how I've missed her!
Bailey cut and served 4 large cakes.
Aunt Barbara, Aunt Mary, Aunt Effie...
All together there were 92 people who came to say happy birthday to my MIL.
The girls with their Great Uncle Donnie
And Great Aunt Kathleen
Have you ever noticed how there can be 100 other chairs in the room, but still your babies (no matter how big they are) want to sit on your lap? LOL
Then... once one of your kids is perched on your knee, soon another will follow. :))
And before you know it...all of your kidos are in the picture. I love it!
Poor Levi...Mom's lap just couldn't hold him too. Hahaha
All in all, we had a wonderful time and I'm so glad we came. I look forward to the next time when our family's will see each other again.
Thank you Lord for changing my heart and helping me to set aside everything that is weighing me down and put those I love, as a greater priority in my life today. Thank you for showing me the importance of family and friends and the blessings they bring to my life.