Towards the end of the school year, Errol Hassell had a school carnival. I took the kids and they had a blast playing in the bounce houses and doing the various booths. There was also a climbing wall that both Sanaa and Layla tried. They did really well! I was impressed with how high both climbed considering it was the first time either of them had ever done anything like this.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Sanaa finished 2nd grade! It was a tough year, but she did it. She started the year at Arco Iris (a Spanish immersion charter school) which is where she attended 1st grade. She had a rough fall so at Christmas break we transferred her to Errol Hassell. She was lucky enough to be placed in class with her best friend from church which made the transition much smoother. I am very proud with how well she has done considering everything that happened during the year.
Last day of school picture with her good friend Ally.
Sanaa has had a very unique style. This is just one of her many clothing combinations.
A new ice cream store opened near us and they had face painting. Sanaa chose a butterfly.
For some reason Sanaa has wanted a cowgirl hat for awhile and Nate brought one back after his visit to Texas to see his parents. She's told me that now all she needs are some boots to go with her hat.
Sanaa's birthday interview.
What is your favorite color? red
What is your favorite song? Canon in D, Apples and bananas
What is your favorite tv show? Scooby Do
What is your favorite game to play? Tag Your It
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Go in the garden and play in the pool
What is your favorite book to read? The Magic School Bus
What is your favorite place to go? The acquarium
Who are your friends? Marcus, Naomi, Isabella, Jesimae, Ally, Lexi, Brynli,
What toy(s) do you like to play with? “I like to play with stuffed animals.”
What is your favorite food? Mac & cheese, applesauce, grilled cheese, pizza, lasagna
What is your favorite drink? Apple juice and any kind of juice
What is your favorite fruit? Bananas and apples
What is your favorite animal? Red panda, panda, flamingo, dolphin, peacock, parrot, tigers
What is your favorite Bible story? “The one where the king said to just cut the baby in half ‘cause the other baby died while they were sleeping.”
What do you want to do when you grow up? “Art, tons of art.”
What makes you happy? “When we get to watch lots of tv or a play date.”
What makes you sad? “When we don’t get to watch tv.”
What do you like to do with daddy? “Watch him play his video games.”
What is your favorite thing to wear? “Dresses, skirts, shirts, shorts, mostly everything.”
What is your favorite flower? All the flowers
What do you like to grow in the garden? Anything
It's the end of August and I'm just now finishing up the birthdays from June! Sanaa turned 8 this year! Where has the time gone! I still remember vividly my time in the hospital waiting for her to be born and then her birth as if it was yesterday. Sanaa enjoys a wide variety of things. She loves being outside and creating things from nature. She's very artistic and loves drawing, painting, and crafting. She brings a lot of joy to our lives!
Malakai's birthday interview that never got posted!
What is your favorite color? Blue, green, and red
What is your favorite song? Lolirock song
What is your favorite tv show? PAW Patrol
What is your favorite game to play? A princess game
What is your favorite thing to do outside? play soccer
What is your favorite book to read? "That is hard word to say. I guess PAW Patrol book"
What is your favorite place to go? To the animal place, the zoo
Who are your friends? Ki and Ally
What toy(s) do you like to play with? my new toys
What is your favorite food? Mac and cheese, hot dogs
What is your favorite drink? apple cider and apple juice
What is your favorite fruit? Pear and apple
What is your favorite animal? "all the animals in the whole wide world"
What is your favorite Bible story? "Oh, Jesus love me"
What do you want to do when you grow up? "Do artist stuff 'cause I want be a artist when I grow up"
What makes you happy? "That is hard word to say. My idea is to watch tv and watch games."
What makes you sad? Yelling
What do you like to do with with daddy? new games
What is your favorite thing to wear? Batman shirt
What is your favorite flower? "a blow flower" a.k.a dandelion
What do you like to grow in the garden? blueberries and strawberries
What is your favorite candy? Blue bubble gum
What is your favorite movie? Elsa and Anna (a.k.a. Frozen)
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Malakai celebrated his 4th birthday just over a month ago. He was SO excited to see presents sitting at his spot. He didn't want to wait for his sisters to wake up before opening them but we managed to hold him off until they woke up.
Malakai has a lot of favorites currently. He loves anything Batman. He also loves PAW Patrol, Miles from Tomorrowland, and Superhero stuff.
Playing with his PAW Patrol characters.
Using his light saber to knock over the PAW Patrol. I guess he's combing Star Wars and PAW Patrol. Maybe he's playing PAW Wars? Who knows.
For several days after turning 4, Malakai kept asking if he would still be 4 years old the next day. It was kind of funny!
During the last few weeks of April and the beginning of May, each child in Layla's class was assigned a day that they were the VIP. They each made a poster about themselves with pictures and things they like. Layla worked hard on her poster and had a lot of fun making it. I helped cut the pictures and paper but she did the decorating and told me where to put the pictures.
On their VIP day, parents were invited to come watch them and each lunch with them. Layla shared about her poster and then she got to sit in the teachers chair while her classmates said one compliment about her! Her teacher wrote down each compliment and sent that paper home. Malakai raised his hand and said he had one. Mrs. Muldoon let him share his compliment which was, "I like mac and cheese." Layla and her classmates just started laughing.
Eating lunch with Layla and her good buddy Jake. Even Malakai enjoyed eating with the big kindergartener's. She made sure to wear her Ariel dress on her VIP day because Jake gave that to her for her 5th birthday!
Layla got to wear several necklaces for the day because not only was she the VIP, she was also the special helper (line leader) for the day, and they celebrated her birthday as well.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Here are Layla's answers this year to the birthday questions I ask each year.
What is your favorite color? Pink, red, purple, white, blue, yellow
What is your favorite song? I don't really have a favorite song but I like Kid's Place Live (radio station)
What is your favorite tv show? Lolirock
What is your favorite game to play? I don't have a favorite game, except for the little circle game that you take turns and get 4 in a row (Connect 4)
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride bikes
What is your favorite book to read? I don't know
What is your favorite place to go? "Park, actually retrace that, it's the mall"
Who are your friends? Kenna, Ava, Jake, Leo, Norah, Andrew, Talise, Max, Hudson, Marissa, Ally
What toy(s) do you like to play with? I don't have favorite toys
What is your favorite food? Hot dogs
What is your favorite drink? Milk
What is your favorite fruit? Banana
What is your favorite animal? Peacock, panda, giraffe, and flamingo
What is your favorite Bible story? I don't have one
What do you want to do when you grow up? a mama
What makes you happy? Being with mommy
What makes you sad? "Losing blank forever because if I did I'd be crying the whole day and the night"
What do you like to do with daddy? go to the mall
What is your favorite thing to wear? Dresses
What is your favorite flower? all of them
What do you like to grow in the garden? Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
And some pictures from this spring. For Christmas Layla got a Lalaloopsy oven (like an Easy Bake oven). She's made several things in it and enjoys cooking!
One day this spring Layla got dressed in her swimsuit, rain boots, and winter coat. At least she was prepared for any sort of weather!
The best way to clean out a cool whip container is to just stick your head in it, right?
One of the things I love about Layla is that she loves wearing dresses and getting dressed up, but she also enjoys playing in the mud and dirt!
The rainbow pants Layla is wearing are her favorite pants. They are actually a size 2T. She refuses to let me get rid of them and even though they are too short, they still fit her just fine around the waist! She did tell me that once the pants are too small she wants to save them for her kids.
Layla posing in a ballet move.
Layla and Sanaa got their hair trimmed. Layla let the stylist braid her hair. It looked really cute! She won't let me braid her hair very often so I made sure to get a picture of this braid.
At a friends house, Layla tried on a dress and wanted me to take a picture because she said it looked like a rug around her. The minute she sat down and got the dress where she wanted it, our friend's dog (Jade) came over and sat on the dress!
Layla, our goofy chipmunk. Layla has a knack for making us all laugh. She is a very caring child who wants to make everyone happy. She tries to "mother" Malakai and if someone gets hurt she'll be right next to them checking to see if they are okay.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
The day after Layla had her last day of school was Malakai's last day of school. Out of all three kids I think Malakai has changed the most! He is looking so much like a little boy and not a toddler!
Just like Layla, his last day was playing at the school carnival and watching the comedian. Malakai also got a glittery tattoo. I wasn't surprised because he LOVES tattoos. What did surprise me was that he was adamant about having a blue glittery fairy tattoo which he proudly showed off to all his friends and teachers. Ha!
Malakai and his fun teacher Mrs. Monnie! Layla also had Mrs. Monnie, so it was sad having Malakai finish in the 3's knowing I won't have any other kids in Mrs. Monnie's class.